Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Empire of the Sun

I was talking to someone the other day and they mentioned that if I liked MGMT (which I do!), I should check Australian band Empire of the Sun. So I did.

You should too.

Empire of the Sun, "Walking On A Dream" from Benjamin Technology on Vimeo.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Good People, Good Vibes, Bad Name, Good Song

Just chatted with my friend Chioke this morning for the first time in ages. In addition to being the headless star of TV On The Radio's "Dancing Choose" video he is also an all-round quality dude. He passed along a lot of good vibes in our chat and he topped it off by sending along this great song/video.

Check it!

Starfucker - Rawnald Gregory Erickson The Second from epb21 on Vimeo.

More on Starfucker (yes, they need a new name)

Friday, December 26, 2008

OK Sounds Good Best of 08'


Yo, 2008 was a great year for music!

Flying Lotus- Los Angeles
Erykah Badu- New Amerykah
Cut Copy- In Ghost Colours
Hercules and Love Affair- s/t
se James- The Dreamer
Benga- Diary of An Afro Warrior
C.R.A.C.- The Piece Talks
The Beat Konducta(Madlib)- Dil Cosby Beat Konducta 5
Lemonade- s/t
Raphael Saadiq- The Way I See It
Portishead- Third
MGMT- Oracular Spectacular
Black Milk- Tronic
Jackson Conti- Sujinho
Santogold- s/t

Best Mixtapes......
Diplo and Santogold- Top Rankin
Madlib- Speto da Rua
Wale- Mixtape About Nothing

Best tracks...
Termanology feat Bun B (prod by DJ Premier)- This Is How We Rock
Erykah Badu- Soldier
Benga- 26 Basslines- Wind yo waste to the wobbly leg dance in the mirror for hours with this chune on repeat!!
Estelle- American Boy
Exile- In Love
Moodymann- Freeki Mutha fucka
Busy Signal- Tic Toc (rmx) feat. Rye Rye and MIA - tic tic tic toc!!!! body grind!
Samiyam- Moon Shoes- Swing yo chain to this!!!
Illa J- All Good - Words of wisdom and inspiration with throwback Dilla beats as a backdrop: "thats the past dont remind me..." / "by the way , this is for souls with a purpose..." yeeeeeeahhhh!
Hercules and Love Affair- Blind - Ridiculous production!!! When the guitars and horns come in near the end, its like the sky opening up- I cant feel my face dawg!
Big Boi feat Raekwon & Andre 3000 - Royal Flush
Flying Lotus- Interference

Honorable Mentions:
Q Tip- The Renaissance
Menahan Street Band- Make the Road By Walking
Quiet Village- Silent Movie
J Davey-The Beauty in Distortion/ The Land of the Lost

Thursday, December 25, 2008

RIP Eartha Kitt

The Legendary Singer and Actress Eartha Kitt Passes On

"I do not have an act. I just do Eartha Kitt ... I want to be whoever Eartha Kitt is until the gods take me wherever they take me."

Wow, I got chills just watching this.

Best Ofs - 2008 (Camille's favorite albums)

This was tough to do. I'm still kinda I'm not explaining anything. Check out the tags, we've written up most of these artists in the past.

Camille's Top Ten Albums of 2008

  1. Babyshambles – Shotter's Nation
  2. Black Milk - Tronic
  3. Erykah Badu – New Amerykah
  4. Janelle Monae- Suite
  5. Jose James – The Dreamer
  6. Jamie Lidell – Jim
  7. Raphael Saadiq - The Way I See It
  8. Beck - Modern Guilt
  9. Flying Lotus - Los Angeles
  10. Daedelus - Love To Make Music To
Photocredits: 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10

Best Ofs - 2008 (Camille's favorite songs)

I've been reading everyone's Best Of lists for weeks now and churning mine out in my head. So I figure now is a good time to start hammering them out.

