2015 Musical Gems

Screen Shot 2015-12-28 at 19.47.432015 was a serious year for music. Music makers were on point, stepped up their game, and expressed innovative breakthrough’s in the art of making musical gems to last through the ages. Talented women producers are FINALLY making a true mark on the global music scene. And music videos are at an all time creative high. Here is my list of my top tracks of 2015 in no particular order .

 

Empress Of – How Do You Do It

Me – Terrible Records

This girl blew my mind in 2015. She is 23 years old, and just PRODUCED a great fucking, left of centre, pop album. She is also an excellent lyricist.

 

Branko – Eventually (feat. Alex Rita & Bison)

Atlas – Enchufada

I’ve been following Buraka Som Sistema since the Red Bull Music Academy in 2007 when Mike Stellar from RBMA Portugal handed me the stellar documentary Lusofonia, a (R)Evolução.. which delved into the Luso Portuguese music scene.  This documentary had a big impact on me then…And now in 2015, Branko, one of the main producers of BSS dropped his first solo album. Eventually is pure bliss. Obrigada.

 

Ben Khan –  Blade (Tidal Wave Of Love)

Demo on soundcloud! 

How is it possible that this song sounds so good? It’s a demo that was released on sound cloud. This track fucking kills it. Excellent production, killer sexy-ass guitar, driving percussion, and Ben’s reverbed voice is like the nectar of the gods. This song makes me feel like I’m a character in the 1982 Blade film. Watch for Ben in 2016.

 

 

LA Priest – Oino

Inji – Domino Record Co. 

I just love this guy and this star wars style video. Yes yes & yes. Production is simple, yet perfect. Vocals are absolutely edible.

 

domino record co.

Electric Wire Hustle – Brother Sun feat. Kimbra 

Aeons – Bastard Jazz Records & Loop Recordings  

This song feels like waking up on a sunny triumphant morning after surviving the dark night of the soul. Words cannot fully express how much I love this piece of musical art.

Kelela – Rewind

produced by Kingdom + Nugget + Kelela. Additional production by Girl Unit + Obey City

Hallucinogen – Warp Records / Cherry Coffee Floating Points – Nespole

You can’t deny that this song just gets your body moving. Beautiful.

 

Floating Points – Nespole 

Elaenia – Pluto, Luka Bop, Inertia, Beatink Foxtrott – Driven

This video and song are just too powerful for words. Thank you Sam Shepherd for being such a visionary artist,  the modern day Bo Hansson, & so much more.

Foxtrott – Driven 

A taller Us – One Little Indian 

MTL’s Foxtrott kills it with her debut record. This video was directed by Montreal’s own ( & meu amigo!!! )  Kevin Calero. So good. Yes Canada!

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/128171814″>FOXTROTT – Driven [Official Music Video]</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/kevincalero”>Kevin Calero</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Tei Shi – See Me

Verde Ep – Mermaid Avenue, Double Denim, Caroline

This video is amazing. Great song too.

 

Lianne La Havas – Unstoppable 

Warner Brothers / Blood  

Dang girl, this song is so damn good. How can you be so sexy? What a voice, what a video…enough said.

 

 

 

Jazmine Sullivan -Dumb ft. Meek Mill

Reality Show – RCA Records

Just shut up and jam out to this. You know you want to.

 

Jamie xx – Gosh

In Colour – Young Turks

F*&K yeah Jamie XX. One of my favourite producers kills it one more time in 2015.

Tame Impala – Let it Happen Modular Recordings

Too good for words.

 

fka twigs – glass & patron

M3LL155X ep – Young Turks

 

Like many of you, I’ve been mesmerised my this visionary artist for some time now. I love how experimental both the music and the visual are for this track …It’s like some kind of dark musical theatre vogue session done in a contemporary UK style. I don’t like everything she does musically but visually, and artistically, i think she is a modern day art genius.

The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face

This is my favourite pop song of the year. Abel channels Michael Jackson perfectly and the bass just makes me mental. Definitely my #1 guilty pleasure of the year. Yes Canada.

