Sunday, June 19, 2011

Rahsaan Patterson "6 AM"

Summer music season is in full swing. Rahsaan Patterson released the next single from his highly anticipated 5th album "Bleuphoria" releasing July 19th. It's definitely that feel good sophisticated track for summer, breezy & mellow in a Loose Ends zone with the range of Patterson soaring & some assistance from his longtime friend (& my favorite) Lalah Hathaway on background. Check out the hilarious footage from the session, check out the tune & purchase the download on iTunes!


Moonsatellite "s t r a n g e d i m e n s i o n s" EP

Take an inter-galactic journey with producer, sound engineer Moonsatellite & his new EP of experimental hip hop-ness that he ass "a chronicle of inspired insomnia".


Aquarius Is The Future

B'ham native Byron The Aquarius has been steady on the grind putting in major hours in studio with cats like including Daz-I-Kue, Kai Alce & his hometown longtime collaborators L.Elemen & singer, musician Jazmine. He also recently made his exit from the south to the Motown & is currently working with Denaun Porter. Check out teasers for 2 new releases coming soon. HEAT!!!!!!!

Ben Williams "State Of Art"

After playing for a wide range of the music industry's elite including Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, George Duke, Meshell NdegeOcello & Bilal, recording & touring with Stefon Harris & Blackout, winning various music competitions including the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, which led to a scholarship & recording contract with Concord Music Group, bassist Ben Williams is gearing up for the release of his debut album "State Of Art". Taking you on a cosmic jazz ride tappiing into soul, hiphop & afro-ethnic influences along the way. Releasing June 28th. Get a free download of the afro-inspired "Hope" below. 


Van Hunt "June"

After 2 stellar albums on Capitol Records & a killer album on Blue Note (that unfortunately was shelved), Grammy winning singer, songwriter, musician Van Hunt has finally returned & getting ready to release a new album independently on his NEW WEBSITE! Check out & download the 1st single "June".


First Blum

An amazing ep from Bostonian producer Alex Blum. Experimental, jazzy & cosmic glitch hop with guest vocals from Anna Wise of Sonnymoon & Kelton Blackshear of the LA alternative band Monroe.


Deborah Bond "You Are The One"

AT LAST!!! It's been 8 years since DC soul diva Deborah Bond's stellar debut. After a remix album, hosting a XM Satellite radio program, blazing stages & even joining briefly on The Foreign Exchange's 2nd Authenticity Tour, she is finally releasing her sophomore album "Madam Palindrome" on July 17th & I for one am too excited. Check out the 1st single "You Are The One"which is classic Bond in that sultry Chaka meets Sharon Bryant meets S.O.S Band kinda way but totally modern & fresh proving that there is no sophomore jinx.

Purchase the download here!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Emeson "Gravity"

After countless remixes & a full length album in 2006, UK singer, producer Emeson has finally returned with the killer "Gravity" an ep of otherworldly jazzy soul & electro-funk available as a free download.

Broke D'Law "Where I Wallow (What-er-World)

Check out this killer track from Brook D'Leau of J*Davey, in true cosmic synth ILLaV8r style!

   Where I Wallow (What-er-World) by I L L a V 8 r

Dear Friends : An Evening With The Foreign Exchange

On June 28th, The Foreign Exchange will release a stunning CD/DVD combo of an acoustic live studio performance, as a companion to the Authenticity album as well as offer a glimpse into their acclaimed live show. In addition to the performance, the cd will have 2 new studio tracks, "Steal Away" featuring FE newcomer Jeane Jolly & "All The Kisses" featuring Paris & Amber Strother of the sensational group KING. 


Check out the track with Paris & Amber of KING & get the FREE DOWNLOAD HERE!

Tall Black Guy "Hollyweird 2.0"

Producer Tall Black Guy is back with Hollyweird 2.0, the series that was inspired by his exodus from the midwest to LA & IT IS FIRE!!!! Classic TBG with clever sampling, jazzy soundscapes & headnod-a-plenty. Also on board is Chi-Town compadres Primeridian, Radius & his Eighties Babies partner Dee Jackson. 

