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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Fresh Music Super Group: James Blake, Toro Y Moi, Janelle Monae

SXSW ended days ago. Friends have returned filtering latest, greatest, new, best. So, that got me stuck on music artists I find exciting, fresh and individualistic. Here are three relatively new and unique faces of Fresh Music from Cooking Lounge.

Back in NYC after SXSW, my friend Nina turned me on to James Blake as a must listen. James Blake is an anomaly for me - electronic, dubstep, brit soul(hates being called a soul singer), experimental. Waves of lushness in down tempo music. Effusive praise seems to be the reaction to James Blake with his win of the BBC's Sound of 2011.

The self-titled debut album was released February 7, 2011. Checking out the YouTube videos made me think of Bryan Ferry. So maybe James Blake is not so ground breaking but instead well informed.
Toro Y Moi came on the Cooking Lounge radar in Spring 2010 after hearing "Causers of This", loopy, dreamy, chill electronica with catchy beats.

Toro Y Moi personifies the Chillwave moniker. "Speakeasy" in The Wall Street Journal tracked the trend and posted a Chillwave primer "Is Chillwave the Next Big Music Trend?".  

Toro Y Moi released his second album "Underneath the Pine" on February 22, 2011. "New Beat" is a bouncy lo-fi disco throwback.
Janelle Monae takes a bite of style from pop divas of the 80's onward but distills the influences into her own distinct art school infused future funk pop.

Signature tuxedo clad Janelle Monae keeps it sweet and alluring without veering off into overt sexuality or buffoonish exaggeration. ArchAndroid is her debut studio album release from May 18, 2010. The single "Tightrope" did well and had wide appeal.

ArchAndroid is a cosmic ride through genres that showcases Janelle's style, vocal range and best of all, humor.

Imagine these three on the same bill or same stage as a Super Group..futuristic awesomeness on blast.
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