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.
LouFest Program, 2014. Forest Park, St. Louis, MO. Photo: ND McCray
Because we love music so much, my partner and I decided to volunteer at LouFest, which is St. Louis’ annual two-day music festival held in Forest Park. It’s a great way to hear a lot of new bands, plus we could support the event in any way they needed. The weather was nice, a perfect 78 degrees, sunny and breezy, so it was a win-win all around. On Saturday, I worked at the water filling station, refilling guest’s water bottles, CamelBaks, cups and the like; she was at one of the information tents, directing patrons to performance stages, food vendors, Johnny on the Spots (porta-potties) as well as returning lost cell phones, wallets, purses … and unfortunately, kids.
On Sunday, we were together at the same information tent! On both days, we showed up a few hours before our shift for an early check-in — that way we could walk the festival grounds with friends, check out some bands, take some photos, get a drink or two, dance, and just chill before starting our three-hour shifts. So, below I’ve listed the bands that I liked the most while we volunteered at 2014 LouFest.
The 1975 – Although I’ve heard of English rock band The 1975, before Saturday night, I had never listened to their music. With only one proper album release and four EPs, the quartet is making headlines, as they also played Coachella this year. I’m digging their funky, synth-pop, alt-rock vibe, especially on “Girls”, “Chocolate” and “Settle Down”. The band members are Matt Healy (lead vocals, guitar), Adam Hann (guitar), George Daniel (drums), and Ross MacDonald (bass). Give them a listen and let me know what you think.
Blackberry Smoke – These guys are a southern rock band out of Atlanta, Georgia. Their set was very groovy, kind of psychedelic. “Six Ways To Sunday” is a favorite; you can hear some soul influences, but these are country boys to the core. If you want to check them out, they’re on tour, playing Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 3rd and 10th. The lineup includes Charlie Starr (lead vocals, guitar), Richard Turner (bass, vocals), Paul Jackson (guitar, vocals), Brit Turner (drums), and Brandon Still (keyboards). Groovy!
Lettuce – From Boston, Lettuce is a funk band created in 1992 by students at Berklee College of Music. Their set was the kind that made your body move whether you wanted it to or not! Full of inspiration by Earth, Wind and Fire and The Ohio Players, and featuring powerhouse vocals by singer Alecia Chakour, Lettuce is guitarists Eric Krasno and Adam Smirnoff; Neal Evans on keys, piano and Hammand organ; Adam Deitch on percussion and drums; Erick Coomes on bass, Sam Kininger and Ryan Zoidis on sax; Nigel Hall on vocals; and Eric Bloom on trumpet. Krasno and Evans, alongside Kininger and Zoidis are members of the jazz/organ group Soulive. Lettuce is on tour as well. If you can catch them live, do it!
Vintage Trouble – With a 50s/60s rock, soul, blues and gospel edge, Vintage Trouble killed it with incredible energy and musicianship. Hailing from Los Angeles, California, the band had me grooving at the porta-potty! Ty Taylor, Nalle Colt, Rick Barrio Dill and Richard Danielson have opened for the Rolling Stones, sang with Lenny Kravitz, and made appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Later … with Jools Holland. Take a listen, you just might dig it.