More often, it seems like deep house is part of the pop vernacular – there’s a common producer behind many of today’s hits: Robin Schulz. Widely known for his remix of Mr. Probz’ “Waves,” Robin’s debut album Prayer finds him remixing “A Sky Full Of Stars” by Coldplay and “Prayer In C” by Lilly Wood & The Prick. Upon first listen one is struck by a unified sound with emotional pop vocals, catchy riffs and plenty of reverb tying it all together. It’s stylistically similar to the Saint-Germain-Des-Pres Café compilations, but with a lot less jazz. If you’re digging on Clean Bandit, Duke Dumont, or Kiesza; you’ll find a lot to like in Prayer.
Combining rock, soul, folk, jazz and country; RCA Records artist Elle King is preparing to release her much anticipated debut album featuring the single “Ex’s & Oh’s.” This track has been compared to Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” but with a naughtier edge. This “banjo slinging baby” is also the daughter of actor and comedian Rob Schneider (Saturday Night Live, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo).
Owl John is the solo project of Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchinson who recently released an album of the same name produced by band mate Andy Monaghan and Olympic Swimmers’ Simon Liddell. He has so far garnered accolades from Mojo and Under The Radar for his experimentation with atmospheric, electronic and bluesy influences as heard in the album’s opener “Hate Music.”
There aren’t any honky-tonks or roadhouses in San Francisco. But don’t tell that to The Four Fathom Bank Robbers. They play the kind of Lynyrd Skynyrd informed country rock that sounds like they live in a place without gastropubs, fusion food trucks and manicured artisans. Named after the Four Fathom Bank, a Barbary Coastal sand bar that forms a delightfully surfable wave near the Golden Gate Bridge, FFBR’s music flows with similarly cresting melodies and hard pounding rhythms. Singer Julian Duff’s natural West Coast drawl is equal parts surfer dude and good ol’ boy.
Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems
Songwriting legend Leonard Cohen recently celebrated his 80th birthday with the release of his 13th studio offering Popular Problems. It was co-written and produced by Patrick Leonard, best known for his mid 1980s work with Madonna. Now in his fifth decade of releasing music, Cohen, who was a poet and novelist before he was a singer, brings darkly comic and romantic commentary on his latest release. It begins with the opener “Slow,” a bluesy piano tune about slowing down life and making the moment last.
Michelle Williams – Journey To Freedom
After a six-year break between her last album, Unexpected, Grammy award winning singer and former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams returns to her gospel roots on her highly anticipated new project, Journey To Freedom. The lead single “Say Yes” features former bandmates Beyonce and Kelly Rowland.
SBTRKT – Higher (Feat. Raury)
What do you get when a highly touted MC from Atlanta collaborates with a producer from India via Kenya via London? A style and sound even the forward-thinking Kid Cudi could love. Higher melds deep bass with headnodic beats all while Raury spits consistent 16th notes over SBTRKT’s trippy synth lines. Higher indeed!
Cozy up to the fall season with a mix of jazz instrumentals and vocals from icons such as John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck and Miles to Etta, Ella and Billie. You’ll also hear recent releases to get you in the mood for autumn, including Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Diana Krall and Chris Botti.
This is our first Spanish-language children’s music genre station, featuring a mix of classic artists, traditional folk songs and contemporary recordings from all over Latin America – appropriate for ages 7 and under.
Few people know: some of the most achingly beautiful music to ever emerge from Europe was produced during the Renaissance (1420-1600). Dufay, Ockeghem, Desprez, Lassus, Palestrina and Byrd – masters of polyphony – wrote limpid, tranquil and dazzlingly lyrical music for a cappella vocal groups. All that can be heard here, as well as chanson, madrigals and bouncy dance music.