Rainy Milo is one of my favorite artists coming out of the U.K. right now. At eighteen years of age, she possesses a vocal talent that reminds me of a timeless London legend: Amy Winehouse. Recently, the young songstress joined a band down in Peter Gilles’ basement for her first ever basement recording session. Hit the jump for their unplugged rendition of “Bout You”, an early hit from Rainy’s collection. This live rendition boils the mellow track down to its essence, allowing Rainy to impress with her distinct vocals over organic instrumentation. Watch Rainy Milo’s Brownswood Basement Session below. Check out more Brownswood Basement Sessions here.
The one and only James Blake performed at Terminal 5 in New York City last night, bringing out cuts from his self-titled debut along with some older fan favorites. One unforgettable moment from the show was captured in the video that follows, in which Blake finished off his performance with a stripped-down version of “Measurements,” . . .
Toronto emcee Junia-T calls upon well-versed producer Slakah The Beatchild to lay the framework for his single, “You & I,” and the results are striking. An upbeat, jazzy affair, “You & I” tells a story of romance and dedication. The video shows Junia-T amongst close friends, getting intimate with that special someone at a laid-back . . .
Smadar Rubin doesn’t just sing on “Still.” She turns her voice into a powerful instrument, conveying heartfelt emotion through all of her intricate, beautiful runs and riffs. The Philadelphia resident flows gracefully over mellow Hendo production. Stream “Still” below. If you like what you hear, dive into her SoundCloud.
Stream Phlow’s “Pre Flux Freestyles” Nigerian artist, Phlowetry, drops a Hip-Hop medley over some classic instrumentals. Starting off with “Hennessy,” she shows her true amazonian nature over the classic “Don’t Look Any Further” backdrop, she then switches to a laid back flow on a smoothed out version of Mobb Deep‘s “Shook Ones” before wrapping it up . . .
It’s cold on the East Coast right now, but JR Jarris‘s latest groove makes me feel like I’m enjoying a relaxing August afternoon sitting poolside with a mixed drink in my hand. Jazzy instrumentation and mellow electronic melodies make this record an enticing, funky groove that’s hard not to appreciate. Stream “Saturday” below.