SUDAN ARCHIVES

By Stones Throw

Violinist and vocalist, Sudan Archives writes, plays, and produces her own music. Drawing inspiration from Sudanese fiddlers, she is self-taught on the violin, and her unique songs also fold in elements of R&B, and experimental electronic music.

Sudan Archives grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she “messed around with instruments in the house” and took up violin in the fourth grade, eventually teaching herself how to play the instrument by ear. When she discovered the violin playing style of Northeast Africa, her eyes opened to the possibilities of the instrument. “The way they played it was different from classical music. I resonated with the style, and I was like, ‘Maybe I can use this style with electronic music,'” she says.

This fusing of folk music and electronic production was the turning point for Sudan. “I started mixing my violin into beats,” she says, “It wasn’t complicated — I’d just sing straight into the iPad.” She honed her at-home style after moving to Los Angeles aged 19 to study music technology, and after a chance encounter at a Low End Theory party with Stones Throw A&R and Leaving Records owner Matthewdavid, she signed with Stones Throw. At the very start of her musical career, she’s already won plaudits from the likes of the New York Times and Pitchfork, and played live at experimental festival Moogfest.

Her EP Sudan Archives is an extraordinary debut statement from a singular artist. Over six tracks, Sudan Archives layers harmonies, violin figures and ethereal vocals, grounding them all with the hip-hop beats.

This article originally appeared on StoneThrow.

 

Source: https://www.stonesthrow.com/sudanarchives

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SEE KHALID GET CROWNED PROM KING IN ‘YOUNG DUMB & BROKE’ VIDEO

By Elias Leight, RollingStone

Wayne Brady, Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei cameo in latest ‘American Teen’ clip

Khalid heads back to high school in the new clip for “Young Dumb & Broke.” The video includes cameos from several actors famous for high school-related roles, including Dennis Haskins (Saved By The Bell) and Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That).

Khalid’s school experience is joyous and carefree: students scarf pizza, loll in the sun, goof around, play with water pistols, dance in the cafeteria and do no work whatsoever. In between shots of blissful teen life, the camera lingers on a single student for several seconds as a superlative caption like “Class Clown” flashes across the screen. Khalid is declared prom king. (Fun fact: Khalid was voted prom king of his senior class in real life.)

“Young Dumb & Broke” – an organ-heavy ballad sung over a straightforward hip-hop beat – was produced by Joel Little, best known for his work on Lorde’s debut album, Pure Heroine. The track was recently picked as the second single from Khalid’s debut album, American Teen. It climbed to Number 34 on Billboards’ Rhythmic Chart last week.

The clip ends with a dose of comedy from Wayne Brady as an unhappy janitor too old to be singing along to “Young Dumb & Broke.” He’s one of several famous faces in the video: Normani Kordei of Fifth Harmony also makes an appearance, as does the rapper Buddy and the actor/comedian Kel Mitchell.]

This article originally appeared on RollingStone.
Source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/khalid-gets-crowned-prom-king-in-young-dumb-broke-video-w495282

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24HRS

By Andy Kellman, AllMusic

Oakland-born, Atlanta-based singer/rapper Robert Davis first recorded as Rolls Royce Rizzy, pinged the radar of a certain luxury automobile manufacturer, and subsequently altered his name to Royce Rizzy. Davis settled on 24hrs following a brief affiliation with Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def label. A more R&B-oriented outlet for Davis — with pitch-altered, bottom-heavy slow jams the m.o., placing him somewhere between the-Dream and frequent collaborator Ty Dolla $ign — 24hrs debuted in 2016 with multiple bundles of SoundCloud uploads and Open, an EP released commercially through Private Club. The eight-track follow-up Night Shift followed in 2017, at which point Davis had also racked up outside collaborations with the likes of MadeinTYO (his brother), Ty, G-Eazy, and Blackbear.

This biography originally appeared on AllMusic

 

Source: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/24hrs-mn0003535210/biography

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STANAJ DEBUTS NEW SINGLE “THE WAY I LOVE HER”

By Kristin Corpuz, Billboard

Up-and-coming R&B singer Stanaj has just delivered a knockout follow-up to his EP From a Distance with his new single, “The Way I Love Her,” released Friday (June 30). Coming off a U.S. tour with fellow vocal powerhouse JoJo, Stanaj brings his sultry riffs and smooth tone to the catchy beat, produced and co-written by Simon Wilcox and RedOne.

“Collaborating with RedOne was such a refreshing feeling,” says Stanaj of the venture. “The chemistry came so quickly and naturally; we haven’t stopped working for two months now.”

The Republic Records singer has been publicly endorsed by musical superstars — including Justin Timberlake, Drake, and Chris Brown — as well as NBA athlete Brandon Jennings and social media mogul Kim Kardashian West. Check out the new song below.

This article originally appeared on Billboard.

 

Source: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/7850108/stanaj-new-song-the-way-i-love-her

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H.E.R.

By Andy Kellman, AllMusic

Presented anonymously, contemporary R&B artist H.E.R. debuted on major-label RCA in 2016. H.E.R., Vol. 1, released for streaming and as a download that September, was a seven-track EP of downcast post-breakup material, mostly ballads, that sounded vulnerable and assured at once. Promotion was limited, but labelmates Alicia Keys and Bryson Tiller helped spread the word through social media. Among the selections was a cover of Drake’s “Jungle.” Follow-up release H.E.R., Vol. 2 arrived in June 2017.

