Video: Common & No I.D. Discuss The Social Theme & Approach Of "Nobody's Smiling" With GRAMMY

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Chicago duo Common & No I.D. bring back a sense of social responsibility to Hip Hop on the inner-city themed "Nobody's Smiling". Listen to artists who create with the willingness to give back from where they came as they explain the activism behind their music and their presence in the community while discussing the history and current state of Chicago.

Singer/Songwriter BARSHEEM Shows "What Is To Be Major"

"What Is To Be Major" is the long awaited 13 track debut album from singer/songwriter Barsheem. His sound derives from Soul, R&B, Pop &Jazz. His influences include but are not limited to: Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, Prince, Michael Jackson and many more. Read Barsheem's full bio on his official website.

All songs under copyright of Beautiful Robin Music 2013

released 14 February 2014

All songs written by BARSHEEM except "IF This World Were Mine"
Written by Marvin Gaye intro written by BARSHEEM.
"Need You In My Life" written by BARSHEEM and Tauros Music

All songs Produced, mixed and engineered by Tauros Music
except "Dinner For Two" Produced by Klean Muzic
mixed and engineerd by Tauros Music.

Preview "Burnt Offering" by The Budos Band In A Live Studio Performance

Brooklyn's nine-member Budos Band has a horn-driven sound, dubbed "Afro soul," which draws influence from funk and Afrobeat. As such, the group's new Burnt Offering fits perfectly on the Daptone Records roster, known for its deep understanding of soul, funk, gospel and Afrobeat music.

On this episode of World Cafe, The Budos Band performs some of its new songs and explains how beer fits into its tight touring schedule.

"Akathisia" EP by Lefties Soul Connection

"Akathisia" by Amsterdam-based funk band Lefties Soul Connection is pure energy in the form of neck-snapping Funk music as the title track from their Fall 2014 EP. Available now via Groove Collector and Rush Hour, the limited edition EP contains six brand new instrumentals with the signature Lefties style: raw, dynamic yet soulful!

"The Soulution" by Epidemic & Tantu

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"What originally started as a guest feature for Tantu's debut release "Language of Beats," spawned into a project of its own titled "The Soulution." A short but sweet display of Tantu's diverse pallet of sounds and Epidemic's ability to subtly adapt to a producer's style. This project brings a refreshingly modern sound while keeping relative familiarity with the golden era-esque vibe that Epidemic has been known to bring. It features a soulful sound scape with melodies ranging from both uplifting to nostalgic all packed into about 25 minutes. Entirely produced by Tantu, with 5 songs, one instrumental and 2 of the west coast's finest lyricists (The EP features Fashawn and Johaz of Dag Savage), it is something like quick a shot of dope - sure to hold fans over until the next full length release."

released 05 August 2014

Written and performed by Epidemic, produced by Tantu, featuring Fashawn and Johaz of Dag Savage.

"On The Corner" UK Jazz Band SHAKATAK Focus On The Greatest Gift Of Life

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"Shakatak have enjoyed a level of success and career longevity rarely paralleled in contemporary music. They are the Rolling Stones of Jazz-funk and their music just keeps getting better and better. After a number of successful top twenty singles in the UK and over 50 releases in their back catalogue, the band have gone on to secure huge international popularity which continues as they prepare for their upcoming tours of Mexico and Japan.

After the success of their last release ‘Once Upon A Time’, a one-off project that saw the band re-arrange their classic hits into acoustic versions, Shakatak are back with a newly recorded studio album containing 14 new tracks as well as an additional digital download.

Kicking off with the title track ‘On The Corner’ we are in classic Shakatak territory with their unique vocal/piano mix. The groovy ‘To Be In Love’ follows, its sweeping strings and smoky vocals backed up by Bill Sharpe’s jazzy piano. ‘Sao Paolo Sunshine’ brings us straight into summer with its funky Latin vibes, as does the smooth ‘Ojai Freeway’ and the bossa-nova tinged ‘Jazz and Romance’.

No Shakatak album is complete without some low down funk, and after a few mellow ballads we get our share. ‘Good Time’ is driven along by George’s bass with a guest appearance from the saxophonist Derek Nash, the main jazz soloist with the UK’s Jools Holland’s R&B Orchestra. Nash also brings some classic jazz sounds to the final tune, the haunting instrumental ballad ‘She’s Not Here’.

All in all ‘On The Corner’ is an album that perfectly demonstrates the incredible range and diversity of this timeless band!" - Secret Records

DJ JS-1 - "It Is What It Isn't" Album Stream feat. O.C., Blacastan, The Artifacts, KRS & More

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It's left up to the DJ on "It Is What It Isn't" as DJ JS-1 gathers with a who's who of Hip Hop veteran and emerging artists to pay tribute to Hip Hop's fundamental arts. Turn this one on a give high regard and appreciation to them Technics spinnin' and the art of mics.

