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....