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Bilal Airtights Revenge
Bilal - Airtight's Revenge
(CD/2xLP/Digital) Plug Research/Differ-Ant, 2010-10-14

Grammy-nominated musical artist Bilal returns with his third studio album, Airtight's Revenge, which will be released September 14 through Plug Research Music. A provocative genre-bending album that dissects love, politics and relationships, Airtight's Revenge demonstrates the Philly-bred singer's growth as an artist. "It's a mix of jazz, hip-hop, soul, blues, and experimental free music," says Bilal. The differences in economical social classes inspired the track Robots, which scrutinizes societal and governmental effects on people. After watching the 2007 documentary, Zeitgeist: The Movie, Bilal wrote Who R U. "Of all religions, I drive to be human", says Bilal. At the end of the day, we are all one. We need to connect with the spiritual side of ourselves; we don't need to inflict that on others. It's OK to have free thought. Little Ones, a smooth track with a soulful sound is dedicated to his sons. "My youngest son has Sickle Cell and my oldest son has Autism. This song is for them," stated Bilal. Steve McKie (Jill Scott, Estelle, Kindred, Vivian Green) co-produced the album with Bilal, recorded in Philadelphia, Virginia and Los Angeles. The album also features production by Nottz (Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Drake), 88 Keys (Mos Def, Macy Gray, Musiq Soulchild), Shafiq Husayn of Sa-Ra and Tone Whitefield.

Bilal Airtights Revenge
Bilal - Airtight's Revenge
(CD/2xLP/Digital) Plug Research/Differ-Ant, 2010-10-14

Tracklisting :
01. Cake & Eat It Too 3:59
02. Restart 4:52
03. All Matter 5:20
04. Flying 4:21
05. Levels 5:27
06. Little One 3:58
07. Move On 3:27
08. Robots 3:15
09. The Dollar 3:27
10. Who Are You 6:00
11. Think It Over 3:49
12. Lost My Min 4:36 (iTunes bonus track)

Links :
myspace.com/bilaloliver
facebook.com/BilalOliver
twitter.com/Bilal_Oliver
youtube.com/bilaloliverofficial
vimeo.com/bilaloliver
plugresearch.com/bilal
twitter.com/PlugResearch
differ-ant.fr/ (distribution for France)
Free track : Is This Love ? (Bob Marley cover) at plugresearch.bandcamp.com

Press Release :
BILAL RETURNS WITH AIRTIGHT'S REVENGE, NEW ALBUM DUE SEPTEMBER 14

"What a frequency ... What a voice. I love Bilal. I couldn't imagine a music world without his voice." - Erykah Badu
"I have a very connected history with Bilal. I heard his demo years ago. I heard all of the magic instantly. He's a master at interpretation of song." - Q-Tip
"Bilal is hands down one of the greatest specimens of voice in post-modern hip-hop culture." -Questlove
"His voice is like a Van Gogh painting ... A Salvador Dali ... His voice has so many textures to it." - Janelle Monae

Grammy-nominated musical artist Bilal returns with his third studio album, Airtight's Revenge, which will be released September 14 through Plug Research Music and distributed through The Orchard.

A provocative genre-bending album that dissects love, politics and relationships, Airtight's Revenge demonstrates the Philly-bred singer's growth as an artist. "It's a mix of jazz, hip-hop, soul, blues, and experimental free music," says Bilal. The differences in economical social classes inspired the track "Robots," which scrutinizes societal and governmental effects on people. After watching the 2007 documentary, "Zeitgeist: The Movie," Bilal wrote "Who R U." "Of all religions, I drive to be human," says Bilal. At the end of the day, we are all one. We need to connect with the spiritual side of ourselves; we don't need to inflict that on others. It's OK to have free thought. "Little Ones," a smooth track with a soulful sound is dedicated to his sons. "My youngest son has Sickle Cell and my oldest son has Autism. This song is for them," stated Bilal. Steve McKie (Jill Scott, Estelle, Kindred, Vivian Green) co-produced the album with Bilal, recorded in Philadelphia, Virginia and Los Angeles. The album also features production by Nottz (Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Drake), 88 Keys (Mos Def, Macy Gray, Musiq Soulchild), Shafiq Husayn of Sa-Ra and Tone Whitefield.

