Global Music Unites Project feat. Najee, Swing Out Sister, Junior, Sounds of Blackness, ABIAH & More

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Global Music Unites brings together legendary and emerging artists for an inspiring digital-only album project to raise funds for three charities – SOS Villages, Mission Direct and The Hunger Project. Created from his participation in the Landmark Self-Expression & Leadership Progamme, David Nathan (founder of SoulMusic Records and co-owner of has created a digital-only album project for release In June, 2014 through Cherry Red Records in the UK, under the banner “Global Music Unites” bringing together artists and musicians (primarily from the US and UK) to raise funds for three charities – SOS Villages in Zambia, Mission Direct (also working in Zambia) and The Hunger Project. Net proceeds will be donated to these three worthwhile charities.

Enjoy preview of Global Music Unites which features an outstanding overall selection of modern Soul music by renowned veterans who are known for their classics such as saxophonist Najee, Swing Out Sister, Junior, Sandra St. Victor, Sounds of Blackness and emerging talent such as ABIAH and other talents.

Your support with this project would be truly much appreciated.

SOS Villages Zambia -
Mission Direct - ttp://
The Hunger Project -

William Bell & The Stax Music Academy Kids feat Snoop Dogg - "I Forgot To Be Your Lover"

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Soul great William Bell leads the way for a new generation of music by adding The Stax Music Academy Kids feat Snoop Dogg on a 2014 remake of his 1969 classic "I Forgot To Be Your Lover". In 2013 William complete a successful tour of Europe, has filmed a movie with Snoop Dog, now known as Snoop Lion, which will be released soon. He was honored to perform for the President of the United States at the Whitehouse, to rave reviews. William continues to be involved with the STAX Soulsville USA functions and the STAX Music Academy Kids, performing with them on numerous occasions.

In a distinguished career as a singer, songwriter and producer, William Bell has come to define the essence of “soul.” Born in Memphis but based in Atlanta since 1970, William Bell was one of the pioneers of the classic Stax/Volt sound, joining such other illustrious musical forces at that label as Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. & the MG’s, Albert King, Eddie Floyd, Carla and Rufus Thomas, The Staple Singers and the Bar-Kays, among others.

Jake One and G Koop Collaborate On "15 Piece" Cinematic Soul Sample Library

"15 Piece" displays the cinematic Soul sound of Jake One and instrumentalist G Koop who create magic on another soulful batch of grooves. Download "15 Piece"at, a moody sample library which goes above and beyond the average by pairing the sample-based production perspectives of two Grammy-nominated producers. Enjoy the depth of groove and storytelling as Jake One pairs his sample-based perspective of production with the musicality, sound design and vintage gear of instrumentalist G Koop on this exclusive kit of royalty-free samples.

Instruments featured in these samples:
Rare Vintage Synths: Prophet 5, Sequential Circuits Pro One, Memorymoog, Arp Axxe, Emulator and more
Vintage Guitar Amps
Vintage Bass Amps
Vintage Basses
Vintage Guitars
Strings, etc.

Multi-instrumentalist/producer G Koop in the studio

R&B Trio N.Ξ.X.T Announce "Next Over Everything", Soulpersona Remixes "Too Close"

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From "Too Close" to "Butta Love", "Wifey" and more classics, N.Ξ.X.T return in 2014 with "Next Over Everything". Check out the preview trailer for the new project which showcases the trios updated sound, smooth vibe and gift for R&B which incorporates Hip Hop influences while envisioning moments of passion in songwriting like none other.

Saxophonist Bob Reynolds Joins John Mayer on "Somewhere In Between"

Slip away to the smooth sounds of Bob Reynolds' latest release "Somewhere in Between", 10-track project which fuses indie-pop, alt-rock, R&B and soul influences, with featured guest John Mayer on two tracks. Bob brings a finesse on the sax and cool fusion of musical influences in his composition that is sure to evoke images and moods. Whether laying down an upbeat groove with John on "Feedback" or creating a laid-back reflective vibe on "What She Didn't Say" or "Rise and Fall", "Somewhere In Between" keeps it grooving throughout with entertaining moments and music which leads you on an unpredictable path of Soul.

