Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Why J-Davey isn't a super-group on the mainstream in the new millennium is beyond my comprehension. All of their music is dope, and they have continued to impress me by pushing the music boundaries further with each release. They're definitely in their own music lane, and deserve to be recognized by the masses. Okay, now I am stepping down off of my soapbox. Fortunately, for the J-Davey babies, they have just released a new joint "Evil Christian Cop: The Great Mistapes" EP. It is five tracks deep, and this joint bumps from end to beginning! This EP was available for free download for a few hours, but now it's costing a few $$$. It's well worth it, so support independent artists.
GET J-DAVEY HERE!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Hip-Hop heads take note! The emcees and producers from the Low Budget Camp are back at it again. Kaimbr has teamed up with Mr. Kev Brown (producer extraodinare) to create the "Alexander Green" project. The dopest thing about this album outside of Kev's production is that he only uses Al Green samples. If you haven't heard, Al Green has some of dopest soul samples known to man. Even though Kev is not the first producer to flip a classic Al Green sample, he does put his own original and magical touch on these beats. Listening to this joint reminded me just how much I missed Kev Brown and the Low Budget Crew. This is what the game has been missing. This truly reminds me of back when I'd get hyped once I heard Gangstarr, Def Squad or Wu-Tang dropped new music. This is a Golden Era flashback joint...
Support the indie underground artists where real hip-hop lives!
GET THE ALEXANDER GREEN ALBUM HERE!
Checkout this video below for a taste of that A. Green flavor:
That is all!
Monday, February 14, 2011
After posting about the magnificent Imani Waddy and his lovely "Love Letters To: Yellow" project, I felt the collaboration project featuring Nikko Gray on vocals deserved its own post. Listening to Nikko's sultry vocals over Imani's smooth instrumentals is heaven in a hand basket. Nikko stated this about working on this project: “For me, this project created itself in a sense… Love as Art. Love creating itself. Through Art. Given, received, reflected, accepted, and given again. I recorded most of everything myself at home with the intention of capturing the first sparks of my creative energy.” This project is 5-tracks deep with soul, and features Chris Young as a special guest on the "Press Play" track.
Click this---> PRONOUNCED LOVE BANDCAMP
Now, this joint here is on some serious mellow madness! Definitely a great listen during a relaxing afternoon when whinding down is critical. Musician Imani Waddy (whom I recently discovered) has an album "Love Letters To: Yellow" that has me smiling from ear-to-ear. It's always a treat when I discover new and talented artists in a time when many feel that real music is on the decline. This proves that great music is still available, but you have to put a little effort into finding it. Imani's Yellow has a jazzy-lounge sound, and should appeal the fans of instrumentals and smooth jazz. One of the seven tracks inlcudes guest vocals from soul singer Nikko Gray. The beatmaker AFTA-1 also adds a little of his flavor to one of these tracks as well.
Stop reading now and click there to get it---> IMANI WADDY BANDCAMP
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
My "Nu Dopest Duetz Parts 1 & 2" mixxes showcase some of my favorite duets from the new school soul and hip-hop artists. Below are the track lists and links for each of the mixxes.
