Thursday, December 30, 2010

RIP Billy Taylor

Another day, another legend gone - fortunately this one had a good long career. RIP to the great virtuoso Billy Taylor.

I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free

Here is Nina Simone's version

...and performing Perdido on the David Frost show with Duke Ellington

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

RIP Teena Marie

RIP to the dopest black chick who just happened to be white that the world has ever seen. During my childhood stint in the hood (childhood in Oakland, CA), I remember there being white girls like this. There was one I knew called Jamie; she lived in a house full of black people, was wiry thin with a tough mouth, and was one of the best doubledutch jumpers on the school yard --- she was way blacker than me, heck blacker than most of us. Teena Marie has a block pass (shit, black pass!) cause she built those blocks and is an important part of black history and heritage. Heck she was on Cash Money (Lil Wayne's record label) for a time!

I'm sure every hood in the US was blasting her on Monday while most whites just scratched their heads trying to remember who she was and what she sang. She was ours, through and through.



what you know about that FIRE AND DESIRE?

and ever her newer joints CAN'T LAST A DAY (feat Faith Evans)

True legend, there will never be another.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Electro-Crooners: James Blake

I'm claiming 2011 as the year of the electro-croon. I can feel it in the air. From Bon Iver's cry for help from the middle of the cyber-woods on Kanye's "Lost In The World" to Jamie Woon's insomniac's anthem "Night Air", 2011 is gonna be about the sultry sounds of sensitive and moody young men (and maybe some ladies) lost in the machine. Tron: The Musical, anyone?

For my Exhibit D, I present James Blake. While he's made a name for himself on thene as a promising young dubstep reversioner, it's his recent moody singer-songwriter turns that will likely blow him up in 2011. Check out the first single from his forthcoming LP, James Blake, a spaced-out and super minimalistic cover of Feist's "Limit To Your Love" that has major Antony vectors.

Keep your eyes and ears out for James (album 0ut February 2011) and other such dark ballads from little Hansels&Gretels lost in the fiber-optic forest. You just might save somebody's life.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lil Wayne Performed 6'7 on SNL

On the fifth day of Christmas, SNL did give to us a very hot performance of Weezy doing (the best song of the end of 2010) "6'7". Normally live hip-hop is quite a snooze, but Weezy is bursting with energy and just look at how stoked the band is here! I could barely stay seated in my desk chair.

Looking forward to a 2011 full of Weezy at the tippy top of his game. Keep your nose clean, kid.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Jamie Woon - Night Air (LIVE)

As I mentioned in my best of 2010, Jamie Woon has been one of my favorite finds of the year. I'm looking forward to a lot more from him and his collab with Burial. Here is gorgeous video if him performing the track that pulled me in.

the album version

Camille's Best of 2010


2010 may have been a shockingly amazing year for music, but I unfortunately feel uncertain whether or not I would know. I had so much going on this year, I feel like I really lagged in the music department (and it shows in the amount of posting I've done on the blog). Thanks to OKSG and the few moments I could grab to jam new sounds into my ear, there were a few albums and tracks that got heavy rotation round these parts. Here they go...

Best Albums (in no particular order)

  • Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - like everyone else says, great rhythms, brutal honesty, hilarity, the man is at the top of his game right now
  • Gonjasufi- A Sufi and A Killer - utter psychedelic madness, like nothing else I heard this year. TOP HONORS!
  • Mark Ronson & the Business International- Record Collection - people already know I am total Mark Ronson "stan fan", and the dude did the damn thing with this album. scrapped the horns and took a hard left into a different direction and the results are GOOOD! The return of D'Angelo, the return of Boy George, the return of Duran Duran. This album is epic. I'm just waiting for someone to churn out a 10 minute mega mix of Somebody To Love Me, it's begging for it.
  • Erykah Badu- New Amerykah Part Two (Return Of The Ankh) - This album admittedly sounds like its mostly just outtakes from Part One, but there is enough funkiness and home truths (I'm a recovering undercover, overlover people, come on!) on there to have gotten it some hard spinnage over at my house
  • Aloe Blacc - Good Things - Alright, I'm not gonna lie and say this album is solid all the way through but it really has enough going on that it wormed its way into my heart over the months I've been listening to it. Not enough people are successfully putting this kinda music out (sorry John Legend, that covers album was a BAD idea. stay in your lane, bruh.)
  • Big Boi - Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Return of Chico Dusty - This is hip hop for that grown and sexy set, and I can't hate. I previously had doubts about Big Boi's solo abilities, but he put them to rest on this one.

