Jorja Smith: Rose Rouge

Jorja Smith’s mesmerizing version of St Germain’s “Rose Rouge” will appear on Blue Note Re:imagined, an upcoming compilation album from Blue Note Records of reimagined, signature Blue Note tracks. “Rose Rouge” originally appeared on St Germain’s Tourist from 20 years ago, and relied on a sample of Marlena Shaw’s “Woman of the Ghetto.” Shaw’s contribution remains, and so does St Germain’s, but Smith’s cover emphasizes …

Roy Ayers feat. Ali Shaheed Muhammad + Adrian Younge: Synchronize Vibration

Jazz/soul legend Roy Ayers (whose most recent album came out in 2004) is poised to release a new LP called JID 002, made in collaboration with A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad and producer Adrian Younge—who make up recording duo Midnight Hour. From the album, the lush tune “Synchronize Vibration” channels Ayers’ own signature sound, coupled with a breezy vibe and whispery vocals that …

Leon Bridges feat. Terrace Martin: Sweeter

Neo-soul singer-songwriter Leon Bridges teamed up with jazz and hip-hop artist Terrace Martin for “Sweeter,” a meditation on racism and hope. Over a drum machine, Bridges sings “Somebody should hand you a felony / ‘Cause you stole from me my chance to be… I wish I had another day / But it’s just another day,” as Martin’s saxophone adorns the gentle tune. The song was …