2017 album from the R&B trio. With over 20 million albums sold under their belts, Bell Biv DeVoe are back with an album featuring all new music. The lead single "Run," produced by Erick Sermon, finds BBD in a familiar space with the Notorious BIG sampled, "Hypnotize" beat. With Bell Biv DeVoe being one third of the original boy band New Edition, the project will receive additional exposure via BET's marketing and publicity campaigns for the highly anticipated 3-part mini-series The New Edition Story.
Hailing from within the heat of Florida, Brandon* is a gifted producer whose musical style is an eclectic blend of hip hop, jazz, lounge, and latin flavors. Tough beats move alongside swirling strings, soundtrack-ish atmospheres, and nostalgic orchestral arrangements, all seemingly lifted from obscure vinyl thrift store finds in the sunny retirement capitol. It’s a refreshingly perfect mix of elements, resulting in ‘beats music’ that is amorous and enchanting. This is even more apparent on Brandon*’s latest long-player on the Cold Busted imprint, titled Dreamscape: Part 4*. The producer’s other Dreamscape releases explored his distinct sound, and this latest brings Brandon*’s M.O. to further maturity and acclaim. From the bombastic bossa of “Cabana Chat” to “Oasis”’s gentle acoustic guitars to the tropical jazz vibe of “Rio Dio”, Dreamscape: Part 4* will delight and captivate, and nicely compliments an exotic cocktail.
One of the incredible things about recorded music is its ability to travel across time, space, and cultural boundaries. The story of Black Market Brass and their debut album, Cheat And Start A Fight, is a testament to that miraculous feat. Recorded in 2015 by the 12-piece instrumental band, the album is heavily inspired by the sounds of West African popular and spiritual music from long ago. In 2013, Secret Stash Records released BMB’s debut single to critical acclaim. The bible of all things funky, Wax Poetics, declared the record to be “Heavy Nigerian Madness.” Flea Market Funk raved: “This is some authentic music right here people, recorded in the United States. Inspired by the likes of The Funkees, The Black President, and Moussa Doumbia as much as James Brown and The Meters, this Twin Cities dozen (and sometimes more) is shoveling out their musical path with their unique sounds.” The entire pressing quickly sold out as Secret Stash shipped copies around the world. Two years later, after almost non-stop gigging and rehearsing, BMB finally tracked their debut album. Cut live in one room over three days, the recordings jump out of the speakers with an energy reminiscent of their celebrated live shows. The album’s title, “Cheat and Start a Fight”, and some of the songs on it are heavily influenced by Yoruba bátà music, as taught to their conga player by Chief Muraina Oyelami in Iragbjiji, Nigeria. From start to finish, Cheat And Start A Fight is laden with endless polyrhythms driven by intricate percussion, intertwined guitar parts, and rock-solid bass and drums. Atop that complex backdrop, the members of the 4-piece horn section, anchored by copious amounts of baritone sax, revel in their ability to effortlessly float back and forth between almost militaristic precision and ultra-loose, sometimes free-jazz inspired playing. The result is a strange sort of bootyshaking party music with a dark, heavy, almost post-apocalyptic undertone. It’s Afrobeat with heavy doses of psychedelic textures and feelings.
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Liquid Swords is the second solo studio album by Wu-Tang Clan member GZA. Upon its initial release, Liquid Swords received critical acclaim for its complex lyricism and hypnotic musical style. Over the years, its recognition has grown, with a number of famous publishers proclaiming it as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. Continuing with its Respect The Classics campaign, UMe will be reissuing this classic on cassette with a 3D lenticular cover and translucent red cassette.
Intimate and laid back, this newly released contemporary hip-hop gem features visceral beats and cunning lyrics that enlighten and inspire. New songs and new arrangements of earlier songs from his recent EPs, taking listeners on a journey through the past, present and future. The Past Is Always Present In The Future cements Substantial’s musical legacy as one of Maryland’s proudest and most prolific sons. TPIAPITF includes production from DC producer, Oddisee, Seattle producer and 1/2 of Bop Alloy, Marcus D, Mello Music Group producer, Gensu Dean, label mates The Other Guys & JSOUL, Algorythm of The Stuyvesants and Good Compny Drummer, Jon Laine. Substantial’s fourth solo album also features guest appearances by QN5 Music’s Tonedeff, fellow Nujabes collaborators Cise Starr of CYNE and Uyama Hiroto, GRAMMY nominated singer/ songwriter Wayna and more.
