Watch Betty Black’s “Fatality of Love” Video

 
 
““Betty‘s bound for the big time…her voice oozes soul while jazz, and punk play beautifully in the back ground.
 VibeVixen
 
“In a perfect world, Black would be your new favorite diva” – PopMatters
 
“Sylvia’s voice– a supple coil of smooth velvet.” –Time Out NY

“Betty Black’s spine-tingling vocals are an exotic blend of Julie London, Lena Horne and Dusty Springfield, with a Dinah Washington snarl lurking just beneath the velveteen surface for good measure.” – My Old Kentucky Blog
 
“Just like alt-rock sirens Alison Mosshart and Karen O, Betty Black has a strange amalgamation of pop and grunge in her voice, giving her the ability to sing sweetly, but not without forcing you to wonder if there’s pain bubbling beneath the surface” – Okayplayer

 

 
Betty Black releases the video for “Fatality of Love” today. The smoldering and kaleidoscopic video finds her in odalisque poses and shattered reflections as she contemplates rejecting a lover before they betray her. This is the first video from the just released Fatality of Love (The Remix EP) out digitally on KID Recordings. Watch the video here, please post and share.
 
Fatality of Love (The Remix EP) features the sultry original with mixes by Aram, avant-garde drummer/artist and former KUDU band mate Deantoni Parks (who has also worked with Mars Volta, John Cale, Me’shell Ndgeocello and Kimbra) and French producer/composer Pino Rastovitch (whose quixotic downtempo rework recalls AIR and Goldfrapp), as well as, the new recording “Possessed”. 
 
It’s the latest offering from Betty Black’s gritty and darkly seductive album Bad Weather, which includes “Killing Time”, the slow-burning “Am I Not Your Girl?”, and the anthemic title track. Released this past summer with the bonus track “Bad Weather (Antipop & Analog Boy Remix)” from Télépopmusik’s own Antipop and former Autour de Lucie guitarist, Analog Boy, the gripping set was composed, arranged and produced by Black along with co-producer/engineer Rudyard Lee Cullers (Yeah Yeah Yeahs/ Basement Jaxx/ Bright Eyes) and Jamin Gilbert.
 
Betty Black is the brainchild of multi-talented singer/songwriter and musician Sylvia Black. Over the past six years, Black has established herself as a sonic rebel with an indomitable spirit and a fearless approach to music. She’s gained international acclaim as the lead vocalist for New York-based dark electronic pop outfitKUDU, and for her successful co-writes and collaborations with Black Eyed Peas, Moby, William Orbit, Kelis, The Noisettes, Spank Rock, Benny BenassiThe Knocks and, most recently, RUN DMT and Télépopmusik, which have amassed sales over 5 million copies worldwide! Her collaboration with Run DMT – “Starlight” – is currently the most added dance release on all US college radio stations.
 
Fatality of Love (The Remix EP) is available through all digital retailers via KID Recordings.  
 
Fatality of Love (The Remix EP) Tracklist
  1. Fatality of Love
  2. Fatality of Love (Aram Mix)
  3. Fatality of Love (Deantoni Parks Fatal Mix)
  4. Fatality of Love (Pino Rastovitch Mix)
  5. Possessed

Betty Black Announces “Fatality of Love” Remix EP

Listen to “Fatality of Love” HERE

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“In a perfect world, Black would be your new favorite diva” – PopMatters

“Sylvia’s voice– a supple coil of smooth velvet.” –Time Out NY

“Just like alt-rock sirens Alison Mosshart and Karen O, Betty Black has a strange amalgamation of pop and grunge in her voice, giving her the ability to sing sweetly, but not without forcing you to wonder if there’s pain bubbling beneath the surface” – Okayplayer

Sylvia Black aka Betty Black is a sonic rebel with an indomitable spirit and a fearless approach to music. The dynamic multi-instrumentalist marries disparate elements like swampy garage rock, dusty Southern gothic blues, spaghetti westerns, lush electronic landscapes and gripping barbed-wire tales about love, relationships, lust and longing into an intoxicating cocktail that is as inviting as it is threatening.

Over the past six years, she has gained international acclaim as the lead vocalist for New York-based dark electronic pop outfit KUDU, and for her successful co-writes and collaborations with Black Eyed Peas, Moby, William Orbit, Kelis, The Noisettes, Spank Rock, Benny BenassiThe Knocks and, most recently, RUN DMTand Télépopmusik, which have amassed sales over 5 million copies worldwide.

