Fel Sweetenberg - "Psalms Of A Soldier" prod. by Apollo Brown, "Sophomore Jinx" Re-Issue

Fel Sweetenberg collaborates with Detroit producer Apollo Brown for a vision of pain, struggle and glory in the form of Hip Hop in the "Psalms Of A Soldier". As real life collides with dreams, Fel uses beats and rhymes as his weaponry to voice his aggression and seek the answers to immediate questions as he steps in the shoes of a soldier to battle the obstacles of life head on. Apollo's dusty and raw vibe of boom-bap sets the tone for Fel's serious subject matter on 8 tracks which portray the realness of life through the eyes of a skilled lyricist on the edge.

Get your copy of "The Sophomore Jinx" re-issue vinyl by Fel Sweetenberg here at UGHH.

""The Sophomore Jinx" album was released in 2010 originally and simultaneously became an instant classic and best kept secret.

Few got wind of the release despite the album’s indisputable quality and the project slowly became overlooked. This hidden gem showcases the versatility of Fel Sweetenberg as an Emcee and producer. Sweetenberg produced all tracks on the album except one produced by the Illustrious Illmind.

"The Sophomore Jinx" album displays the work of genius. You can’t deny the audible grittiness and one-of-a kind feel; so the label EFFISCIENZ had no choice but to give this album a second whirl. Although the album was made available via digital release, "The Sophomore Jinx" will be re-issued on DECEMBER 8 on CD and VINYL !!!"

Around The Web In Break Beats Volume 5 by cratesofjr

By JR on 12:24 PM

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This installment of ATWIBB features the mellow groove of guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and producer Chance Hayden, the raw Soul of Tramp Records, a cool Slave re-arrangement by Mike Maurro, psych-Rock by Coquette, psych-Soul by upcoming songwriter Dazz Lightburn and much more! Enjoy the diversity of style as one well-rounded package of Funk is broken down into numerous outstanding breaks by modern artists who each share their free-thinking approach to music.

Preview Tragedy Khadafi's "Pre-Magnum Opus" feat. Meyhem Lauren, The Delfonics & More

By JR on 11:44 AM

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One of QB's most powerful minds Tragedy Khadafi returns with skills sharp as ever with his unique vision of society which merges current events, history and street life on "Pre-Magnum Opus". Guest include Adrian Younge, Lil' Fame, Royal FLush, Starvin' B and more!

Rising Sun All Stars Release Their Anger & Sorrow On "I Can't Breathe​.​"

By JR on 7:51 AM

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"I Can't Breathe" was written in the wake of recurring national tragedies. Recorded just a few feet from the scene of our personal friend Eric Garner's untimely death, the songs lyrics reflect both anger and sorrow, while the music carries the backbeat of Rising Sun All Stars' Staten Island roots.

All proceeds will be donated to the Garner family.

QD3 Presents "Number One with a Bullet" Doc feat. 2Pac, B.I.G., Obie Trice, B-Real & More

By JR on 7:07 AM

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"Number One with a Bullet" examines the effects which firearms have on American society and Hip Hop as documentarian QD3 brings you into different walks of inner city life. Watch the first 10 minutes of the film above plus excerpts and download it in full below at iTunes.

Plot Summary

"Some of today’s biggest hip-hop stars have something in common, besides successful careers. They’ve all been shot and lived to rap about it. From the producers of Lil Wayne’s “The Carter,” Tupac’s “Thug Angel” and the “BEEF” series comes a raw and unfiltered look at gun violence in hip-hop America. Experience the pain, trauma, emotion and rehabilitation of surviving a bullet wound through the eyes of five rappers (Young Buck, B Real, Obie Trice, The Last Mr. Bigg and 40 Glocc) as they take you back to the scene of the crime and into their darkest hours. Joined by a diverse cast of hip-hop luminaries (Mos Def, KRS One, Ice Cube, Prodigy, Jerry Heller and more), community activists, police officers, doctors and citizens, their stories expose the physical, mental and emotional scars of gun violence in the streets and in the music."

Dawn Of The Black Messiah: Discover Emerging Artists Inspired by The Return Of D'Angelo

By JR on 3:06 PM

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As D'Angelo re-emerges to drop his heavily anticipated album, a new era of talented artists and fans share their support for the Black Messiah. Enjoy the soulful sounds and get connected with an emerging generation of music makers who have made themselves known by sharing their praise for D's 2014 album across social media on the day of it's release. From Hip Hop to R&B/Soul, Dance and Boogie, the influence of D'Angelo's artistry endures over a decade since his last classic album release.

"Funk And Beyond. The Best From 2014. Part 1" Spun By DJ Anatoly Ice

By JR on 3:52 AM

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One of the sharpest ears for digging modern and classic Funk hits the one's and two's for an upbeat set of grooves which cover outstanding releases from 2014. From Afro, Hip Hop-inspired and straight-forward styles of Funk, Anatoly Ice covers both the new traditionalists and the innovators. This upload features tracks from Nostalgia 77, Lack of Afro, The Eminent Stars, Ibibio Sound Machine, Lady Daisey and more.

1. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – Slow Down, Love [Daptone] Give the People What They Want
2. Lack of Afro – Missing Me (feat. Jack Tyson-Charles) [Freestyle] Music for Adverts
3. Nostalgia 77 – Your Love Weighs a Tonne [Tru Thoughts] A Journey Too Far
4. The Souljazz Orchestra – Celestial Blues [Strut] Inner Fire
5. Lady Daisey – Fruit [BBE] In My Headphones
6. Algebra Blessett – Recovery [BBE] Recovery
7. Deli-Kutt and Renegades Of Jazz – Soul Season [Hiperbole] Sidewinders
8. Chris Read – Ritmos Colombianos [Breakin Bread] Small Steps
9. Ibibio Sound Machine – The Tortoise (Nsaha Edem Ikit) [Soundway] Ibibio Sound Machine
10. Blitz The Ambassador – Make You No Forget (feat. Seun Kuti) [Direct Current] Afropolitan Dreams
11. DeRobert and The Half-Truths – Ooo Wee [G.E.D. Soul] I’m Tryin’
12. The Eminent Stars – Tune In [Tramp] Sittin’ In
13. The New Mastersounds – WW III (And How To Avoid It) [One Note] Therapy
14. The Getup – Suga Mama [Breakin Bread] Straight From The Hob
15. Euforquestra (feat. Gabriel Mervine) – Momo Lolo [Euforquestra] Fire
16. Shawn Lee (feat. Ohmega Watts) – We Got the Jazz [BBE] Golden Age Against The Machine
17. Third Coast Kings – Just Move [Record Kicks] West Grand Boulevard
18. The Ruffcats – Flower Shots [MPM] The Essence Vol. 3
19. Sunlightsquare – Into My Life [Sunlightsquare] King Yoruba
20. Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra – French Connexion [Ubiquity] Pulsion
21. Jaribu Afrobeat Arkestra – Witness [Tramp] JariBu

Download "Funk And Beyond. The Best From 2014. Part 1" Spun By DJ Anatoly Ice (right-click & save)

Listen To The 1987 Demo Tape Of Keita "Wiz" Speed & Sadat X

By JR on 7:51 AM

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Back when Sadat X of Brand Nubian was known as Derrick X, he linked with a fellow New Rochelle MC known as Wiz and producer by the name of Deveron on this 1987 demo. Enjoy the rawness and Golden Era style of MCing!

Interstellar Soul Get Psychedelic For Their Album "Soul Brothers"

Interstellar Soul is a power trio hailing from the suburbs of Baltimore, Md. Using their independently acquired skills, the group brings a new sound to the scene…Psychedelic Soul. Fusing their love of soul, blues, rock, alternative, trance, and anything else that inspires them to push the envelope. With over 40 years of experience between them, experience and talent are two things they do not fall short of.

Members: Ernest Douglas- guitar, vocals, writer, arranger Rodney Moore- Drums, vocals Gregg Gaither- Bass

Funk Band The Slingshots Throw Dirt On The Groove With "Is This Soul?"

By JR on 12:58 PM

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The Slingshots were born out of the idea of recalling and recovering the rhythmic energy of deep funk, the warm vocal melodies of soul and the rich instrumental approach of jazz, from its origins until our times, to offer a danceable rich selection of music and sounds.


Fran Palmero - Bass
Aleix Sinteman - All Keys & backing vocals
George Hurricane - Guitars & backing vocals
Marc Mena - Trumpet
Roger Fullosoul - Vocals & tambourine
Sergi Franch - Baritone Sax
Edu Neto - Drums

All songs by The Slingshots
Recorded between June 26th & July 3rd 2014
Produced by Mike Mariconda
Engineered by Marc Tena
Recorded at Red Bell Studio, Barcelona, Spain.
Executive producers: Philippe Rocafort & Ivan Muench
Management: Benet Perez
Contact for booking: jazzmanneto@yahoo.es

Thanks to:
Jordi Casas - Percussion
Estela Broto - Flute
Ferran Amado - Blackcelona
Carles Enric Teixedo - Back cover photos
Esteve Rius

"Prayers EP" by Ross McHenry

By JR on 5:00 AM

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Ross McHenry is an architect of emotion as he explores the art of expressing somber and reflective mood in Jazz music with recordings made in the process of creating his acclaimed album "Distant Oceans". Drawing inspiration from meditative states of life in compositions which combined soothing harmonies with a rush of rhythm, "Prayers EP" is an exciting exploration of the mind and soul.

This is a limited release and will be available from Dec 1 until Dec 25 only.

Drums – Jarrad Payne
Bass – Ross McHenry
Guitar – Dylan Marshall
Rhodes – Brenton Foster
Flute, Alto Flute & Saxophones – Tom Pulford
Bass Clarinet – Jon Hunt
Tenor Saxophone – Derek Pascoe
Trombone – Luca Spiler
Percussion – Joel Prime

Brandy - "What About Us" (The $oul$tar and ORPHGANG Remixes)

Groove to the songwriting of a reflective and passionate vocalist who brings to light an important question about the society we live in, using the help of two soulful remixes. On the remix of "What About Us" $oul$tar pumps the adrenaline with a super-musical re-arrangement filled with exciting layers of instrumentation which support the urgency of Brandy's message. The ORPHGANG Remix provides a nice snap of the neck as the duo lend inspiration from Dilla combined with their own dreamy and futuristic synth-based approach to production which is inspired by Hip Hop.

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