Joy (@joyforthepeople) – The Storm Mixtape

A brand new mixtape from Boston-bases singer-songwriter Joy was certainly not what I was expecting on a dreary Tuesday afternoon in New York City. This time last year, Joy released her follow up release, Electric Soul Music. It was not the follow up to 2006’s fresh and unapologetically catchy debut, Set Free, that I was […]

Belle Boussole (@belleboussole) – Love in Outer Space (Free Download)

                            Late last fall while recording “Midnight Aria” with Belle Boussole, the group let me listen to a cover they were working on. It was an unusual song choice – “Love in Outer Space” by the eccentric and eclectic jazz musician Sun […]

Catchup Wednesday – Atlantic Line

Upon first listening to Atlantic Line, it’s hard to believe they are based on our side of the Atlantic – everything from lead singer Ray Silva’s voice to the execution of the melodies would have you think they were a British rock band. That said, their album Exit to Intro is superb – and available […]

Interview with Belle Boussole

If one had to chart some points in the history of electric-soul duo Belle Boussole, these might stick out: a love of music-making (Bryan), happening upon a music career on accident (Nicole), a marriage (Bryan and Nicole) and a move to New York. Belle Boussole’s Bryan McGurn and Nicole McGurn came to music through different […]

Sarazino’s “Ya Foy!” North American Tour

(video for “People” by Sarazino w/ Toots Hibberts of Toots and the Maytals) Ecuadorian-based Sarazino is slated to come to North America for its first North American tour. The band’s frontman, Lamine Falleh, was born in Algeria to diplomats and lived in places like Spain, Switzerland, Burundi and Burkina Faso. He left Montreal, Canada after […]

Joy – Electric Soul Music

Singer-songwriter Joy just released her sophomore album today, Electric Soul Music, for FREE online. Electric Soul Music (or “ESM” as it is otherwise known) is three years in the making; Joy released her debut album, Set Free, in 2006 and has since been performing, writing, and recording. Aside from ESM is a-lot edgier and more […]

Luisa Maita – Lero-Lero

After a recent hunt for the newest MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) artists, I came upon Luisa Maita and instantaneously began to move to the infectious beats of songs such as “Lero-Lero” and “Fulaninha” off her upcoming release Lero-Lero (Cumbancha). Like artists such as Bebel Gilberto, Maria Rita, and Céu, Maita, a 28-year-old São Paulo native, […]

phresh out the inbox: Razia – Babonao

There is something about music replete with vast cultural influences and vocalists that have voices that carry more than just a tune. So when Razia‘s “Babonao” ended up in my inbox  I had it on repeat for a good half hour. Malagasy-born Razia has lived in places as diverse as Gabon and France and is […]

FREE Download: Bomba Estereo

Bomba Estereo didn’t catch my ear the first time I heard them – turns out I had one of their songs in my iTunes – but after re-discovering them, I promptly said, “YOOOOOOOO!!!” This blend of cumbia and funk is reminscent of Calle 13’s blend of reggeton with, well, everything; lead singer Li sounds like […]

Free Download: Karina Pasian – Perfectly Different

Karina Pasian first hit the soundwaves in spring of 2008 with the single “16 @ War” off of her Grammy-nominated debut album, First Love. In anticipation for her sophomore album, this young chanteuse has blessed us all with a free download of her new song called “Perfectly Different”. Karina does best when accompanied by few […]

Free Download: Joy – Do You Know What It’s Like

Singer/songwriter Joy first came on the scene three years ago with her debut Set Free (available on iTunes). Her music, always full of energy and well written both musically and lyrically, is a combination of rock, funk, and soul. Joy is back on the soundwaves and has graciously provided a free download of her new […]

FREE Download: The Fire and Reason – "So Electric"

Electro-pop-rock powerhouse The Fire and Reason have a new song out called “So Electric” available for FREE on The New York based duo have had an amazing year starting with their being awarded a NewNowNext Best New Artist award. They’ve already released a new EP, “Do It Again”, available on iTunes. When not busy […]

Free Download: Heads We Dance – Dance Technology

Leeds trio, Heads We Dance have been rocking our ears for sometimes now with their sweet electro-pop vibe. With their recent released of Love Technology, they gave remixers a chance to re-interpret their sound– Dance Technology is their product. Remixers include Don Diablo, Frankmusik, Tepr, Sidechains, Louis La Roche, Justin Faust and more. You can […]