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In case you missed it...

Jamila preformed LIVE on Truthseekers Radio (90.7 FM KPFK, Los Angeles) on her birthday, February 1st.  The set starts about an hour into the show and includes song from the upcoming EP, Love is Sexy.  Check it out!

 

More to Come!
Man in a Loft

 

PS: Singles currently Available on Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon! It's a good way to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  :)

LIVE ON RADIO TONIGHT! [@ MiDNIGHT]

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

 

TONIGHT, live on Truthseekers Radio (90.7 FM) in Los Angeles, Jamila will be performing some of the songs from her upcoming EP, Love is Sexy.  I just took a listen to the rehearsal recordings and I HIGHLY recommend you tune in and listen. The show starts at MIDNIGHT, pacific time. So... if you're up, online and/or doing your social media thing, why not let this be your evenings soundtrack?

 

Backed by some phenomenal, professional and [censored]-fantastic musicians, the music feels and sounds a bit Sade'esque, mellow, sensual, chill and sexy with Jamila's smooth vocals gracefully dancing on top.  I like

 

I'll be listening. Join me!  I'd love to know what you think or tweet.

 

The EP drops on February 14th on jamila.bandcamp.com and February 17th everywhere else. Singles are available now!  Thank you for supporting INDIE MUSIC!

Man in a Loft Presents: eXploration V1 - Unknown Souls

Welcome to the first installment of eXploration, a sonic journey of chill, sensual music from around the world.  This first glimpse will feature some of my favorite lesser known artists whose pieces remain more beautiful than ever before.  And… I admit, there are some pretty popular artists on there as well.  It's  sonic journey of the heart, the flesh, trials and tribulations from those whose likeness may never grace your eyes from billboards up high, whose names may never be uttered to ears of millions via popular radio stations, but whose pieces are timeless and beautiful reflections of all our lives.  I proudly share with you the artists I love… the music I play at home.

 

This playlist is a bit... Sunday-ish... A chill evening, nothing to get crazy to.  If you stopped by my place for dinner and wine, this might be part of the evenings soundtrack.

I start the set with the instrumental of a song I'm working on called, Slow Motion… but what follows that is even more important, the ought-to-be-infamous Jacqui Simone and her sensual creation known as, Please Don't Rush.  I love Jacqui Simone.  She's a tell-it-like-it-is songwriter with interesting vocal nuances accompanied by another lesser known super-producer, Baby Jupiter.  These two made a wonderful team.  Honest.. Soulful… Sensual… Funky. 

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After that is a group that really epitomizes the beauty of soul music and emotion, A Race of Angels.  This piece, off of a compilation of LA based creators, is called Just Begun. Another group I love for obvious reasons.  The music speaks for itself. Beautiful.

 

I stumbled across this cover of Pretty Wings.  I don't know much about Daley, but I liked it.  You can read more about him here.

 

Next up is a guy who is soooo talented… His catalogue of songs is crazy....  Chinua Hawk, an artist holding it down in Atlanta, GA (though originally from NJ), and I Can't Move On… Now this song is from way back… An early piece, in what I think is safe to call the beginning of his career, is still a good song hailing again from the 90's.  I love the dynamics of this song.  More Chinua to come in the future.

 

There is not much I can say about this next group that hasn't been said in triplicate.  Little Dragon really needs no description. =) In the event you somehow missed this group, they have three albums of goodness.  Go and find them.  Thank me later.

 

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Next up, a careless whisper called Don't U by Oakland, California's, Jamila from her upcoming EP, Love is Sexy. Available on the Valentines Day, February 14th, on JAMILA.BANDCAMP.COM and Feb. 17th on iTunes, Amazon and everywhere else.  Shamless plug.  This is project is produced by yours truly.  

 

This song is blessed by the bass strokes of Gabe Noel (Me'Shell Ndegeocello, Everlast), trumpeter Timothy J. Tesh and the multi-talented Ahmeenah Kaplin (Rihanna, Macy Gray, Drake) on percussion.  I'm honored to have these musicians bless this project.  People are telling me this is Sade-esque.  =)  Though I strive to walk upon the path they have paved, I can happily state there is one and ONLY one Sade… but we are honored by the compliment. =) 

 

The current singles, Crazy and Feeling Friendly are currently available on jamila.bandcamp.com.  Crazy, the music video, drops soon!

