Prince brought us a real banger a couple days ago with “Clouds”, featuring UK soulstress Lianna La Havas- this is going to be a part of one of two albums homeboy Prince is dropping on September 30th. If every song sounds as funky as this, I’ll be happy.
A Tribe Called Red is back for more. This Canadian Pow Wow-step group first caught my attention a year ago with their debut, self-titled album, which I wrote about for one of my first Candid posts. I had the privilege of attending one of their concerts this past week in Santa Fe, New Mexico. To say it was amazing would be an understatement.
Right after the concert, I found a mix that they did for BBC Radio nine months ago. It’s called “Diplo and Friends Mix”. It was similar to their set at the concert, and that made it all the better.
If you’re looking for some Native American infused EDM, you’ve come to the right place. Their pride for their culture is obvious in their music, and I love how they combine elements of Latin, hip-hop and reggae into this mix. Seriously, they’re the real deal. A Tribe Called Red knows who they are and where they come from. They want to share it with the world. Check it:
Feast your ears on this fascinating performance by contemporary flamenco artist Concha Buika, a part of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. The first thing that might strike you about the voice of the artist usually billed as Buika is the raspy uniqueness of her voice and her style of singing, influenced by the traditional flamenco native to the Andalusian region of Spain, and heavily influenced by the Gypsy and Moors who imported influences that would later be merged to manifest this art form. Buika was born on the Spanish island of Palma de Mallorca to immigrant parents from Equatorial Guinea. It was there that she grew up in close proximity to the island’s Gypsy community and where her musical foundation was laid. While her voice remains faithful to the traditional sound of a flamenco performance, featuring a singer, guitarist, and often a dancer/s, in general her music does not. Instead, she captivated young Spanish audiences with her own contemporary fusion of flamenco, jazz, soul, pop, African, and Afro-Cuban styles. In a typical set she weaves her way cohesively through all of these styles, excelling in the traditional ‘cantes’, calling for quick improvisation and ‘duende’ (soul or passion often associated with intense/powerful artistic expression), mellow jazz moods, and pop melodies and song renditions that effortlessly help to fuse them all together. Today she is an internationally acclaimed and touring artist who has won many awards including a nod for best Latin Jazz Grammy.
Mean muggin’ music from J STEIN once again, recorded right here at Candid. Lyricist B. Nice, fresh off his new EP, Meaning to Share, sits in the center of familiar growls, cooled by rainstick sounds and soft percussion, including drum samples created by Team Supreme’s Great Dane. “Pendulum” is more introspective than recent work from J STEIN, but it is a successful foray into new territory. Peep below for new vibes.
Ting tong ting, y’all.
B. Nice: Meaning to Share EP