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Black Radio III

    Robert Glasper is a premiere example of musical aptitude and a proven champion of Black music - boasting nine Grammy nominations and four wins for Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song, Best Traditional R&B Performance, and Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, and an Emmy Award for his song for Ava Duvernay’s critically hailed documentary “13th” with Common and Karriem Riggins. The 43-year old Houston native has a rich history contributing his artistry across both music and film, all the while carrying a consistent cultural message.

    In 2012, Glasper delivered his album Black Radio that hit the scene as the first album in history to debut in the top 10 of 4 different genre charts simultaneously: Hip Hop R&B, Urban Contemporary, Jazz and Contemporary Jazz. The feat was then repeated by Black Radio 2. The ongoing Black Radio series has since become Glasper’s calling card, upholding a place at the heart of a trailblazing community: from long-time sonic brothers Mos Def and Bilal, to legends including Ledisi, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu.

    "Robert Glasper has established himself as a master of the territory where jazz, hip-hop and R&B overlap" – Rolling Stone

    “No one has shaped the resurgence of jazz in black music more than Robert Glasper in the 2000s” – Nate Chinen (NPR)

    Black Radio and Black Radio II are landmark albums that have shaped the genres of jazz, hip hop and r&b for the past decade. Direct lines can be drawn to Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, Kendrick Lamar, and black music writ large.

    For Black Radio III, 4-time grammy® winner Robert Glasper cements his legacy as producer, curator and cultural icon. These collaborations range from the most powerful voices in contemporary black music (Killer Mike, ty dolla $ign, D Smoke, PJ Morton) to the most important lyricists and performers of the past 30 years (Jennifer Hudson, Ledisi, Common, Gregory Porter, Musiq Soulchild, India.Arie)

    Black Radio III is also a statement for these times. It is Glasper’s most direct statement of the frustration and opportunity of a world disrupted by social change.

    It is at once beautiful, powerful and innovative.


    TRACK LISTING

    1. In Tune Ft. Amir Sulaiman
    2. Black Superhero Ft. Killer Mike + BJ The Chicago Kid + Big K.R.I.T.
    3. Shine Ft. D Smoke + Tiffany Gouché
    4. Why We Speak Ft. Q-Tip + Esperanza Spalding
    5. Over Ft. Yebba
    6. Better Than I Imagined Ft. H.E.R. + Meshell Ndegeocello
    7. Everybody Wants To Rule The World Ft. Lalah Hathaway + Common
    8. Everybody Love Ft. Musiq Soulchild + Posdnuos
    9. It Don't Matter Ft. Gregory Porter + Ledisi
    10. Heaven's Here Ft. Ant Clemons
    11. Out Of My Hands Ft Jennifer Hudson
    12. Forever Ft. PJ Morton + India.Arie
    13. Bright Lights (with Ty Dolla $ign)

    California’s Best Coast - comprised of Bethany Cosentino (guitar, vocals) and Bobb Bruno (guitar) - will release their fourth studio album, Always Tomorrow, produced by Carlos de la Garza with additional production by Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Paramore, M83). Always Tomorrow band’s first album of new studio material since their acclaimed 2015 record California Nights. The band previewed a new song from Always Tomorrow, entitled “For The First Time,” to an incredible response this past fall and have also shared “Everything Has Changed,” whose video, directed by Ryan Baxley, features a number of people from one of Bethany’s favorite shows, Vanderpump Rules.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Best coast have always encompassed the spirit of californian pop-punk but with a knowing nod to stadium rock, with huge guitar riffs and trebly distortion ringing out beneath Consentino's confident and perfectly suited vox.

    Nathaniel Rateliff has written and recorded his first solo record since the explosive debut of his work together with The Night Sweats. And It’s Still Alright, is an intensely personal 10-song album of vibrant country-blues, badland ballads, ornate Americana and jazz-inflected R&B. Rateliff’s warm baritone, ranging from gently hushed to a guttural howl, imbues these superbly drawn character studies with raw, naked emotion.

    And It’s Still Alright was produced by Rateliff, Night Sweats’ drummer Patrick Meese and James Barone of the indie band, Beach House and primarily recorded at National Freedom in Cottage Grove, Oregon, the studio formerly owned by the late Richard Swift (who produced both Night Sweats recordings). While Rateliff, Meese and Barone handled much of the album’s instrumentation, several friends make contributions including Night Sweats’ guitarist Luke Mossman; bassist Elijah Thomson (of the indie band Everest); keyboardist Daniel Creamer (of The Texas Gentlemen); steel guitarist Eric Swanson (touring musician for Israel Nash) and renowned string arranger Tom Hagerman (of the instrumental vocal ensemble DeVotchKa), whose delicate orchestrations beautifully complement the album’s deep emotional terrain.

    And It’s Still Alright’s many highlights include album opener “What A Drag,” which sketches a vivid portrait of a disconnected relationship, “Tonight #2,” a haunting, end-of-the-world waltz, “Time Stands,” detailing an epic, desperate struggle for love and the elegiac "Rush On," a heart-breaking requiem for Swift.

    Unguarded and unflinchingly real, Nathaniel Rateliff’s And It’s Still Alright expands on the sounds and styles he’s used to great affect across both his band and solo careers.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Drifting acoustic ballads and Rateliff's trademark gravelly drawl work in perfect union his latest outing, 'And It's Still Alright'. An intoxicating and heady listen, and a brilliant way to unwind after a long day.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. What A Drag
    2. And It’s Still Alright
    3. All Or Nothing
    4. Expecting To Lose
    5. Tonight #2
    6. Mavis
    7. You Need Me
    8. Time Stands
    9. Kissing Our Friends
    10. Rush On

    Hardest rocking Leeds quartet Pulled Apart By Horses return with their first new music since the release of 2014’s ‘Blood’ album. Back with a brand new track, ‘The Big What If’ (recorded at McCall Sound in Sheffield with Ross Orton), a UK tour in March and April of 2017 and much more to come besides, Pulled Apart By Horses are once again ready to give those jams a massive kicking.


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