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
The veteran lyricist B.Nice does hip hop culture justice with his new EP, Meaning To Share. Hitting us with jazz based, boom-bap type, beats and bars which find a way to be comical and well as introspective, B gives his listeners something to bump too and ponder simultaneously. With lines like “It’s in here, it’s in here, it ain’t in kicks, it might be in snares…” One can’t help but feel connected to and inspired by B as he pleads with us to become more critically aware of our social context and search for a higher sense of self…and of course to have fun while doing so. Check it out below, give it a download, and be on the lookout for his upcoming performance on September 14th at Trash Bar (256 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211).
I came across George Watsky last year whilst diving head first into the spoken word poetry scene. Watsky had the spunk, the swagger and the stories to make his poems go viral. Here is my first experience of Watsky:
Little did I know that he was making his way into the music scene, already having dropped two albums within the past five years. Watsky just dropped his new album, All You Can Do, last Tuesday. He is currently touring in Europe, and starts his American tour in mid-October.
Watsky’s articulation and pronunciation is almost impeccable. Watsky throws his more alternative hip hop side on this album by collaborating with artists such as Anderson Paak, Jimetta Rose, and many more. My favorite song off this album is “Whoa Whoa Whoa”. If you’re looking for something more relaxed, check out “Ink Don’t Bleed” and “Cannonball”.
Let me tell you that Watsky throws down as fast, as articulative and as real as anyone out there. Peep: