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Buzz Alert: Aisha Badru's 'Mind on Fire" + gets 4 million plays on Spotify

We blogged about soulful NYC's singer songwriter Aisha Badru earlier this year, after one of her songs was picked for a Volkswagen commercial. Aisha earlier this month  traveled to Bali, Indonesia to donate a portion of the income she received from that ad to rebuild a home for a local poverty-stricken family. In the meantime, her other single "Mind of Fire," a simple, a-cappella track dealing with how the needs of our daily lives end up killing our dreams and motivations, was racking up plays on Spotify (video streaming below). After completing a short October tour in the southern US states, Aisha is preparing to release her debut album "Pendulum," scheduled for early 2018. It will also feature single "Bridges," also streaming.





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Band name: 
Maitri
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/musicmaitri/
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Mercury Lounge
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Avant-Soul collective Space Captain celebrates LP release at Union Pool on 10.27

The beginning of the second millennium will probably be remembered by music critics for the realization that soul lent itself to be pushed in new, more or less experimental directions. In the early aughts, a genre that was frowned upon by the tense and brainy children of the post-punk generation was given a new "indie legitimacy" by acts like TV on the Radio, Dirty Projector and Ava Luna. NYC collective Space Captain, the brainchild of Maralisa Simmons-Cook, is part of this wave, although within less noisy coordinates than the aforementioned bands. Born in 2015 as a rather traditional soul-jazz group (this is their debut EP), in a few months the band quickly evolved into a rather different animal: 2016's "In Memory" EP shows edgy electronic arrangements focused on textural and ambient soundscapes. The band is about to release their debut full length "All Flowers In Time," and the record's two preview singles showcase a partial return to the live instrumentation of the debut, without losing the edge of unexpected melodies, parts and song changes found in "In Memory." Check out the video for Sycamore below, and don't miss the band's record release party at Union Pool on October 27th.

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Milk Was A Bad Choice Benefit Showcase (11.01)

In the wake of the recent fires in Napa and Sonoma, the monthly Milk Was A Bad Choice showcase is donating the proceeds from the next show to relief for those communities. The stacked lineup includes a funky mix of the Bay Area’s best indie pop bands—all of which have been previously featured on The Deli. It’s hard to resist dancing to the upbeat, semi-electro melodic pop of Panic is Perfect, a five-piece with afro-pop influences. The jazzy six-piece LOCO TRANQUILO is sure to make you move, as well, with their unique blend genre-defying funk music. Finally, the slow-brewing soul-influenced alt rock of MOSAICS tops off the lineup. - Lilly Milman

Be sure to drop by the Milk Bar, catch this stacked line up, and donate to a worthy cause on November 1st at 8 pm. Until then, listen to our playlist of the performers below. 

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Soul Pop artist Raveena unveils self-directed video

A shiver runs down our spines every time we read the words "self-directed video," in particular when applied to artists that play musical genres that require top notch production values (like soul music). But in the case of NYC's soul-pop artist Raveena (previously known as Raveena Aurora) our premonitions were proved wrong. With the help of director James Ronkko, the artist of Indian and American descent created a simple, but truly beautiful video that matches the breezy, lightheartedly intimate vibes of her single "Sweet Time." A woman of many talents, Raveena not only looks incredibly comfortable in front of the camera, but also supports her art with commitment to social causes rarely found in soul pop acts. A debut EP is scheduled to be released at some point soon.

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