"Emerging American soul artist Kenya is arriving on the music scene worldwide with her new album My Own Skin, a collection of eclectic, soulful songs that is sure to make audiences take significant notice. As a vocalist and songwriter, Kenya delivers smooth vocals with a jazz influence that creates contemporary grooves while telling stories of love, self-empowerment and the joys and challenges of relationships. Her first single released, “Be Here” featuring the soulful duo Kloud 9, peaked at #28 on the USA R&B Billboards and #2 on the UK Soul Chart. Her second release, “Wednesday Girl” is receiving riveting reviews for its clever lyrics about limited love while provided a stirring groove with moments of jazz and soul intertwined. It too peaked at #2 on the UK Soul Chart. Kenya even takes on legendary Michael Jackson’s single “I Can’t Help It” produced by Othello Glen and David Stoller, a.k.a “SugaBoom” adding a contemporary and favorable spin on a classic.
Other noteworthy singles on the album include the title track “My Own Skin” which is a testimony to Kenya’s personal journey and “Brown Soul” which takes a deeper and more spiritual look into the plight and tragedy of violence amongst African American males. Top notch producers Kendall Duffie (Kloud 9), Khari Cabral Simmons (Jiva), Darren “Daz I Kue” Benjamin (Bugz in the Attic), Mark de-Clive Lowe, and Grammy award winner Maurice Joshua further punctuate this remarkable debut LP. Kenya is the executive producer and the primary songwriter on the album. If you’re looking for new soul music that will take your heart, mind and spirit on a melodic journey, My Own Skin will suit you perfectly. Learn more about Kenya and her music at www.kenyamjmusic.com and follow @kenyamjmusic on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook." - Expansion Records
"My Own Skin" by Kenya tracklisting:
1. My Own Skin
2. Be Here
3. Wednesday Girl
4. Take Me Away
5. Let Me
6. I Can’t Help It (SugaBoom Remix)
10. Brown Soul
11. Never Giving Up
12. My Heart
13. Wednesday Girl (Daz I Kue Remix)
14. Be Here (MdCL Remix)
An interesting collage of musical influence and fusion runs throughout the soulful sound of "Night Off" by The Los. With elements of Jazz-Funk and JB's-inspired Funk paired with Psychedelic Rock and an uplifting vocal approach reminiscent of the Average White Band and The Doobie Brothers, this band cross genres of music freely from song to song and within song for a truly exciting and surprising journey.
All songs written and arranged by Tha Los
Tha Los - Vocals, Bass
A.J. Holmes - Keys
Brent DiRoma - Guitar
Jamie Eblen - Drums, Percussion
Alex Bender - Trumpet
Andrew Gould - Alto Sax
Paul Jones - Tenor Sax
Jimmy O'Connell - Trombone
Jamie Lee - Backup Vocals
Devon Perry - Backup Vocals
Additional Percussion by A.J. Holmes, Brent DiRoma, and Tha Los
Additional Keys by Andrew Fox, Tom Rosato, and Tha Los
Produced by Andrew Fox and Tha Los
Mixed and mastered by Tom Rosato
Album art by Corinna Chiccoli
Artist logo by Fuad Tabet
The dynamic Hip Hop crew known as Soundsci focus on one of the human elements which drives Hip Hop art and culture. Make way for the hungry artist who's focus is gaining respect and catching wreck on the mic on "Hunger Pains" from the WhoSampled album "Diggin' In The Vaults".
"In Spring 2014, WhoSampled took a group of renowned UK diggers, producers and beatmakers to the vinyl archives of famed library music specialists Imagem, in which resides a complete collection of the highly collectable releases of the Boosey & Hawkes and Cavendish music libraries. Their mission: to excavate rare sample material from which new compositions could be created.
The recordings unearthed at the archive session were made available to 20 up-andcoming producers at 'Samplethon', a unique 'Hackathon for Music Producers', at which those producers competed against the clock to create new music based on the archive material. This 2NX release showcases the winning entries produced at the event alongside tracks from the artists who made up the event's panel of judges and mentors, among them Mark Rae, Mr Thing, Soundsci, Chris Read and My Panda Shall Fly."
Some random heat I re-discovered in my iTunes from 2008, courtesy of skilled lyricist Insight who gets busy for Belgian Hip Hop label Earthquake Records. Enjoy and get "The Art Of Raw" EP here if you don't have already. This one sounds fresh nearly 10 years after it's release from the skill display on beats, rhymes and cuts. Produced by D-Purpose / Cuts by Dj Iron.
