spacey

Paper Diamond Drops Kanye Remix

Earlier this year, we dropped the news of Pretty Lights’ new business venture, in the form of his digital record label, Pretty Lights Music, which recently began releasing his musical contemporaries’ music as free downloads. Alex B (aka Paper Diamond himself), is one of the first artists to sign on with the label, and his debut EP Levitate sees a digital release this Tuesday, January 25th.

To celebrate, we have a special treat to share with you today, in the form of a Paper Diamond remix of Kanye West’s track “Power,” from his critically-acclaimed new album. Driving beats and heavy bass grab on tight, while deep, spacey synthesizers give the track a proper reworking.

Levitate finds the Colorado-based producer moving into previously unheard territory. The Paper Diamond sound has raw energy and the kind of dramatic anticipation only a seasoned producer can incite.

Download Paper Diamond’s Remix of Kanye West’s “Power” Here!

Sunny Ade & His African Beats @ Boulder Theater

King Sunny Ade, sometimes also called the Minister of Enjoyment, was born in Oshogbo, Nigeria in 1946, the son of a Methodist minister. He began his musical career when, after dropping out of grammer school, he drifted to Lagos and joined a highlife band. Inspired by the music of I.K. Dairo, he joined the Rhythm Dandies, led by Moses Olaiya (later known as Baba Sala, Nigeria's preeminent funny man and a prolific film maker). King Sunny was influenced by the legendary Tunde Nightingale (early Juju pioneer extraordinare) and borrowed stylistic elements from Nightingale's 'So wa mbe' style of juju.

In 1966 he formed his own band, the Green Spots. After a long eight years in which they recorded 12 LPs for the Nigeria-Africa Song label, in 1974 he entered into increasingly annoying contract hassles and a public court case. This experience prompted him into forming his own recording company linked to Decca Records. At this time he changed the name of his band to the African Beats.

King Sunny Ade and The African Beats tour with the typically large African line-up of 20-30 members. They play a spacey, jamming sort of Juju, characterized by tight vocal harmonies, intricate guitar work, backed by traditional talking drums, percussion instruments, and even adding the unusual pedal steel guitar and accordian.

Sunny Ade & His African Beats will play the Boulder Theater on April 30th, 2010.   Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

NOTE: This show has been cancelled.