‘The Break of Dawn’, a full-length album from Japan’s Blue In Green, a composer and guitarist of Bossa Nova and Jazz, is a Downtempo soiree of Hip Hop and Jazz styles. ‘Rendezvous’ begins with the warm crackles of an analog record into beautiful piano scales, and Hip Hop beats at about 97BPM, with subtle bass, horns, cuts and melodic loops. ‘Voyage’ starts with a steady, often manipulated beat; more stunning piano along with Electric guitar riffs nicely compliment each other in a lighthearted rhythm. ‘Masquerade / The Night Watch’ features a rocking upright Bass, piano, sax, cymbal percussion and steady kick drum with relaxed undertones for a Jazzy, sexy, nostalgic and textured tune. ‘Take 3’ begins on a fly beat with an alert upright Bass, classic Hip Hop samples and trumpet snippets cut and scratched in and the low warm sounds of Tuba and organ notes. Ending with a Bonus Track is ‘Camellia’ a passionate song, a teasing piano solo and organ soulfully spilling emotions, an Electric Guitar taking the spotlight pleasingly inviting a close friendly dance. Other favorites on the 11-track album are Rainy Streets, MOTP and Get Back (To Soulful Music). An album with class, ease and the perfect soundtrack to a balmy beach or summer day, cultured with Hip Hop and Jazz elements ‘The Break of Dawn’ is an impressive debut.
Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Boombox’ features some of the many innovative underground first‐wave of rap records made in New York in the period 1979‐82, all released on small, independent, of ten family‐concern record companies, at a time when hip‐hop music still remained under the radar. This first exuberant wave of innocent, upbeat,‘party on the block’ rap records were the first totry and create the sounds heard in community centres, block parties and street jams that initially took place in the Bronx in the mid‐1970s. But where Flash, Kool Herc and Bambaataa were back‐spinning, mixing and scratching together now classic breakbeat records like The Incredible Bongo Band’s ‘Apache’ or Babe Ruth’s ‘The Mexican’, these first rap records were all made using live bands, often replaying then current disco tunes, whilst MCs rapped over the top, creating a unique sound that later became known derisively as ‘oldschool’. And while hip‐hop started in the Bronx, rap on vinyl began in Harlem where long‐time established rhythm and blues producer‐owned record companies such as Joe Robinson’s Enjoy Records, Paul Winley’s Winley Records, Delmar Donnel’s Delmar International and Jack ‘Fatman’ Taylor’s Rojac and Tayster were the first off the mark to realise the commercial potential of rap music‐releasing early ground‐breaking records that all quickly followed in the wake of the first rap record, The Sugarhill Gang’s ‘Rappers Delight’, a million‐selling worldwide hit. This collection celebrates these first old‐school rap records, bringing together rare, classic and obscure tracks released in the early days of rap.Deluxe double CD‐pack comes with slipcase, 40‐page outsize perfect‐bound booklet,extensive notes, exclusive photography and original label artwork. Triple heavy weight vinyl includes full artwork, text and notes as well as free download code.
Prince designed "Purple Rain" as the project that would make him a superstar, and surprisingly, that is exactly what happened. Simultaneously more focused and ambitious than any of his previous records, "Purple Rain" finds Prince consolidating his funk and R&B roots while moving boldly into pop, rock, and heavy metal with nine superbly crafted songs. Although Prince's songwriting is at a peak, the presence of the Revolution pulls the music into sharper focus, giving it a tougher, more aggressive edge. Even with all of his new, but uncompromising, forays into pop Prince hasn't abandoned funk. Taken together, all of the stylistic experiments add up to a stunning statement of purpose that remains one of the most exciting rock & roll albums ever created.