Booker T. Jones & The Roots “Everything Is Everything (Lauryn Hill Cover)”

We don’t usually cover instrumentals around here, but after catching the clip to this, music legend Booker T. Jones (of Booker T & The MG’s) and The Roots powering through a supremely funky, super-slamming vocal-less version of Lauryn Hill’s “Everything Is Everything”, we couldn’t dare pass up a chance in sharing it. An early preview […]

The Knocks “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg (The Temptations Cover)”/ “Knock On Wood (Eddie Floyd Cover)”

For their latest project, EP Same Old Songs, ever-busy Manhattan remixing/ production duo The Knocks (Ben “B Roc” Rutner and James “JPatt” Patterson) have turned back the clock to take a modernized swing at a handful of their favorite soul oldies. Here’s the first two leaks from the mini-album (both nicely led by JPatt’s perfectly […]

Lykke Li “Unrequited Love”

On Lykke Li‘s much-buzzed-over debut Youth Novels, the Swedish songbird was pitched as yet another new addition to the ever-growing pack of late ’00’s quirky female singer-songwriters, her eccentric niche built on off-kilter arrangements, kooky turns of phrases, self-serious spoken word sections and cutesy meek coos that, all together, basically guaranteed Li a cult following […]

Quincy Jones “It’s My Party” (feat. Amy Winehouse)/ “PYT” (featuring T-Pain & Robin Thicke)

Next month will finally see the release of Q: Soul Bossa Nostra, multi-award-winning music legend Quincy Jones‘ long-awaited set compiling fifteen contemporary re-imaginings of his most memorable songs with some of the biggest names in music today, and, as is the norm these days, cuts from the album have already begun making their premature blog […]

Mark Ronson & The Business Intl “Lose It (In The End)” (featuring Ghostface Killah)

It’s been so long since the “Mark Ronson sound” hasn’t predominantly been horn-emblazoned, retro-soul workouts that the announcement of the superstar DJ-producer‘s third album, Record Collection, deviating away from that signature motif initially had us all scratching our heads trying to remember what else Ronson was capable of behind the boards. Then arrived the peculiar-but-addicting, […]

Plan B “Prayin'”

What if, after the breakout success of The Slim Shady LP, Eminem completely switched gears on the follow-up and released a soul record that was bathed in the glorious sounds of heyday Motown (or Amy Winehouse-as-produced-by-Mark Ronson), and heavily downplayed his rapping skills for some surprisingly sturdy Smokey-smoove singing chops? Sounds insane, right? Well it […]

Lissie “Stranger”

Alt-country-tinged indie-pop singer-songwriter Lissie has received plenty of acclaim within the past year, winning over critics with last year’s Why You Runnin’ EP, then sending the blogosphere all gaga over her rustic renditions of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”, Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” and Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness”. That adoration should only continue as more […]

Kanye West “Power”

Eight months after all that “Swiftgate” drama took both the Interwebz and watercooler/ Twitter gab hostage, Kanye West re-emerges on the freshly leaked Good Ass Job lead single “Power” sounding just as “divo” as ever, declaring “In the white man’s world/ We the ones chosen” and “I don’t need yo’ pussy, bitch/ I’m on my […]

Robbers On High Street “Electric Eye”

Previously noted around these parts for their excellent grown (indie) dude re-imagining of New Edition’s “Cool It Now”, Brooklyn’s Robbers On High Street show that there’s more to them than great covers on this early taste of their still-untitled third set. Clearly inspired by the sounds of ’60’s and ’70’s pop/ rock, boppy new single […]