DJ Rahdu – Some Jazz 22: The New Jazz Sound

DJ Rahdu – Some Jazz 22: The New Jazz Sound

I remember picking up Robert Glasper’s In My Element and being surprised to hear the Hip Hop, soul and elements of other genres dispersed throughout the album. Although, already a Jazz fan, I was elated at hearing my generation’s music represented in an art form that was previously, largely..

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Carlos Niño & Friends – Going Home

Carlos Niño & Friends – Going Home

“Revered Producer / Musician Carlos Niño engages the 5th album in his ongoing “& Friends” series with Going Home, a definitive six-song odyssey in tribute to “passing from the earthly realm”
Going Home is a lovely, well-constructed invitation to reflect..

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Swarvy – ZHEN ft Lojii

Swarvy – ZHEN ft Lojii

LA producer Swarvy just released his 2 track single and it’s a wonderful promo for his coming Jan 2018 album, Oscilations. With MNDSGN on production and vocal contribution from Clark and the Community on So Bad, Swarvy transports you back in time to Bilal’s 2001 First Born Second album…

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Nautilus – Root Down feat. Fleur Earth (Beastie Boys Cover)

Nautilus – Root Down feat. Fleur Earth (Beastie Boys Cover)

Oonops’ idea behind this reinterpretation of ‘Root Down’ was a slower, jazzy laidback atmosphere combined with a female voice for the Beastie Boys lyrics. So he asked Nautilus’ mastermind Toshi to arrange a new instrumental and German singer Fleur Earth to sing over this track.

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Stro Elliot – Virgina Wolf (Tall Black Guy I’m Leaving You Remix)

Stro Elliot – Virgina Wolf (Tall Black Guy I’m Leaving You Remix)

Two of the illest producers in the game right now have to be Stro Elliot and Tall Black Guy, hands down. Stro is now a member of The Legendary Roots Crew and I’m hoping he sprinkles some of his magic mpc dust on their next album because the last few albums have been “challenging.”..

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Leroy Hutson – Anthology: 1972-1984

Leroy Hutson – Anthology: 1972-1984

If you don’t know who Leroy Hutson is, I’m almost certain, especially if you’re reading this here, you’ve at least heard his songs sampled somewhere before. Badu’s No Love from classic, 1997 album Baduizm contains samples of Lucky Fellow and I’m still unable to hear Hutson’s Cool Out..

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Mecca:83 – Life Sketches Vol.3

Mecca:83 – Life Sketches Vol.3

Mecca 83 has been blessing us with his Jazz and Hip Hop sensibilities for a long while now. He pondered retirement, dropped intermittent treats, and returned with the latest in his signature series, Life Sketches last month. Life Sketches Vol 3 begins with an introductory, almost celebratory fanfare..

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Elle Stilnovo – The One For Me (Daz I Kue Vocal) ft Jaidene Veda

Elle Stilnovo – The One For Me (Daz I Kue Vocal) ft Jaidene Veda

From London to Atlanta, Darren Benjamin aka Daz I Kue has been annihilating listeners with his incredible production and remixes for a very long time. The One For Me finds him providing a deep, visceral soundtrack as Jaidene Veda attempts to verify she’s located her soulmate. There’s nothing..

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Bob Marley x The Fugees – You Can’t Stop The Shining

Bob Marley x The Fugees – You Can’t Stop The Shining

I’m prone to creative ideas at times but I wish I knew what inspires some of the unlikely combinations of mash-ups producers release. Maybe I should ask New Hampshire’s David Begun, who has three such mashups under his belt: Nas x Quasimoto, Eminem x Pete Rock and finally The Fugees x..

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Courtney Pine – Butterfly ft Omar (Herbie Hancock Cover)

Courtney Pine – Butterfly ft Omar (Herbie Hancock Cover)

This Friday British Jazz legend, Courtney Pine will release his newest offering with lots of help from UK Soul music pioneer, Omar. Black Notes From the Deep is his 19th album in 30 years and in addition to Omar, Pine has assembled a choice crew for this achievement with luminaries Robert Mitchell..

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Sam Trump – Sam Trump Plays the Uke (Kay & King Mason Redux)

Sam Trump – Sam Trump Plays the Uke (Kay & King Mason Redux)

4 years ago Chicago musician, Sam Trump released his intimate but powerful 5 track EP, Sam Trump Plays The Uke. Now Houston producers Kay & King Mason revisit this work to give it more flavor, not that it needs it. Additional verses are also provided by emcees, including Don Will and producer..

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Mr Thing & Chris Read – The Library Archive

Mr Thing & Chris Read – The Library Archive

November 10, the funk will be released courtesy of acclaimed DJs/producers, Chris Read & Mr Thing. Upon gaining access to the Cavendish Music Archive as part of WhoSampled’s ‘Samplethon’ event in 2014, they discovered a treasure trove of unreleased 70s library music, instrumental tracks..

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Waajeed – Through It All EP

Waajeed – Through It All EP

Waajeed’s sense of funk and character ensures an instant warmth and familiarity that can pull a dancefloor together within the first 16 and have them praying for more by the breakdown.
I love that quote and it’s so true! As Jeedo continues to explore and expand his sound, he’s..

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Billa Qause – Rest In Beats

Billa Qause – Rest In Beats

All beat tapes were not created equally. I’m sure we can agree on that. Some just have longer shelf lives than others, right? Enter Athens, Greece producer Billa Qause and his 2015 flip of soul and jazz tracks, Rest in Beats. I can’t tell you how I discovered the album, but I can tell..

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