With her new single, “Fatality of Love”, Black casts a suggestively melancholic vocal with heartbroken girl-group harmonies alongside a slinky carnal rhythm and washes of guitar as she rejects a lover before they betray her. The Remix EP features mixes by avant-garde drummer/artist and former KUDU band mate Deantoni Parks (who has also worked with Mars Volta, John Cale, Me’shell Ndgeocello and Kimbra), New York-based producer/percussionist Aram who puts a dancehall-inflected electro spin on the song and French producer/composer Pino Rastovitch whose quixotic downtempo rework recalls AIR and Goldfrapp, as well as, the new track “Possessed”.

“Fatality of Love” is the latest offering from Betty Black’s darkly seductive album Bad Weather, which includes “Killing Time”, the gritty and anthemic title track and the slow-burning “Am I Not Your Girl?”. The set, which was composed, arranged and produced by Sylvia along with co-producer/engineer Rudyard Lee Cullers (Yeah Yeah Yeahs/ Basement Jaxx/ Bright Eyes) and Jamin Gilbert, is out now on KID Recordings.

Fatality of Love (Remix EP) will be released digitally November 26 on KID Recordings.

Fatality of Love The Remix EP Tracklist

1.    Fatality of Love
2.    Fatality of Love (Aram Mix)
3.    Fatality of Love (Deantoni Parks Fatal Mix)
4.    Fatality of Love (Pino Rastovitch Mix)
5.    Posessed

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International DJ Baby Yu touring w/ Young Jeezy in Pittsburgh 6/23/13 (interview)

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Demanded internationally, DJ Baby Yu is one of North America’s most experienced, versatile well respected and highly connected DJ’s. Baby Yu is without a doubt a staple in the entertainment industry world wide. Determined and passionate, he consistently delivers and works along side chief industry leaders.  Layered with many talents, DJ Baby Yu is a prominent international DJ, an exclusive radio show host, and a producer.   Over the years Baby Yu has been at the top of the nightclub scene in Toronto, spinning at a wide range of clubs, lounges and patios which caught the attention of promoters and club owners around the world.  In mid 2008, Baby Yu re-located to Atlanta, Georgia after receiving an offer to be the resident DJ for the ultra-trendy Velvet Room.Top artists around the world have also noticed Baby Yu’s talent and have used his talents to leverage their performance while on the tour.  Baby Yu has been the opening tour DJ for Juelz Santana, 112, Snoop Dogg, Sean Paul, The Game; and also has been the top pick to DJ concert after parties for Kanye West, Ne-Yo, Fat Joe, Pharrell, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Akon, Chris Brown, Diddy, Rick Ross, Trey Songz, DJ Khaled, Cassie, Black Eyed Peas, Drake, Georges St- Pierre, Allen Iverson, Lebron James, and more. Expanding to his international appeal, Baby Yu has also worked alongside with K-Pop Artists: The Wonder Girls, Crown J and 2PM.
Pittsburgh Music Magazine caught up with DJ Baby Yu before his appearance here in Pittsburgh at Soldiers and Sailors on June 23rd with Young Jeezy…
As a DJ, radio show host, and producer, can you describe a “typical” day in the life of DJ Baby Yu?

–  Sometimes I dream of having a Baby Yu duplicate.  Usually my day consists of waking up sometime in the afternoon, and straight to the DJ studio to prep for my5PM show with Big Tigger on V-103 FM.  After my show, I usually hit the gym and stay for around an hour and a half.  Later, I’ll put in some production time until I have to go DJ at the club.  When I get home from the club I prerecord my 7 AM morning show for Ryan Cameron on V-103 FM.  After this I usually hit the studio again and see if I can make some beats before I go to bed.  I try and eat between everything as well.

 
You have had some amazing guest opening spots and done some incredible private gigs as a DJ.  Can you relate at least one mind blowing experience or encounter?
 
– DJ Jazzy Jeff invited me to DJ his 40th Birthday in Philly, where I played nothing but soul, funk and 80‘s music.  It was so much fun.  Also in 2006, I DJ’d for Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Rihanna during Caribana Festival in Toronto, Canada.  To do a Rocafella medley for them felt like I was DJing at their concert.  Most recently, Kanye West flew me down to one of his concerts during the “Watch The Throne” Tour, to discuss how the concert could be improved.  It was an interesting 2 hour conversation.
 
