Tag Archives: Reggae

WILD BELLE – IT’S TOO LATE (Indie/Pop – US)


Brother-and-sister duo Wild Belle were first introduced to the world in 2012 with the catchy ear-twisting single “Keep You”, released on their own label. They started drawing major label interest after a high-profile show at SXSW and soon released the underground hit “Too Late”. In March 2013, Wild Belle unveiled their debut album, Isles, a subtle mix of psychedelic indie, dream pop, jazz and African beats.


Born near Chicago, siblings Elliot and Natalie Bergman grew up playing music, with Elliot eventually studying saxophone at the University of Michigan, where he started an Afrobeat band called Nomo, later joined by Natalie on tambourine and backing vocals. In 2011 they decided to branch off with their own project: Wild Belle was born.

If you like what you hear, check out a fantastic remix of “It’s Too Late” courtesy of Paris-based producer duo Employee Of The Year

Wild Belle - It's Too Late (Employee Of The Year Remix)     

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FLOX – RIGHT HERE (Reggae/Dub/Electro – UK/France)

Flox

UK-born Paris-based artist Flox has been a mainstay of the French nu-reggae scene for a few years now. His tracks have been featured on hip Parisian radio Nova, his first three albums shifted thousands of copies and, with his live band, he has played over 150 gigs! Flox provides a modern, unrestrained and mesmerising blend of sounds, stemming from different cultures but holding no boundaries. This headnodic mix oscillates between reggae, dub, electronica, with subtle hints of ambient.

“Right Here” is the new single taken of Flox’s fourth album All Must Disappear, scheduled for release on October 24 via Underdog Records. For those of you who have never heard the old albums, the songs featured below should give you a nice glimpse of their sound…

Flox - The Words     

Flox - Killing U and Me     

For more info, go to Facebook or visit the official site. Buy the music on Flox

NNEKA – SOUL IS HEAVY (RnB/Reggae – Germany)

Nneka

On the heels of her highly praised sophomore album, No Longer At Ease, Nigerian-born Hamburg-based singer Nneka is back with a brand new full-length!

Released on September 27th, Soul Is Heavy is further proof that this talented young lady is an artist to be reckoned with on the R’n’B scene. Hailed by critics as the new Lauryn Hill, Nneka started out in 2005 with her debut album Victim Of Truth, considered by the UK’s Sunday Times as good as the ex-Fugees brilliant solo debut The Miseducation.

The first single off Nneka’s new album already sets the bar pretty high. “My Home” combines reggae-tinged arrangements, a brass-laden hook, an irresistibly bouncy bass line and a clinky piano sample! Four seemingly disparate elements blended together with incredible ease to produce a song that hits you deep and leaves you yearning for more.

Nneka effortlessly plucks from soul, reggae, hip hop and rock, to create a fusion that is bigger than the sum of its parts. Her songs breathe and evolve at their own pace, rarely maintaining a singular theme or beat strain throughout. Soul Is Heavy is a fine example that amongst the autotuned, radio friendly, disposable pop stars, there are still artists who make earnest, creative music with a meaning, and who can sing about politics and social issues as convincingly as love and heartbreak.

Nneka - Lucifer (No Doubt)     

To find out more about Nneka, check out her Facebook or visit her official site. Buy the music on

BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH – LIGHT THE HORIZON (Reggae/Downtempo – Canada)

Two years after their third album, Street Gospels, which yielded hits such as “Walls Fall Down” and “Until We Burn In the Sun (The Kids Just Want a Love Song)”, Bedouin Soundclash announce the release of their new album Light The Horizon.

The band, originally from Kingston, Ontario, met while attending Queen’s University and the lineup remained unchanged until January 2009, when drummer Pat Pengelly decided to leave. It took a year for Jay Malinowski (vocals and guitar) and Eon Sinclair (bass) to find a replacement but finally in February 2010 Sekou Lumumba became the new official drummer of the band, starting off by joining them in Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympic performances.

Bedouin Soundclash - Shelter     

Light The Horizon charts a new course for Bedouin Soundclash, more positive and confident than ever. According to Eon the new album is “a really optimistic and hopeful record. (…) We’re just feeling more self-assured and more confident in doing what it is that we do in Bedouin Soundclash. It’s positive and optimistic and forward-looking.” Here is one of the nicest tracks on the album. It strays away from their expected sound with the progressive percussion and awesome featured vocals of Coeur De Pirate.

Bedouin Soundclash - Brutal Hearts (Ft Coeur de Pirate)     

Get more info on Bedouin Soundclash’s official website or MySpace. You can buy all of their music on Bedouin