2014 Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers bring us some new noise to feast on with their latest song, “Soon, Come Soon”. The Scottish trio have had a busy year, touring heavily in support of their acclaimed release Dead, released via Anticon and Big Dada. Exciting to see where they take us, be sure to stream here
Live and direct from the City of Brotherly Love, Philly beat-meister Swarvy unleashed his debut LP Scotch with it’s lead single “Kittylitter” on Feelin’ Music. And I couldn’t be happier. A large part of my record collection is devoted to the mid-70s, post-Headhunters Jazz Fusion explosion. There’s a sweet spot between say 1974 and 1977 where Jazz, Funk, Soul, and Rock became one. Major Jazz imprints like Prestige, Black Jazz, & Blue Note all churned out full lengths to capitalize, all with varying degrees of awesomeness. And it’s at this crossroads where Swarvy lives and breathes. Continue reading “Swarvy – Kittylitter (on Feelin’ Music) [New Music]” »
No matter how the Wu-Tang Clan adapts to the times, the soul of their music remains evident. With the latest single from the upcoming “A Better Tomorrow” full length, due on December 2nd, the clan steps away from the grittier sound of the previous releases into a more uplifting production to reaffirm that indeed, Wu-Tang is for the children.
Chicago MC Phero links up with Maceo of Chicago R&B outfit The O’My’s for the timely track, “Alright.” With all the turmoil and division the nation has faced in recent years, it’s comforting to hear artists who are unafraid to articulate their struggles and bring you to a place not of discord and destruction but one of love and (dare I say it) hope. For those looking for some much needed calm and reflection, throw this on.
Having recently returned Stateside from a South African tour, Rock Steady Crew & Universal Zulu Nation member Rich Medina headlines Jammin’ 4 Justice’s 7th annual Thankstaking Eve party 11/26 at SubT Lounge. A man of many hats including Semi Pro Basketball player, Journalist (Wax Poetics, Complex, Fader), and a Spoken Word performer, the focus on Wednesday will be for his music collection and DJ prowess. Having left his mark on the World music scene with his legendary “Jump N Funk” Afrobeat parties, Medina’s sets are known to span a multitude of genres, eras, and formats. Expect nothing less than eclectic and dancefloor-friendly…
Local heroes Rude One & DJ Newlife round out the lineup. Additional show info + tickets here, pics from past Thankstaking Eve’s here, and get familiar with some DJ mixes after the jump. Continue reading “7th Annual Thankstaking Eve Party w/ Rich Medina, Rude One, DJ Newlife” »
Stockholm producer and Sad Boys crew member Yung Gud steps out on his own today with his first proper solo release, a 4 track EP titled Beautiful, Wonderful. And beautiful and wonderful it is, especially if you’re surroundings are currently getting their first or second dusting of snow (tis the season no?). Though a quick listen, don’t be surprised if you feel the urge to dive right back in and get lost all over again.
It’s no secret I’m a fan of Kero One‘s work. His Portishead, D’Angelo, Kendrick Lamar, and Outkast remixes are spun religiously during my sets. And I’m certainly not the only one. Every time the man drops a track Soundcloud implodes. So it’s only right he was tapped to drop an official remix for the lead single from Electronic / Soul singer JMSN‘s forthcoming Blue Album. This has ‘good vibes’ written all over it and is a warming listen as the Winter season creeps in.
Zavala, one half of Dark Time Sunshine, has hit us off with a scintillating prize of a track with “Only You”. Good bounce, trippy vocals and an excellent beat make this something you should probably press play on immediately. The dude has been hard at work on a new project, cannot wait to get my ears listening to the end result.
Streetwear boutique/label Mishka can add a couple of feathers in their ball cap with the recent dual release of Surf. and Turf.. Complimentary instrumental releases, Surf is meant, “for the beach, for vibrant waves on sunny days,” while Turf is, “meant for the whip. Cruising late at night through a concrete jungle, a concrete swamp.” Culling together production from producers from all over America, both projects are nothing short of eclectic. Intrigued? Do you and those around you a favor and throw these on. I’m not a psychic but if I was one, I would tell you that you will dig these waves.
The latest release out of the WahWah 45s camp comes from the London-based Soul / Roots trio The Milk. “Deliver Me” is a haunting excursion that takes the listener into an ethereal Blues-y Gospel territory reminiscent of the more sparse releases by Nick Waterhouse or even more mainstream acts like Fitz & The Tantrums. The band formed in 2008 but recently mentioned this release “marks a big moment for us and a statement of intent for what we are as a band.” So consider this, once and for all, an opening salvo. Also with their recent signing to WahWah 45s (who have been renowned for their label parties for decades now), the guys are well on their way to bigger and better. Peep the vid above and grab the track for free here.