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FROM Ariana Morgenstern
Jordan Rakai Live on MBE: Eye To Eye A rare talent emerging from London's current nexus of jazz, hip-hop, and electronic music, Jordan Rakei recently paid a visit to MBE where he recorded an exclusive version of a song we love, "Eye To Eye."
Maribou State: Feel Good ft. Khruangbin After touring their 2015 breakthrough debut album Portraits, Maribou State returned to their studios in London to work on new material, but didn't find the spark they needed. Instead of looking inward, they did the opposite and started taking trips to feed their creativity and piece together a sonic collage that would transport the listener to another country or place entirely in their mind. Houston trio Khruangbin are featured guests on "Feel Good."
Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter: Dewayne It's been a while since we heard from Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter. But have no fear: a new album is on its way for release in 2019! Their first new music in seven years comes in the form of a haunting love song to the streets of 1990's Seattle, as told by a young man who'd seen it all, "Dewayne."
Jóhann Jóhannsson: Children of the New Dawn Icelandic composerJóhann Jóhannsson passed away earlier this year, and the last music he created before his untimely death is the score to the upcoming horror film, Mandy. Director Panos Cosmatos says: “Jóhann went above and beyond, and I suspect to the limits of his sanity, to make the music for this movie. His words and his actions made him more than a great collaborator, they made him like a brother to me. I’m sad our time together was so brief but I’m very proud of what he accomplished on Mandy and I believe he was too.” We are proud to share "Children of the New Dawn."
Aki Kumar: Dum Maaro Dum The "Only Bombay Blues Man," Aki Kumar, left Mumbai intending to work as an engineer in Silicon Valley; instead, he discovered the blues. Blending Chicago-style blues with Bollywood Pop Aki Kumar recreates "Dum Maaro Dum," a song made popular by Asha Bhosle in 1971.
Sofi Tukker Live on MBE: Energia Sofi Tukker’s music is pure joy. Their most recent live performance in our studio was very special as they brought along a percussionist to add an extra layer of fun. Enjoy this exclusive version of “Energia,” recorded live on MBE.
Villagers: A Trick Of The Light September will bring a brand-new album by Villagers. A newfound soulfulness and dazzling hooks abound in "A Trick Of The Light." No tricks here, just deft songwriting and a knack for swaying melodies.
Sunny Levine: Don’t I Know That Venice musician Sunny Levine explores the shifting tides of sound through subtle mood shifts on his new album. "Don't I Know That" plays like a spellbinding, soulful dream full of mystery and intrigue.
Very Be Careful: Dos Corazones LA’s Very Be Careful rushed into an abandoned studio, replete with old instruments and a 64 track analog console to record their new album. Within 2 days, they recorded and finished their songs without overdubs. The experience pushed their Afro-Colombian rhythms further in "Dos Corazones."
Jorge Drexler: Telefonía Grammy and Oscar winning artist Jorge Drexler reflects on love and technology on “Telefonía,” as he praises this modern device as a way to shorten the distance between two hearts. We hope he performs the song live when he plays LAMC's Central Park SummerStage on Saturday.
Gabriel Garzón-Montano: Golden Wings Gabriel Garzón-Montano quietly released one of the best albums of 2017. "Golden Wings" is a new song that features Montano on every note and instrument. Catch him live as part of LAMC's Central Park SummerStage Show in NYC on July 11.
Tomasa Del Real: Si o No Chilean rapper Tomasa Del Real was a sought after tattoo artist in her native Chile, before she turned "Queen of Neo-Perro"(the dance and culture that surrounds Reggaetón). Known for flipping the genre's machismo on its head, "Si O No" is a catchy track from her new album.
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