Thursday, December 24, 2009

Camille's Top of 2009

Well OKSG got us started with a hefty list of tracks I need to get my hands on, so now I step up to the mic. There is of course a tiny bit of overlap but not as much as I would have expected. Unlike OKSG, I wasn't SO thrilled about the output this year, my list of jams this year was very single-heavy and there were fewer full albums or even individual tracks that straight up wowed me. That said there was still enough good stuff to keep my playlist growing. So without further ado...

My Favorite Albums of the Year
(in no particular order)

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
This album dominated the first half of the year for me. My first exposure to Animal Collective. A stunner of an album.

Daniel Merriweather - Love and War
The other Merriweather of the ear. I'd been eagerly awaiting this Mark Ronson-produced album since 2006, and though it took a minute to grow on me. I soon found my faves and kept it in heavy rotation

Mos Def - The Ecstatic
Another album that got played to death this year. Mos goes super hard on this with the beats, with the lyrics, with the carefully picked collabos (Georgia Anne, Slick Rick). Work of a master. Don't sleep.

Elan Mehler - The After Suite
Brownswood keeps on supporting great new jazz. Elan Mehler and crew make great Lounge Lizards-reminiscent jazz and keep the craft alive. Looking forward to more from this cat.

Shafiq Hussein - In A Free Ka
While the Sa-Ra album had a couple powerful joints, it didn't hit all the high notes that Shafiq's solo record did. I guess he was holding stuff back? I dunno, but In A Free Ka has some serious perennial jams.

My Favorite Single Tracks of the Year

Joker - Digidesign
Joker melted my face off many times this year. BAAAAASSS!

DJ 2000F - You Don't Know What Love Is?
The B-side to Digidesign, more music to bump in your fictional drop-top with hydraulics. Turn the stereo UP!

Sound Species ft. Ahu (aka Dolly) - Can We Call It Love?

What's with this crew? Was this track a one-off? the world wants MORE!

SA-RA - The Bone Song
This music is so smooth it needs to be sponsored by Nivea. I live for this track.

Major Lazer - Jump Up (Laza Remix)
If Major Lazer is in the room it is a sweaty, scandalous, bootywinding, "I-hope-I don't-run-into-you-in- the-elevator-the-day-after-the-company-Christmas-party" kinda affair.

Simian Mobile Disco ft. Beth Ditto - Cruel Intentions (Joker Remix)

From the moment I heard the Sonar Mix I was on the hunt for this track. When it finally dropped onto the nets, I was voracious! So hot!

Chauffeur - Soles of Fire
Not to under-Ronsonify things. I have been very much all over this Sam Sparro, Theophilus London, Mark Ronson collabo. More to come in 2010....we hopes

Little Dragon - After the Rain (GB Remix)
It's a shame the Little Dragon album didn't live up to the hype that this track (the first of theirs I'd ever heard) built up in me. But anyway this record is hard hitting and full of emotion. A true original. Cop it!

Joy Orbison - Hyph Mngo
Chuuuuunage! Joy Orbison humbly did the thing this year. On a recent GP episode he seemed really reluctant to say if any full-length album was forthcoming, but we all ask and hope we shall receive in the new year.

Hudson Mohawke -Gluetooth & Overnight
An end of the year entry, I just got on to this crew via our boy (and purveyor of best HK night-clubbage) DJ Kid Fresh. I will definitely be kicking down some hard-earned coins to these guys. Hard-hitting jammage!

Favorite Mixtapes/Mixes of the Year

Joker at Sonar
Heat of the decade? Probably so!

Lil Wayne - No Ceilings
Solidly solid mixtape full of some heavy hitting jams and the best flow in the business. The master has only begun. The only direction is UP for Weezy.

Most Anticipated for 2010

Erykah Badu - New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ankh
new Tough Alliance album ?
new Chauffeur album?
new M.I.A. album?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

OK Sounds Good Best of 09'

Yoyo, 2008 was a great year for music and it's only got better in 2009, I feel like the second half of this decade has heated up with the great stuff coming out. Here is my best of 2009.

