Azekel - "No Ordinary Love" | New Music


Gearing up to release his debut EP, emerging talent Azakel embraces a soul-stroking sample of Sade's classic "No Ordinary Love" for his own song of the same name as he ruminates on painful family dynamics and parenthood. Read more

Jessie Ware shares 'An Intricate Tale' of soul, dance and 'Devotion' [Video]

Jessie Ware recently had a chat with the Hypetrak team at the Red Bull Studios to discuss the aims behind her September PMR Recordings debut, Devotion, and her dance influences growing up. Read more

Frank Ocean covers Sade's 'By Your Side' live at Lollapalooza 2012 [Video]

Frank Ocean fans were in for more than a treat than they expected during his set at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago this past weekend. Not only performing his own favourites (including "Bad Religion"), but the OFWGKTA R&B star played a brilliant cover of Sade's 2000 song, "By Your Side," which has been on show for a number of past Frank gigs. And judging by the crowd reaction, that trend will probably continue.Read more

Theophilus London – 'Rose Island Vol. 1' | Cover Art + Tracklisting

Just ahead of his new album release, Brooklyn, New York-hailing rapper Theophilus London unveils the cover art and tracklisting for Rose Isand Vol. 1. The new project is set to feature a stellar list of features including the likes of Big Boi (on "She Said Ok"), Lunice, Star City, Sade and Marvin Gaye (no idea how those latter two happened). Read more

Snapshot: Drake shares 'top life moment' - "Sade told me how much she loved The Motto"

Currently on the UK leg of his Club Paradise tour, Drake had a special fan in the audience in the form of soul singer, Sade. Being a huge fan of Sade, Drake immediately tweeted about the encounter, even calling it a "top life  moment." Read more

Sade ranks as UK's highest-earning female artist in 2011 | Music News

Adele may be the one who walked away with all the hardware on Grammy night, but Sade won the money race in 2011. Read more

Octobersveryown.Net Vol.1: Get Chopped Not Slopped [Mixtape] | Free Download

Not only are Houston's Chopped & Screwed legends OG Ron C and Michael "5000" Watts working getting their recently launched record label off the ground but they will also working on a ton of Get Chopped, Not Slopped mixtape projects giving some of Hip Hop's biggest stars the official Chopped & Screwed stamp of approval. Read more

Kendrick Lamar talks future collaborations with Jay Electronia, Curren$y, Joe Budden & more [Video]

Compton capo in training and the rapper responsible for one of the best hip hop albums this year, Kendrick Lamar caught up with US based GoodfellaMedia and discussed possible upcoming collaborations. Names Kendrick threw around were Jay Electronica, Curren$y and, along with one of his long time favourites Joe Budden, he mentioned dream features with Sade and Andre 3000, Portishead and, perhaps surprisingly, a keenness to work with Waka Flocka Flame.

Read our review of his critically acclaimed Section.80 here

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Consequence samples Sade for "High End Luxury Rap (Fancy Girl)" | New Music

Now that Consequence is done with getting at Kanye, Pusha T and G.O.O.D. Music - and after his made-for-retail mixtape Movies On Demand III (which also featured diss tracks aimed at his own cousin Q-Tip) was virtually ignored by the Hip Hop-via-blog loving masses - Cons has re-focused his energy into making some good music [pun slyly intended]. 

Now working on an all new mixtape project set for release next month, entitled Curb Certified and due to be hosted by mixtape vets Superstar Jay and DJ Love Dinero, the first release off the tape samples Sade's "Mr. Wrong" for "High End Luxury Rap (Fancy Girl)," produced by Doc Da Mindbenda - take a listen below.

Consequence - "High End Luxury Rap (Fancy Girl)"

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MeLo- X - "The Weeknd Love Triangle" Ft. The Weeknd, Sade x Drake | New Music

Looking over the names featured on this genius mix courtesy of MeLo-X, excitement levels were at an all time high. And oh how nice it is when the real thing doesn't fall short of your expectations for it.

Inspired by an array of 'beautiful eclectic women' during a late night studio session, MeLo-X devises a meeting point between the Weeknd's What You Need, and Drake's Marvins Room.