 

Followed by... I Know All the Bitches Instrumental. A little sensual, chill headbop never hurt anyone.  This piece of silk is by Mr. Beatnick Ft. Ahu.  More Ahu please.  I love when she does songs like these.  This single has fabulous remixes including a lovely interpretation by the one and only Atjazz, but the original still knocks gracefully. 

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This is next man is just...one of the greats in my opinion.  One of my favorite musicians/producers/artists has been Prince… I think Van Hunt might come in second.  Diverse and direct, but gentle.  A multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter… Man.  I regret sleeping on this guy when he was making and performing these records.  I knew not what I did.  Better late than never!!!  If you're not familiar, check him out.  This song is called, Feelings.

 

An old ditty with a lovely woman named, Mercedes called, Nocturnal Part 1.

 

I remember the first time I heard this song.  I made a crazy face and said, "WHO IS THAT??!?"  I love this song.  The great Georgia Ann Muldrow with In Love Again…  Killing it.  Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Player.  

Electric Wire HustleTom Boy.  This joint is soulful and so beautiful.  I love the vibe of this group… Followed by New Zealands Fat Freddy's Drop and their delicate song Del Fuego.  Anotoher beautiful piece from another band worth checking out.

 

Speaking of which… If you haven't checked out Quadron, here is a taste.  I love their sonic twists.  Thats the best way I can put it.  I love this Danish duo.  The song is called, Horse.

 

Next… Deep, electronic goodness from TwigsWater Me.  Electro-sensuality… with many glitch-ish and highly creative sonic surprises.

 

In closing, Amethyste by Nicolas Robin.  Nuff said.

 

I'm all typed out!

Until round 2,
Man in a Loft...

Now Playing: Ahmed Sirour

A favorite...

Sometimes you stumble onto greatness while browsing the net.  If you like chill, piano music, take a minute to take a listen to Ahmed Sirour, The After 2am Sessions LP.  Though not new, this album is still gets quite a bit of rotation in my Sunday playlist… and, yes… I play my Sunday playlist on Sundays.

 

A mellow vibe through and through, Ahmed knows how to set the tone I prefer in my household when I want to kick back.  My favorite song on the album is Love One Another, a song with a message.  How about that?  I love both versions of that song.  Lelah Hathaway fans will also be pleasantly surprised by her appearance on the project.

 

Take a listen.

Get pickled.

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Take 15 - 20 minutes to make them today. 
Eat them tomorrow.

  

I make music, but I also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to cook.  This post is for all of you pickle lovers out there.  Come on... Some of you love nothing more than a good, crisp pickle.  Admit it.  It's ok.  

 

If your new years resolution was to be healthier and save money, here's your chance to eat something you love thats healthy and actually save some money too!

 

You can have your pickle your way.  Don't be afraid.  If you're into those everyday cucumber pickles we all know and love, you'll want to try this.  You might discover your home pickles will out perform those supermarket jars for a fraction of the cost (possibly).  Here is the recipe for basic quick pickles (glance to the right).

 

For those with more adventurous tongues, there is a vast array of options, shapes, colors and sizes... not to mention peppers and spices.  Why pickle mere cucumbers when jicima makes a nice, crispy treat?  I love a little spice in my life.  Why not add some chopped hot peppers of any kind (jalapeno, habenero, thai chili's, etc.). In the image above you see what I'm woking with.  I often add sliced jalapeños, big chunks of onion, garlic, habaneros and a wide variety of spices. I love to experiment and the possibilities are endless.

 

These pickles can be used in so many ways.  You can use them to liven up your salads, pr perhaps as a side for your favorite sandwich... These could be the perfect pickles for your burger.  You can also chop them up and make an interesting relish.  OR... You can do what most of us do and just eat them right out of the jar!!

 

Enjoy!

