Download Jordan Rakei’s ‘Send My Love’

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This week’s download comes from Jordan Rakei and his fourth studio album “What We Call Life.” You have seven days to download the song “Send My Love.”

Jordan Rakei | photo credit: Joseph Bishop

From the press release:

Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer, and songwriter Jordan Rakei is back with his fourth studio album, ‘What We Call Life’, released via Ninja Tune on 17th September.

‘What We Call Life’ is Jordan Rakei’s most vulnerable and intimate album to date. Its lyrics concern the lessons that the New Zealand-born, Australia-raised, and London-based artist learned about himself during therapy, a journey that began two years ago when he started reading about the ‘positive psychology’ movement. These themes manifest on songs like lead single “Family”, which Rakei says is “the most personal” he’s ever been with his lyrics. “I wanted to hit my vulnerability barrier and be really honest. It’s about my parents’ divorce in my mid-teens but still having love for them no matter what,” he explains.

With so many artists being influenced by his style, it would be very easy for Jordan to stay in the same musical lane; but, as in life, he is determined to move his music forward. Such introspective subjects are a departure from Rakei’s last album, 2019’s ‘Origin’. Raising big questions about the way that technology and social media interferes with our sense of humanity, ‘Origin’ received praise from The Observer, Mixmag, Complex, and GQ, earned an unexpected shout-out from Elton John, led to a collaboration with rap legend Common, and saw Rakei give a show-stopping performance for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series.

On ‘What We Call Life’ Rakei dives deeper into his sound world, merging electronic with acoustic, and rugged grooves with ambient atmospheres, to create something richer, more detailed, and more textural than before. Rakei, already a practitioner of meditation and mindfulness, was curious about the potential of using therapy for further self-discovery. During the process, he began to learn more about his behaviour patterns and anxieties, and addressed his long-standing irrational phobia of birds – a fear often associated with the unpredictable and the unknown, and something explored in the album’s creative direction and visuals. “As we worked through it, it made me realise I would love to talk about the different lessons I learned from therapy in my music: about my early childhood, my relationship with my parents and siblings, becoming independent in London, being in a new marriage, understanding how my marriage compares to the relationship my parents had”, Rakei says.

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Download Theon Cross’ jazz-banger ‘The Spiral’

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This week’s download comes from London jazz musician Theon Cross and his forthcoming solo album “Intra-I.” You have seven days to download the song “The Spiral” featuring Afronaut Zu & Ahnanse.

Theon Cross | photo credit: Ian Hippolyte

From the press release:

Theon Cross is at the forefront of the thriving London jazz scene, with the gifted musician and composer expanding the sonic possibilities of tuba playing. Today, Cross — a core member of Mercury Prize-nominated outfit Sons Of Kemet — announces his new solo album, Intra-I (meaning “Within Self”), due October 29th on New Soil / Marathon. Cross also shares his bass-heavy latest single “The Spiral” featuring Afronaut Zu and Ahnansé, and the accompanying video. It follows his previous single, “We Go Again,” and both tracks are included on his forthcoming album.

“The Spiral” is inspired by the winding journey toward self-realisation, and the video visually depicts the journey into self through the movement of dance. Directed by creative duo Roisin O and Eden Tarn, the video stars Cross, vocalists Afronaut Zu and Ahnansé, and also includes cameos from Moses Boyd, dancer Tyrone Isaac-Stuart, Nathaniel Cross, Neoma Cross and Laurie Fitzgerald–the artist who painted the artwork for the campaign. “It was important for me to feature a nod to the culture of the sound system,” notes Cross. “For me, this song and the album is all about showcasing a sound system powered by breath through the passageways of the tuba.”

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Download Miloe’s ‘Winona’ featuring Jamila Woods and Vagabon

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This week’s download comes from Minnesota-based artist Miloe. You have seven days to download the reimagined version of his 2020 single “Winona” featuring Jamila Woods and Vagabon.