Here are Camille's ten favorite songs of the year in no particular order (with corresponding videos/links):

  1. Exile - In Love (actually I think this is my hands down favorite song of the year. so simple and earnest. i usually have to listen to this song two times in a row, at least)

  2. Erykah Badu - Healer

  3. The Healer/Hip Hop - Erykah Badu

  4. Sam Sparro - American Boy (cover of Estelle track done on BBC)

  5. Hercules & Love Affair - Blind (bringing disco house BACK. i MUST see this group live)

  6. Jose James - Park Bench People

  7. Santogold - Starstruck (Diplo Remix)

  8. Jamie Liddell - Little Bit of Feel Good

  9. Erykah Badu - Soldier
  10. (this album is HEAT and the TRUTH)

  11. Janelle Monae - Violet Stars Happy Hunting

  12. Joel Alme - The Queen's Corner

Monday, December 22, 2008

Daniel Merriweather - Change

So as far as I can tell, Daniel Merriweather's album is a definite go for the new year. I've heard about four tracks of the album and there's finally a video for one of them; I figure this is the lead-off single here, Change. This track is not exactly my favorite thing, but I love me some Wale and Daniel Merriweather is one of the mostly solidly talented and goodhearted dudes I've ever met, so I'm hoping all this will chart and everyone will be happy and rich and nice and invite me to dinner sometime.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Gilles Peterson(GP) rundown - 12/11/08

Super chill show this week, not much jumped out at me sadly, but I did get a shot out from GP at the end of the show! Nice to be noticed. :) Anyway here are a few choice cuts from the show:

mama! milk – ‘The Moon’ (Windbell)- great band from Japan that GP has been pupping for months. They will be at Worldwide Awards, I'm considering being there too....

Aaron Parks – ‘Nemesis’ (Blue Note)
Erik Truffaz – ‘Come Together’ (Blue Note)- Blue Note is still putting out crazy good stuff. As GP mentioned, the label will be 50 years old next year and they are putting younger labels to SHAME.

Sabu Martinez & Sahib Shihab – ‘Nus’ (Swedish Radio Recordings) - interesting rare recording from a brief collaboration on Sweden

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Onra from All City 7 x 7 series

French producer Onra finishes up the All City Records 7 inch series with a boom, which is to say he kills this track!

Check out "My Comet" here

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Prince crashes Q tip show

The ever elusive Prince decided to crash Q-tip's performance in Vegas a couple weeks ago. Here goes some footage- I'm sure this will be taken down from youtube by Prince's handlers so catch it while you can.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

kidkanevil - When I Dig ft Kissey Asplund & Blu

Kissey Asplund, who yall know already?, and Blu, one of our favs .
Blu rapping with engish accent! damn son.

produced by Kid Kanevil

"When I Dig" (via Musical Schizophrenia)

Friday, November 28, 2008

GP Double Header

Gilles in Ljubljana! Photo source

This week we are not only treated to our regularly scheduled Gilles Peterson show, we also have a special Radio1 Story where Gilles audio-tours (my favorite city) NYC and connects with Pharoah Monche, Bilal, Erika Rose of Sa-Ra (heading out to Brooklyn for a Badu show), and many many others.

So listen to that first, and then roll back over to the regular show (another great week!), and check out the regular show most especially for the utterly soul-chilling Olafur Arnolds, Fionn Peters, Portico session from Maida Vale studio.

Tigerstyle f. Vybz Kartel, Mangi Mahal and Nikitta, "Balle! Shava! (Sinden Remix)"

Outside the ground is covered in inches thick of snow, and when the wind picks up even a little it is bitingly cold, but inside is straight HEAT because OKSG just passed along this jammy jam from Glaswegian Sikh bhangra massive Tigerstyle, which I foolishly overlooked (hey, I was on a plane!) when it appeared on FADER blog in August.

The righteous dudes of Tigerstyle
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Here's a preview of the track.

Get your weekend started right by heading over and downloading this toasty hot track.

As a bonus, here's them doing another version of it live..... I don't even wanna talk about how I missed out on seeing these dudes live in NYC. Won't make that mistake again.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Now, it's about that time....

Yes, people, the holiday times are upon us. In honor of that, I recently published my first piece on AC with 10 great tracks to add to a modern holiday/Christmas mix.
Do be kind and support a sista by heading over there to check out my selecktions!


The last 3 two and a half weeks have been the era of hope, damn- this is real real good news. One of the few things i can applaud the Bush Administration on.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Classics - Dylan and Cash

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This might sound like it's coming out of total leftfield, but I am at home thoroughly enjoying some great 1969 Dylan and Cash studio session recordings (yes, they're performing together!). You see, a little funny thing about me and OKSG, is that we grew up in a house where we would occasionally be awoken to the country musical croonings of such singers as Randy Travis and the classic Jim Reeves. Yes, our parents also bumped a little country, so we got love in that direction.

