Download Haviah Mighty’s ‘Protest’ featuring Yizzy

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This week’s download comes from Haviah Mighty and her upcoming mixtape “Stock Exchange.” You have seven days to download the song “Protest” featuring Yizzy.

Haviah Mighty | courtesy of artist

From the press release:

Haviah Mighty today shares her powerful new single, “Protest,” featuring UK grime rapper, Yizzy. Haviah and Yizzy go beyond borders, taking to their own streets to speak truth into a song and video directed by Kit Weyman & Chrris Lowe in collaboration with Director X-led Fela production (who have made videos for Drake, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Rosalia, Jay Z and more). The track also serves to announce Haviah’s much anticipated new mixtape, Stock Exchange, coming out fall 2021.

Produced by Young Dreadz, Haviah Mighty’s “Protest” is a visceral recall of the feelings of guilt and stress that many marginalized individuals carry with them daily due to centuries of suffering, heaviness, pain and bloodshed at the hands of law enforcement. The production blends slow, sad, ethereal piano chords with aggressive 808s and a drill-infused percussive groove, following a pace that rises like a heartbeat with tension.

Says Haviah,“This song is my protest – a reminder that regardless of all the conversations, the chatter, the media, the justices and injustices – this feeling and fear we walk with, is as present as ever. After all these years, encountering the police as a marginalized person still triggers pure fear. These feelings within the production – the intensity and depth of the chords, the stress and tension of the pacing – it all mirrors the feelings of paranoia, fear, control, and our innate will to survive when encountering law enforcement. Having UK-based artist, Yizzy, bless this record brings it full circle. From a light skin male’s perspective from somewhere else on the globe, our experiences still mirror one another, a further testament to the eerie similarities of trauma among Black folks.”

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Download Moonshine’s ‘Onward’ featuring Georgia Anne Muldrow and Sango

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This week’s download comes from the collective Moonshine and their latest mixtape titled “SMS For Location Vol. 4.” You have seven days to download the song “Onward” featuring Georgia Anne Muldrow and Sango.

Moonshine | photo credit: Alexis Belhumeur

From the press release:

Under flashing club lights in the world’s biggest cities or under the Congo sun, the Moonshine collective pushes past borders and boundaries to radiate its Afrocentric, bass-heavy, electro-funk sound in all directions. The label’s latest SMS for Location mixtape fuses levity and acumen, inventive electronic production with traditional instrumentation, in a collaborative harmony between artists from around the globe.

In 19 tracks featuring the talents of over 20 artists, SMS for Location, Vol. 4 crosses genres and continents to follow producers, DJs and MCs from the legendary Moonshine parties to underground UK clubs, Parisian Afro-electronic soirées to Kinshasa’s booming electronic scene.

This new opus was completed in Kinshasa, DRC and also serves as a soundtrack to : Zaire Space Program, a hybrid short film/documentary following Moonshine’s first pilgrimage to Congo, exploring the collective’s roots and documenting collaborations between artists from Montreal and Kinshasa. The result is a true-to-life perspective on the significance of that collaboration, intertwined with conversations around the shaping of an African Utopia and the relationship between technology and culture on the continent.

True to producer Sango’s style, Onward unifies cultures and musical styles with its soulful circular melodies, Brazilian funk samples and exhilarating, profound vocals. Known on the dance floor for his remixes of Aaliyah, Drake, Little Dragon, Nas and The Weeknd plus his own Baile Funk EP series Da Rocinha and recent full-length In the Comfort Of, Seattle-based Sango has produced music for Bryson Tiller, Tinashe, Mick Jenkins, GoldLink, Wale, Smino, Xavier Omar and more and is part of Los Angeles collective Soulection.

It’s L.A.’s avant-garde soul, jazz and hip-hop scene that Sango overlapped with ingenious electronic producer, vocalist and songwriter Georgia Anne Muldrow, who co-founded label SomeOthaShip Connect, has guested on tracks by Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Robert Glasper and other artists, and is signed to Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder imprint. A paean to strength and resilience, “Onward” juxtaposes Georgia’s smooth contralto against Sango’s clangorous, rumbling production.