When people hear your art, what is it that you want them left with?
 
–  Positivity, motivation, and inspiration.
  
Where are your favorite places to DJ?
 
–  Tokyo, Japan – Manila, Phillippines – Vancouver, Canada – Toronto, Canada to name a few.
 
What place or where in the world would you most like to host as a DJ, but have not done so yet?
 
–  Dubai, Rio De Janeiro  and Moscow.  That would be so dope.  
  
Who are the artists that have had the most influence on what you do?
 
–  Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Aaliyah, Jodeci, Notorious BIG, Bell Biv Devoe.
 
What was it like collaborating with DJ Swivel in Sato Goldschlag? And who came up with the concept for the Mr. Mister video ?
 
–  It’s an amazing run.  Swivel is very talented, and has learned from the best.  Working around Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Diddy to name a few, he is a grammy winning engineer, so to work with someone that has so much experience in the music work only motivates me to work harder.
The video was an idea by Aaron our video director.  We were both happy with the originality of the video.  (See below for the video)
  
What are your immediate goals in the business and where would you like to see yourself in five years?
–  Producing; making music is my immediate and long term goal.  I want to continue DJing around the world, on V-103 FM, supporting Young Jeezy as his DJ, and take Sato Goldschlag to an international level. 
 
 
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Along with his weekly club residencies- Baby Yu can be heard on Atlanta’s hottest radio station V-103 (WVEE- V103 FM “The Peoples Station”)
Monday- Friday at 5:00pm on the Ryan Cameron show and Saturday’s from 12pm-1pmEST with his “Midday Motivation Mix Show”. Baby Yu
also continues to do his syndicated radio shows, tuned in by thousands around the globe.

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Betty Black Unleashes Her Stormy Bad Weather EP

As an in-demand singer/songwriter and musician, SYLVIA GORDON (aka Sylvia Black of Kudu / Art World Killer) has gained international acclaim for her compelling collaborations with artists like Black Eyed Peas, Moby, William Orbit, Kelis, The Noisettes, Spank Rock, Benny Benassi and Telepopmusik.

With BETTY BLACK, Gordon steps out on her own conjuring a bewitching “southern gothic chanteuse” whose gripping barbed-wire tales about love, loss, lust and self-exploration are laced with haunting melodies, dynamic musicality and smoldering vocals – with equal parts smoke and bite – that cut like a sensuous blade right to your core.

On BAD WEATHER, the multi-talented musical chameleon delivers a feverish collection of rugged desert rock, pensive melancholic pop and wistful blues – with liberal doses of moody electronics, sharp-edged guitars, driving beats and lush strings.

Recorded at a farm house studio in the Shenandoah Valley, the set was produced and arranged by Gordon, co-producer/engineer Rudyard Lee Cullers (Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Basement Jaxx / Bright Eyes) and Jamin Gilbert. It’s an impressive showcase for the artist who plays bass and synths throughout and even steps out for the first time playing guitar on most of the tracks It’s also a notable departure (both stylistically and thematically) from her rapturous debut Slow Dance, which was a more romantic tinderbox of heartfelt torch songs about love, longing and blissful naiveté.

BAD WEATHER is a more tempestuous and darkly seductive exploration that howls with a primal intensity. There’s a pervasive undercurrent of danger and desire, vulnerability and bravado, urgency and introspection that draws you into its brooding melodrama.

The second installment in a trilogy of releases, the largely autobiographical fete includes the ominous title track and sultry “Am I Not Your Girl?” (both previously issued as singles), along with “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”(a fiery retelling of the Van Halen classic) , hypnotic new single “Fatality Of Love”, sly country rocker “Paper Dolls”, “Killing Time” and the stargazing “Bitter Moon”.

Press Quotes

“In a perfect world, Betty Black would be your new favorite diva, as she has all of the pop friendliness that the title implies, but grounded in a restless musicality” — Pop Matters

“Black’s voice, reminiscent of Zola Jesus and Bat for Lashes, cuts like a sensuous blade right to your core” — AOL Spinner

“Spine-tingling…an exotic blend of Julie London, Lena Horne and Dusty Springfield, with a Dinah Washington snarl lurking just beneath the velveteen surface for good measure” — My Old Kentucky Blog

“Sylvia’s voice– a supple coil of smooth velvet.” — Time Out New York