Saturday, February 25, 2012

Mister Bibal x Black Spade = Demonstration

Funky & gritty groove from French producer Mister Bibal with St. Louis emcee Black Spade flowing effortlessly on the top. This song is taken from his debut album releasing March 6th that will features other artist including John Robinson, Wildchild, Kris Mars & more.
Mister Bibal x Black Spade = Demonstration by misterbibal

The Robert Glasper Experiment LIVE: BOOTLEG RADIO

To celebrate The Robert Glasper Experiment’s upcoming release “Black Radio, our good friends at Frolab x All The Way Live put together this awesome compilation of recordings from some of the band's live shows from stages all around the world featuring the many special guests that have joined them over the years including Yasiin Bey, Phonte, Q-Tip, DOOM, Lupe, Kanye ,Bilal, Stefon Harris Pete Rock. Download here.

The Robert Glasper Experiment LIVE: BOOTLEG RADIO by FROLAB

01-Black Radio feat.Yasiin Bey (Blue Note NYC)
02-A Love Supreme (Blue Note NYC)
03-Searching feat. Pete Rock (Roy Ayers Tribute at Jazz A La Villette- Paris, France)
04-Stakes is High feat. Yasiin Bey & Jon Jon (Blue Note NYC)
05-Electric Relaxation feat. Q-Tip (Highline Ballroom NYC)
06-The Way You Do It/Soul Control feat. Phonte (Le Poisson NYC)
07-Fever feat. Q-Tip (Highline Ballroom NYC)
08-ALL CAPS feat. DOOM (Montreux Jazz Festival)
09-Kick Push feat. Lupe Fiasco (Blue Note NYC)
10-Fantastic feat. Yasiin Bey (Blue Note NYC)
11-Find A Way feat. Q-Tip (Highline Ballroom NYC)
12-Reminisce feat. Bilal, Yasiin Bey (Highline Ballroom NYC)
13-Cypher feat. Lupe Fiasco,Yasiin Bey, Kanye West (Blue Note NYC)

Theresa Payne "The Moment"

A stunning project from St. Louis indie soul diva Theresa Payne. "The Moment" sees Payne taking her gospel meets classical trained voice into the more cosmic territory thanks to the pulstaing electric & sometimes gritty production from Black Spade, Adult Fur & Trifeckta. Also included is 2 recordings from some of her electrifying live shows. Check it out & download now!

Sarah Linhares "Messages From The Future"

Great debut album of cosmic soul, future hop & danceable grooves from Montreal based singer Sarah Linhares delivering the vocals with a raw but sexy appeal.

Messages From The Future by Sarah Linhares

Monday, February 20, 2012

Chris Turner "Seems So Long" Live In The Studio

Whenever SOUNDROTATION fav Chris Turner enters the studio, pure magic is born. Check him out in a studio session with drummer, producer Steve McKie, bassist Adam Blackstone & other elite session players, putting their fresh spin on a Stevie Wonder classic. Rumor has it that he & McKie are several songs into a project. Can you say excited?

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Gwen Bunn "Epitome"

I was introduced to GA based singer Gwen Bunn by Phonte aka Tigallo & so glad for the recommendation. Gwen is an incredible singer, songwriter & musician, pretty young in age (compared to most soulful singers of now) but her music is very mature in nature as it draws from many genres before her. This week she released a leak of her first single, "Epitome" via youtube. Beautiful string laced love song with drum snaps that recalls 90's r&b/ hiphop ballads. (Think SWV). Her full project "Melody Dungeon" is slated to release later this year.

All Cows Eat Grass "Be Kool EP"

All Cows Eat Grass is the alter ego of former Jaspects member & Janelle Monae keyboardist T. Brown. Picking up from where the now defunct Jaspects left off, A.C.E.G.'s  "Be Kool EP" (as well as Milk EP) is a pulsating electrofunk affair complete with swirling synths, heavy drum beats & Brown's sincere melodies a la voice box (at times). Great tunes for long drives. Tunes that will have you dancing. Purchase both EP's on iTunes!

