I have to start off by saying that New Zealand is currently ON FIRE right now with the way their artists are representing on the Soul and Jazz markets. Which brings me to mention multi-instrumentalist Lewis McCallum who has made some noise previously (since 1998). His last studio album "Wake" was pretty darn refreshing, and now he comes back to smash again with his latest (out now) called "Syntheology". His first single "First Date" is a 'certified banger', and features the vocal talents of Francis Kora of the family Reggae band KORA, also of New Zealand. I'm sure your ears will enjoy this one. For more info on Lewis and where he and his band will be playing, visit his Myspace page here.
On February 23rd, Ms. Badu will be releasing her sixth studio album on Universal Motown titled "New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh". The album was suppose to have come out shortly after "New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War", but was pushed back because of her pregnancy. As usual, her albums and live performances are really impressive. For an appetizer, here's your chance for your ears to get ready for the main course by giving a listen to two singles released so far.
Tracklist & Producers include:
1. 20 Feet Tall (produced by 9th Wonder)
2. Window Seat (produced by Erykah Badu and James Poyser)
3. Agitation (produced by Shafiq Husayn)
4. Get Money (produced by Erykah Badu, James Poyser, Karriem Riggins and Thundercat)
5. Don’t Be Long (produced by Ta’Raach)
6. Love (produced by J. Dilla)
7. Umm Hmm (produced by Madlib)
8. Fall in Love (produced by Karriem Riggins)
9. Incense (produced by Madlib)
10. Out My Mind Just in Time (Part 1) (Undercover Over-Lover) (produced by James Poyser)
11. Out My Mind Just in Time (Part 2) (produced by Georgia Anne Muldrow)