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Drift Away On A Soothing Musical Journey With Percussionists Angelo Outlaw & Makaya McCraven

For summer 2022, two talented percussionists each create a moment of serenity as their rhythm drives dreamy musical compositions. The slow burn of "Silent Horizon" by mallet percussionist Angelo Outlaw is a hazy blend of Jazz Funk. Dreamy vibraphone melodies and fuzz guitar flow upon a laid-back rhythm for music that is soothing as it is funky. The heavenly sounds of Makaya McCraven's "Seventh String" also showcase vibraphone, but with a greater emphasis on strings which dominate the track. Makaya's energetic rhythm drives the sounds of mallets, flute and vibes which weave together for an arrangement that is truly pleasant.

Journey To The Darkside Of Hip Hop With Lord Willin, Redd Rebel, Esoteric, El Gant, Ras Kass & Kxng Crooked

There's a lot of dark Hip Hop out on the underground nowadays, and in the art of darkness these guys stand out above many. Enter the sound of Lord Willin, Redd Rebel, Esoteric, El Gant, Ras Kass, Dom Dirtee & Kxng Crooked. In summer 2022, this collective of elite lyricists join producers Dom Dirtee, Stu Bangas & Marco Polo for beats and rhymes to send chills up your spine.

Enjoy A Heap Of Prince Live Performance Audio From 1981-2016 + Meet The Designer Of "The Symbol"

Enter the live experience of Prince as one die-hard fan goes all-out to archive concerts throughout the career of The Purple One. From just a single Mixcloud account compiled in the playlist below, we have almost 200 shows to enjoy by this renowned musician. 

In addition, the original designer of Prince's iconic logo gives a brief overview of his work. Visit the design portfolio of Mitch Monson here at Behance to discover his thoughts and memories behind creating this timeless work of art.

Party To The Funky Afro Sounds of Soweto’s First Nightclub on "One Night in Pelican" Compilation

Ten tracks are the result of an incredible musical movement by a Soweto nightclub who managed to get funky during the height of Apartheid. "One Night in Pelican" is presented by Matsuli Music in a gatefold double vinyl edition with printed inner sleeves. Cover artwork by Zulu Bidi of Batsumi fame plus unseen photographs, and liner notes by Kwanele Sosibo. There is also interviews with key musicians, players and a former president of South Africa. For Funk fans who enjoy vibing out to obscure instrumental projects, this one is a must-listen.

In '75, South African Band Freeway Mellow Out With Funk & Soul On "ABAHAMBI"

With their joyful Funk and Soul vibe, the band known as Freeway create a time to chill with the groovy sounds of "ABAHAMBI". In the vein of groups like Kool & The Gang and Bernard Purdie, this band party down and get funky as the best of them. Take a trip through South Africa on 7 instrumentals driven by lively guitar and organ arrangements supported by heavy drums. Funk and Soul fans will recognize this as is one of those albums that you put on during the weekend, relax and let your mind be free.

The songs "Abahambi – Balomhlaba" have been reissued on 45, now available as 7inch vinyl singles for the first time. Transferred from the original master tapes and remastered to sound as good as never before. Plus "Abahambi" features a heavy drum break to conclude the song.

Phantasm Recounts The Cella Dwellas Journey, Talks LOUD Records, New Music, Nick Wiz & More

The Tall Man Phantasm shares his journey from past to present in a 2022 visit to Breaking Wreckords radio. As you listen, you'll hear that his story not only involves creating classic Hip Hop as The Cella Dwellas, but interacting with numerous Hip Hop legends. Enter the realms 'n reality of this mystic lyricist who shares some exciting plans for new music to come. 

Below, Cella Dwellas make it a night to remember as they rip the mic on the Tim Westwood and Stretch & Bobbito shows back in the mid-90's.

Melba Moore Provokes Wonderful Thoughts On Her Album "Imagine", Interviews With Rhythm And Soul Radio

On her 2022 album "Imagine", Melba Moore continues to aim for the highest star as a vocalist who takes the listener away to heaven with each song. This project demonstrates her outstanding ability as a songwriter to captivate the soul and introduces our mind to new ways of imagining the beauty of life. Love changes, and through the soulful sounds of Melba Moore we are able to bear witness to this wonderful revolving aspect of life in it's many forms. 

Enjoy the album below and tune in to veteran radio host Marko Noble of Rhythm And Soul Radio who chats with the legendary Melba Moore about her career and the new album.


The Roots "Things Fall Apart" Deluxe Version With Bonus Tracks + More, Now Streaming

For their Bandcamp debut, the legendary Roots crew bless us with some nice bonus material from an already great album. The Roots "Things Fall Apart" Deluxe Version includes an alternate version of "Act Too (Love Of My Life)" plus more gems from the vault. Sit back and enjoy one of the best albums yet from The Roots, plus more of their discography now streaming at Bandcamp. 

