Thursday, December 4, 2014

Spyder-D: I Hate Being Black

Annie is not the only person who can sing about the hard knock life. The legendary Spyder-D adds to the ranks of tunes from people of color who sing, rap, and do poetry about the struggles of black people in this country. His latest, "I Hate Being Black" is controversial from its title, but is not what you may be thinking. As the saying goes; "You can't judge a book by its cover". Which brings it to my next point of mentioning that Spyder-D has a book on sale now by the same title. You can purchase your copy at My Book Baby: I Hate Being Black.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Happy Birthday: Dynamite Dave Soul

The Record Realm wishes a blessed earthstrong to the one and only Dynamite Dave Soul, curator of WTDK Revolutionary Radio based in Atlanta. Not only is he a master of the mix, but he is one of the few in the culture who has stuck to using vinyl for his DJ sets. If you're ever in the Atlanta metro area, be sure to find out where he's spinning and have yourself a good time. For now, listen to one of his podcasts to give you a taste of what this tastemaker has to offer.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

DJ Keva: Triumph & Struggle: A Black Sonic Narrative

Hats off to DJ Keva for curating this wonderful mixture of sound bytes during this time of turmoil. Here stateside, we have been seeing the mass killings of people at the hands of police that seem to be making headlines on a weekly basis. More often, it's news of a black men and boys who are the fallen. We are living in a dark period and I hope this helps to brighten things in some form. Keep on pushing for justice!

Be sure to visit ART ON WAX, sign up for her mailing list and show your support. A lot of gems are posted on her blog.

Triumph & Struggle: A Black Sonic Narrative by Art On Wax on Mixcloud

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Flashback: Orbit: The Beat Goes On

The 1980's was a fun time and had a lot of great dance music. For this week we take you back to 1982 with a cover of Sonny & Cher's "The Beat Goes On", produced by Canadian group Orbit in the electro-funk genre and features the vocals of gospel singer Carol Hall. Makes me think back to the days of the roller skating jams where we used to tear the wood up to this track.

Azekel: New Romance

Happy Friday people! To get your day started off on the right foot, here is a fresh R&B tune with some pop appeal that's bound to get you in good spirits. Azekel is the next generation of singers that's making his mark in this vast world of music. Not only is he gifted on vocals, he also produced, wrote, and mixed this tune. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Turntable Tuesdays: Saint Evo's Talking Dums Ep.7

For my House lovers, we're taking a ride with Saint Evo as he takes us on a musical journey through Afro-House. Press play to get your body and soul grooving.

Monday, November 17, 2014

X&G: Home ft. Kidä

After listening to the recent track uploaded by Salt Lake City duo X&G (XianMusic & Gaszia) that features the voice of Kidä, a singer who resides in Los Angeles, I thought, this is the type of R&B that should be played on the radio. Hopefully there will be a way to purchase this or a download link. This is too good to keep to themselves. Enjoy!

Pragmatic Theory: Lightworks

Here are 29 flavorful tracks to help your work day, or at least an hour of it, go by a little smoother. Some of the top names in the underground beat game have contributed to this collection. Big shouts to Pragmatic Theory for making this all possible. I look forward to more good music from this collective of artists. By the way, you can have the whole collection as a courtesy to take along with you.

Kuma x Herzeloyde: Heartwork

Here's a fresh collaborative track from beatmakers Herzeloyde (Melbourne, Australia) and Kuma (Los Angeles), bringing a vibe that's fitting for this fall weather. Both artists display a great deal of versatility in their production, so you should follow them via Soundcloud to keep abreast of new releases and plenty of freebies.

Kriswontwo x Skyzoo: Achievements [Official Video]

As the year 2014 is gradually coming to a close, a lot of great artists are closing out the year with a huge bang...or "BANGERS" [not the British term for sausages], I should say. Leading the pack is my Scandinavian brother Kriswontwo with his brand new self-titled debut. He comes out the gate in full stride with his first single and video that features Brooklyn emcee Skyzoo. Additional choir like vocals are done by Washing D.C. soul singer Nicolas Ryan Gant. Let's not forget the chops from that mean axe by Thor Madsen. Watch and get hype!