Miloe | photo credit: Connor Johnson

From the press release:

Miloe—a.k.a. 20 year old Democratic Republic of Congo-born and Minneapolis-based Bob Kabeya—released his incredible EP entitled Greenhouse last year to acclaim from the likes of NPR Music, The Fader, MTV, NYLON, Uproxx and more. Today he shares a reimagined version of EP-highlight “Winona,” with help from Jamila Woods and Vagabon. Kabeya says of the collaboration: “This version is surreal for me! I’ve admired both Vagabon and Jamila’s work and artistry for a long time. It’s such a trip to have stems from musicians I look up to on my laptop in my room. I got to hear a bit about Jamila’s journey with learning guitar recently and connected with Laetitia over our appreciation for Congolese and African musicians like Fally Ipupa. This is a reimagined version of Winona from an alternate reality, which is a fusion with influences from Congolese Rumba, indie pop and afro-beat.” Vagabon adds, “When Miloe asked me to hop on the remix for ‘Winona,’ I went back and listened to the original and immediately said yes. It brings me so much joy to see another West African kid, like myself, influenced by so many genres of music and playing guitar music. I wanted to continue the story from Jamila’s ‘tread softly’ line, and decided to write my ‘verse/hook’ about the idea of caution.”

Greenhouse is an exhilaratingly energetic and youthful homage to Summer and the weather patterns of his childhood, paired with lyrics of teenage melodrama and idealism. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kabeya moved to the U.S. with his family at the age of 8 to reunite with his father, a journalist who was granted asylum three years prior. “The Minnesotan climate can feel so limiting compared to where I grew up, almost like we’re waiting half the year to actually live our lives,” he explains. Living in a region that faces harsh winter for much of the year, and in 2020 served as ground zero for uprisings against police violence, Kabeya created Greenhouse as an offering of sunshine to his community as winter returned.

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Download Zella Day’s new song ‘Golden’

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This week’s download comes from Zella Day and her forthcoming album. You have seven days to download the song “Golden.”

Zella Day | photo via Facebook

From the press release:

“Golden” is a taste of Zella Day’s highly anticipated sophomore album, which is due out this fall. Recorded with producer Jay Joyce (Cage The Elephant, Emmylou Harris), the album features guest turns by Local Natives’ Ryan Hahn, Day’s longtime collaborator John Velasquez, drums by Autolux’s Carla Azar, and bass by Cage The Elephant’s Daniel Tichenor.

Says Day about the song, “The Genesis of ‘Golden’ happened as a tornado was tearing through Nashville and whispers of a global pandemic were evolving past a rumor. I was in Alabama writing with John Paul White as my phone was lighting up with messages from friends and family back home. I was supposed to drive back to Nashville that evening, but plans changed like the weather. In the stillness of the studio, ‘Golden’ was written communicating with powers beyond my control, expressing and coping with the magnitude of the situation by creating art; singing a melody into the moment to address its fragility and infinite beauty.“

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Download Orquesta Akokán’s “Mi Congo Es De Akokán”

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This week’s download comes from Cuban mambo collective Orquesta Akokán and their forthcoming album “16 Rayos.” You have seven days to download the song “Mi Congo Es De Akokán.”

Orquesta Akokán | photo via Facebook

From the press release:

16 Rayos is a dialogue between artists living in the United States and Cuba. We believe, and have seen firsthand, the power of music to overcome seemingly intractable beliefs. The current stalemate and outdated policies of both nations, encouraged by the politics of grievance, only serves to divide us further. If the politicians are not going to solve this then we, the artists, must rise to the moment.

Today the band is sharing their first album single “Mi Conga Es De Akokán” plus an album trailer. A unique merging of the folkloric conga rhythm from Santiago de Cuba with the power of mambo horns, “Mi Conga Es De Akokán” begins with a long instrumental section of feints before singer Pepito’s vocal enters over the drums. As horns jab and the chorus interjects, rhythmic elements push, pull and prod the band until everything besides the drums drop out – highlighting an incandescent trumpet solo by the living legend Reinaldo “Molote” Melian. Breaks and soneos follow, leading to an intensely beautiful crescendo of horns, percussion and vocals.

