Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Yellowtail ft. Sara White: Dark Soul (NeoTokyo Soul Edit)

I just received a heads up via Facebook from singer Sara White about the new single "Dark Soul" that features her smooth vocals, track produced by Yellowtail, which drops on next Monday, Jan. 26th. This is a compelling ballad that encourages her lover to let go of the darkness within his soul to lover her and embrace the light she carries inside her. The production is euphoric and compliments both the vocals and content of the lyrics. You can pre-order this 4 track EP via iTunes.

Turntable Tuesdays: DJ Wonji

For my deep and soulful House heads, here's a new mix by one of our favorite DJ/producers, Wonji. Press play and enjoy!

WONJI In The Mix by Wonji on Mixcloud

Turntable Tuesdays: DJ Mizeyesis

For this go-round we are featuring the sounds of Mizeyesis and her live broadcast appearance from last month on DNB Girls Radio on uStream. She brought the funk by spinning the classics, as well as introducing new tunes. Give her a follow to keep updated on upcoming events, podcasts, and broadcast times.

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Jneiro Jarel: Camouflaged Thieves

A major salute to my homie Jneiro Jarel as he kicks off 2015 with a single that's as aggressive as the soldiers and police officers in this military state these governments are trying to force us into. "Camouflaged Thieves" is a fusion of tribal drumming, a funky bassline, and the rhythmic styling of garage music. This is the first single taken from his upcoming Indio EP that will be dropping soon. Get the vocal and instrumental by way of Bandcamp.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Flashback: Roy Ayers: Holiday (DJ Spinna Remix)

Today's Friday Flashback is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy. With Stevie Wonder being one of the forerunners to advocate this day set aside as a national holiday in King's honor, as well as composing a song to help aid in this day being recognized, Roy Ayers paid homage to both King and Wonder by composing his own tune titled "Holiday". DJ Spinna added a super nice touch by remixing the tune, keeping the integrity of the music as he's known to do.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Footmerc ft. Woolrich: I Get Hype

Since it's still morning time, here's a tasty jam to go with your breakfast toast. This is a brand new collaborative Footwork track that was "Merc'ed" Texas style by the one and only Footmerc, and partner in crime Woolrich. Hats off to this guy and the way he does his tunes. It's as if he closely studied the pioneers, such as DJ Rashad, DJ Earl, Traxxman, and the other Footwork greats. Not much info has been given on a release date. Hopefully there will be more news soon. Enjoy!

Moses Sumney: Mid-City Island

I may have to build a web or something to keep up with a lot of music that's being released. Last spring, Los Angeles based singer-songwriter and guitarist, Moses Sumney released his incredible work of art titled Mid-City Island EP, which he did the "throwback" thing and recorded it on a 4-track recorder. Rather than get into how great the EP sounds, i'll let you hear it for yourselves. Grab the whole EP for free from his Soundcloud page. Drop him a line to say thanks while you're there.

Ali Shaheed Muhammad: CPR (feat. JaPoet, David Luke, Merna)

For quite some time, I have been waiting on an uptempo Hip-Hop track similar to how it was done in days past. Thanks to Ali Shaheed Muhammad, formerly of A Tribe Called Quest, a new single was released last month covering police brutality in the wake of the death of Eric Garner. On hand to help deliver the message is JaPoet, a visual artist and rapper from Tennessee, David Luke, a rapper from Georgia who co-produced this track with Muhammad, and Palestinian singer Merna, formerly known as Ayah.

You can get this track as a free download via the Ali Shaheed Muhammad website. The official music video below is a good pictorial narrative of recent events and protests around the country.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday Flashback: Amiri Baraka: Why Is We Americans

This is an edited version of Amiri Baraka's appearance on the Def Poetry Jam from Season 1, Episode 4, in 2002. One year ago, Amiri made his transition to the ancestral realm and we are continuing to honor his legacy. The music playing throughout the video is Pharaoh Sanders' "Equinox", which Baraka is scatting during his poem. Baraka was a huge fan of Jazz and Blues, and wrote several books on the subjects.

As Poet Laureate of New Jersey (2002–03), involved controversy over a public reading of his poem "Somebody Blew Up America?" and accusations of anti-semitism, and some negative attention from critics, and politicians. After the reading of that poem, then governor tried to remove Baraka from the position, which he couldn't do legally. Not long after, the state passed legislation to abolish the position altogether following the controversy.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Celsius Degree Ent.: Top Selections of 2014 Mix by DJ Kool Emdee

Recently I connected with Celsius Degree Entertainment based in Nairobi, Kenya. I am honored to get the thumbs up from the CEO, Saint Evo 'The Myth', who also is a DJ/producer, to present this mix of their Top Selections of 2014. It's available as a stream and free download. As a bonus, the label is offering all the original tracks in their entirety from this mix as free downloads. Enjoy!