Flutist Darnell White & Singer Chuckii Booker Pay Tribute To Marvin Gaye On "Mr. Marvin"

By JR on 8:24 PM

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The love for music is real as Darnell White and Chuckii Booker pay tribute to one of the greats of Soul music in a smooth duet of flute and vocals. "Mr. Marvin" mirrors the laid-back essence of Soul which Marvin Gaye is known as a rich bed of percussion thumps along to support an arrangement which is reflective, uplifting and evokes a sense of inner city blues. With Chuckii on vocals who merges his signature sound with the nuances of Marvin's beautifully alongside his uncle Darnell's cool flute performance, this song begs for the return of an American Soul legend through the magic touch of two accomplished musicians.

Voyage Funktastic Split Series ft. BusCrates 16-Bit Ensemble & Dr. MaD

By JR on 9:42 AM

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Highlighting leading talent in the rhythm of new millennium revival Boogie, the Voyage Funktastic Show expands into a record label with the release of a funky split series instrumental project featuring producers BusCrates and Dr. MaD.

Tony Momrelle - "Keep Pushing" feat. Talib Kweli, Chantae Cann, Tony Remy

By JR on 8:26 AM

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The sun is about to shine so rejoice because your time is coming when within the musical presence of vocalist Tony Momrelle of the band Incognito. " Keep Pushing" shows this rising talent knows how to dance in the rain and appreciate the best things in life with love-driven songwriting which merges classic influences of classic Soul with a modern R&B carried by extraordinary vocal ability.  Enjoy music crafted to heal the soul, encourage you to party down and celebrate the moment by one of the UK's most promising men of Soul.

DJ Hurricane Interviews Legendary Artists From His Home, The "HurraCave"

Big Daddy Kane, Phife, Chuck D, Positive K, Faith Evans, Angie Stone, MC Shan, Robin S. and more each stop by The HurraCave to kick it with the great DJ Hurricane in a casual conversation about life and Hip Hop as accomplished artists come to show a mutual respect for one another's legacy. The Beastie Boys/Run DMC turntable technician carries a cool and fun-loving persona as he features each artist in their own feature interview to reflect on classic music and memories within the comfort of his home.

In '93, New York's Video Explosion TV Interviews Legendary Artists Of Hip Hop

By JR on 8:22 PM

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Take a look back on a year of classics as New York City public access TV show Video Explosion catches up with numerous legends of Hip Hop in the year of 1993. The show showcases newcomers who are soon to drop classics as well artists who were already solidified as greats by this point. In '93 it was hard to miss a classic LP as a host of unique and talented artists reached for their dreams to be heard by the world. The archives of Video Explosion captures rare moments from the Golden Era you won't find anywhere else.

Enjoy A Soulful Conversation With Co-Writer Of Donny Hathaway's "Everything Is Everything" LP

By JR on 7:02 PM

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In 1970, the late Donny Hathaway released his first solo album, “Everything Is Everything”. Recorded in Chicago over a one-year period, the effort was produced by Donny and fellow Howard University alum, RIC POWELL, who co-wrote the title track as well as authored the LP's liner notes. In this SOULFUL CONVERSATION, Ric discusses the making of “Everything Is Everything”, his friendship/partnership with Donny as well as the great songs that made this album a classic.

Alex Puddu Presents The Organ Funk Of "Black Sugar" by The Moonfires

By JR on 12:16 PM

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Known as an outstanding composer of soundtracks and a new millennium Funk revivalist with a variety of styles and moods under his belt, Alex Puddu is here to get the party started with the groovy organ-based Afro-Funk sound of "Black Sugar" with The Moonfires band to be released. Enjoy the teaser above and order the LP here at Amazon.

Written, Arranged, Produced and Recorded
By Alex Puddu in Copenhagen

Alex Puddu Guitar Backing Vocals
Duane Hobson. Vocal
Heidi Luke: Drums
Massimo Fiorentino: Electric Piano, Organ,Clavinet; and Sinth
Gavino Congiatta: Bass

Congas and Percussion. by Morten Grønvad
Sax and Flute by Jesper Løvdal
Trumpet by Hendrik Jørgensen

The Songs

Such a Bad Girl
You got me Funky
Feel The Heat
Black Sugar
Sexy Lady

From The D To L.A., #RIPJDilla: "Dillafornia 6" by Pianist Daniel Crawford

It's that time of year again as Daniel Crawford crafts another brilliant tribute to Jay Dee. Hailing from L.A., pianist/producer Daniel carries on Dilla's legacy through a unique and exciting approach to fusion which draws inspiration from Jay's distinct thump and overall musical sensibility. Feel the ability to touch the sky like no other listening experience as Daniel aims to uplift you with his heavenly arrangement of chords and bounce of rhythm on "Dillafornia 6". This merging of Jazz-Soul fusion and beats results in a futuristic and soulful sound in tribute to a producer who's influence continues to open doors of imagination in creating music.

