Midweek Music: SAFIA, EDEN, GRiZ, Lemaitre & Mos Def!

summerLabor Day is Sunday ladies & gentlemen. How’s it feeling? Any last adventures? Crazy nights to spend out? Here’s five tracks to bomp as September rises.  SAFIA is so good. This trio makes some of the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard, and I am terribly mad they are thousands of miles from my shores. This soothing, soulful indietronica track does work and makes me think of that 40min just before the sunset. Great job SAFIA, you’ve got so much more to show us.
EDEN hit it out of the park on this one. The vocals on this are stupendous, with Leah Kelly joining in to push it to the next level. This is track 2 on a 9 track EP that’s surprisingly good from someone I’d never heard from until they showed up on my feed. I highly recommend Nocturne by him as well. HIGHLY.
 GRiZ has become the institution that we all knew he could be. Feelin’ High is quintessential electro soul that proves just how established the genre has become. When you’ve got so many haters you drop a track reminding people to leave em behind, you know you’ve done something right.
Lemaitre takes a tune from Madeon and cranks it up a couple of notches. The Bubblegum electro feel here is the quick pick me up we all need on this September Wednesday. The energy is infectious, with the vocal work from Passion Pit adding to the delight. It’s a great remix, taken from Madeon’s excellent source material. Definitely dance around in your chair kind of stuff!
 Last, but certainly not least, the new hotness from Mos Def. He’s rapping under his old name, giving all the upstarts a reminder why he’s one of the undisputed kings of flow. There is a lot to dive into here, so I’m just going to say that you probably need to listen to it multiple times to pick up on all the lyrical genius he’s crammed into the 3:40. This is his first in years, so don’t miss this, your hip hop brain will thank you.

Breaking: Black Star (Mos Def/Yasin Bey & Talib Kweli) @ Brooklyn Bowl Dec. 17!

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I can’t really overstate the significance of this performance. Yasin Bey (or Mos Def as many know him by) and Talib Kweli are quite awesome by themselves, but together, truly a sight to behold. The lyrical flow is tight and they’ve both done nothing but get better over time. This should be one for the ages, and tickets for either artist can cost as seeing both. Worth going out on a Tuesday. If you’re into EDM and have never really given hip hop a try, and you’re local, trust me on this one. One of the best places to be introduced to what is possible with words and beats. See below for the hotness from 1998.