Be Kool by All Cows Eat Grass

Tiombe Lockhart "Augustus & Me"

NY songstress Tiombe Lockhart, most known for her work with her band Cubic Zirconia & as featured vocalist on the first PPP album, released this nice three tracker via Fresh Selects of beautiful tunes she composed over riddims by the dub master legendary Augustus Pablo. Get the full download here!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Cilla K "New World Lullabies"

An amazing new project from Guadeloupe born, NY based singer Cilla K. whom you may know from her collabs with Tall Black Guy & Jnero Jarel to name a few. "New World Lullabies" has a nice blend of soul, hiphop & electro with world music sensibilities. It features production from Chicago based producers Tensei, U.K producer Sid Mercutio, as well as producers Dr. Jango from Germany and 86'd from New York.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Miles Bonny & B. Lewis "Together Forever"

SOUNDROTATION fav's Miles Bonny B. Lewis joining forces could only mean one thing, MUSICAL HEAT! The two released this soulful headnodding groover from their upcoming EP that's releasing March 6th. Get a free download below.

Also, check out the accompanied video:
Miles Bonny x B. Lewis - Together Forever from brad lewis on Vimeo.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Columbia Nights

Record Breakin Records is starting 2012 on a great note with the signing of the killer soul trio Columbia Nights. Drawing from soul, hip-hop, R&B, electronica, and jazz, Columbia Nights hopes to add to the conversation by offering a fresh take on a timeless tradition. Co-producers John E Daise and Hayling Price made their rounds in Philadelphia playing the city's trademark blend of neo-soul, and vocalist Sarai Abdul-Malik met the pair midway through her studies at Howard University's Jazz Department. Joined by their love of vinyl, laughter and Thai iced tea, the Washington, D.C. based trio creates a unique sound rooted in balance; their sounds represent a synthesis of the analog and the digital, the bright and the dark, the warm and the wintry. In 2011 they did a soft release of their cover of Little Dragon’s “Stormy Weather” & now it's available as a free download.

Also, check out their EPK. The tunes in it are bangers!!! Can't wait to hear more.

Introducing B.jamelle

In the past 10 years, the DC area has seriously churned out some off the hottest & in demand singers on the indie soul & electro scene including the of Sy Smith, Bilal Salaam, Deborah Bond & Muhsinah to name just a few. That tradition continues with the entry of B.jamelle. You may have heard the songstress on recents works of Diamond District & Mello Music Group member yU. She describes herself as a "writer first, singer third, and dreamer in between". Her sultry tones can flow so effortlessly over the simplest to the most complex of beats & rhythms while locking the listener in to her honest lyricism. Each month since November, she's released (& teased lol) with gems that vary from headnodding soul to topsy turvy & hypnotic electro grooves. Each song features production from some of the DMV's elite including Slimkat 78, Mr. D Turner & 00Genesis all available as free downloads on her bandcamp page. Hopefully there's a full project in the works. Until then, dig in!

Muhsinah "Somebody In My World"

Golden girl Muhsinah released another freeload, a beautiful pulsating tune about the need to feel important & that you matter to "Somebody In Your World".

Somebody In My World by Muhsinah

Eric Lau "The Mission EP"

UK producer Eric Lau is back in the groove with another solid outing. "The Mission" is a collaborative effort with Detroit emcee Guilty Simpson. Lau & Simpson's musical river flow with ease with Guilty flowing effortlessly over Lau's soulful headnodders. Singers Olivier Daysoul & Fatima also appear on a few hooks. The 12" vinyl includes remixes from Damu The Fudgemunk & Chris Dave (Robert Glasper Experiment).

Saturday, February 11, 2012

THEESatisfaction "QUEENS"

You may recognize the name THEESatisfaction from their collab with Shabazz Palaces. Now the duo is gearing for the release of their debut album "awE naturalE" on the SubPop label in March with will feature Palaceer Lazaro aka Ishmael Butler on two tracks. Check out the duo's first single "Queens" & get a free download by signing up for their email list.

Dilouya's Faithful Circus - ALBUM PREVIEW

On February 20th, a killer album will be released from French producer, composer Dilouya. The album's filled with 70's inspired jazzy soul & funk tunes reminiscent of some of the best acid jazz bands of the 90's. So it's quite befitting that he has guest features from acid jazz legends like Omar, Ndea Davenport of Brand New Heavies & French soul sensation Sly Johnson. Check the full album preview!


