Have you heard of Kreayshawn? She is a badass rapper/film maker/photographer/beatmaker/writer from Oakland, CA. Found out about her through the homie @Speak who describes Kreayshawn as “a finely cooked gumbo of rave culture, early 90’s fem rap, Oakland street hustle & raw sexuality”. We are down. Check it.
“I did this very randomly this week and we took the footage a few months ago. All of a sudden its a single with a video! I had recorded two scratch tracks and played them for Imani, then I accidently played both tracks at the same time and we ran with it.” -Nikko Gray
Check out this beautiful and soulful lullaby-esque jam from Miss Nikko Gray.
Shot by Johnny Hernandez & Imani Waddy .
Edits +Music = Imani Waddy .
OKAAAAY! So our girl JimiJames is about to drop some hot new musical treats and as a sexy taster of what is to come Jimi and her amazing crew of photographer Andrew Quesada, make-up artist Gloria Rios, superstar Haz Solo and Dontae Winslow
and Prophetic for UmbrellasUp.com on the music have royally hooked you up with some visual and aural stimulation. ENJOY!
Seoul, Korea-based experimental hip hop producer, MiNdToUcH, has been working away on his craft under the radar now for quite some time. He just released a really dope instrumental album for your free download enjoyment which you can get here. There isn’t really too much info about this cat and that’s ok because his music speaks for itself. Big shouts to our girl Lisa Preston for putting us on to Mr. Touch.
(Marc Mac + Dego = 4Hero) photo: cocoalounge
Andrew Meza’s BTS Radio just posted up one from the archives. Definitely do not miss this mix Dego (4Hero) dropped back in 2006. The whole entire mix will have you smiling and headnoddin, maybe even a little neck crackin’. No Joke. Stream below and download this beautiful thang on BTS Radio.
A founding member of 4Hero, Dego is a true original and living legend. A chameleon with it comes to production, Dego has taken hand in influencing and spearheading new styles and movements ranging from Jungle, Drum & Bass, Broken Beat, Hip-Hop and Soul. With aliases and projects like Tek 9, Jacob’s Optical Stairway, DKD and Silhouette Brown among countless others, he’s solidified his place as a master of music. -btsradio
Dego (2000Black, 4Hero) - Live on Andrew Meza’s BTS Radio (‘06) by The Mint Collective
Res - Golden Boys
Fiona Apple - Sleep To Dream
The Sylvers - Only One Can Win
Scientist - De Materialize
HU Vibrational - Calling To The Water Goddess
J Davey - Everybody
Toshi Kubota - Nothing But Your Love (Jay Dee Remix)
MF DOOM - Coffin Nails
Quasimoto - Hydrant Game
Marcos Valle - Estrelar
Airto - Encounter
Likwid Biskit - Inner War (Co-Op Remix)
Dego & Kaidi Tatham - Bring it Up with Them
The San Francisco-based deep, afro-house label Fatsouls, founded by Said Adekelan, has been giving amazing visibility to artists whilst nurturing the SF house scene for 10+ years.
First known as an event production team, Fatsouls officially became a label in 2007. The label’s aim is to release organic and soulful dance music with emphasis on Afrobeat, Dub, Deep House, minimal tech and other Afro rhythms. Fatsouls has gained a very strong following over the years working with artists like Francois K, Joe Claussell, Kerri Chandler, Ron Trent, Dennis Ferrer, Jerome Sydenham, Barbara Mendez, DJ Yellow, Lisa Shaw, among many others.
The latest release comes from Detroit’s own Alton Miller who falls in line with the Fatsouls organic stylings and produces a beautifully danceable tune. Check out this nice review from Marke B on The SF Bay Guardian. Purchase on Beatport
In & Out (Original Mix) by Fatsouls Records
Born in Dubai and shipped outta Iraq via Canada, meet The Narcicyst. The emcee, writer, rapper, actor, engineer and activist promotes critical thinking within the Self and others to promote growth together. We ♥ this. Learn more about The Narcicyst through the eyes of jfk and check out his single “Hamdulillah” from his latest LP below.
“To say ‘Hamdulillah’ is to be grateful for what one has.
This video is a global collaborative effort by 10 photographers- from London to Lebanon, Cairo To Canada, Abu Dhabi to America- to create a portrait of the New Global Citizens. They are DJs, MCs, poets, architects, teachers, doctors, parents and children. Most of all they are people.”
Purchase The Narcicyst LP on iTunes.
