Macy Gray returns with style and Harriet Brown gives funk the futurism it deserves

Macy Gray returns with style and Harriet Brown gives funk the futurism it deserves

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Rhythm Lab Radio - Macy Gray, Harriet Brown, Jerry Paper, Masta Ace, Marco Polo, Kellly Finnigan, Jaden Smith, Ryan Hemsworth

In the first hour, we kicked off with brand new music from jazz and soul vocalist Kandace Springs, who recently released a new album titled “Indigo.” We featured her cover of The Stylistics 1971 classic, “People Make the World Go ‘Round.” Then we played a track from Jerry Paper’s latest Stones Throw release, “Like A Baby”  The album is an instant soulful-pop classic.

Then for those who are fans of the classic boom-bap sound of hip-hop, we featured a track from the team-up of Masta Ace and producer Marco Polo from their forthcoming joint album, “A Breukelen Story.”

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Plus new music from Atmosphere, Kandace Springs, Jerry Paper, Fatima, Kelly Finnigan and more on Rhythm Lab Radio

On last week’s Rhythm Lab Radio, we featured new music from Macy Gray, Kandace Springs, Atmosphere, Jerry Paper, Harriet Brown, Fatima, AlunaGeorge, Ryan Hemsworth, Masta Ace & Marco Polo, singer Fatima, Marie Davidson and more. Don’t forget to check out our weekly Spotify playlist.

We also have some amazing retro-soul from rising artist, Kelly Finnigan. We played his single, “Catch Me I’m Falling,” which was featured in a Bose commercial starring Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Then we introduce you to a new artist by the name of Harriet Brown. The LA-based singer/songwriter and producer is set to release his sophomore album, “Mall of Fortune” in the first part of 2019.  It is the follow-up to his debut album, “Contact,” which was a tribute to Prince and Carl Sagan. The best way to describe his sound is to take a little bit of Prince and Funkadelic, a dash of ’90s R&B with the future sounds of the LA Beat scene. We played his latest single, “Bag Away.”

“Bag Away” is the struggle of acknowledging paranoia — like being in a room full of people I’m uncomfortable with and feeling a lot of anxiety, knowing that I probably don’t have to feel that way, but I still do, because maybe everyone is staring at me.

Macy Gray

In the second hour, Macy Gray kicked off with the song “White Man” from her tenth-studio album, “Ruby.”  This has to be one of my favorite releases from the singer. We played the foot-stomper, “White Man,” which is a song that definitely symbolizes the current divisiveness in the country.

Also, we played new songs from producer Branko that featured some Baile-Funk inspired production, Jaden Smith with his tribute to Dragonball character Goku and new music from Atmosphere. We closed out the show with an ’80s tune from Feeling Kreyole out of  Guadeloupe and Brazilian artist Jose Mauro.

Tracklisting

HOUR 1

Paul Weller – “Wild Wood”
Kandace Springs – “People Make the World Go ‘Round”
Jerry Paper – “Baby”
Austin Peralta – Capricornus”
Masta Ace & Marco Polo – “Breukelen ‘Brooklyn” feat. Smif-N-Wessun
Kelly Finnigan – “Catch Me I’m Falling”
Laura Jean Anderson – “Thinkin Bout You”
Sudan Archives – “Nont For Sale”
Ab-Soul – “Closure”
Autre Ne Veut – “Play By Play”
Harriet Brown – “Bag Away”
Ryan Hemsworth – “This Feeling” feat. Marco McKinnis
Kelela & Rare Essence – “Rare Essence_TMA_83 BPM (Rare Essence Remix)”
AlunaGeorge – “Famous”

HOUR 2

Macy Gray – “White Man”
Logic – “The Return”
Atmosphere – “Stopwatch”
Jaden Smith – “GOKU”
Kelela & DJ Lag – “DJ LAG_ONANON_127 BPM (DJ Lag Remix)”
Marie Davidson – “Work It”
Branko – “Stand By” feat. Umi Copper
Sango – “Agorinha”
Amp Live – “100,000 Watts”
Ta-ku – “Side to Side”
Fatima – “Westside”
James Alexander Bright – “Which Way”
Aloe Blacc – “Sign Language”
Captain Murphy – “Cosplay”
Feeling Kreyol – “Las Pale”
Jose Mauro – “Obnoxius”