Category Archives: Indie Music

Katy On A Mission x 2

By Urbansocialight

So, I’m kind of in love with this track “Katy On A Mission” by Katy B.  It was produced by the raining Dubstep King, Benga, who creates an unexpected beat that keeps me swaying.  I tip my hat off to Katy B’s writing because unlike many dance hits, this song actually has good lyrics that any party lover can relate to. “This right I swear will end too soon”—because, seriously, no wants a live party to be over.  No wonder, it’s a #1 UK dance hit.

Now, if it couldn’t be better, our favorite Brit, Kenzie May has blessed with us by banging out piano version that takes the song to another level.   I love covers that interpret the song differently that it was originally arranged.  It’s no longer a dance track.  It’s more melodic and soulful.  I hope you all will enjoy it too!

Keep up with the girls on Twitter: Katy B @KatyBmusic |Kenzie May @kenziemayb

Duck Sauce- Barbra Streisand

DJ’s always have me falling in love and Duck Sauce, a duo featuring legendary DJ’s Armand Van Helden and A-Trak, are no different. Their new track “Barbra Streisand” is sure to bump in the club.   Although the song lacks lyrical substance (it is a dance track) the beats are infectious and guaranteed to make you want to dance all night.  N0w, dope beats are great but add to that a video that features more cameos than a season of Entourage and I think we’ve got a winner.

The video features cameos from ?uestlove, Pharrell Williams, Ryan Leslie,  Kanye West, DJ Premier, Chromeo, and my girl Santigold dancing Kid ‘n Play style with A-Trak.

I hope to hear more from this duo so I may add their music to the soundtrack that is my life.

Enjoy!

Common Market

By Urbansocialight

So during the DMV’s Snowpocalypse 2010, I was able to catch up on a lot of stuff.  I actually cleaned up which was a task in and of itself.  I caught up on some movies and some TV.  And while watching CurrenTV I stumbled upon a show on music from the Pacific Northwest.  Most of the bands were a little weird even for my taste, but I did however discover the hip-hop genius duo out of Seattle known as: Common Market.

Common Market is your typical 1 rapper (Ryan “RA Scion” Abeo) and 1 producer/DJ (Alexei Saba “Sabzi” Mohajerjasbi), but with atypical results.   No newbies in the game, the pair has been making music together since 2005, and it’s clear they’ve reached a comfortable stride together; it just sounds right.  So good in fact that KRS-One invited the on tour with him after hearing an advanced copy of their first album also called “Common Market”.  Since then, they’ve released 3 more projects together, including the critically acclaimed “Tobacco Road”.

If anyone is longing to hear music that is both genuine and relevant;  smart and funny, then you will be able to appreciate Common Market.  While it was snowing I kept watching the video for their track “Tobacco and Snow Covered Roads”, in which RA Scion spit about typical plights of a rapper, shows getting cancelled, other rappers stealing beats, beef, all while he just really wants to dig out of the snow to get a pack of cigarettes.  You’ll love “Trouble Is” which tells the story of a farmer, who is rejected by the community where he settles.  I can only assume it’s a metaphor for gain acceptance in the hip-hop community.  You know typical CrabzInABarrel behavior.

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Show Recap: Santigold at 9:30 Club

Ms. Santi White aka Santigold
Ms. Santi White aka Santigold

Concert Review + Photos by Urbansocialight

Santigold (formerly Santogold because one of those corny ass “sell me your old gold” companies was threatening to sue her), sold out her DC show at the 9:30 Club within the first two days. They went on sale on a Wednesday and when I thought to buy my ticket it was Friday and it was already sold out. Being a huge fan from day one, I was totally boosted when I scored a last minute ticket Tuesday night off of craigslist.

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