The Roots "Things Fall Apart" Deluxe Version now available on CD and vinyl here at Amazon.

The Sun Will Shine Regardless On "Mad Weather Good Friends" by Who Parked The Car

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No matter the weather, the music of Who Parked The Car is bound to make you feel good. Feel the rhythm of life as their joyful approach to music shines bright like the sun on "Mad Weather Good Friends". Inspired by the desire to escape, this 8-piece band take flight with their attractive sound by blending Funk, Soul and Pop for a delightful journey.

Who Parked The Car are:
Thomas Salvatore: vocals, piano, keyboards
Laura Wamba: vocals
Sebastián Muñoz: alto & tenor saxophone, quena
Félix Reneault: tenor saxophone, trumpet
César Aouillé: guitar
Thierry Ququ: bass
Malo Ropers: percussions
Alejandro Dixon: drums

In '94, Too Poetic aka The Grym Reaper Freestyles While On Tour For The Debut Of Gravediggaz

With Prince Paul on the cut, Too Poetic delivers morbid rhymes to the sound of instrumentals from the debut of Gravediggaz. This episode of the Freestyle Show from '94 takes place during the promo tour just before Gravediggaz would drop their classic debut. You hear Poetic shout out the album by it's former title "Niggamortis" instead of the official title "6 Feet Deep".

"Pass The Shovel", a formerly-unreleased song from "6 Feet Deep" now available to stream and as an mp3 download.

Keep Love In Your Heart With The Funk & Soul Of Strut Records Singer Wayne Davis

In '76, Wayne Davis of the group Black Fire created a project that is built to set the spirit of man and woman free with his self-titled album. Thankfully, Strut Records reissued these timeless messages of love and happiness for us to enjoy on vinyl and digital. Experience the humanity of this singer who eats from the tree of life and in turn feeds the listener with a wealth of positivity.

The Toshiki Soejima Quartet Are Here To Take The Blues Away With Soulful Covers & Originals

Enjoy the music of a musician who makes the guitar cry tears of joy as Toshiki Soejima lets loose in a series of live performances. Within a few seconds of listening, you're bound to feel the love from this quartet who pursue happiness through music.

Prodigy Envisions The Beauty Of Hood Life On "You Will See", Visits Hot 97 & WKCR FM Radio In The 90's

The musical diversity and imagination of the late great Prodigy lives on in a posthumous release that shines light upon the inner city. "You Will See" is one of the best trips you'll take through the hood musically as P paints a picture of good times. Below, Mobb Deep take a trip to some of the best underground radio shows in NYC as they interview/freestyle for Pete Rock, Marley Marl, Angie Martinez, Stretch & Bobbito.

In '96, Tha Alkaholiks Perform "Bird's Eye View", J-Ro Visits Rock's Monsta Mondays Podcast

Here to break you down like correctional facilities are Tha Alkaholik MCs J-Ro, Tash and Xzibit who rock the stage live for '96. "Bird's Eye View" from Xzibit's debut album "At The Speed Of Life" remains one of their best songs. This happnes to be one of my favorite Diamond D productions from someone other than himself too. 

Below, J-Ro visits Rock's Monsta Mondays podcast to let us know what he's been up to lately. The Likwit MCs engages in convo with Rock, Staring and DJ Red about current events and classic Hip Hop. Interview begins at 33:12.

Revisit The Psychedelic Sounds of Jazzberry Patch On A 2022 Reissue by Jazz Room Records

"Originally released as an obscure private-press LP by the Florida trio of Ben Champion, Ken Burkhart and Danny Burger. Special guest on this super rare funky jazz outing is Mike Longo who says a few words on behalf of the group on the back cover, and sure enough he contributes scorching Rhodes in the style of his early 70s Greasy Groove sides for Groove Merchant and Mainstream. 

Also on board are Kelton Champion on guitar, Gary Champion on Bass, Mickey McGann on keys and David Winters on Congas and Percussion: (Just what we love to see on these kind of grooves. Added Phat Funkiness!) The 20 minute title number weaves, bobs, and scorches with a sound that has been described as a "Headhunters Headspace" the groove never dropping for an instant with a Fender Rhodes meets Hammond B3 Prestige Style Scene with an added flavouring of some chunky Moog Synthesizer. 

 This has gotten a lot of chatter on the underground Jazz Vibes lately, copies changing hands for $300 and more. The track "These Are My Friends " regularly sells for upwards of $500 and is one of the most hard to find singles on the Rare Soul circuit. The band are from South Florida, a well known melting pot of culture and music. This area has produced an impressive number of Super Star Jazz Musicians. Among them Cannonball Adderley, Blue Mitchell, Jaco Pastorius, and Mike Longo and a multitude of others."