Theophilus London returns after a two-year hiatus (finally!) with his new album Vibes. To celebrate the release, Theophilus debuts his new video for “Tribe” which will be performed live for the first time tomorrow night on the Late Show with David Letterman.
The 12-song LP took nearly two-years to create following Theophilus’ relocation to the deserts of Palm Springs to join his inspiration and Motown-legend Leon Ware to serve as creative producer on the album. London had long admired the work of Ware — who has worked with the likes of The Isley Brothers, Ike and Tina, Diana Ross, Quincy Jones, Minnie Riperton and Maxwell, as well as great moments in soul music such as Marvin Gaye’s classic “I Want You” and Michael Jackson’s first gold record “I Wanna Be Where You Are” — and had even reimagined the album cover of Ware’s eponymous 1982 album for his major label debut album, 2011’s Timez Are Weird These Days.
Tracklisting for Vibes is as follows:
1. Water Me (feat. Leon Ware)
2. Neu Law
3. Take And Look
4. Can’t Stop My Love (feat. Kanye West)
5. Get Me Right
7. Do Girls
8. Tribe (feat. Jesse Boykins III)
9. Smoke (Interlude) (feat. Soko)
10. Smoke Dancehall
11. Need Somebody (feat. Leon Ware)
12. Figure It Out (feat. Devonte Hynes)
Theophilus will be spreading the good vibes with his Soho House release party tour:
- THU Nov 6th – New York, NY w/ Nianga
- SAT Nov 15th – Chicago, IL w/ Flat White
- SUN Nov 16th – Toronto, ONT w/ Theophilus London
- FRI Nov 21st – Miami, FL w/ Juske
Listen: Outasight – “Automatic”
Outasight has released his single of “Automatic”; the 2nd single from the highly anticipated sophomore album from one of the most versatile artists in hip hop. “Automatic”, has all of the key elements of a dance floor anthem. From the driving beat and hypnotic synths to the funky guitars and Outasight’s one-of-a-kind vocals, “Automatic” is the perfect vessel to introduce Outasight’s return to the world of independent music where he once cut his teeth as one of the most buzzed about artists around.
Outasight is a Yonkers born-and-bred singer/songwriter/rapper whose rise to prominence took him from a star of the New York City mixtape circuit to a record deal with Warner Bros. Records. He’s best known for his single “Tonight Is the Night”, which you might recall from the 2011 Pepsi Commercial featuring Ray Charles, Britney Spears, Kanye West, Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey. “Tonight Is The Night” was also the main theme to the 2012 NHL All Star game, at which Outasight performed, and the 1000th episode of WWE Monday Night RAW. Capitalizing on the success of “Tonight Is The Night” and the strength of the overall album, Outasight’s major-label debut Nights Like These (Warner Bros. Records) debuted November 23rd, 2012 and peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Heatseeker’s Chart.
With the move back to working as an independent artist, Outasight is making the most of the freedom that comes with being in charge of your own creative destiny. The new batch of Outasight music slated for release is every bit as dynamic as Nights Like These, but with a return to the edge and swagger that made Outasight such a special artist in the first place.
Stay tuned as Outasight unveils more audible treats from his new full-length debuting early next year.
Listen/download: L A Y L A – “Weightless” ( Dimond Saints ) Remix
Dimond Saints and L A Y L A merge effortlessly in this stunning rendition of Weightless. L A Y L A draws you in immediately with her beautiful yet powerful vocals that loom majestically over the music. Wiith a solid foundation of spacial beats and warm undertones that combine with one of the most infectious choruses, this one will have you singing with her before the end of the first of play. Dimond Saints has done it again with this futurist take of L A Y L A that is sure to be an instant classic!
Music icon Prince returns to the SNL stage on November 1st marking his third time as musical guest. The evening also marks former SNL cast member Chris Rock’s return as host.
The November 1st performance promises to be one for the record books and will feature his band, 3RDEYEGIRL (Guitarist Donna Grantis, drummer Hannah Ford Welton and bassist Ida Nielsen).
This is the first television performance from Prince since the release of his two chart-topping albums, ART OFFICIAL AGE and PLECTRUMELECTRUM, on September 30th. ART OFFICIAL AGE, Prince’s solo album, bowed in at #1 on Billboard’s R&B Chart while PLECTRUMELECTRUM, featuring Prince’s new band 3RDEYEGIRL, debuted at #1 on the Rock Chart, making Prince the first artist in over a decade to debut two albums in the Top 10 at the same time. The New York Times declared, “Prince at his best doesn’t just collect and recreate genres; he smashes them together.”
