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Terrace Martin Presents The Pollyseeds: Mama D/Leimert Park
From the lush record Sounds of Crenshaw Vol. 1, by Terrace Martin's supergroup The Pollyseeds, comes "Mama D/Leimert Park"—on which Martin (who produced Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly) plays all the instruments, as well as the vocoder-aided vocals...
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Princess Nokia: G.O.A.T. Princess Nokia's brand new video for the Wally West-produced "G.O.A.T." sees her rolling around the city in a bright red Polaris Slingshot three-wheeler. The NYC-based artist references her individuality and self-assurance...
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Olivia Nelson: Cleopatra
London-based singer/songwriter Olivia Nelson's debut solo track, "Cleopatra," is a super-funky and infectious tune. Channeling some slick R&B vocals, Nelson's voice over the groovy beat creates an ideal, sweet balance. We look forward to seeing what...
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Little Dragon: High Along with a video for their glistening new track "High," Swedish band Little Dragon has announced a North American tour that will begin in April. The first release from the four-piece since 2014's Nabuma Rubberband, the song is...
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Ohio Players: Funky Worm
Legendary funk musician, Walter "Junie" Morrison passed away at just 62 years old. The multi-talented Morrison was a producer, writer, keyboardist and vocalist—and was a founding member of the Ohio Players—making him a true pioneer of the funk movement...
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Premiere: "Move and Shout" by Boulevards
In a super-funky video that's saturated in retro vibes, Boulevards and director Ramon Zubia create a dance party for the artist's buoyant track "Move and Shout," premiering on Cool Hunting today. Boulevards (aka Jamil Rashad) tells us, "The idea...
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Charles Bradley: Changes
It’s hard not to shed a tear, listening to Charles Bradley’s music. At the same time, it’s impossible not to feel uplifted too. Such is the anomaly that is the 67-year-old soul singer, whose passion radiates so strongly it feels like he’s right...
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Lawrence: Superficial
NYC-based band Lawrence, helmed by siblings Clyde and Gracie Lawrence and backed up by a talented slew of musicians (including a three-piece horn section), are driving to Austin this very moment to perform over the next three days at SXSW, before continuing...
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Premiere: "Time" by EMEFE
NYC afrobeat dance band staple EMEFE, founded by beast of a drummer and vocalist Miles Arntzen (who keeps the beat for Antibalas and Will Butler of Arcade Fire), will have you hooked after one live show. (Start with them funking up a van with their...
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Vulfpeck: Funky Duck
Funk band with a sense of humor Vulfpeck reached internet fame last year with "Sleepify," an album made up of nothing but silent tracks and released on Spotify. Asking fans to play it on repeat before going to bed, the band ended up making around...
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Boulevards: Sanity Boulevards (aka Jamil Rashad) brings the '70s back in a big and catchy way with "Sanity," a full-energy track that celebrates the best clichés of the era—like hand claps, glittery riffs, groovy bass lines and smoother-than-caramel...
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Boulevards: Sanity
Boulevards (aka Jamil Rashad) brings the '70s back in a big and catchy way with "Sanity," a full-energy track that celebrates the best clichés of the era—like hand claps, glittery riffs, groovy bass lines and smoother-than-caramel vocals—while remaining...
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Premiere: Hiatus Kaiyote's "Molasses" Live in Paris
In a time when hyper-manufactured hits created in multimillion dollar studios dominate the airwaves, Melbourne-based quartet Hiatus Kaiyote have been stoking a different kind of fire with their DIY approach built on raw energy, creativity and most...
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William Onyeabor Box Sets
Much of Onyeabor's identity remains a mystery, but crate-diggers have been fans for years, and 2013 saw Luaka Bop finally bring his songs to the (curious) masses. Discovering Onyeabor's music is like being let in on a very special secret. Rich with...
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Kalimist K Boog Gives Funk a Modern Facelift
The words "hip-hop," "funk" and " Tel Aviv" usually aren't uttered in the same sentence, but one musician is making sure it will soon become commonplace. Daniel Kalimist has been flying under the radar for some time, DJing at local venues like Pasaz...
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Francis and the Lights: Like a Dream
In advance of their 25 November EP drop, Francis and the Lights have released a magical new video for their smooth lead single, "Like a Dream." In one take, charismatic frontman Francis Starlight dances his way, with signature style and fluid moves...
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Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler: You Don't Own Me
Australian-born, LA-based DJ, producer and vocalist Anna Lunoe just wrapped her US tour with The Weeknd and a release of the songs she played, and now delivers this week's #PrivateJam. "Since reaching adulthood, I refuse to re-watch movies. No matter...
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Snoop Dogg: In 3 Records
West Coast OG rapper Snoop Dog could never lose the street cred he so deserves, but his recent foray into reggae left many thinking the hip-hop legend has lost his edge. Leave it to London's beloved radio host Benji B to remind everyone why we should...
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Danny Brown & Mndsgn: Sweeney Song
Everything Detroit's hip-hop veteran Danny Brown drops is worth a listen. Teaming up with Philadelphia producer MNDSGN, Brown released "Sweeney Song" as a part of a new project by former hip-hop blogger Sweeny Kovar (known for his heady hip-hop site...
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Thelonious Monk: Paris 1969 A never before released concert film and audio recording of Thelonious Monk's late-career concert at the Salle Pleyel in Paris will finally be made available to the public on 25 November from Blue Note Records. Monk...
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Justin Timberlake: Summer Love
The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards are taking place in Brooklyn tonight, a first in the show's 30-year history. This past week has been a roller-coaster of rumors involving Justin Timberlake, who will be receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award...
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Megadeth: Holy Wars
For this week's #PrivateJam, Kenny G gave us his own guilty pleasure hit. Our woodwind spirit animal explained that after taking his son to one of their shows years ago, he's still hair-over-heels for Megadeth's "Holy Wars." The band's #1 hit featured...
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Zero 7: On My Own
After a four-year hiatus, Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker of London-based duo Zero 7 have released a new 12" white label "On My Own," featuring a vocalist they've never worked with before: Danny Pratt. That's not all that's new; the trip-hop duo—with...
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Parquet Courts: You've Got Me Wonderin' Now
The four-piece band from New York has a raw punk sound that could easily have been found on the Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtrack; the recorder line on Parquet Courts' newest single, "You've Got Me Wonderin' Now," is a resonating blast from the past...
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George Duke: Reach Out
Famed jazz funk keyboardist George Duke passed away on 5 August 2013 at the age of 67 and his memorial service—which took place this past Monday—included performances from Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan. When Duke passed away, the ripple through Twitter...
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