Jose James vs Anthony David – Bill Withers' Tribute Albums

Jose James vs Anthony David – Bill Withers' Tribute Albums

I’d like to preface this by saying I know there’s no competition between these releases, but I found it quite a coincidence that these Bill Wither tribute albums will be released 1 week apart. Anthony David’s Hello Like Before 9/21/2018 and Jose James’ Lean On Me 9/28/2018. I’m excited about..

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Lyrically Handsome 001: Phonte – So Help Me God

Lyrically Handsome 001: Phonte – So Help Me God

I’ve always been highly inspired to create while listening to music. It could be the melody in the music, the feeling a song conjures or the lyrics of a song that fuels the spark within that launches some endeavor I’ve pursued. Most recently it was frequently mixes, but as of late it’s..

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Skoolwerk Apparel x DJ Rahdu – Sun-Ra T-Shirt & Mix

Skoolwerk Apparel x DJ Rahdu – Sun-Ra T-Shirt & Mix

The inspiration:
Born and raised in my city, Sun Ra is a constant muse and musical icon whose philosophy included thinking outside of the box and not being confined to another’s ideas. Coupled with the increase of albums being hailed as classics or failures within hours of release I imagined..

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DJ Rahdu – Discogs Mix 71

DJ Rahdu – Discogs Mix 71

I honestly had no clue what to include on my mix for Discogs. I had an idea of course, but was unsure of exactly how I wanted to present/express myself. I’ve done a boatload of Nu Soul/Hip Hop mixes, and several mixes of the new jazz artists on the scene and didn’t wanna paint myself in..

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Helsinki Headnod Convention – Sorrow And Pain (Video)

Helsinki Headnod Convention – Sorrow And Pain (Video)

The present racial climate in the United States is a veritable powder-keg. Being from the South, I’ve always been acutely aware of racism and felt the stranglehold of its tentacles. However, Black bodies in community spaces everywhere are now being subjected to near Jim Crow levels of aggression…

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DJ Rahdu – Sound Traveler Series #27 (RecordBreakin)

DJ Rahdu – Sound Traveler Series #27 (RecordBreakin)

I feel whenever they are behind the turntables, it should be the DJ’s desire for the crowd to sound travel, to literally be taken on a musical journey. Directing their attention to awesome treats and helping them discover cuts never considered all while keeping the flock away from wack jams..

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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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