Music

Drunken Library’s Suggested Listening for June

A M B E R   M A R K

Amber Mark, a young artist based in New York, takes influence from the many places she grew up in as a child, fusing tribal with soul, pop, and R&B to make something entirely unique. Her style is singular and fresh; we highly suggest listening for yourself. –>

Read about Amber Mark’s story and beginning on Noisey’s article. 

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Drunken Library’s New Music – May

J O J O  A B O T

Jojo Abot is a Ghanian artist tagging herself as afro-hypno-sonic. She reigns from New York and couldn’t be more mesmerizing and impressive with her ingenuity of sound and style. Take a listen for yourself–>

See more about Jojo on her website.

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Drunken Library’s Grammy Wish – We Are King

One studio album that stood out to us this year was We Are KINGthe debut full-length album that emerged from Minneapolis and LA based group KING.

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Nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Artist, this all soul, all female group, has launched itself into the same category as Rihanna and Beyoncé. Two twin sisters, Paris and Amber Strother, and long-time friend Anita Bias, make up the dreamsicle pop-like trio who gathered much of their musical prowess and influence from Prince, which shouldn’t come as a surprise once you hear their music.

It was a tough year, they mentioned at their New Year’s Eve show at the Fine Line Music Café in Minneapolis on December 31st, 2016. To lose Prince wasn’t easy when he had been their mentor. They continued to say how Prince’s encouragement to continue writing their music their way was what got them to a grammy nomination. He guaranteed that we would be nominated if we kept doing what we were doing and sure enough we did. 

At the New Year’s show I found myself among an intimate crowd of friends and family, and the vibe couldn’t have been more ethereal or surreal. The warm spiritual sounds of synth-pop rose from the stage like tropical vapor. There was so much freshness, vitality, authenticity, and groove in the music. I lost track of time and danced slowly, swaying, child-like. Congratulations to KING for already making beautiful music and for creating a beautiful beginning for their artistry to soar into our ears.

Listen to our favorites:

Native Land

In the Meantime

Find out more at WeAreKing.com & check their tour dates.

Tune in for the Grammys on CBS Sunday Feb 12.

 

 

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Song to Close 2016: “I Feel It Coming” – The Weeknd and Daft Punk



This is pure golden liquid ecstasy, and really, valuable to every part of our musical bodies. Mmmm. Abel’s voice mixed with funk royalty couldn’t be a better, stronger, collaboration. This song is arguably the best song of the year, and one to say (dance) goodbye to 2016. We will be playing it all December. As always, enjoy & repeat.

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Drunken Library’s Album of the Month – August 2015

This August the album to feature is Coming Home by Leon Bridges.
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Released just this summer, Coming Home is Bridge’s first full-length release. He hails from the great state of Texas, where he got his start singing soul and gospel music. His retro sound takes you back to the swingin’ age of honest love songs.
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His first single release is “Coming Home” which showcases his soft and full voice, romancing you with every beat of percussion and every lyrics of “I need you baby. . .” His songs have a juicy blend of skilled instrumentals intertwined with his groovy vocals.

Listen here:

Our favorite track on the album is “Smooth Sailin” with lyrics like “honey, I won’t wear you down . . .” Bridges assures he likes the way you sail your ship down. See his performance at SXSW 2015 in Texas below. We can’t wait to see where he takes his music next.

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