Nu Soul: How close to completion is the new album? SJ: The new album is pretty much finished. It’s in the process of being mixed down as we speak.
Nu Soul: What can your fans expect to hear on the new album? SJ: Well thats a difficult question for me to answer being that I wrote so many different types of songs. At the time of creating this record, I was going through some very personal and difficult challenges in my life. For a while, I was only able to express my feelings by putting them down in paper and the songs all turned out to have very melancholic theme. It wasn’t until I wrote about an albums worth of those types of tracks that I was actually able to get back to writing what I’m truly my best at….writing self-empowering songs.
Just like on “Rise”, I took that difficult time in my life and turned them into what I would like to believe are self-empowering optimistic songs about looking at the brighter side of things despite love loss, death, and etc. I’m hoping this new batch of songs will help others who are going through a difficult time in their life.
As for all those sad songs, a few of them actually made the album.
Nu Soul: Who did you get a chance to work with on this new record? SJ: I worked with my producer from my first record, Sebastian Arocha Mortin. I also wrote some songs with other producers on this new record. I also collaborated with JB Eckel on a song called “Tonight”.
Nu Soul: What is the first single going to be? SJ: The first single is out now and is called, “Waves Of Change”. We have remixes from Kaskade, Andy Caldwell, Cafe Del Mar, Richard Grey, and more.
Nu Soul: What else have you been up to in the time since the release of “Rise”? SJ: Let’s just say that I’ve been through a lot. I have seen the world in many ways. I’ve experienced everything from death to love and everything in between. I have seen people I love come and go and I have reconnected with people that I thought I would never see again. I have learned a lot since the release of my first record. I am just a wiser stronger version of me. My mind and my eyes are more open then they ever have been before .
Interview by Norman of Nu Soul Magazine. Norman is also a writer for URB.com and many more fine publications.
Posted by: Norman (Nu Soul) on March 7, 2010 @ 3:18 PM
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Grame Clark (aka The Revenge) is one of the most talked about artist of the moment. Graeme began producing in his early teenage years, making a skewed blend of electronic music using a couple of his dad’s old drum machines and a sampler. Influenced by his parents collection of rock, soul and funk aswell as eighties daytime radio and the burgeoning rave scene, he began the process of dissecting and re-imagining the music.
Graeme has also provided his engineering experience to several projects over the past few years and has recently mastered Harri & Domenic’s 20 Years Underground / Sub Club mix for Soma aswell as new material for Mark E, Jisco, Under The Shade and Fine Art Recordings. His other collaborative projects currently include Deportivo Street Team, OOFT!, Cronk Family Enterprises, 6th Borough Project and The Hong Kong Micros.
Philadelphia based producer RJD2 has recently blessed us with a remix of “Teleport Massive”, a bangin’ Bassnectar track that is guaranteed delight for all RJ fans out there. The track bumps with swirling synths, chopped funky horns, a steady drum groove, and of course, the smooth flow of Zumbi of Zion I. An instrumental version of RJ’s remix of “Teleport Massive” is also on the album and will definitely get your head bobbing to the beat.
As we continue to follow the new Gorillaz Plastic Beach project, we just got wind of an official album sampler released via youtube. After the vid, you can visit the Guardian UK for a full album stream.
Posted by: Jonthecorner on March 2, 2010 @ 12:15 PM
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Australian funk heavy hitters The Bamboos are recording their 4th album for one of my favorite imprints Tru-Thoughts and they were kind enough to share this little video from behind the scenes in the studio. Looks like they’re having a good ol time! If this new song ‘Like Tears in Rain’ is any indication of what we’re in store for, a lot more people will be knowing about them real soon!
Something incredible started happening to Chicago’s musical identity in 2006: It branched beyond Kanye. Seemingly overnight, artists like Kid Sister, Flosstradamus, The Cool Kids, Mano, Mic Terror and many more came to the forefront to show their middle fingers to that “second city” complex and blew up without hesitation. Some called it New Chicago, some called it juke, but Shala called it the movement. One of the city’s leaders then and even more so now is Olusola Akintunde a.k.a. Shala, whose Movement collective helped to jump-start the careers of at least a few of these new players (Hollywood Holt and Mano most notably). While Shala spent most of his time back in those days hyping up his city and focusing on the others, he’s finally grown some sense and honed in on his own music — which just so happens to be a ear-pleasing merging of brilliantly penned Southside rap, soul, funk and hands-down unapologetic attitude. Peep “Getty”: As Africans we own thangs, we don’t know no better / You say we live on HUD, Your crib be Rent-A-Center / Never get it f’ed up, Africans we hustlas / Everything for sale, we chargin’ you to give a f***
Make sure you check the link at the end of the interview and get yourself some new tunes.
What makes Shala. unique?
I’m Nigerian so I’ve always had a musical world view that’s influenced by everything around me — ignorant, intelligent, classical. I’m definitely a leader and know I’m supposed to do something really big with this music, something beyond attention from girls and getting in trouble all the time.
Describe your sound in one or two phrases.
Electro rock with funky soul Nigerian pop. They’d come see that motherfucker wouldn’t they?
How do you feel about rap music right now?
Now more than ever it’s a movement of underdogs and that’s what hip-hop has always really represented. I live in Chicago and it’s an underdog city, so you’ve got the underdogs in the underdog city winning.? Right now, Chicago has a need to express itself and a unification of that need gathers into a voice so loud no one can ignore it.
How would you describe your city?
Chicago is in the middle so all the influences came from all over the place. It’s the flower that’s growing out of that concrete and is amazing because No. 1, it grew out of concrete and No. 2, it’s gonna be beautiful because everybody that walked past it watered it. People call it a little brother to New York but there’s more to the story. It’s that little brother that thinks he’s lame because his big brother is so great, but ends up being super great after he gets past himself. Lupe [Fiasco] showed us we can make it from just being who we are. Kanye still shows us you can be player and make it. Look at Hollywood Holt – he looks eclectic and very rock and roll. He doesn’t look like the kind of cat that would beat your ass, but people know. We surprise you out here.
For the last several years, Chicago has been a bit about the juke. What’s juke music?
Juke means move. Someone asks you, ’How’s the party?’ You say, ’It’s juking’. When you see black people juking in the 1940s, they’re having a good time ain’t they? Jumping around, flipping each other around, having an amazing time. Chicago juke is just fast dance-party rap.