Posts Tagged ‘Erykah Badu’

Photo Credit: Eli Joshua

Photo Credit: Eli Joshua

One MusicFest 2013 is to music lovers what New York Fashion Week is to fashionistas and label whores: indelible bliss. Residents of the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood reaped the benefits of their cool, downtown space being invaded by thousands upon thousands of folks feenin’ for some good ol’ fashioned soul food.

In its fourth year, One MusicFest is proving to be the music festival to attend. Since its inception, it has seen artists such as Common, De La Soul, Big Daddy Kane, Doug E Fresh, The Foreign Exchange, Anthony David, Tortured Soul, Santigold, Chrisette Michele, Big K.R.I.T. and a host more kill the stages. In 2013, the lineup and the venue changed but the rules remained the same: come prepared to have a good ass time.

From noon to 11pm, the Historic Fourth Ward Park provided refuge to those seeking solace in the midst of uncertainty. OMF allowed its patrons to let go, let loose and vibe to dope sounds in the company of other like-minded musicheads. Hosted by my personal favorite sanger Joi Gilliam and Atlanta’s slickest, sickest host D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik, the event was transformed from a music festival to a huge block party. Blanketed by camaraderie and enveloped in a commonality of music appreciation, everyone gathered with the intent to enjoy themselves thoroughly.

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QUEEN

When I say this collaboration is highly anticipated, believe that’s no exaggeration. Since the release of Janelle Monae’s first EP Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase), folks have compared and contrasted her style to her eclectic predecessor, Erykah Badu. So it’s only natural that once the comparisons finally waned, fans would begin to clamor for a melding of their individual dopeness. But you know what they say: Ask and you shall receive, y’all!

The first single, Q.U.E.E.N, from Monae’s upcoming album, Electric Lady, is fiercely unapologetic. Lines such as, “They be like ‘ooh, let them eat cake’, but we eat wangs and throw them bones on the ground” reflect the sassiness and slightly unruly message of this track. Badu acts as more of the big sister proudly backing up her fearless lil’ sis than a true feature. Quite honestly, Monae holds her own and dominates the song. There are some that ponder about the lyrics, questioning her sexuality and intent. To me, her only intent is the stress the same philosophy she’s upheld since she dropped down from Metropolis: “embrace what makes you unique; even if it makes others uncomfortable.”

Alright, people.  Robert Glasper has blessed us with the first track from his upcoming Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EPFeaturing production from 9th Wonder and added vocals from Phonte, “Afro Blue” has now been transformed into a “fly love song,” sprinkled with soft flutes and Tigallo’s mellow lyrics.  Black Radio Recovered drops on Oct. 9.

 

The good people over at BamaLoveSoul have compiled a wonderful mix featuring everyone’s favorite ankh-wearing, incense-burning, unpredictable eclectic Erykah Badu.  With submission from a diverse mix of producers and DJs, Y’all Feel That?: Erykah Badu Remixes, Flips & Covers Pt. 2 is reflective of the Analog Girl’s own  broad range of creativity and unmistakable passion.

Once again we find ourselves curating a mix of a large number of  producer’s love for one amazing artist: Erykah Badu! This mix is more than just a Badu tribute, it’s a testament of her creativity and it’s  influence on so many. We put out the call for Badu remixes, covers etc and received so many it was impossible to include them all in this mix.  The remixes reflect Erykah’s daring and dynamic, unique and always interesting track selections  with a twist. -From BamaLoveSoul

 

 

Peep the tracklisting under the jump…

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Flying Lotus ingeniously introduces two new tracks from his upcoming project Until the Quiet Comes through a beautifully shot short film directed by Kahlil Joseph.  Powerful imagery provide the backdrop for three tracks (“See Thru To U” feat. Erykah Badu, “Hunger” and “Getting There” both feat. Niki Randa) from Fly Lo’s new album.

Until the Quiet Comes will be out on Oct. 2.

 

You may or may not be familiar with the name Karriem Riggins, but it’s absolutely likely that you’ve bobbed your head to his productions.  With an impressive roster of collaborations under his belt, Riggins and Stones Throw Records has compiled a nice podcast of some of the hip-hop producers most noted projects.  From Talib Kweli, Slum Village, J Dilla, Erykah Badu, The Roots and many more, there will be tracks that make you stop and think, “Damn, Karriem Riggins produced that??!”

Check out Stones Throw Records for more info on the talented jazz drummer/producer.

 

Listen here: Karriem Riggins Produced That

Who doesn’t love a dope supergroup??  Especially when that supergroup consists of folks that have such a prominent presence in music in their own right.  Damon Albarn (lead vocalist for Gorillaz), Flea (bassist for Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Tony Allen (drummer and musical director for Fela Kuti) have combined their melodic awesomeness to create funk band Rocket Juice and The Moon.  Blending funk, Afrobeat and jazz, “Hey Shooter” results in a fast-moving, psychedelic journey.  And of course, Badu’s laidback soulfulness just adds light to the trippy tune.

Rocket Juice and The Moon are set to release their self-titled album Rocket Juice & Moon on March 27.

A lil late but I most certainly had to show love to one of soul music’s most influential, Erykah Badu. I remember when I heard “On & On” for the first time.  I couldn’t believe all the heart and soul emanating from my speakers.  Ever since then, I’ve been a lover fan of the analog girl in a digital world.  Her voice, her style, her entire being is the shit that nonconformists live for.  She’s the poster lady for “do what the hell you gon’ do.”  And at 41, she’s doing her own thing quite nicely.  Singer, mommy, dj, doula, artist, activist and b-girl, Badu has solidified her place in music lovers’ hearts.

 

Check out this interview where she explains the pivotal role of the DJ.  Yes, yes, y’all.

Members of Hyundai’s RE:GENERATION movement performed the funky jazz tune “A La Modeliste” on David Letterman.  Produced by Mark Ronson, led by Erykah Badu and backed up by Ziggaboo Modeliste and few a Dap Kings, the artists did a great job representing classic New Orleans music.  Great set.  Where were Yasiin Bey and Trombone Shorty though?  Check out the performance below.

Check out the trailer for RE:GENERATION Music Project under the cut…

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“all that we are, all that we got, make up the pieces, put it in a pot”

Not too many things compare to the feeling of hearing a good tune.  Music that evokes a myriad of emotions–whether from a low-end or a high-end–has always had a place in my consciousness.  As you’ll come to realize (hopefully *smile*), my tastes in music is ever-changing, but my love is unconditional.  “Audio Gumbo” is the brewing of all the sounds I’ve grown to care for.  If you’ve ever had good gumbo, you know it’s a mixture of many delicious ingredients, blended with love and meticulous care.  That’s what music is to me.  Hip hop, soul, funk, jazz, R&B, reggae, zydeco and all that’s slid in-between, I embrace them with understanding, openness and vulnerability.

Below, there waits a sample of the “gumbo” of many of the genres I really dig.  So, again, thanks for stopping by.  Funk it out, y’all.