Featuring: Blacastan (of Demigodz + Army Of The Pharaohs); A.G. (of D.I.T.C.); Breeze Brewin (of Juggaknots); Brother J (of X-Clan); Buckshot (of Black Moon); C-Rayz Walz; Cerebral; Craig G; Dynasty; Eklips; El Da Sensei (of Artifacts); Erick Sermon (of EPMD); Esoteric (of Demigodz + Army Of The Pharaohs); Eternal; Eternia; Fashawn; Homeboy Sandman; ILL Bill (of La Coka Nostra + Non Phixion); Illa Ghee; KRS-One; Kurious; Kyle Rapps; L.I.F.E. Long; Lordroc; Melo Malo; Murs (of Living Legends); Neek the Exotic; Nutso; O.C. (of D.I.T.C.); Pack FM; Professor X (of X-Clan); Rahzel; Ras Kass; Rasheed Chappell; Reef The Lost Cauze (of Army Of The Pharaohs); Ruste Juxx; Sadat X (of Brand Nubian); Sara Kana; Sav Killz; Slaine (of La Coka Nostra); Smooth B (of Nice & Smooth); Soul Khan (of Brown Bag AllStars); Spit Gemz; Strick; Tame One (of Artifacts); Torae; Trez; Truth; Wes; Wordsworth

Jazz Bassist Stanley Clarke Is Here To Lift Your Spirit "Up"

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Album Review by Straight No Chaser Jazz:

"My aim here was to make a record with my friends. Every single recording session was nothing but fun. Surrounding myself with people I enjoy being with made the sessions effortless. Everyone came prepared and ready to play. All were great musicians and they came to the studio to give everything they had." – Stanley Clarke

The inclusion of young players in a new band a few years back gave Stanley Clarke a needed spark of creativity. Stanley Clarke Band was praised on this blog, and the CD won a Grammy® Award. Since that recording, Clarke has kept the youthful infusion of talent going, adding teenagers like pianist Beka Gochiashvili and drummer Mike Mitchell to his touring band.

Rather than release an all-new project, Clarke has led his protégés though his songbook – much of which was first written and recorded before they were born. The results, called Up can be mixed. “School Days” has nothing new to offer, even though guest Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic, Allman Brothers Band, Jazz is Dead) lends a credible solo. “Brazilian Love Affair” serves as a moving tribute to the late George Duke, a long-time Clarke friend and collaborator, but again, opens no new ground.

Instead, it’s the melodic group of tunes called “Bass Folk Songs” and the delightful closing duet with Chick Corea of “La Cancion de Sofia” that shine on this collection. Again a revisit, the latter tune is touching in its straight forward presentation, and wonderful in its reimagination. Guest shots from stars like Herring, Joe Walsh, and Stewart Copeland are nice, but it’s when Clarke makes it personal that he is now at his finest.

"OVERLOOKED" by Tunnel Movement (ft. Edo.G, Blaq Poet, MC Juice and Mic One)

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"This that get right for your insight" as Tunnel Movement go for the jugular on the self-defining and skillfully-crafted lyrical showcase known as "OVERLOOKED". Like a wild animal ready to attack it's prey, rhymes hit the eardrum in a threatening manner by these MCs who evoke hunger and the desire to show and prove. Leaving the elaborate song structures and hooks in the rear and bringing the power of bars and beats to the forefront, "OVERLOOKED" gets down to the traditional raw sound and attitude of Hip Hop which continues to be sought after by many.

"The Nostalgia" by New Orleans Hip Hop Duo Prospeck and Lyrikill

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High off of life and ain't ever 'gon come down, New Orleans MC Lyrikill has fun while challenging the art of rhymes with each bar on his 2014 LP "The Nostalgia". Step into the world of this emerging wordsmith of The South in 7 tracks of self-definition and ghetto life as Lyrikill entertains with a witty and confident approach on the mic backed by guests and quality production by Prospeck. Released on NO record label Eupham who carry a philosophy which corresponds with the consciousness and classic style that defined Hip-Hop during its renaissance.

L.A. Hip Hop Duo The Procussions Release "As Iron Sharpens Iron" Instrumentals

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Nod your head to the jazzy and soulful sounds in the 2014 instrumental version of "As Iron Sharpens Iron" by Los Angeles duo The Procussions. If you haven't heard this 2003 album yet, enjoy impressive and insightful lyrics aimed at uplifting the listener as MCs use their mind as a weapon to search for the truth of life with each verse.

Numero Group Reissue Lost '72 Funk & Soul Classic "The Montgomery Movement"

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"Funk’s answer to the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Florida’s Montgomery Express stood at the crossroads of politically conscious soul and mystically awakened dance music. Comprised of two blind musicians in their 20s and a teenage rhythm section, their lone LP was cut in 1972 for Orlando’s Dove label, then reissued on Folkways two years later. Although the label usually steered clear of soul music and anything remotely commercial sounding, Montgomery Express tapped into Folkways’ Guthrie-cum-Chamber Bros. nerve." - Numero Group

Enjoy the album stream pick up your copy on vinyl here at Numero Group.

