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Saxophonist Braxton Cook Performs On BRIC TV, Soothes With "Somewhere In Between"

"Since graduating from The Juilliard School, Braxton has continued to tour with Christian Scott’s group as well as tour nationally and internationally with other groups such as The New Century Jazz Quintet, Ulysses Owens Quintet and Tomohiro Miro Quartet. In
addition, Braxton Cook and his newly formed band The N.E.W. will be touring nationally as well to support the release of his upcoming album, "Somewhere in Between."

"Somewhere in Between" is set to release early 2017, and will feature Braxton’s saxophone playing as well as his singing and songwriting. The over-arching concept behind this album is the importance of finding your own lane musically and artistically, and then trusting in it. It's about discovering yourself and not conforming to the pressures around us.

Braxton’s sound and musical identity has always been in between the Soul music that he was raised on and the Jazz that he has studied and grown to love. This album serves as inspiration to artists and people in all walks of life to embrace their uniqueness and own it." - BRIC TV


Afro-Funk Band Hard Proof Make Music That's Incendiary On "Stinger"

The Austin-based 10-piece collective of musicians known as Hard Proof are a Funk bomb waiting to explode on their 2017 LP "Stinger". The fiery and upbeat fusion that makes up the Hard Proof sound is a mix of numerous talent which represent an emerging movement of Southern Funk music, including members of Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, The Calm Blue Sea, Cougar, Ocote Soul Sounds, Spanish Gold, and several other notable Austin acts.

Oxygen & Ollie Teeba Talk Rare Vinyl, Soundsci Drop "My Boosey Weighs A Ton" LP

"Library music is the crate digger’s manna; music that has never been commercially released, hence much harder to come across, providing obscure sample material for generations of producers. Any respectable digger will recognise the Boosey & Hawkes Recorded Music Library sleeves immediately. However, the Cavendish Music archive, of which they are part, remains one of the least chartered non-commercial music catalogues among producers.

This is no longer the case, thanks to veteran beatsmiths Jonny Cuba (Dynamic Syncopation) and Ollie Teeba (The Herbaliser), and their army of emcees: Audessey, Oxygen, UGeorge, Supastition, Emskee & Eddie Meeks. We bring you My Boosey Weighs A Tonne, an album sampled wholly from the Cavendish archive. This makes a perfect follow up to 2011’s Soundsational LP on Ubiquity, for which Soundsci gained the blessing of Mike James Kirkland to sample his rich back catalogue. " - 2nx Music

Singer Sydni Marie Covers Angela Winbush & Deniece Williams Classics On 2017 LP

Lend your ears to a soulful singer who is ready to treat you right with her lovely tone and affectionate approach to R&B as Sydni Marie sets you free with "Sankofa". With two covers that showcase Sydni's remarkable vocal ability and 7 pieces of original songwriting designed to help you find a new piece of mind, "Sankofa" serves as a musical relax and release for the mind, body and soul.

Visit and get your copy of Sankofa today on iTunes.

The Jackson 5 - "I Wanna Be Where You Are" Samba Cover by Elements of Life

It's time to chill when in the midst of the laid-back groove of Louie Vega's group Elements of Life who portray the charm and joy of a children's Soul classic with a graceful and hip-shaking musical approach to "I Wanna Be Where You Are". Released on renowned Latin label Fania Records.

The Jackson 5 career infographic poster designed by Khairul Azhar

Dance To The Kaidi Tatham Remix of Henry Wu's 'Negotiate' ft. Simeon Jones

"Henry Wu (aka Kamaal Williams of Yussef Kamaal) returns to Eglo Records following his joint EP with K15 as Wu15. 'Deep In The Mudd' is a 6 track EP which journeys through Broken Beat, House, Hip Hop and Jazz... and once again he's joined by a few special guests." - Eglo Records

Pre-Order 6 track 12" Vinyl EP at…ep-ft-banton

WDAS Rap Digest Radio featuring Parrish Smith of EPMD, 1989

By JR on 11:05 AM

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"I was surprised to come across this gem from Philly’s WDAS 105.3 FM in early 1989 (I’m guessing this is an episode of the “Rap Digest,” but I’m not 100% sure). I usually listened to DAS for classic soul, but when they did hip-hop, they did it well.

Parrish Smith from EPMD calls in on a snowy winter day to discuss a show with Superlover Cee & Casanova Rud the following night in Philly, EPMD’s travels in that country called Africa, and the upcoming album. They say to expect the album (which has five complete cuts so far) in May. They ended up beating that date, releasing the album on April 1, 1989." - Normal Bias

Track Listing

Road to the Riches… Kool G Rap & DJ Polo (in progress)
Serious (Remix) (feat. KRS-One)… Steady B
As the Beat Goes On… Sweet Tee
Greatest Man Alive (Remix)… Three Times Dope
Mimi Brown Interview with Parrish Smith

Frank Nitt Links With Bishop Lamont And Producers Mosaic & Pockets For 2017

"In perfect timing to close off J Dilla month, Frank Nitt wraps up February with a highly anticipated EP, "Distinguished Curse Words" produced by Mosaic & Pockets . The six track collection paints a vivid picture of Franks Detroit roots. Set for release Feb. 28th Nitt’s newest opus has Mosaic and Pockets pulling out all the boombap and soulful stops, providing Nitt with the canvas needed. Check out "Where Ya Goin" for a taste of whats to come."