If you also gots love, go over and grab these incredible session tracks (for free! free! free!) over at Aquarium Drunkard.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Jay Electronica - Exhibit A

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After much anticipation, Jay Electronica has dropped some of the new.
Beats by the most respect Just Blaze (producer for such biggies as Saigon, Kanye, Jay-Z, and tons more).

Now we all have to just sit and wait for the whole album to drop. 2009-- so close, yet so far away.

Jay Electronica - Exhibit A (Transformations)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Gang Gang Dance in Paris

Happy Sunday!

Friday, November 14, 2008

That'll Learn Me

For some reason, I was asleep on the Brownswood blog and no one woke me up to tell me that my dude Omar from Mars Volta was working on his first solo release (available on MP3 now, cd and vinyl forthcoming).
Good look ST! Steady heat is coming from thataway.

Here's a little sample-ito.


I am sorry this blog has been spotty as of late. It's a combination of not really finding any good new music worth your time (hey it's the end of the year) and general business.

I just wanted to jump on here though and tell you to cop that new Jazzanova album "Of All The Things". This is a collective of four German dudes who've churned out and album of HIGH (best of 2008) QUALITY soul and jazz with guest spots from the likes of Phonte and two Brownswood goodies: the great Ben Westbeech (dude is gonna have to get his own post soon) and Jose James!

Here is their EPK with some snippets of tracks

The year is almost over, close it out with good tunage!And if you're in Berlin, by chance, roll out to the album release with Ben Westbeech and Gilles Peterson.

Monday, November 10, 2008

R.I.P. Miriam Makeba - Mama Afrika

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Singer, anti-apartheid figure Makeba dies

As a child my mother forced my brother and I to watch Paul Simon's Concert in Graceland like every weekend, and I still know the words to almost all the songs by heart. When I got older my mother gave me Miriam's autobiography to read, and believe me this beautiful and mad stylish singer was not just a great musician, she was also an incredible activist and a tough and bad ass African woman. Definitely major hero. Respect.


African Skies with Paul Simon

More on Miriam Makeba

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


hello new world

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Please give a warm welcome to...

brian chilling, wait who that in the background?

Please give a warm welcome to the acetoace posting family, Mr. Brian "pajbre(sometimes)" Rogers.

Brian is a lover of music and always has some new music to hip me to everytime we talk. As far as digging for new sounds, he is always checking out some new jams whether it be UK dubstep, brazillian soul, black spiritual jazz from the 70s or whatever it may be. I might even go as far as calling him an un credentialed ethno- musicologist. I think i trump him on hip hop though, lol - but this cat was the first to put me up on Animal Collective and also Alice Coltrane some years back and those two alone, especially the latter opened my mind big time.

So look out for posts coming soon from Brian as the Ace to Ace movement is now 3 deep straight mobbing.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Flying Lotus "Camel" (Nosaj thing Remix)

Don't know much about Nosaj thing, aside that he is amongst the bevy of talented LA electronic producers alongside Flying Lotus, Samiyam, Ras G, Free the Robots, the list goes on and on. Warp had him remix a track off Flying Lotus' Los Angeles (ahem, stay tuned for Ace to Ace Best of 2008 wrap up btw). Nosaj very tastefully uses some of the same samples from the original tune as well as adding his own flavor with some nicely chopped arrangements.

Flying Lotus - Camel (Nosaj Thing Remix)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Taylor teaser

OKSG also promised to post about this dude Taylor McFerrin (yes , as in Bobby "Don't Worry Be Happy"'s son) and I'm gonna let him do the post. I just wanted to give you this little teaser.

Black Milk

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OKSG hipped me on Black Milk last week and I begged him to post about the dude...but he lagged and lagged so I, the great big sister that I am, have taken on the responsibility.

There are the Black Kids, Black Crowes, Black Lips, and countless other white groups with black in the title but no one black to be found. Black Milk ain't that; he is a solid brother and a quality producer from one of the most unappreciated cities in hip hop (Detroit) who he has worked with the likes of Frank-n-Dank and the great J. Dilla. Black Milk's new album Tronic is a nice look (definite Wale vectors, in my humble opinion) and should definitely be picked up. Take on that responsibility, would ya?