Bob Reynolds - tenor, soprano saxes
Eric Harland - drums
Janek Gwizdala - bass
Oli Rockberger - piano, keyboards
John Shannon - guitar
Bashiri Johnson - percussion

with special guests
John Mayer - guitar, lap steel guitar (2, 3)
Aaron Parks - piano (1, 3, 5)

Produced by Matt Pierson

Pete Rock & DJ Scratch Discuss The Most Sampled James Brown Songs, WBAI Plays The Classics

"If your mandate as an MC is to “Move The Crowd” there is no better tool to have in your musical arsenal than a segment of the Godfather of Soul’s sonic fabric. Whether it’s his frantic percussion, a horn stab, trance-inducing bass or one of his signature Gospel-flavored wails, James Joseph Brown, Jr. remains one of the most sampled artists of all time, if not THE most sampled.

“James Brown is music period,” says DJ Scratch, award winning turntablist and deejay for EPMD. “He spawned other genres of music. He was Rock-n-Roll, he was the Funk and the best live performer in the history of performance period. This genre that we are a part of is all based on James Brown. So if it wasn’t for James there would be no me, there would be no Hip-Hop.”

As part of our tribute to the Godfather Of Soul for the upcoming biopic, “Get On Up,” we asked two of hip-hop’s premier producers and DJs, Pete Rock and DJ Scratch to talk about 5 of the most sampled James Brown songs of all time."

a 2014 interview by The Urban Daily

Enjoy a tribute to The Godfather of Soul James Brown by The Underground Railroad radio crew and Ego Trip, a music event and discussion aired shortly after his passing in 2006. Music is spun by Monk One and 3-D, plus the crew talk in-depth about Ego Trip's new "The White Rapper" show.

"What The Funk, The Influence of James Brown on Hip-Hop" art by Samantha Stahl

Preview: "Passion" EP by Singer/Songwriter Janine Johnson

Prepare for soulful music which is sure to inspire passion and optimism within as the Wayne Boucaud Radio Blackin3D Podcast Show presents a conversation with singer/songwriter Janine Johnson. Enjoy the laid back vibe as she blesses your ear drums with a swinging sound of jazzy R&B/Soul on her EP "Passion", 5 tracks of pleasure which also includes a nice cover of the Sounds Of Blackness classic "Optimistic". Listen as she speaks about James Bond, Spain, her amazing producers and much more in the interview. Also new music from STEVE ARRINGTON, GREIG WOLFE, SOMI, ANDRE CYMONE and more.

Blacastan & Stu Bangas Take It To The Studio For "Watson And Holmes"

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Stu Bangas and Blacastan bring you into the kitchen to provide insight into the signature sound of Brutal Music which they lend to Hip Hop individually and as a duo on "Watson & Holmes". There's no love here only warfare as this power duo come to shatter domes with sinister neck-snapping beats and venomous rhyme delivery.

Enjoy the interviews with Stu and Blac and pick up "Watson & Holmes" on July 25th.

Soul Greats Howard Johnson & Leon Sylvers III Unite For "Jet Black Casanova"

Soul vocalist Howard Johnson is still "So Fine" with 3 successful CDs out now -"Jet Black Casanova" (co-produced with Leon Sylvers) the newest of his projects released July 2013, "The Orange Album", "Bring It On" and "Keepin' Love New - Remixed" . The incredible NEW "Jet Black Casanova" with original tracks reminiscent of his 80s hits, yet currently different, is experiencing tremendous reception in Europe and the USA!!! Howard is an incredible entertainer and vocalist that fans continue to enjoy!

