Wednesday, April 15, 2009

New cuts from Janelle Monáe, Black Kids

Time to check in with a couple of my favorite mildly eccentric up-and- coming recording artists.

Cute-as-a-doll Janelle Monáe is featured on a new track by the pop duo Chester French. To hear “Nerd Girl” on my Vox blog, click here. Janelle does more than hit the notes; she pumps the whole thing up with her personality.

You can cop “Nerd Girl” for FREE, as part of a full-length Chester French mixtape called “Jacques Jams”... if you’re willing to provide your name and email address to the Chester French website.

FYI: Ms. Monáe will be gigging tonight through Friday in Brooklyn.

Moving on to Black Kids, the Florida alt-pop band that took England by storm last year. They have a new EP out called “Cemetery Lips.” It contains remixes of previous singles plus B-sides.

Click here to hear “You Only Call Me When You’re Crying.” Not as tasty as the cuts I wrote about last year, but still.

Black Kids will play in L.A. next Thursday... while I’m out of town. Oh well. The show is sold out anyway. (Go ’head, Black Kids!)


bklyn6 said...

Janelle does more than hit the notes; she pumps the whole thing up with her personality.Word.

Maybe it's not fair to make this comparison, but that's what I found lacking in Santigold's performance when she was on Jimmy Fallon's show.

Anyway, looks like Janelle's show is sold out; and thanks for the stream. Nice.

DRE said...

BTW, UBM...Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for putting me up on Ruth Copeland. Just copped the vinyl from Ebay. Best rare funk purchase I have made since "Games, Dames and Guitar Thangs"!

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Very cool, DRE. Ruth Copeland's "I Am What I Am" was the best rare funk purchase I ever made.