On May 28th, Nacional Records will release the new album from Natalia Clavier (long-time vocalist of Thievery Corporation). The album was produced by Grammy-winning producer Adrian Quesada (Ocote Soul Sounds, Grupo Fantasma, Brownout).
Here is a sneak peak of Natalia Claviers’ New album ‘Lumen’.
With a sultry mix of jazz/soul-inspired vocals in both English and Spanish, electronic textures and global influences, ‘Lumen’ further develops the sound Natalia Clavier cultivated while recording and touring with both Thievery Corporation and her husband, Argentinean singer-songwriter Federico Aubele. Natalia Clavier was ESL Music’s first female artist and the touring vocalist for Thievery Corporation, giving her opportunities to tour the globe performing at the world’s largest festival stages.
Louie Vega And Elements Of Life Featuring Josh Milan, Anané, Lisa Fischer, Cindy Mizelle Ursula Rucker, Luisito Quintero, Oveous Maximus
OUT NOW! ON FANIA RECORDS AVAILABLE ON CD, VINYL, AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
FANIA RECORDS FIRST NEW ARTIST ALBUM IN OVER 15 YEARS
Fania Records announced today the release of Elements Of Life ‘Eclipse,’ a 2-disc album from Louie Vega’s critically acclaimed live orchestral project. The album is set for a worldwide release date of March 19, 2013, and is the first new artist album Fania is releasing in years. The first disc showcases 17 brand new tracks from Elements Of Life that tastefully traverse the sounds ofAfrobeat, Jazz, Latin, R&B, Gospel, Soul, Blues, Brazilian and World Music all woven with the golden touch of Grammy Award winning Producer/Artist/DJ Louie Vega. The second disc includes “EOL Soulfrito” an homage to Fania Records through interpretations and remixes of classic Fania songs performed by the Elements Of Life in a 33-minute sound collage as well as six more bonus tracks. Louie Vega connected with the legendary Fania Records after doing the smash club remix of his uncle Hector Lavoe’s “Mi Gente” track back in 2008. Louie elaborates, “At that time I started working on my new Elements Of Life album. Fania was already aware of my previous E.O.L. albums and when they got wind, they wanted to hear it. Once they heard it, they were very interested in signing it. I was in awe of the idea. Things really would go full cycle being on Fania Records.”
The sampler features songs from Astro (who were featured in this Sunday’s New York Times), Mexican Institute Of Sound (new video recently debuted at LA Weekly), Tom Tom Club (new video just launched atRolling Stone), plus two 2012 Latin GRAMMY nominees (which were announced yesterday): Ana Tijouxand Kinky.
Download NACIONAL RECORDS 2012 FREE LABEL SAMPLER:
Ana Tijoux’s brand new Video debuting Thursday 4/26,from La Bala album check below.
La Bala is Ana Tijoux’s new album, the highly anticipated follow-up to her 2010 GRAMMY nominated breakthrough debut 1977. La Bala recently debuted at #2 the Billboard Latin Rhythmic Charts and #1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop y Reggaeton charts.
Tijoux made her U.S. debut performing at SXSW in 2010 and has since toured the U.S. and Europe, with stops at New York’s Central Park Summerstage, San Francisco’s Outside Lands and Chicago’sLollapalooza, plus a very special live performance during GRAMMY weekend with The Roots as her backing band.
See below for dates for her upcoming US tour:
May 4 – Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico State University
May 11 – San Antonio, TX – Echale at Pearl Amphitheatre
May 12 – Austin, TX – Pachanga Festival
May 15 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
May 17 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
May 18 – Salt Lake City, UT – Living Traditions Festival
May 19 – Miami, FL – PAX
So Sound Recordings and Funkyloco join forces once again for the majestic new ‘So Sweet EP’. Label partner Pablo ‘Funkyloco‘ Varela delivers some of his hottest tracks to date on the label, from down tempo moods all the way through the house spectrum. Previous outings have received support from the some of the most established names in the industry.
The EP serves up four tracks, from the sensual tropical warmth of‘So Sweet Baby’ and ‘Samba Jazz’ to the trippy fairy tale of psychedelic utopia rounding on ‘Wonderful Place’; a track that has drawn comparisons to Marshall Jefferson’s iconic ‘Mushrooms’. Working as A&R at So Sound, Funkyloco has also been responsible for spotting some of So Sound’s greatest new talent, includingToomy Disco and Les Loups.
This EP also includes a stellar remix of ‘So Sweet Baby’ by the resurgent house music legend DJ Ra Soul, who recently hit back hard with a big release on So Sound. The ‘Take It Slow’ EP gathered praise from a wide range of DJs including James Zabiela, Justin Martin and Fred Everything and marked the great man’s return to the scene.
Title: So Sweet EP
Remixers: DJ Ra Soul
Label: So Sound Recordings
Release date: 02-12-11
1: So Sweet Baby
2: So Sweet Baby (DJ Ra Soul Remix)
3: Samba Jazz
4: Wonderful Place
LIFEBOATS AND FOLLIES (OUT FEBRUARY 1, 2011 ON GALAXIA)
Raised on the colorful and gritty streets of San Francisco and steeped in the dark brew formed by the perfect cultural storm where skateboarding, music and art smashed right into each other, Tommy Guerrero was destined for greatness of the soulful sort. Adapting to his hilly local environs with speed and style, TG was a bonafied pioneer of modern street skateboarding, turning pro and traveling the world while still just a teenager.
