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Jackson and His Computerband On New Album, Stream Full ‘Glow’ LP

Coming to you straight from France with Glow, a 12-track LP laced with intelligent dance music, Jackson and His Computerband chats about his “furious, tender and risky” sound with VIBE. Stream the album and meet its creator in the interview below.

VIBE: Is there one trademark sound or theme we can find in all your music?
Jackson: The drive of this record is about embracing the totality of musical energies. “Trademark” would sound like jumping from one pole to another, but keeping one specific emotional zone going.

What are you doing between major albums? It was seven years between Smash and Glow
I brush my teeth, I go to parties, and I work in a studio.

If you had to choose a rapper to spit a verse on a Jackson and His Computerband track, who would it be?
Slick Rick, Death Grips, or Sasha Go Hard.

What about a pop singer?
Beyoncé

What's the best advice you can give to budding producers?
To not expect any advice from anyone and keep the determination smooth and

Most humiliating thing to ever happen to you on stage? How'd you recover?
Getting on a stage means being ready for anything .You don't want to know what happens when everything goes wrong, trust me.

Describe your sound at this moment in three words:
Furious, tender, risky.

What do you have planned for fall 2013?
Being on stage!

You sit down in the studio to make a track… Walk us through it.
I'll start by taking my shoes off to play a baseline or a riff. I'll look around. I know I could stick to any sort of motif, even the simplest three-note pattern could start something awesome. So when I'm fixed on that, I know I have to wash my hands. It's ritual that means: "we're moving to the next phase."

Once this is sorted I'll place a basic rhythmic element to keep the flow going quickly with the rest (depending on my motivation to complete that day or enjoying the making of a stock of beats and variations of the riffs and/or baselines), adding a few series of un-resolving chord progressions. My favorite chord progressions never end. I guess I don't know how to make the ones that sound like a real MTV pop hit, so I keep spiraling into my obsessive fractal chord technique.

Will have to take off my shirt at this point and find a fruit or something to eat (I favor a banana for its rich nutritious qualities) as I'm chatting with a friend at the same time. I'm excited, I need some input so I press my iTunes randomly and I'm dancing to incoherent sound sources... I might hear something inspiring so I'll drag and drop it in my song and eventually end up keeping one second of it or twist it back and forth to chop it up until it sounds like nothing it was in the first place.

Phone rings. Okay, I'm coming for that beer next door but before I leave the studio I'll put some theme or some arpeggio and a break or two, maybe automate a reverb or some percussive pitch thing...will throw a theme on it, a gimmick always very open and lots of options to it …everything very quickly to avoid thinking and sticking to my instinct.

I'll think of what I did the next day, or when I want to face what came at this specific moment, and eventually conceptualize the format of where it could be going.

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Vic Mensa Covers' 'Zombie' In Honor Of The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan

Vic Mensa and his group 93PUNX covered "Zombie" by Irish rock group The Cranberries, in honor of the one-year anniversary of the passing of the group’s lead singer, Dolores O’Riordan.

93PUNX serves as an opportunity for Mensa to perform music outside of his typical hip-hop lane and explore genres more freely. He posted snippets of the track on his Instagram page with the caption, “RIP DOLORES.” Mensa also revealed in a statement the reason why he covered the hit.

“We connected to ‘Zombie’ because we were born from violence,” he said. Dolores O’Riordan died on Jan. 15, 2018. Toxicology reports state that the 46-year-old died from accidental drowning due to alcohol intoxication.

The artwork for the “Zombie” cover features a woman with dripping, bloody fangs, and was created by artist Lucas David. The cover version itself is slowed down, which provides a more mysterious take on the 1994 protest classic.

Mensa released his recent project HOOLIGANS in December 2018, which traverses various thematic landscapes, from mental health awareness to love lost. The EP features Ty Dolla $ign, G-Herbo, G-Eazy, Charlie Wilson and more.

What do you think about the cover? Listen below and let us know in the comments.

 

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City Girls And Cardi B Bask In Their Bootyliciousness For 'Twerk' Video

As it is written, so it must be done, and there's a whole lot of shakin' going on in The City Girls' video, "Twerk."

The video for the Cardi-B-assisted track features some of the finest twerkers the world has to offer, who were encouraged to show off their skills for a contest last year. The winner would receive $50,000. Not only did the winner get "flewed out," the woman with the best skills was highlighted at the end of the visual.

Elsewhere in the video, Yung Miami and Cardi are painted in head-to-toe jungle body paint (Miami as a zebra, and Cardi as a tiger), and are seen on the beach and on a yacht shakin' it with the best of them. They lead the group of dancers through various scenes- all of which do not feature the presence of a man- so they can live their best bootylicious lives in peace and reclaim their sexuality. During JT's verse, the group dances in front of a mural of the incarcerated MC.

The song itself has been streamed over 215 million times, and is featured on the duo's album, Girl Code. The Floridians gained national exposure after being featured on Drake's "In My Feelings," however, hey've proven to be standalone entities in their own right.

READ MORE: City Girls Drop Debut Album 'Girl Code'

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Bad Bunny's "Mia" Causes Mass Parade In Streets Of Puerto Rico On 'Fallon'

Bad Bunny brought the party to The Tonight Show and to the streets of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico on Tuesday (Jan. 15) with Jimmy Fallon.Performing his new single "Mia" with Fallon and The Roots, the four of them walked the streets of Puerto Rico drawing in a large crowd of fans and followers behind them.

Opening on Fallon and The Roots walking through the streets of Puerto Rico, the video shows group as they stumble across the 24-year-old sitting alone. Bad Bunny joins them, taking them on an adventure through the streets. The late night host and his band march alongside the “Solo de Mi" artist with tambourines, timbale sticks and maracas while women and men dressed in streetwear and the best of carnival clothing dance behind Bunny and Fallon as they wave Puerto Rico's national flag. As the crowd of participants grew, the crowd eventually reached parade sized proportions.

This prerecorded segment features the studio version of "Mia" without the Spanish verse delivered by hip-hop's golden boy Drake.  The track aslo comes from the reggaeton singer's debut Long Play record, X100PRE.

Check out the full video of Bad Bunny with the boy from The Tonight Show above.

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