“My purpose for music is positive social change,” says Orange County, California native Aloe Blacc. “Even if the music itself does not explicitly express anything that may signify positive social change, the product of the music will.” -stonesthrow.com/aloeblacc
After some serious buzz with his (epic) “I Need A Dolla” single from the forthcoming Good Things album, Aloe Blacc is poised to release this beautifully soulful and meaningful record. The album will be released on Stones Throw on September 28 and can be previewed courtesy of NPR’s First Listen. Download “You Make Me Smile” too, it’s quite lovely :)
Aloe Blacc - You Make Me Smile by stonesthrow
A bright shining star in the London hip hop scene, Eric Lau, is back with a new instrumental album dropping next week on Kilawatt Music. Check out a couple of snippets from Makin Sound, an older jawn f/ Rahel “Confession Lounge” (that we love) for good measure and this sweet interview with Mr Lau. Call out @EricLauMusic on Twitter for a chance to win a free copy of the album. Preview the entire album over on Kilawatt’s bandcamp page.
Eric Lau - Bendy Snippet by The Mint Collective
Eric Lau - Whatcha Doin’ Snippet by The Mint Collective
Inspired by a collective of scriptures we’d like to introduce you to A Yellow Man. Brothers Emmanuel and Sam and their good friend, Summer call themselves a soulful, electro, experimental hip hop group. This promo spread around the internet like wildfire securing over 9K views since it was posted a week ago. Then, we saw a tweet from @4hero telling everyone to watch out for this project. Indeed they were right. Gonna be fly.
The lovely folks over at the We Plug Good Music blog just sent over a lovely and soulful new compilation, A Prelude To The Future, which includes 20 tracks from emerging artists worldwide focusing on hip hop soul, R & B and spoken word from the UK, West Africa and the states. This is a great educational tool in revealing some of the up and coming artists delivering soulful treats for your aural pleasure. Have a taste below and download the free release -> wepluggoodmusic.bandcamp.com
Blending eastern and western sounds in a wonderfully palatable array of sounds, Groovalizacion Radio is one serious source for sound providing. This time Groovalizacion selector Kiko De Gallo with the help of San Francisco’s Vinnie Esparza have compiled the ultimate strictly 45 reggae set. You will hear a lot of heavy bass beats, dub productions, and lyrics inspired by the Rastafarian culture and religion. Special thanks to our lady Jazzy who always sends lovely musical treats our way. Stream below and download this mix on Groovalizacion.
- Michael Prophet – Gunman
- The Heptones – Sufferers Time
- Barrington Levy – Shine Eye Gal
- The Silverstones – Jah Jah Children
- Hugo Mundell – Jaqueline
- Johnny Osborne – Man Of Jahoviah
- Barrington Levy – Jah Blacks
- Michael Prophet – Warn Them Jah
- Black Uhuru – I Love King Selassie
- Johnny Clarke – African People
- Barrington Levy – Lose Respect
- See I – Why Not Tonight
- Damian Marley & Nas – Road To Zion
- Anthony B – Woman Dem A Mine
- Pinchers – Heathen
- Frost & Wagner – Big Disgrace
- Little Madness – Mother Country
- Wailing Souls – Firehouse Souls
- Michael Prophet – Righteous Are The Conqueror
With a fresh released album this week, Bilal is still grinding away this time with a special cover of Bob Marley’s “Is This Love”. Recorded in LA with the help of VTech, Plug Research and Greg The Dude (who is currently dominating the video game at the moment). Bilal’s new Airtight’s Revenge is out now and it is absolutely wonderful. Go buy it and support good music.
As a follow up to their pined after first volume of Hear No Evil in 2007, Brooklyn’s own Bastard Jazz imprint comes correct with a stellar selection of tunes for a second edition HNE. Collaborating with some sweet producers worldwide, this second release is poised to rule dance floors and chill spots alike pretty hard. Complete with contributions from Dhundee, Jugoe, Double Identity (Tomas P.), Oneman, and Colm K you know you are in good hands. Hear No Evil vol 2 is set to release mid October. Enjoy!
As a little preview of the sounds you might expect check out this sweet mixtape.
BJX is a solid mixtape overview of the label’s first round of output, selected and mixed by labelboss DJ DRM.
