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Free Nationals – “Beauty & Essex” feat. Daniel Caesar x Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Video)

You know the Free Nationals by association with Anderson .Paak. But you know that the rep has to be worthy apart from dude, otherwise, they would not be rocking together like that for you to know them. Savvy? Get it?

Whether or not you do, get this: We got ’em here for you to review. Check out “Beauty & Essex” (featuring Daniel Caesar and Unknown Mortal Orchestra).

Now let’s go ahead and put the video credits for this banger front and center. Because, don’t front, this visual presentation is so EPIC and out there… takes the song experience to another level. SALUTE!

Director: Scott Lazer
Producer: Darius Turbak
Production Company: Cloud Harvest Creations

FREE NATIONALS – BEAUTY & ESSEX FEAT. DANIEL CAESAR X UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA (ITUNES)

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Khalid – “Better” (Prod. By Charlie Handsome) [Video]

Dope Tiny Desk Concert performance in the rearview. New “Sun City” EP ahead. Khalid’s career already had a good look. Now it’s only getting “Better.”

KHALID – BETTER (SPOTIFY)

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Sade – “The Big Unknown” (Lyric Video)

Forever sexy with the vocals to match, Sade is lending sensual power to the “Widows” soundtrack with this single, “The Big Unknown.”

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R&B/Soul: Mahalia – “One Night Only” feat. Kojey Radical (Prod. By Swindle) [Video]

Hot! Steamy even.

R&B out the UK blown out so cooly by Mahalia in this “One Night Only” (hmmm, all a brotha needs). Check out the visuals for this heat rock off the “Seasons” EP.

MAHALIA – SEASONS (EP)

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R&B/Soul: Maxwell – “Shame” (Video)

New music and visuals. Soul-stirring, high concept, purposefully ambiguous. From Maxwell. So it’s kinda par for the course. Enjoy the experience…

MAXWELL – SHAME (SPOTIFY)

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Prince – “Why The Butterflies”

Wowww, this is like being in the room when Prince (RIP) laid this down. Sometimes you don’t need a “finished” track to appreciate the genius of an artist like The Purple Rocker. Previously unreleased; held by Prince’s estate until now.

PRINCE – WHY THE BUTTERFLIES

NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series Presents: Erykah Badu (Video)

Robert Glasper did mention Erykah Badu in that last scorcher interview he did. Fellow Texan. And she is well beyond worthy on ‘honorable mention.’ See her Tiny Desk Concert performance for a reminder if you need one; or even if you don’t!

Erykah Badu is an artist for the ages. To old-school jazz fans like myself, names like Nina Simone, Betty Carter and Shirley Horn come to mind as much as Billie Holiday because of Badu’s singular approach to a lyric. They all cut their own creative path and left behind a legacy that you can identify with just one note. Erykah Badu is on that same path, and one day her name will be mentioned along with the other Elders who share her spirit of musical adventure.
Felix Contreras, NPR

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H.E.R. – “I Used to Know Her: The Prelude” (EP)

It’s funny how H.E.R. put out an EP after H.E.R. LP situation… Well, not ‘funny’ so much… just heard the first track of this set following in the footprints of “Lost Ones” by Lauryn Hill (even calling it “Lost Souls”) and felt the line flip was appropriate. Maybe? Maybe not? Ha!

Either way, don’t stop at that song. Stream all of “I Used to Know Her: The Prelude” for the FREE.99!

H.E.R. – I USED TO KNOW HER: THE PRELUDE (EP)

Mereba – “Black Truck” (Prod. By 9th Wonder) [Video]

That beautiful pain that Mereba was pushing (like an all “Black Truck”) over that dope 9th Wonder beat… yeah there is a cold visual. Appropriately dope, too!

MEREBA – BLACK TRUCK (PROD. BY 9TH WONDER)

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The Internet – “La Di Da” (Prod. By Jeff Kopchia) [Video]

Besides making great music, The Internet can be counted on for turning out a great music video… like this one set for a carefree summer off their “Hive Mind” album.

THE INTERNET – HIVE MIND (ALBUM)

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DJ Yogi – “Insomniac Show #47” (Mixtape)

DJ Yogi’s inability to catch a solid eight hours sleep overnight drives him to create stuff that just might be the blessing that gets you through that rough day. Vibe out to the sounds of his latest “Insomniac” mix!