"Detroit veteran and J Dilla collaborator Frank Nitt, alongside producer/engineer Robroy, have revealed the artwork & tracklist for their upcoming album Primo Atto Ent. Presents: Frank Nitt & Robroy - Asphalt Runways, arriving May 27th from Primo Atto Ent. / Delicious Vinyl.

With production handled by Italian born Robroy, and a host of featured artists ranging from the gritty hip-hop of Guilty Simpson to the unmistakable legendary funk of Terry "Zapp” Troutman, this unapologetic album will surely creep into your "favorites list”."

Salvador & Alex Wilson Bring Latin Fire To Steve Winwood's "Higher Love"

Look inside your heart and find a higher love with the Latin fire of Salvador and Alex Wilson who take on the '86 Steve Winwood Pop classic. With a new tone of heartfelt power and an undeniable vibe of happiness and festivity, discover just how strong music can be when driven by the power of love.

K-Def Creates Funky Beats & Lives "In The Moment" On 2017 Instrumental LP

"The nostalgic process inspired K to incorporate all this weapons to make timeless current day music regardless of perceived limitations. Creatives often refer to their optimal stride in coined terms like "The magic hour" or "In the zone". Using all the tools and experience at his disposal (mainly MPC's), K captured his stride documented in these generous 23 tracks. When asked about the album's background and composition, he said simply, (he) "was in the moment". It resonated and there you have it. K-Def's new LP is titled "In the Moment" so you're "in luck" if you're "in the know"." - Redef Records

Eric B & Rakim's "The Punisher", An Artistic Depiction Of The Song by cratesofjr

By JR on 7:26 AM

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One of the many aspects of Rakim's legendary art of rhyme was his ability to envision dark and dangerous scenes like no other MC. On his 1992 classic with Eric B."The Punisher", The R left chills in the spines of listeners which would inspire a path of venomous lyrics for years to come. Enjoy my artistic depiction of this song as Ra is pictured as the villain and powerful force of darkness which he portrays lyrically.

The artwork was executed as a rendered drawing on 8.5" x 11" paper which was then scanned and painted digitally using transparent glazes of color in Photoshop. My goal, to be as dangerous with visual art as the microphone fiend Rakim is to rhyme.

Hip Hop's Bankai Fam Announce "Civil War" LP & Freestyle on East NY Radio, 2017

By JR on 5:33 AM

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PF Cuttin delivers all NEW HIPHOP for the 1st hour and some change, then Bankai Fam stops thru to chop it up and play some cuts off that CIVIL WAR. They end the show with an ILL freestyle.

1 Supreme Soloist by Ill Conscious
2 The Underground by Lucky Dice feat. Chi Knox & Reks
3 Blood On The Chorus (prod. by E.A.) by Mega X
4 Banish - Blood On The Docks (ft. Nowaah the Flood by BanishHabitual
5 Tombstones In The Sky (prod. by Bronze Nazareth) by Hus Kingpin & Rozewood
6 Brains Flew By (1964 Version) by Westside Gunn
7 My City Pt. II by Asun Eastwood feat. Conway The Mahine & Black Nazi
8 Sliding Doors (prod. by PhybaOptikz) by Daniel Son
9 Lessons by Mic HandZ
10 That Feeling (Dirty) by Milano Constantine (prod. by Marco Polo)
11 Can't Make This Up (prod. by Per C Wells) by Ren Thomas
12 Take What You Got by Planet Asia feat. Washeyi Choir, Hus Kingpin & Tristate
13 Marcberg Freestyle by Therman Munsin
14 Don’t Trust a Soul (7th Avenue Version) by Westside Gunn
15 Don’t Trust a Soul by Westside Gunn
16 FOTH pt2 by Da Villins feat Prodigy
17 FOH Pt. 2 (J57 Remix) by Da Villins feat. Prodigy
18 Bob & Weave by Estee Nack & Al Divino feat. Code READY
19 Come on Down by Pearl Harba feat. Shabaam Sahdeeq & Nutso
20 Big Homie by DLP Labba Ranks DV Alias Khryst
21 Put Jewelz On It (prod. by Falling Down, cuts by DJ Afar) by REALZ feat. Vast Aire
22 Impala by El Gant & J.Blanc
23 The Devil Is Near (prod. by Diamond D) by Sadat X feat. Jawz Of Life
24 Heavens Dungeon (prod. by Stu Bangas) by Spit Gemz feat. Chino XL
25 Respect Fire by Spit Gemz x Mitchell Aimss
27 Raekwon - This Is What It Comes Too by ICEH2O RECORDS
28 For You (prod. by Colter Cashier & David Mnemonic, cuts by Tone Spliff) by Fatlip feat. Phil The Agony & Percee P
29 What NY Sound Like (prod. by The Superiors) by The Williams Brothers (Ali Vegas & Reek Da Villian)
30 ...Love The Police by Mazzi & S.O.U.L. Purpose feat. Swave Sever
31 Trans by PMD
32 Take Notes (prod. by PMD) by PMD feat. Ace Brav & RJ Da Realist
33 The Exorcism (prod. by Statik Selektah) by Quadir Lateef
35 Pool Full of Sharks new mix by Bankai Fam
36 bulgaria final bankai remix shoot video asap r.i.p mark b by Bankai Fam
37 Bankai Fam Civil war by BF
40 alltimers by BANKAI
41 Bouncy Lady inst by Bankai Fam Freestyle

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