Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge’s The Midnight Hour is their latest collaboration. The jazz, hip-hop, Latin, and R&B-influenced album has appearances from Ladybug Mecca, Raphael Saadiq, CeeLo Green and more. They cite the Harlem Renaissance and Black excellence as their inspiration. The 20-song album shines brightly despite its reference to the middle of the night.
Daily Archives: June 8, 2018
The Prince estate is preparing to release an album of solo songs he recorded at home in a collection called Piano & A Microphone 1983. Fans who are familiar with Prince bootlegs know the songs as Intimate Moments With Prince. He recorded the music in 1983 with just his piano and the title of the album comes from the name of his last tour. The estate wanted to show Prince making a full circle in his musical life by going back to the basic elements of his artistry that started it all. The new edition of the album has additional songs.
There are new versions of “17 Days” and “Purple Rain” and a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case Of You.” The album will contain a 12-page booklet with liner notes from Prince’s engineer at the time Don Batts. Rare and never seen photos of Prince are included in the package and on the cover. Prince’s rendition of the gospel song “Mary Don’t You Weep” is the first song to emerge from the album. Those who pre-order Piano & A Microphone will receive an instant download of “Mary Don’t You Weep” which will also be heard in Spike Lee’s Black KkKlansman.
Gorillaz shares the third single from The Now Now in the form of “Sorcererz.” The hazy track has low-key funk in between the pop stylings of the brighter notes. The virtual band already debuted “Lake Zurich” and “Humility” from the 11-song tracklisting. The Now Now will be released on June 29th.
BADBADNOTGOOD’s video for “I Don’t Know” is about the several stages of grief. Will Mayer, who directed the video, used the loss of his father to make the clip. He said in a press release that the man swimming in the water represents the way grief comes in waves. BADBADNOTGOOD will play two gigs in Berkeley, California and Los Angeles next week before they embark on their European tour.