DJ Khalil Talks Music Producing, Technology, Working With Dre On Pensado's Place (Video)

The producer of standouts for Jay Z, Self Scientific, Fashawn, Nas, Aloe Blacc and more talks music, his unique approach to production and advancements in music technology with the audio experts of Pensado's Place show. DJ Khalil's innovative style as a producer/sound designer creates an insightful discussion of music as he goes into detail about drawing from his crates/DJ background and bringing beats to reality with the help of live musicians. His background of life also provides good food for thought as Khalil shares what positive things inspire him outside of music.

DJ Khalil's main tool of choice nowadays is Propellerheads Reason and Guitar Rig which he discusses by sharing details behind how he uses it in his work. Get ready for exciting new projects which he discusses in the interview as well.

Enjoy "Have A Drink With Great Revivers" Out Now On Funk Night Records

When it comes to Funk, Russian band Great Revivers embody an intriguing level of character, storytelling and emotion all their own. "Have A Drink With Great Revivers" showcases their raw sound which has the capability to groove you in different ways, whether your listening to the laid-back summer vibe of "Sand & Breeze", the psychedelic sound of "Rhino's Walk" or the dangerous Rock-influence of "Spy Potion".

Preview and get your copy of this Spring 2015 Funk bomb today on vinyl at Juno.

Ya Man Supastition Got Bars On "Flawless" (prod. by Praise)

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It's Hip Hop to the core as Supastition releases the Spring 2015 single, "Flawless," with production by Praise off the upcoming album, 'Gold Standard.' It's no question that this veteran MC from The South is aggressive and a perfectionist at his craft as Supa delivers bars to make the average fan of Hip Hop want to pick up a mic.

The new album will be released June 2nd via Reform School Music/World Expo Records on Digital and CD. Guest features include Kenn Starr, Boog Brown, and Soundsci with production from Praise, MoSS, Croup, and a few others. Supastition is currently performing on a 50+ city U.S. tour with Blueprint to promote the upcoming 'Gold Standard' release.

Janet Jackson - "Control" (Donyea's Funk Band Remix)

Janet's 1986 classic gets a new millennium Funk treatment by producer/keyboardist Donyea Goodman who aim to take control of your body on the dancefloor. D brings along just the right musical elements to arrange an atmosphere of excitement which reflects this song's message of female self-realization and freedom. Groove to an energetic combination of drum fills and outstanding horn section led by the lively feel of Donyea's lead guitar melody as he and Ms. Jackson bring the party to your stereo.

Alicia Myers - "Right Here Right Now" (Hallelujah Anyway) feat. Acebeat Music

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One of Soul music's most faithful vocalists Alicia Myers returns in 2015 to give thanks once again with an inspirational groove which reflects upon the gift of life using the power of Dance. "Right Here Right Now (Hallelujah Anyway)" [feat. Acebeat Music] provides strength to the listener in sound and message as Alicia's signature Gospel-enthused songwriting approach backed by an uplifting melody of piano chords and thumping rhythm evokes positivity. When things don't go as planned in life, look up to the sky and have faith like this remarkable woman of Soul.

Pre-Order: The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983)

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An essential library collection chronicling the sonic evolution and abiding achievements of the unprecedented R&B ensemble, The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) follows The Isley Brothers through their transformation from a 1950's doo-wop/gospel vocal group into the world's preeminent R&B rock 'n' soul powerhouse party band. As evidenced in this quarter century of recordings, The Isley Brothers absorbed the music and culture surrounding them to continually create contemporary sounds spanning the decades.

The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) showcases tracks written (excepting "covers"), arranged, performed and produced by The Isley Brothers. This definitive new Isley Brothers anthology was compiled and produced by Grammy Award®-winner Leo Sacks, co-produced by Jeffrey James and Jeremy Holiday, and mastered from the original analog tapes by Grammy Award®-winner Mark Wilder at Battery Studios.

This set also includes, released here for the first time in its entirety, the "Great Lost Isley Brothers Album": Wild In Woodstock: The Isley Brothers Live At Bearsville Sound Studio 1980. First conceived as a "live" double album (with overdubbed crowd noise), this newly restored performance offers an immersive look at a crucial chapter in The Isley Brothers' history, a pivotal moment in the fusion of rock and funk music in an era fueled by the sound of the Isleys.

The Notorious B.I.G. - "One More Chance" (Woody Remix ft. Carlitta Durrand)

Woody pays tribute to rap's player president with a groovy remix of "One More Chance" featuring the beauty of chorus vocals sung by Carlitta Durand. Replacing the og Isley's sample loop with a deep bass groove, mellow keys and guitar arrangements for a live feel, this version mirrors the enhanced style of production used on "Life After Death".

