Holiday Classics Performed by the Very Best

We are so excited to share with you all of the wonderful holiday music that has come across our desks so far!! Kick-off this holiday season with Freekbass, named “the new spiritual warrior for the funk,” by Bootsy Collins, and his very funky rendition of “Happy Xmas (The War Is Over)” by John Lennon and […]

Brooklyn Vegan PREMIERE: Spanglish Fly prep new single “New York Rules” ft. Joe Bataan (watch the video)

NYC’s latin Boogaloo group Spanglish Fly have a new 7″ single, “New York Rules,” which features lead vocals from latin soul legend Joe Bataan. Like his famous song “Subway Joe,” here he’s talking about riding the B Train — and getting stuck between stations — with “Bario ladies, the punks from Bay Ridge / the Bushwick babies and […]

Billboard PREMIERE: SoCal Band Pepper Sends an Animated ‘Warning’ With New Video: Exclusive

Pepper is ready to take you across the globe with its video for new single “Warning,” which is premiering exclusively on Billboard today (May 9).  The trio — comprised of Kaleo Wassman (lead vocals, guitar), Bret Bollinger (bass), and Yesod Williams (drums) — brings its laid-back reggae-inspired flair to the Stick Figure-produced track that perfectly segues into the pending […]

Rocky Dawuni: Another Dimension of Diaspora Music

Rocky Dawuni is one of Ghana’s best-traveled musicians these days. He lives between Los Angeles and Accra, but his signature “Afro Roots” sound—a blend of reggae, highlife, Afrobeat and more—brings him to concert stages and recording studios in places like Zanzibar, Nairobi, and Harare, Zimbabwe, as well as throughout Europe and the United States. Dawuni’s […]

Complex Premiere: Xiuhtezcatl Links Up With Jaden Smith on “Boombox Warfare”

Jaden Smith has joined forces with environmental activist Xiuhtezcatl on a new track called “Boombox Warfare.” The song finds the young artist reflecting on the political power of music and the ways it has helped promote Xiuhtezcatl’s cause. The 18-year-old indigenous Mexican American has gained national attention for his fight against environmental injustices, specifically taking a stand against climate […]

RESIDENT ADVISOR FEATURE – CHANCHA VIA CIRCUITO

Chancha Vía Circuito and the story of electronic cumbia Almost 15 years on from the first experiments with digital cumbia, the genre’s architect reflects on the past, present and future of electrified folklore in Latin America. A little over a decade ago, Pedro Canale was just an eager kid running the merch table at his […]

The New York Times Feature – Jonathan Goldman of Spanglish Fly

SUNDAY ROUTINE How Jonathan Goldman, Professor and Musician, Spends His Sundays Jonathan Goldman, center, on the trumpet, often has gigs on Saturday nights with his band, Spanglish Fly. So if he gets the chance to sleep in on Sundays, he takes it.CreditJoe Carrotta for The New York Times By Shivani Vora April 27, 2018 By […]