SOTD: No Diggity – Chet Faker

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Song: No Diggity
Artist: Chet Faker
Album: Thinking In Textures
Genre: Alternative
In short: Chet Faker’s cover of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” strips it of its Hip-Hop roots and dresses it up in a dreamy production. A pretty bold move for a new artist. Check it out below.

No Diggity – Chet Faker [Download]

SOTD: Bad Habit – Joss Stone

Song: Bad Habit
Artist: Joss Stone
Album: Introducing… Joss Stone
Genre: Soul
In short: There is no artist in recent history that has tried to reboot his/her career as much as Joss Stone is trying to do. After the phenomenal success of her sophomore album Mind, Body, and Soul, Stone released three album titled Introducing… Joss Stone, Colour Me Free, and LP1, respectively. On each record, Stone has tried to revamp her career and gain more credibility, but sadly none of the releases were as good as her sophomore record. That being said, on Introducing… Joss Stone, “Bad Habit” stands out like a flame inside a railway tunnel.

Bad Habit – Joss Stone [Download]

SOTD: I Can’t Stay – Jesse Boykins III

Song: I Can’t Stay
Artist: Jesse Boykins III
Album: Way Of A Wayfarer
Genre: Hip-Hop/Neo-Soul
Artist: When it comes to voices, Jesse Boykins has a distinct one that cannot be mistaken for anyone else’s. The Beauty Created was an enthralling debut rich with all-natural extracts, making it hard to follow up, but the Wayfarer EP promises of a grander sound. “I Can’t Stay” has a sound more progressive than that found on his debut, leaving listeners wanting more while whetting their appetites for the upcoming full-set release.

I Can’t Stay – Jessy Boykins III [Download]

SOTD: You Gave Me Nothing – Mark Ronson & The Business Intl.

Song: You Gave Me Nothing (Feat. Rose Elinor Dougall & Andrew Wyatt)
Artist: Mark Ronson & The Business Intl.
Album: Record Collection
Genre: Alternative/Hip-Hop
In short: Mark Ronson’s latest record saw him go back to his roots, producing an album more similar to his debut, Here Comes the Fuzz, than the glossy Versions. Featuring Rose Dougall and Andrew Wyatt, “You Gave Me Nothing” is a storming number that leaves little to be desired. The call-and-answer structure of the song finds both parties at odds, trying to understand each other.

You Gave Me Nothing – Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. [Download]

Nostalgia: Tell Him – Lauryn Hill

Long story short: If I ever had to list my all-time favorite 10 songs, “Tell Him” would be on that list.

Tell Him – Lauryn Hill [Download]

GEMS!

GEMS! is an on-going series of songs—random songs—that I feature regularly here on the blog. The songs don’t have to be new or English or under any criteria, it’s just great music. Below are 9 songs handpicked for your listening pleasure. Comment if you like them, comment if you don’t.

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SOTD: I Hate That You Love Me – Diddy – Dirty Money

Song: I Hate That You Love Me
Artist: Diddy – Dirty Money
Album: Last Train To Paris
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap
In short: On his latest record, Diddy outdid himself; his latest protege, all-girl group Dirty Money, stole the spotlight and shone brightly on their nation-debut alongside their mentor. Last Train To Paris is an underrated album, overshadowed by Diddy’s foolery outside of the music.

I Hate That You Love Me – Diddy – Dirty Money [Download]

SOTD: Good Man – Raphael Saadiq

Song: Good Man
Artist: Raphael Saadiq
Album: Stone Rollin’
Genre: Soul/Alternative
In short: Raphael Saadiq’s 70’s-inspired record can’t really be categorized under one genre; the album mixes elements of soul, hip-hop, and rock ‘n’ roll. The haunting “Good Man”  is a career high for Saadiq; the production on this number is Grammy-worthy.

Good Man – Raphael Saadiq [Download]

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