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Get Off Farmville and Go Get Cee-Lo's Lady Killer

Posted by Smiles Davis, November 9, 2010 07:10pm | Post a Comment

Tuesday is always album release day. Today, however, is an exceptionally exciting release day. Cee-Lo Green’s new album Lady Killer hit shelves this morning. There were quite a few highly anticipated albums this year; Lady Killer is one of many, and Erykah Badu was another; Yeasayer, Onra, Theophilus London all hit the spot too. Come to think, it’s time for a top 10 albums so far list, but I digress, we’ll save that for another post. Let's focus on this gem with production by Salaam Remi, ELEMENT, The Smeezingtons, Fraser T. Smith, Paul Epworth, and Jack Splash. I might be a little biased cause Cee-Lo is so tight, but this may very well turn out to be the best album of 2010. Haven’t heard the whole thing yet, but like I said, may be a little biased. Mr Green dropped a little birdie on us last month and the world went nuts for it. Then some chick with a Ukulele covered it and stirred the pot once more over before the Eagle even landed. Now here it sits in all its glory waiting patiently just for you. The sooner you get it the better. Then you'll be sure to avoid those awkward moments when all your friends, peers and co-workers won't stop talking about it while you sit timidly twiddling your thumbs without making a peep. Can we spell i-m-p-e-r-a-t-i-v-e? You must move fast, like trying to catch the ice-cream truck man before he turns the block fast. Btw, I caught a snippet of “Please,” the track on the album that features Selah Sue -- it’s AMAAAZINNNNNG! Enjoy this teaser. Then run to Amoeba, get the album and wish us a Happy Birthday!

Raggamuffin Selah Sue

Posted by Smiles Davis, November 3, 2010 12:41pm | Post a Comment

There is something spellbinding about good music, that’s undisputable. Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, James Brown, Nina Simone, they are all very different in their own right but the common denominator, aside from pure genius, is undeniable luminescence. Die-hard fans would give their first born to see musicians such as the ones aforementioned live. Today they’d just be considered “groupies.” I have a hunch that’s because to a certain degree most modern day music in general has been watered down, therefore fans and the people that follow the work of such artists tend to be diluted, or for lack of better words, not that smart. So often I feel as if I were born in the wrong era for music. There’s just so much crap to decipher these days that we don’t always have the opportunity to come face to face with that caliber of artistry. I do believe they exist and many times go without proper recognition. Then again, that sort of genius often comes with an innate desire to uphold anonymity. Where the hell is all the out of this world talent?

I decamped the proverbial fish bowl and stumbled upon some authentic shit the other day. A little Belgian belle by the name of Selah Sue came blaring through my speakers yesterday morning, stopped me dead in my tracks and made the hair on the back of my neck stand attention like a Queen’s guard. Then for about 72hrs straight I proceeded to play all her tracks in succession, one after the other, concurrently driving my husband into oblivion. It’s affirmative: Selah Sue is good music. 10-4, Roger that! She makes me want to rejoice. Damn, it’s good. Sue performs these dreamy, acoustic, Reggae- Soul sets that make you wanna go home to your lover or make you wish you had a lover.

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