Album Preview: “Blacc Hollywood” by Wiz Khalifa

Blacc HollywoodAlbum
Blacc Hollywood

Artist
Wiz Khalifa

Release Date
August 19, 2014

Label
Atlantic

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Deal or No Deal
Wiz Khalifa is set to release a new studio album on August 19. Entitled Blacc Hollywood, the album features an impressive list of collaborators such as Snoop Dogg, Nas, and Curren$y. If there’s one thing Wiz Khalifa knows how to do, its making good music about having a good time. His music is catchy and the production is almost always top-notch.

O.N.I.F.C.After being signed to various labels throughout his early career, Wiz Khalifa built a dedicated fanbase by releasing free independent mixtapes. As he began to make a name for himself, other artists and producers began to take notice. His studio albums include Deal or No Deal and O.N.I.F.C.

Blacc Hollywood is shaping up to be another Khalifa classic. Mixtapes, remixes, and singles have been steadily released over the past few months to draw support for the album, and the reception has been positive. If you’re looking for innovative hip hop with polished production value, look no further. Blacc Hollywood comes out on August 19.

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Album Preview: “The Golden Echo” by Kimbra

The Golden EchoAlbum
The Golden Echo

Artist
Kimbra

Release Date
August 19, 2014

Label
Warner Bros.

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New Zealand-based recording artist Kimbra is releasing her sophomore album, The Golden Echo, on August 19. Showing signs ofVows stardom in her early teens, Kimbra began to appear on the music scene in the early 2010s with the release of the critically acclaimed debut album Vows. Despite only being 24 years old, her strange and quirky take on pop, soul, R&B, and jazz has earned her impressive amounts of success. You simply can’t deny it: Kimbra is cool.

Making MirrorsShe earned Grammy awards for “Record of the Year” and “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” in 2013 for her collaborative work in the worldwide hit song “Somebody That I Used to Know,” by Gotye. Her new album, The Golden Echo, is already being praised for its ability to pay homage to classic sounds of bygone pop music and making it sound fresh again.

Have a listen to “Nobody But You” below and get on board with Kimbra!

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Album Preview: “I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss” by Sinéad O’Connor

I'm Not Bossy, I'm the BossAlbum
I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss

Artist
Sinéad O’Connor

Release Date
August 12, 2014

Label
Nettwerk Records

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We will soon see the release of Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor‘s tenth studio album. I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss will be released on August 12th and has been produced by O’Connor’s longtime producer and once-husband John Reynolds. I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss promises to deliver on the artist’s characteristic style and lyricism on the topic of all things love, sex, and pop music.

I Do Not Want What I Haven't GotSinéad O’Connor was launched into worldwide fame in the early 1990s after her release of I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got. The album contained a cover of Prince‘s 1985 “Nothing Compares 2 U.” The song existed in obscurity before Sinéad O’Connor’s cover, and it soon The Lion and the Cobrabecame a worldwide hit. In the following decade, O’Connor would release several more albums and become an icon of critical acclaim and cultural controversy.

I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss appears to be an example of Sinéad O’Connor doing what she does best. In a first listen review,So Far ... The Best Of NPR spoke on the album: “O’Connor works in mostly familiar musical territory on I’m Not Bossy: multi-tracked vocals, folk flourishes, danceable beats amped up with rock attitude. Newly prominent in her mix is a strong blues element.” Watch the official music video for “Take Me To Church,” the first single from I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss below and discover the hype for yourself.

Pre-order your copy of I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss at Murfie today! Each CD comes with unlimited streaming (Web, iOS, Android, Sonos) and downloads in mp3, aac, FLAC and ALAC.

Your Dose of Cool: Jeff Buckley

GraceJeff Buckley was an enigma of an artist. Making his name during the turbulent music scene of the 1990s, his one and only full length album, Grace, is often hailed as one of the greatest records ever created. His music transcended genre—he reigned from a throne gilded in grunge, rock, vocal jazz, and 16th Century English carols. And it worked marvelously.

Grace contains one of Buckley’s best known performances, a cover of Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah.” As one would come to expect from Buckley’s repertoire of work, this rendition is haunting, sweet, and nothing short of brilliant. Don’t be alarmed if your eyes begin to water before the piece is finished playing. Live at Sin-E

I recently came across a 1993 release of a live performance, Live at Sin-é. Buckley was beginning to build a fan base, and was still performing in little clubs around New York City with only his guitar and voice as support. This cover of Edith Piaf‘s “Je n’en connais pas la fin” showcases Buckley’s signature sound. His voice is ethereal, his guitar playing hypnotic, and he even sings the choruses in Piaf’s native French. Listen to the gem below and enjoy the coolness.

