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Time well spent: Jacob Banks stops in Toronto ahead of North American trek




Jacob Banks struts out onto the stage and his presence fills the sold out venue. His voice husky and full, it quickly silences a cheering audience as they let his words permeate their ears. Dressed in a denim jacket and jeans, he’s appropriately dressed in the “Canadian tuxedo” for the Toronto stop of his Village tour at the Danforth Music Hall on Feb. 26 that NDLYSS was on-hand to witness.

Banks sings into the mic with a downward gaze as the words of Be Good to Me echo throughout the room, “I’ve been running for far too long, oh please be good to me.”  A true lyricist, it’s clear that these are more than words to Banks. The chorus hits and he dances, taking the mic off the stand. There’s now not a stationary body in the building. The song ends and the lights go out. The audience cheers.

“Good evening,” his voice breaks through the darkness, silencing the crowd yet again. His ability to cut through the noise and capture the silent attention of the whole audience is demonstrated time and time again throughout the nineteen-song set. A set that includes many songs from the touring album Village including favorites Unknown (To You) and Chainsmoking both reserved for the encore. Banks also included tracks from his three EPs: The Boy Who Cried Freedom (2017), The Paradox (2015), and The Monologue (2013), as well as two noteworthy covers of Frank Ocean’s Swim Good and Coldplay’s Fix You.

Banks’ sultry commanding voice at times gives nods to crooners, while maintaining a soul sound that gives life to his intimate lyrics. Before launching into Keeps Me Going, Banks shares, “for those who don’t know, I was born in Nigeria.” The singer-songwriter moved to Birmingham, England at the age of 13. Seven years later, he began writing songs and performing at open mics. Since then another seven years have passed, and Banks has since supported greats like Sam Smith and Alicia Keys and is now touring his freshman LP Village.

The night capped with Banks asking for the house lights to be brought up, “we just want to take this moment to remember as many faces in the audience as we can tonight. Time is currency and you chose to be here… and we are so fuckin’ grateful. Thank you for choosing us this evening. God bless.” He stands at the edge of the stage and takes in the crowd after which the band plays him out.

Time is currency, and one of the best things that could be done with that currency is getting to know Jacob Banks a little more. Banks continues his North American tour back on US soil with his next stop in Detroit on March 1 . His album Village is available on Spotify and iTunes. Whether having the honor of seeing him live, or simply purchasing the album, both are time well spent.

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Turnstile makes strong debut on Billboard charts



Turnstile by Jimmy Fontaine

Turnstile released their widely-anticipated new album, “Glow On” last week and has received high praise. The body of work debuted at #30 on the Billboard 200 chart and #8 in Current Album Sales on Alternative Albums chart with 5.1 million streams across streaming services worldwide.

Recorded with producer Mike Elizondo and co-produced by Turnstile vocalist Brendan Yates, Glow On finds the band once again charting new ground for hardcore, expanding stylistic boundaries, and celebrating new possibilities. The album boasts 15 tracks devoid of borders, boundaries, or entry obstacles, only abundant imagination, heart, and grooves plucked from all corners of the musical spectrum.

Bringing superhuman energy to the stage, Turnstile is currently out on a run of sold-out headline dates, which continues tomorrow August 28th in Garden Grove, CA, and concludes with a hometown performance on September 16th in Baltimore, MD. Later this fall they are set for a series of festival performances, including Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival (9/23), Louisville, Kentucky’s Louder Than Life (9/24), Indianola, Iowa’s Knotfest (9/25), and more with a nationwide tour alongside $uicideboy$, Chief Keef, Slowthai and more kicking off on October 1st in Alpharetta, GA at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre. Full Tour dates can be found here.

Take a listen to the full album here

Glow On album artwork

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Artist Mndsgn Announces new Mini-Series Ringoo In Colour



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On the heels of Mndsgn’s latest album Rare Pleasure, he returns to announce a new mini-series and release its first episode. Ringgo in Colour aims to show a different side of the artist and unpack his various influences, as the first episode dives into his love of illustration, the artist himself creating all the artwork for the album cover and singles. Shot and directed by Ross Harris.

Speaking on his aim with the series, Mndsgn says, “the world isn’t so black & white, rather a vast spectrum of hues. This is just Ringgo in colour.”

Director Ross Harris adds, “I feel like Ringgo approaches his art whether it be music or drawing or paint from a place of playful curiosity but always ends up someplace deep and truly resonant. I aspire to the same process.”

Ringgo in Colour also includes appearances from Devin Morrison, who is in Ringgo’s live band and sings on the record, and arrives after the aforementioned Rare Pleasure was released earlier this month via Stones Throw Records. Mndsgn’s third album on the label, the record, which SPIN called “a monument to life’s basic delights,” truly shows the artist’s evolution from his roots as a heralded beatmaker to vocalist, songwriter, and arranger.

Though he began writing for the album in 2018, the final recordings took just a week in studio with the help of trusted collaborators: Swarvy on bass, guitar and as Musical Director for the sessions, Stones Throw label mate Kiefer Shackelford on keys, drum work by Will Logan, the blessed percussion of Carlos Niño, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on strings, and accompanying vocals from Fousheé and Anna Wise.

The follow-up to 2016’s Body Wash, Rare Pleasure includes the previously-released singles “Medium Rare,” “Slowdance” and “Hope You’re Doin’ Better” and follows his virtual release show and his two sold-out shows at The Lodge Room in LA earlier this month. Inspired by soundtrack music, samba, exotica and ’70s/’80s library records, the album is intensely intimate, sourcing lyrics from Mndsgn’s family and interpersonal experiences, and reflective of the world at large. Despite the tenderness of the recordings, the music is joyfully vibrant and draws on Mndsgn’s formative experiences as a b-boy, showcasing a range of rhythms that will make you want to groove. Take a listen to Rare Pleasure here.

Mndsgn Rare PleasureStones Throw RecordsJune 4, 2021

1. Rare Pleasure I

2. Truth Interlude

3. 3Hands : Divine Hand I

4. Hope You’re Doin’ Better

5. Rare Pleasure II

6. Slowdance

7. Abundance

8. Masque

9. Rare Pleasure III

10. Medium Rare

11. Rare Pleasure IV

12. Colours Of The Sunset

13. Divine Hand II

Watch the first episode of Ringgo in Colour here.

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Rema drops Afrobeat track dedicated to women around the globe



Rema by Niyi Okeowo

For the third week in a row, Rema is set to release “anotha banga.” Dropping on Mavin Records/Jonzing World, “Woman” is a song that expresses his appreciation and admiration for all females. 

Recently crowned Apple Music’s Up Next artist – previously awarded to Billie Eilish, Khalid & H.E.R – Afropop’s prince Rema has now released a trio of singles throughout June and July. He kicked things off with “Ginger Me,” a song created in a late-night studio session in London with UK producer The Elements. Quickly followed by trap-influenced track “Alien” which took us on a trippy journey through the mind of a young heartbreaker. 

Crediting his parents for introducing him to Fela Kuti & 2Face, Rema draws influences far beyond West Africa with Bollywood, Trap, Afrobeats, and Pop all becoming part of his trademark sound. With co-signs from the likes of Drake, Barack Obama and now Rihanna, Rema is on his way for a global takeover.

Stream “Woman” via Spotify below.

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