Some of this week’s newest music and genre station highlights on Pandora, fresh from our curation team!
Majid Jordan are a production and R&B duo out of Toronto that were featured on Drake’s hit single “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” off his critically acclaimed 2013 album Nothing Was The Same. Formerly known as GOOD People, Majid Jordan have been active since late 2011 and were most recently signed to Drake’s record label OVO Sound. Their debut single “A Place Like This” blends dark and soothing melodies with a distinguishing hip-hop sound.
Christopher Tin is a two time Grammy award-winning composer whose work combines classical and world music influences. He has composed music for films, commercials and video games – being best known for his composition “Baba Yetu” featured in the 2005 game Civilization IV. He made history with this track by winning the first Grammy ever awarded to a piece written for a video game. His newest work The Drop That Contained The Sea debuted at Carnegie Hall in April, and comprises ten songs sung in a different language including “Water Prelude,” voiced in Proto-Indo-European as well as “Waloyo Yamoni – “We Overcome The Wind,” featuring the Soweto Gospel Choir and sung in the South African language, Xhosa.
This British singer-songwriter has already notched up two chart-topping singles before the release of her own debut single, “Right Here.” How is that possible? Well, she was the featured artist with the soulful vocals on the infectious pop-dance track “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit and on Route 94’s dance hit “My Love.” She is already considered to be one of the most successful British artists of the year, selling over a million singles.
It’s rare for a band to be this good and this unknown. Eyes On The Shore are a San Francisco trio that blend reverb laden surf guitars with classic alternative radio hooks. Their unpredictable arrangements and charming voiced singer keep things sounding simultaneously fresh and timeless. It would behoove fans of The War On Drugs and Allah-Las to check these dudes out.
Common – Nobody’s Smiling
Twenty years after his debut Resurrection, Common creates another ode to hip-hop, coming back to life with producer No I.D. sitting at the mixing desk. Nobody’s Smiling is a distorted newscast of the ongoing violence problem in his hometown of Chicago. Dark samples mix with lo-fi drums to create a spooky soundscape for Common’s verbal dynamics. The highlight of his tenth full length is “Rewind That,” telling the story of a career developing with J-Dilla, and producers Twilight Tone and No I.D.
‘Weird Al’ Yankovic – Mandatory Fun
A few weeks since its release, popular parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic’s fourteenth album Mandatory Fun became the first comedy album to top the Billboard 200 chart since 1963. This is his first chart-topping album in a 30-year career spent making parody versions of popular songs. Known for his classic parodies like “Eat It,” “Like A Surgeon” and “Smells Like Nirvana;” Mandatory Fun finds Yankovic revamping and lampooning Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” into “Tacky” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” into “Word Crimes.”
Jah Vinci – Ghetto Born
Starting his career with Vybz Kartel’s Portmore Empire, Jah Vinci quickly established himself as a current voice in the Dancehall. Becoming popular with the youth culture in Jamaica for his roots sounds mixed with contemporary delivery, Jah Vinci has a unique vocal tone that sounds refreshingly peerless. Ghetto Born features songs for the dance as well as culture tunes with guest appearances from Beenie Man, Junior Reid and Cyclone.
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