Best Albums- (because yes... I still listen to albums)
in no particular order

Animal Collective- Merriweather Post Pavillion
Exile - Radio
Hudson Mohawke- Polyfolk Dance EP
Major Lazer- GDKPPD
Zomby- One Foot Ahead of The Other
Martyn - Great Lengths
Silkie- City Limits Vol. 1
Omar S- Fabriclive 45
J Dilla- Jay Stay Paid
Mos Def- The Ecstatic
Shafiq Husayn- Shafiq En A Free Ka (this LP sounds and feels like a companion album to last years New Amerykah by Eykah Badu, both highly recommended listening)
Sa Ra- Nuclear Evolution: The Age of Love
Dam Funk- Toeachizown
Bullion- Young Heartache EP
Hyperdub- 5
Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Inspiration Information
Legends of Benin (Analog Africa)
Orchestre Poly Rhythmo de Contou- The Vodoun Effect
Ghana Special - Modern Hilife, Afro Sounds, and Ghanian Blues 1968-81 (Soundways)
Sengal 70- Musical Effervescence

Best Songs/ Remixes
(bottom 5 only streaming, all else are download links!)

Simian Mobile Disco (Joker Remix)- "Cruel Intensions"

Joker - "Digidesign"
Jay Electronica "Exhibit C"
Drake "Fear"
L.A.U.S.D. ft. Blu and J Davey- iFeel
Little Dragon (GB Remix) - After the Rain
Floating Points "Love Me Like This"
joy orbison- hyph mngo
Bookworms- African Rhythms

Reggie B - "Belief"
kode 9 - black sun
Motor City Drum Ensemble - Raw Cuts 6
Apple — Sieglizer (this may be an 08' release, either way it deserves praise)
LCD Soundsystem - 45:33 Theo Parrish's Space Cadet Remix
Myron & E- I Can't Let You Get Away

Best Mixes/ Mixtapes:
Lil Wayne - No Ceilings (this refreshing mixtape brought Wayne back to his usual unusual stellar mixtape form)
Theo Parrish - Suggested Use
Joker- Sonar Mix (nothing but hit after hit of unreleased heat)
Kyle Hall FACT Mix 55
J Rocc on Benji B [BBC Radio One] 15/06/2009

Honorable Mentions:
Broadcast and the Focus Group- Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age
Micachu- Jewellery
2562- Unbalance
Gaslamp Killer- My Troubled Mind EP
Terror Danjah- Gremlinz: The Instrumentals

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Georgia Anne Muldrow - "Roses"

Nothing particularly super duper special about this video, I just love this song ,this woman and her energy so here goes

Monday, December 14, 2009

Mark Pritchard "Heavy As Stone"

Never to leave you without something dope to step to, Mark Pritchard aka Harmonic 313 aka harmonic 33 aka a whole bunch of other aliases I can't remember right now puts forth this dope single forthcoming on the Deep Medi label...its all encompasing in its emotion and sound, check it...also lookout for his Africa Hi Tech project with Steve Spacek that is sure to be hot as well

Badu & Weezy!!! Powers Combine

So just like a second ago, OKSG wrote me to tell me that somewhere there was a new Erykah Badu & Lil Wayne track floating around somewhere. A bit of quick sleuthing proved that there was a very rough rough bit of this awesomeness. It's called "Jump in the Air and Stay There" and there are (according to the ever-reliable Okayplayer crew) ten different versions featuring ten different MCs and it's uncertain whether the track will make the album. Well, I, for one, can't wait to hear all ten, but a muffled version of one works for me for now. Hope it makes the cut.