Here's one of my favorite tracks from the album: Losing Out (feat Royce Da 5'9)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Whither Withers?

I've been listening non-stop to Madlib's Beat Konducta Vol. 6: Dil Withers Suite, a tribute to Jay Dilla and a great mix of mostly instrumental beats to work or chill out to.

Download: Dillalade Ride (via Gorilla vs. Bear)

Grab the whole thing.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Exile is "In Love"

DJ Exile is a producer and deejay from LA. He is most recently very known for Blu's Below the Heavens ( a great album that has propelled Blu into the blog and hip hop spotlight) which he produced the entirety of. I've seen him perform live on the MPC and I gotta say he is the most deft, funky and versatile I've seen on live MPC drumming. He demonstrates a bit of that on his and Blu's Red Bull Music Academy video interview session , as well as debutting some new tracks from his new project in which every sample is taken from the radio, aptly titled Radio. A stand out track from that project has now finally made its way online, its called "In Love," and I'm absolutely enamored by it.

"In Love" - DJ Exile
(via Fresh Selects)

GP views

So GP is coming to Slovenia (for his very first time!) this Friday night and the club (Sub Sub) managed to wrangle the dude into a little sit down interview to get the crowd ready for the goodness that's coming.

I will, of course, give you a full rundown of the night (if I don't end up in the hospitable for exhaustion from dancing to the grooooves). SO keep an eye out for that. But if you're in Slovenia and like good music, cop your tickets IMMEDIATELY.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Gilles Peterson(GP) rundown -10/16/08

Sorry I didnt get around to doing this last week, but honestly you should all be listening and getting your own faves by now. Right, right??

This week was the usual mixed bag of goodness from Mr. GP.
These were my standouts. Click the artist's name for more info.

Robert Mitchell 3io – 'Teardrop' (33 Jazz)
Great send-up of this classic Massive Attack track

Theo Parrish – 'Love Triumphant' (Sound Signature)
Pioneering Detroit soundsmith

Nitin Sawhney – 'Shadowlands' (Positiv Id)
I knew the name but didn't hear any of his tracks before today. He's usually more for that granola and arugula set from what I can gauge, but this one is a solidly beautiful track for us all.

Yo Majesty – 'Buy Love' (Domino)
Gorgeous track from this much-hyped group of ladies from Florida. This is my first listen and I am sure I'll be checking out more.

Nicola Conte
– 'The Nubian Queens' (Schema)- featuring (who else?) Jose James
Italian jazz king killing it in Japan and Europe and at my house. Lively jazz track. Second one I've heard featuring the Jose. Nice.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Q - tip - Move

Q-Tip - "Move" from Three/21 Films on Vimeo.

Finally this joint is seeing a proper release, nice video of a track from Q-tip's long awaited forthcoming album. Beat by J Dilla a nice Jackson 5 "dancing machine" chop.

I feelin the 70s stlyee of the video.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Metronomy, if you'll allow

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Man, 2008 is popping fresh for quality new music. Just that Roots version of 'A Milli' is worth the hefty price of admission to this (otherwise dismal) year. If you are listening to even half the stuff we are suggesting then you are probably overly deluged with music so I am just gonna through one more tiny thing into the mix and then leave you in peace.

I've listened to the Metronomy album like 6 times in the past week trying to get some sense of whether I should bring it up to OKSG and I finally feel emboldened enough to just push them out there and let you all decide.

Without doing much of any internet research, what I can gauge is that this is a group of three artsy white dudes from England who have been doing bouncy electro remixes and throwing their own stuff out there from time to time. Here's some Youtubage. If you enjoy, I recommend grabbing their new album Nights Out. Fun stuff.

Radio Ladio (um, is this an American Apparel ad?)

My Heart Rate Rapid

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Gilles Peterson(GP) rundown -10/2/08

This was another GP packed with WAY too much good stuff, so I had a hard time narrowing it down. This is my best attempt...

Benga – 'Roller' (Tempa)
The Afro-Warrior never fails to bring you true afro beatage with infectious rolling basslines that command you to dance.

Madala Kunene – ‘Umbobo’ (Smith and Mighty Remix) (White)
South African ridims

BiggaBush – 'The N.P.G.' (Lion Head Recordings)
Electro with major Fela vectors.

