Monday, 29 September 2008

Patricia Marx - Burning Luv

Found this clip on youtube of Brazilian singer Patricia Marx. It's from her self titled album that came out a few years ago on Ether records.

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Art Bleek - Urban Watcher EP

Art Bleek, known by his mother as Arthur Pochon, is a Paris based producer with a classically-trained jazz background who makes music that can fall into a variety of genres but all containing a touch of jazz. The Urban Watcher EP sees Art producing frantic broken beats on the title track, nu soul on the track Into Knowledge through to the mellow hip hop of Plat du Jour
Listen to samples here

Available from Piccadilly Records

Friday, 19 September 2008

Illa J ft Guilty Simpson - RU Listening

Illa J is the kid brother of the late great James Yancey. Michael Ross,the founder of Delicious Vinyl, felt that he should the rightful heir to a CD of unused J Dilla beats that were in the vaults from when he was Delicious Vinyl go to producer in the 90's, responsible for albums such as Pharcydes Labcabincalifornia.
The result of Illa J rhyming over big brothers beats is an album Yancey Boys available in November

Reel People ft Omar - Outta Love (4 Hero Mix)

Due out soon on the Japanese label Especial is a 12" of remixes from the Reel Peoples 7 Ways to Wonder album

Highlight for me by a long way is the remix of Outta Love featuring the vocals of UK soul legend Omar. A great slice of 21st Century soul with a tough Bossa Nova beat under it. Knowing Especial it wont be cheap but it will be the best quality vinyl pressing

Listen to a sample here

Thursday, 18 September 2008

J Rawls presents The Liquid Crystal Project 2

Part 2 of J Rawls Liquid Project where, much like Marc Mac's Visioneers project, the samples made famous on classic hip hop records are replayed by a live band.

Highlights for me are the Tribute to The Beatminerz (where the saxaphone sample from Smif-N-Wessun's Bucktown get used) Lorens Dance Redux (an interpretation of Grover Washington JR's Laurens Dance as used by ATCQ on Push It Along) and Digital Funky featured below.

Nu Tropic

I featured a 12" by Nu Tropic, Revolucion, a few months ago and after checking out more of their music it's hard to believe they are not from within spitting distance of the Suger Loaf mountain. They are in fact a Strasbourg based Latin/Brasilian inspired duo, Jazzamar & DJ Link. Nu Tropic have released a 12" and 7" on the Jazzmin label, I'm hoping a long player is on the way. As soon as it is I'll feature it here without a doubt

We've got it
Weve Got It! - Nu Tropic

Sambador - Nu Tropic

Monday, 15 September 2008

corneille avec classe

Remember being on holiday in Tunisia a few years ago and seeing this on the hotel TV.
Haven't got a clue what he is saying but it sounds pretty cool

Muhsinah - Daybreak

I've been meaning to feature Munsinah for a while, the fact that she is the featured vocalist on the latest Foreign Exchange track has prompted me.

A couple of tracks from her latest CD Daybreak
Once Again.mp3 - Muhsinah

Discovery.mp3 - Muhsinah

A video from an earlier E.P, Oscillations

Friday, 12 September 2008

Eric Roberson at the IndigO2 - Saturday, October 4, 2008

Tickets and hotel booked for one of my favourite singers and a live performer who never fails to entertain.
Tickets available from here:

Never heard Erro before? Check some classic material
Crazy - Eric Roberson
Performing "Change For Me"

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Foreign Exchange - Daykeeper

Four years after we were blessed with their debut album "Connected" Foreign Exchange return with a new album entitled "Leave it all behind"

First track off the album is Daykeeper featuring the vocals of Muhsinah.
Daykeeper feat. Muhsinah - The Foreign Exchange

You can download Daykeeper for free from here:

Erykah Badu V Love Unlimited Orchestra

Good friend of mine Rob from the Northern Comfort blog has done a rather excellent "mash up" of Erykah Badu's Honey acapella over Love Unlimited Orchestra's Strange Games and Things

Listen here

Erykah Badu interview on Okaypalyer TV

Monday, 8 September 2008

80's Soul Mix Vol 2


Bobby Broom – Let You Go
Lilo Thomas – Settle Down
Bobby Nunn – Don’t Knock It Till You Try It
Starpoint – Bring Your Sweet Loving Back
Rene & Angela – Secret Rendezvous
Sharon Brown – I Specialise in Love
Vicky D – This Beat is Mine
David Joseph – You Can’t Hide
D Train – Music
Ingram – DJ’s Delight
Krystol – After The Dance is Through
Barbara Mitchell – Never Had a Love Like This Before
Royal Delite – Freak For You
Bernard Wright – Who Do You Love?

Sunday, 7 September 2008

80's Soul Mix Vol 1

Tashan – Read my mind
Atlantic Starr – When love calls
SOS Band – High Hopes
Kleer – Tonight
Juicy – Sugar Free
Loose Ends – Choose Me
Barbara Mason – Another Man
Tom Browne – Brighter Tomorrow
Gwen Guthrie – 7th Heaven
Switch – Keepin Secrets
Viola Wills – Dare to Dream
BB&Q – Genie
52nd Street – Tell Me How it Feels
Roberta Gilliam – All I Want is My Baby

Miles Bonny - Yes I Do

Whilst we're in Kansas let's check out another of the cities soul providers. Miles Bonny came to my attention through the Kova & Miles cover version of the Meter's Hand Clapping Song (Clap, Clap) as well as being the featured vocalist on the Spinnerty track featured recently.

Miles is a record producer, singer, trumpeter, and DJ. The video below is from the 2007 E.P. Closer Love

Miles Bonny myspace

Closer Love Available here:

Download "Yes I Do" from SoulBeautiful (only lasts a week)

Reggie B - Prophetic Youth

New single from Kansas based vocalist and musician Reggie B.

Reggie first came to my attention from his work with producer Daru. The track they produced together "I was wrong" is featured on my 21st Century Soul Vol 2 mix.

This 12" features the title track Prophetic Youth in original album form as well as a remix from Morgan Zarate (look out for his Sticks and Stones tune ft Ghostface Killer)

My personal favourite on this 12" is the track "It gets better"

Listen to Reggie B here:

Available from Fat City

Guynamite - EP 2

Second EP from London based multi instrumentalist/producer Guynamite, real name Guy Benton. EP 1 was a favourite of mine, you can hear the track "Those Eyes" ft Selina Campbell on my 21st Century Soul Volume 1 mix

EP 2 is in the same format. a mixture of Broken Beat style soul and jazz featuring an array of guest vocalists. Favourite after a few listens is the track "Who" featuring the vocals of Krystal Hardwick. A nice mid tempo street soul number. Another standout is the slow paced number "Start Again" vocals courtesy of D.ablo

Listen to samples here

Available to order from Fat City

Guynamite is on the Mukatsuku record label