Isn’t it ironic that I forgot to post these?
To take the positives out of the situation, it does mean that the choices for this week’s episode sort of fall into my lap, based on old-school tracks I’ve found myself inexplicably listening to recently. The diversity you’ve come to expect (or at least did 2 months ago) from this series is still there, with 4 tracks in 4 different styles, and a nice mix of genres thrown in.
Head below for the latest instalment.
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Probably my favourite track from Bruno’s album, and one that’s still very listenable today. The simplicity of the video is very fitting here, ensuring the easygoing, relaxing reggae vibe of the track isn’t tainted by excessive storyline work.
The cinematography is an understated highlight (oxymoron?) too, with various retro-esque effects, filters and wipes used throughout that enhance that nostalgic, old-school summer day feel of the track.
It’s actually quite refreshing to see Bruno on this chilled out tip too, with his previous videos being pretty emotional, passionate efforts. Say what you want about him (and it seems many people will moan about him just because he’s now popular), but his talents are undeniable and he’s by far the most bearable mainstream pop artist right now by virtue of being a talented singer-songwriter, and with the diversity level that this track shows. I must admit I feel a certain level of personal pride having (helped) uncover his talent towards the end of 2009, and frankly he deserves his success.
New video from one of the best releases of last year, probably one of my favourite tracks from Nas & Damian Marley’s collaboration album too. The visuals for this have been shot superbly and we’re given some great effects which really capture the mood and essence of this sombre and thought-provoking song.
Audio for this can be found here.
Side note: Yesterday happened to be the birth date of Damian Marley’s father too.
No recap this week thanks to a temperamental hard drive, but R&B Fridays actually makes it out on a Friday for the second consecutive week, which is a pretty big victory.
Lots of remixes and rappers popping up this week, with some huge names coming through with some very unexpected pop and R&B remixes. More than enough original material too though, making this a very diverse episode that’ll satisfy the vast majority of you grubby little folk.
Click on and let me be the Snoop to your Cameron, though R&B/pop probably isn’t the same as marijuana…probably.
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Flying ever quicker towards that milestone 100th episode, episode 78 stops off at many of your favourite artists, having already done so a few times this week: we were given the new Michael Jackson video, R. Kelly then covered one of MJ’s biggest hits (as well as turning back the clock with some live performances), and Tinie Tempah unleashed his latest video.
However, it’s been the upcoming names that have really shone this past 7 days, with Jesse Boykins releasing the highlight of this week’s R&B/soul and Theophilus London adding a modern spin to Tweet’s Oops, courtesy of a Lindsay Lohan assist.
Cast your eyes and cursors downwards for more meaty (or soya) chunks of music.
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New leak from Bruno Mars much anticipated debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Liquor Store Blues is a fantastic song which features some welcomed vocals from Damian Marley. Bruno Mars fans need no convincing, I’m sure you’re all clamouring to get your hands on this and are furiously pressing the link below.
Bruno Mars – Liquor Store Blues ft. Damian Marley
2. Just The Way You Are
3. Our First Time
4. Runaway Baby
5. The Lazy Song
6. Marry You
7. Talking To The Moon
8. Liquor Store Blues (ft. Damian Marley)
9. Count On Me
10. The Other Side (ft. Cee-Lo Green & B.o.B)
I’m on holiday for the next two weeks so you’ll have to put up with the rest of the OTU team (unlucky). However…I have found time to collect together a silly amount of tracks over the past week or so for you guys to tide you over while I’m away.
So click on for a mainstream hip-hop fix from the likes of Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9″, Bun-B, Young Jeezy, Nipsey Hussle, Wiley, Sean Kingston, Drake, Young Buck, Tinchy Stryder, Devlin, Giggs, Tinie Tempah, Jay-Z & Jim Jones.
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No, not from me unfortunately for you. Our friends over at 365 Albums A Year have delivered a fantastic review of the album which sums up my feelings on the album pretty well, with a few minor differences. Must-read if you enjoyed the album!