Lucky Brown – 'Potatocakes' – (Tramp)

Jazzanova ft. Dwele and Leon Ware– 'Rockin' You Eternally' (Verve)
The Jazzanova album isn't out yet but everything I've heard from it has been totally golden so far. Keep eyes and ears open. Like Gilles said, two white dudes from Berlin bringing you quality black music.

Raphael Saadiq – '100 Yard Dash'
(youtube link) (Columbia)
OKSG has nothing but good things to say about Raphael's new stuff. So far I'm in agreement.

Shuya Okino (link opens sample)– Thank You (Danny Krivit Re-edit) (Geneon) - (More on the very dapper Shuya and the Kyoto Jazz massive here)

Love Lockdown Video

As you know, I am so riding with this new look for Kanye. So, even though I'm sure you've seen the video ten trillion times. I'm posting it here for posterity.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Common goes hard

this for all those that may think common has lost his raspy hard street delivery, check him in a "NY state of Mind" here at the recent NY show...
10-04-08 Common Performing "NY State of Mind" Live from Franz de los Reyes on Vimeo.

Share Ware

At the end of last week's Fader Let Out podcast they played Leon Ware's "Why I Came To California" which had me bouncing out of my seat and up on my feet. I promptly downloaded that track and then I hear GP bumping not one but two new Leon tracks and I had to find out who this brother was....Leon Ware is a LEGEND. He co-wrote the I Want You album with Marvin Gaye, he wrote Michael Jackson's "I Wanna Be Where You Are", he collab'd with Maxwell on "Sumpn Sumpn" -- so basically many many babies have been born because of the way this brother crafted tracks that got bedsprings working overtime. He has also worked with many other greats like Minnie Ripperton, Diana Ross, Jamiroquai, Quincy Jones, Spacek, The Isley Brothers, and Omar. Best of all, he is still at it!

His latest album Moon Ride just dropped in August on Stax Records, and is another trusty slow-jam disc.

Here is some vintage Ware, get into this brother!

and bonus

Leon Ware in conversation with John Legend

Monday, October 6, 2008

Hold That Train!

Pharrell, Lupe, and Q-Tip urging black people to get passports and see the world...hmmm...Not sure why I didn't hear this Lupe remix* before now. It's great!

Paris Tokyo - Lupe feat. Q-Tip and Pharrell

*Might have had something to do with that Lupe/ ATCQ drama, but judging from the existence of this track, must be settled now! Let's enjoy!

Mayer Hawthorne & The County

I have no idea where I heard this song first, mighta been Gilles, all I know is when I heard it the other day on Mark Ronson's Authentic Shit podcast, I already knew the deal but had no idea who the artist was. Turns out it is Stone Throw's very own Mayer Hawthorne (aka Haircut) & The County, doing something on an old school tip...and doin it very well (though slightly tongue in cheek).

I can't find much on the dude or the band online (besides the obligatory myspace, linked above)so I'm tossing the track up so you can just judge it for yourself.

Mayer Hawthorne & The County - It Just Ain't Gonna Work Out

Sunday, October 5, 2008

So Kissey-able

It seems these days that if you aren't photogenic you probably haven't got a chance of making it in this here dirty little business we call music. So it takes the discerning listener, like myself, a little more time to wade through all the pretty faces and find the truly talented. Rising Swedish singer Kissey Asplund gives absolutely great face AND she's got the talent with her. She couples Les Nubians/Sade-style softness with some jazzy Erykah and Jill-style aspirations and then throws in a little extra sumpn of her own, all over some fantastically spaced- out grooves. She definitely gets the Ace to Ace endorsement before the elections.

Check her out

Kissey's blog

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Have a nice tall glass of...


Lemonade is a band out of the SF Bay Area who have been rocking the city's underground for some time now and are soon emerging with their debut self titled EP on True Panther Sounds. They combine elements of garage, new wave, post punk, experimental world sounds/ percussion, and disco to create a tasty brew of tropical house, if that makes sense. They have an amazing live show , so look out for them in your area as they are always playing live. But for now check out their myspace with standout tunes like "Big Weekend"/"Sunchips"/& "Real Slime."

and also lookout for a remix CD accompanying their release which you can pre order on their page!

Camille adds:
Not to litter the floor with name drops, but isn't this the band that recorded from Dave Sitek of TV on The Radio? Isn't this the same Lemonade who has some dope tracks available for download on RCRDLBL at the moment? Just curious....

