There is a fresh Mello Music Group release on the horizon, a compilation to be precise, featuring new music from their ever-increasing roster of talent. There aren’t many labels who can lay claim to such a lengthy and consistently high-quality run of releases, but Mello show no signs of easing up either, with new albums and artists frequently announced. One of their most popular artists, Oddisee, offers up the first taster from the Bushido compilation, with his latest self-produced single, No Trouble. As well as Oddisee, we will also be treated to new bits from the likes of Marlowe, Skyzoo, Open Mike Eagle, Quelle Chris and Elaquent. Definitely one to look forward to. You can listen to No Trouble below and you can also pre-order Bushido via Bandcamp. The official release date is 1 April.Continue reading “Oddisee: No Trouble”
As is the standard in the current state of play, NPR have adapted their much-cherished Tiny Desk performances into a homemade version, which allows the artists to perform from the isolation of their own homes, but also allows us to continue enjoying the kick of seeing them perform. The latest to put on a show is Oddisee, who rounded up his band, Good Company, for a typically compelling performance. It’s in stark contrast to Oddisee’s first foray into the Tiny Desk world, which was five years ago, with only a drummer and keys player in tow. The group throw down five songs, which are all lifted from Oddisee’s recent Odd Cure EP.
It was only a few days I was on Twitter crying out for a new Oddisee album. I awoke today to find that somehow my dreams had been answered, as Oddisee had in fact released his first album in three years. Odd Cure continues along the same musical and thematic lines as The Iceberg did, but with extra lashings of love, thanks to a series of skits in which Oddisee phones various members of his family to check they’re surviving the current wave of madness. Some great features too, courtesy of Olivier St.Louis, Sainte Ezekiel, Priya Ragu and Ralph Real, who appears on lead single, No Skips. The rest of the album can be heard below and streams/downloads are also available. Continue reading “Oddisee ft. Ralph Real: No Skips + LP Stream”
It always seemed like a safe bet to say that the forthcoming album from Elaquent was going to be a winner, and now that it is out in the open, I am happy to confirm the Ontario producer has done it again. In a step away from the instrumental projects he’s blessed us with over the last couple of years, on Forever Is A Pretty Long Time we find Elaquent bringing in a number of artists to accompany him. Kicking off with the lead single, Guidelines, featuring fellow Mello resident, Oddisee, the album also features some great contributions from Chester Watson, Guilty Simpson, Cavalier and Blu. The vocal tracks are mixed in with a few instrumental joys, including one of the album’s highlights, Joloff, along with the stone cold flyness of the Blu assisted, Reminisce, and the G-Funk echoes of Lottery Check, which features Brainorchestra. The album can be heard in full below and you can find downloads over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Elaquent: Forever Is A Pretty Long Time (Stream)”
Elaquent has a new album on the way next month, following on from his Mello Music Group debut last year. Forever Is A Pretty Long Time moves away from the instrumental projects that have earned the Toronto producer many of his much-deserved plaudits, instead opting to flex his collaborative muscle with a string of solid features from a variety of different artists. With the inclusion of names like Chester Watson, Brainorchestra and Blu, this looks set to be another win for Elaquent and the label as a whole. The first taster from the project comes in the form of the Oddisee assisted, Guidelines, which you can listen to below. The full release is scheduled for 21 February, with pre-orders available on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Elaquent ft. Oddisee: Guidelines + LP News”
Came across this beautiful new song on Spotify and thought I’d share. TheColorGrey is a Congolese-Belgian MC and singer-songwriter, currently based in Antwerp and for Out Of My Hands he has teamed up with another highly talented individual, Oddisee, to great effect. You can hear the audio above and you can also find streams on all the other usual platforms.
The mash up master, Tom Caruana, returns with another incredible project as he continues to blend areas of music that would otherwise remain perfect strangers. Following on from his earlier ventures, including Wu Tang vs. Hendrix and Wu Tang vs. The Beatles, the Tea Sea Records founder has now delved into the instrumentals of German experimental rock band, Can, who were one of the pioneers of the Krautrock explosion that occurred in the late-60s. Continue reading “Tom Caruana: Inner Space (Stream)”
This great animated video emerged from the Mello Music Group camp a few days ago, as an accompaniment for one of the more powerful tracks from Oddisee’s recent LP, The Iceberg. You Grew Up details, among other things, a relationship between childhood friends of different ethnicities and the different paths their lives take after the white kid’s dad loses his job, eventually ending in tragedy.
As the song demonstrates, Oddisee has always been good at tapping into the moods of people at a particular time, whether it be the immigrant crisis or racially motivated police killings. The video was made by Eugene & Louise. The Iceberg is available to buy now.
L’Orange has been one of my favourite producers ever since I first pressed play on his project with Jeremiah Jae back in 2015. Since then he has released albums with Kool Keith and Mr Lif, and now he is coming back with a new solo project, The Ordinary Man. Continue reading “L’Orange ft. Oddisee: Look Around”
Star your week off right with the new video from Oddisee. The Brooklyn-based MC recently released his new album, The Iceberg, which is full of the same dope that he has been consistently putting out for the past few years. Here is a prime example of why the new album is proving so popular – NNGE (Never Not Getting Enough), featuring a nice guest spot from Toine. The Iceberg is available now on the Mello Music Group label.