Biggie sculpture by Phoung Tran

Large Professor Plays 2 Alternate Versions Of "It Ain't Hard To Tell" On NYU Radio

Digging back into the archives of DJ Eclipse's "The Halftime Show" unveils a studio interview with Large Professor from 2006 during the release of his first instrumental LP "Beatz". In between a best-of 1989-1990 Hip Hop set, Extra P plays 2 alternate arrangements and recording of the Illmatic classic "It Ain't Hard To Tell", featuring new ad-libs, drums and drops. 

This is a historic show to wet the appetite of Hip Hop fanatics with the presence and great stories of the culture which Large brings, and funky sounds by numerous artists of The Golden Era. Interview with Large Pro begins at 21:25 in Part 2 of the show, first alternate version of "It Ain't Hard To Tell" played at 33.19, the second played at the end of the show.

Stream "SOLAR" by Brazilian Keyboardist Lucas Arruda feat. Leon Ware

"2 years after the release of his first solo album, Favorite Recordings proudly presents SOLAR, second album by acclaimed Brazilian composer Lucas Arruda, and hundredth releases of the label!!

Lucas Arruda’s born in 1983 near Rio de Janeiro. After studying electric guitar, his passion quickly turned into Rhodes and keyboards, expanding his musical range of skills. At the same time he started his own home-studio and a real musical career in Brazil, gaining great local support from people like Ed Motta, William Magalhães (Banda Black Rio), Robert Lamm (Chicago) or Hyldon.

In 2012, Fabricio Di Monaco (from Modo Solar) introduced Lucas’ music to Favorite Recordings’ head honcho, Pascal Rioux, and one year after, Lucas Arruda presented his first solo album titled Sambadi, receiving great supports from many international DJs and media, who all acclaimed his natural skills for composition and arrangement.

Following this successful first effort, here comes SOLAR, new and second solo album by Lucas Arruda, filled with his fusion style, mixing influences and elements from his Latin musical background, with his genuine admiration for Jazz, Soul and Funk music ;

On “Melt the Night” for example, Lucas asked legendary producer Leon Ware for his help, reminding his collaborations in the 80s with Marcos Valle, when they perfectly merged together the sophisticated Boogie and AOR touch from California, with the blazing sense of rhythm from Brazil. For the occasion, they also recorded a blowing version of Marvin & Diana’s classic ballad “Stop! Look, Listen (To Your Heart)“ with the help of Guida de Palma’s (Jazzinho) beautiful voice.

For “Uma Onda”, he invites Alex Malheiros, bassist of the famous Jazz band Azymuth, for a splendid tribute to their specific fusion sound and influence on the Brazilian music scene. Finally the song “Agua”, co-written with his longtime friend Fabricio Di Monaco, is a beautiful ballad which illustrates perfectly Lucas’ passion for Soul music stars such as Stevie Wonder or Curtis Mayfield.

On top of these great collaborations and a few more surprises, SOLAR also differs from its predecessor by a lot more elaborated production process, offering an authentic and warm sound. Mostly recorded at Sala A Studio in Brazil, many drums parts were also taken at the fully analog Ambience Studios in Finland. The mix was also done in Finland on a Neve 8108 console from 1978, using only analogic technology and a Studer master tape to record the final pre-master.

The result is a timeless album, which should definitely established Lucas Arruda as one of the finest and most talented Brazilian musicians these days." - Favorite Recordings

TNT DISCOS PRESENTS - Rare Funk, Afro Psych Grooves from Mexican 45s Mix

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Get down to the upbeat hip shakin' Funk of 1970's Mexico on this special set by TNT Discos who is an avid Mexican Funk 45 collector. This mix features all the energy and dusty break-beat goodness you would love in hearing obscure Funk on 45 but done with a Latin flair as Mexico draws inspiration from America's knack for getting down.


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"Very scarce item from the super-collectable 'cult' Library label Panda Records. Along with "DRAMMATICO" this is probably the toughest piece from the label, very barely seen. Domenico Guaccero's GRUPPO IMPROVVISAZIONE NUOVA CONSONANZA founder is supposedly playing in this session accompained by original Nuova Consonanza's members. Tension and Dramatic WAR musical themes played with unique Nuova Consonanza's mark and deep Experimental/Avant-garde vein. Easily set as Score/Soundtrack for some War documentary or movie. Tensed and nervous strings under weird percussions and crazy sounds." - Armagideon Times

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Nicolay - "The Brightest Star" & "Afterglow" feat. Tamisha Waden & Phonte

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Let the bright hope of music be your guide as Nicolay unites with Tamisha Waden & Phonte for a soulful vision of happiness. "The Brightest Star" is the first single taken from Nicolay's upcoming solo album, City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto. The single bundle is available for purchase on iTunes now and includes the single edit of "The Brightest Star" as well as non-album B-Side "Afterglow". City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto drops 6/9/15 on +FE Music.

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