Jordan Rakei Returns With His Dreamy New Single ‘Imagination’

The artist-curated mix series, Late Night Tales, is pleased to announce its next compilation, this time curated by multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer Jordan Rakei.

For Rakei’s Late Night Tales, the first mix of the acclaimed series’ 20th year, the 28-year-old modern soul icon effortlessly stamps his own jazz and hip-hop driven sound all over this gorgeous array of handpicked tracks.

A beautifully layered blend that is mirrored in the music he’s made, it comes as no surprise that such a supremely gifted songwriter should deliver a mix that is all about the song.  

I wanted to try and showcase as many people as I knew on this mix,” says Rakei. “My idea of Late Night Tales was to distil a series of relaxing moments; the whole conceptual sonic of relaxation. So, I was trying to think of all the collaborators and friends that I knew, who’d recorded stuff with this horizontal vibe.

Plus, I was also trying to help my friends’ stuff get into the world. I know the story of Khruangbin blowing up after appearing on the series (in fact, I think that’s how I discovered them). So, the main idea was to create a certain atmosphere, but also to help some of my favourite collaborators and buddies to give their songs a little push out into the world. Hope you like it.”

Check it out below

Nasty C Joins Ari Lennox For Their New Single, Black and White

“Black and White” is the latest single from South African rapper Nasty C. With the song finding itself placed on the ‘Coming to America 2’ soundtrack, Nasty C has stumbled into a new sense of popularity. Although, people will most likely discover the collaboration through Tiny Desk Concert team  who recently released a ‘Coming to America 2’ soundtrack special concert.

Nasty C’s real name is Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo, got his start in 2016 with the release of his debut album “Bad Hair”. After receiving critical acclaim for his album and a few mixtapes, he went on to sign with Def Jam in March of last year. It would be this deal that would bridge the musical gap between Africa and the States, and bring us the future summer time jam that is “Black and White”. 

Nasty C impresses with his wordplay, rapping about being a devoted soulmate while Ari Lennox answers back in her signature Badu-esque tone. Despite being a rapper at heart, Nasty C impressively flits between rapping and carrying a melodic chorus throughout the track making sure to cater for Rap and RnB heads alike. 

In the early stages of his joint venture deal with Def Jam, Nasty C’s future in the music business looks bright. In a time where space between the diasporas are getting smaller and smaller (thanks to the internet and films like Black Panther), and the fusion of various genres is becoming the norm, this is the perfect moment for Nasty C to shine.

Listen to Black and White below.

New York House DJ Carlos Sanchez has Died

A longtime staple of the New York house scene, DJ Carlos Sanchez, has passed away. The news comes three years after the likes of Francois K, DJ Spinna and Soul Clap played a fundraiser event to cover the medical expenses of Sanchez, who had been diagnosed with kidney failure in 2018.

Sanchez produced under his given name and the Carlos Sanchez Movement, and released the bulk of his music via New York-based house label Maxi Records. He also worked as a professor at Pace University, where he taught a World Music & The Underground course. Sanchez additionally played a pivotal role in the underground dance music community as a promoter, and heavily influenced the programming at New York clubs Leviticus and Save The Robots.

Gyakie Taps On Naija’s Omah Lay For A Banging Remix

Gyakie has just released a bubbly remix to her chart-topping single ‘Forever‘ in collaboration with Naija’s next rated superstar, Omah Lay.

With this remix featuring Omah Lay, Gyakie will continue her valiant strides while using this motherland association to further solidify her status as the next takeover star from Africa whose eyes are set beyond the Atlantic embankment.

Listen to ‘Forever’ below.

Virginia Hip Hop Artist Al-Dom Releases His The Pensive New Single

Having recently revealed his stellar new project NEW DREAM to acclaim from Rap Caviar, CLASH, Wonderland, DJ-Booth,  DUMMY, Fashionably Early and gained plaudits from fellow Norfolk, Virginia raised artist Pusha T, Al-Doms continues to keep the heat up with a visually stunning video for EP lead track Rat Race.

Directed by Aaron Dee, the video serves as a stellar visual accompaniment to a body of work which looks set to put Al-Doms on the radar for 2021 and beyond.

Listen to Rat Race below.

Rochelle Jordan Turns Soulful For Her New Single

Los Angeles-based artist Rochelle Jordan announces her new album,Play With theChanges, out April 30th on TOKiMONSTA’s Young Art Records, and today presents new single,“NEXT 2 YOU.” For Jordan, a desire for sonic expansion has long beenembedded into her fusion of futuristic and ancestrally soulful R&B.