2014 has been one of the most exciting years yet for the prodigious musical talent. The two new studio albums marked a historic return to Warner Bros. Records, Prince’s original label home. The renewed partnership came after the announcement that Warner Bros. Records returned to Prince the master recordings of his pioneering ’80s albums, including Dirty Mind, 1999, Purple Rain and Sign ‘O’ the Times. In April, NPG Music Publishing was launched, marking the first time Prince’s vast publishing catalog has been independently controlled and administered in over twenty years. In the live arena, together with 3RDEYEGIRL, Prince rocked UK and European audiences into a frenzy with his sell-out ‘Hit & Run’ tours, generating some of the most significant critical acclaim of his career. The Guardian declared, “These are performances by one of the greatest funk-rock bands ever.” All of this in addition to headlining and curating the Essence Festival on July 4th in New Orleans and a much talked about appearance on hit TV show ‘New Girl’. 2014 has underlined that Prince continues to innovate and surprise, thrilling his fans and welcoming a whole new audience in the process.
Listen/download: The Dead Ships – “Canyon”
Check out the new song from LA garage-rock band The Dead Ships, who have been on tour with PAPA and have played alongside bands like Yo La Tengo and She & Him. They’ll be in NYC for CMJ in a couple of weeks, as well.
Electro-pop singer-songwriter & producer extraordinaire Nanna Øland Fabricius, better known as Oh Land, today announces her fourth studio album, Earth Sick - set for release November 11th via her own independent imprint, Tusk or Tooth, in collaboration with Kobalt Label Services! Immersed in her signature soundscape of lush vocals, rich string arrangements & infectious melodies, the album is a hybrid of masterfully woven symphonic & electronic sounds, and marks a full-circle return to the artist’s bedroom production style.
Earth Sick first single “Head Up High,” featuring bouncing synth rhythms & infectious, hook-laden vocals, was written for a friend going through a tough time in her life as encouragement to, quite literally, keep her head up high. Nearly forgotten about by Nanna, the same friend reminded her a year later whilst deep in the throes of recording Earth Sick. The song was finished almost instantly & added to the album.
Frustrated by the struggle to keep her head above the waves and hold onto a sense of idealism despite the complexities of life, Oh Land grasped the struggle as the inspiration for her lyrical exploration on Earth Sick. Anchored by melancholic anthem “Machine,” which opens the album with delicate yet industrial textures, tracks “Little Things” and “Earth Sick” continue the existential lyrical journey combined with the singer’s love for orchestral arrangements.
Oh Land began her career rather unconventionally following a ten-year budding career in ballet, which was ended abruptly by an injury. Searching for a new way to incorporate music into her life, she began recording in her bedroom and discovered an early knack for production. In 2008, she released her debut album Fauna to much critical acclaim, and has spent the better part of the past four years supporting her following releases, Oh Land & Wish Bone, and supporting artists including Katy Perry & Sia on the road.
Be sure to catch her when she plays New York City’s Bowery Ballroom on October 21st during CMJ- marking her first NYC show in a year!
Earth Sick tracklist:
2. Favor Friends
3. Head Up High
4. Earth Sick
5. Nothing Is Over
6. Doubt My Legs
7. Half Hero
9. Hot ‘n Bothered
10. Little Things
12. No Particular Order
“Lewis Watson knows how to make us feel an aching in our hearts with his quiet and gorgeously harmonized version of Local Natives’ ‘Wide Eyes.’” – Refinery29
“This elegant song about mistrust and regret is a doozy, achingly lonely but levelheaded, and Mr. Watson sings it with a mature voice and a mildly mawkish earnestness.” – The New York Times’ Jon Caramanica
“There’s no doubt: Lewis Watson really is out of this world.” – NYLON
” …brings to mind the Avett Brothers, Fleet Foxes or his fellow Brits, Mumford & Sons.” – PAPER
British singer-songwriter sensation Lewis Watson recently released his long-awaited debut full-length album, The Morning, which rocketed to #3 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart! In support of the new record, he’ll take to the road on a full North American tour this fall. Having quickly become renowned for his effortlessly charismatic stage presence & a knack for truly engaging his enamoured audience, the tour will take he & his delightful live show to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston, the Bowery Ballroom in NYC & more!
In celebration of the upcoming tour, Lewis has unveiled a beautifully shot live video of his unique cover of Local Natives’ “Wide Eyes.”
In 2012, Lewis self-released his debut It’s Got Four Sad Songs On It BTW EP after establishing a devoted online fanbase. It topped the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart on the first day of release, outselling the likes of Adele, Madonna & Ed Sheeran in the process, and landed the then 19-year-old singer-songwriter a deal with Warner Bros. UK.
In addition to critical acclaim, all five of his EPs to date have hit the Top 10 at iTunes, each building upon the sales of the previous release. Meanwhile, his online following is phenomenal: 6.3 million YouTube plays, 100k+ ‘likes’ on Facebook, 5 million streams at Spotify & 75k+ followers on Twitter.
LIVE On Tour This Fall!
10/22: Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
10/23: San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
10/25: Evanston, IL @ SPACE
10/26: Toronto, ON @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club
10/28: Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live (upstairs)
10/29: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/30: Boston, MA @ Cafe 939 (The Red Room)
11/1: Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java