"The Sojourners new album is just plain good listening. But more importantly it shouts for social justice by reinforcing those inseparable links between the early spirituals, gospel, and activist folk music which all arise from hope, faith and courage in the face of adversity. Listen and you shall be released."- Marc Lindy, Gospel Train, CFRO 100.5 Vancouver.
"For the long awaited 2013 debut album from Papoose, entitled The Nacirema dream, I produced from concept, the artwork and packaging along with promotional materials for the release. Using the theme of 'Nacirema' which is AMERICA spelt backwards, I came up with the idea of the flag painted across the artists face. I wanted to give the feel of a revolutionary speaking out against the wrong doings of his country" - Sam Huggins
View more images from this design project here at Sam's portfolio.
Check out the sounds and thoughts of a dynamic duo from Jersey who's art will inspire you to explore worlds of good music of past and present. Flea Market Funk and No Ideas Original radio shows invite John Robinson & PVD in Winter of 2015 to discuss their current and upcoming projects while playing music based on inspiration of each artist's musical contribution.
1.Dj EFN- Who's Crazy? (ft Troy Ave, Scarface, Stalley)
2.Sonny Cheeba- Time
3.Prodigy- The Script (ft Blazin, Rap P)
4.Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD- Mind Playin Tricks
5.Sadat X- Get Yours (ft Black Rob)
6.Malik B & Mr. Green- Dark Streets (ft Ra The Rugged Man, Amalie Bruun)
7.Curt Digga- Murder Swagg (ft Keith Murray)
8.Cannibal Ox- Opposite Of Desolate (FT Double A.B.)
9.The Mood Doctors- Refuse (ft Dj Evil Dee)
10.Action Bronson- Terry
11.Legalize- Fight (ft Onyx)
12.Dirty Diggs- Flash Gordon (ft Rozewood, Killa Kali, Planet Asia)
13.Nutso- Str8 Talk (ft Blacastan, Steele)
14.Sean Price- Anderson Silva (ft Havoc)
15.Bumpy Knuckles- Deep Fried Heat
16.Killah Priest- Color Of Ideas
17.Union Blak- Turf
18.Tame One & Young Zee- Pop The Trunk
19.Labba- DEM WE A CAPY
21.Agallah- B.A.M. (ft Tatoo)
22.Big Shug- Off Rip (ft Termanology, Singapore Kane)
23.DLP- Back In Style (ft Juxx Diamondz, Lil Dap, El Gant, Pace Won, Vvs Verbal)
24.John Robinson- Everywhere
25.Gza- The Mexican (ft Tom Morello)
26.Little Vic- Go So Far
27.John Robinson- We The Prolific
28.Professor P & Dj Akilles- For The City (ft Rah Digga)
29.Sean Price- Go Rambo (ft Illa Ghee, Head I.C.E.)
30.Sultan Mir- Lord Knows (ft Tone Liv, Lord Digga)
31.John Robinson- Rock On
32.Roc Marciano- Three, Sixty, Five, (Remix)
Step into the upbeat dance vibe of new millennium Funk duo Tuxedo. In a visit to France, producer Jake One and singer Mayer Hawthorne represent a revivalist movement which draws inspiration from the party-inducing rhythm and sound of 80's Disco and the crate-digging imagination of modern Hip Hop. Hear how this project came to be as Jake and Mayer reflect on their like-minded taste for 80's Boogie which contributed to the creation of songs which departed from their regular music-making approach.
For the group it's all or nothing as they explore the art of dance and expand their palette in a free-thinking artistic approach which was not intended to become a hit but has created a world of it's own by the power of good music. "Tuxedo" by Jake One & Mayer Hawthorne now available on Spotify and digital download.
This union of soulful music and lyrics proves powerful enough to give you something to believe in as DJ Khalil and Aloe Blacc lend classic sound to the visionary rhyme flows of Fashawn and Nas. Get your rewind button ready for some soulful Hip Hop that's bound to stick to your ribs like good food.
