4 new songs + 1 old school joint. Be sure to place your five favorites of the week in the comments!
Throwing some confetti and glitter over the news that the Robert Glasper Experiment are following up their excellent Black Radio project with a second edition. A surprising cast of characters are guest spotting (Brandy, Norah Jones, Anthony Hamilton, Patrick Stump, and Snoop
Are you watching Orange Is The New Black? You're not? Um, you need too. It's one of the best shows I've seen in the longest time and I'm OBSESSED. After being provoked by Internet friends I dove into the full first season (streaming on Netflix) in less than a week, for going getting my beauty sleep. Aside from being an awesomely written show that is hilarious, heartbreaking, terrifying, thought-provoking, and with an amazing and diverse cast of talented actors I cannot get Regina Spektor's theme song for the show out of my friggin' head. It's some on-point aural ram-bam complete with squealing guitars and a thrilling middle eight. So listen to the song, check out the show, and come back to me and tell me that you are obsessed, because you will be. Trust. [Listen]
As I keep up with this series, I try to see which is the summeriest of the summery songs that I pick, and by far, the summeriest of them all is Basement Jaxx's newest. This is euphoria on overdrive. It just beams down on you like an electric sunshine, with Sam Brookes' vocals just soaring and the synths just pinballing around in a harmonious blend of '90s House and Disco. For full effect, play this one loud. [Listen + Watch]
This week I decided to listen to some '90s albums I don't listen to often to be surprised by what I might hear. One of my surprise listens was Lisette Melendez's 1994 set True To Life. Melendez is mostly known for Freestyle anthem "Together Forever", but her later dip into New Jack/House was quite ignored. The whole album is even better than her first, IMO, but standout "Goody Goody" is my favorite. It has two versions, doubling the awesome. I prefer the poppier dance version, but the hip-hop version is slick with some touches of Jazz, and its music video amusing for a look back at (garish) 90's fashions and a Fat Joe cameo. [Listen + Watch]
Mr. Sparro could sing nutrition facts and I'd be enthralled, but he'd rather put that debonair voice to better use, and I'm glad. He's soon to be releasing what he describes as a "music mini-series", starting in September with the first installment, and recently just this week he released the Mechanical mixtape in prep. What I'm listening to is Sparro's take on the the summer anthem of 2013 --- Daft Punk's "Get Lucky". He juices it up a bit with more electronic backing, but Sparro's vocals give the song a new dynamic, not to mention the whole vibe is sweating out the perm fabulous. Dare I say it's a bit better than the original? Yes. I will say so. [Listen]