Friday, September 26, 2008

Gilles Peterson(GP) rundown -09/24/08

I'm back in town and way jetlagged but I am feenin for new music, so I was lucky to get back in front of my computer on a fresh new GP day.

Here are my faves from this week's show

Lars Bartkuhn
– ‘Goodbye Dancing Hello God’ (Sonar Kollektiv)

Jazzanova Feat. Jose James – ‘Little Bird’ (Verve)
A long sprawling mellow jazz track featuring my singer of the year.

Azymuth – ‘Butterfly’ (Far Out Recordings)
Funky funky stuff from Brazilian legends. The trio features Ivan Conti who collab'd with Madlib for the Jackson Conti project (check this!) earlier this year.

Kenny Garret Feat. Pharoah Saunders – ‘Sketches Of MD’ (Mack Avenue)
Accomplished sax player Kenny Garret drags out the legend Saunders for this popping little track.

Crown Heights Affair
– ‘Dreaming A Dream’ (De Lite Records)
Good disco funk boogie that made me want to bust out some roller skates, flip out my hair, and get to the rink. I gotta get with this band.

Many new posts coming extra soon!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

DJ Mujava - "Township Funk"

I had been hearing this track around for a while and never knew who it was until my boy hipped me to the official video last weekend. DJ Mujava, apparently out of Pretoria, South Africa is the artist and this song has become a hit - the video with the great dancing only makes it that much more the jam. get ready to wind ya waste now- shake them hips now- do it do it do it...

not to mention the first minute or so of the video is hillarious!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Gilles Peterson(GP) rundown -09/04/08

This week's show was excellent, the whole show was great! Thus making it a bit difficult to do, but here are some of the highlights:

Unknown – 'The Dream Instrumental' (Test)- Like the title says, unknown, but wish we knew, lol. Anyways, a great intro.

Madvillain - 'Drainos' (Stones Throw)- This from the aforementioned(here), just quietly released Madvillain Remixes, more solid Madlib beats.

Bama & The Family – ‘Feeling Good’ (Truth and Soul) - Smooth ass track.

El Michels – 'Mungs tsio Myself (Alternate Mix)' (Truth and Soul) -
El Michaels Affair and the Daptones have got it down when it comes to the funk/soul not too many can do that and pull it off so well.

London Philhormonic Orchestra – 'Stairway to Heaven' (Test) - Nice smooth orchestrated track.

Mark Murphy – 'On the Red Clay' (Muse) - Not up on Mark Murphy yet, but grreat intro and does "Red Clay" ever get old? No!

Madlib and Frezna – Yo Yo Affair Part 1 and 2' (bbe)- First heard this on an impeccable BBC Quasimto Madlib mix back in 2005 that i still listen to, glad to see this coming out on the upcoming BBE Album.

Janelle Monae – 'Smile' (Wondaland Arts Society) - Charismatic performer, check her out if you get a chance- so far im impressed with her very much- what a great voice.

Milton Nascimento Jobim Trio – 'Tudo Que Voce Podie Ser' (EMI) - Brasillian legend still releasing great music ... I love it!!

Hank Ballard – 'With Your Sweet Loving Self' (Soul Brother Records)

Raphael Saadiq – '100 Yard Dash' - Saw him in concert perform this the other week, GP only plays it for a hot sec but check the whole track, its a nice soul number.


For some odd reason I ended up watching the MTV VMAs the other night for the first time in probably 10 years. It was a horrible production full of performances by bands who'd mostly just been discovered a few days before the show. But I gallantly made it to the end of that broadcast by some mixture of foolishness and fortitude and was rewarded by these beautiful Kanye West performance. The man stunned me, completely. He is becoming an artiste!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Azymuth in LA

Azymuth Live In Los Angeles... from Andrew Lojero on Vimeo.

From Azymuth's recent show in LA. First show in US since '84! Looked like good times, but i had to miss it for this.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Ting Tings

So me and OKSG are on the road at the moment, but I leave you with one tune to tide you over (and keep you dancing) until we're back.

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Become part of the well-deserved hype over The Ting Tings. They are totally perfect summer music.