This news comes on the heels of the glorious news (via Pinboard blog)that Miz Badu's album is pretty much "in the can" and will be dropping early next year. 2010 is already looking like fi-yah!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Flying Lotus x Lil Wayne x Muhsinah

FlyLo doing the damn thing right now. Here are a couple of remixes/ collabos that are sounding dope.
First is a remix of Lil Wayne's "I Feel Like Dying"

which you can download over at XLR8R along with the heavy HEAVY instrumental which you can freestyle over while feeling like dying...

and second is this great track "Lose My Fuse" that he produced for the lovely Muhsinah

which you can download here


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Edan - Echo Party

Edan is back at it again with a forthcoming album on Stones Throw, check out this new awesome video snippet from the project called "Echo Party" created by Tom Fitzgerald (a film archivist for the The Silent Theatre in Los Angeles).

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Unreleased Jackson 5 x Stevie Wonder

An unreleased Jackson 5 track written by Stevie Wonder, from a forthcoming unreleased J5 masters album...gotta love the unreleased treats.

Buttercup (via

Monday, November 2, 2009

Chauffeur - Soles on Fire

For some reason, I had been silently avoiding the debaucherous word jumble that is Mark Ronson's "Authentic Shit" East Village Radio show. But the other day,with nothing else to do, I revisited the show and was pleased to hear it was as shambolic as ever while still serving up the hot exclusive tracks -- like the one below.

I'd heard that Mark Ronson was creating a supergroup with indie faves Theodophilus London and Sam Sparro, but hadn't heard whether anything had come of it. Well something did and here it is. Like the show and indeed Mark himself, the track is kind of a mess, but I still love it and can't stop going back for more. Looking forward to more tracks from this act.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Jay Electronica "exhibit C' radio rip

Admittedly, its a bit difficult to get excited about new hip hop in 2009. The genre which I once was so impassioned about (and still am to a certain degree) has suffered immeasurably in the last decade (decade and a half?)for various reasons. Still despite all of this and the tempting assertion that 'hip hop is dead,' I still do get excited when I hear a great verse over a hot beat, delivered oh so well, as only a handful of rappers, I feel can still pull off today. But lets face it, hip hop isn't dead. While the proclaimation that it is, was an interesting, perhaps necessary and thought provoking marketing strategy, it can't die. It simply can't. Why you may ask? As long as a new hip hop song is still maintaining those aforementioned and rather simple characteristics that make a hip hop song good, as well as staying creative by experimenting with and trying new things, it remains alive- not necessarily in the best shape overall, but alive nonetheless.

Jay Electronica is an emcee who I feel is staying true to the core elements of hip hop as well as being creative and new with it. 

"Exhibit C" (produced by Just Blaze) is exhibit a of  new hip hop today in 2009 still being able to produce songs that are alive....and well! 

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Douster "Triassic" Video

Triassic from natilu on Vimeo.

This is the teaser video for Douster's new album out today on the homeboys ZZK Records. Im really loving this video, I think it was executed sublimely with the track a great offering from the Frenchman who puts forth his mix of funky, tropical, and fidget house into a delicious mixture. I believe the video was done by his wife Natilu.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A-Trak + Armand Van Helden = Duck Sauce

I am loving these two videos for the new Duck Sauce (collabo between A-Trak and AVH) track "Anyway". The second half of 2009 has been a little slow on the jams, but this tasty track definitely gets the seal of approval as a 2009 classic!

Duck Sauce "aNYway" (Surface To Air version) from A-Trak on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

La Roux - I'm Not Your Toy

Y'all know me. I am sucker for super slick stylized ish, and so I could not resist the charms of La Roux's "I'm Not Your Toy" video. However, the music itself did leave bit to be desired. I figured a little remixing would probably make it work for me, so I proceeded to seek them out.

The dubsteppy Nero remix below does not disappoint.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

ArtDontSleep : Skid Row Sessions

ArtDontSleep: Skid Row Sessions w/ Pharoahe Monch, Shafiq Husayn, Om'Mas Keith, and more.... from Plug Research on Vimeo.

Here is some footage from a recent jam session put on by ArtDontSleep featuring some of my favorite (LA) musicians including members of Sa Ra(Om Mas and Shafiq), Brook D Leau of J Davey, the super awesome Thundercat, and he legendary Pharaohe Monch(of Organized Konfusion). This are some accomplished cats who are really getting down in a free form environment, gotta love that!