#RIPJDilla artwork by Ruben De La Toure

Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist & Detroit Girl Charity Drops "Yellow" EP

Detroit-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Charity displays the generosity of her heart on "Yellow" as she crafts beautiful Neo-Soul infused with Folk music to make your perception of each moment in life more profound with each note. Inspired by the beauty of love, happiness and beautiful moments, this emerging musician is here to give you butterflies inside as the overwhelming joy of her songwriting and soulful voice makes a masterpiece from the charm and passion of the human spirit.

Kool G Rap, Lord Jamar & Talib Kweli Invite You To The "Industrial Prison Complex"

By JR on 10:13 AM

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The vibe is serious and intense as Kool G Rap, Lord Jamar & Talib Kweli describe the drama of life behind bars against the production of Dr. G. From the street blocks to the C-blocks, "Industrial Prison Complex" ventures into the darkness of the urban struggle as only Hip Hop can as 3 talented veteran wordsmiths unite.

Kool G Rap, Lord Jamer And Talib Kweli - OZ Theme (Official remix 2015) Being re flipped by Dr G from the UK for his new Album Bluntz & B Sides Dropping December 2015 . Original version done by Domingo on Oz 2000 Soundtrack of the HBO television show OZ.

Preview: "Made For Pleasure" by Soul & Funk Band The New Mastersounds

Press release by Légère Recordings"

"The New Mastersounds rank among the most preeminent modern soul and funk bands of their time. Having started out in Leeds, UK, the quartet tour the globe regularly, bringing their hard-charging, delectably greasy jams to all corners of the globe, to feed a hungry fan base that stretches from New York City to Tokyo, San Francisco to Amsterdam and all points in between. In 2015, they return with their tenth studio album “Made For Pleasure”, their most sprawling and ambitious record to date.

The band’s core four—guitarist Eddie Roberts, drummer Simon Allen, bassist Pete Shand and organist Joe Tatton—are joined on the 11-track effort by guests including super fabulous soul chanteuse Charly Lowry, revered percussionist/vibraphonist Mike Dillon and the North Cali-based West Coast Horns, featuring tenor saxophonist Joe Cohen and trumpeter Mike Olmos.

Recorded in New Orleans, The New Mastersounds high-step through the humidity and heat leaving no soul or funk touchstone unturned. Both the title track and “High & Wide” are drenched in The-Meters-meet-Lee-Dorsey Big Easy funk, while tracks like “Enough Is Enough,” “Joy” and “Just Gotta Run” are firmly rooted in classic soul sister rhythm & blues tradition; think Tina Turner, Ann Peebles, Bettye LaVette. Super-charged by Eddie Roberts’ stinging guitar leads, “Cigar Time” and “Sitting On My Knees” take a decidedly soul-jazz turn, diving headlong into Grant Green grit and groove.

Capping off “Made For Pleasure” and further validating its title is a dubbed out reinvention of Iggy Azalea’s smash hit “Fancy” that cleverly turns the pop artist’s ode to materialism into a 21st century stoner anthem with the repurposed refrain, “I’m so irie.”

The New Mastersounds know what feels good and deliver it in spades on their latest long player, and rightfully so, as it was after-all...Made For Pleasure."

Click the player above to enjoy a performance by The New Mastersounds live from New York's Brooklyn Bowl on 2015-05-16

Set One (2:00 PM Afternoon Kid's Set):
01. tuning/intro
02. Miracles
03. Morning Fly
04. This Ain't Work
05. Treasure
06. Whistle Song
07. The In Crowd
08. The Minx
09. Spooky
10. Baby Bouncer
11. Double Barrel
12. Burnt Back
13. Make Me Proud
14. outro/crowd

Set Two (Evening Show Set 1):
01. Soulshine
02. Run The Gauntlet
03. Take What You Need
04. MRG
05. Upstairs *
06. Pick Up The Pieces *
07. All Wrapped Up *
08. Just Not Ready For Love @
09. Enough Is Enough @
10. Never Did I Stop Loving You @

Set Three (Evening Show Set 2):
01. intro/crowd
02. Flimsy Lewis
03. Vandenburg Suite
04. Summercamp
05. All We Can Do @
06. Joy *@
07. Hey Fela *
08. Jan Jan *
09. Drop It Down
10. It's All Right Now
11. outro/crowd

Eddie Roberts - guitar
Simon Allen - drums
Pete Shand - bass guitar
Joe Tatton - organ and piano

* w/ the West Coast Horns: Mike Olmos - trumpet & Danny Casares - tenor saxophone
@ w/ Charly Lowry - vocals

"The Def Beat" by The Cold Chillin' Crew, 1986 Hip Hop

Not to be confused by the famous Hip Hop label by Fly Ty, The Cold Chillin crew trio get loose in '86 as they rock rhymes orchestrated and created with a b-boy touch. "The Def Beat" hits hard with a heavy drum pattern, sharp cuts and defining approach to rhymes as this energetic crew aim to cold exterminate all their rivals. Witness a combination between Go-Go and Hip Hop in music which represents a supreme level of confidence attained by an MC who obtains a beat and microphone.

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