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

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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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Flume releases surprise mixtape featuring all your faves

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Flume just dropped his new mixtape ‘Hi This Is Flume’ via the influential Australian record label Future Classic today (March 20).

The last official release Flume dropped was his 2017 EP ‘Skin Companion II’ – the second follow-up release to his Grammy Award-winning album ‘Skin’ which was voted the Best Dance/Electronic Album of 2017.

The new project features contributions from SOPHIE, JPEGMAFIA, slowthai, and more.

Listen to Flume’s new mixtape ‘Hi This Is Flume’ below.

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J.Cole’s 2019 Dreamville Festival lineup is nasty

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J. Cole is rolling out all the heavy hitters at this year’s Dreamville Festival. Following the usual tradition, Cole himself will serve as the headliner for the evening and made sure the roster of artists leading up to the main attraction would be enough to keep the momentum flowing through the day, giving fans their money’s worth.

The lineup includes features from the whole Dreamville crew and more, including SZA, Big Sean, 6LACK, 21 Savage, Nelly, 21 Savage, Teyana Taylor, Davido, Mez, Bas, J.I.D, Cozz, Earthgang, Ari Lennox, Omen and Lute.

The festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 6 at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, North Carolina. We hope Revenge Of The Dreamers 3 project will drop before then so they can perform some of the new music live.

Tickets are available for purchase here.

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