The name, Luke James, has appeared on this site so much that he needs no introduction, but needs to be on the radio…like NOW. “Strawberry Vapors” is the latest single from his ear-pleasing mixtape, Whispers In the Dark, to be paired with visuals directed by Sarah McColgan.
Watch Luke James’ video for “Strawberry Vapors” below.
Last year, around this time, the always amazing singer-songwriter Jhené Aiko teamed up with fellow singer-songwriter James Fauntleroy on the Tae Beast-produced track, “Wrap Me Up.” With the success of her newly-released EP, Sail Out, and with Christmas steadily approaching, Jhené gives her fans this early present—a download of “Wrap Me Up” for free 99.
Stream/download Jhené Aiko’s “Wrap Me Up” featuring James Fauntleroy 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.
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]
I’m currently having a “how did I miss this” moment.
Luke James‘ “Oh God” featuring producer-rapper Hit-Boy is one of my favorite joints off of his 2012 mixtape, Whispers In the Dark. Trying to get that old thing back, the R&B crooner fights for his former love at a gala in the Sarah McColgan-directed visuals. Luke’s smooth delivery paired with Hit-Boy’s laid back production and verse makes it impossible to not keep this track on repeat. It’s modern, yet with a ’90s vibe at the same time.
Watch Luke James’ “Oh God” video featuring Hit-Boy below.
Alicia Keys penned a new track entitled “Better You, Better Me” for the George Tillman Jr-directed coming-of-age drama, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, which Keys serves as the co-music director and executive producer. The film, for which is currently in theaters, stars Anthony Mackie, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Jeffrey Wright.
Stream Alicia Keys’ “Better You, Better Me” below.
English electronic duo AlunaGeorge discussed touring in America and their hit record “You Know You Like It” with Billboard at the magazine’s New York City studio before hitting the stage. Aluna’s distinct vocals accompanied George’s stripped down arrangement on “You Know You Like It” and “Attracting Flies”—two songs from their debut album, Body Music, which is in stores now.
Watch AlunaGeorge’s interview with Billboard below.
Watch AlunaGeorge’s “You Know You Like It” performance below.
Watch AlunaGeorge’s “Attracting Flies” performance below.