The Needle 031: #latin returns, the death of a music legend, 20syl and more.

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For the week of January 3th, 2016

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#electronic definitely had the most action this past week. The most recent sound that was shared came courtesy of @davehawkins: “Haunting” by Nuage. The track appeared on BBC 6 radio not long ago, but Nuage has been at making music for over 6 years. While from St. Petersburg, Russia, he’s had his music released on labels based in Ireland, the United States, the UK and France. If the music appeals to those diverse markets, it could appeal to you as well:

Nuage - Haunting

It’s been awhile since #latin was featured here on The Needle and it’s good opportunity to take advantage of the action from last week to make y’all aware of the group known as Ibeyi. The two French-Cuban sisters that make up the group are daughters of the famed Cuban percussionist, Angá Díaz, who played with Irakere (featured on a previous edition of The Needle), Buena Vista Social Club among many others. As @velvor explains, there’s a bit of #afro, #latin and Cuban sounds in their music, but once you listen to a couple songs, you’ll begin to realize their sound is unmistakably their own.

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This probably isn’t new to anybody, but in case you’ve been under a rock recently, David Bowie passed away yesterday. Sad news for practically everyone who loves music. It won’t be hard to find more information on the story, but NPR is one place you can hear more about the occurrence. He released his last album, Blackstar, only a couple days ago and a video to accompany the title track:

David Bowie - Blackstar
In other news, Ennio Morricone won the award for Best Original Score at the Golden Globes for Q. Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. Here’s the opening track for that.

Don’t sleep on…


Thanks to @jessie, this section was a bit easier to put together this week. On her list (posted in #electronic) of artists ready to blow in 2016, landed French producer and rapper (with an original background in graphic design), 20syl. Having produced for Slum Village and first recording music around ~14 years ago, 20syl is no rookie to the game, but apparently he hasn’t yet reached his highest level of popularity yet. Here’s a project that @edwin worked on with him that incorporates much more than 20syl’s music, but might be a good reason to keep a closer eye on him:
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