It’s as if her voice is the human spirit, and his beats are life itself, with all its roughness, obstacles, and beauty. Rather than resist it, Georgia weaves through it, building momentum until the point where she lifts herself higher: “There’s no price on me, Finally. “Onward”’s artwork features a lukasa – a tablet/memory board from the Luba empire used to recount history in their rituals by diviners.

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Download DRAMA’s latest song ‘Don’t Hold Back”

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This week’s download comes from the duo DRAMA. You have seven days to download their song “Don’t Hold Back.”

DRAMA | photo via Facebook

From the press release:

DRAMA is the multicultural collaboration between producer Na’el Shehade’s chic Chicago house-infused production style, and vocalist Via Rosa whose soulful delivery is inspired by the improvisational nature of jazz and playful patterns of hip-hop and bossa nova. The duo play to the complementary dynamics of their unlikely pairing by blurring the lines between R&B and dance-pop, heartbreak and bliss.

Rosa grew up in a musical household; her parents played in a reggae band and toured as a family, homeschooling Rosa into her early teens and limiting her listening primarily to Sade, oldies, Brazilian and Afrobeat music. She kept poetry journals and by high school started writing songs and making beats. After moving to Chicago in 2010, Rosa connected with THEMPeople, a collective at the center of the city’s sprawling hip-hop scene.

Meanwhile, Shehade inherited a strong work ethic from his immigrant parents. Born in Chicago, he fell in love with DJ culture as a kid and took up music production and engineering; his interest eventually led to professional opportunities, including early studio work with Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, and music projects for MTV and Bravo. Since a chance meeting in 2014 lead to the creation of DRAMA, the duo has bootstrapped a subtle rise on their own terms, self-releasing several EPs and mapping multiple tours with Midwestern grit.

In early jam sessions the chemistry was clear; Rosa’s soulful delivery interlocked with Shehade’s chic Chicago house-infused production style. A lovesick sound emerged over two EPs, Gallows in 2016 and Lies After Love in 2018, and continued on to their debut album Dance Without Me in January 2020.

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Download ‘Mon Cheri’ from Sofi Tukker x Amadou & Mariam

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This week’s download comes from the collaboration between Sofi Tukker and Amadou & Mariam. You have seven days to download the song “Mon Cheri” from the “Red Hot + Free” compilation.

Sofi Tukker x Amadou & Mariam

From the press release:

Today, “Red Hot + Free” is fully “here to save your summer” (Entertainment Weekly). Out now, the liberating compilation of dance music marks the first brand new benefit album that the Red Hot organization has released in five years, continuing the non-profit’s decades-strong mission to fight HIV/AIDS, uplift the LGBTQ community and support fellow humanitarian groups through the power of pop culture and global anthems. From Billy Porter’s “blazing vocals” (Rolling Stone) on “Caught In The Middle” to SOFI TUKKER and Amadou & Mariam’s “calling for togetherness in love” (NY Times) on “Mon Cheri,” to over a dozen more songs featuring contributions from Allie X, Cakes da Killa, Casey Spooner, CRICKETS, Felix da Housecat, Foster The People, Gloria Gaynor, Honey Dijon, Louis The Child, Pamcy, Ultra Naté, Vagabon and more, Red Hot + Free is “a perfect soundtrack for summer…a queer-club fantasia where the tempos are at a constant pulse, and the revelry is non-stop” (PopMatters).

Red Hot + Free was produced and curated by perennial tastemaker Bill Coleman, and in a career-spanning new profile Wax Poetics says, “It’s hard to imagine a more natural union of project and producer…Here’s a long-standing, though largely unheralded, ambassador of New York City club and music culture whose work has energized both mass and underground, now stepping up with a mixtape he envisioned and compiled to benefit music’s oldest AIDS awareness organization.” 

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Download Cochemea’s new song ‘Mimbreños’

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This week’s download comes composer and arranger Cochemea and his forthcoming album “Vol II: Baca Sewa.” You have seven days to download the song “Mimbreños.”

