Janelle Monae – Sincerely, Jane

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Here’s something in the vein of Amy Winehouse but with a bit more soul and strings. This track is brought to us from the 23 year old singer from Kansas City. She’s previously provided vocals on OutKast’s Idlewild soundtrack.

[audio:http://www.audiodrums.com/audio/Janelle_Monae_Sincerely_Jane.mp3]

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Dani Siciliano – Be My Producer

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Dani Siciliano started her music career as both a DJ in San Francisco and as a vocalist with a jazz quartet.   It was in San Francisco where she met Matthew Herbert who she would later collaborate with and ultimately saw Matthew co-produce both of her solo albums.

This track is taken from her second solo effort titled, “Slappers” that was release in 2006.   “Be My Producer”, has a nice glitchy soundscape that showcases Dani Siciliano’s R&B vocals.

[audio:http://www.audiodrums.com/audio/2007/12/dani-siciliano-be-my-producer.mp3]

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Jimmy Beck & His Orchestra – Pipe Dreams

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This tracked has appeared on several Blues and R&B compilations and most recently found on The Champion Records Story Vol. 2 – Rockin’ R&B, which was based in Nashville, Tennessee.

When this track was originally released in 1959, it sold around 50,000 copies – not to bad even by today’s standards.

Jimmy Beck & His Orchestra – Pipe Dreams

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Shapeshifter – Electric Dream

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We (the misses and I) caught Shapeshifter at DiscoCult at The Sugar Factory in Amsterdam Friday October 12, 2007.   This was a great performance and I’m sure the “special” smoke in the air didn’t hurt either.   The crowd was great, and   Shapeshifter brought it, and found ways to keep taking it up a notch through the set.   This was an explosive and vibrant show and one of the best I’ve seen in years.    

Here’s a track they played that night called “Electric Dream”.  

[audio:http://highrize.wordpress.com/files/2007/10/05-shapeshifter-electric-dream.mp3]

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PS. Be sure not to confuse Shapeshifter (drum n bass)  with The Shapeshifters  (House)… and yes, I did confuse the two hence my warning.

PSS. More post plus videos from this event coming soon including the smashing DJ from Germany who followed the shapeshifter set, Lars Moston — btw, this guy killed it…