12/31/10 - EDIT TO ADD :
  • Duran Duran's All You Need Is Now is a true return to form and for that we can thank the good lads of DD and the fanboy enthusiasm of album producer Mark Ronson

  • Caribou - Swim- In his ongoing quest to make sure I am always late to the party, OKSG (gee thanks, lil bro) only just dropped this gem on me the other day, but the fact that I am rushing back on here to tell y'all about it is a testament to the electro-goodness of this album. Get it!
10 Favorite Tracks of the Year (aside from songs on the above-mentioned albums)
1. Girl Unit - Wut (just slid in under the wire. thanks OKSG)
2. Crookers feat. Roisin Murphy - Royal T
3. Jamie Woon - Night Air
4. T.I. - I'm Back (unfortunately ironic)
5. Ski Beatz - Taxi f. Mos Def & Whosane
6. Cee-Lo - No One's Gonna Love You (cover of Band of Horses)
7. Homeboy Sandman - Parallel Perpendicular (i gotta grab this dude's whole album)
8. Gregory Porter - Pretty
9. Just Vyybe (Soul Power Mix) - DVA ft Fatima
10. Best Coast - Boyfriend (this track makes me feel like I'm in the 9th grade again - totally 90s alt rock/riot grrrl vectors. infectious!

Favorite Mixtapes/Mixes
Major Lazer X LaRoux
Yao's 20 Minute Phone Card Mix
MJ Cole Exclusive Fader Mix
Ayshay's Muslim Trance Mini-Mix (via The Fader)

2011 Most Anticipated
Jamie Woon's full length debut
Mark Ronson/Andrew Wyatt collaboration project
Lil Wayne - The Carter IV
original tracks from Yao (aka our very own OKSG)???
the return of Amy Winehouse?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

OKSG's Best of 2010

As everyone knows the album format isn't the strongest these days, but still as a true fan of the format I've gotta acknowledge those albums that I feel were the best of this year. Here goes...

Best Albums•••

1. Flying Lotus- Cosmogramma
2. Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
3. Gonjasufi- A Sufi and A Killer
4. Actress- Splaszh
5. Mark Ronson & the Business International- Record Collection
6. Bilal- Airtight's Revenge
7. Erykah Badu- New Amerykah Part Two (Return Of The Ankh)
8. Suite for Ma Dukes- Miguel Atwood Ferguson

Best EPs•••

James Blake - CMYK
Girl Unit - IRL
Kavsrave- Quotes

Honorable Mentions•••
Anika- Anika
Teebs - Ardour
Caribou- Swim
Aloe Blacc- Good Things
Janelle Monae- The Archandroid

Best Tracks•••

"Just Vybe (Soule Power Mix)" - DVA ft. Fatima
"So Derobe" - Joy Orbison
"Tried For Love" (Hudson Mohawke Rmx)- Krystal Klear
"Ima Burn Em"- DJ Nate
"Can't Get Used to Those"- Dimlite
"Blackmagic" - Jose James
"Special" - Maddslinky ft. Omar
"Once in a While"- Lone
"Footcrab" - Addison Groove
"Square One"- Mosca
"Kaychunk" - Kyle Hall
"Heavy As Stone"- Mark Pritchard
"Smooth Skin" - Quest
"Lost Where I Belong" (Flying Lotus Remix)- Andreya Triana
"The Resistance"- Drake
"I Need Love"/ "Squark" - Roska
"MDMA"- Redlight
"Fuck Work"(Dam Funk Remix)- Cubic Zirconia
"Carry the Weight" - Machinedrum
"Average Fruit" - Quadron
"VCR"- Tyler the Creator

