Monday, April 18, 2011

Fredericks Brown "Land Of Plenty EP"

A glorious project from the New Zealand bread now NYC based band Fredericks Brown. Comprised of keyboardist Steph Brown, trumpeter & guitarist Michael Taylor & singer Deva Mahal, daughter of blues legend Taj Mahal, they carve their lane with this new ep released on the Munich label Jazz & Milk Recordings. The ep features 2 tracks, the banging afro broken beat soul of the tune "Betrayal" & the bluesy soul pop title track. On the vinyl release the tune "Plenty" gets 2 remix treatments, an afrobeat remix from Dusty & an uptempo nujazz remix from Andreas Saag. Get the full download below, complete with more mixes or get the vinyl here!!!


Iman Williams "Ordinary Love/Float Away" Remixes

Fresh from the buzz of her latest album, singer Iman Williams  is keeping the momentum going as she set to release remixes to 2 of the banging tracks from the album. Pittsburgh based producer Buscrates who produced the original, is on duty to reinterpret the tune "Ordinary Love" giving it a grittier boom bap feel. DJ Apple Jac aka Uncle Shecky is also on board with an electrifying remix of "Float Away" which features Futuristic Soul Society member Porsche Smith. You can hear the original now & get the remix project on May 3rd on bandcamp page.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Zo! & Phonte feat. Tay the Tay God "Return Of The Mack"

Zo! is gearing up to release the third installment in his "Just Visiting" series, where he puts his modern magical spin on some of his favorite classic tunes. For the 1st leak, he teamed up again with his Foreign Exchange & jheri curl brother Phonte aka Tigallo to do a piano & finger snap version of Mark Morrison's "Return Of The Mack".  Check it out & download below.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Szjerdene "Lead The Way / If 6 Was 8"

UK/Amsterdam singer Szjerdene makes her US debut with these 2 KILLER songs on the oh so consistent Plug Research label. Both tunes are produced by Robin Hannibal of Quadron. PURE FIRE!!!! Get them NOW!


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Jill Scott ft. Anthony Hamilton "So In Love"

Philly soul queen Jill Scott is back with a vengeance with new material & a new label. Check out the official 1st radio single from her upcoming album "Light Of The Sun". It's a groovin' 2 stepper featuring the rugged voice of the Cackalackan soul prince "Anthony Hamilton".

Mo Kolours "Drum Talking"

A glorious sound from this singer/percussionist from the Republic of Mauritius. Mo Kolours draws heavily from the native sounds of his ancestral homeland & fuse it with electric soul & dub. "Drum Talking EP" releases in mid May on 3mm vinyl. You can pre-order it as well as get a free download of the track "Biddies" below.

Little Dragon "NightLight"

Swedish electro pop group Little Dragon is back with the 1st official single for their upcoming 3rd album "Ritual Union" which drops in July. In usual & great LD fashion. The chorus remind me of one of my favorite Talking Heads tunes. The single is available on iTunes.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mark de Clive Lowe "Leaving This Planet EP"

Mark de Clive Lowe is showing yet again why he's a SOUNDROTATION favorite with this bangin' EP "Leaving This Planet" releasing Monday. The title off course is from the Charles Earland classic, which he remakes here as a tribute featuring vocalist Sharlene Hector. He also pays tribute to Gene Harris with a cover of his tune "Koko & Leeroe". He gets a little help from a host of friends including  Bembe Segue, Tawiah, Nia Andrews, Omar Phillips, John Roberts,Ovasoul7, Richard Spaven & more. The EP is only a warm-up b4 his full length project "Renegades" that releases in summer & will be an exclusive only available on his bandcamp page.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Probe DMS "Life Is A Movie"

NYC producer/mc Probe DMS hit me up today with this BANGIN' new project. The lyrical flow about love, life, health, the ups, downs & fantasies of his life set to the illest beats. His approach to beatmaking is not your average standard boom bap approach (not to say that's bad). His approach is that of a mad scientist; gritty, electric, pulsating, for the b-boys, for the groovers, for the lovers. It's all there.



Thursday, April 7, 2011

Cleveland Jones "Sensitive"

At the end of February, we got introduced to the incredible vocal stylings of singer Cleveland Jones. Since that short time, he & producer, musician Ahmed Sirour have been getting it in in the studio, working on material for his debut album. The official 1st single dropped this week on iTunes & it is GLORIOUS!! Beautiful, melodic & lush.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Deborah Jordan "Slipping Away " (Bello's Jazz Re-Work)

Check out this beautiful rework of Deborah Jordan's "Slipping Away" done by a Parisian producer Bello & his jazz band. Glorious.......................

AAries "CoverGirls"

The Philly based soul duo AAries is reintroducing themselves with this lovely ep aptly titled CoverGirls. It's a collection them performing some of their favorite songs including their version of Minnie's "Baby This Love I Have". I'm hoping that this re-introduction is a prelude to a new project from them soon.

Illvibe Collective "All Together Now"

Blazin' debut album from the DJ/Production team comprised of some of Philly's finest. Lil Dave, Sonny James, Panek, Phillee Blunt & Skipmode have been rocking parties, running internet radio shows, touring with performance artist of all musical styles & it's evident in the project. All Together Now travels effortlessly thru hiphop, soul, electrofunk & even afro broken beat with ease with collaborations with some of the global underground's finest including Replife, Cecilia Stalin, Kokayi, Ne'a Posey, Conya Doss, Finale, Invincible, John Robinson & hometown heroes Bahamadia, Rich Medina, Fatin of Kindred, Hezekiah, Schoolz Of Thought & many many more. A MUST HAVE. Download it now on iTunes.

Thaione Davis "9three7eight"

Chicago's jack of all trades artist Thaione Davis is steady on the grind. Check out this mixtape mixed by DJ Waht of exclusive unreleased joints, throwbacks & material from some of his upcoming projectswith production from The Geaux, Tall Black Guy, Rashid Hadee, Kenny Keys & more.