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Life Imagined / Everything Turned to Color

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Life Imagined

Everything Turned to Color
Produced by Blake Morgan
2017

Brooklyn based Everything Turned to Color’s new record Life Imagined is a perfect example of letting pure ingredients shine. Delicate without ever feeling slight, the record teems with the undiluted musicality of singer Neha Jiwrajka, and guitarists/brothers Bryan and Kyle Weber.

Neha’s evocative vocals are front and center, set within production that serves the subject, significant when each track is a jewel held up to the light. From wistful opener When You Wish Me There to the eponymous Everything Turned to Color, there’s a purity on display due, in no small measure, to Neha’s soulful authenticity (think Rhiannon Giddens) and Kyle’s colorful web of gypsy jazz flourishes.

Each track is a jewel held up to the light.

If you’re taking a road trip, set the mood with Once Upon a Lifetime. Bryan and Neha trade vocals on this perfect folk-pop nugget, striking a dreamy balance between regret and delight. And there’s a real depth to the record, too, evident in the moody Love And Be Loved and the soulful lament of Somebody Loves You, one of the best songs you’ll hear this year.

Rounded out by percussive mastermind Jonathan Ellinghaus (aka Miles East) on drums, and producer Blake Morgan on bass, Life Imagined is the burnished sound of lazy afternoon sunlight cast through stained glass. If you’re an old soul feeling particularly lost in the zeitgeist of pop music, this is your record.

Life Imagined
Track Listing

  1. When You Wish Me There
  2. Something to Live For
  3. Soft in Lament
  4. Once Upon a Lifetime
  5. Invisibility
  6. Love and Be Loved
  7. Adelynn
  8. Everything Turned to Color
  9. Don’t Wake Me
  10. Hung Atop the Heavens
  11. Somebody Loves You

Links
Official Website
Buy Life Imagined 

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Love is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way by U2 (Beck Remix)

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Touching video by the Broken Fingaz for Beck’s remix of U2’s “Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way.”

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The Lyrical Summer

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The Lyrical Summer is upon us! 2018 has been on a nice run (musically) and the lyricists have something to do with it. So if you’re into lyrical content and raw talent, I have seven projects for your indulgence.

Peep the list below and tell a friend to tell a friend! Your soundtrack to the summer has just began!

KOD (J. Cole) – Another solid effort by the Rocnation/Dreamville star. You’ve probably got a good feel for this album from all of the outtakes during the NBA finals. If so, i’m sure you own it already. If not, get in the game already.  Standout Track1985

 

Streams of Thought Vol. 1 (Black Thought) – Contrary to many Christopher Columbuses out there. You did not just discover Black Thought was ill from his freestyle on Funk Master Flex’s show. He’s been nice for decades! So suck it up and catch up by getting into this EP. You won’t be disappointed. Standout Track9th vs. Thought

 

August Greene (Robert Glasper, Karriem Riggins and Common) – This album has been out for a bit but plenty of you have missed the boat. This is a diamond in the rough full of soul and straight jazz that any and everyone can appreciate.  Standout TrackPractice

 

Daytona (Pusha T) – Unless you’ve been in solitary confinement for the last couple of months, i’m sure you know who Pusha T is. Besides delivering a death blow to Drake at the likes we haven’t seen in some time, he dropped a lot more bars on his 7 track offering. Move on from “The Story Of Adidon” and get into Daytona. Standout Track – Senteria

Ye (Kanye West) – There’s plenty I can say about Kanye’s recent marketing campaign but i’ll stick to the music. And when it comes to the music he rarely disappoints. Once again he dropped a notable project that deserves a listen. Standout Track – All Mine

Nasir (Nas) – Your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper got together with your favorite producer’s favorite producer and created what we hoped for. A creative unique experience that stays on repeat. Standout TrackEverything

 

Everything Is Love (Beyoncé & Jay Z) – Now that the internet is functioning again after these two gave it a scare. Chemistry is the first word that comes to mind after hearing this duo. It’s evident, genuine and works perfectly. Standout TrackLove Happy (sorry Tidal ain’t having it)

 

 

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What’s Beef? Pusha-T vs. Drake

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Bronx-born rapper Pusha-T has dissed Drake for years about having ghostwriters but turned up the heat recently on “Infrared” from his Kanye West produced album Daytona.

Drake responded with “Duppy Freestyle,” defending himself as a ghostwriter, too, on Kanye’s Life of Pablo, and suggesting (correctly) that Pusha’s beef is a Daytona marketing ploy. When Pusha jokingly suggests Drake should send him an invoice, Drake does.

After Drake mentioned Pusha’s fiancé by name on “Duppy Freestyle,” Pusha broke the part of the internet not distracted by Roseanne with his response “The Story of Adidon,” taking off the kid gloves and calling Drake a “deadbeat motherfucka” for fathering an illegitimate child with a porn star. Pusha, no stranger to controversial artwork (see Whitney Houston’s drug den bathroom on the cover of Daytona) released an old picture of Drake in blackface to accompany the track.

Drake defended himself on Twitter saying the pic was an old acting gig representing “how African Americans were once wrongfully portrayed in entertainment.”

Pusha ain’t buying it, calls Drake out for being “silent on all Black issues,” and offers 100K to anyone with dirt on Drake. In the hopes of squashing the beef, and perhaps any potential bloodshed, Kanye stepped in tweeting that “lines were crossed and it’s not good for anyone so this is dead now.

So consider yourself caught up, and let’s hope there’s more bars and less tweets as the beef progresses.

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