 

TOOLS

  1. An 8 oz clean glass jar (or two) would be best
  2. A clean lid for your 8oz jar

 

  

BASIC INGREDIENTS

  • 1-2 cucumbers chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups of organic apple cider vinegar (or other vinegar) 
  • 3/4 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons of kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • Optional spices
    • 1 - 2 teaspoons of black peppercorns
    • 1 Tablespoon of mustard seeds
    • Sliced Hot peppers (if you want a kick)
    • Sliced Garlic
    • This list could go on for days...

 

  

INSTRUCTIONS

Pack the cucumber slices into the jar along with any optional fresh spices, peppercorns and/or other seeds mentioned.

 

In a bowl, combine liquids, salt and sugar and mix thoroughly.  Ensure that everything is completely dissolved.

  

Add the liquid to the jar, seal and refrigerate.  You should be able to eat the pickles the next day.  Some suggest you wait a week for everything to get "balanced".    They will last for about 30 days.

 

  

TIPS AND TRICKS

Most recipes I found online suggested one bring the liquids, salt and sugar to a boil in a pot and mix thoroughly.  Why boil the liquid?  To ensure the salt and sugar dissolve. 

  

I really don't boil my ingredients in a pot. Instead I boil water and measure 1/4 of a cup.  I add the 1/4 cup of hot water to the bowl of sugar and salt and mix well.  If I need more water, I measure another 1/4 cup and mix.  Once everything is dissolved I add the remaining amount of water, mix and pour the solution into my jar of raw ingredients.  Why do I do this?  Well... I don't want to cook or heat up my raw cucumbers or carrots, do I? NO.  I sometimes add raw herbs to my pickles.. Maybe some dill, etc... but I often fear they'll get mushy if they sit in the fridge for many days.

Man in a Loft LIVE on 90.7FM KPFK, Los Angeles!

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Spinning 1.5 hours or originals and favorites + an interview on TRUTHSEEKERS RADIO [truthseekersradio.org].

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Santana of TRUTHSEEKERS RADIO gave me the opportunity to spin one hour and thirty minutes of "stuff" LIVE on 90.7 FM, KPFK, Los Angeles!!  It was a good time for me, even though it was a night of technical difficulties [Damn you Pioneer DJ-SSX!!!].  Please excuse the slight distortion.  It gets a little better later in the set.

 

If you get a chance, take a listen.  Santana starts the show with some slow and sensual electronic goodness…namely a cover of the Weeknd's What You Need by Banks, followed by FKA, RU and lovely piece called Honey, by DjRUM.   OH -- Also… a new favorite of mine in his set, Reva DeVito's cover of Sade's Sweetest Taboo.  If you like it slow and sensual and you never heard of these songs, you need to take the time. 

 

I go on about 30 minutes into the show.  I played quite a few songs from Jamila's upcoming EP entitled, Love is Sexy, including the publicly available singles, Feeling Friendly and Crazy (available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon and more).  Check those out.  I started my set with a wee snip of a remix in progress called Loaded.  I love the original and, of course, the originator.  She and her band of merry men paved the path upon which I walk.  Speaking of which, I was sure to play the chill ditty I Walk by Mister Lies.  I love that tune and the one that follows in the set.

 

Being on radio is not as stressful as being on TV.  After all, no one can see you.  But - I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous. :)

 

Another favorite in the set is Jamie Cullum's cover of the Pharrel's, Frontin.  This s[censored]t is so HOT & jazzy, I have to blog about this in the near future!!!  That guy is sick.

 

Later in the set I get into a bit of faster pieces… I Miss You (Ta-Ku), 2652, my Rhianna Remix and, last but not least, my remix of Masia's MakeUp (ft. Isis Salam & Black Molly).  Good joints for your new years eve dance floor madness.

 

Given the recent events surrounding me, I had to close the set with some positivity, notably Ahmed Sirour's Love Another.  If you don't know this song, take the time.  A friend of some friends was recently shot and killed in an act of senseless violence in Los Angeles.  The more I think about it, the more I tear up as I type…and I didn't even know him well.  We definitely need to Love Another and this song says it all.  I am grateful for the songs existence.

 

I had to close with Celebrate by Build an Ark featuring the power vocals of Dwight Tribble.  Once again - if you don't know get to Googling.

 

Much love and respect to the entire TruthSeekers crew.  I hope to be a part of that community while I am on my journey.

 

Love & Respect,
Man in a Loft.