Funky DL ignites his renaissance project to A Tribe Called Quest’s 1993 classic album “Midnight Marauders”, with his brand new album... “Marauding At Midnight: A Tribute To The Sounds of A Tribe Called Quest” This boom-bap bonanza comes in the form of a completely samplefree remake of the entire “Midnight Marauders” album, and after spending the summer of 2016 in the studio studying, dissecting and re-creating all the original samples Tribe used, DL laced the colorful and melodic grooves in true hip-hop style adding harmonic vocal chants over the beats. His aim was to strictly follow the original Tribe arrangements, - but without sampling any breaks - to garnish subtle touches of musical magic, providing his own lift and vibe for each track. The November 2016 surprise release of Tribe’s “We Got It From Here... Thank You For Your Service” makes Funky DL’s tribute to arguably the greatest group in Hip-Hop history more poignant and demonstrates DL’s exemplary but serendipitous timing for this project.
Fourteen years after debuting with the classic white label ‘Eskimo’ the legendary grime figurehead Wiley is set to reaffirm his status as the pioneer of the genre with the release of ‘Godfather’. Wiley has carved his own niche through a career that has moved from influential underground tracks such as ‘Ice Rink’, ‘Wot Do You Call It?’ and ‘Pies’ through to massive crossover hits including ‘Wearing My Rolex’, ‘Heatwave’ and ‘Can You Hear Me? (Ayayay)’. As a founding father of grime, Wiley’s mission statement with the ‘Godfather’ album is to deliver the genre’s defining masterpiece at a time when it’s bigger than ever before.
Lupe Fiasco will drop his new studio album “DROGAS Light” via this own label 1st & 15th/Thirty Tigers. The record features Rick Ross, Ty Dolla $ign, BIG K.R.I.T and more.
Kehlani tells it like it is. Whether in conversation or on stage, the Oakland-born R&B singer and songwriter gives the straight truth about her life, pain, passion, love, triumph, and everything in between with collected calm and confidence. It's that type of honesty that makes her music resonate with the depth of classic Motown and a vividly confessional lyricism reminiscent of Neo Soul.
Limited to 500. The San Francisco Bay Area tradition is as one of those magical centers of musical energy, sending out waves of jazz, psychedelia, rock and funk into the ears of the world. The M-Tet carry on that tradition. Featuring Joe Baer Magnant on guitar, Gary Pitman on Hammond organ, Chris Lujan on bass and Michael Reed on drums, the M-Tet have for the past few years been honing their own very special sonic blend. The M-Tet has managed to wrap up the entire history of Hammond-led groups, from their earliest days when jazz and R&B were wrestling in urban barrooms, through the soulful bookends of Booker T and the MGs and the funky Meters, and into the future, yet never losing sight of their roots. Here, with their new release, the M-Tet offers up fourteen statements of the groove guaranteed to please everyone from the dusty-fingered connoisseur to the Friday night good-timer looking for something to shake it to.
These are good times for lovers of real Hip-Hop with substance. The Lox coming back with an Album, J Cole declared war on every wack rapper in sight and the Wu Tang Clan has groomed a solider of their own. Over the last couple of years, the artist by the name of Joe Young has learned from the greatest crew of all time that the world needs something different. Taking notes, working on his craft beeing mentored by Cappadonna & Inspectah Deck and restructuring Wu Wear with his partners in Germany, Joe Young is set to re-establish the feeling we have all been missing. While the Clan is going through its own turmoil, trial and tribulations that have left fans out in the dry for new music, Joe Young and legendary beatsmith Dame Grease have come together to build a piece of music that will stand the test of time. Invincible Armour is the outcome and the album features the Wu Tang elite – Method Man, Raekwon, Cappadonna, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa & more. This album is a testimony of celebration, bringing the sound back that made Enter the 36 Chambers or Wu Tang Forever, which are arguably the best albums the Clan put out for the fans. These 12 Songs inclusive skits caught the attention of Martin Shkreli as well who wanted to put in an offer to purchase but Joe and Dame Grease let it be known that this is for you. The fans.
