Today is the day for India Shawn and for you reading to get in tune.
First up is the video release for “Floating Away” — my favorite preview of her and James Fauntleoy’s Outer Limits EP that I gushed over in February. For the visuals, India Shawn channels her dance background as we visit a ballet practice.
Sometimes it’s a little better to travel than arrive.
Now, said Outer Limits EP is available today too! I’m lookin’ forward to the 8 tracks after the aesthetic of what I’ve heard thus far. It’s a must-listen for any easy listening R&B fans out there. Keep the good vibes comin’ today and press play down under.
As Thanksgiving ends, Christmas season begins. James Fauntleroy does the time justice with a new 10 track Christmas album for your next month called The Warmest Winter Ever. It’s clearly not inspired by Chicago and can be streamed below.
Swedish singer Snoh Aalegra is one of my favorite new artists of 2014, impacting in recent weeks with a variety of previews and loose tracks, her feature on Common’s Nobody’s Smiling, and culminating in the release of her debut EP this week, There Will Be Sunshine. She releases the project through her new home at Epic Records, and with No I.D. producing for her, she’s got some great, close co-signs for the start of her career.
There Will Be Sunshine is a cohesive 6-track project with nods to her Stockholm home for the definitive intro and a part 2 as the outro. “Bad Things” is the track that follows, an ear-catching single that should appeal to hip hop heads with Common on board for a slick feature verse. The video dropped yesterday and is brought back below for, perhaps, your proper audio/visual introduction to Snoh Aalegra.
I was intrigued by the 3 tracks after the previously released “Bad Things” — all first listens for me and they far from disappointed. “Paradise” is a gripping and surprisingly motivating track that I’ve found myself playing on near-repeat levels since I copped the EP on iTunes yesterday. “You Already Know” is equally as replayable and acts as Snoh’s breakup fallout record. The title track follows and is perhaps the most obvious No I.D. classic sound in the production. Though I enjoy the previous 2 records more, “There Will Be Sunshine” is perhaps the most catchy. The EP concludes with James Fauntleroy harmonizing in a seamless and cozy outro that’s at perfect length.
As a whole, the EP is at the perfect length too. A quick listen that transforms your mood and focus to the music itself with Snoh’s wonderfully grasping vocals and visual storytelling or the pleasing production acting as the base for good background music. From here, I hope for more videos, especially for a “Paradise” or “You Already Know”. Surely, there will be more sunshine for Snoh Aalegra as she kickstarts her career with this impressive EP. Get in tune and listen below!
h/t Hunger TV on the premiere + accompanying interview
You knew it was comin! The full album stream for Jhene Aiko’s Souled Out, available in stores and everywhere in less than a week, September 9th. Souled Out is slim on the vocal features with Common, Cocaine 80s, and Jhene’s daughter and late brother the lone ones. Production is handled by Key Wane, Fisticuffs, James Fauntleroy, Dot Da Genius, and Souled Out is executive produced by No I.D. I’m fans of all of the above and can’t wait to listen/support this week, especially on the heels of the Childish Gambino well-directed visuals for “The Pressure”.
1. Limbo Limbo Limbo
3. To Love & Die (feat. Cocaine 80s)
4. Spotless Mind
5. It’s Cool
6. Lyin King
8. The Pressure
10. Eternal Sunshine
11. Promises (feat. NAMIKO & Miyagi)
12. Pretty Bird (Freestyle) (feat. Common)
14. Blue Dream
Listen to the Jhene Aiko ‘Souled Out’ Album Stream here.
On the heels of his stellar feature on Common’s Nobody’s Smiling, Elijah Blake is prepping his new solo EP, Drift, and does so in a powerful new way by singing slowly on a topic not often covered: child abuse. In it, Elijah describes some dark experiences of his father’s physical form of discipline, yet also concludes with a recollection of a childlike imagination we should still think from today.
I’m 6 years old, full of imagination.
It’s hard not to be pulled in by this gripping story. *applauds* — seen via Fauntleroy’s IG (so I’m assuming they worked together on this one, also given their previous connections).