Music Break

Flying Lotus – Never Catch Me ft. Kendrick Lamar

Flying Lotus’ jazzy collaboration with Kendrick Lamar is awesome. It’s great that Lotus is introducing the youngins to jazz. The upbeat tempo puts you in a good mood. However, when listening to the lyrics and seeing the visual, you find yourself torn between sadness and happiness. Though the premise of the story, is dark, it’s very moving. Two kids, who died, dance their way to heaven. While their relatives mourn, they are full of joy. Very interesting concept and great choreography.

Inspiration Nation

Words of Advice: Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding
“People are more used to seeing men who are masters at an instrument than women. When people say, “Oh, she plays like a dude,” it’s usually dudes who are the ones saying it. They’re saying, “Oh, she’s as good as us.” Of course, that’s a stupid statement. It’s totally stereotypical to say, “We have an advantage on this, and if anyone else can do it well, it’s only because they’re like us.” I think more men are starting to learn that this attitude is totally hollow and based in imagination. As more women are involved in music, this kind of thing gets said less and less.”

Esperanza Spalding– 3-time Grammy Award winner, American jazz bassist and singer.

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Photo(s) of the Day: Esperanza Spaulding Gets Flashy for S Moda Magazine

Glowing skin, afro trim, plunging necklines, and short dresses, Esperanza Spalding shows off her megawatt smile in the photoshoot for Spain’s S Moda Magazine. The Grammy Award-winning jazz musician gives elegant a sophisticated edge. Take a look:

Ear Treat

Ear Treat: Krystale’s “Machine”

“I’m a machine, but you soften me up till I’m warm-hearted.”

Krystale’s latest single, “Machine” is one of those tracks that grabs the listener’s ear at the first few seconds. And since one listen to this addictive jazzy-soul track is not enough, you have to play it again and again; always hearing something new. The 21-year-old Montreal native is not new to the music scene though. She has two EPs under her belt (Reboot and The Good Fight) and a full-length album on the way. Based on the single, we look forward to it.

Catch more of Krystale’s tunes at

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Ear Treat

Ear Treat: Laura Mvula’s She

In her debut performance at the 2012 iTunes Festival, Laura Mvula introduced her fans to a touching single “She” during her Jazz fueled set. Now, it is being streamed for your personal enjoyment. The track is beautiful and gives listeners a taste of Laura’s great vocal control.

A limited 7-inch of “She” is set for release October 22nd.

Music Break

Lianne La Havas Clowns Ex-Boyfriend In New Visual ‘Forget’

Lianna La Havas’ new video for the single, “Forget” truly makes a bold statement. The London singer-songwriter does a cute, cocky prance down the avenue as the very unpleasant life of a man, who portrays her ex-boyfriend, a struggling guitarist, plays out in the background. In a recent video diary she dished about the meaning behind the song.

“‘Forget’ is my musical response to the request of my ex-boyfriend for me to sing on one of his songs after he’d broken my heart and dumped me,” she said.

Well, what she “forgets” he might surely regret. Successful crooners such as Bon Iver (whom she recently tour with), John Legend (set to tour with this Fall) and Stevie Wonder are enthralled with the gifted singer. The saying, “success is the best revenge” fits perfectly in this case.

Lianne’s debut album Is Your Love Big Enough? is now available on iTunes.

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Lucille Ghatti’s EP ‘High Grade’ Gets a High Grade

Just when we told you about Lucille Ghatti’s dreamy single, “North Hollywood,” her EP High Grade lands in our inbox.

Naturally, the 11-track EP displays the young songstress’ thoughts on love, passion and politics. However, her “Trillwave” brand of R&B– highlighting musical influences from 50’s Jazz, 90’s Neo-Soul and “summertime trap”(bouncy, bass-heavy)– is what makes this album an A+.