In modern music the drum is the centerpiece, the heart. Chris “Daddy” Dave has spent years mastering his craft in studios and live gigs for a wide array of artists including Robert Glasper, Adele and D’angelo, quietly becoming one of the premier drummers of our time. Yet despite his legend-in-the-making status he has not released any material as a bandleader, until now.
The Texas-bred maestro just released his first ever mixtape, Chris Dave and The Drumhedz, which is meant to be a sampler plate of the wide range of styles Dave has amassed. Accompanying his snares, kicks and toms are The Drumhedz, a rotating cast of musicians Dave has formed strong organic connections with over the years. Pino Palladino’s legendary bass makes numerous appearances, as do Isaiah Sharkey and Tim …
Easily the two artist who took the biggest step from underground to mainstream this year have been UK soul diva Adele and Cali dubstep prince Skrillex. So it was inevitable that someone would find a way to put the two together. ca7′s mash-up is so good that Skrillex put it upon his own Facebook Page, pretty much plucking it out of YouTube obscurity.
Plug Research is working with the 22 year old London-native, Szjerdene (pronounced JhurDEEN) for a two song single that is currently available now via iTunes.
Crossing paths with Robin Hannibal, one half of the Danish duo Quadron and part of the Boom Clap Bachelors collective, Szjerdene and Robin created the songs Lead the Way and If 6 Was 8. Robin describes the first time hearing Szjerdene, noting her “very distinct sound” and that he was “intrigued by her the first time [he] heard her.”
Inspired by everyone from Doris Day to Mariah Carey as well as fellow UK songstresses like Adele and Corinne Bailey Rae, Szjerdene brings forth a mix of the classic and the innovative – familiar sounds with unique adaptations that propel her songs into refreshingly new directions.
Despite doing pretty well for herself with 2008 debut record 19, Adele's really arrived in 2011. 19 saw her vying for the same crown as, like, a jillion other soul-y, British, white girls (see: Amy Winehouse, Candie Payne, Duffy, Joss Stone. Lily Allen, if you're feeling friendly?). The album chart-topped in Adele's native UK , peaking at number 10 Stateside despite winning two Grammy Awards. It'd be surprising if, in a week, her newest, 21, didn't debut at number one globally. If 19 was Adele's timid introduction to court, ...
The crossover between indie artist and hip-hop acts isn’t exactly new (think Kid Cudi on Letterman backed by Ratatat, or Bon Ivers performing back-up vocals for Kanye). But this raised our eyebrows. Rap star Drake has told BBC Radio 1 that he is working with Jamie XX on his second full-length, Take Care. …MORE