Cochemea | photo credit: Jacob Blickenstaff

From the press release:

Cochemea Gastelum is a musical journeyman who draws on ancestral memories and family histories to wrap new flesh around the bones of history. In his 2019 Daptone debut “All My Relations” he combined musical inspirations from his Yaqui/Yoeme indigenous heritage with musical chops honed performing with the world’s premier soul/funk and jazz artists to present an exquisite meditation on the interconnection of all things. His 2021 follow-up, “Vol II: Baca Sewa” is a bold, semi-autobiographical work that leads us deeper into the archives of family history, mythology and the cultural imaginary.

Cochemea’s musical and spiritual synthesis is made possible through his deep reverence of the horn and of the music and traditions preceding him. He follows in the lineage of reed players who combine dexterity with inventiveness, creating expressive textures that make the horn sing in altogether new ways. Inspired by heroes like Eddie Harris, Yusef Lateef, Jim Pepper and Gary Bartz before him, Cochemea coaxes the flute and electric alto saxophone to forge his own joyous, melancholy, contemplative signature sound.

“All My Relations” was a family reunion of sorts, conjoining spirits, musicians, melodies and rhythms from his various worlds to define a contemplative, lyrical, and always funk-laced musical vision. Leading a nine-piece ensemble composed of New York’s top percussionists and members of Daptone’s rhythm section, Cochemea recombined ancient elements of drums, winds, and voice, creating his own world of emotional textures and rhythmic possibilities.

Critics and deejays received “All My Relations” with praise. To Cool Hunting, it was a “transcendent jazz experience.” Pitchfork wrote: “equal parts spiritual journey and irrepressible funk,” while Mojo gave the album four stars, noting, “ the message of harmony and one-ness…is universal.”

The new album – “Vol II: Baca Sewa” – is a continuation of Cochemea’s explorations, part of a musical process of cultural reclamation and healing. This work reflects the deepening of his connections with family and keepers of memory in his bloodlines as he focuses on one particular line of his family tree. “Baca Sewa” is Cochemea’s original family name prior to Spanish colonization. The melody was composed by Anthony Gastelum and features vocals and drumming by the Baca Sewa Singers- a group composed of several generations of family members.

“Vol II: Baca Sewa” runs thick with sonic tributes and remembrances. “Chito’s Song” is a contemplative, ethereal tribute to a beloved uncle. “Curandera” conjures the memory of the irrepressible healing power of medicine women. “Black Pearl” recalls his great grandfather, heir to a legacy of indigenous peoples enslaved as pearl divers in the Sea of Cortez.

As a soloist, section player, and composer/arranger over the past twenty-five years, Cochemea has been featured with diverse and notable musical acts, from touring and recording with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Kevin Morby, Jon Batiste, Archie Shepp, Antibalas, Budos Band and Robert Walter’s 20th congress, to performance and studio work for Mark Ronson, The Roots, David Byrne, Beck, Rick Rubin, and Quincy Jones among many others. Most recently, he is featured on “a few words for the firing squad (radiation)” on the acclaimed RTJ4, by Run The Jewels.

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Download Elohim’s ‘Strut’ featuring Big Freedia

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This week’s download comes from the multi-talented Elohim. You have seven days to download the song “Strut” featuring Big Freedia.

Elohim | Photographed by Emily Knecht / Styled by Katya Netter

From the press release:

Elohim released her first body of work in 2016, which was followed by a number of collaborations with the likes of Louis The Child, Skrillex and Marshmello. Her self-titled album followed in 2018, which included hit singles “Sleepy Eyes,” “Half Love” and “Hallucinating.” Her next release, 2019’s “Braindead” EP was some of her most personal material to date, dealing with the struggles of mental illness. Sales from the project were donated to initiatives in commemoration of Mental Health Awareness Month. Elohim continues her activism in this space through her involvement with the JED Foundation, a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for the nation’s teens and young adults.