To hear a Rochelle Jordan song is to absorb a blend of sampledelic 90s pop, vintage UK house and garage, 31st century electronic bangers, airy late night ballads, and progressive hip-hop. On Play With the Changes, Jordan showcases not just her own personal evolution, but a path topushing sound forward.

Produced by KLSH,Machinedrum, and Jimmy Edgar, the album presents her as a modern heir in a lineage of powerhouse vocalists with style and imagination: everyone from Whitney Houston to Celine Dion, Aaliyah to Amerie, Kelis to Mariah Carey.

Listen to Next 2 You below.

Francis Mercier Brings Energy For His New Single, Premier Gaou

Haiti born, New York-based House DJ/producer Francis Mercier, Deep Root Records label boss grew up with African and French influences as well as a love for ‘Premier Gaou’ but felt the song could have a modern ‘Afro House’ makeover to fit better into his sets.

Taking inspiration from the the famous Ivorian music group, Magic System, the track is an odae to the orginal single which sold more than 300,000 copies across France upon its release.

Listen to Premier Gaou below.

Have You Met.. Francis Mercier

 Where did you grow up, how did you get into creating music?

I was raised in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti where Caribbean, French & African cultures are very present, and I was exposed to artists like Magic System, Salif Keita, Mory Kante, and others in my early teens. I remember loving the energy, rhythm, and overall positivity found in African records. I initially had no idea who the artists were but whenever their music aired on local radios, it captivated me.

Years later, as I moved to the US for my studies, I discovered the melodic sound of Tiesto in 2006 in his ‘In Search Of Sunrise’ compilations, and those drew me into electronic music and from 2007 onwards I picked up DJing. After 7 years of performing in the biggest clubs in the North East of the US, I wanted more out of my career as a DJ and I grew into becoming a music producer from 2014 onwards. 

What’s the creative culture like in the city you raised in?

In Port-Au-Prince, Haiti where I grow up, the creative culture is very vibrant and diverse. We Haitians have our Caribbean roots and the Kompa Music has very unique energy but we are also very much exposed to American & European cultures. When growing up I had friends from all over the world and everyone would share their music. That may have been the reason why I chose to become a DJ.

What made you decide to start a record label?

In the early 2010s, I felt a void for House Music in New York. Back then the EDM Big Room sound was at the forefront together with Hip Hop and Trap Music. It was nearly impossible to land shows in Manhattan for classic House Music. As such, I decided to launch my own imprint Deep Root Records to initially put on cool shows focused on the classic House Music that I’m fond of.

Within a few years, we drew quite some attention and began releasing music. 2019 was a big year for us launching our Deep Root Sessions brand and in 2020 we started our Afro House imprint Deep Root Tribe. We’ve then been empowering lots of African artists to gain visibility on an international level. I’m quite excited to contribute to the Afro House scene with my remake of ‘Premier Gaou’ in partnership with Spinnin’ Records and their House Music imprint Spinnin Deep.

Have you tried to bring part of your Haitian heritage into your music?

I have been working on it and will be releasing an EP with an amazing Haitian vocalist by the name of Lenny Auguste at the end of the year. She’s from Gonaives and has an incredible voice.

Are you working independently to release your music? If so, what are some of the challenges?

I do release some of my compositions independently under my label Deep Root Records and wearing multiple hats all at the same time can be a challenge, but I focus on the positive instead. Having my own platform to release and push out my records gives me the capacity to present my vision to the world in its purest form.

If you weren’t making music, what do you think you would be doing?

I’d probably be in the world of finance as that’s what I studied. Good thing is that my academic background has given me an edge to be organized both within my creative and administrative duties at my label.

Do you play any instruments, if not, which would you love to learn first?

I dabble on the piano but I actually do not play any real-world instruments. That said, I do know how to play/use analog and software instruments quite well. Most of my compositions are coined by their chord progressions, which I use my natural musical experience to create on the keyboard and to port into MIDI and I work from there. I would love to learn how to perfectly play the piano, and one day buy an upright or grand piano for my house to learn some of my favorite classical piano pieces by Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi, and others who I love listening to.

Do you have advice for anyone releasing music independently?

Sure! Stay true to your vision, and go step by step. The road is long but definitely worth it. Building a fan base independently and purely from your music will be the strongest base.

Which artist would you love to collaborate with most?

Would love to work with Gorgon City for example! They are one of my favorite duos.

Do you have any festival bookings this summer?

I may play at the Summer Music Festival in Mons Belgium. But as of now no major festival. Hopefully, that will change 🙂

How would you describe your production style in three words?

