On this Election Day 2010, Bilal teams up with French director Mikael Colombu to bring you “Robots”. Come along and join us on this multi-media journey as we see the world of politics through Bilal’s eyes. Mikael’s ability to translate Bilal’s words into imagery, gives us a chance to properly reflect on his ideology of modern times.
To Bilal, people are becoming more like robots through the use of manipulative propaganda by corporate media . This video is his way of opening everyone’s eyes to the truth. As you watch “Robots” you’ll soon find yourself paying very close attention to what is really going on.
Pass this along, and help the robots amongst us.
And don’t forget to make a change by voting today.
Los Angeles Times leaks a free bilal track, “The Dollar“. Catch him performing it live tonight!
Read the article.
Bilal – The Dollar
This is a jam session. An act of improvisation without preparation.
Is This Love, was the first video we brought you from singer Bilal and composer/arranger Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. To say that the feedback was good is an understatement.
Today is a video continuation of the Bilal and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Bomb Shelter saga entitled, “Tainted Love.”
Know by many as Synthpop duo Soft Cell’s big hit in 1981, “Tainted Love” was originally composed by Ed Cobb, formerly of The Four Preps and originally recorded by Gloria Jones in 1964 as the B-side to “My Bad Boy’s Coming Home”. The original version was by no means a commercial success. In fact, it was a flop. However, in 1973, while British club DJ Richard Searling was on a trip to the U.S., he purchased a copy and found the Motown-influenced sound was a perfect match for the music movement with was growing in the UK club scene referred to as “Northern Soul. Searling took the song and popularized it.
With new found popularity, Gloria Jones tried again, re-recording “Tainted Love” in 1976. But this again failed to chart.
Several years later, Soft Cell, the vocal-synth pop duo that took the popular track and released a slower, synth and rhythm heavy version in 1981. It reached #1 on 18 different charts.
So now, we’re back to the beginning. Bilal, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Daedelus, and more, in the studio jamming away to Gloria Jones’ original version of that great 1964 song.
It’s just pure energy. The musicians, the movements, the sounds..
No overdubs, no retouches, just 100% LIVE.
Bilal stopped into KEXP on the early part of his West Coast tour and performed a really amazing acoustic set of the new album. Here are some photos as well as a link to the songs. Enjoy!
Click here to listen to his performance.