DJ DRM - BJX: The Sound Of BSTRD Boots Mixtape by bastardjazz
London-based producer Mosca, has been putting out music under the radar since 2005. Was cruising around the internets and found not only a rad new blog Squeegie Sounds, but also the video to Mosca’s latest release “Tilt Shift” out soon on Fat City Records. The jam is super fresh, full of unforeseen twists and turns and a splendid headnodder. For good measure check out an older tune of Mosca’s, “Nike” and get ready to break ya neck!
Nike by DeejayMosca
Good lawd! The lovely folks over at Put Me On It have done it again with their super splendid mixes. The last bit from PMOI that we posted had an amazing mix from Kid Kanevil and this time around the We Love series kinda kills it with 40 amazing tracks from some artists you may be familiar with as well as some new artists you should be on the lookout for. Download the selections here. Enjoy!
Andre 3000- I Do
Andreya Triana - Town Called Obsolete (Mount Kimbie Rem…
Azealia Banks - L8R
Bishop Lamont Feat. Talib Kweli - Get ‘Em Girl (Prod by J Dilla/Focus)
Bonobo - Walk In The Sky (Aaron Jerome Glitch Mix)
The Cinematic Orchestra- The way we feel ‘Brother/The Revolution (Radio Session)
DâM-FunK - NeverTongueInCheek (Edit)
Department Of Eagles - No One Does It Like You (Do The)
Fatback Band - Spanish Hustle (Danny Krivit Edit)
fLako - I Want You feat. Dirg Gerner
Flying Lotus - Camera Day
The Foreign Exchange - Maybe She’ll Dream Of Me (Album Mix)
The Gaslamp Killer - When I’m In Awe (feat. Gonjasufi)
Gayngs - The Gaudy Side Of Town
Gold Panda - Same Dream China
J. Cole - Blow Up (Prod. By J. Cole)
K-OS - Zambony (rmx) [Bonus]
K-OS ft Drake - Faith
Kanye West - Monster (feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver & Nicki Minaj)
Kidkanevil - Ketto Revisited ft Bonobo
Lissie - In Sleep (Live)
M.E.D. - Candlelight (feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow)
Melody Thornton - Love Gun
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble - Some Day We’ll All Be Free feat Bilal (Live)
NastyNasty - Bleeding
Nottz Feat. Alchemist - The 1ne
P Money & Blacks - Anyway
Phantom Lover ft. Nicholas Ryan Gant - Change (show me how)
Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno - Dub Y Guaguanco
Raekwon - Travel Places
RLP - Cheat Cords
Roc Marciano (Prod. By Vanderslice) - Firepower
Ron Isley (feat. Lauryn Hill) - Close To You
Roska - Play Gamez
Sébastien Tellier - Kilometer (A-Trak Remix)
Shad - Yaa I Get It - Oddisee Remix
Skyzoo & !LLMIND - Speakers On Blast
Teenbs - Japan Field Report
Twizz Ft. PM - Rememberlude
Lukid’s music has been appropriately described as “electronic lullabies”. Sounding something like a Boards of Canada re-rub of a Dabrye tune (or vice versa), he is equally adept at restraint and nuance as he is at beats and bass. His new album Chord is set to drop for the label Werk Discs soon and songs have begun to leak…
Psychedelic electro groove? Yes, please. Sometimes music is more than just a song or a hook or a structured string of notes crashing together gallantly. Sometimes you just have to experience, vibe and journey with it. That’s why Canadian bedroom producer Dan Snaith A.K.A Caribou A.K.A Manitoba is pretty freakin cool.
Trippy hippieness meets the new millenium and makes you want to move something. Caribou’s latest album, Swim is a culmination of funky electronic based instrumentals toned in super organic and innocent vocals creating a vibey paradoxical balance. The second single off the album, “Sun” is a perfect example of that and well “Odessa” was just a great way to set if all off. P.S. Caribou is currently on European/North American tour and is planning on doing a massive amount of touring this fall with Toro y Moi present for a good amount of showtimes. YAY! -Lady J
Today was a real big day for new releases with Black Milk’s (w/ Daru & AB) Album Of The Year (Fat Beats/Decon), Dibiase’s Machines Hate Me (Alpha Pup) and lastly but not least Mr. Bilal Oliver’s Airtight’s Revenge (Plug Research).
Bilal’s third studio album Airtight’s Revenge has been buzzing big time for the past year and we can honestly say it lives up to the hype. It is as soulful as it is progressive and experimental. The album is genius in that it is not limiting at all. It encompasses many sounds and layers whilst weaving through emotions. Airtight’s Revenge is definitely a whole package that should not be picked apart track by track, but rather digested as a whole.