Download (via Analog Giant blog): The Ting Tings - "Shut Up and Let Me Go" (Chris Lake Vocal Remix Radio Edit)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Take The Box - Amy Winehouse

Not to turn this whole thing into a big Gilles Peterson-fest everyday, but I was just listening to the dude's bank holiday special and he dropped this Amy Winehouse live session from a few years back on us, and YOOOOO!

Just listen up, all the way to the end! Chills.
Someone get her back to straight jazz soul, immediately!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Q for Question

Q-Tip - Gettin' Up from Q-Tip on Vimeo.

Just found this Q-Tip video clip via SoulBounce. I've been hearing more and more tracks and getting an ear and eyeful of hype but when EXACTLY is this album coming out? I don't like to be toyed with...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Gilles Peterson(GP) rundown -08/21/08

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If you don't know by now that we here love Gilles Peterson, think of him highly as not only a wicked selekta, but also musical historian and look to him for the next, then....errr, now ya know. Week in and week out, he breaks some heat from all around the world on his BBC Radio 1 show (which you can stream here from when its posted on Thursday, for one week ONLY) and we want to kind of recognize that by reviewing our highlights of each weekly show here.

This week Gilles did a Brownswood Basement episode where he played (pretty much) all old vinyl cuts. Very good finds. Lots of fun stuff. Here were my highlights, click the artists' names for more info or to hear the track.

Choral Readers – ‘Creator Has a Master Plan’
This is like a chorus of children selling/yelling this totally tripped out version of Pharoah Sanders' track. I imagine this has to be some wildly rare cut. Couldn't find any info on it, but here's another version of it done at Alice Coltrane's birthday party.

Wornell Jones- 'It Must Have Been Love' (Paradise)
Try to sit still during this chill groove. I couldn't do it.

Smokey Robinson - 'Baby Thats Backatya' (EMI)
Man, why have I been asleep on Smokey Robinson? I grew up on his "greatest hits", but this hit is greater. I immediately went back and listened to all of the Quiet Storm album. Gilles also announced that Questlove is producing Smokey's forthcoming album. I am expecting fire.

OK, over the past year or two, I have been going back and schooling myself on the jazz biggies but I somehow had not managed to get to the legend Mark Murphy. This cat came into the studio with Gilles and was just a graceful old head with a great voice and more energy than your average 22 year-old. I heard some great cuts and found out that Jose James' cover of Park Bench People is actually a mix of that song (by Freestyle Fellowship) and Mark Murphy's Red Clay (here is Freddie Hubbard's version).

They played a lot of great stuff, but one track that really jumped out at me was
the one track Gilles played from CD, Mark Murphy's wonderful Dingwalls (off of Gilles' Journeys by DJ album), which I post here for your listening pleasure.

Download: Mark Murphy- Dingwalls

Monday, August 18, 2008

Records, Vinyl, Acetate, Wax!!!

The Archive from Sean Dunne on Vimeo.

world's biggest record collection, amazing!!!

via Nahright

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Stanley Lieber

Today I am enjoying the atmospheric goodness of the Stanley Lieber project's newest release aufklärung. Perfect Sunday chill music.

Download: Meaning (track one)

Download all the tracks

Friday, August 15, 2008

Gilles Peterson(GP) rundown -08/14/08

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If you don't know by now that we here love Gilles Peterson, think of him highly as not only a wicked selekta, but also musical historian and look to him for the next, then....errr, now ya know. Week in and week out, he breaks some heat from all around the world on his BBC Radio 1 show (which you can stream here from when its posted on Thursday for one week ONLY) and we want to kind of recognize that by reviewing our highlights of each weekly show here.

Wow, Gilles was back from New York this week (he wasn't in last week) to drop many tasty new and old nuggets on us. His energy was through the roof and totally infectious. Here are some of the best things he rocked on this week's show. Click on the artist name for more info.

Isaac Hayes – 'Walk On By' (Stax)
I hadn't listened to this track in a minute, but I am now revisiting the dude's catalogue.
Gilles is gonna devote some serious time to the man on the next Brownswood Basement podcast. So keep your eyes peeled for that. Anyway, you should be subscribing if you know what's up...

Minnie Riperton – 'Reasons' [Theo Parrish Re-edit] (<--- link opens to youtube interview with theo) Gilles played a few nice Theo Parrish re-edits. I never get tired of Minnie Ripperton cuts. There will never be another. (check these people shaking it to the track at Gilles' worldwide awards this year. OKSG, can we make it to the 2009 ones?)