Elohim’s journey has not been easy, but forging fearlessly through challenges, her story is one of resilience. In the half-decade since Elohim released her first single, she’s grown from the shy and enigmatic woman who hid her face, into a woman who’s proud of conquering her fears and making the music she wants, on her own terms. “When you’re in the trenches, it can be hard to see how bad things really are, but I often say you have to go through it to get through it,” she says of how bad things became with her mental health on the heels of her newfound success as an artist in the early days “I want to tell people, honestly, if I can do this, so can you.”

This year, Elohim’s evolution continues. As a fierce declaration of self-love and self-confidence, her upcoming single “Strut,” with Big Freedia, will serve as an unapologetic celebration of uniqueness and inner power. This upcoming single is merely a peek into the world of Elohim, which will be explored through an intricate journey of self-discovery, embraced by way of a 4 part EP campaign, coming later this year.

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Download Wesley Joseph’s soulful banger ‘Thrilla

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This week’s download comes from Visual artist, producer and emcee Wesley Joseph and his forthcoming project “ULTRAMARINE.” You have seven days to download the song “Thrilla.”

Welsey Joseph | photo credit: Rashidi Noah

From the press release:

Wesley Joseph has firmly established himself as an artist to watch in 2021. The artist, producer and director kicked off 2021 with the release of highly anticipated single ‘Thrilla’, launched by Annie Mac at Radio 1.

Visual artist, producer and emcee Wesley Joseph has firmly established himself as an artist to watch in 2021. His debut project “ULTRAMARINE” will be released on his own EEVILTWINN imprint (via Transgressive) this summer with collaborations with contemporaries Jorja Smith, Leon Vynehall, Dave Okumu and more.

Since emerging last year with his self-produced debut single, the skittering, jazz-flecked “Imaginary Friends,” 24-year-old rapper-singer Wesley Joseph has written, directed and scored his own short film, Pandomony, as well as directing the video for his undulating second single, Martyrs. While he delegated the animated visuals for glitchy ‘Ghostin’’ to Pixar’s former technical director Najeeb Tarazi, the video’s fusion of the hyperreal and the mundane marries purposefully with the intention of his music. “When you look back at life, the romanticized memories are… more poignant than the reality,” he told The Face. “But music allows you to relive those moments as over-exaggerated, melodramatic soundbites. And I want to provide those soundbites.”

Born in Birmingham and raised in Walsall, where he was a member of the OG Horse collective alongside Jorja Smith, Joseph moved to London in 2016 to study film. He also started making beats on his laptop, converting his bedroom into a makeshift studio. That ad-hoc, DIY ethos permeates everything he does, with the lyrics to Ghostin’ written quickly on the bus home from a session with the song’s producer, electronic pioneer Joy Orbison. He’s also working closely with Jai Paul associate Lexxx on an upcoming debut project that encapsulates the likes of Andre 3000, Frank Ocean and Donald Glover.

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Download Navy’s reggae-infused soul track ‘One Shot’

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This week’s download comes from the Caribbean artist Navy. You have seven days to download her new song “One Shot” which samples Deniece Williams’ 1976 hit “Free.”

Navy | via Pretty Boy Worldwide

From the press release:

Navy is a small island girl with big dreams. Coming from Dominica, there were few Caribbean musical heroes for her to look up to on a global stage, and even fewer Dominican ones. She’s lived in Martinique, Guadeloupe and Barbados, and is a proud representative of her island. In her career, she aims to be a role model for other Caribbean musicians looking to make it in an industry that’s largely focused on and in the United States and the UK. “In terms of being an example to other Caribbean artists, I would love them to look at me and be like, she’s from the tiniest, bushiest island and she made it, there’s a chance for me. I don’t want Caribbean artists to be in despair anymore, thinking that Rihanna was one in a million or that you have to be Jamaican. Each island has its own identity, accent, history, stories, experiences, and there’s a place for everybody.”

As a Black Caribbean woman working in music, Navy has experienced what it’s like to shrink herself to fit others’ perceptions of what she should be. After dealing with her mother’s worry about doing late-night sessions with strange men (“It was a war!” she jokes), she’s had to prove time and time again that she is worth being taken seriously as a musician and artist. This, combined with a lack of knowledge about the music industry due to being from a small island, has prepared her for the necessary struggle to achieve her dreams. “I had to fight,” she says. “I had to quit my job and take risks. My strength is definitely my story. It’s not an easy road.”