Badu on Bilal
Bilal - “All Matter”
Black Milk - “Warning(Keep Bouncing)”
Dibiase - “Skullcrack”
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Some really nice music coming out of Brooklyn these days. Alex Hadyn a.k.a The Phantom Lover, just released his Mauve EP on the eve of his birthday. With collaborations from Sarah White, Jesse Boykins III, Ghetto Falsetto and UK-soul singer Fatima, this soulful little package is poised for your listening pleasure. Don’t Sleep! Enjoy!
mauve ep by phantom lover
Coming straight out of Berlin, this cat Hazeem’s beats might freak you out cuz they are so splendid! Won’t even write anything more here - just listen to this jawn, vibe out and download his free Planetary Hours EP here. Enjoy!
Mercury (Hermes Trismegistos - Instrumental) by HAZEEM
YO! Our minty fambam in Brooklyn, el señor Dhundee just laced us with a sweet mix of some older school gems perfect for your afterhours chill session.
Karizma - K3
Lupe Fiasco - Paris Tokyo
Pharcyde - Drop
Pharcyde - Runnin
Q-Tip - Gettin Up
Jazmine Sullivan - Jumpoff
Treva Whateva - Singalong
Waajeed - Proud
J. Period F. Q-Tip - Q-Tip for President
Bob James - Mardigras
Parliment - I Just Got Back (From The Fantasy, Ahead of our Time)
Q-Tip - Man WomanBoogie Feat Amanda Diva
Don’t Touch Me Remix (Dirty)
Kenna - Loose Wires
Kudu - BarStar
Janelle Monae - Time Will Reveal
Santo Gold - Pretty Green
Santo Gold - Star Struck
Rucyl - Love In Ware - Rucyl - Damien Shingleton Remix
Sarah White - Fade (Jtodd RMX)
Dhundee - Seasons
Photo: Jordan Bee
What is chillwave you ask? I’m not sure if I can quite put it into words, but your boy Chazwick Bundick (gnarly name) AKA Toro y Moi can definitely put it into sound. Hailing from all places…South Carolina? Really? Damn skippy. Let’s just say it’s a little bit of 80s electronica spawn rooted in generation Y psychedelia, filtered down for all of your nostalgic needs and sprinkled in audible THC.
Oh, remember the super rad ambient sounds of Washed Out which we raved about not too long ago? Surprise, surprise, these two cats have been known to musically collab on a frequent basis. AWESOME! So, now that your brain has unwound itself, had a glass of wine and undone the metaphorical zipper on your Thanksgiving Day pants, I suggest you peep the new project Leave Everywhere, vibe, enjoy and chilllll… - Lady J
We first heard about Chilean/French Rapper/Mother/Producer, Ana Tijoux, on Friends We Love’s 120 second series expressing her inspiration through dreams. We fell in love with Ana in seconds and then heard her music and it was over. She recently released her 3rd album, 1977, in April on Nacional Records and has recently garnered some serious press and notoriety because of her unique delivery, style and perspective. Check out her title track, 1977 below as well as her 120 seconds on Friends We Love. Click here to watch Ana Tijoux’s mostly A capella “Tiny Desk Concert” on NPR - it’s absolutely raw and lovely.
Ana Tijoux - 1977 by The Mint Collective
The legendary institution and one-stop for hip hop, Fat Beats, closed it’s NY location last week and this weekend the remaining LA store will have it’s final showdown. OM Records just sent over an amazing tribute to all the folks involved in the creation and exploration of the Fat Beats culture. The video was filmed by OM/Deep Concentration’s CK Smart and Cut Chemist. Check out the full post over @OM.
The LA-based by way of Sac town & Cameroon, Andy Allo, is a lady of all trades! You may have seen her beautiful face in the U.S. post office or on a Toyota commercial but the sweet thing is that this girl can SING! With a super cute, bubbly yet soulful voice she has just release UnFresh her debut body of work. The track “Dreamland” is a lovely collaboration with vocalist extraordinaire, Blu adding that extra fly flare. Basically this thing is sexy, soulful and sweet.
Greetings! The lovely folks over at The Couch Sessions are continuing their legacy of epic dedication mixes to rising stars in our music community. UK soul singer Andreya Triana is the focus of the latest, Dream Suite mix - a free download paying homage to the lovely bright and shining vocalist who has worked with everyone from Flying Lotus to Bonobo and beyond. Her album just dropped this week on Ninja Tune and it is absolute fire! Get it here.
