Bilal collaborates with Madlib and covers Stevie Wonder on new mixtape
While Bilal was the exciting young thing of Neo-Soul as far back as 2001, he's had a rough time of it over the past couple of years. His second album was killed by his label Interscope and a internet leak in 2006 has left him doing features ever since. However with a new album due on Valentines Day in 2013 he seems to be back in the limelight where he belongs.
As part of the build up to this return Bilal has just dropped a new mixtape, The Retrospection. The collection includes a selection of old material, as well as a wealth of new and unheard material. The cover of Stevie Wonder's 'Too High' is a definite highlight, and can be downloaded at his facebook page here. His cover of 'Too High' can be found below. [via Fact]
Last year Stones Throw put out Quasimoto's rarieties collection Yessir Whatever as nick gimmicky vinyl pressing that came complete with a giant peelable Velvet Underground reference on the cover. Apparently there are still a few even rarer tracks from the high-pitched-animated alter ego of Madlib that have yet to see the light of day, one of which will see the light of day in limited 45rpm Quasimoto-shaped-picture-disc form. [read more]
So you're reading the 405 and you're in need of a relaxing hip-hop track, wondering what you should listen to. My friend, your long journey is over, as I present to you (if you haven't listened to it already) the title track from Madlib & Freddie Gibb's new sophomore EP Shame. [read more]
Madlib will be releasing a new instrumental album in September, composed of 10 tracks that were for the Stones Throw documentary. You can listen to 'Cue 4' now. [read more]