This biography originally appeared on AllMusic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/her-mn0002425680/biography

Photo: http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/concerts/7842098/her-2017-bet-experience-concert-los-angeles-staples-center

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LEELA JAMES

By Last.fm

Leela James is a Los Angeles native and soul singer who cites James Brown, Roberta Flack, and Gladys Knight, among others, as influences. Her deep, rich and gritty vocals easily draw comparisons to Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight.

In 2004, James toured as an opening act for the Black Eyed Peas and Macy Gray. That same year, she was featured on hip hop producer, DJ, and emcee Pete Rock’s album Soul Survivor II, providing vocals to the track “No Tears”.

Her debut album was released on June 21, 2005, entitled A Change Is Gonna Come. The album is a soul music record incorporating the styles of 1960s and 1970s American soul singers, with a mixture of funk, R&B and gospel influences. The first single from the album, entitled “Music,” laments what Leela James sees as the decline of hip hop and soul music and asks for a return to the artistry of musicians of earlier decades. Leela co-wrote most of the tracks on her debut album, with two notable exceptions being her cover of No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak,” and the classic song by Sam Cooke for which the album is named. Notable collaborators on the album include Raphael Saadiq of the 1990s R&B group Tony! Toni! Tone!, Kanye West, and former Fugees member Wyclef Jean.

After parting ways with Warner Bros., James signed with the independent label Shanachie Records and released her second studio album on March 24, 2009, an all-cover set entitled Let’s Do It Again (the title being a homage to the 1975 soundtrack album of the same name by The Staple Singers).

In 2005, she lent her voice to the posthumously released Ray Charles album Genius & Friends, duetting with the singer on the song “Compared to What”. Leela also guested on Robert Randolph and the Family Band’s 2006 album Colorblind, lending her vocals to “Stronger”. In June 2009, she appeared on Moby’s new album “Wait for Me”, performing the vocal on “Walk with Me”.

 

This article originally appeared on Last.fm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: https://www.last.fm/music/Leela+James/+wiki

Photo: http://lmbnetwork.com/2016/10/28/check-out-dont-want-you-back-leela-james/

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R.LUM.R

By Famous Birthdays

About

R&B singer and guitarist who broke out in a major way with the release of his 2016 single “Frustrated,” which racked up millions of plays on platforms like Spotify and SoundCloud. He has also won fans with singles like “Be Honest,” “Tell Me” and “Love Less.”

Before Fame

He grew up in Bradenton, Florida and attended the Manatee School For The Arts.

Trivia

He was a guest vocalist on “Altar” by Sweater Beats.

Family Life

His real name is Reginald Lamar Williams, Jr. His parents divorced when he was five years old.

Associated With

He is influenced by artists like Sade and George Benson.

 Source: https://www.famousbirthdays.com/people/r-lum-r.html

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SZA SHARES NEW ‘CTRL’ CUT ‘BROKEN CLOCKS’

By Adelle Platon, Billboard

SZA has no time for a case of the ex on her latest CTRL cut “Broken Clocks.”

“Been about three years since I dated you/ Why you still talking ’bout me like we together?,” the TDE songstress croons. “I moved on for the better/You moved on to whoever.”

The nostalgic track follows her previously released gems “Love Galore” with Travis Scott and “Drew Barrymore.”

SZA’s highly anticipated CTRL drops June 9.

This article originally appeared on Billboard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/7817447/sza-ctrl-broken-clocks-listen

Photo: http://www.factmag.com/2017/01/13/sza-drew-barrymore-ctrl/

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ELLA MAI

By Andy Kellman, AllMusic

U.K. native Ella Mai, an R&B singer and songwriter with a casually commanding voice, wasn’t exactly an unknown artist before DJ Mustard signed her to his 10 Summers label. Originally raised in southwest London, Mai moved to New York at the age of 12, then returned to England after she graduated from high school. In 2014, during her second stint in the U.K., she competed on The X Factor as part of a trio, Arize, that didn’t advance beyond the initial audition for the judges. The group broke up shortly thereafter. The following year, Ella Mai uploaded a four-track solo EP of originals to SoundCloud, but it was through her short clips of covers on Instagram that DJ Mustard found her. In January 2016, the producer announced that he had signed her, and the following month, she released Time, a poised EP of sleek, contemporary R&B. Featuring the Ty Dolla $ign collaboration “She Don’t,” the six-track release introduced an artist who could sing of fierce loyalty and ruthless spite in an incisive manner. Mai quickly followed up with two more EPs beginning with Change, followed in early 2017 by Ready, which completed the DJ Mustard-produced trilogy.

This article originally appeared on AllMusic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/ella-mai-mn0003506278/biography

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CHARLOTTE DAY WILSON

By Last.fm

The Toronto-based singer-songwriter, Charlotte Day Wilson may be fresh on the map, but she’s got the type of slow-burning, smoldering jazz and R&B-influenced sound that already feels classic. The 24-year-old has been quietly churning out hits all year, from the gospel-washed “Work” back in April to a guest spot in BADBADNOTGOOD’s “In Your Eyes” this summer. But with her newly-released debut EP, CDW, Wilson is solidifying her timeless sound, and changing the conversation around the Toronto music scene in the process.

Getting here hasn’t been easy—the artist has been, as she says, “working ass off.” Needless to say, the effort has been worth it. Wilson’s tracks have been featured everywhere from Apple Music commercials to Grace & Frankie (and, natch, our playlists), and the singer kicks off a tour with Local Natives later this month.

Thankfully, Wilson found some time in-between studio sessions in Venice Beach to talk her EP, favorite travel tunes, and coming to terms with the “Toronto artist” label.

This article originally appeared on last.fm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: https://www.last.fm/music/Charlotte+Day+Wilson/+wiki

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