Best Mixe§•••

Ahu Fact Mix
BBC 1Xtra Deviation/ Soulful Beats Benji B 2010 09 26 Theo Parrish Special

Mike Paradinas 2006- 2010 Footwork Mix
Yao - Big City Bright Lights Minimix

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Taylor McFerrin "Awake to You"

I thought I had posted this some months ago...From his Early Riser EP, 'Awake To You",a slow sultry burner, end of the night steez, I could totally hear Meshell Ndegeocello on this.

AWAKE TO YOU by Taylor McFerrin

When I feel...

I've had a real soft spot for these type of 'emotional footwork' tracks as of late. Here, U.S. producer Cedaa contributes his interpretation of a track entitled "When I Feel" by Clicks & Whistles for a new compilation called The Future Sounds of America.

download via XLR8R

On that same vibe, do lend your ears to this stirring arangement as well by veteran Chi footwork producer DJ Roc...

d if all this talk of this footwork business is leaving you scratching your head, let this well written article by Dave Quam be an introduction of sorts to you...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

the pre sneeze

soon come.. stay tuned.......

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Kanye West The Joy feat. Pete Rock, Jay Z, Kid Cudi, Charlie Wilson

Well if you ain't heard, Kanye is hungry and back on his rap steez, and that is definitely good for us all. Here, the legendary Pete Rock flips my favorite Curtis Mayfield song ("The Makings of You") into a slow burner for Yeezy that feels soo right. No real need for Jigga man on here but its all good....

"The Joy" Kanye West ft. Pete Rock, Jay Z, Charlie WIlson, Kid Cudi

Monday, October 25, 2010

R.I.P. Gregory Isaacs

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Everyday Sunshine - The Fishbone Story

Really hope I can catch this one day. Fishbone was a seminal band for me in the 90s. True pioneers!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Mizell Mix

The Mizell Brothers are hands down amongst my all time favorite producers. Their productions were imbued with a certain airy, happy vibe and spirit that you just knew when you were listening to something that they had their hand in. The artists that they collaborated with include Marvin Gaye and the Jackson5 (who they made huge hits for) but they are probably best known for their career defining albums for the likes of trumpeter Donald Byrd, flautist Bobbi Humphrey, and Johnny Hammond.

Here is a mix from a DJ Matthew Africa ,who i believe resides in the town (Oakland), that includes many of their classic productions for the aforementioned artists and more. Good work sir Matt.

Don't sleep on this one! It may be the end of summer but the Mizells make it feel like summer all year round!

Check it out here!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Restless People - Don't Back Down

To all the people who, like me, are not ready for summer to be over (really, I barely got to enjoy any of it!) here's a nice end of summer jam by some of the people that brought us Professor Murder.

Download at Pitchfork.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Rock The Bells 2010 Lauryn Hill Fugee LaMad stars

The sound's not very good, but you get the idea. Lauryn rips the damn stage and the stars of today can do nothing but bow down. This lady is still the Queen Mama of dis ish.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fact Mix from Ahu (Dolly)

Here is a dope mix from earlier this summer that I just stumbled upon the other day. Ahu (aka Dolly) from Turkey,, who you may remember from Los Angeles, put it together. Alot of really great soundtrack, jazz and french music moments on here, as well as some more recent emotive tunes. Really good relaxing stuff. Do yourself a favor and download it.

