Category Archives: jazz

Allie – Rlctnt Hstlr


I’m not a composer, nor a beat maker, i’ve dabbled on making a few originals but nothing of relevance…but man do I wish I could make a beat like this. From Producer 2nd Son and up-and-coming singer/songwriter Allie, comes one of the most original sounds that has come out of Toronto. A combination of Reggae, Jazz, and even Amazonian, (Raggazzonian – yup that just happened, thank me later 2nd Son), Allie and 2nd Son fuse together super rich vocals, illusive guitar riffs and a boat load of reverb throughout their first EP entitled Strange Creature. 

2nd Son was kind enough to show me first hand his work and composition of “Rlctnt Hstlr”. His arrangements, ideas and constant musical train of thought is not only impeccable (boarder line obsessive) but inspiring as well. This duo of of Allie & 2nd Son is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

For Fans Of: Santigold, M.I.A, Yeasaye



Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You (Live)

Alicia Keys Plays Auckland

Trust me, if you haven’t heard the live version of “If I Ain’t Got You”, this will be a brand new experience. It’s not only Alicia Keys’ stage presents and magnificent voice, in fact, it’s everything around her. The orchestra, the drums, the back up singers, the composition, the added epicness, watch and be amazed….again.

If you see me rocking out in the car, head banging, flaring arms, and singing at the top of my lungs, it’s most likely because of this performance. Rock on Alicia Keys, Rock on.

For Fans of: Alicia Keys (duh), Adele, Aretha Franklin