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Around The Web In Breakbeats Vol. 18: Come Into My Kitchen

By JR on 10:36 AM

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In the cratesofjr kitchen, there's always something funky cooking as breakbeats of a wide variety get served to fulfill your appetite for raw sound and obscure grooves. Dig into a tasty selection of new generation breaks by Georgia Soul Council, former James Brown vocalist Martha High, Detroit's Will Sessions, trumpet great Fred Wesley and more!

Now-Again Presents "Function Underground: The Black & Brown American Rock Sound 1972-1977"

"The idea of “progressivism” that took over rock music after psychedelia’s heyday in the late 1960s belatedly spilled over to funk. In the early 1970s, as the underground/psychedelic fire burnt out in the white rock world, it roared to a blaze in the black and brown musical communities. Function Underground shines light on an important and overlooked part of rock n’ roll’s history and talented ensembles that toiled in the shadows, derided by their peers.

14 tracks by Jimi Macon, Black Maffia, Blacklites and more, many reissued for the first time. LP and CD packaged with booklet containing extensive notes on an overlooked and important portion of rock n’ roll’s history. LP contains download card for WAV files."

Get your copy of this Record Store Day 2017 release here at Turntable Lab.

Artist Jorit Agoch Paints M.O.P. Mural, Fame Collabs With Kool G Rap

By JR on 11:35 AM

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Italian artist Jorit Agoch shows a remarkable ability for capturing the likenesses of people on a large scale as he creates highly-detailed murals to captivate the world. Check Jorit out on Instagram for his portraits of celebrities and everyday people as he puts in much work and patience to evokes the human soul with paint.

Listen to 3 major players getting' paper by the layers do their thing as The Godfather Kool G Rap assembles some ghetto "Wise Guys" for 2017's ultimate street team.

Straight Out Da NYC: "Rapsploitation" by Endemic Emerald & Skanks

By JR on 7:22 AM

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You gon' learn what the pen do as Endemic Emerald & Skanks the Rap Martyr present their collaboration album opus entitled Rapsploitation. Producer Endemic first met Skanks in Brooklyn mid-2013 when he first touched down in NYC. The duo built on the Nostrand Ave blocks & started to work instantly as they shared a similar stance on hip hop.

Rapsploitation showcases Skanks delivering lyrics with substance over a diverse sound set & top notch production from Endemic Emerald.
With DJ support from Sway & King Tech on the wake up show, DJ Eclipse, PF Cuttin & coverage from Allhiphop.com, Insomniac magazine & Undergroudhiphopblog.com the album singles have been received with much praise.

Featured appearances come from Shabaam Sahdeeq, Ruste Juxx, Tragedy Khadafi, Mic Handz, DJ Ready Cee & Bankai Fam. Rapsploitation hits stores on 5.26.17 via No Cure / IDC.

MC Savant aka Sanstro Takes A Trip Down "Memory Lane"

By JR on 9:31 PM

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Savant aka Stanstro (finally) has a new project on the way (Initial Entry) and COJ has partnered with his team at Peerless Recordings Group for the ramp up of its release. Every Friday until the drop of Initial Entry (for which there's no said date *hint hint*), he'll either pay homage to a classic or simply go jacking for beats via his new RapVAB Freestyle Series.

First up: Nas' DJ Premier-produced "Memory Lane".

DJ Spinna Brings Galactic Soul To A Remix Of Hallex M's "Feeling"


Groove Odyssey Records keeps the soulful vibes shining, as they unleash the DJ Spinna remix of Hallex M's "Feeling". Featuring Darien on vocals, The legendary DJ Spinna has made this soulful monster even more dangerous fusing Darien vocals with musical chords and a rhythm section that will lift you up to them heavenly gates whiles keeping your feet firmly on the dance floor. Promo out now exclusively on Traxsource and on Apple iTunes.

Siedah Garrett Uses Music To Carry On In 2017, Talks Writing "Man In The Mirror"


Siedah Garrett is an American singer and songwriter, who has written songs and performed backing vocals for many recording artists in the music industry, such as Michael Jackson, The Pointer Sisters, Brand New Heavies, Quincy Jones, Tevin Campbell, Donna Summer, Madonna, Jennifer Hudson among others. Garrett has been nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Original Song, and won the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 50th Grammy Awards for co-writing "Love You I Do" (performed by Jennifer Hudson) for the 2006 musical film, Dreamgirls.


In 1987 Garrett was involved in Michael Jackson's Bad album, singing a duet with Jackson on "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" in several different languages (among which were French and Spanish) and she co-wrote the #1 single "Man in the Mirror".