AHU - Exclusive Fact Mix

Monday, August 9, 2010


New tre stacks is always welcome

Andre 3000 "I Do"

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Solar Bears (Lone Remix)

Ive been throughly enjoying the recent Lone album 'Ecstasy and Friends' and was just hipped to this remix today. Good stuff.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Summer is NOW

Get on this free UNDRCRWN quintessential summer mix by DJ Jazzy Jeff & Mick Boogie. Grab a drink, lay back, and bask in the perfectness.

Click the picture or here to download (scroll down to bottom for download link).

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


new video for my fav tune on the album

go get that Cosmogramma if you aint already , its a movie

Friday, June 25, 2010

GP Rundown (June 23 2010)

photo credit

Fresh off listening to the latest Gilles. We love the man, we bow down. Lots of heat on there as usual. Here are two of my faves.

Homeboy Sandman - Parallel Perpendicular (hip hop grooves so nice, GP played it twice) - listen and download by clicking the link above (via 2 Hungry Bros/Bandcamp)

Gregory Porter - Pretty - floaty, jazzy loveliness. clickety click. (via Motema)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Janelle Monae - TOO HOT FOR TV!

Watching this performance actually brought tears to my eyes. This girl is damn talented. Now let's all pray that Diddy doesn't destroy her career.


Friday, May 21, 2010

Stop for a second and Gyrate Meditate

Actress- Maze (Long Version)
from his album Splazsh on Honest Jons

May Shopping List

Go and do yourself a favor and pick up these two albums

click on the cover to stream the respective album via myspace, but trust ,
these are both great solid albums and you wont regret your purchase

Monday, April 26, 2010


It wouldnt be right for us to not acknowledge the passing of the one and only GURU of Gang Starr. His monotone voice, flow and knowledge conveyed through his lyrics were the soundtrack to many days of our lives and will continue to be so.

I vividly remember the first time I heard Gang Starr back in the early 90s from the 'Hard to Earn" album. So in this time of celebrating the man's legacy and work, I will leave you with one of my favorite joints from that very Gang Starr album that opened my ears to Mr. Gifted Universal Rhymes Unlimited.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Theophilus London Accepts the New

Havent been feeling much of what I've heard from this fellow, but I'm really liking this tune and video here-its working really well;. Without further adieu , check this new which is without a doubt based on the old as presented by Theophilus London.

Theophilus London - ACCEPT THE NEW from Theophilus London on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Steve Reid...Thanks for everything

Legendary jazz drummer Steve Reid recently passed leaving another void in the world of free jazz. Having played with everyone from the likes of James Brown, Fela Kuti, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, classics such as Martha &the Vandellas "Dancing in the Streets", and most recently alongside electronic producer Kieren Hebden aka Four tet, Steve has definitely gotten around and made his rhythmic mark in many circles and styles of music.

here is a classic jam from his very great 1976 album Nova...

and as a bonus an interview .

the rhythm shall continue albeit with your very distinct influence and groove

Thursday, April 1, 2010

E-40 x Bjork...!!!!

Damn this is so ill...makes me proud to be from the Bay. On some post hyphy just raw blapperness.

From the E-4o (Fonzarelli) aka 40 Water new album and featuring Laroo, The DBz, Droop-E, and B-Slim. Featuring samples from Bjork's acapella album Medulla, prodcued by E-40's son Droop- E. Off of the new double album from E-40.

(via the Fader)

Chorus reminds me of some "me and you we can make some cash, robbing ole folks and making the dash"

and conceptually somewhat very loosely of :
"And she said... It'll be good if you stayed with me tonight so I granted her wish"

oh and she cleared the sample too!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Well, Janelle...

So I heard Tightrope by Janelle Monae a few weeks ago and had to say I wasn't that impressed. OKSG sent me the video this morning and it definitely perked me up. But I still have to repeat what I said to OKSG....

"Look, I know Janelle can do this shit to death but she needs to show me she can do other stuff too. It's like the NCAA, "yeah we know you can ball, but you need to get your overall grade point average up or else your scholarship is revoked."