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Grant Peterre
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Grant is a Communications Intern at Murfie. He has played the guitar nearly his entire life, and his music and writings have been featured in international publications. He makes his home in both the United States and Italy, and will always be traveling in search of something.



Album Preview: “They Want My Soul” by Spoon

They Want My SoulAlbum
They Want My Soul

Artist
Spoon

Release Date
August 5, 2014

Label
Loma Vista/Republic

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Indie-rockers Spoon are set to release their newest album They Want My Soul next week. It has been four years since the band’s last major release, and although the album is being released on a new label, it is shaping up to deliver classic Spoon brilliance.Love Ways

Ga Ga Ga Ga GaSpoon has persisted throughout an erratic career in the music industry. The band released a string of EPs in the 1990s that were met with various modicums of positivity. Their first release on a major label in 1998 was a hard commercial failure, and the band was quickly dropped. After signing with an indie label a few years later, Spoon erupted in popularity. The 2000 release Love Ways began a renaissance era for the band. Kill the Moonlight was released in 2002, followed by Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga in 2007. Songs from each album were featured in several TV shows and movies throughout the decade. In 2009, the popular review aggregator Metacritic ranked Spoon as the top overall artist of the decade.

They Want My SoulKill the Moonlight is the first Spoon release on Loma Vista Recordings, and features a new guitarist/keyboardist. Thankfully, the changes in production and direction seem to suit the band’s classic sound. You can listen for yourself below and enjoy the official music video for the track “Do You,” which is featured on the new album. If the rest of the album is anything like “Do You,” longtime fans of the band should expect quite an appealing experience.

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Your Dose of Cool: Grant Green

Let’s get jazzy, boys and girls. Today I’m showcasing one of my personal favorite bebop guitarists, Grant Green. Relatively unknown during his lifetime, he recorded dozens of albums for Blue Note Records throughout the 1960s and 1970s. If you’re looking for hard bop soul jazz centered around a truly unique guitarist, look no further.Am I Blue

This music has an atmosphere thicker than the planet Venus.

The Best of Grant GreenJust take one listen to Green’s 1963 release, Idle Moments. The title track is a chilled out odyssey of hip, passionate jazz that is served best with a dark liquor and French cuffs. The first few bars are unforgettable, and set the velvety mood that has defined Green’s career. Have a listen for yourself, and enjoy your dose of cool today:

Check out Murfie’s extensive collection of Grant Green albums! As always, you get unlimited streaming (Web, iOS, Android, Sonos) and downloads in mp3, aac, FLAC and ALAC. 


Grant Peterre
@gpeterre

Grant is a Communications Intern at Murfie. He has played the guitar nearly his entire life, and his music and writings have been featured in international publications. He makes his home in both the United States and Italy, and will always be traveling in search of something.


Album Preview: “The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale)” by Eric Clapton & Friends

The BreezeAlbum
The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale)

Artist
Eric Clapton & Friends

Release Date
July 29, 2014

Label
Bushbranch / Surfdog

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It seems as if Eric Clapton is ready to share more music with the world. This time around, Clapton has joined with several friends and music icons to pay tribute to one of rock music’s heroes of songwriting, the late J.J. Cale. Eric Clapton & Friends will be releasing The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale) this month. And if Eric Clapton’s leadership weren’t enough, the list of guest artists featured on the album promise to deliver an unforgettable experience.

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton certainly has no shortage of accolades. Thrice-inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work as a solo artist, and member of The Yardbirds and Cream, Eric Clapton has earned his place as a living legend. He has released over twenty albums as a solo artist and has appeared and collaborated on countless others. His efforts have earned him seventeen Grammy awards. He is continually ranked as one of the greatest blues guitar players of all time, and his influence is cited by countless musicians today.

UnpluggedJ.J. Cale also inspired innumerable musicians throughout his four decade career, and was a frequent collaborator with Clapton. Tunes such as “After Midnight” and “Cocaine” were penned by Cale and covered by Clapton with much success. Clapton aims to honor Cale’s legacy with The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale). Speaking on the album, Clapton stated, “I would like people to tap into what JJ Cale did—that’s the point. I’m just the messenger; I’ve always felt that that’s my job. I try to interpret things so that the public at large, or at least the people who listen to what I do, will become intrigued about where I got it from.”Me and Mr. Johnson

The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale) is shaping up to be a blues fan’s dream. Guest appearances by legendary musicians such as Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, and Willie Nelson promise to deliver a collaboration that should not be missed.

Check out the official music video for “Call Me The Breeze Below!”

A teaser from The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale):

Pre-order your copy of The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale) today at Murfie! Each CD comes with unlimited streaming (Web, iOS, Android, Sonos) and downloads in mp3, aac, FLAC and ALAC.