The Next Movement: Robert Glasper Mix

Without a doubt, the first big & anticipated release of 2012 is Robert Glasper Experiment's fifth album "Black Radio" releasing February 28th & without a doubt, this album will introduce Robert Glasper to a whole new world of listeners thanks to the stellar list of guest features including Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, Erykah Badu & Musiq Soulchild to name a few. To get the unfamiliar up to speed on the history of Robert Glasper, the homie DJ Rahdu of put together this special mix of some of his greatest moments from his first four albums including the popular "Dillalude" as well as a few of his previous collaborations. Get the download here!

01. Mos Def – Thieves in the Night feat Chris Dave & Robert Glasper
02. Robert Glasper – F.T.B.
03. Myron – Relax — Myron & The Works
04. Rozzi Daime – Morning Light
05. Dela – Get Busy
06. JDilla – Dilla*Shine feat Robert Glasper & Zynzelay
07. Robert Glasper Trio – Don’t Close Your Eyes feat. Bilal
08. Robert Glasper – Downtime
09. Robert Glasper Trio – Maiden Voyage feat. Bilal
10. Robert Glasper Experiment – Third Eye

11. Robert Glasper trio – Lil Tipsy
12. Robert Glasper – Portrait of an Angel
13. Robert Glasper; Chris Dave; Mos Def – Thelonious

14. Robert Glasper – J Dillalaude
15. Robert Glasper Experiment – For You
16. Robert Glasper – I Remember feat Bilal
17. Jaleel Shaw – Optimism

Sonnymoon "Just Before Dawn"

Plug Research continues to strike while the iron is hot. This week they released the first single from Boston duo Sonnymoon's self titled debut album. "Just Before Dawn" is a dreamy & atmospheric gem with a pulsating synth colorations with Anna's beautiful & light voice floating about before ending in a whimsical pace with accordion-like string arrangements & soundscapes. The single then gets an even more lush treatment from Miguel Atwood Ferguson (Suite For Ma Dukes).

Sonnymoon - Just Before Dawn Single by Plug Research

Myele Manzanza "Absent" ft. Bella Kalolo

Drummer, producer Myele Manzanza of Electric Wire Hustle is gearing up to release his solo debut album "One" on February 17th releasing the second single as a free download. "Absent" is a funky, percussive, synth-laden banger which features the jazzy & soulful vocals of a talented singer Bella Kalolo. Get it NOW!!!!!!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Slakadeliqs "The Other Side of Tomorrow"

The Slakadeliqs is the less hiphop alter ego of Toronto based producer, singer Slakah The Beatchild. "The Other Side Of Tomorrow" sees the producer in a much more musical environment with a heavy dose 60's & 70'sinspired, string & guitar laden & sunshine driven pop tunes. The EP is available with a pay what you wish option.

Also check out the video for the first tune featuring singer Justin Nozuka.

Sureshot Symphony Solution "The Good Look EP" & "Chair On The Ceiling" ft. Coultrain (Video)

The Sureshot Symphony Solution is the latest project from SF based DJ Sureshot of Sharpshooters. The "Good Look EP" is a perfect marriage of hiphop with jazz, northern soul & 60's inspired pyschedelica. Guest include Ohmega Watts, legendary Mighty PopeMyron & EMoeses Soulright & St. Louis soul prince & SOUNDROTATION fav Coultrain. Check out the awesome & creative video of the espionage inspired track "Chair On The Ceiling" featuring Coultrain & purchase or stream the EP here!

Cecilia Stalin "Step Like A Giant"

I have been waiting for this one!!! Sweden born, London based singer Cecilia Stalin finally returns with her second full-length project. “Step Like A Giant” is the singer’s ode to John Coltrane:
Step Like A Giant” is my way of reaching out to people today that haven’t been introduced to the music of John Coltrane, who haven’t been introduced to jazz in a way that appeals to them, to people who don’t know jazz at all and to everyone to understand what John did for the musical platform we all use today! (Hip hop/grime/soul/neo-soul/nu-jazz/broken beat/house/ dub step/garage/blues/pop/rock…and all the ones in between.)”