Windowseat Live

Loving the back up church style supporting vocals on this live rendition, go and cop that new Badu New Amerykah Part 2 - Return of the Ankh

Sunday, March 28, 2010

New Erykah + inspiration

Erykah Badu's New Amerykah Vol 2 drops on Tuesday (3.30.2010) but the video for her single Window Seat is already upon us

Here is the Matt & Kim video it was inspired by

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Just when you'd thought you'd heard em all...

J Dilla- Safety Dance, his take on the 80s track of the same name by Men Without Hats, forthcoming on Stonesthrow.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Grooves from Congo! Baloji feat Konono no 1


"Shot in the streets of Kinshasa, site of Muhammad Ali's legendary 'Rumble in the Jungle', Karibu Ya Bintou ("Welcome to Life in Limbo") is a short film with music from the 2010 album 'Kinshasa Succursale' by (Belgian-Congolese artist) Baloji. Electric finger piano (likembé): played by Konono N°1, the legendary Congolese band who collaborated with Björk & count Vampire Weekend and Beck amongst their biggest fans."

feelin this track! broken and jagged Afro chunage.

Baloji's Myspace

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Me'Shell NdegéOcello - Love You Down

A slow burner from Me'Shell NdegéOcello. A cover of the classic tune by Ready for the World.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Erykah Badu ft Lil Wayne- Jump in the Air and Stay There (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Robert Glasper - All Matter (feat Bilal)

Lots of gems on this week's Gilles Peterson (including two incredible live tracks by Gil Scott Heron, from his new album!) and this track by Robert Glasper featuring Bilal, really grabbed me by the ears and throat and heart.

His 2009 album "Double Booked" is dope, cop it you jazz heads!

Saturday, February 6, 2010


Friday, February 5, 2010

Big CHuune alert: Starkey "OK Luv" ft. badness

Can't get enough of this tune from American dubstep producer Starkey. This song which features Badness is so bouncey. This youtube radio rip doesnt do it justice, so track it down proper as an EP/maxi single? which comes with proper wicked remixes such as this one by one Stagga.

Monday, February 1, 2010

@Jay Electronica @The Roots Jam

I have been wildly enjoying being on Twitter. It is a fantastic way to get in touch and keep apprised of your favorite musicians -- provided they are ON Twitter.

@Questlove constantly post gems, and one of the latest was this video from The Roots' much lauded (even Frasier Crane was there!) Grammy Week jam session, where the great Jay Electronica (where that album at, dude?) rolled through to do Exhibit C, and was joined by (OKSG doppleganger) the mighty Mos Def.

Sunday, January 31, 2010


Smiling right now

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The XX Mini Mix

Jamie(the beatmaker) of heavily lauded The XX, has made a mini mix (5 minutes in length) for the BBC that serves as a nice taster of sorts as to what is on his musical radar. Good stuff here...No tracklist.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Gilles withThom Yorke - coming soon!

This post is brought to you by this awesome picture, which I just found on Gilles's Twitter, AND the awesome forthcoming Gilles show (this THURSDAY MORNING -GMT 2AM) where he's posse'd up with none other than the great Thom Yorke. See the preview video below. I'm geeking out. CAN NOT WAIT.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

File Under Awesome: Santigold to produce new Devo album

(via Perez Hilton) Wow 2010 is popping up fresh! On the heels of her successful "debut", Santigold is making power moves with this rumoured production gig with Devo. Apparently she beat out applicants like Snoop Dogg (?!) and Fatboy Slim for the gig.

Nice look Santi!

Monday, January 4, 2010

"History" Mos Def and talib Kweli (Blackstar)

click on pic to see video

So nice to see Blackstar coming back together, if only for one song (from Mos Def's 2009 album The Ecstatic). Something about this pairing works so well, especially for the sake of Talib who I'm reluctant to listen to when not alongside Mos in Blackstar formation.