The Fugees, Amerie, Donell Jones, Miguel, Sola Rosa and more.
DJ Yogi

DJ YOGI – INSOMNIAC SHOW #47 (MIXTAPE)

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Maxwell – “The Glass House” (We Never Saw It Coming) [Video]

Maxwell stands at the foundation of the whole neo-soul movement. Remember that when you ask yourself, “How could this brother bring such spirit into my space and reach so far into the soul of man with a song?”

And the visualization here is delivered with dark suspense. Even in a “The Glass House” so brightly lit, “We Never Saw It Coming.” Just watch to the end.

“Love each other or perish.”
W. H. Auden

MAXWELL – THE GLASS HOUSE (WE NEVER SAW IT COMING) [ITUNES]

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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series Presents: Khalid (Video)

Can’t help but love the music. Can’t help but root for the singer. Well, here he is with an NPR Tiny Desk Concert. Khalid is here (above), so wait no longer… click that play button and reward your soul with music from a young spirit.

Khalid’s music narrates life’s awkwardly necessary moments: the butterflies of young love, the angst of craving freedom, the apprehension of teetering on that next step in life. He creates honest, comforting pop for teens and young adults that speaks to the kid in all of us. Accompanied only by acoustic guitarist Jef Villaluna, the 20-year-old sensation captured this fleeting fearlessness of youth and brought it to the Tiny Desk for a heartfelt serenade session. The way his voice glided calmly over the guitar notes, switching between baritone and tenor, was fitting given that he sings about teenage peaks and pitfalls. Khalid’s sense of wide-eyed yet humble wonder permeates through the entire set.
– NPR Music

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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series Presents: Jorja Smith (Video)

Jorja Smith brought her groovy voice and those ‘soothy’ eyes to the set. To an intimate set, for an NPR Tiny Desk Concert, just for you (you and you). Lucky you… thanks to us… you’re welcome!

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Masego – “Lady Lady” (Prod. By Sounwave)

Masego with that jazzy soul you can bop right out to the floor to… to get your one-two step on to. And while you got your two-step going, your partner’s going, have the drinks flowing…

(May this be your Friday night, every night you need it to be. Enjoy, thoroughly!)

MASEGO – LADY LADY (PROD. BY SOUNWAVE)

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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series Presents: Daniel Caesar (Video)

Maaan! Good soulful music and performance to get you going, keep you going, or enjoy the day’s end when you’ve been going all day. Daniel Caesar and the band got you on NPR with the Tiny Desk Concert on this ep.

Daniel Caesar and his band had a clear vision for their Tiny Desk performance. While already confined to a small space, they opted to congregate at the piano, where producer and music director Matthew Burnett sat to create what feels like a fly-on-the-wall moment. We’re presented a purity that’s nearly impossible to capture on an album.
– NPR Music

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Ali Shaheed Muhammad x Adrian Younge – “The Midnight Hour” (Album)

Nice merger for music’s sake – Ali Shaheeed Muhammad + Adrian Younge on a project. “The Midnight Hour” could be another great set to grab for your Summer soundtrack.

ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD X ADRIAN YOUNGE – THE MIDNIGHT HOUR (ALBUM)

Ne-Yo – “Good Man” (Album)

New Ne-Yo. Heard the title track on here back in February, right? Time for the whole plate now. “Good Man”… good album… Check it out and see if you want to add it to your good Summer play bin.

On his seventh studio album, GOOD MAN, Ne-Yo travels the globe for inspiration. He rides Jamaican rhythms with Bebe Rexha and Stefflon Don on “Push Back.” Latin crooner Romeo Santos drops by on the sunny, bilingual ballad “Nights Like These.” As for his R&B bread and butter, “1 More Shot” and “Summertime” juxtapose his usual sophisticated touch with subtle trap influences.
– Apple Music

NE-YO – GOOD MAN (ALBUM)

The Internet – “Come Over” (Video)

DOPE! And Syd directed this. Cool. The Internet’s visual for “Come Over” – off the new album “Hive Mind” (due out July 20th).

THE INTERNET – HIVE MIND (PRE-ORDER)

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Sunni Colón – “Summer Blu”

Sunni Colón with new music, building to a new full-length release. Listen to “Summer Blu” via the FREE stream below.

SUNNI COLON – SUMMER BLU

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