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The Music Link List – 5.26.10


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Nas hits the studio for Levi's

Nas hits the studio for Levi's

♥♥ Queens emcee Nas covered Slick Rick’s “Hey Young World” for Levi’s ® Pioneer Sessions: 2010. The famous jeans maker gathered a handful of pioneering musicians from rock, pop, soul, and rap to re-craft classic songs that inspired their sound. Nas is first up, but Raphael Saadiq, The Swell Season, and Jason Mraz among many others will soon follow suite. You can download the songs on Levi’s site as they are released. Check out the behind the scenes video of Nas’ recording.

YahZarah is truly outrageous!

YahZarah is truly outrageous!

♥♥ R&B songtress YahZarah pays homage to the popular 1980s cartoon Jem and the Holograms in her latest video “Why Dontcha Call Me No More?”  Meanwhile, Foreign Exchange and Little Brother frontman Phonte gets busy with the curl activator. Totally 80s and truly outrageous! I love it!

New music from Amerie, Massive Attack, and Stone Temple Pilots

New music from Amerie, Massive Attack, and Stone Temple Pilots

♥♥ Newly engaged singer Amerie recently let fans hear a new single, “Who’s Gonna Love You” via twitter. The song was produced by The Inkredibles and will be on Amerie’s next album entitled, Cymatica Vol. 1. She told rap-up.com that she plans to incorporate her recently acquired guitar skills on the album as well. Watch her in action!

♥♥ Massive Attack’s video for “Psyche” is pretty creepy! Viewers get a taste of the good old fashioned stuff in this video. It shows a little girl being chased by ghosts under white sheets. Check it out at Pitchfork!

♥♥ It has been nine years in the making, but the Stone Temple Pilots are back with a new album! Their self-titled debut album dropped yesterday. View the track-listings and preview the Stone Temple Pilot’s album on Billboard.com.

Dwele's new album drops this summer!

Dwele's new album drops this summer!

♥♥ Dwele dropped a commercial for upcoming album W.ants W.orld W.omen scheduled to be released 06.29.10. Read more about the album and listen to the newly leaked single, “What’s Not To Love” at Soulful Vibes Online.

Stanley Ruiz's Wood Speakers

Stanley Ruiz's Wood Speakers

♥♥ Filipino designer Stanley Ruiz has created “Symbiosis”, a series of wooden speakers that will be in Designboom’s curated exhibition “Asia Now”, at Dwell On Design in Los Angeles, June 25th – 27th, 2010. Combining natural materials with industrial ones, Ruiz uses a wood log that is actually a playable speaker. Very cool!

♥♥ She may have been absent from the controversial video for “Born Free”, but M.I.A. is looking as beautiful as ever on the cover of Complex’s June/July 2010 issue.

♥♥ After working on various videos for Justice, Madonna, Kanye West, and Sebastien Tellier, the very successful French production duo Jonas & Francois collaborated on new video produced by El Nino for Audiobully’s song “Only Man”

♥♥ If you’re in Atlanta, GA, Jay Electronica, Big Boi, and Yelawolf are giving a super secret FREE show this Thursday, May 27, 2010! Be sure to catch that!

♥♥ Electronic music duo Ratatat‘s new album LP4 drops June 8, 2010, but you can stream the album in its entirety at NPR.

♥♥ The creator of scratch, GrandWiz Theodore recently demonstrated his skills at the Sedgwick & Cedar + Joe Conzo Collaboration Event. Check it out!

Hypnotic Brass Esemble

Hypnotic Brass Esemble

♥♥ Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is a superb 9-piece, Chicago-based brass group of brothers whose father is Sun Ra’s lead trumpeter Kelan Phil Cohran. Their hip-hop, indie, dance-pop, and afrobeat sound hit hard on their latest “Heritage” EP. They cover Jay Z, Fela, Art Of Noise, Outkast and Madlib & MF Doom. Check out a preview from ChoiceCuts presents Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

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New music from Carlitta Durand, Simon Says, David Guetta, and Style Wars!

New music from Carlitta Durand, Simon Says, David Guetta, and Style Wars!

♥♥ Carlitta Durand, known for working with Little Brother and Nicolay has a new track entitled, “Robot Heart” available at Okayplayer. Very smooth!

♥♥ You must have cajones grande to remix a classic! Check out Simon Says (BoomBaptist Remix) 12″ Single by Pharoahe Monch.

♥♥ Sidney Samson’s remix to David Guetta’s “Gettin’ Over You (feat. Fergie & LMFAO)” is definitely worth your time!

♥♥ Producer Style Wars represents old skool hiphop with his own unique approach with The Dusty Movement EP.

♥♥ Treat yourself to Evan Voytas’ “Sad, Like Hearts Can Be”

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