New Music

Music Director Candy Pennetta  tells us about the new music to hit KVNF every week, and gives us her top pick for the week.

Frameworks / Kings / Loci: If you are feeling the need to chill, you will find this release the ticket - A serene Electronic landscape littered with strings, bass, sultry vocals and a sense of peace created by Matthew James Brewer, aka Frameworks, offers an organic calm that is lush and truly ambient...

Washed Out / Mister Mellow / Stones Throw: Ernest Greene (Washed Out) has created an integral CD that is accompanied by a full length animated visual video - The audio is strong on it's own with a lush Multi Genre sound focused on Electronica/Dance/Jazz vibes - A worthy listen...

Rag 'N' Bone Man / Human / Columbia: Finally! Rory Charles Graham, aka Rag 'N' Bone Man has arrived with  his  hit song and 12 track CD "Human" - The English Singer Songwriter and winner of the British Breakthrough Artist and the 2017 British Choice Award covers a lot of territory with an awesome voice and soul beyond his 32 years...

Bob Marley & The Wailers / Exodus - The Movement Continues / Tuff Gong-Island: Bob Marley's son, Ziggy, in commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the release of "Exodus"  in 1977, has mixed the original album from scratch again; including alternate vocal takes, instrument parts not used, alternate takes of songs, etc. It was a mind blower 40 years ago and it will take your breath away today...

Cigarettes After Sex / Cigarettes After Sex / Partisan: Frontman Greg Gonzalez can indeed Write, Sing and Play Guitar, and when he adds the Bass, Keyboards & Drums, he creates the lushest, most sensual of romantic sounds that will leave you mellow and loving everything and everybody...

Tuxedo / Tuxedo II / Stones Throw: Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One present their second release as "Tuxedo" and the R&B, Funk, Soul, DooWop, 80s Club Grooves keep comin...

Goldfrapp / Silver Eye / Mute: "A Deep, Dark & Electronic Musical Palette" as you have come to  expect from the group and with an "eclectic collection of new collaborators"  the Dance Floor Beat, Synth and Sensuality abound...

Garland Jeffreys / 14 Steps to Harlem / Luna Park: The veteran New York singer brings his unique brand of vocal and lyrical soul with his subliminal political implications to the world and is joined by his daughter and his friend Lou Reed's widow, Laurie Anderson to make it even more powerful...

Gary Clark, Jr / Live/North America 2016 / WB: The Texas BluesMan offers new and unreleased live recordings from his 2016 performances and with Leon Bridges joining him on "Shake" the CD Rocks... 

Gary Clark, Jr / Live / North America 2016 / WB: The Texas BluesMan offers up new and unreleased live recordings from 2016 performances and he Rocks the Blues  - Leon Bridges joins him on "Shake" for an added bonus... 

Tanika Charles / Soul Run / Record Kicks: The debut full length release from the Canadian Soul/R&B Singer is jam packed from Track 1 thru Track 11...

Tanika Charles / Soul Run / Record Kicks: The Debut Full Length Release from the Canadian Soul/R&B Singer is a winner from Track 1 thru Track 11...

Five Alarm Funk / Sweat / FAF: The Vancouver 8 piece group offers up 12 colossal arrangements with Trumpet, Bass, Sax, Guitar, Congas, Drums, Timbales, Keyboards, Vocals...And we all know: We All Need A Little More Funk...

Thundercat / Drunk / Brainfeeder: 23 Tracks from the Grammy Winning Singer/Bassist make for a Jazzy/Alternative/Dance type blend with a rainbow list of guest artists;  Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Kamasi Washington, Wiz Khalifa - A remarkable, seductive, serious & humorous sound...

Jose James / Love In A Time Of Madness / Blue Note: Known primarily in the Jazz World, Jose is very capable of a Funky, Soulful, Bluesy Riff and this CD is filled with Voice and Vibe and Very Valuable Lyrics that lean in all directions, crossing all genres...

Izo Fitzroy / Skyline / Jalapeno: The Singer/Songwriter/Pianist  from London brings Gospel, Soul, Funk, Jazz and  Blues to her "Gutsy Vocals" and with Production by Dr Rubberfunk, her range is wide and wonderful...

Bridget Kearney / Won't Let You Down / Signature Sounds - You know her as the New England Conservatory trained Bass player of Lake Street Dive, but here she focuses on her passion for Songwriting and she solos pretty well - She encourages you to listen to "Wash Up" - I encourage you listen to it all...

Otis Taylor / Fantasizing About Being Black / Otis Taylor Trance Blues: Take the Time and Listen to the Lyrics, the Music and the Message - More important now  than ever...

Beth Hart / Fire On The Floor / ProVogue: The LA Based Singer Songwriter belts the Blues, Rock, Gospel, Soul & Jazz Fusion and is joined by Ivan Neville & Jeff Beck & Waddy Wachtel on a few tracks to make it even hotter.

Elvin Bishop / Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio / Alligator: A much needed, refreshing approach to the world around us via Elvin Bishop's unique take on the Blues with his sense of humor, his" muscular guitar & soulful slide," accompanied by Bob Welsh on Piano & Guitar and the irrepressible Willy Jordan on Vocals. Charlie Musselwhite & Kim Wilson drop by too - Take a leap and jump into the Fun Pool with Elvin & friends!

Amos Lee / Spirit / Republic: After a  dozen years & 6 studio releases, "Spirit" (Released in 2016 & Self Produced) represents a stretch from Amos'  Acoustic Roots into a world inhabited by Rock/Soul/Piano Jazz & A New Orleans "Spirit" -

Neil Young / Peace Trail / Reprise: With his 37th Album, recorded in 4 days, Neil may have mellowed but his political message is true and strong and important...

David Gray / The Best Of David Gray / IHT: 14 tracks from the past releases of the  talented English Singer/Songwriter plus 2 new tunes; all of which are worth listening to again... and again...

Jim James / Eternally Even / Capitol: The voice is mellower, the instrumentals softer and the lyrics and message  as powerful as ever...

Jamie Lidell / Building A Beginning / Jajulin: The anxious wait for the latest from the   British "Poly-Genre Wizard" is over, and he never disappoints with his ability to carry the banner of Funk/Soul/Rock/Pop and here he is inspired by family and love and better than ever!

Van Morrison / Keep Me Singing / Caroline: There is a lot of great music out there but it is almost impossible to not "Pick" the 36th studio album from the legendary IrishMan; the songs are original ("Share Your Love With Me" is the exception; a hit by Aretha in the 70s...), but the voice and lyrics are familiar and irresistible...

Smoove & Turrell / Crown Posada / Jalapeno: These Brits have a true Soul Sound with a Gritty, Dance Floor twist along with powerful Social Commentary - Well worth a listen...

Kan Wakan / Molasses / Murmur: The LA Based Jazz & Electronica  infused project is led by the Bulgarian born Gueorguil Linev with lush vocals from Elle Olsun...

Various Artists / The Musical Mojo Of Dr John-Celebrating Mac & His Music / Concord: 2 full discs, 22 tunes made famous by the New Orleans legend, joined by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Aaron & Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, Allen Toussaint, Jason Isbell, Widespread Panic, Irma Thomas...The list is long and the music is The Best...

Melissa Etheridge / Rock and Soul / Stax: Recorded in Memphis, the tribute to Stax Records & Southern Soul features a  dozen tracks covering a wealth of classics ("Respect Yourself," "Hold On," "Born Under A Bad Sign"...) plus 2 original trax penned by that powerful guitarist performed by that signature raspy voice...

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