   05 GoldenSun(Tribute to Blackalicious) by SOUNDROTATION


Bobby Blunt "A Traveler's Notebook" (produced by Ta-Ku)

VA singer Bobby Blunt knows how to find the perfect beat. This time he teams up with Australian beatmaker Ta-Ku for a stellar 5 track EP of electric & cosmic soulfulness.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Jamiroquai "Smile"

Check out this new smooth electric joint Jamiroquai is offering as a free download. Taking it back to their classic sound with beautiful strings, guitar riffs & JK's signature blue eyed soul-ness.

   Jamiroquai - "Smile" by Jamiroquai1

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Submotion Orchestra "Finest Hour"

The UK based 7 piece band Submotion Orchestra is set to release their debut album next week. Their live cinematic blend of soul, jazz & folk with progressive dnb & dubstep is bewitchingly beautiful & perfectly crafted & has garnered them a great fan base starting with the likes of Gilles Peterson (who featured them on his last Brownswood Bubblers comp), Simbad & Ashley Beedle.

   Finest Hour Album Preview by Submotion Orchestra

Aischa Traidia "What's Going On"

Introducing a fresh voice in the global future soul community, Amsterdam based singer Aischa Traidia. If you have kept your ear to the underground, you may recognize her name from her collabs with Don Will of Tanya Morgan, Daru Jones & Coultrain. Now she is stepping forward with her debut project, which is hopefully coming soon. Check out & download her first single produced Sotu The Traveller and enjoy!

   Aischa - What's Going On by MPMCGN


J1 aka The Deer "Yellow EP"

Record Breakin Music is kicking the summer into high gear as they continue to release some of the most forward thinking & progressive artist of the global underground. Next week will see a release from drummer, producer & Master Blazter member J1 aka The Deer. The "Yellow Ep" is a funky & cosmic electro-funk BANGER with plenty of grit & abstract-ness with a cast of dope contributors along for the ride including Jimetta Rose, Coultrain, Devonwho, Ragen Fykes & I'Ced. Check it out the snippet & pre-order below.

Freddie Joachim "Dusted"

Beatmaker Freddie Joachim is back doing what he does best. This time he's taken classic "Dusties" & flip them into jazzy & soulful boom bap gems.


Dego "A Wha' Him Deh Pon?"

On the heels of all the lovely gems from the vaults, Dego is preparing to release his solo debut full length & it is BLAZIN' HOT!!! Everything that you'd expect from him. That perfect blend of soul, hip hop, electrofunk, afro broken beat with roots in jazz-funk, reggae & dub. Progressive & refreshed with a little help from a host of stellar friends including longtime collaborator Kaidi Tatham, electro-funk goddess Georgia Anne Muldrow, the human sound machine Taylor McFerrin, singers Nadine Charles, Sharlene Hector, Nia Andrews & many more. Scheduled for release June 20th. Preview the album below.


Dego "Freeness Vol. 2"

Future soul / broken beat pioneer Dego keeps spoiling us fans with hotness in the form of free downloads of music from his vaults. This time is 2 lovely gems, a funky keyboard laden instrumental & a headnodding future soul joint featuring David Okumu & the vocals of Bembe Segue. 


Saturday, June 4, 2011

I'Ced "All In My Mind"

FINALLY!!! After a killer break out single in 08, a phenomenal 7" release & countless collabs & sessions with artist including Shafiq Husayn, Dam Funk & the Hawthorne Headhunters, producer / musician I'Ced is gearing up to for the release of his debut full length on the mighty Record Breakin label & I assure you it is every bit worth the wait. Check out the cinematic soulful title track (which was featured on the SOUNDROTATION Podcast back in 09) & pre-order your copy below.

Anthony Nicholson "Year Of The Rebel"

Chicago producer Anthony Nicholson is gearing up for the release of his third full length album, "Year Of The Rebel" & it is his most cohesive yet. The blend of programming, live instrumentation & great performances from a host of guest vocalist make this album stellar. Nicholson's ability to combine the soulful dance music of his native Chicago with soul, jazz funk & fusion sensibilities is what sets him apart from many of the producers of now & the very reason you can't simply label his music as "house". It's authentic modern global soul that's groovin' & refreshing. To be released at the end of the month. Check out the clips below.

   Anthony Nicholson " Year of the Rebel" clips by anthony nicholson