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson - Viola
Gene Coye - Drums
Mark De Clive Lowe- Keys
Om'Mas Keith - Drums, Keys
Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner - Bass
Shafiq Husayn - Keys, Ambient
Alla Koi - Percussion
AinJoy - Sax
Brook D'leau - Keys

special guest - Pharaohe Monch

Download audio here

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Broadcast is back!!!!!!!

Waking up the other morning to news of a new Broadcast album with another on the way was such a pleasant surprise as you already know how much i love this band. Im into this idea of flying under the radar and just surprising your fan base with news of an album. This one is a "mini - album" in collaboration with Focus Group. Sadly, Im going to miss their live show (check US dates here) once again as I will be out of town, yargggghh.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Joker's jamming my year


This track has been burning up my life since I first heard it on Joker's Sonar mix, and I
looked all over the nets for "fiiiiiiinalllleeeeee the weight is off my shoulders" to no avail. Finally, our trusty Fader crew has revealed the track to be the Joker remix of Simian Mobile Disco's new track "Cruel Intentions" featuring the fantabulous Beth Ditto (of The Gossip).

Here's the real track for download via FADER - Simian Mobile Disco - "Cruel Intentions" - feat Beth Ditto (Joker remix).

Here's the bootleg on Youtube

Download it, play it LOUD, enjoy the jamtasticness.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Black Milk "Losing Out" in Paris

Black Milk, putting on a good show here to an appreciative euro crowd in Paris. Nice rework of "losing out"- the drum reworking care of Daru, is reminiscent of the Roots "You Got Me" ending.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Escort - All Through The Night (with Muppets!)

Feeeelin this cute little video of the Rapture remix of All Through The Night by Brooklyn funk band Escort, featuring some of the grooviest bits that the Muppet Show had to offer. Does kids TV work it like this anymore? I sincerely doubt it.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Joy Orbison

Heard a couple of this cats tunes around recently, really feelin this one here...check him he is on one - Joy Orbison

Friday, August 14, 2009

K'Naan - America (feat Mos Def & another dude)

Gilles Peterson played this track by Somalia-born, Canada-based (but don't hold that against him) artist K'Naan a week or so ago, and I've been bumping it pretty regularly since then. It features Mos Def and one other dude who can't really rap, but nevermind. It bumps and is cool and breezy for summertimez!


Saturday, August 8, 2009

Janelle & Erykah - Too Much Talent!

Just wanted to post this picture of these two ladies who are some of the biggest talents on the scene right now. Janelle Monae has been grinding as Erykah Badu's opening act on tour. I'm jealous of those who get to peep these shows! Come to Europe, ladies!

Friday, August 7, 2009

RIP Baatin: thanks for everything

Baatin of Slum Village recently passed away. Another huge loss for music. Having been one of the three original members of Slum Village(T3, Baatin, and Jay "Dilla" Dee), the group definitely as a whole but also he alone, influenced so many with his simply amazing unique vocal stylings.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

From Ragen Fykes with Love

photo credit

As usual, I am indebted to GP for this one. I just grabbed Portland, Oregon native(?!) Ragen Fykes's EP from Fresh Selects and am liking it a lot. Track 3, Love Life is the real ear-perker here but they are all gems. Get with this summery and soulful niceness.

Download (it's good and free!): Ragen Fykes - With Love (on Fresh Selects)

Jose James - Black Magic EPK

First sneak peek at Jose's forthcoming Black Magic EPK

José James, Vocalist + Lyricist + Songwriter :: Artist Profile from on Vimeo.


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Jay Electronica "Dear moleskin" snippet

Jay is up to something, and im liking it...filmed in nepal and produced by Just Blaze,,,guess we all gotta stay tuned

Monday, July 20, 2009

A younger Pirate DJ Gilles circa 84'

Speaking on accesible jazz music radio station for the youth, a problem thankfully we no longer have!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Nas and Damian Marley "As We Are"

Ok, i can get down with this. nas and Damian, swoop up on some vintage Mulatu for their new "Distant Relatives" project... peep both

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

What Goes Up Must Come Down

One of the most intriguing things I heard on last week's Gilles Peterson show was this weird little ditty, and I thought I oughta post it up here. It sounded like a radio play within a Cockney dub sorta track, but it turns out it was a track from a very weird little band called North of Ping Pong.