NU-DOPEST DUETZ PT. 1
- Vikter Duplaix & Ms. Saigon - Stimulate
- Steve Spacek & Mpho Skeef - La Bougie
- Anthony Hamilton & Angie Stone - Stay For A While
- Keith Sweat & Athena Cage - Like You've Never Been Done
- Changing Faces - Keep It Right There (Remix)
- Kelly Rowland & Tank - The Show
- Carl Thomas & Lalah Hathaway - Thought You Should Know
- Yahzarah & Darien Brockington - All My Days
- Hil St. Soul & Dwele - Baby Come Over
- J.S.O.U.L. & Natalie "The Floacist" - Closer
- Kindred & The Family Soul - Where Would I Be
- Common & Mary J. Blige - Come Close (Nic Remix)
- T-Love & Dwele - 7
- Teedra Moses & Raphael Saadiq - Take Me
- Jose' James & Jordena De Lovely - Love Conversation
- Amel Larrieux & Glenn Lewis - Where Is The Love
- Ron Isley & Lauryn Hill - Close To You
- Chante' Moore & Kenny Lattimore - Here We Go
- Marva King & Tru-ko - Know Me
NU-DOPEST DUETZ PT. 2
- Anthony Hamilton & Lina - Around The World
- Stacy Epps & Finale - 00:00
- Iman Williams & Velben - I, Confide
- Eric Benet & Chrisette Michele - Take It
- Wes Felton & Wayna - You Can
- Koffee Brown - Qualified
- Melo & Fatima - Coming Home
- Darien Brockington & Yahzarah - Sacrifice
- Lil'Mo & Fabolous - 4Ever
- Raphael Saadiq & Rosie Kaye - Skyy, Can You Feel Me
- Missy Elliott & Ginuwine - Take Away
- Nivea & R. Kelly - Laundromat
- Avant & Kelly Rowland - Separate (Remix)
- Aaliyah & Smokey - One Man Woman
- Vinia Mojica & Mos Def - Get Ta Steppin'
- Daniel DeBoung & Dyanna Fearon - Bubblebath
- Joya Mooi & Mar - My Day
- Mary J. Blige & Dave Young - Settle Down
- Tone Trezure & J. Bird - No You Without Me
- Jill Scott & Mos Def - Love Rain (Remix)
Soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae has released her latest joint "The Love EP" just in time for Valentine's Day. All 5 of the cover tracks are about love and were originally performed by legends like Prince, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Belly, Doris Day and Sly & The Family Stone. Corinne is paying homage to some her favorite musicians and many that influenced her career. Things are going good for Ms. Rae as she's traveled around the world on tour. This project is testimate to her giving back musically. Personally, I am not complaining at all. I'll take all of the new music I can get from Corinne. Do yourself a favor and put ears on this EP. Click the link below to check it out:
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Sunday, February 06, 2011
Saturday, February 05, 2011
Awhile back, I came across this soulful track by a soulful kat from Baltimore that calls himself J.S.O.U.L. and my interest was sparked. I love discovering new music artists. Unfortunately, I forgot to check for the dude when I originally planned, but eventually did it a few months later (so I thought). I Googled his name and another soul (gospel) singer using the same moniker popped up. The other kat was alright, but it wasn't the sound I was expecting judging by the track I'd previously heard. Luckily, I heard a remix track from the right JSOUL featuring Erro awhile later, and from that I figured out who was who. The timing was perfect because happened right around the release of his latest "Black Sinatra" music project. Don't sleep on this joint! There are 11 tracks with featured guests that include Eric Roberson, Natalie "The Floacist" Stewart, Substantial, Carol Riddick and Julie Dexter. Support independent soul music.
Checkout his website here: www.jsoulblacksinatra.com
Thursday, February 03, 2011
It's dope that people are still showing love to the missed, but never forgotten producer Jay-Dee a.k.a. J Dilla after all of these years. The dude will always remain one of my top 5 producers of all-time list forever. He's unmatched in my music book! His fans will love this upcoming video dedication project "J Dilla: Still Shining" that drops on February 7th. It's a further look into the man's life through his eyes, words and commentary from many from aritsts that he's worked with in the past.
If you haven't already, checkout the trailer above...
The only thing I like better than beat instrumentals is free beat instrumentals. I like them even better when my dude Soulful! is creating them. What makes a producer unique to my ears is having a somewhat original sound. It could be a signature loop pattern, odd sample choices, bells, dogs barking or whatever. However, it can't be too repetitive because then the beats become boring and predictable. That's a definite no-no! Legendary producers like Pete Rock, Dre & DJ Premier have figured out this magical formula. You can hear their beats at anywhere and know they're behind the boards. Their signature sounds very recognizable to music lovers around the world. I believe that's the level where any up & coming producer in the game aspires to reach.
With that being said, beat lovers need to keep this kat Soulful! on their radars. He's back with another hot album called "Mumbo Sauce and Drumbreaks" that's a mixture of fresh instrumentals, and songs featuring some underground artists. This is available for free download, and we should thank Soulful!, FWMJ and Inner Loop Records for making this available for the masses.
Okay, enough typing...so click the link below and grab this joint right now:
GET SOULFUL!'s MUMBO DRUMBEATS