When Orquesta Akokán burst onto the global music scene a mere three years ago, their no-holds-barred 21st century take on the venerable Cuban mambo lit up stages around the world with a fierce and unremitting joy. Singer José “Pepito” Gómez, Chulo Records producer and multi instrumentalist Jacob Plasse, and arranger Michael Eckroth joined forces with a carefully curated selection of Havana’s most extraordinary musicians as Orquesta Akokán, polishing Cuban mambo’s golden sound to a luminous, contemporary sheen. Along the way Orquesta Akokán imbued these legendary Cuban grooves with a renewed vitality and powerful sense of akokán —the Yoruba word used by Cubans to mean “from the heart” or “soul.”

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Download Shad’s candid and powerful new song ‘Body (No Reason)’

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This week’s download comes from Shad and his upcoming album “TAO.” You have seven days to download the song “Body (No Reason).”

Shad | courtesy of artist

From the press release:

Shad is one of Canada’s most revered rappers, a peerless wordsmith who embodies hip-hop’s power to entertain and educate. Since releasing his DIY debut in 2005, the Toronto-based MC has pushed his style of socially conscious yet infectiously playful hip-hop across five increasingly ambitious albums that have received widespread critical acclaim and coverage in outlets like Rolling Stone, Complex, The Ringer, Fader, NPR, and more. To date, Shad has racked up over 30 million streams, a Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year (for 2010’s TSOL), and four placements on Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize shortlist, most recently for his 2018 concept-album opus, A Short Story About a War. (His music has also been heard on TV shows like Snowpiercer, The Murders, Tall Boyz and more. ) His mission to inspire and inform goes beyond his own music: a former host of CBC Radio’s flagship arts and culture program q, Shad can currently be seen talking shop with the legends of rap on the Emmy/Peabody Award-winning Netflix Original docuseries, Hip-Hop Evolution.

Shad began building his sixth record, TAO, from a much simpler concept: an image of a circle. Though, in true Shad fashion, he saw something much more profound within its basic round boundaries.

“The thing that inspired this record was this image in my mind of a circle, but it’s getting fragmented, and then the pieces start floating away from each other,” he explains. “And that felt to me like a picture of ourselves as individuals. If you think of our humanity as one whole, there’s all these different aspects of that, whether that’s work, or our relationship to the land, or our relationship to the transcendent, or our relationship to our bodies, or to our inner child?”

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Download Jungle’s new song ‘Goodbye My Love’ featuring Priya Ragu

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This week’s download comes from the duo Jungle and their new album “Loving In Stereo.” You have seven days to download “Goodbye My Love” featuring Priya Ragu.

Jungle | photo courtesy of artist

From the press release:

With a billion streams, two Top 10 albums, 750,000 album sales and a Mercury Prize nomination, the iconic production duo Jungle are one of the UK music scene’s biggest success stories. Now they return bigger, bolder and more ambitious than ever before with their eagerly anticipated third album ‘Loving In Stereo’, which is out today, August 13th.

‘Loving In Stereo’ is a dynamic disco record for the post social distancing age, with a dancefloor-igniting celebration of all the things that make music irresistibly fun. This new era in the Jungle story is further fuelled by the duo simultaneously channelling a distinctive pop immediacy and significantly broadening the scope of their sound.

The result is an album that will take Jungle into the upper reaches of charts all over the world, as their modernist disco-rooted pop introduces them to a massive new audience. They’ve already become sought after collaborators by some of the world’s biggest artists, as evidenced by their recent Diplo collab ‘Don’t Be Afraid’ and their newly announced dates supporting Billie Eilish on her ‘Happier Than Ever’ tour in June 2022 (Dublin, Manchester, London).

So many fans have fallen in love with the outpouring of joy and energy that Jungle’s renowned live experience delivers. Those qualities surge through the speakers at almost every moment of the record – and imagine the scenes when they’re finally able to tour again later this summer. Propelled by the pulse-raising rush of pushing the BPM through the ceiling, the album finds life-long friends J and T going back to their roots, making music for the sheer enjoyment of it and following their instincts.

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Download Shakka’s infectious new song ‘Doin’ Time’ featuring Imani Williams

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This week’s download comes from Shakka and his upcoming debut album “Trip To Venus” due out Sept. 24. You have seven days to download the song “Doin’ Time” featuring Imani Williams.

