Bilal – Levels

Taken from Bilal‘s 2010 album Airtight Revenge, this video for the new single Levels was directed by (former film student) Flying Lotus.

In case you’re wondering, those are indeed Erykah Badu, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and producer Shafiq Husayn in the video. Oh, you have to go elsewhere for the fullscreen video!

Shafiq Husayn – Cheeba

Cheeba is the second single -or at least the second video- taken from Shafiq Husayn‘s acclaimed solo album on Plug Research with vocals by the one and only Bilal.

The video was directed by Kahlil Joseph, who is also responsible for Aloe Blacc’s I Need A Dollar video.

(via Moovmnt)

Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two

In preparation for the release of her forthcoming album New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh), Erykah Badu has updated her website with a video and this free download.

The new album once again features an all-star line-up of producers, including SA-RA, Madlib and Georgia Ann Muldrow. The tracklist looks like this:01. 20 Feet Tall
02. Window Seat
03. Agitation
04. Get Money
05. Don’t Be Long
06. Love
07. Umm Hmm
08. Fall in Love
09. Incense (Instrumental)
10. Out My Mind Just in Time (Part 1)
11. Out My Mind Just in Time (Part 2)
12. Out My Mind Just in Time (Part 3)
With a release-date no sooner than late March, there is plenty of time to listen to the track above. So why not download it?

(via Crazy Birds)

Weekly Bits 41/2009

Much sooner than expected AFTA-1 and GAS’D have released the 4th installment of their Love is Real series. To be honest, I haven’t listened to it yet, but knowing the previous volumes and a look at the tracklist you can’t go wrong with it.

And while we’re at soulful music, you probably heard about Bilal’s new album already. It will be released in early 2010 by California’s Plug Research label.

Out soon is the new album from Berlin based producer Robot Koch. It will be available on vinyl and CD, all pre-orders come with these fake Wayfarers sunglasses.

4hero’s Marc Mac twittered this trailer to an upcoming documentary about arranger and producer Charles Stepney called Interrupted Greatness. There isn’t any additional info on the documentary available on the net.

Coinciding with the release of Hyperdub’s anniversary compilation, the Sunday Times has posted an article about the label and its founder Steve Goodman (aka Kode9).

Another enjoyable read are Daniel Wang’s 15 Ways To Clear a Dancefloor for self-titled magazine.