Also check out the The Couch Sessions tribute to Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano, it’s awesome!
The Couch Sessions Presents - The Dream Suite by The Mint Collective
Mixed By J. Conda
- TM Juke & the Jack Baker Trio (feat. Andreya Triana) – That Gut Feeling
- Natural Self (feat. Andreya Triana) – The Rising
- Aaron Jerome (feat. Andreya Triana) – Angel Lady
- Hocus Pocus – Piece No. 14
- kidkanevil (feat. Andreya Triana) – Good Morning, What’s New?
- Lokua – A Thousand Pages
- Some Freak, Andreya Triana, Ritorell – The Light (Dorian Concept Remix)
- Andreya Triana – Lost Where I Belong (Acoustic)
- Hocus Pocus – Piece No. 6
- Bonobo (feat. Andreya Triana) – Eyes Down (Floating Points Mix)
The art of the compilation has been revived! Easily one of the best comps we’ve heard this year. This time from Germany-based Tokyo Dawn Records - a label that has been putting out quality since 1995. We updated you back in April and since then TDR has been getting busy!
The latest, The Heart, compilation is an assemblage of very eclectic sounds selected and arranged in a consistent and soulful package. From the the content of this release to the artwork and the way this promo was organized and delivered to us we’d give it an A+!
Check out the preview of a couple standout tracks and then peep the EPK. Some amazing artists involved. Support.
Wallis Bird | La La Land (Comfort Fit Remix) by The Mint Collective
Let U Go (DJ Asparagus Remix) by The Mint Collective
Hey ya’ll. Hope you are lovely. We’ve just been passed this mix, Balance, from our friend dj/producer/funny dood Anthony Valadez as a listening gift. It is such a wonderful mix filled with gems from amazing artists and we’d like to share it with you and your ears. Enjoy Enjoy!
Stay tuned for Sir Valadez’s AUDIO/VISUAL remix album out soon on Recordbreakin’ Music.
“BALANCED strikes a unique harmony between smooth-soulful and emotive-experimental! Masterfully layered, and thankfully not too quick mix-schitzo! A calm, refined, inspiring treat! Have to say, I’ve always been a fan of my young Bro, DJ Anthony Valadez.” - Carlos Niño (Build An Ark, Spaceways Radio)
Anthony Valadez Presents Balanced by anthonyvaladez
Blundetto - Voices
Andreya Triana - Draw The Stars
Bilal - Levels
James Blake - I Never Learnt To Share
Hygher Baby - Let U Go (Asaparagus Remix)
Taylor McFerrin - Awake To You
Pacific Heights feat. Mara TK
Maylee Todd - Heartthrob (Circle Remix Remix)
Samon Kawamura - You Are The Only One
Stateless - Falling Into You
Raphael Gualazzi - Reality & Fantasy (GP Remix)
Nufrequency - Fallen Hero (Motorcity Drum Ensemble feat. Ben Onono)
Miguel Atwood Ferguson - Do The Astral Plane (Viola Solo Mix)
Flying Lotus - Do The Astral Plane
DVA - Just Vybe (feat. Fatima)
Ashley Thomas - Somethings Got To Give
Nina Simone - See Line (Recorded Live)
Machine Drum - Mean Mean
SBTRKT & Sampha -Evening Glow
Mount Kimbie - Blind Night Errand
Willie Rosario - Calypso Blues
Came across this mix today browsing Quantic’s website, and it just so happens that it rules!
This was an inspirational evening, Cali was treated to an array of fine music and mixing. In order of appearance: Quantic, Coleman, Sabo and B+ finishes things off.
Tropicalisimo August with Quantic, Sabo, Coleman & B+ by The Mint Collective
First of all shouts to our girl Jaz for putting us on to Ahu, an incredibly talented young lady of a vocalist from Turkey. This is an amazing track “To:Love” was produced by Mr. Paul White and is a lovely melodic, layered, soulful journey. The video is pretty sweet too - showcasing some skilled animation. Download the track for free, courtesy of One Handed Music.
greetings. Last month we introduced Viennese producer/dj, Roman Rauch. His eclectic uptempo style is super refined and his sound is really growing and developing nicely. Check out his latest beat courtesy of Roman’s soundcloud. It is danceable, groovy and yet no so housey that a non-house listener can enjoy right off the bat. Tell us what you think email@example.com
bobs revenge by roman rauch