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Deluxe LPs by K-Solo, Screwball & More Reissued Digitally by Deep Concepts


When your looking for a good dose of that gutter NYC Hip Hop, the Bandcamp page of reissue label Deep Concepts Media keeps the essence alive. Covering a wide spectrum of blocks and experiences from the early 90's to present day, Deep Concepts focuses primarily on the Queensbridge movement of Screwball, Blaq Poet, Mike Delorean, CNN and others. The label also covers underground artists who fit the similar mold such as The Last Emperor and The Letterman K-Solo.



Visiting the Bandcamp page of Deep Concepts is definitely a feast for Hip Hop fans who thirst for the gritty street vibe of NYC. Enjoy these album streams plus many more here at the Bandcamp page of Deep Concepts Media.

Antonio Adolfo Delivers Heaven With Wayne Shorter's "Footprints"

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Float away to the beautiful sound of a cover by Antonio Adolfo who takes us on a trip to heaven as he gets loose on an arrangement of Mr. Shorter's classic Jazz standard "Footprints". This version emphasizes the hypnotic vibe of the main melody to great effect as Antonio makes the rhythm sway in a magical moment of music. Featured on the 2017 tribute album "HYBRIDO - From Rio to Wayne Shorter" by Antonio Adolfo.

Hitman Howie Tee Talks With Vinyl Esquire On The Wax Fax Podcast


"New York City had no shortage of marquee hip-hop producers in the late ’80s and early ’90s, so perhaps it's no surprise that Hitman Howie Tee a.k.a. Howard Thompson often gets overlooked when discussing the golden era's key composers. Best known for creating stars like Chubb Rock and Special Ed, Howie was instrumental in paving the way for the new wave of hip-hop that took hold of NYC in the mid-to-late ’80s. Queens had Marley Marl, and Brooklyn had Howie Tee, the borough's biggest name brand producer at this pivotal time…" - Uggh Nice Watch

Enjoy the interview and mix plus be sure to check Vinyl Esquires for many more great interviews with legendary DJs and producers who are in the ranks of greatness like Howie.

Stream NYC Concert Audio From EPMD, DāM-FunK & Bernie Worrell


3 masters of The Funk bring their magic to the live stage of New York City in 2010 for NYC's "No Cover" concert series. No Cover is a streaming audio series that presents New York concert recordings in their entirety.

Listen to full-length shows from their partner venues Barbès and Zebulon, as well as other great spaces around the city. Hear even more concert audio from a variety of artists and musical genres here at wnyc.org.



From Volt, To Atlantic & Cotillion: Soul Singer Margie Joseph Shares Her Story

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"After a small hiatus the Ghetto Disco show returns full force. We are beyond thrilled to introduce our next special guest, a lady who need no introduction, the one & only, Margie Joseph.

To say it is an absolute honour to have her on the show would be an understatement. Margie is a Ghetto Disco favourite and we simply cannot wait to share this show.

Margie Joseph was born in Gautier, Mississippi, and sang in her church choir. In 1967, during her time attending Dillard University in New Orleans where she studied speech and drama, she recorded some demos at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. This led to her debut on the Okeh label, "Why Does a Man Have to Lie?".

In 1969, she signed with Volt Records, a subsidiary of Stax, and recorded the single "One More Chance" with producer Willie Tee. Her next single, "Your Sweet Lovin'", produced by Freddy Briggs, became her first hit, reaching # 46 on the Billboard R&B chart. Its follow-up, a version of The Supremes' "Stop! In the Name of Love" also became a minor hit on the pop chart (# 96 pop, # 38 R&B). An eight-minute version of the track, arranged by Dale Warren, preceded by an Isaac Hayes-inspired rap entitled "Woman Talk," was featured on her 1971 album, Margie Joseph Makes a New Impression and received a lot of radio air play. Her second album, Phase II, in 1972, also featured a Supremes' cover, "My World Is Empty Without You," but failed to achieve the same success.


She then signed to the Atlantic label and worked on three albums with producer Arif Mardin. Her vocals on her cover of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" garnered comparisons between her and Aretha Franklin. A string of R&B hits followed, with her version of Paul McCartney's "My Love" becoming her most successful record, reaching # 69 on the Hot 100 and # 10 on the R&B chart in 1974, though Cashbox magazine placed the song at #4 R&B. The next album Margie in 1975 is sometimes regarded as her creative peak and contained the singles, "Words (Are Impossible)" and "Stay Still", both reaching the R&B chart. She then recorded a duet version of "What's Come Over Me" with the popular Philadelphia group, Blue Magic, giving her another hit (R&B # 11).

In 1976, she moved to Cotillion Records to make the album Hear the Words, Feel the Feeling, produced by Lamont Dozier, the title track reaching # 18 on the R&B chart. Returning to Atlantic, she recorded the album Feeling My Way in 1978 with producer Johnny Bristol, but without great commercial success and she was released from her contract. After recording an album with Dexter Wansel for the WMOT label, which went unreleased after the label closed down, she decided to turn to a teaching career. However, in 1982, she recorded the single "Knockout" for the small H.C.R.C. label and it became her last big hit, reaching # 12 on the R&B chart. She re-signed to Cotillion and recorded the 1984 album Ready for the Night with producer Narada Michael Walden, but was then dropped by the label.

