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The Roots – Rising Down March 10, 2008

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TheRootsThe Roots have always seemed to stay true to their name and release music that featured raw, uncut slices of rap’s most dark and thoughtful material. What I connect most with to their music is the machine-gun delivery of Black Thought’s always on-point rhymes and their use of live instrumentation in studio recordings. Their music tends to sound a lot more organic then the processed sounds of other hip-hop producers.

The Roots are planning to release their landmark tenth studio album titled “Rising Down” at the end of April and I’ve managed to grab a rip of their first single “Birthday Girl” which is the most commercially-sounding track I’ve heard from them, possibly ever. They’ve lent the hand of Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump to sing the hook and it’s resulted in a really light, laid back tune. The lyrics however, aren’t as much and band member ?uestlove describes the track as “‘the most beautiful statutory rape song ever!“. (Note that the quality isn’t the greatest on this recording but when I get my hands on a better one I’ll hopefully get round to uploading it).

The Roots – Birthday Girl (Feat. Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy)
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[ From the Album “Rising Down” | Buy CD: | Download: ]

The next track “Get Busy” is also taken from the new album and is a polar opposite of the one above. It’s a really raw, aggressive cut with a buzzing, heading-knocking beat (similar in feel to Nas’s “The Thief’s Theme” only rougher) and features guest MCs Dice Raw and Peedi Peedi with scratches provided by DJ Jazzy Jeff.

The Roots – Get Busy (Feat. Dice Raw, Peedi Peedi & DJ Jazzy Jeff)
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Jason Mraz – I’m Yours March 5, 2008

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Jason Mraz is an artist that I discovered around the same time as John Mayer. )During that period, they were often compared with one another in terms of their somewhat similar musical styles, however while John Mayer went on to develop his sound with a more Blues feel to it and gained massive critical acclaim with his album “Continuum”, Jason Mraz instead adopted a similar sound to his first LP and, in turn, was quite brutally slaughtered by the critics for his album “Mr. A-Z”. Warranted, while that album was not half as fun as his first (“Waiting For My Rocket To Come”), it wasn’t the complete catastrophe that you may have led to believe. That said, I won’t be sharing any tracks from it, but instead a new track from his third soon-to-be-released studio album titled “We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things”. It’s penned to be out on 20th May and will be the first from Mraz to have proper collaborations on it from the likes of Colbie Caillat and British singer-songwriter James Morrison. This track “I’m Yours” will be the first single. It sounds a shade too similar to Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s (what a name eh?) cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” but that said, it does still hold it’s own as a great, breezy, chilled out song.

Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
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[ From the Album “We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things” |
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I thought I’d also share the first single ever released by Mraz which made me take notice of him initially. It’s a track which I instantly fell in love with the moment I heard it due to its positively gleaming outlook on life. It is the very definition of the perfect pop song, stupidly catchy and a track that leaves a smile on your face long after you’ve heard it. At least, that’s the effect it had on me. Other picks from this album include “I’ll Do Anything”, “Curbside Prophet” and “You and I Both” – all of which are worth checking out if you enjoyed what you’ve heard here.

Jason Mraz – The Remedy
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Newton Faulkner – Dream Catch Me & Gone In The Morning September 20, 2007

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I saw this dude when he opened for John Mayer at a concert recently. He was pretty good and very good at keeping the crowd happy, even if it resorted to singing the SpongeBob SquarePants theme before he left the stage. You may have heard “Dream Catch Me” around which I thought sounded fantastic acoustically but I challenge you to listen to the second track I’m uploading and not have it stuck in your head by the time it ends.

Newton Faulkner – Dream Catch Me
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Newton Faulkner – Gone in the Morning
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