Check out the vid.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Father MC - "I'll Do 4 U"

For some reason, this song came into my head and thanks to the internet I could scratch the itch right away.

Peep the video with a mighty young Mary J. Blige!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Joker at Sonar

So I am posting this for posterity, because it made my morning. Good times with Joker at Sonar, caught by Maryanne Hobbs of Radio 1. Peep the dude.

Grab the Sonar set at The Fader Blog

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Gilles Grooves

Photo Credit

For some reason, I am no longer able to listen to things through BBC Radio, so I've been sorely missing my regular GP radio show, but I have been keeping up with his ace podcast Gilles Peterson Worldwide and wanted to give the latest one (Gilles Peterson Worldwide - Vol 02, No. 8 - Medi #2) a thumbs up. No idea about the names of most of the tracks, but it is an especially groovy ride through worldwide boogie.

Download: Gilles Peterson Worldwide - Vol 02, No. 8 - Medi #2

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Many generations of people around the world had MJ's incredible music to mark the highs and lows of their lives. His body is gone, but his work will shine on.

Rest in Perfect Peace, brotha.

Big Mike

Peace and Love shine through

Anuther Wale Mixtape?

So anyway, Wale is obviously on the Weezy job-track which means putting out a ton of free mixtapes, doing his fancy 8 bars for a trillion people, and then fiiiiinally releasing a mediocre album somewhere down the road.

This, his third mixtape, features artists like Black Thought, Daniel Merriweather, 9th Wonder, and Peter, Bjorn, and John. Unfortunately, it appears to not be the solid gold of the last mixtape, and we'll have to fast-forward past people like Lady Gaga and Duffy. But, whatevs, I ain't gonna hate, free is a good recession-minded price. (Click the cover to download)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Chin Chin - Go There With You

I think NYC's Chin Chin is trying to do this sorta updated Gap Band kinda thing and I am not sure exactly how I feel about alla that, but anyway I am really feeling this track. So, just, dig it.

btw, they are on US tour now and it looks like they put on a good retro funky kinda party situation. if that's what you're into

Monday, June 22, 2009

Album Cover Showcase: Wilfred Limonious/ Lemi Ghariokwu

In this age of mp3s, the idea and concept of an album cover has suffered immeasurably. David Byrne wrote a piece on the matter a couple years back. I felt the need to document here, a couple of album cover illustators whose work I've greatly appreciated over the years.

First, is Wilfred Limonious, who illustrated alot of the 70s and 80s reggae and dancehall LP covers. His style is very humorous and exagerated. Sometimes his works come off as casual sketches and other times, much more refined. They would be instantly recognizable to me digging thru the reggae bins, and if the album wasnt good at least youd get a good laugh from the cover art. They would also define that era of reggae art which still inspires today.

Check out more of Wilfred Limonious work here

Second, is Lemi Ghariokwu, illustrator and designer most known for his work with Fela Kuti. His shared political views with Fela afforeded him complete creative control in which he really expressed himself, often penning hard to read notations and small character narratives on the record covers. Alot of his work for Fela, pointed out the injustices and corruption of government and religious institutions, often pitting the state vs the struggling people. Much of his work, like the music of Fela, was banned by this same oppressive government. Lemi has gone on to work with many other artists.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Democracy in Dakar

I am usually pretty wary of hip hop activism documentaries and documentaries that are about hip hop in the "3rd World" so, of course, I am doubly wary of documentaries about hip hop activism in the 3rd World, but this one is not bad. Check it out!

