A-Ha - "Take On Me" (The Starkiller's Rum & Coke Aha-Erlebnis)

By JR on 12:13 PM

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Flipping the arrangement and time signature of an upbeat Pop classic to a new sound of swaying Caribbean rhythm laced with steel drums, Starkiller Records gives a fine remix to A-Ha's "Take On Me". Shake your cocktail maker. It's the special feeling you get from Tom Cruise in the movie Cocktail. Forget business school, you can always mix it up in the Caribbean...

Analog Players Society Cover Jody Watley's "Looking For A New Love"

By JR on 11:08 AM

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Made in the style of late 60’s ska mixed with late 70’s dub technology, APS get it jumping on a revivial of “ Looking For a New Love”, the 80’s pop, smash hit by Shalamar vocalist Jody Watley. With elements of Jazz-style improvisation, the rhythm of Ska and touches of Funk most notably in the horn section mixed into one upbeat groove, Analog Players Society create a fun time designed to make you dance in a whole new way by challenging the creative limits of Caribbean music.

Cormega "Mega Philosophy" Instrumental Vinyl LP (Limited to 300 Copies)

Produced by The Large Professor who still snaps necks with his sound of production, Cormega's "Mega Philosophy" Instrumentals LP is now available on limited edition colored vinyl LP (limited to 300 piece pressing) courtesy of Red Line Distribution. Order your copy here.

Video: Common & No I.D. Discuss The Social Theme & Approach Of "Nobody's Smiling" With GRAMMY

By JR on 12:55 PM

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Chicago duo Common & No I.D. bring back a sense of social responsibility to Hip Hop on the inner-city themed "Nobody's Smiling". Listen to artists who create with the willingness to give back from where they came as they explain the activism behind their music and their presence in the community while discussing the history and current state of Chicago.

Singer/Songwriter BARSHEEM Shows "What Is To Be Major"

"What Is To Be Major" is the long awaited 13 track debut album from singer/songwriter Barsheem. His sound derives from Soul, R&B, Pop &Jazz. His influences include but are not limited to: Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, Prince, Michael Jackson and many more. Read Barsheem's full bio on his official website.

All songs under copyright of Beautiful Robin Music 2013

released 14 February 2014

All songs written by BARSHEEM except "IF This World Were Mine"
Written by Marvin Gaye intro written by BARSHEEM.
"Need You In My Life" written by BARSHEEM and Tauros Music

All songs Produced, mixed and engineered by Tauros Music
except "Dinner For Two" Produced by Klean Muzic
mixed and engineerd by Tauros Music.

Preview "Burnt Offering" by The Budos Band In A Live Studio Performance

Brooklyn's nine-member Budos Band has a horn-driven sound, dubbed "Afro soul," which draws influence from funk and Afrobeat. As such, the group's new Burnt Offering fits perfectly on the Daptone Records roster, known for its deep understanding of soul, funk, gospel and Afrobeat music.

On this episode of World Cafe, The Budos Band performs some of its new songs and explains how beer fits into its tight touring schedule.

KicDrum Products Presents Walt Sicknin' "SP12Gauge" Remix Challenge

KicDrum Products and MC Walt Sicknin lay the path for a new era of boom-bap and SP-induced rawness on the "SP-Gauge" Remix challenge. Check out the sounds of new millennium producers who revive an unmistakable sound of Hip Hop known to the 90's, a group of sample-based sound providers for the witty wordplay of Walt who leaves the mic laced with action-packed grammar. The "SP-Gauge" Remix puts beats and rhymes into a context of powerful force as creative minds use the E-Mu Systems SP-1200 sampling drum machine like a weapon. One of my personal favorites out of the 38 entries is the 6th which is produced by Double B.

"Akathisia" EP by Lefties Soul Connection

"Akathisia" by Amsterdam-based funk band Lefties Soul Connection is pure energy in the form of neck-snapping Funk music as the title track from their Fall 2014 EP. Available now via Groove Collector and Rush Hour, the limited edition EP contains six brand new instrumentals with the signature Lefties style: raw, dynamic yet soulful!

Diggin' In The Carts: Gaming With Masta Ace, MC Serch, Buckshot, Kid Capri & Lord Digga in '94

In this episode of Rap City, Masta Ace & friends gather for a tournament to play against each other for the popular early 90's sports video game Madden. Hip Hop's love of video games has been strong since Atari and Nintendo systems and in the playlist below along with this video hear artists express their connection between the streets and digital entertainment.

"Diggin' In The Carts: Videos Games & Hip Hop" features inventive video game sampling in Hip Hop, selections by cratesofjr and songs taken from of "50 Rap Songs Based On Video Game Samples" a great feature by SPIN magazine.

Stream "Soul Love 2014" Compilation ft. Chris Turner, Lady, AAries, Debra Debs, Eric Lau & More

By JR on 12:40 PM

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"Five highly absorbed months of compiling later and, at last, we have the finest, truest definition of modern soul yet – Soul Love 2014. No effort has been spared in bringing this album together, all corners of the globe scoured over much of last year for 25 contemporary cuts of exquisite groove, musicianship and emotion.

Here they now are, Soul Love 2014 throwing together smooth glides, funky grinds, peppy beat-downs and whipsmart house riffs by everyone from UK scene stalwarts Omar, Caron Wheeler, Tony Momrelle and Don-E to US thoroughbreds Eric Roberson, The Foreign Exchange and Marc Evans via white-hot youngbloods like Portia Monique, Lady, Chris Turner, Eric Lau, Debra Debs and Chaz Shepherd. This collective platform for soul music’s latest generation of stars really delivers sounds on the frontier, and reinforces just how bright the future really is." soullove2014.com

"The Soulution" by Epidemic & Tantu

By JR on 11:35 AM

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"What originally started as a guest feature for Tantu's debut release "Language of Beats," spawned into a project of its own titled "The Soulution." A short but sweet display of Tantu's diverse pallet of sounds and Epidemic's ability to subtly adapt to a producer's style. This project brings a refreshingly modern sound while keeping relative familiarity with the golden era-esque vibe that Epidemic has been known to bring. It features a soulful sound scape with melodies ranging from both uplifting to nostalgic all packed into about 25 minutes. Entirely produced by Tantu, with 5 songs, one instrumental and 2 of the west coast's finest lyricists (The EP features Fashawn and Johaz of Dag Savage), it is something like quick a shot of dope - sure to hold fans over until the next full length release."

released 05 August 2014

Written and performed by Epidemic, produced by Tantu, featuring Fashawn and Johaz of Dag Savage.

Army of the Pharaohs - "The Tempter and the Bible Black" (from "Heavy Lies The Crown")

By JR on 8:09 AM

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AOTP establish their position in Hip Hop as one of the most threatening crews lyrically and sonically on this dangerous posse cut from their 2014 LP. Get ready for "Heavy Lies The Crown" dropping October 21, 2014.

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