Little Dragon is a Gothenburg-based quartet featuring Yukimi Nagano (vocals, percussion), Hĺkan Wirenstrand (vocals, keyboards), Fredrik Källgren Wallin (vocals, bass), and Erik Bodin (vocals, drums). Apparently they have been making music together informally for years, and have now rallied behind Yukimi's jazz-inflected yet non-traditionalist lead vocals and individualistic songwriting to issue this debut album. Consistent with her easy-to-digest yet unconventional vocal approach, Yukimi and company eschew Marketing 101 promotional tactics, such as releasing the album under her name, putting her photo on the cover, enlisting some of the musicians she has previously recorded with as… Read more
EVOLUTION OF THE GROOVE is a remix project organized by executive producers Steve Berkowitz and Vince Wilburn Jr. (Miles' nephew), using Miles Davis recording sessions as their foundation. What is odd about this E.P. is its uncomfortably short 14 1/2 minute total playing time, as well as some of the contents. Beyond that are some interesting musical moments, though. Track one is merely a minute-long fragment of "Freddie Freeloader" from the KIND OF BLUE session reels. You hear Miles talking in-between several alternate takes that are nothing more than false starts. It's so inconsequential that it wasn't even included on the "complete" boxed set covering this period. I suppose it leads… Read more
Several years back Stephanie McKay released her debut album McKAY overseas, and that disc raised the bar on her peers by providing a consistently challenging CD of deeply emotive, fresh-sounding nu soul, highlighted by Stephanie's one-of-a-kind voice. As of now McKAY is out-of-print and getting hard-to-find. Between then and now, she has made some notable guest appearances, with the likes of DJ Spinna and The RH Factor.
With this 2006 E.P., Stephanie debuts in the USA as a solo artist. This sampler of new and old cuts appears to serve both as a stateside intro to the artist and as advance warning for an upcoming full-length album due in 2007 (hopefully EARLY 2007 ... I can only… Read more
In recent years I’ve looked hard for artists who picked up on Miles Davis’ avoidance of cliches, ability to balance the basic and the abstract, curiosity for new musical sounds, penchant for picking provocative collaborators...and all of that topped off by having something unique to&hellip Read more