In 1980, one of the most successful R&B albums of the year was trumpeter Tom Browne‘s Love Approach as it peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard Top Album Charts in November of 1980. The single Funkin’ for Jamaica was number one on the R&B charts for four weeks and has been sampled numerous times over the years by rappers and others in digital music.
For many that heard Funkin’ for Jamaica in the ’80s, the details of the song were often misunderstood. Many thought the lyrics of the song were about the Caribbean country of Jamaica, when the song was Browne’s tribute to his ethnic-diverse neighborhood of Jamaica in the borough of Queens, New York City. Others also thought the female voice on the record was Chaka Kahn, but the powerhouse vocals are actually supplied by Toni Smith, who also wrote the lyrics.
GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer, songwriter, and boundary breaker Tayla Parx reimagines genre, gender, feminism, popular music, and the very definition of an artist. From the onset of her career, she has consistently shifted perspectives on stage as a performer, behind-the-scenes as a songwriter, and on-screen as an actress in television, films, and video games.
She launched her solo career with the acclaimed 2017 Tayla Made mixtape and one-off singles such as “Runaway” [feat. Khalid], which quickly clocked over 15.4 million Spotify streams within six months. Her full-length debut was, We Need to Talk.
Tayla Parx has revealed a brand new track with ‘Dance Alone’ ‘Dance Alone’ is an appetising teaser to Tayla’s anticipated new album ‘Coping Mechanisms’ – set for release later this year.
English songsmith Douglas Dare returns with his third and most stripped back studio album to date, Milkteeth, He has often been compared to James Blake, but Milkteeth contains timeless ballads, and his sound becomes more introspective, a late night sound world that evokes both loneliness and comfort.
Dare’s music speaks of his own experiences of universal themes like love, loss, and childhood. Perhaps most importantly, his music gives a voice and a sanctuary to anyone who’s ever felt unusual or out of place.
Back in October, the extremely popular Cigarettes After Sex released their sophomore album, Cry. It continued to refine the sound that first brought the band adoration — ambient, dreamy, obsessed with love and lust.
‘You’re All I Want’ is the band’s first new music since the release of second album ‘Cry’ last year.
Music as a refuge, music as stress relief, music as a drug or an adjunct to drugs: Ernest Greene, the songwriter who records as Washed Out, has always embraced those functions with a hint of ambivalence. … Greene inaugurated the minimovement that became known as chillwave with Washed Out’s first EPs in 2009.
More than a decade since chillwave had its moment, Washed Out is still making dreamy electro-pop tunes, and now he’s released his latest one. “Too Late” comes with an ambitious crowd-sourced video.
Desire have shared a crisp, joyous cover of New Order’s ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’. The group are signed to Italians Do It Better, and will support Chromatics on their epic European tour this summer. Grappling with New Order’s lovelorn lyricism, their clinical, ice cold take on ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’ is a neat update on the classic single.
Jerry Paper is one of the most lovable weirdo-pop entities in music. Toying with existential themes and ego dissolution, mastermind Lucas Nathan crafts uncanny, captivating tunes informed by muzak, lounge music, and bossa nova. Onstage, he transfixes audiences with gyrating movements that flow under his signature silk robe.
Following 2018’s ‘Like A Baby’, his new record ‘Abracadabra’ is already released. His with first cut ‘Quicksand’ is a melodic woozy-pop number, it’s a gorge intro to the new record, and the perfect dose of the weird and wonderful pop stylings we’ve come to love from the LA-based artist.