This week’s edition of “Dancin’ Digs” is pretty soulful. We picked some of the best new Hip Hop, Pop, Dancehall and R&B jams from the week for you to nod your head to. So sit back and enjoy the sounds and sights from the songs we sourced straight from the bloglines we love and delivered to you for a little mid-week upliftment. So as we say, shake those mid-week blues right off and get to work with a little swagger in your step.
Bok Bok, “Melba’s Call (feat. Kelela)”
This track reminds us of Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” (unarguably a great dance track.) Maybe it’s the sporadic synths that sound like they’re booming from an old Casio, or the plucky electric guitar, or maybe it’s the sentimental way Kelela asks, “Why you acting so cold?”. We know for certain that this track is retro goodness with just enough of a modern spin and romance to make it entirely relevant for a Spring dance playlist or a country drive.
Big K.R.I.T, “New Agenda (feat. Rick Ross)”
We’re catching feelings for this heavy soul influx in hip hop that’s resurfaced in rapper’s like Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q. It takes us back to the mid-90s hip hop heydays of groups like Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul. To be fair, Big K.R.I.T. has always evoked the dripping sweat of southern soul in his music, with “New Agenda” he furthers the cause with Rick Ross, who interjects nicely with his syrupy rhymes.
Janelle Monåe, “What is Love?”
This new track from Janelle Monåe is for the cartoon flick, Rio 2 (Side note: we know now that cartoon movies always employ the best pop stars for closing credit tracks.) “What is Love?” has a Brazilian influence with a Samba style that just reminds us of Carnival season and makes us happy and want to jump up and down and back and up again.
Konshens can just really write a gyal song, can’t he. It’s a simple equation for him: he takes a dance move (“wine and show mi”) plus an enticing voice (“shake what your mummy gi you)” and adds a well produced beat (like this one from Russian). Voilå! “Shake.”
Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Zilla aka Snoop Lion and Dam Funk, “Do My Thang”
We can’t really keep up with Snoop and all his alter egos these days (what ever happened to Snoop Lion and his adoption of Rastafarianism?) It’s good to see Snoop return to his roots with this track with fellow Californian, Dam Funk. It’s much more true to his character with it’s heavy soul influence and languid west coast beats.