Distant Relatives Review
We gave you a whole bunch of leaks from this album, and the feedback on the whole album that I’ve heard from loads of you has been purely positive. As convenient as it is to download copies, be sure to get the real thing which was released today, as all of the proceeds go to a good cause.
Anyway, the track here is the iTunes bonus track which those of you grabbing official CD versions might miss out on. Really, really liking this and it’s good enough to have been on the album itself. Not one to miss.
Nas & Damian Marley-Ancient People ft. Junior Reid
I did previously promise that I wouldn’t let loose of any more Distant Relatives leaks. However, I’ve been given good reason to break that promise as this leak is directly approved by the duo themselves. Lucky you!
In keeping with every single leak from this album, this is another very enjoyable track. Much more on the reggae side of things, this is a pretty slow and chilled track as the title suggests. Not quite as ‘exciting’ as some of the other leaks, but it’s definitely a grower and one that fits the idealogies of the album very well.
Damian Marley & Nas-Patience
Having already posted 4 or 5 leaks from this album, I’m not comfortable with dropping any more so please be aware this is the last one we’re giving you.
Every single one has been really good (and diverse!) so far, so you shouldn’t need any more motivation to get that album in a couple of weeks. If you do, this track will be it. Switching styles once again, this one is definitely more reggae-based and so mellow that I just punched myself to make sure I’m still awake.
Perfect, sublime example of how to give reggae a modern twist, and throw an infusion of hip-hop in for good measure. Summertime music right here.
Damian Marley & Nas-Friends
What a lineup. Some of the best and most creative artists in music right now get together for a track from Damian/Nas’ Distant Relatives album. I’ve only given it one listen thus far, but it sounds awfully smooth and was a really good listen. Some really conscious lyrics over a great summer beat with a fantastic hook, this is definitely one that everyone can enjoy. Click below to share the love.
Damian Marley & Nas-Africa Must Wake Up ft. K’naan
Plenty of videos being liberated today. This one is for an uptempo jam from this great duo, from their upcoming Distant Relatives album. This, along with the others, was a strong leak from this project, and I’m looking forward to the release date which is creeping ever nearer.
Audio can be tracked down here if you missed it first time around.
Fantastic beat on this one. A nice reggae/hip-hop fusion on the boards, but definitely with a stronger reggae vibe to it that goes down well with me. A production that is perfect for the summer weather making its way to us, Nas and Damian both do a nice job with the rhymes and it’s another good track from the duo.
Distant Relatives drops May 18th, and it’s looking good.
Damian Marley & Nas-Promised Land ft. Dennis Brown
In support of their Distant Relatives album, these guys have announced a US and European tour. Should be pretty good, I’d love to go but I’m not in the country at the time sadly! UK dates are below.
July 16th – Manchester Academy
July 20th – Hammersmith Apollo
I should probably qualify Indi’s pluralised statement below of ‘leaks from the album’ seeing as none of us had posted the 2nd leak-woops. I haven’t listened to it yet, but this is the track that we dropped a snippet for a few months back. I recall quite liking that snippet, so I expect this will be a very strong effort.
Damian Marley & Nas-As We Enter
After recent leaks from the much anticipated album from Damian Marley and Nas, I thought I’d remind you all of the track that started off the entire idea. If you haven’t heard this song before then you are in for a treat, it’s practically the reason why I’m so excited about the album these two are doing together. Don’t forget to click the red text below to download the track, after you’ve seen the video. Oh and look out for a cameo in the video by one of my current favourite rappers.
Damian Marley – Road To Zion ft. Nas
Cracking track this one, as you’d expect. There’s talk of this being picked as the first single from the Distant Relatives album, and it would certainly be a strong choice. Can’t really say anything bad about this, the verses are good, the beat is driving and the hook is memorable and motivational. Definitely worth grabbing.
Damian Marley and Nas-Strong Will Continue
Before I type anything else, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my co-author, and fellow music lover, Notorious Indi. Have a good one!
Back to the music: Some of you will know this, and some will not, but Nas and Damian Marley announced a while back that they were doing a collaborative album entitled Distant Relatives.
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