Melodic, Moody, and Groovy!

Be sure to pre save Francis Mercier’s forthcoming single, Premier Gaou here

Hanoi Club Savage Announces A Three-Day Festival That’s Partly Set In A Cave

Savage, a five year-old club in Vietnam’s capital city, is hosting a mini-festival in a northern town called Mai Chau. Scheduled for April 2nd to 5th, the event takes place near Mai Chau Lodge.

Savage residents Ouissam, Zwi and Di Linh are playing in addition to a host of Hanoi-based artists such as Njuns, TrinhNu and Teodora Van Context. In total, the line-up spans 21 acts.

There will be two stages, one outdoors in a field during the day and the second inside a natural cave (pictured) for night. Savage cofounder Ouissam recently played in this cave for a special stream with local platforms Phoq Creative Studio and Phoq TV. Later this year or 2022, Savage hopes to throw an edition of Equation Festival at this location.

The Hanoi venue has been closed since February due to pandemic restrictions but it plans to reopen next week. As of March 5th, Vietnam recorded six new COVID-19 infections, bringing the national caseload to 2,494, according to official data.

For more information, visit the festival’s event page.Event: Savage Presents (Re)Treat

We Out Here Festival Adds Over 100 Artists To Its Line-Up

Gilles Peterson’s festival will return to the Cambridgeshire countryside on August 19-22 and boasts a wealth of live music and DJ talent that spans jazz, house, disco, grime, dubstep, dub, rap, r’n’b, drum ‘n’ bass, jungle and techno.

The line-up is embarrassingly good with the likes of Alfa Mist, Children of Zeus, dBridge, KOKOROKO, Nubya Garcia, Overmono and Yussef Dayes just a few of the live acts playing.

DJs include SHERELLE, Mala, DJ Storm, Colleen Murphy, ANZ, Joy Orbison and Kahn & Neek, not to mention many others.

It’s hard to pick our favourites from the line-up so just check out who’s been announced below. The curation is no joke!

Final release tickets are out now – don’t sleep, many UK festivals are currently selling out in record time.

We Out Here falls about a month after festivals and clubs are currently allowed to re-open and two months after it’s currently predicted that all adults in the UK could receive a coronavirus vaccine.

Live performances from:

Alabaster dePlume / Alfa Mist / Ashley Henry / Black Country, New Road / Children of Zeus / Corto.Alto / Crazy P / Dan Kye / dBridge presents Black Electric LIVE / Demae / Diabolical Liberties / Ebi Soda / Ego / Ella May / Emma-Jean Thackray / Erika de Casier Ezra Collective / Goya Gumbani / Greentea Peng / IG Culture presents LCSM / Joe Armon-Jones / Jose James – performing The Dreamer / KOKOROKO / Leon Vynehall / Levitation Orchestra / Lex Amor / Lovescene / Lynda Dawn / Matthew Halsall Melt Yourself Down / Moses Boyd / Nick Walters & The Paradox Ensemble / Nubiyan Twist / Nubya Garcia / Overmono / Puma Blue / Sahra Gure / Sarathy Korwar / Secret Night Gang / Shackleton / Sons of Kemet / Steam Down / STR4TA / The Colours That Rise / The Heliocentrics / Tyson / Wu-lu / Yussef Dayes

DJ sets from:

25 years of BBE / Addison Groove / Afronaught / Al Wootton / Alexander Nut / Andreya Triana / ANZ / Appleblim / Aqwea / Benji B / Bradley Zero / Call Super / Channel One / Charlie Dark / Coco Maria / Colin Curtis / Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy / Dan Shake / Danuka / Dennis Bovell / DJ Flight / DJ Paulette / DJ Storm / Donna Leake / Dr Banana / Dubkasm / El-B / Eliza Rose / Fabio & Grooverider / Faith – Terry Farley, Stu Paterson & Dave Jarvis / Floating Points / Gilles Peterson / Global Roots / Idjut Boys / Iration Steppas / IZCO / Jamz Supernova / Joy Orbison / Kahn & Neek / Kev Beadle / Kira Robin / Kruder & Dorfmeister / LAANi LEFTO / Lemon Lounge DJs / Loefah / Luke Una / Mala / Matthew Herbert / MLE / Mr Redley / Mr Scruff / On the Corner Soundsystem / Patrick Forge / Poly-Ritmo / Rebecca Vasmant/ Shannen SP / Sherelle / Shy One / Sophie Callis / Swing Ting / Tarzsa / Tash LC / Tina Edwards / Touching Bass – Errol & Alex Rita / Zed Bias