Shakka | courtesy of artist

From the press release:

Platinum-selling artist Shakka announces his highly anticipated debut album Road Trip To Venus, due for release on 24th September. Marking the news in style, he has also revealed new single “Doin Time” featuring West London singer-songwriter Imani Williams.

An infectious modern pop jam, ‘Doin Time’ sees Shakka and Imani showcase their impassioned, pitch-perfect vocals amidst a smooth, seductive R&B production. Composed of personal moments shared between Shakka and the lady in his life, the accompanying official video perfectly captures the intimacy and vulnerability communicated on the track.

A singer, songwriter, producer and pianist, Shakka is a multifaceted artist with over 250 million streams to his name. A two-time MOBO winner, his 2018 single ‘Man Down’ featuring AlunaGeorge went platinum, while he has enjoyed further star-studded collaborations with the likes of Dua Lipa, Young Thug, Giggs, Sigma and Mr Eazi.

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Download TEMPOREX’s funky but laid back new song ‘Delayed’

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This week’s download comes from artist TEMPOREX and his latest album “Bowling.” You have seven days to download the song “Delayed.”

Temporex | photo credit: Victoria Ortega

From the press release:

Welcome to the wonderful world of TEMPOREX. Inspired by Prince, D’Angelo, Pee-wee Herman, and 90’s video game advertisements, 21-year-old San Diego musician Joseph Flores has built his artistic vision from the ground up. What started with his 30 minute mini-album Care, written when he was just 15, has blossomed into 700K monthly Spotify listeners. With a 2020 tour on the books with mxmtoon, everything seemed to be coming up Flores. Unfortunately due to COVID, the tour was ultimately cancelled, but being an ever consummate creator, Flores got back to writing.

ON DELAYED – This song evokes imagery of a funky (but laid back) train ride up the California coast. The sound of bumping R&B drums drive this track through the odds and ends of maintaining a long-distance relationship. This song features stacked background vocals, wonky synth flourishes, and a slinky jazz-flavored guitar solo by Paul Cherry.

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Download Joon Moon’s ‘Modal B’ featuring Liv Warfield

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This week’s download comes from Joon Moon. You have seven days to download the song “Modal B” featuring Liv Warfield.

Joon Moon | courtesy of the artist

From the press release:

Joon Moon is not who you think she is. Behind this romantic character, we discover the musician and producer Julien Decoret. Inspired by the golden age of soul music, the new record was mixed with classical orchestrations and rearranged with the colors of contemporary pop productions.

Because Joon Moon is not who you think she is. Behind this romantic character, we discover the musician and producer Julien Decoret. Julien is a man with multiple facets: he begins by studying classical music at the Conservatory and obtaining a first prize in double bass, whilst being fascinated by electronic music. He then produces his first records on the label Pamplemousse Records. Since then, he has been working as a producer-director (Acoustic Resistance, La Boetie, Florent Marchet…), producing string arrangements and film music. He has also been traveling around the world with the pop-bossa-nova group Nouvelle Vague since over 15 years.

Each project allowed him to explore new directions and to enrich his palette of musical influences, but also to acquire an “instrumentarium”. Over time, Julien collected over a hundred instruments from all four corners of the planet. His signature is the art of mixing influences and reinventing sounds for different purposes, making them come together in a new way for each song, artist, or project…

For Joon Moon, Julien Decoret had a particular style in mind. Or rather a dream: to travel across the Atlantic and go back in time. A musical meeting inspired by the golden age of Soul music, mixed with classical orchestrations, and rearranged with the colors of contemporary pop productions. A universe where Nina Simone, Michel Legrand, The Roots or even Radiohead (who authorized the re-adaptation in French of their song “I might be wrong” on the album Moonshine Corner) could cross paths.

To embody the heroine for the second opus of Joon Moon, Julien Decoret invited Liv Warfield, Prince’s ex-protege and member of his NPG (New Power Generation). The first sessions took place in a modest studio in Montmartre, a thousand miles from Paisley Park… but the magic happens. Other sessions will follow in Chicago and Portland to record Liv and a Gospel choir which we can hear on some songs.

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