Called the" Prophet of Soul " in the 80's, Howard Johnson can still wear that moniker with honors. His distinctive style has earned him a spot that will go down in history. Time and again, Howard Johnson’s music productions and performances are critically acclaimed. As time unfolds, this artist is identified as one of music's most versatile entertainers. Starting as Lead singer of the group Niteflyte on Arista Records with several pop hits, then as a solo artist on A&M Records, to his current status of being an independent performer, Howard is still wowing fans around the world as a solo artist making music.

"The Seeker" by Jazz Saxophonist Azar Lawrence

"As one of the best to blend the elements of earth and the spirit through music, Azar Lawrence stands apart from his peers with his searing, passionate saxophone sound and brilliant compositional style. His new live recording, The Seeker, will stand as an important milestone in the ever-fascinating musical journey that Lawrence has taken to create healing music for the world." - Sunnyside Records

Azar Lawrence: tenor & soprano saxophones
Nicholas Payton: trumpet
Benito Gonzalez: piano
Essiet Okon Essiet: bass
Jeff "Tain" Watts: drums

Learn more about "The Seeker" in an article by The New York Times which focuses on the live performance by Azar and his quintet in NYC.

Disco & Brazilian Soul by Imagenes Recordings: The Music Of Andre Espeut's Quintet & Los Charly's Orchestra

London based Venezuelan producers Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel teams up with from man – UK singer – Andre Espeut for another winner with their latest project Andre Espeut’s Quintet.

Moving across a Brazilian / Jazzy line with an slick vocal touch on a Curtis Mayfiled vibe Andre Espeut’s and his Quintet comes back with this steady jazzy groover to follow up their debut release ‘Let It Go / Rising” already launched in 2013.

‘Here Today’ is a hugely enjoyable jazzy romp involving some great musicians as well as supremely versatile vocalist Andre Espeut . Guaranteed to make your feet move and your heart skip this track has a touch of Tony Rallo’s classic ‘Holdin’ on’ but with a larger helping of quality jazz.

The sunshine comes out for this track as its playful melodies invite you too. Another place where you can’t help but smile.

“Very nice song” – Danny Krivit

Vocals & Co Production – Andre Espeut
Bass- Matheus Nova
Drums – Raphael Delphino
Keys – Milt Mavrakakis
Percussion – Juan Laya
Trumpet – Eikel Venegas Hernandes
Production – Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel

London/Venezuela production duo Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel aka Los Charly’s Orchestra take influences from Salsoul, Fania, Donna Summer, Cerrone, Herbie Hancock and even Jamiroquay and blend them with their very unique style of production in order to deliver their latest anthem of Neo Latin Disco.

After a few months of experimentation across different sounds Los Charly’s are back into their main arena with an outstanding new single entitle Everlasting Love.

Those guys were first known by their initial Disco/Funk period and more recently by their infectious Latin/Funk sound, which has been buzzing all around the place for the past couple of years.

This new single expresses a cross road in between the two periods of LCO bringing up a new perspective for the future of this outfit.

"Really good track, very Salsoul!" John Morales

"Another cracking production here" Quinton Scott, Strut Records

"Really good track, very Salsoul!" John Morales

"Gorgeous! On the set list!" Jim Stanton, Horse Meat Disco

"Instant Disco Classic!" Ennio Styles, RRR FM Melbourne


Vocals – Amalia Economos
Bass - Matheus Nova
Drums – Juan Laya
Keys - Milt Mavrakakis
Percussion – Alejadro Martinez
Trumpet - Eikel Venegas Hernandes
Trombone – Landy Casanueva
Guitar – Kenny Barry

Production – Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel

Record Label: Imagenes Recordings
Format: Vinyl 10” & Digital Download
Release date: 01 Sept 2014 from the usual record stores & digital outlets.

M.O.P. eMC & Mobb Deep Interview With Leyla Stacked @ Germany's OUT4FAME FESTIVAL (Video)

Germany know's quality Hip Hop and keep legends in demand as you can see in this summer 2014 interview by host Leyla Stacked. Stay tuned for new music by these three NY giants as announced in these interviews, including a new EP from M.O.P., LP on Nature Sounds and Mobb LP in late 2014.

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