And if for any reason you needed further proof that MeLo-X is a genius, check out his latest mixtape here.

The Ecology of Love, starring Pharrell Williams & Dania Remirez | Short Film

Ah, Pharrell Williams getting himself into something other than music, yet again. It turns out this film The Ecology of Love was originally released as a short teaser back in 2004. Now the full 17 minute version has been liberated with the N*E*R*D frontman starring alongside Dominican actress Dania Ramirez (Heroes, X-Men: The Last Stand, She Hate Me).

This Brin Hill directed short movie is about Pharrell trying to woo the French speaking Ramirez.

Props for the inclusion of The Neptunes' AMAZING remix of Sade's "By Your Side."

Do we feel Pharrell is really ready for the big screen based on this performance?

Sade - "Love Is Found" | Video

Now this is the way to kick off a great morning. Sade have just released this amazing live visual for "Love Is Found" which alongside the Jay-Z featuring remix of "The Moon And The Sky", the cover of Thin Lizzy's "Still In Love With You" and "I Would Have Never Guessed" make up the four new from Sade's The Ultimate Collection.

Watch the visual below.

If you've never been to a Sade concert, kick yourself as you read our review of her recent London concert.
Sade's The Ultimate Collection is out now.

Sade perform at the Nassau Coliseum, NY [Video]

Performing live at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York, revered Brit band Sade reportedly gave the crowd just what they wanted; a thorough show spanning their older, classic material and newer releases such as Soldier Of Love, including "The Moon and The Sky," "The Sweetest Taboo," "Is It A Crime," "Love Is Stronger Than Pride," "In Another Time" and "Skin." Set aside a few minutes and watch the band and elegant frontwoman Helen Folasade Adu perform several of their releases below.
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U'mau shares Sound Journeys Of The Lost and Found | Interview

The image of the Bohemian musician is alive and well in London-born, internationally raised singer-songwriter U’mau Otuokon. This is no gimmick, mind you. The easy-going mannerisms, positive energy and Bo-ho raiment are all the artist’s own.

The daughter of a diplomat, U’mau’s slightly transatlantic inflections betray an intercontinental upbringing, one which saw her living in far flung destinations such as Russia, Cameroon, Spain and Canada. Along the way she picked up some Spanish and French as well as smatterings of her parents’ indigenous Ibibio and Efik tongues of South-Eastern Nigeria.

On U’mau’s debut album Sound Journeys of the Lost and Found you can hear influences from West Africa, Central and South America, the Middle-East, as well as more conventional western R&B rhythms. I imagine her nomadic childhood must have had a knock-on effect on her art; an insatiable restlessness maybe, to try new things...
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Sade Live @The_O2, London (May 31, 2011) | Gig Review

Tuesday 31 May marked the long awaited return to the London stage of the legendary Helen Folasade Adu and band, better known as Sade. Ms Adu is a veritable prodigal daughter in touring terms anyway, having last played these shores in 1993. Although she claims to enjoy performing, her nearly-20 year absence from the UK live scene indicates otherwise.

Arriving at the O2 this late spring evening, I am pleasantly surprised to see such a cross section of ages and backgrounds making up the Sade faithful; not unlike the sort of crowd that attended her musical male equivalent, Maxwell’s comeback gig in 2009. The band has been well noted for their ability to draw a diverse audience, one that mirrors the multicultural line-up of Sade itself. Yet I’m not entirely sure what to expect on the night.

Sade’s relationship with the UK- both media and listening audience-has been a complicated one. Following their initial breakthrough in the early-mid ‘80s Britain’s reaction to Sade appeared to gradually cool. With the exception of ‘By Your Side’ (peak chart position number 17) none of the singles from the bands last two albums have troubled the UK Top 40. And they were generally always underrated by a clueless rock-focused British music press.
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Sade kick off world tour in Nice, France: Video x Pics

Sade embarked on their 2011 World Tour on Friday evening, opening in Nice to perform classics spanning six albums from 1984's Diamond Life to their latest, Soldier Of Love (2010). Check out some footage below of highlights from the tour's opening night, set to their performance of their 1992 classic "No Ordinary Love," which won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 1994, along with some stunning pictures from the night.

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