Through Music, Singer Sam Reed Realizes The "True Value" Of Love

Sam Reed has the power to unfold your heart with sweet sounds of music on her tribute to love called "True Value". Enjoy the sunshine which this singer/songwriter delivers as she radiates happiness vocally over an instrumental which merges elements of Funk, Soul and Jazz driven by uplifting harmony.

From Sam's Funk/Soul/Jazz/Dance fusion album "This Is Love".

Guilty Simpson - "Vanguard Organization" and "Unreleased Material" feat. MED

By JR on 5:50 AM

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Guilty Simpson is doin' the damn thang in 2015 as he represents Detroit in a definition of real live street music. Prolific as usual with guest spots and solo releases, listen as Guilty gives Hip Hop fans the rawness they thirst for by painting visions of the ghetto over rugged sample-based instrumentals on "Unreleased Material" featuring MED and "Vanguard Organization".

Broken-Hearted, Ohkang & ILLingsworth Release Their Stress Gained From "Girlfriends"

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It's not everyday you hear skilled MCs get together to pour the truth of their emotions out over a bare sample loop, especially in 2015. Taking Hip Hop's creative expression back to a time where people were more open to showing their feelings, Ohkang & Doc ILLingsworth recall trials of love in rhyme to a pleasant sound of 70's Jazz Fusion on "Girlfriends". The charming and joyful musical vibe brought forth by this instrumental sets the tone for bittersweet love as each MC brings contrast in sharing the pain which resides deep in their hearts after a breakup.

Soul Man Will Downing Delivers A Summer Wind Down With "July Heat"

By JR on 9:36 AM

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It's time to ease your mind as the Prince of Sophisticated Soul Will Downing expresses feel-good vibes through a selection of new and classic R&B jams in another edition of his Wind Down show. Sit back and relax as this acclaimed vocalist heats things up with a strong dose of passion displayed in outstanding love-based songwriting.

Stream: Dr. Dre's "The Pharmacy" Beats 1 Show, 7/4/15

By JR on 5:15 AM

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This is a recording of The Pharmacy with Dr Dre show that was broadcasted on Apple Music's Beats 1 radio station on July 4th at 3pm PT, or 4th July 2015 at 11pm BST. Thanks to ElCapitanGuy for the upload.

The Pace Report Presents: "Shalamar Reloaded" The Jody Watley Inteview

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Reporting from Lincoln Center's Mid-Summer Night Swing 2015, Jody Watley of Shalamar celebrates the legacy of her group's timeless sound solidified in the 80's which continues to ignite dance floors across the globe. Below, The Funky Soulsta presents a rare groove special tribute set of tunes with Shalamar as the featured artist.

Download Jody's latest "Paradise" today at iTunes.

"Check Cashing Day" by Bobby Watson & The “I Have A Dream” Project

By JR on 8:14 AM

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To provide healing, optimism and joy in the ongoing fight towards social equality across the globe, saxophonist Bobby Watson creates inspiring Jazz compositions driven by the hopes and dreams of African American people. Journey with Bobby and the "I Have A Dream Project" as they fuse spoken word and singing with swinging rhythm to project humanity, Black pride, history and social progression.

"This is a tribute in honor of the 50th year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's March on Washington and his famous "I Have a Dream" speech held on August 28th 1963 in Washington D.C. "It is my hope that this CD provides for cleansing, and an increased dialogue aimed at moving toward the reality of Dr. King's dream for equality for all people around the world". - Bobby Watson

70's Italian Library On Vinyl: The Disco & Funk of Composer Carlo Savina

"KILLER Italian Library LP from the Edizioni Musicali MINSTREL - RING label, music by Carlo Savina and his orchestra. Shocking and still underrated Electronic panoramic Lounge sounds space out by Jazz-Funk and dope Funk Breaks, amazing Electronic Underwater effects. Music inspired by sea islands for a total Lounge aquatic trip. Quite Rare and tough to find. Listen!" - Armagideon Times

Take It "Easier" With The Laid-Back Soul Fusion Of Space Captain (Official Video)

"New Tru Thoughts signings Space Captain release the double A-side “Easier”/ “Remedy”, on 24th July, ahead of a debut EP which is in development for later this year.