Debut album from producer Juelz White featuring Westside Gunn, Conway, Planet Asia, Fashawn, DJ Babu, Phil The Agony, Hus Kingpin, TriState & More! Juelz White is a hip hop producer from Fresno California and has been making beats for 8 years now. Prior to TSAF he’s worked with Rah Digga, Cormega, Phil The Agony, Fashawn, Planet Asia, TriState & Rydah J Kylde.
“This was my first real album. My technical first album had originally been a 9 track EP then I added 5 more songs. Actual Factual Pterodactyl was my first body of work all released at the same time all recorded with my go to engineer Alejandro “Sosa” Tello. I was having a lot of fun. I didn’t care what anybody thought. I wasn’t concerned with concepts. I didn’t lay out any plan. I just found hot beats and rapped. I didn’t care about any type of sonic or thematic uniformity. All I wanted was for everything to be ill. I found my voice on this album. Before this you could hear my songs and tell who my influences were, but on Actual Factual Pterodactyl all this shit was some straight Homeboy Sandman shit. “ - Homeboy Sandman
According to Merriam-Webster, Vignettes means, a short descriptive literary sketch/brief incident or scene (as in a play or movie). The album is aptly titled where 15 musical scenes, each with their own unique settings, are stitched harmoniously together to provide a universal message to the audience in which they use the gift of their own interpretation. At just over 2 hours long, the listener is given an unfiltered front row performance into the heart, mind and soul of the the artist. This latest effort from Damu the Fudgemunk is of typical and unorthodox proportions. Musically, it’s what you should expect from the man who brought you the How it Should Sound franchise, Supply for Demand and The Spur Momento Trailer. Intellectually, it’s his most vulnerable piece of work to date. Hoping to challenge and inspire the listener through a musical narrative, it’s content is open ended.Any resulting opinion that provokes thinking is encouraged given the message in this Vignettes album. Even the art direction is intentionally abstract and undefined to welcome the attention of all people. The album is completely instrumental except for “Openings,” the lone vocal track which features Raw Poetic. With a “Quality over Quantity” slogan, Redefinition Records adds Vignettes to it’s legacy and marks their first 3LP vinyl release which is exclusive to redefinitionrecords. com/vignettes, while double cd’s (in Mini Lp style packaging with printed inner sleeves) and double cassettes (in a unique side by side case instead of the standard double cassette box) are available everywhere. Though the word vignettes may refer to something brief, Damu the Fudgemunk’s new album “Vignettes” has a long future ahead for years to come. “Vignettes is a true example of ‘art imitating life.’ All the commentary/ music is a collection of my personal experiences and those reflections applied to music to document an honest depiction of my current perspective on life and the world we share.” - Damu The Fudgemunk
Marcus I (Marc Ibarz) Santander: Musician and songwriter born in Cantabria, active in the musical scene since very early stages. In 2007 I moved to Madrid and there I started the soulful reggae band Tasty Grooves a band where I performed as singer and songwriter alongside some of the best reggae musicians in the city. After the release of a single with Ken Boothe titled “A Change Must Come” the international reggae community became aware of my career. Then, with the Tasty Grooves I released my first LP titled “Soul Street” which received great reviews from the international music journalists and did so well with the audience. With “Soul Street” we performed in front of huge crowds at the best reggae festivals all around such as Rototom Sunsplash, La Concha Reggae Vibes, Minho Reggae, Reggaeboa, Madrid es Negro and a long etcetera. I now live in France and I from here I continue my solo career, my new birth as an artist.With Tucxone Records hand in hand, they’ve trusted me to ride their powerful resident band The Tucxone Army to work both live and in the studio. Tucxone Army: Tucxone Army are a music collective that fight to preserve Jamaican culture and music. Be it in the studio or on the stage, this band shows up a very strict compromise with the roots of the Caribbean island sounds. They frst gathered in 2014 to record for Little Roy and they been recording together ever since with artists such as Luciano, Mikey General, Prince Jazzbo, Eugene Paul, Natty G, Prince Jamo, Big Youth, and the list goes on and on.They first came out as a studio band, but in 2015 they jumped onto the stage to back up acts such as Prince Jamo. In a time when sound system culture is leading the path of reggae into an era where knowledge of the roots would seem it isn’t relevant and also where musicians are in the shadows of the business, the Tucxone Army are ready to fight back and put Roots Reggae back on its place
Gabriel Garzón-Montano’s formidable skills have come to fruition on Jardín in his Stones Throw debut . “This album came out of wanting to make music that reminds people how beautiful life is and how delicate their heart is,” he said. “I've always wanted to make music that is healing, comforting, and funky. I named the album Jardín hoping for it to create a space for healing when people put it on.
