Nicolay has returned with a new single called “The Brightest Star,” which comes from the forthcoming City Lights Volume 3: Soweto. Largely instrumental in the tradition of City Lights songs, “The Brightest Star” is flavored with vocal stylings from Carmen Rodgers and Phonte (“Let the brightest star be your guide.”). The b-side is a non-album track called “Afterglow” with vocals by Tamisha Waden and Phonte, and flute melodies by Tim Smith. Listen below.
City Lights Volume 3 is a tribute to Soweto and Johannesburg (just as Volume 2 was a tribute to Shibuya), which was the site of The Foreign Exchange’s South African debut performance in 2014. The album drops June 9, but you can get “The Brightest Star / Afterglow” now.]]>
The definition of dopeness: Slum Village has a new record on the way called Yes, and the album includes this track, “Push it Along” featuring the one and only Phife Dawg. Listen below.
The new SoulParlor album, called Smile, finds future funk meeting sensual soul on a record that is at once deep and danceable.
The German duo Frank Jensen and Tobias Müller use the sounds of Electro – rich and harmonic analog synths – as contemporary instruments, and never get lost in nostalgia, despite some obviously funky influences from past decades. They blend these with the warmth of modern soul music, and then drive the grooves with rhythms ranging from R&B and Hip Hop to Broken Beat and hints of House.
SoulParlor’s Smile is what future soul music needs right now in the present tense. And it will move you, which is all that matters anyway. Equally enticing for the dancefloor or the bedroom, you need this record in your life.
Look for Smile by SoulParlor to drop next week on Tokyo Dawn Records.
Highlights: “Smile” featuring Jata, “Freakay Laday” featuring Amalia, “Wall” featuring Erik Rico]]>
Daniela Sarda and Rico Baumann, also known as Swiss synth pop duo True, have released a new video for the song “What I’ve Lost.” Set against a minimalist backdrop of analog synths and a drum machine, Sarda lulls the listener with her bittersweet song. Check out the performance below.
Plaid has released their tenth album – yes, tenth – on Warp Records, and it’s called Reachy Prints. The duo recently dropped a video for the song “Wallet” from that record, and you can see it below, along with some tour dates. Plaid will be performing select dates in the US throughout July.
Plaid US Tour Dates
03 Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
06 The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
10 The Parish – Austin, TX
11 1015 Folsom – San Francisco, CA
12 Fortune Sound Club – Vancouver, BC
18 Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY
Ray Sam ushers in summer with this sun-drenched track called “Love Trippin'” which features vocal cuts from Lauren Morgan, and a breezy guitar part by Mario Agostine. Make sure to check out the QuestionmarQ remix as well, for a slightly darker take. Ray Sam’s “Love Trippin'” is out now on Vision Collective Recordings, and you can hear it below.
Downtempo producer Zane Tate has released the long-awaited follow-up to his first long player, and it’s called Down to Dusk: Rural Sounds Volume 2. The album mixes haunting mood-music with groove-driven beats while exploring the occasional excursion into chillout music.
Listen to a preview of the first single from the record, called “Getaway.”
While Zane Tate has released a number of singles since Rural Sounds Volume 1, including “The Last Resort,” which was featured on SomaFM’s Groove Salad Compilation, Down to Dusk is his first album in seven years. The record is decidedly darker than the first – consider it night-music – and much more focused in its approach to chilled downtempo music.
Zane Tate’s Down to Dusk: Rural Sounds Volume 2 is out now.
Get Zane Tate – Down to Dusk: Rural Sounds Volume 2 on CD.
Down to Dusk is also available digitally at Amazon, iTunes, and other major digital music stores.]]>
Bryan Ford is a multi-instrumentalist who has played and toured with groups such as My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult and Isabelle Haze. As a solo artist Ford is making downtempo music, and is set to release a new EP called Hands. The 3-song release features all live instrumentation – real drums, guitar solos, even a Moog Voyager. If you like RJD2 or Bonobo, you should checkout Bryan Ford’s Hands.
Mark de Clive-Lowe is giving away a massive download for the next 24 hours. The “big bundle” includes the Six Degrees, Tide’s Arising, The Politik, and Journey 2 the Light albums as well as a whole lot of rarities, remixes, b-sides, and even videos.
The freeness comes ahead of his forthcoming album, Church, which drops May 27.
Get Mark de Clive-Lowe’s Big Bundle right here.
Read the story behind the releases here.
Read Zane Tate’s interview with Mark de Clive-Lowe on the Church album here.]]>
Remember when love song crooners had a sense of longing in their lyrics? Me neither, but Lee Fields does. In this cover of the JJ Cale song, “Magnolia,” the vintage-soul vocalist alongside the Expressions sings with bittersweet emotion. Watch the video below for Lee Fields and the Expressions – “Magnolia.” The song comes from the group’s forthcoming album Emma Jean, out June 3rd on Truth & Soul Records.