R&B diva Syleena Johnson and crooner Musiq Soulchild released their Kemar McGregor-produced single, “Feel the Fire,” from their upcoming, 9-track collaborative album entitled 9INE. The duo took Peabo Bryson’s 1977 hit and flipped it into a soulful, body rockin’ reggae number. Simply smooth.
As told by Syleena, 9INE is heavily influenced by numerology. The pair teamed up with McGregor to record nine tracks for the album in nine days. The two are also born in September, the ninth month of year, which she said added to the divinity of the project. 9INE is scheduled to drop July 9.
Stream Syleena Johnson and Musiq Soulchild’s ‘Feel the Fire” below.
Amateur is a short film prequel to the forthcoming feature film titled Manchild by Ryan Koo, an indie filmmaker and founder of the creative website, No Film School. The feature will follow TJ, a 13-year-old high school athlete, through the competitive world of youth basketball, while this short focuses on an encounter between a street agent and a high school basketball player.
Watch the short film entitled Amateur below.
Remember the R&B jam “If You Love Me” by Brownstone? Well, DJs and producers Brenmar and Murlo, hailing from Chicago and London respectively, remixed the ’94 record giving it some fresh, house music flavor.
Stream/download Brenmar and Murlo’s remix of ”If You Love Me” by Brownstone below.
Alicia Keys is back with another visual from her latest album, Girl On Fire. This soulful record “Tears Always Win,” which was co-penned by Bruno Mars, was shot in Las Vegas by Robert Hales.
Watch Alicia Keys’ video for “Tears Always Win” below.
For foreigners, learning to speak Chinese is a hard task. But learning to read the beautiful, often complex characters of the Chinese written language may be less difficult. ShaoLan walks through a simple lesson in recognizing the ideas behind the characters and their meaning―building from a few simple forms to more complex concepts. Call it Chineasy.
Watch ShaoLan teach the basics of learning to read chinese with ease.
California-based, Japanese producer starRo put his spin on Janet Jackson’s sensual, ’97 classic, “Any Time, Any Place,” maintaining the orignal track’s vibe but enhancing the percussive elements.
Stream/download starRo’s remix of Janet’s “Anytime, Anyplace” below.
Howard and Guy Lawrence, a British electronic brother-duo known as Disclosure, recently dropped their impressive, debut album entitled Settle. The 14-track project, produced entirely by the duo, encompasses high-energy rhythms, layered synths and deep basslines that aren’t over-saturated like a lot of house/dance records in recent years. Settle features performances from AlunaGeorge, Jessie Ware, Jamie Woon and more.
Stream snippets of Discloure’s album, Settle, below.
The folks at i am Other scoured through the streets of Brixton, London to find some stylish individuals for their latest segment of Style Hunt. Brixton is described as “that rare kind of neighborhood where you can find a Great Gatsby-referencing dandy, a 1970s style sewist and green-and-gold wearing rastafarian on the same block.” Sounds like the perfect area to document.
Watch Style Hunt in Brixton, London below.