Enjoy the inspirational 2017 single by Siedah which is built to inspire us to push through the obstacles of life and enjoy her interviews with WBLS and Jackie's Groove where she reflects on her history as an award-winning singer/songwriter.

Run Away To Blissful Neo-Soul On "Voyager" by Moonchild (Album Stream)

By JR on 10:44 AM

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"‘Voyager’ is the third full-length album from LA’s Moonchild, whose candid style of soul and new-school jazz has propelled them onto a swirling, emotionally charged journey of the heart. Since 2014 they have dedicated their time and energy into honing dreamlike and ethereal compositions which explore the intricacies of relationships with emotional nuance. The band cites influences like D’Angelo, Hiatus Kaiyote and J. Most as playing a key part in expanding the group's musical horizons which none more evident than on ‘Voyager’.

Following two years after their widely-praised album ‘Please Rewind’, the album marks a new level of maturity in the band’s sound. Building on their trademark sound, the band brought in a harpist and string players to their usual line-up, enriching standout motifs; these range from the importance of making time for loved ones, to the feeling of waking up in the middle of the night and missing someone, to the deep bonds shared between mother and child.

Since cementing themselves into the vibrant LA soul scene, Moonchild have released two albums and collaborated or toured with highly-respected names in the soul-jazz crowd including Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, India.Arie, Leela James, The Internet (Odd Future’s Syd tha Kyd & Matt Martians) and more. Along the way, Moonchild have accumulated a host of iconic supporters from Robert Glasper and Laura Mvula to James Poyser, Jazzy Jeff, Jose James, 9th Wonder and Tyler, The Creator who have all shown love for the band. "

Vinnie Paz Digs In The Crates & Journeys Back To "Nineteen Ninety Three"

By JR on 10:40 AM

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Jedi Mind Tricks's Vinnie Paz visits France to play the Just One Record game, naming some of his all-time favorite classics of music. Learn what drives one of Hip Hop's rawest and most dangerous lyricists in this unique interview which highlights elite figures of the culture who show appreciation for musical gems of the past.


In 2017, Boxcutter Pazzy links with DJ Eclipse who cuts the record up on a Rakim-influenced jam "Nineteen Ninety Three" and answers fans questions about his forthcoming projects.


Tramp Drops Unreleased 45 by Canadian Funk Man Wayne McGhie

By JR on 3:53 PM

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"In 1972, Wayne McGhie signed with record producer Greg Hambleton and, with former members of the Hitchhikers, recorded a couple of tracks including "Love Is The Answer" and "The Love You Save" at Toronto Sound Studios. "Love Is The Answer" was released later that year as a 45rpm single with the instrumental version on the flip, however "The Love You Save" was never relaesed.


Now, more than four decades later, the music of Wayne McGhie has been re-discovered and his songs and musicianship are finally receiving the attention so long deserved." Tramp Germany

DJ Monk One of Wax Poetics Spins On 45 Live Radio Show, 2017

By JR on 2:34 PM

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45 Live presents pt. 38

A 2 hour show, focusing on the art of the 45 rpm single.

45 Live features the best of the 45 Live Crew on a rotational basis, performing for you on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of the month.

Stepping into the studio this week and bringing a slive of the East Coast soul food flava, from Wax Poetics;

DJ MONK-ONE

DJ Monk-One, aka Andrew Mason, co-founded Wax Poetics Magazine & remains its Contributing Editor. One of New York City's most respected veteran selectors, he is known for his musical diversity, on display via a long-time residency on WBAI-FM's Underground Railroad Radio Show & many of the city's finest, funkiest parties.

He joins your host Greg Belson in a 2 hour genre bounce around like no other. Playing tracks by Just Brothers, Uniques, Harvi Griffin, Lee Dresser and the Krazy Kats, Big Daddy And His Trio and more.

Numero Group Presents "Eccentric Soul: The Saadia Label" (Album Stream)

By JR on 2:06 PM

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"The third in our series of Miami soul overviews gathers 15 tracks from Frank Williams’ exceptional Saadia label. As Willie Clarke and Johnny Pearsall’s Deep City label was folding, the house band at Criteria studios were just getting started. Named for his daughter, the imprint took off just as James Brown broke his first “Cold Sweat” in 1967, building on that grunting brand of vampy funk for the next half decade. Together with his arranger Willie “Little Beaver” Hale, Williams produced just 10 singles, but all are peerless examples of the original Miami sound." - Numero Group

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