Drake – Hotline Bling

This is my #2 guilty pleasure of 2015. And the video is pretty fun.  It just makes the people happy. Yes Canada.

Pacific Shore – Stellar

No Distance Between Us – Cosmonostro

This is my favourite track that I released in 2015. Big big love for my Pacific Shore Family and stay tuned for our new EP coming in 2016!

 

 

Happy New Year to my musical family! LOVE LOVE LOVE.

 

 

The Future Is Now Web Cast Action

Hey guys!

It’s been a minute…Just wanted to touch base and share what’s going on with the album, with recent collaborations, and how my weekend was opening for Mount Kimbie & then checking out The Goods.

Big up DJLexis, MusicIsMySanctuary, Lookout, Sikh Knowledge, Lotus Jai Nitai, Mount Kimbie, RBMA,
The Goods (Scott C ,Andy Williams, Elisa & Francois) Nina Choquette, The Makeover, Gene Pendon, AND yourselves for taking the time to watch and show your SUPPORT to an independent soulful artist just trying to do her thing!!!

THANKS! 😉

RBMA 2010 Send Off Party

Canada and Montreal represent!

This year 4 Canadians were accepted to the Red Bull Music Academy in London 2010, Uk baby! Montreal’s own Poirier, Lunice, Ango, and Toronto’s Amenta will be the lucky ones to participate in one of the best musical experiences out there. I have to say I was surprised to see Poirier on the list of participants, not because he isn’t killing it musically, but because his career is so advanced and successful. He is one of the hardest working producers out there but I couldn’t help wondering why he wasn’t on the other side of the couch being interviewed. I was also very excited to see Lunice getting props by being selected.

So tonight RBMA has done it up right by having all these fine 2010 Canadian participants play at the SAT along with the original Lucky Me boys from Glasgow Mike Slott and Hudson Mohawke!!!! Gonna be dope!

See you at the SAT 1195 Saint- Laurent tonight.

I love Hudson’s beats! Here’s one of his sick tracks, Overnight . This song makes me wanna go crazy!

Here’s his killer remix of Tweet’s Ooops…Damn!

Georgia on my mind…

Painting by the one and only Gene Pendon

This morning I woke up with Georgia Anne Muldrow on my mind. Thanks to my boy Pablo and his first ever podcast, Sound Advice 30 : Pablo Aravena on The World’s Best Ever website I was reminded of her beautiful track, Roses.

I LOVE this woman’s music! Not only is her voice killer, but she is also a sick producer. Georgia is one of the most banging female producers out there right now. RESPECT!  Her melodic sensibility and her incredible use of harmony inspires me to no end. Actually, she was a huge inspiration on a track I just finished recording, Sarinha, for my upcoming album. This track is the first single that Public Transit Recordings is going to release early in the new year as a preview for my full length album Messages From The Future.

PS…I also had the absolute pleasure of meeting the woman herself at the Red Bull Music Academy Toronto 2007. It was definitely one of the highlights of my experience at the academy.

Georgia, Dudley Perkins, and yours truly!

Georgia performing at RBMA Toronto 2007

Go ask Alice

I want to give some love to Alice Russell today. She popped into my mind yesterday, so I watched her Red Bull Music Academy interview session with Benji B.

What an inspiring woman! She is mad talented, has incredible musical experience, and seems completely down to earth. It is so refreshing to listen to her words of wisdom. As a vocalist, I totally appreciate her take on performing, on music, and on the business.

I’ve got serious respect for Alice!

Watch her interview by clicking on the link below.

RBMA Alice Russel – Brighton Rocks

PS…If it’s your first time checking out the RBMA site, feel free to get excited! Get ready to discover a plethora of incredible interview segments from the likes of…Amp Fiddler, Benga, A-Track, Mark De Clive Lowe, Benny Sings, Carl Craig, Daz-I-Kue, Domu, Gilberto Gil, IG Culture, M. I. A., etc.

The list goes on and on…Enjoy!