Sunday, 31 May 2009

K Scope - Precious Heart EP

New release on the Dutch 4 Lux label. Fall Into You features Deborah Jordan and some very Lonnie Liston Smith sounding keys. The Emanative remix is also excellent.

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Yellowtail ft Jose James - Kings and Queens

Taken from Yellowtails debut album "Grand and Putnam". Out now on Bagpak records

Tony Ozier - Futuristic Soul

I was put onto this track by my Dutch homeboys on the MOOVMNT blog (see links), also seen it's on Benji B's recent playlist. Taken from the album Aural Penetration

His live shows sound impressive, you can listen on his myspace

Nice clip of Tony's doing a very credible version of Gil Scott Heron's Peace Go With You Brother

DJ Spinna - Summer Madness

New track off DJ Spinna's forthcoming album "Sonic Smash” due to be released on June 30th on High Water Music.
The album will feature guests such as Phonte, Elzhi, Jigmastas, Breez Brewin, John Robinson, Fresh Daily, Homeboy Sandman, P. CASSO, and others

Spinna has also released a couple of videos showing producing the track

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Nicolay - Last Poets ft Keith Murray

Second in a series by Nicolay called Off The Shelf. Just like the previous "Nautilus" free download this another project that sadly got shelved, once again Nicolay rightly believes that the fruits of his labours shouldn't go unheard.
On this project Nicolay was asked to remix a track by legendary proto rappers The Last Poets called "Dakari". The track also features Keith Murray.
The project never went ahead and Nicolay left unpaid for his work, however by releasing the track for free more people can appreciate his talent. (he's been getting rave reviews for his Nautilus track)

Monday, 25 May 2009

Dam Funk - Hood Pass Intact

The spirit of Roger Troutman lives on in LA's Dam Funk. From the forthcoming album Toachizown

Saturday, 23 May 2009

RoddyRod feat Carlitta Durand and Phonte - "This Time Around"

RoddyRod feat Carlitta Durand and Phonte - "This Time Around" from Humble Monarch on Vimeo.

RoodyRod is a DJ/Producer, one part of the group Maspyke and a member of Kev Brown's LowBudget production team. Video to his new single featuring Little Brothers/Foreign Exchange's Phonte and singer Carlitta Durand

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Jazz Liberatorz ft Mos Def - Mountain Sunlight

New single from French production trio, the Jazz Liberatorz. Taken from the album Fruits of the Past, the follow up to last years golden era invoking, Clin d'Oeil. Fruits of the Past will feature such luminaries as Mos Def, Dela, Fat Lip and Aloe Blacc.

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Tanya Morgan mix - DJKingMost

To celebrate the release of their new album Brooklynati Tanya Morgan release this megamix of their work
Brooklynati Mega Mix by DJKing Most

LaRom Baker - You're The Best / Love Will Make It Better

Yet another quality re-issue from Lotus Land records.
This time it's from Philly born, California based LaRom "The Bomb" Baker. "You're The Best" is a nice slice of disco / boogie which was only released in a batch of 50 thus instantly becoming a collectors Holy Grail. "Love Will Make It Better" is a nice mellow 2 stepper which is getting it's first ever release
Listen to samples here

M Swift - Presents 24 Carat - Cafe Bahia (4 Hero Mix)

24-Carat is a new live jazz project produced by Japanese producer, Shouhei Matsushita a.k.a. M-SWIFT. On this 2nd EP is an excellent remix from passthefeelingon's favourite remixers/producers 4 Hero. They keep the live element of the track but add their own trademark broken samba beats underneath it.
Listen here
Out now on Jazzmin records

Friday, 15 May 2009

Deborah Jordan ft Replife - Home

After appearing on Replife's track "Pangea" last year, Deborah Jordan has the favour returned by having him duet with her on her new 7" on Futuristica records.

This is a prelude to the former Silhouette Brown singers first solo album due out soon (you'll have to log into imeem to listen to the full track)

home.mp3 -

Mos Def - Casa Bey

New single taken from the forthcoming album "The Ecstatic" due for release on the 9th of June

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Nicolay (Foreign Exchange) - Nautilus

A couple of years ago Nicolay was involved in project to pay tribute to the music of Bob James. As a result he created an excellent version of Bob's classic breakbeat source "Nautilus". Sadly the project was shelved but Nicolay is making it available to us all in a high quality 320 kpbs MP3 file
To read more and to download it in click here:

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Joe Bataan - The Wardrobe - Leeds - June 13th

In what to my knowledge is a first in the UK Joe Bataan will be appearing at the Wardrobe in Leeds on Saturday the 13th of May. Joe is remembered for a varied music career producing salsa, jazz, disco and even early rap records. He's still making music with the track "Call My Name" being a favourite of last year

If that's not enough Joe is supported by a big fan of his, James Pants, who impressed me greatly at a recent gig in Manchester. Also on the night is premiere UK latin jazz combo Grupo X and Manchesters very own Irfan from Rainy City music.

Due to sponsorship by the Red Bull Music Academy tickets are only £10, you can purchase them from Jumbo Records in Leeds (available online too)

DJ Mitsu the Beats ft Jose James - Promise In Love

New single out now from Japenese producer DJ Mitsu featuring Jose James on vocals. Taken from Mitsu's new album "A Word to The Wise" due out on the 27th of May on Jazzy Sport records

Terry Callier @ The Lowry Fri 5th June 2009

Altough the actual Band On The Wall venue won't return until September / October 2009they host one of their favourite past guests, Terry Callier, at a fundraiser at the Lowry Centre in Salford

Tickets are available @ Ticketline

Or contact Quay Tickets on 0870 428 0785

For more information on Band On The Wall

El Michels Affair - Enter The 37th Chamber

Led by saxophonist/organist Leon Michels and producer/engineer Jeff Silverman, El Michels Affair began as a loose collaboration of session musicians, including members of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, the Budos Band, and Antibalas. Michels and Silverman’s burgeoning label Truth & Soul released two smash 7” singles featuring reinterpretations of "C.R.E.A.M." and "Bring Da Ruckus." The singles sold an extraordinary 7,000 units worldwide, and their success led to a contract with Fat Beats Records for Enter The 37th Chamber, an album of Wu-Tang Clan interpolations.

"Glaciers Of Ice"

"Bring Da Ruckus"


Available from Fat Beats Records

Tanya Morgan - So Damn Down

May 13th sees the release of Brooklyn / Cincinnati hip hop group Tanya Morgan's 3rd project entitled "Brooklynati"

The Bridge EP last year gave us an appetiser for the album, the type of hip hop I love. Plenty of soul in the production and lyrics lacking in ignorance.

As a taster for the album check this free download of the first single courtesy of promotional company Audible Treats
"So Damn Down"