Tag Archives: R&B

The muses of La Musa: Amber Mark


Amber Mark
 knows how to make music that goes the distance. Born out of a love of music and travel Amber Mark‘s sound knows no bounds. After her 2017 Grammy nomination for Best Engineered Album Amber got right back to work, determined to keep pushing full speed ahead. Amber Mark isn’t affraid to push the boundaries of her music. Blending R&B sounds, with Gospel samples, and just a pinch of Bosso Nova, this album has something for everyone and then some.

Almost four years after the release of her second EP Conexão, New York-based singer, songwriter and producer Amber Mark has announced her debut album, Three Dimensions Deep, out Jan. 28, 2022, via PMR/Interscope.

The muses of La Musa: Priya Ragu

With her family hailing from Sri Lanka and growing up in Switzerland, Priya Ragu fuses her Western influence with her South Asian origin and merges it into a cultural accumulation of traditional rhythms and contemporary R&B and soul. With Good Love 2.0 and Chicken Lemon Rice, she has released two feel-good songs – two odes to life. Spreading positive vibes, she aims to celebrate female empowerment and her passion for music.

Music by Bergman: Kid Francescoli

Born in Paris but raised in Marseille, which he still considers his hometown, Mathieu Hocine has been writing songs since he was a kid. When he decided to publically unveil his project in the early 2000’s, he chose the nickname Kid Francescoli, as a tribute to Enzo Francescoli, one of the stars of his beloved Olympique de Marseille football club. In the past decades, his city has had a strong influence on the development of rap music in France, but things are changing and Kid Francescoli is the perfect example. His music has a lot more to do with pop, electro, the French Touch movement, dream-pop and film soundtracks (especially Ennio Morricone’s works).

In 2009, when he was staying in New York for a while, he met an American singer, Julia Minkin. They fell in love and started playing music together as a duo, which led to the creation of Kid Francescoli’s third album, called With Julia (2014). Even though they have broken up, Julia remains his muse and their relationship has evolved into a creative friendship.

In 2017, Kid Francescoli released Play Me Again, a new album documenting the end of a love story and exploring interesting territories (hip-hop beats, reggae, R&B, lyrics in French…). Love affairs don’t always end badly. Two years after the success of Play Me Again he releases Lovers, his brand new album.

 

Introducing…Delaporte

Delaporte is a Spanish and Italian electronic music band based in Madrid, created by Sandra Delaporte and Sergio Salvi. Both of them come form a strong background in Madrid’s funk, soul, R&B, and jazz scenes, an together they’ve decided to carve out their own path in the music world. After launching a few covers in Youtube, they were ready to unleash their own style,  which encompasses sonic flavors from Bomba Estéreo and Nicola Cruz, to Jamie XX and Charli XCX. This year they’ve released their debut album: Como anoche. Tonight in concert at Sala Apolo.

Music by Bergman: Priests

From Washington DC and on the legendary label Dischord, cradle of the most political hardcore, Priests are any rock lover’s dream: a wild and committed band able to concentrate the best lo-fi punk, pop, R&B and noise. An explosive cocktail that the quartet completes with combative lyrics about feminism, group dynamics and human relationships. All of this on their fantastic debut album, “Nothing Feels Natural”, with which the band takes a great leap forward after warming up with a couple of EPs and singles.

Music by Bergman: River Tiber

As River Tiber, singer/beatmaker Tommy Paxton-Beesley is unafraid to push his love for R&B and hip hop production into unusual places: pitching his vocals to sound like Mariah Carey, multitracking his voice into a dozen ghost choruses, and narrowing the gap in the soul spectrum between Jodeci and Flying Lotus. His early years have already put him into close working contact with Toronto peers like jazz-funk iconoclasts BadBadNotGood (he did overdubs on their 2014 album III and 2015’s Ghostface collaboration Sour Soul), while previous releases like 2013’s The Star Falls EP have shown just how starkly his blend of R&B and bass music stands on its own. River Tiber took his chops to the next level through collaborations with Pusha T and Kaytranada as well as appearing on Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, all ahead of his debut album release, Indigo, in June 2016. This next friday at Sónar.

Best Covers: Christine & The Queens ‘Sorry’

French pop sensation Christine And The Queens has recently covered Prince and “Panda,” and now she takes on Beyoncé‘s Lemonade highlight “Sorry” for the BBC Radio Live Lounge. Christine stamps ‘Sorry’ with wonderful quirkiness and the occasional French verse. Beyonce’s modern R&B pop gets a synthy, vintage makeover. Four minutes of perfect girl power.