"The Wormhole Trilogy" by Mega Trife & Nonsense

This lyrically enlightening project by Mega Trife & Nonsense challenges the art of storytelling in Hip Hop as the duo merge world travels and famous history with beats and rhymes. Enter "The Wormhole Trilogy", an impressive work of cinematic Hip Hop and edutainment:

"This project is a musical journey through different events and/or places in time giving a first person view of slavery (Slaves), the Roman Empire (Gladiator), and various places and historical events throughout the world as a whole (World Traveler).

By the conclusion of the trilogy, the songs prove to be interconnected by bars on 'World Traveler' such as "...picking cotton is what's happening now, but you seen that through my eyes already, heard the story out of my mouth..." and "...I fought lions in Rome, they made a movie, Russell Crowe played me..." alluding to 'Slaves' and 'Gladiator' respectively. " - Mega Trife & Nonsense

Ubiquity Records Presents Funky Covers Of Classics On "Rewind Vol. 6"

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Original classics re-worked, re-edited and rewound, volume 6. Featuring the songwriting of Incredible Bongo Band, The Turtles, The Beatles and more.

"Soul City Music 2" by Kev Turner

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Philly to the core and a unique visualizer of the ghetto in rhyme, Kev Turner demonstrates skill with a down to earth perspective of life on "Soul City Music 2". Delivering good times we can all relate to mixed with notions of fierce competition in the art of Hip Hop, Kev delivers a bare bones approach to beats, rhymes and cuts to satisfy the ear with traditional sound. Enjoy the sounds of this self-proclaimed mic murderer from Philly who shows he's got soul.

All tracks written & performed by Kev Turner
All songs produced by Detayl
All songs mixed by J-Slant

Get Down To The Psychedelic Soul-Jazz Of "Last Man On Earth" by Big Boss Man

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"Blow Up Records presents 'Last Man On Earth' the fourth album from Big Boss Man: 15 brand new recordings from Jazz, Soul, Rhythm & Blues to Boogaloo, Funk, Psych Rock & more. Out September 1st on 180g Heavy-Weight Vinyl LP, CD & Digital.

The British four piece return with a new set of songs and recordings that take a fresh approach to the BBM sound - their hip hybrid of Latin, Jazz, Soul, Psych Rock and ’60s/’70s drenched R&B is now expanded with the added dimension of a brass section and guest vocalists adding to the further sonic and rhythmic explorations from the band; taking us on a one heck of a brand new trip!

Includes the single Aardvark, a jazz dance floor filler, rush released fresh from the studio mix sessions back in April, that received strong radio support from BBC 6 Music and BBCRadio 2, including multiple spins by Craig Charles on his Funk & Soul Show, who declared that "I've been a big fan of Big Boss Man for many years. Big Boss Man ‘Aardvark’. Double Groovy!" Additional radio plays came also from Gideon Coe, Tom Ravenscroft, Cerys Matthews, Chris Hawkins and Huey Morgan at the stations." - Blow Up Records

Enjoy The Fun-Filled Journey Of "Mandy's Secret" by Beat Funktion

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Led by keyboardist Daniel Lantz, Beat Funktion tap into a vibe of fun and festivity of Jazz-Funk on the album "Mandy Secret". With a collection of songs which are crafted to provoke positivity within and desire to enjoy quality time, Beat Funktion deliver the groovy essence of 70's fusion music which revisits the undeniable character and feel of Jazz-Funk music for the party. Put the funky side of Jazz saxophonist Grover Washington Jr., the laid-back electric piano and horn groove of Jimmy McGriff and the upbeat energy of The Fat Back Band into one studio and you get the fun-filled musical vibe of the Beat Funktion. Let your imagination go to a desirable place as this talented band explore ways to make Jazz as funky and enjoyable as possible in 2014 and beyond by expanding upon classic sound.

Kurupt Joins G-Funk Producer Dogg Master For "Back In Town"

French producer, musician & talk-box player Dogg Master is the future of the classic G-Funk sound, bringing it's distinct bounce and synth style to a new millennium revival. The talented Dogg Pound lyricist Kurupt is the perfect fit for this project as he jumps on "Hood Relapse", one of the great examples of West Coast Hip Hop taken to a new level of imagination you'll find on "Back In Town"

Experience The Joy & Pain Of French Soul Band Ruth & The Adelians

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Ruth & The Adelians are a horn-driven sextet who incorporate hints of fuzz and organ into their upbeat 60's-style dance grooves. Led by the energetic performance of their female vocalist, this band touches upon a classic sound and swing of 60's-style Soul music for songwriting which turns common stories of heartache and pain into joy.

Beyond The Blue: The 80's Synth Pop of Droid Bishop

Here to uplift and inspire you like the feeling of hearing the soundtrack from your favorite 80's film, producer Droid Bishop creates magic with dreamy synth-based compositions. Visit for music by a label which specializes in revival synth pop.

"Beyond The Blue's uniquely dance-heavy tapestry of spacy synths and modern cinematics captures the imagination of the listener and never looks back..."

"DB is one of the best. Great to hear a full length from him. The tracks have such a great day-dream quality to them that just put a smile on your face. Awesome melodies, amazing synth sounds. Highly recommend. Favorite track: Beyond The Blue." - Alexander Tercero

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