Mary J. Blige dons a variety of white ensembles in the elegant visuals to her rendition of the popular tune, “My Favorite Things,” from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The Sound of Music. Be sure to get your copy of her new album perfectly titled, A Mary Christmas.
Watch Mary J. Blige’s video for “My Favorite Things” below. [iTunes]
Warning! This video contains flashing images.
In collaboration with fashion house Kenzo and i-D Magazine,M.I.A. glows in the dark in the Daniel Sannwald-directed visuals for her latest single, “Y.A.L.A” (an acronym for “You Always Live Again”), from her newly released album, Matangi. She is such a unique artist.
Watch the M.I.A.’s video for “Y.A.L.A.” below. [iTunes]
The first thing that comes to mind when I hear Marie Dahlstrøm is sweet melodies.
The Scandinavian songbird released her 11-track EP entitled Gloom, as a followup to The Renditions, an EP that covers notable records like Little Dragon‘s “Twice,” and Rihanna’s “Loveeeee Song,” and her impressive debut EP, Feelings.
Packed with intimate lyrics, lovely neo-soul productions, and soothing vocals, Gloom features collaborations from Kimbra and Jamal Ross.
Stream six songs from Marie Dahlstrøm’s Gloom EP below. [iTunes]
Watch the visuals for her single “What’s It Gonna Be” below.
Jhené Aiko, a West Coast songbird and the first artist on No I.D.’s Def Jam imprint, Atrium Records, gets into some deep ish in the visuals for her single, “The Worst,” from her newly released 7-track EP, Sail Out.
In a recent interview with the folks at Noisey, Jhené revealed that her highly-anticipated debut album is finished, but there are still some minor tweaks to be made on the production end.
“The album is done. Production-wise, final touches and mixing are still left. I’m always recording more songs. I’m working on the next and the next project. In my dream world, the album would come first quarter of next year. For sure, 2014 though. FOR SURE…or I’m going ho bangin’ on somebody.”
Until its release, Sail Out if you haven’t already. (I seriously think she is incapable of making a bad record.)
Watch Jhené Aiko’s “The Worst” video below.
Ghanaian singer-songwriter and producer Asante arranged a live jazz rendition of Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Breathless” from her 2006 self-titled debut album on Rhodes and vocals with Kayvon Gordon on Rhodes, Ben Gugino on drums, Stephen Grady on saxophone, and Adrian Koch on bass. Stream/download Asante’s jazz take on Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Breathless” below.
New Zealand producer choiceVaughan shows love to singers TLC, Marsha Ambrosius, Babyface, K-Ci & JoJo, Marvin Gaye, and Luther Vandross by putting his spin their notable records on his EP, Reveriemixes.
Stream choiceVaughn’s Reveriemixes EP below.
No matter how many times you listen to her, Kiah Victoria‘s vocals are so crisp and refreshing. Following up her debut, 4-track EP entitled Look UP, the NY-based singer-songwriter unveiled the Ryan Hutchins-directed visuals to her new single, “You Don’t Know,” from her sophomore EP, Gravitate, which is set to drop November 19.
Watch Kiah Victoria’s “You Don’t Know” video below. [Purchase via Bandcamp]
Tennessee folk singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Valerie June performed three songs — ”Workin’ Woman Blues,” ”Rain Dance,” and ”Somebody To Love” — from her debut album entitled Pushin’ Against a Stone for NPR’s music series, Tiny Desk Concert.
When you first hear Valerie’s vocals, the first thing that comes to mind is “That voice is coming out of her?” In a recent interview with NPR she explained her family’s first reaction to her unique, attention-grabbing vocals: “My mom and my grandmother tell me that when I first started talking, I sounded like I had an old man’s voice — they looked around and were like, ‘Where’s that old man coming from?’”
Watch Valerie June’s performance below. [iTunes]