Lady Blackbird is one of the most exciting jazz artists of 2020

Lady Blackbird is one of the most exciting jazz artists of 2020

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In this episode of Rhythm Lab Radio, we featured new music from Pete Rock, Omar Apollo, Open Mike Eagle, James Blake, Black Thought, Takuya Kuroda, Benny Sings, Aluna, Xavier Omar, and more.

Christine Solomon Lady Blackbird | photo credit: Christine Solomon

Plus, we highlighted a new artist by the name of Lady Blackbird, who is one of the most exciting jazz artists of 2020. Gilles Peterson has called her the “Grace Jones of Jazz.” We became a fan when we heard her take on “Beware the Stranger,” which was originally performed by The Krystal Generation. But it was made popular by soul ensemble The Voices Of East Harlem, which was produced by Leroy Hutson and Curtis Mayfield. We also fell in love with her take on Nina Simone’s 1966 “Blackbird.” On this show, we shared her amazing new single “Collage” from her forthcoming album “Black Acid Soul.”

Playlist

HOUR 1

Lady Blackbird – “Collage”
Ambiance – “The Black Narcissus”
Fieh – “Armageddon”
Takuya Kuroda – “Moody”
Pete Rock – “Say It Again” feat. The Soul Brothers
Mama Ode – “Creole Brothers”
Eric Lau – “Dedication A, B & C”
Barney Artist – “Stay Close” feat. Tom Misch
Open Mike Eagle – “edge of new clothes”
Medasin – “daydream” feat. JOBA
Nite Jewel – “Don’t Turn Me Away” feat. Zoe Kravitz & Samantha Urbani
Omar Apollo – “Stayback”
Eli Fola – “Blackness Be Divine”
Simbad – “After the Dance (Bugz In The Attic Remix)” feat. Melo

HOUR 2

Black Thought – “Thought vs Everybody”
Aesop Rock – “Pizza Alley”
Open Mike Eagle – “airplane boneyard”
Statik Selektah – “Keep It Moving” feat. Nas, Joey Bada$$ & Gary Clark Jr.
James Blake – “Before”
Janet Jackson / Beach Boys – “Curtains Don’t Talk (Daedelus Pacific Footwork)”
Kaytranada – ‘Bullets” feat. Little Dragon
Aluna – “Envious (Sharda Remix)”
Mark Pritchard – “Be Like Water”
Ta-Ra – “Room 77”
Xavier Omar – “Like I Feel” feat. Mereba
Benny Sings – “Rolled Up” feat. Mac DeMarco
Emma-Jean Thackray – “Speak No Evil/Night Dreamer”
Outkast – “Elevators (Me & You) (ONP 86 Remix)”

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