Today, 54 years ago, The Motortown Revue arrived at the Finsbury Park Astoria, London, England for the first night of their UK package tour. The group was set to visit 21 theatres around the UK for two shows a night and a live TV special. Features included the Supremes, Martha & The Vandellas, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and then 14 year-old Stevie Wonder backed by the Funk Brothers. The tour then was an important milestone in Motown’s international expansion and crucial in Motown breaking the UK.
Three days ago, The Raconteurs confirmed that they finally finished their long-anticipated third album. This album, yet to be titled, will be the band’s first LP since 2008’s ‘Consolers Of The Lonely’. Their debut, ‘Broken Boy Soldiers’, was released two years earlier in 2006. Last year, the four-four-piece announced that they were planning a new record after releasing singles, ‘Sunday Driver’ and ‘Now That You’re Gone’. The band, consisting of members Jack White, Brendon Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler, were last active in 2011.
Greg P may think he is the most overlooked but that won’t be for long after this EP. The Paterson New Jersey MC keeps the culture alive on his latest EP titled The Most Overlooked, combining boom-bap, soul, trap and lofi for his soundscape. Introspective lyrics paint vivid pictures over top this soundscape ‘Searching” and “Intro” show an artist very self-aware and also socially aware, self doubt and grand ambitions both occupy the same mind and the battle transmutes into heartfelt tracks, songs that show personal vulnerability and optimism for his culture and community. “NJ Finest” has the ‘microphone gorilla’ in battle mode with a lyrical assault on the beat featuring Stephen Xavier and Bali Wop. “99 Losses” has the MC showcasing intricate flows and bars all with matching visuals. Greg P. The MC may be overlooked for now but no one will overlook a diamond in the dirt for long. Listen Below:
Dex Amora drops another laid back smooth single, with a combination of upbeat drums, catchy choruses, introspective lyrics and rapid flows. A quick preview of his Pensieve album slated for Summer 2019. Listen below:
Bel Cobain manages to lure her listeners into her sombre tones with her hypnotic storytelling style. The singer-songwriter, from East London, intimately transforms electronic and RnB elements into stellar soundscapes that one could not help but float on. Last year, she released her first single, ‘Mint’. Her new single, ‘Introverted Stoner’, is also available now on all major music platforms.