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Listen to this freshly uncovered demo from Hot Sugar featuring Son Little

Son Little
Son Little | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Rare MP3s has just uncovered a serious musical gem. “Need You Bad” is the culmination of talents from Nick Koenig, aka Hot Sugar, and Philly singer-songwriter favorite Aaron Livingston, aka Son Little. According to Rare MP3s, the track is a “lost demo / song from the vaults that’s over 5 years old.” It’s a mix of delectable beats and Livingston’s bewitching vocals. Listen below. Son Little will perform on Saturday, July 25 at the three-day XPN Fest, and will open for Ibeyi at World Cafe Live on June 22. Continue reading →

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RJD2’s Icebird album gets a special vinyl reissue for Record Store Day

RJD2 and Aaron Livingston | Photo courtesy of the artists
RJD2 and Aaron Livingston | Photo courtesy of the artists

Record Store Day is coming up next month on Saturday, April 18, and fans of local artists RJD2 and Aaron Livingston (the mastermind behind Son Little) have something to look forward to: a reissue of the 2011 LP by their collaborative project Icebird. The Abandoned Lullaby will be released on clear gold vinyl  via RJ’s Electrical Connections and MAD Dragon Records.

You might have caught Son Little in February at Free at Noon; his collaboration with RJD2 for The Abandoned Lullaby showed his diversity as an artist, resulting in an album that had one Pitchfork’s Nate Patrin dubbing the pair “the best two main independent producer/singer superduo to come out of the woodwork since Gnarls Barkley.” Continue reading →

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Icebird (rjd2 and Aaron Livingston) announce remix contest for the song “Charmed Life”


Icebird, featuring rjd2 and Aaron Livingston, performed at Union Transfer this past Friday night and recently released their debut Iast week called The Abandoned Lullaby. They’ve announced a remix competition for the song “Charmed Life” from the album and have made the stems of the song available to remix. The deadline for “Charmed Life” remix competition is 11:59 p.m. ET on October 31st and the winner will be selected by rjd2 and Livingston. Download the album version of “Charmed Life” here. For more information about the Charmed Life remix competition go here.

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Download “Charmed Life,” the new song by Icebird (featuring rjd2 and Aaron Livingston)

rjd2 and singer-songwriter Aaron Livingston are collaborating together as Icebird and will release their debut album, The Abandoned Lullaby, on October 11th. Download the first single, “Going And Going. And Going” here. Below, download another new song from the album, “Charmed Life.” Icebird will open a solo set opening for rjd2 on Friday, October 14th at Union Transfer. For more information and tickets to all-ages show click here.

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RJD2 performing at Penn’s Landing today at 1PM


RJD2 tweeted and posted on his Facebook page that he’s performing at Penn’s Landing today at 1p.m. He’s part of the HP Jam Session starting today through Sunday. According to the Facebook event page RJD2 is “playing at approximately 1pm. (time subject to change).” The other day we posted here about a new album coming from RJD2, his collaboration with singer and guitarist Aaron Livingston called Icebird. The album, called The Abandoned Lullabye is out October 11th with a show at Union Transfer on October 24th. Download a new song here.

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Download a new song from Icebird (RJD2 and Aaron Livingston); releasing new album October 11th and playing Union Transfer on October 14th


Philly DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist RJD2 has announced his new project and album with vocalist Aaron Livingston called Icebird. Their album, The Abandoned Lullaby, is being released on RJ’s label RJ’s Electrical Connections on October 11th. RJ and Icebird perform at Union Transfer on Friday, October 14th. Livingston, who also performs with his bands The Mean and Young Vipers, worked previously with RJ on his 2010 album, Colossus on the song “Crumbs Off The Table.” He is also featured on “Guns Are Drawn” from The Roots’ Game Theory album. I had the honor of meeting up with RJ back in June during which he played me the entire new album. It’s definitely a psychedelic soul affair that brought to mind records by Funkadelic like Maggot Brain with musical elements of synth-pop, straight ahead Hendrixian rock, and of course, some serious head nodding beats. Below, download the first song from the album.