His casual flow was material for the skateboarding pantheon, and is endlessly compared to what would come out when he focused his attention on stringed things. The early four-track tunes he offered were heavily groove-based, with obvious blues, Latin and soul overtones, but as time and albums went by the music became more layered and eclectic, incorporating jazz, hip-hop and funk elements, as well.
More than a decade of tirelessly working his craft has passed since, and has resulted in the album you now behold- “Lifeboats and Follies” is by far Guerrero’s most fully realized sonic collage. The tide of groove remains, but is formed by the far denser and complex interplay of an expanded quiver of instruments and sounds. The simplicity of Tommy’s early work was catchy, but the expansive compositional skill that has shown itself amongst the tracks here is cinematic in scope, offering a richer, more muscular tone and greater depth of emotion. The soup has been thickened, the fire is smoldering, and Tommy is sweating it out all night, every night.
-Saturday, February 5th @ Cafe du Nord / San Francisco, CA (CD Release Party)
In addition to being a prolific musician and legendary skater, Tommy has also found the time to design his own signature shoes for Vans Syndicate. Two Vans classics, the Old Skool and Slip-on in monochramatic black leather just the way TG likes ‘em. Check out the collection here along with a day with TG in SF (video), plus a chance to win a pair of your own here.
Formed last Christmas after an impromptu studio jam, Guajira kicks off the newly formed Ombligo imprint with a debut album that defies comparisons. The core of the band includes the best of the Mexico City techno scene – Signal Deluxe’s Jerga and Valeria as well as Monopolar and Razz of Pantamuzik. Together they’ve concocted a hybrid of electronica, Latin music, and guitar psychedelia that combines the forward thinking elements of techno music with the grittiness of an alternative rock band. According to Monopolar, the main idea [was] to deliver an honest album from Latin-American musicians that love USA/European electronic music. We want to be really rooted on what we are, to show that we come from a musically rich part of the world, to reflect the music we hear everyday in our everyday life. But at the same time we reject all kind of clichés associated with the “latino” rhythmic thing. So basically our compositions try to show that balance. We invited singers and lyricists that belong to very authentic underground scenes in Peru and Mexico, so the lyrics also speak about identity, fears and hopes of our society.” The result is an album that stretches beyond national boundaries and taps into the timeless universal that is music’s greatest gift and still manages to grab listeners by the rump and shake it.
“Guajira is something really blended. Mexico and Argentina are (along with Chile) the least African-influenced countries in América, so it’s natural that Signal and Razz have no black elements in their compositions and playing. What I brought to the Guajira’s sound as a Peruvian is the syncopated use of cajón and its very recognizable wooden sound on the tracks “Colibrí “and “Perla” and the “reggaeton/cumbia” pattern on “Atiza”, “Guajira”, and “Isadora”, heavily processed through the electronic sensibility of Jerga and Valeria [SIGNAL DELUXE]. Besides that, a lot of elements from Peruvian music show up along the record (the voices and the lyrics, the use of charango, a little Andean guitar on “Colibrí” and “Tamarindo”). “Tierra Roja” samples a Brazilian Amazonic Indian speaking about deforestation and “Atiza” and “Macondo” both sample Zapatista leaders. In the end, Guajira is really a tight mix of many, many elements that reflect actually how different we are among Latin Americans from different countries and how Mexico can become a sort of melting pot.” – Humberto Polar
1. 21 Utopias (Featuring Grace)
2. Guajira (Featuring Licky Moreno y Solar)
4. El King De La Sala (Featuring Eric El NIño)
5. Tierra Roja
6. Aguardiente (Featuring Eric El Niño)
10. Silk Also
11. Colibri (Featuring Sofía Butrón)
12. Bonus track: Aguardiente (Dubmix)
GUAJIRA is an electronic band hailing from Mexico City featuring Humberto Polar (Monopolar) (guitar), Jerga (Signal Deluxe) (bass), Valeria (Signal Deluxe) (keyboards and electronics), and Pablo Orsolini (Razz) (percussion). GUAJIRA is a word that can be understood anywhere in Latin America, even though its meaning can change from country to country. GUAJIRA is also the name of a new project in which four talented musicians from three different countries join their skills. Introducing OMBLIGO
OMBLIGO is a brand new digital label based in Mexico City, an international conduit for a wide spectrum of alternative musics with Latin American roots – ranging from electronic forms such as dubstep and techno to post-modernist expansions of current folk forms, and even some blistering indie rock to keep things diverse.
Expect releases this year from the new electronic supergroup GUAJIRA – featuring members of Monopolar and Signal Deluxe, red-hot Mexican rock band CAPO delivers the goods on Un Corazon Se Quema, while underground techno and dubstep sensations SIGNAL DELUXE drop their long-anticipated full length A Morning Filled with One Hundred Million Suns.