African Underground: Democracy in Dakar - Episode # 1 from Nomadic Wax on Vimeo.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Summer's Coming - Jams Needed

Today as I was listening to SA-RA's The Bone Song and thinking about the impending summer, and of course the crucial summer jams. As I scrolled through my ITunes, I made a gruesome discovery: somewhere in the shuffle of crashed hard drives and file shifts, I'd misplaced my copy of Will Smith & Dj Jazzy Jeff's summer classique "Summertime".

Horror of horrors!

Luckily, we live in the 21st century, so I could get it back in a jiffy. It is now back in my stacks where it belongs. Summer barbeque disaster averted!

What are some of your favorite summer jams?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

J rocc devastates

OMGoodness!!! Jrocc (of the World Famous Beat Junkies), one of my fav djs, just mercked the Benji B show- this is one for the ages right here. He played many an exclusive including unreleased J Dilla remix of Me' shelle Ndegéocello, Sa-ra's "Hollywood" w/ the Clipse, as well as a million other demos and exclusives that i had never heard. This mix defintely connected some dots to some unanswered questions for me as well. Thank You Jrocc!!!

Stream it here until next Sunday
download here

woot woot!!woot woot!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tony Allen Interview on Brownswood Basement(Gilles Peterson)

Great interview with Tony Allen, amazing Nigerian drummer, who played with Fela Kuti for 15-20 years and carved out the afro beat sound. Mr. Allen is amongst my favorite drummers and in this interview he waxes on various topics from the history of playing with Fela and Afrika 70, to his influences and current projects, and even his use of drum machine and accordion. Great stuff!

Check out/ dl(download) the podcast here

Mos Def on Letterman

Here's the Mighty Mos Def doing Quiet Dog (from new album, COP IT!) on Letterman

Daniel Merriweather - Love & War

So, for all you UK people, the Daniel Merriweather album Love & War is finally out and you should cop it. I am totally biased here because I've kicked it with the dude many times and just fucking love him. However, on a more even and objective level, I can also say that there are many choice tracks on here (Change, Impossible, Chainsaw come to mind right off the bat) and frankly Daniel is one of the most talented young singers on the pop scene at the moment. While I might sometimes come off as a music snob, I do still love good pop tracks.

Here is the (kinda weird) video EPK for the album. Try to ignore Mark Ronson's tics and gesticulations (wtf is he doing in this video? i think he wants to be getting outta dude's shine!) and get into Daniel's earnest goodness and talent. He will only get better with time and experience. Support the endeavours!

Daniel Merrriweather 'Love & War' EPK

True nuff : Mos Def back to form

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The other day I got a brief email from OKSG telling me that Mos was "back to form", there was a link attached but I didn't get a chance to click it. Skip to a few days later and I am on my second listen-through of Mos Def's new album The Ecstatic and I must concur that Mos is not half-steppin'. His flows are tight and the guests (Slick Rick, Georgianna Muldrow, Talib Kweli) and producers (Madlib, Chad Hugo, Preservation, J DILLA!!!) are top notch.

This album is heat and as much as OKSG hates me turning this blog into "hype of the moment" type blathery, I gotta big up it as already a 2009 classic -- fuck already a HIP HOP classic. It will be on steady BUMP this summer (and many other seasons to come) without doubt.

Stream it! Then cop it!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Erykah Badu and Janelle Monae

Just went to this AMAZING concert this weekend, Janelle Monae opening for Erykah Badu - 3 and a half hours of black music at its best!!! Janelle Monae is an amazing performer (do see her live if you get the chance)and Erykah Badu is the queen of this, yall already know.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Ignant Shit

Im just now hearing this song off of this Drake's So Far Gone Mixtape of late last year (early this year?) Anyways, dude is getting alot of hype really early on from media as well as current hip hop legends which seems to be the new trend, or perhaps maybe we are just all witnessing the passing of torch between two hip hop generations in a hyper technological world ? Allthe same, I really loved this Just Blaze produced instrumental (for Jay Z's American Gangster "Ignorant Shit") that Drake invites Weezy on here for his mixtape. Lovin Weezys verse, as for Drake we will just have to wait and see if the hype is merited.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Lee Perry x Kode 9

Hyperdub label head and accomplished artist and sound philosopher, Kode 9, goes in on this remix of legendary reggae producer and artist, Lee Perry, to great effect. Wind ya waste!!