A classically trained vocal veteran, Bilal released his debut album 1st Born Second in 2001, which boasted the popular single "Soul Sista." The follow-up, Love for Sale (2006), was shelved but leaked entirely online yet was well received to fans and music critics and has become an underground classic. In the following years, Bilal has collaborated and performed with some of the industry's most prominent artists including, Beyonce (Fighting Temptations), Common (Like Water for Chocolate, Electric Circus, Be, Finding Forever), Jay-Z (American Gangster), Erykah Badu (New Amerykah Part One, New Amerykah Part Two), Robert Glasper (All Matter), Boney James (Better With Time), Musiq (Soulstar) and The Roots among others. He also covered Radiohead's "High & Dry" for the 2006 Radiohead tribute, Exit Music: Songs With Radio Heads. Bilal also appears in Dave Chappelle's Block Party.



Biography :
Bilal Oliver was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. Coming from what he describes as a "regular kind of neighborhood", Bilal was first introduced to music when he attended a small local church. The congregation, made up of mostly family members, became his foremost musical outlet. In his later years, Bilal's father introduced him to the jazz clubs around the city. It wasn't until Bilal attended the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts that he really started taking his music seriously, realizing this was the direction he wanted to go with his life. While at the school, Bilal, along with his peers, began to experiment with songwriting and became completely enamored with Jazz. "I wanted to sing Jazz, play Jazz, and write Jazz tunes." The effect of being immersed into a creative, music infused environment caused the young Bilal to interpret his voice as an instrument especially in the songs he began to write.

After high school, Bilal was accepted to the New School for Social Research, a prestigious avant-garde university in New York. While there, he studied Jazz and continued to develop his affinity for songwriting. Bilal was able to experience the nightlife of New York City by frequenting night clubs and gaining a true knowledge of the NYC music scene. While frequenting the famed Wetlands' Nightclub, he became acquainted with The Roots, Q Tip, Common, Erykah Badu and Mos Def. Bilal would also take part in jam sessions with his New School professors and classmates. It was during one of these sessions that Bilal met Aaron Coleman of the Spin Doctors. The two hit it off and soon private jam sessions in Coleman's home gave birth to a demo of songs that would land Bilal a record deal with Interscope. Bilal was moving in the direction he desired and moving fast. He left the New School, focusing on his musical career and began creating music at the famed Electric Lady Studios. At this time, Common was working on his Like Water for Chocolate album at Electric Lady. Bilal, sitting in on the recording sessions, became an integral part of the album. Later sessions with Questlove of The Roots introduced Bilal to J Dilla and sparked a fruitful working relationship between the two. Once the album was near completion, label pressures coerced Bilal into working with more commercially prominent producers like Dr. Dre and Mike City. The album, First Born Second, was realeased in 2001, displaying a wide range of diverse musicality.

With a favorable response to his album, Bilal was swept up in what the media referred to a "Neo Soul" movement. Bilal didn't feel the term fit. "I was trying to come from a Jazz perspective... trying to write open ended tunes that could go in any direction when played live." While touring, Bilal and his band started to morph the music into what he describe as a "jazz-fusion/rock type funk." This musical freedom bled into the songwriting for Bilal's next project, Love For Sale. This time around, Bilal worked with a myriad of new collaborators, from Sa-Ra to Denaun Porter to Nottz, even gathering a number of his former New School peers to participate. Interscope execs were less than enthused upon hearing the new record. Mysteriously, an unfinished version of the project was leaked.

The response from audiences and critics worldwide was overwhelmingly positive. For years, label politics prevented any significant progress to occur on a follow-up album. In spite of the setbacks of the last album, Bilal had a dedicated fan base and they wanted more. The encouraging feedback began to re-inspire Bilal to write songs again and he set out to accomplish what he had started in the beginning. Late 2009, Bilal announced his official second album will be released Summer 2010 via Los Angeles based label Plug Research Music. The new music promises to be progressive while still having its roots placed firmly in the jazz traditions that originally inspired Bilal's music. Bilal describes the new material as "genre-bending music."
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dave dave ·  18 October 2010, 23:52

I'm quite impressed with his album. Flying is definately my all time favorite on this one.


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