For Navy, the sky is truly the limit. She’s been dreaming big since she was young, and now it’s time for her to go the distance. “No limits, quite honestly,” she says. “I don’t want any limitations. I just want to go as far as this thing can possibly take me.”

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Download Mndsgn’s laidback and hazy ‘Hope You’re Doin’ Better’

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This week’s download comes from Mndsgn and his upcoming album “Rare Pleasure.” You have seven days to download the song “Hope You’re Doin’ Better.”

Mndsgn | photo credit: Eric Coleman

From the press release:

Mndsgn returns to share the new single and video “Hope You’re Doin’ Better”. The single is taken from the new album “Rare Pleasure,” out June 4th on Stones Throw Records. The track’s video, directed by the artist himself, has a ’70s-inspired, whimsical atmosphere, using warm surreal imagery to complement the song’s hazy groove.

Rare Pleasure is Mndsgn’s third album to be released on Stones Throw Records. Following 2016’s Body Wash, this album truly shows the artist’s evolution from his roots as a heralded beatmaker to vocalist, songwriter and arranger. Though he began writing for the album in 2018, the final recordings took just a week in studio with the help of trusted collaborators: Swarvy on bass, guitar and as Musical Director for the sessions, Stones Throw label mate Kiefer Shackelford on keys, drum work by Will Logan, the blessed percussion of Carlos Niño, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on strings, and accompanying vocals from Fousheé and Anna Wise.

Inspired by soundtrack music, samba, exotica and ’70s/’80s library records, “Rare Pleasure” is intensely intimate, sourcing lyrics from Mndsgn’s family and interpersonal experiences, and reflective of the world at large. Despite the tenderness of the recordings, the music is joyfully vibrant and draws on Mndsgn’s formative experiences as a b-boy, showcasing a range of rhythms that will make you want to groove.

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Download Poté’s ‘Young Lies’ featuring Damon Albarn

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This week’s download comes from Poté and his forthcoming album “A Tenuous Tale of Her.” You have seven days to download the song “Young Lies” featuring Damon Albarn.

Poté | photo via Facebook

From the press release:

On “A Tenuous Tale of Her”, Poté (aka Sylvern Mathurin) marks the debut album release for Bonobo’s OUTLIER imprint. A record that’s tough, tender and grand all at once, the connections he’s built along the way speaks to the variety of his influences: with connections from Lisbon’s kuduro-fused Enchufada label, to Benji B and Damon Albarn (who features on single ‘Young Lies’), he’s built a sound that’s packed with ideas and musical touchstones alike.

He’s received boosts across a wide spectrum of supporters, including Annie Mac, MistaJam, Phil Taggart, Nina Las Vegas, TEED, Pierre Kwenders, Jamz Supernova, Laurent Garnier, and Toddla T. He’s been featured in Bonobo’s 2019 ‘fabric presents’ mix, featured on 2019 Africa Express album “EGOLI”, produced remixes for Little Dragon and Gorillaz, and recently performed on Colors Berlin.

Poté’s music has always balanced contrasting impulses. On the one hand, there’s the rhythmic, celebratory music of his Caribbean upbringing, and on the other, there’s his interest in exploratory, emotive songwriting. On this record, he takes that approach in a bolder direction: immersive and atmospheric, it’s a platform for those two sides of his music to strike a fresh dialogue.

Channelled through an imagined theatrical performance with a pre-apocalyptic setting, Poté raises the curtain on a more vulnerable, open side to his music. A storyline of looming disaster runs through many of the tracks: he imagined how different people would react to the news of impending apocalyptic breakdown. It’s a way of upping his musical ambition, and taking a step out of the limelight. “I wanted to write something that can live on stage without me being present,” he says.

Damon Albarn features on “Young Lies,” a collaboration which came about through Gorillaz producer Remi Kabaka Jr. “I love it when tunes evolve like this one”, Albarn said of the track.

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