NPR thought to have Miguel perform in the confines of their office where his talent could really be tested. His sound stripped down to just him and a guitarist. No slick editing, just his talent on full display and it’s incredible. You also get a good feel for his personality. Reminds me of when a mutual friend brought him to my house warming party 5 years ago. Miguel introduced himself to me and politely asked if he could sing for my guests. Seems like the same nice guy now.
My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James is dropping his debut full-length solo LP, Regions of Light and Sound of God next month and this song got me excited about that. Jim played every instrument and engineered the album himself. It was inspired primarily by Lynd Ward’s 1929 graphic novel God’s Man, which “chronicles an artist’s struggles with temptation and corruption, along with finding true love.”
“Did I leave my life to chance or did I make you f+@#ing dance?”
She’s sung with SBTRKT and now we can see more of what she’s about. This song got her buzzing in 2012 and now she’s starting to tour stateside as her EP entitled If You’re Never Gonna Move just came out here. This particular song will be included on her upcoming full length album called Devotion. As if Jessie J wasn’t enough, now we get to enjoy another singer from the UK named Jessie.
I’ve never had more fun doing a show. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s mine and it affords me the opportunity to do whatever I want or maybe it’s just about where I’m at in my life. However I break it down, doing the first season of this show was so much fun. While we get ready for its TV debut later this year, here’s a highlight reel of the good times we’ve had so far on The Q Side.
An incredible R&B interpretation of Kendrick Lamar’s song and the video marks a solid directorial debut by my homie JL Brown. One take vids are hard to pull off without the help of elaborate choreography, effects or a stunning location, all of which JL didn’t have the luxury of. What he did have was Mateo as raw as I’ve seen him in front of the camera. Simple is brilliant sometimes. Download it here.
Their debut album came out last year and I keep coming back to this song. Crystalize. I actually love how the vocals are under-enunciated. You’ll get the idea.
While everyone seems to be talking about Justin Timberlakes new music, I’m way more excited about this. This collective’s been delivering an interesting variety of soul music for a few years now and all their releases have a delicious vibe. Anchored by the music of No I.D. and the vocals of James Fauntleroy with appearances by Common and Jhené Aiko. Download it here.