Self-releasing “Easier” via Bandcamp in 2013, alongside a brand new video, Space Captain gained impressive early support from the likes of Indie Shuffle, Revive and The Line of Best Fit. They subsequently put out “Remedy” in 2014, accompanied by a live video session for Sofar Sounds (NY), to further acclaim. This official double A-side release is set to showcase these fresh, early visions of the Brooklyn-based collective's sound to a wider audience. Fusing R&B, hip hop, soul and psych, Space Captain fit perfectly on Tru Thoughts’ roster among the likes of Alice Russell, Quantic and The Seshen, while singer Maralisa is particularly excited to be able to call herself a label mate of the Hot 8 Brass Band: “A dream of mine is to collaborate with Hot 8; I remember seeing them a lot at New Orleans Jazz Fest when I was younger and thinking they were just incredible”.

New School jazz alumni Maralisa Simmons-Cook and Alex Pyle co-founded Space Captain when they met at the New School in New York in 2011. Sharing piano lessons and soul and hip hop recommendations, the pair first collaborated when Alex asked Maralisa to sing on his tracks, and they soon decided to form their own project to fuse their complementary musical backgrounds. Originally from outside of Philadelphia, producer and guitarist Alex had grown up listening to and making music inspired by the golden age of 90s production (D’Angelo, Madlib). Meanwhile, over in California’s Marin County, Maralisa was listening to soul and blues records (Amy Winehouse, Taj Mahal, Nina Simone), writing melodies, singing in an a cappella group and making trips to New Orleans for family holidays; on moving to New York, she also delved deeper into the world of music by interning for Daptone Records." - Tru THoughts Records

Stream The 2014 DMC US Finals DJ Championship Showcase, Hosted by DJ Red Alert

By JR on 6:57 AM

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Enjoy a display of cutting-edge skills and entertainment in the art of turntablism as Rane presents The 2014 DMC US Finals DJ Championship!

DJ Shiftee: 2x DMC World Champion
DJ Precision (X-ecutioners): 2x DMC US Champion
Host: Kool DJ Red Alert
13 of the USA’s top battle DJs compete for the chance to represent the US in the 2014 DMC World DJ Championships in London!
2014 DMC Regional DJ Champions competing include
Defending: DJ Esquire: Brooklyn NY
(2013 DMC US Champ + 2012 DMC US Supremacy Champ)
DJ I-Dee: Fairfax VA (05 DMC US Supremacy Champ)
FasciNate: Tilton NH (11 DMC US Supremacy Champ)
DJ Manwell: Los Angeles
International Ease: Rochester NY
The Beat Molester: Seattle WA
El Abstrakto: Miami FL
Spiderman: Dallas TX
Ambideckstriks: Chicago IL
DJ Petey Complex: Queens NY
Dj Shake One: Denver CO
Ichy the Killer: San Jose CA
Dwells: Manhattan NY

Tony D Presents: Dungeon Lordz - "Straight Out the Dungeon" (1993 Demo EP)

Heavy Jewelz Records delivers some grimy 1993 Jersey ish for ya! 100% unreleased in any format ever, except for a dusty old demo tape. A Trenton NJ affair all around, the emcees are Koop Man and Poppa Es and all 6 tracks were produced by the legendary Tony D (RIP).

Purchase here at

150 copies on standard black vinyl
150 copies on transparent brown with black swirl vinyl
All copies are housed in polylined black sleeves and picture covers with artwork/design by Spek the Architek.
Audio restored by Adam Boose.

Snippets by Chris cutter

Gourmet Soulful Music: Singer Kenya Interviews For "My Own Skin"

By JR on 1:23 PM

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This weeks guest from the Windy City, Chicago, Kenya talks about her fantastic LP My Own Skin.

Hot Gourmet Dishes this week courtesy of Tracy Hamlin, Renee Strong, Bilal, Kheyra, Nataha Watts, Chelsea Wilson and the phenomenal cover version of a Nina Simone Classic from Usher! Oh? and another spin for the Rashad & Roszunn tracks causing a stir at the moment! and the same for the SUPERB Kejam ft Chanel joint.

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