Bonus: Lee Perry interview back in the 70s at his famed Black Ark Studio

Get to Know: Nancy Dupree

Check out this great piece on Nancy Dupree over at Snore & Guzzle. If you are like me (before i read the interview) and ask "who is Nancy Dupree ?," this indepth article (complete with some audio samples) will more than answer your question. Im going to keep it mysterious like that, and of course you know we dont lead astray here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Dilla x Raekwon x Mobb Deep

The countdown to Dilla's Jay Stay Paid hits has begun and this new one is amongst the early joints to leak, alot of great unreleased Dilla beats now finally seeing the day of light, ,hallelujah.. sit back and enjoy the flow

24k Rap - j dilla ft. raekwon and mobb deep
(via thefullclip)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sound Species - Can We Call It Love? feat Ahu

the dudes of Sound Species

I don't know much about Sound Species besides the fact that they are out of UK, but Gilles Peterson has been riding for this track for a minute now and I've been feeeling it!

I finally got my hands on it, and immediately dropped it into the 2009 JAMS playlist. So dope.
It features Ahu (aka Dolly) who featured on some Flying Lotus tracks on (the epic) Los Angeles.

Check it!

Download: Sound Species - Can We Call It Love? feat Ahu

Monday, April 20, 2009

Q tip

Great interview with Q-Tip of a tribe called quest done by here. I learned a lot of new stuff i hadnt known. Check it out

Saturday, April 11, 2009

J Davey Slooow video

new video for what i feel is an old classic song of their s by now

its sexy...

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

FLY beLO da BLU skies

another collab from two of our favs, blu jumps on fly lo's "GNG BNG" from last years Los Angeles album

"GNG.BNG" (via the fader)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Jay Z + The Roots (Unplugged) Unreleased songs&videos

This unplugged session with Jay Z accompanied by the legendary Roots crew was and still is my joint- here are a couple of videos to unplugged versions of songs just now being released some what 7 years later? Man, i miss Hub holding it down on the bass...Link

Check em out here

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Sa Ra Creative Partners

I was sitting here with my Itunes playing one of chill playlists and I just about had a religious experience when my radio rip of Sa Ra Creative Partners "Bone Song" came on (song is HOT HOT HEAT), so I Googled around and lo and BEHOLD their album is DROPPING in June (6.9.2009) to be exact. It looks to be a double album full of no doubt jamz (some featuring Erykah Badu -- who they worked with on New Amerykah), check out the full rundown over at
ParisDJs website here.

So I got my countdown clock set, and am eagerly awaiting the soundtrack to my summer.

In the meantime, tie yourself over with the fantabulous Taz of SaRa and his Ti$avision.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Gilles Peterson(GP) rundown - 4 March 2009

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Really nice Gilles episode this week. I admit I haven't been listening as often as I should, but every time I do listen I am always really pleased. Gilles's energy is infectious and there are no shortage of choice cuts. Here are some of my faves from this week's show (listen to it all here). As usual, click on the artist's name for more info/to hear the track.

Dobie - Good Will Hunting
I think this is a new Brownswood artist. Broken beat, jazzy, hip-hop groove. Can't find much on the cat, but will be keeping eyes and ears peeled.

Willie Isz - I Didn't Mean To
New collab between Jneiro Jarel and Khujo from Goodie Mobb (just been revisiting the Goodie Mob's Still Standing album these days). It seems like Khujo saw how well Cee-Lo was doing and figured he better get on the train to Next-ville, but I can't hate. This was a solid track in the vein of Saul Williams (though not as compelling) and I am open to hearing more.

Guelawar - Relen Te Contan (download here)
This song is from the Senegal 70 compilation of 70's-era funky James Brown-inspired goodness from all around Africa. This song has gotten right into my bones this week, and I am gonna have to cop the whole compilation soon (as well as the new Tony Allen, from which GP also played this week. The Fela-ness!)

