The news of my day is that Maxwell’s LONG-awaited new single, “Pretty Wings” has been officially linked (broadcast Wednesday morning on The Tom Joyner Morning Show). Of course, the show doesn’t broadcast here in Chicago (the #3 market in the country) anymore. So this is a Public Service, courtesy of Darkjive, with love.
Maxwell has stated via his MySpace that “the first album, Black, slated for release on July 7th will drop first, followed by Summers’ in 2010 and then Night (the sixth studio record) comes out in 2011″. I suppose that he wanted to make it worth the wait….
So, Van Hunt’s folks have graciously passed me this note with the following EXCELLENT news…“I’m thankful for your patience during the wait for new music. I’ve been working on a brand new collection. It’s close, but not quite ready. In the meantime, I’m offering a salve, a few rare items from the vault. I picked them out myself and named them ‘Use In Case of Emergency.’ It will be available May 8th, only at http://www.vanhunt.com.”— Van Hunt
I’m digging the gloss and grime of the preview (including some alternate takes of some of the best he’s ever offered us). And, I’m compelled to share a taste with you, Darkjivers… Jive on!
I am a sucker for samples of “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys. Seriously. I love that song. Anyway, “Denial” by B.J. the Chicago Kid is another fresh local record that has got the Darkjive seal of approval (the track was produced by Scoop Deville, and was originally used for a record by “Hot Dollar” called “I Luv tha Streetz”. Sorry to have missed that one…..) Partake.
“With just the right amount of heart, soul and edge, Peter Hadar IS the Coolest Weirdo” – Rahsaan Patterson
Born Peter Winstead, Jr. in New Jersey, Peter earned the surname Hadar from his Hebrew Israelite uncle (think Soul Vegetarian East). It means “adornment”, and he adorns his tracks with a molasses-sweet vocal quality I am digging. His first LP, Memories of the Heart, came out in 2006, and “Sweat” comes to us from his latest EP, “She’s 4 Months”. “Sweat” quickens the pulse with a classic samba shuffle, and promises more sweetness.