Solange Knowles – 'Champagne Chronic Nightcap'
Whoa whoa, leave it to GP to get me feeling Solange (Beyonce's little sis). I thought she was gonna come with some bubblegum, but apparently she has a track with Boards of Canada on her forthcoming joint, along with many other good folks like Mark Ronson and Bilal. Hear the above track by clicking the link and going to her Myspace.

Hamid Drake – 'There Is Nothing Left But You' (Rogue Art)
This track started out with some poem I wasn't really feeling but then the poem stopped and this killer jazzy business started and got FIRE! Wicked jazz drummer. Check the dude.

Sonny Rollins – 'Jungoso' (RCA Victor)
Old jazz virtuoso. Track from the new RCA years album. Hear a tidbit/cop it here.

Hercules & Love Affair ft Antony Hegarty – 'Blind' [Frankie Knuckles Remix] (DFA)
I love the original version of this track but it can sometimes be a little harsh with the 90s drag ball steez, however
this Knuckles lighter jazzy house remix goes down SMOOTH! I'll post the youtube vid below so you can peep it out.

Speaking of drag ball steez, who isn't bogling and voguing to You Belong To Me with the femme-realness? I sho am!

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Here Comes The Rain Again

I am not sure when this Sly & Robbie track came out but I have been playing it like a demon since I got it the other day. The fabulous (and WAYYYY under-jocked) Imani Uzuri put the hurt on this Eurythmics cover and every time I hear it I get the urge to put on some leather pants, hop into a sports car, and go get into some trouble.

and you know what? here is the video that the fantastic Pierre Bennu made for Imani Uzuri's Sun Moon Child. Enjoy

jamz from thisaway

I just copped this nice little dance music mix from Ozren of Codeep here in Ljubljana (they are part of what I can only assume is a miniscule click of cool kids roun' these parts, which I have oddly not been invited to join, hmm...).

Anyway, great summer mix. No track list, but sometimes that can be freeing, no?

Download: Ay-S Poti mix

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Kanye is The Winningest

On the heels of Michael Phelps record-breaking Olympic medal wins, Kanye has dropped the video for his newest single Champion. Wonderful Kanye fuzzy-style goodness, with costuming courtesy of my own personal champion of style Ms. Janicza Bravo (thanks for posting the vid!).

Kanye West "Champion Video" Official Directed by NEON from nabil elderkin on Vimeo.

Monday, August 11, 2008

RIP Isaac Hayes

Black Moses album coverImage via Wikipedia

This past weekend hasnt been to nice on our heroes. First Bernie, now Isaac- hold yo head folks. RIP Isaac "Black Moses" Hayes.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Jose James @ Central Park Summerstage

This is from last week in Central Park, NYC. What a great performance- wish i had been there, but this is second best with decent sound quality, yeah!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Jamie Lidell

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I heard Jamie Lidell before now, but I didn't really start listening until now and I am loving it. It is simple soulful funky goodness by a really wacky British dude. Why isn't this man more famous? Wait, am I out of the loop? Is he already terribly famous? Geez, I'm probably embarassing myself. Any way check out the Little Bit of Feel Good video below and get some more feel good by buying his new album Jim.

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Friday, August 1, 2008

Termanology feat. Bun B produced by Primo

Im listening to less and less hip hop these days aside from the usual suspects but that dont mean that i aint still checking for whats out there, cause I am and I'm hearing some heat in this cat Termanology. As I was driving down to LA on Friday, Primo (DJ Premier) was on the radio station as he was in town and he spoke on this cat Termanology he is producing and how they were working with Bun B on this song. So, I check it out and man its nice. Primo is one of the reasons why I got into and still love this raw hip hop shit so much, and he still lacing them ill beats for cats. He was talking about how he is literally addicted to this hip hop and making beats- truly dedicated! Bun B (another legend!)of UGK holds it down of course, and this cat Termanology from New York has an ill delivery and flow and most importantly voice, cause as Guru said "it's mostly the voice that gets you up."

Oh and look out for that Termanology cause I just seen the tracklist for his coming album and its produced by like all Primo, Large Pro, Pete Rock, etc aka the Legends.

How We Rock - Termanology Ft Bun-B