In 1993, hip-hop female trio Salt-N-Pepa used Margie's 1970s single "Your Sweet Lovin'" for their hit single "None of Your Business".

She returned to work in human services, while also recording a gospel album, Latter Rain, released in 2006.

Many of her earlier recordings have been reissued on CD. There is also a CD which features Margie, Blue Magic and Major Harris, recorded live at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, released in 2006 on the Collectables label."

Singer Beth Emerges From Her Motown Family Lineage On "Free"

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"Equating singing to breathing is completely reasonable, when it’s coming from Beth Griffith-Manley, singer, songwriter, actress and daughter of Johnny Griffith, the legendary and Multi-Grammy® Award-winning pianist/keyboardist. He was an original member of the Funk Brothers, Motown’s in-house studio band that created the famous ‘Motown Sound.’"

Enjoy the lovely voice of Beth who translates the pain and joy of love into song on a couple stand-out songs from her 2017 LP "Free". Read more of her bio which showcases her cool Motown family lineage and career path here at www.bethalwayssings.com/about

D.I.T.C. Discuss Hip Hop For Over An Hour With PopKiller Poland TV

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"D.I.T.C. (Lord Finesse, O.C., A.G., Diamond D, Boogie Blind - 100 min interview (2010, Poland, Popkiller.pl)
Our incredibly long video interview with the legendary Diggin In The Crates crew is something that I'm really proud of. I've had an opportunity to talk with a lot of great artists but this interview is still the biggest thing. Being able to talk for 100 minutes with your favourite rap group and ask them about nearly everything? Priceless." - Pop Killer PL

Tristan, Heston & Blacknuss All Stars Remake Keni Burke's "Rising To The Top"


Keep your head up now and get up of the ground as these voices of Funk and Soul encourage your ascent to higher heights in a tribute to a classic tune by Keni Burke. On the R&B side is UK band Tristan who utilize the soulful voice of singer Heston on their soulful remake of "Rising To The Top". On the Funk side is Blacknuss Allstars band who join singer Lisa Nilsson on their version which is more raw but very soulful as well.

Vinyl Crates Customized With Great Record Label Logos by Apple Vintage

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custom wooden record box

Apple Vintage are a craft shop from the UK who make music nostalgia and collecting special through their custom line of vintage wooden vinyl boxes. Based in the heart of rural Somerset UK and selling on eBay, Apple offer worldwide shipping for all of their lovingly hand-crafted designs. Each of their creations are manufactured from sustainable solid wood stock and bear the logos of legendary record labels.

Shop for your own wooden crate customized by Apple Vintage here at eBay.


ISM Records Bring Boogie Funk In 2017 And Beyond by Modern Artists

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"Created by Yam Who? in East London, 2009, Ism Records is home to the likes of NYC disco band Odyssey, Ron Basejam, Imagination, Qwestlife, Freekwency, Spektrum, Robert Owens, Tiny Cornelius, Natasha Watts, PBR Streetgang, John Morales, Somerville & Wilson, DJ Raw Sugar, Alena, Gemini Brothers, The Hinge Project, Leebo Freeman, Joey Dice, Somerville & Wilson, Yam Who?, Ashley Beedle, Dead Rose Music Company, Soopaman Inc, The Baker Brothers & many more!

Drawing heavily on inspiration from the hedonistic, downtown creative vibe of 70’s & 80’s New York and integrated with the modern London dance scene, ISM is a progressive label, open to all cultural influences and the sound of the label is firmly focused in world of electronica and cutting edge technology."

Shop ISM Records releases here at Juno Download.

James Brown Singer Martha High Talks New Book, Edan Pays Tribute


"Miss Martha High is without a doubt one of the best kept secrets when it comes to Old school Soul music. She was a background singer with the illustrious James Brown for years and has since went on to work with Sax Man Maceo Parker. At age 72, she's continues to travel, singing and entertaining. She has a new book, "You're A Funny Cat James Brown", which is taking the industry by storm. The book gave her the opportunity to talk about the good days on the road with James Brown and his work with so many legendary artist and entertainers." - G-Tube Radio


"In part 2 Martha High opens up about her family, her life, living in the James Brown Estate, and taking care of his children. She also talks about a new singing project, "Singing For The Good Times", which radio DJ's around the country are raving about. This interview is for sure one for the history books, as she and she only can talk about some of the things that happened during her many years on the road with the Legendary James Brown"

Presch Media Brings Sought-After Jazz & Funk Grails To Bandcamp

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This Austrian label goes to the depths of the crates to show their world view of rare music with a catalog of Jazz Fusion, Funk and African music. Enjoy the album stream of "NIAGARA" by by German jazz drum legend Klaus Weiss, the Q-Tip-sampled 1976 album by The Heath Brothers plus much more at their Bandcamp page.



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