Imperial was both his finest work to date and his best received. The brief, breathless album showcases his near-peerless technical skill along with a newfound maturity in his songwriting. “I was going through a dark time,” Curry says now of the time that birthed Imperial. So he challenged himself to find a radical level of transparency. “The whole theme of that tape is just being honest--exposing myself before anybody else does, talking about my past, talking about where I’m heading to.”
Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records are tipping off 2017 with a slam dunk release! The 1979 cult favorite film The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh featured an all-star team from the worlds of basketball and Hollywood - Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Meadowlark Lemon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry Tarkanian, Stockard Channing, Jonathan Winters, Flip Wilson, Debbie Allen, Harry Shearer, and more – for its fantastical tale of a struggling Pittsburgh basketball team that beats the odds with a little help from the heavens. The movie’s soundtrack was equally illustrious. Pop-soul maestro Thom Bell, renowned for his work with The Spinners, The Stylistics, The Delfonics, and Johnny Mathis, wrote, produced, arranged, and conducted his very first motion picture score, and the result was a soul symphony incorporating funk, disco, and jazz rhythms, and of course, Bell’s trademark luscious balladry. An A-team of R&B’s finest artists was enlisted to perform Bell’s all-new songs, including The Four Tops, The Spinners, Bell and James, Phyllis Hyman, The Delfonics’ William “Poogie” Hart, and The Sylvers, plus country superstar Loretta Lynn, ragtime legend Eubie Blake, and the one and only Doc Severinsen. Yet, when the movie came and went from theatres, so did the soundtrack album…until now! The Fish gained a cult following on television and VHS, and now, it’s time for its sizzling soundtrack to have its chance on the court, too. Hip-hop’s most tuned-in artists have already sampled these lost grooves; now you can hear the originals! The first-ever CD release of The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh boasts a sparkling new remastering from the original Lorimar Records tapes by XXX at Sony’s Battery Studios, detailed liner notes by The Second Disc’s Joe Marchese featuring fresh quotes from Thom Bell, and three rare bonus tracks: two distinctive 12-inch mixes of Bell and James’ infectious title track, and the lush, dramatic “Pisces Theme.” This deluxe Expanded Edition is nothing but net, and a must-have for classic soul fans from Philly to Motown…and of course, Pittsburgh. The Doctor is in!
Charlie Sepúlveda is trumpeter of power and nuance. On this new recording, Sepúlveda takes on the challenge of preserving culture without being trapped by it. He can take a tried-and-true classic like "Besamé Mucho," and instead of falling into the routine he completely modernizes it, stripping the tune of his sometime over-emphasized bolero rhythm and makes something completely new and communicative. Here paying tribute to his former boss, Eddie Palmieri, Sepúlveda brings his distinctive style to eight imaginative tracks with Palmieri delivering two solo tracks. This isn't salsa and it isn't jazz, and it's not exactly a fusion of the two but an exciting and imaginative place between them.
The third studio album by Canadian singer and songwriter The Weeknd. The album features guest contributions from musicians Daft Punk, singer Lana Del Rey, and rappers Future and Kendrick Lamar. The album is supported by the title track/lead single "Starboy".
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