THE ECOLOGY TRACKLISTING
1. Guess Who’s Back
3. Something to Believe ft Nas & Aloe Blacc
5. To Be Young ft BJ the Chicago Kid
6. Golden State of Mind ft Dom Kennedy
7. Letter F
8. Place to Go
9. Man of the House
10. Out The Trunk ft Busta Rhymes
11. It’s A Good Thing ft Aloe Blacc & Choosey
UPCOMING TOUR DATES (get your tickets here)
2/26 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex ticketf.ly/19t0xnf
3/3 – Vancouver, BC – Alexander tktwb.tw/1AOylpn
3/4 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile ticketf.ly/1JnQ1O0
3/5 – Portland, OR – Peter’s Room bit.ly/1AivIKL
3/6 – Eugene, OR – Wow Hall tktwb.tw/1vcvcyQ
3/7 – Oakland, CA – Leo’s
3/8 – Sacramento, CA – Harlows ticketf.ly/1BjB77j
3/10 – Boston, MA – Middle East – downstairs tktwb.tw/17mzhVP
3/11 – New York, NY – SOB’s tktwb.tw/1JnQPme
3/12 – Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary ticketf.ly/1AiwSG9
3/13 – Toronto, ON – The Drake Hotel tktwb.tw/1JIIG6I
3/14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café tktwb.tw/1EKVJTC
3/15 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s ticketf.ly/1ySSiFX
3/16 – Grand Rapids, MI – Stache bit.ly/1JnRAvn
3/18 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room ticketf.ly/1L7FgLq
3/19 – Austin, TX – SXSW
3/20 – Austin, TX – SXSW
3/21 – Austin, TX – SXSW
3/22 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits bit.ly/1zlxFTV
3/24 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade – Purgatory bit.ly/1Fow1YL
3/25 – New Orleans, LA – Parrish Room @ HOB bit.ly/1zLPJFR
3/26 – Houston, TX – Studio @ Warehouse Live ticketf.ly/1FYj0mf
3/27 – San Antonio, TX – ACMC ticketf.ly/17eSjxC
3/28 – Dallas, TX – The Loft ticketf.ly/1JnSjNi
3/30 – Denver, CO – Cervantes (Other Side) ticketf.ly/1CFqiHW
3/31 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad bit.ly/1ySUT2D
4/1 – Phoenix, AZ – The Press Room bit.ly/1A3kXgy
4/2 – Orange County, CA – Constellation Room
"Freezing, merciless winds blow across desolate landscapes. A never ending blizzard covers the land with snow. It takes determination, strength and the will to survive to make it in this modern world. "Endless Winter" captures the mind state of determined souls enduring the harsh realities of present day living.
Independent hip hop artists June Marx (Brooklyn,NY), Resolute (Chicago,IL) and DJ Ambideckstriks (Chicago,IL) prepare to launch the "Heavy Artillery Tour" from Chicago, Illinois on February 24th. An album entitled "Endless Winter" was recorded by June Marx and Resolute in Fallout Shelter Studios in Chicago and limited tour edition copies will be available on the tour. The album is a mixture of Modern Warfare tactics, introspective street tales and personal reflections. Producers on the project include Memo (of Molemen), Stoma Emsi, BBZ Darney, June Marx and Symphonik Bang. DJ Ambideckstriks, a Midwest tournament champion, lends his scratching skills on the majority of the album." - Torchbearer Records
June Marx, Resolute, DJ Ambideckstriks, Naomi Hunt
"Ellene Masri has provided me the opportunity to concentrate on a style of music I do not get to hear often: as well as offering incredible Jazz movements, Masri incorporates Folk, Acoustic, World music and Contemporary elements - the resultant sounds are among the most emotive, personal and stunning around. Masri’s stunning and mesmerizing beauty is reflected in her music: she has experienced a lot of heartache and change; choosing to filter it into her music, it not only acts as a form of release- it is designed to hit the listener and seduce them completely. (...) Masri’s current album is filled with rich and gorgeous tracks that we can relate to and appreciate.
Masri does not simply do what Jazz/Acoustic contemporaries do: her intelligence, sense of composition and diversity has shades of the U.S. giants- she employs various illustrious musicians into the mix (like Steely Dan) to ensure her songs are the finest and most invigorating they can be. There are a few female (and male) artists that play similar music: I feel that none manage to instill the same blend of culture, originality and passion into their music. Masri not only allows access to her heart, thoughts and inner-most confessions; she takes you on a tour of the globe: inspired by the sounds of Africa, the U.S., Europe and Brazil, the listener is treated to a cornucopia of sounds and flavours. " - Sam Liddicott (Music Musing And Such) , UK
Enjoy the album stream of "Music" by Ellne Masri and show your support at her Kickstarter where she is promoting a campaign to bring a music video to fruition. Musical Director for this project is “Sir GANT”, legendary producer and incredible musician, known for arranging the grammy award winning masterpiece “Sweet Love” from Anita Baker.