Sunday, July 27, 2014

Stram: Unused So Far

It's sort of a lazy Sunday afternoon here at The Record Realm headquarters, and the relaxing soundtrack that's being played in the background on repeat is the recent release from Montpellier, France based producer STRAM, titled Unused So Far. This is one of the hottest beat albums out right now and it's been in heavy rotation bumping through my monitors for the last few days. There's an excellent remix of Aaliyah's "Rock The Boat" that gives a much different twist, in comparison to other remixes of the song. Hit up his Bandcamp page and get this offering as a free download. He has other projects for purchase, so make sure you check those out. They are just as amazing. Enjoy!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Original Concept: Bite'n My Stylee

Before getting a record deal with Def Jam Recordings, the Hip-Hop group known today as Original Concept used to go by the name of the "Concept Crew", hailing from Long Island. Doctor Dre, T-Money, Rapper G, Easy G and Wildman Steve hosted a radio show called “The Operating Room” on WBAU-FM, the same station that featured the Spectrum City DJs (Chuck D & Flavor Flav), now known as Public Enemy.

Original Concept produced two singles; "Can You Feel It?/Knowledge Me" (1986) and "Bite'n My Stylee/Pump That Bass" (1986), before releasing their only full length LP Straight From The Basement of Kooley High! (1988). "Bite'n My Stylee" is a reggae influenced Hip-Hop track, but is a parody of the reggae genre, stating in the opening line; "Wait. I'm not Jamaican." All songs were produced by Doctor Dre', credited as the first person to introduce the "extended bass" sound into Hip-Hop.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GRiZ: Fall In Love Too Fast (Exmag Remix)

On my way to get something to eat, I was listening to the Chill station on XM Radio and this awesome remix of GRiZ's "Fall In Love Too Fast" by New York City electronic band Exmag caught my attention. I get back here to headquarters to search for this tasty treat to see it is a free download! Sign up for his mailing list on his website and you get a bonus. Not much to ask for to get some goodies. Just remember, your support helps make that happen.

Pomo: Start Again Ft. Andrea Cormier

Happy Thursday! Just thought we would get you kicked into high gear this morning by posting a new track from Montreal multi-instrumentalist producer Pomo, known for his upbeat dance tracks that takes many electronica fans for a fantastic ride. "Start Again" is the first single from his debut EP The Other Day that will be released soon on HW&W Recordings. Vocals are provided by ambient and acoustic performer Andrea Cormier. Pomo is currently on tour. Check for show dates and venues.

Kuumba Freeque: 8 Nytez N NYC [ft. Kila Jai, Bel​-​Ami, & R​.​A​.​P. Phenomenal]

If you heard the broadcast of The Groove about a month ago, then you heard this track by Houston's own Kuumba Freeque, who knocked this big tune out while on a visit to New York City for an artists showcase. Additional vocals are from songstress Kila Jai, Bel-Ami, and New Jersey rap sensation R.A.P. Phenomenal. Grab this free download via Bandcamp and go check out their show if you're in Houston.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Da-P dabeatX: Havok Highway

Here's a producer by the name of Da-P dabeatX from Montreal, Canada, who dropped this nice five track album earlier today on his Bandcamp page. My favorite is the opening track called "Tortoise". ENJOY!

Turntable Tuesdays: Summer In The City (Sunlight)

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Since the summer is sizzling with plenty of great music to last for several seasons to come, I decided to put together this mix to celebrate this time of warmth. Packed with memorable originals and action packed remixes, this blend of tunes should help to get you in a partying groove. Currently, SITC has been climbing the Top 100 R&B chart on Mixcloud. It started out as #100, but has climbed up 40 places, cruising at #60 for now. If you guys help to get it past #40, i'll supply a download link. Share & Enjoy!

Summer In The City (Sunlight) by Djkoolemdee on Mixcloud

Monday, July 21, 2014

Happy Birthday: Grand Mixer DXT

We take this time to salute a Hip-Hop pioneer, Grand Mixer DXT, formerly known as Grand Mixer D.ST, credited for being the first to establish the turntable as a fully performable and improvisational musical instrument. By performing the scratches on Herbie Hancock's 1983 single "RockIt", DXT helped to popularize DJ culture. "RockIt" is cited as being the first popular song to feature a DJ scratching and using turntablism techniques.

DXT has appeared as himself in several movies throughout his career, such as performing with Rammellzee and Shock Dell at the Amphitheatre in Wild Style (1983), Fast Forward (1985) (writer: "Hardrock" - as Derek Showard), Scratch (2001) (performer: "Rockit 2.000"), Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012) (performer: "Megamix 2 (Why Is It Fresh)"), Sound and Chaos: The Story of BC Studio (2014) (Himself), and Art Officially Favored (Himself), which is currently in production. Television appearances include The 26th Annual Grammy Awards and Saturday Night Live where both appearances were performances with Herbie Hancock in 1984.

View the discography of Grand Mixer DXT at Discogs.

KING: Mister Chameleon

Artwork by Donald Ely

It's been three years since the debut EP The Story from KING, consisting of twin sisters Amber and Paris Strother, along with good friend Anita Bias. In 2013 they released "In The Meantime", increasing the anticipation for a full album. That same anticipation continues to grow with their latest "Mr. Chameleon", the first single off their new album which is a continuation of their melodic story-telling style of songwriting and singing.

Log on to the weareKING website to sign up for their mailing list to get future concert dates and all things KING. You can also follow them on Youtube for video updates, as well as get the lyrics to this song. "Mr Chameleon" is OUT NOW and available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes.

Saturday, July 19, 2014