Omar - When You Touch We Touch
I officially need to wake back up on Omar. I was DOWN with Omar back in the Acid Jazz days and then I went astray. This track is nice jazzsteppy soul. Check it on his myspace (link above)

Bob James - Westchester Lady
Good old school funky instrumental groove

Joker - Digidesign

OKSG sent me this SUPER BASSY dubstep track the other day and told me not to mess around with playing it quietly. So I waited til everyone was out and then BUMPED IT full blast. The ideal situation to listen to this, in my opinion, would be to get into a drop-top with a good sound system and hydraulics, pop this track in said sound system, and roll through the streets of Brooklyn or LA. It is FIYAH that belongs in such an environment. Barring that, bump it in your crib, but I am not responsible for any lawsuits that might occur as a result of you rattling the walls of your apartment building and causing the place to crumble.

True story.

Download Joker's Purple Wow Soundmix here (via

Friday, February 27, 2009

Mulatu Astatqe interview

Mulatu AstatkeImage by Redheadwalking via Flickr

Nice little interview with Mulatu Astatqe. If you don't know this brotha, GET TO KNOW ONE, this dude is a living legend taking jazz music, soul music, Ethiopian music, African music, and music PERIOD to the NEXT NEXT. Grab Ethiopiques right now, right away.

(thanks for the heads up Codeep!)

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Build An Ark

I got hip to Build An Ark, via Gilles Peterson, and their album Dawn has been getting a lot of heavy play around these parts. It is very 70s conscious Afro-Latin jazz stylely.

Check out the title track below, and get with this album.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Head Shoulders Knees and Toes

Just laid my ears on K.I.G's Head Shoulders Knees and Toes (& the subsequent Wale version - DOWNLOAD THIS), and thought I better share. I knew this song as the popular (and oft-covered) Ghanaian call and response song Che Che Kule, and I am glad to see that it is back and still making the crowds move in this new UK grimey- dancehally-afro-housey current club hit.

And as a bonus, here are some Ghanaian school children doing their version. :)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

D'Angelo album watch

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So a bit of news is leaking about the forthcoming D'Angelo album. According to Billboard , D' will be collabo-ing with Cee-Lo, Raphael Saadiq, Q-Tip, and Roy Hargrove- There are also rumours of some Mark Ronson and Prince support on there.

In addition, D' is planning to do some touring this summer through Europe and the States. I hope he can still bring the ole magic...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

John Forte - FREE!

(Via Fader blog) Not sure how El Busho was convinced to release this brotha just as he walked out the doors of the White House, but it has happened and John is looking better than ever and FOCUSED.

Read about his first day out of prison on The Daily Beast blog.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

So I purposely refrained from posting this year. I've spent the first few weeks quietly waiting for something to sneak up and knock my socks off and it has arrived. Animal Collective's album Merriweather Post Pavilion is the one to beat this year, my friends.

Here is them performing one of my fave songs from the album:

I am embarrassed to say I have never listened to a single Animal Collective album before now, and I have no excuse for why that is. But after having my mind blown by this album, I will definitely be rolling through the back catalogue. OKSG, where should I start?

Monday, January 12, 2009

Exile " We All in Power" video

Exile "Were All In Power" from Okayplayer on Vimeo.

First official video from Exile's Radio project coming up.. Wow, this is an amazing video, very impressed!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Overseer overseer officer

In light of recent events in my area here, I'd like to revisit a couple tunes in my anguish, frustration and powerlessness

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Notorious Demos

The BIG Poppa demos keep on coming from wherever they are coming from.. Im grateful for em and consider it BIG coming back to show all these wack new jacks how to rhyme
"Guaranteed Raw" via Eastof LA

Monday, January 5, 2009

Freddie Hubbard (Rest in Peace)

Rest in peace to amazing trumpeter Freddie Hubbard(7 April 1938 – 29 December 2008) , one of the most talented and unfortunately slept on jazz musicians ever.