Producer, DJ and label owner Miguel Migs’ latest, Dim Division.
Forward-thinking musician Miguel Migs has been sharing soulful house music for well over a decade now. Dim Division is the San Francisco-based visionary’s latest project on Soul Heaven/Defected Records label.
Spotlighting his signature downtempo vibe, take a listen to a sampling of the album that features artists such as frequent collaborator Lisa Shaw, bassist and singer Meshell Ndegeocello, UK singer Omar, musician Martin Luther, and vocalist Andy Allo — who is known for touring with Prince.
Jessie Ware’s Tough Love is out in the U.S. October 21st.
UK singer-songwriter Jessie Ware is bringing it with the seductive “Kind of…Sometimes…Maybe” featuring alt-R&B artist Miguel. It brings to mind a moment in time of longing but actually knowing better. With its heavy bassline and intense lyrics, the song is powerful.
On Ware’s forthcoming album, Tough Love, Miguel co-writes and co-produces alongside BenZel (Benny Blanco and Two Inch Punch), among others, which features newest power ballad, “Pieces“. Tough Love is out in the UK October 13th / in the U.S. October 21st. Listen to “Kind of…” below.
Created in 1996 by Chris Manak (aka DJ Peanut Butter Wolf), Stones Throw Records has cemented its reputation as an eclectic and influential indie record label, with a roster of acts such as hip-hop artists Madlib, Homeboy Sandman, and the late J Dilla, to soul crooners Mayer Hawthorne and modern-day funk musician Dam-Funk. Nearly 20 years later, Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton (This Is Stones Throw Records) tells its story.
Produced and directed by Jeff Broadway, Los Angeles-based filmmaker and co-founder of Gatling Pictures, the music documentary showcases the culture, energy, and history behind a label that started out releasing mainly hip-hop records but has morphed into a hotbed of electro, soul, and world music deals.
With exclusive interviews by Peanut Butter Wolf, as well as fellow DJ A-Trak, and noted stars such as Talib Kweli, Common, Kanye West, Mike D and Questlove, Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton highlights the independent spirit and creative aesthetic of the respected indie label.
Get In Media: With so many independent record labels out there, why a documentary about Stones Throw? What drew you to tell their story?
Jeff Broadway: I live in LA and I’ve been here for about five years. With documentary production the margins are relatively small. And I thought it would be a wise move to do something on a subject that’s local. It’s also something that I’ve been a part of, at least peripherally as a fan, for some years. It’s a subject and a culture that I understand. I also felt like there was a demand from the fan base to learn more about it.
[Stones Throw] has been a relatively closeted and closed off label for some years prior to the documentary. Guys like Madlib and Doom, even Dilla, there hadn’t been a lot done of that collective of artists. And it’s been a collective that I’ve admired and appreciated as a fan for some years. So for those kind of myriad of factors, it just felt like a natural project for me to take on.
GIM: Where do you begin to piece together nearly 20 years of music history? How do you even start?
JB: It’s obviously a pretty large undertaking. I think that we started out mapping out stories based on the central figures and who have been the driving forces in comprising this collective of artists at Stones Throw. And really identifying those major figures and then kind of understanding which people, and which interviews, and which archival material would best serve telling those sub-narratives. And so really kind of attacking the story by its breakdown and just understanding what has made this clock tick for all these years. And then going after material, original production footage and interviews, and all that stuff that helps flesh out those storylines and those tangents that make up the larger, more holistic story.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar released a new single today called “i”, rumored to be the lead track from his yet untitled follow-up to 2012’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city. Produced by Rahki (Eminem, 50 Cent, ScHoolboy Q) and sampling the Isley Brothers’ “That Lady”, the song has one simple yet important message: love yourself.
L.A.-bred producer and musician TOKiMONSTA shares “Realla” featuring singer Anderson Paak, a dope futuristic R&B track from her latest EP, Desiderium.Formerly on the Brainfeeder roster (founded by Flying Lotus), Jennifer Lee has now formed her own imprint called Young Art — the home of Desiderium. TOKiMONSTA starts touring in promotion of the album on September 24 in Vancouver, Canada; check out more dates here.
Songwriter, producer, musician and rock star Lenny Kravitz recently released the visual for “The Chamber”, lead single from his 10th studio album, Strut.
The video opens with Lenny walking the streets of Paris at night, “followed by the Nietzsche quote, ‘The true man wants two things, danger and play. For that reason, he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.’ Dutch model Rianne Ten Haken plays the part of femme fatale.
According to U.K.’s The Telegraph, Strut “explores desire in all its forms, from the most physical to the most idealised, through its 12 songs, including “New York City”, “I Never Want to Let You Down” and “She’s a Beast”.
“This record brought me back to a place of what I love so much about music,” Kravitz says. “Back to the feelings I had when I was in high school. It’s a real rock and roll record – it’s raw, it’s got soul and it came together really quickly.”
“The Chamber” was directed by Anthony Mandler, who has created clips for Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay-Z. Strut will hit stores on September 23rd.