"We visited legendary hip-hop producer & 7" encyclopedia, The 45 King, at his home in New Jersey for an extended DJ set. This guy has produced some of the biggest hip-hop tracks of the past 25 years (Stan, Hard Knock Life, The 900 Number) so it was a stand-up pleasure for him to grace us with an exclusive mix." - Boiler Room TV
Audio download of 45 King's set available at http://boilerroom.tv/recording/45-king/
Westcoast Soulstars have got the soulful groove, inspiring message and nostalgic feel-good 80's R&B vibe to bring happiness to the dance floor. Their latest single "Take Me There" showcases this great union of male and female vocalist who evoke the joy of life in their songwriting and performance over thumping rhythm. This release features the Foot Stomp and Original mixes is being issued as a limited-edition 45 on Street Soul Records. Get your copy here at Juno UK!
Global Music Unites brings together legendary and emerging artists for an inspiring digital-only album project to raise funds for three charities – SOS Villages, Mission Direct and The Hunger Project. Created from his participation in the Landmark Self-Expression & Leadership Progamme, David Nathan (founder of SoulMusic Records and co-owner of SoulMusic.com) has created a digital-only album project for release In June, 2014 through Cherry Red Records in the UK, under the banner “Global Music Unites” bringing together artists and musicians (primarily from the US and UK) to raise funds for three charities – SOS Villages in Zambia, Mission Direct (also working in Zambia) and The Hunger Project. Net proceeds will be donated to these three worthwhile charities.
Enjoy preview of Global Music Unites which features an outstanding overall selection of modern Soul music by renowned veterans who are known for their classics such as saxophonist Najee, Swing Out Sister, Junior, Sandra St. Victor, Sounds of Blackness and emerging talent such as ABIAH and other talents.
Your support with this project would be truly much appreciated.
SOS Villages Zambia - http://www.sos-zambia.org/
Mission Direct - ttp://www.missiondirect.org/countries/zambia/
The Hunger Project - http://www.thehungerproject.co.uk/
Soul great William Bell leads the way for a new generation of music by adding The Stax Music Academy Kids feat Snoop Dogg on a 2014 remake of his 1969 classic "I Forgot To Be Your Lover". In 2013 William complete a successful tour of Europe, has filmed a movie with Snoop Dog, now known as Snoop Lion, which will be released soon. He was honored to perform for the President of the United States at the Whitehouse, to rave reviews. William continues to be involved with the STAX Soulsville USA functions and the STAX Music Academy Kids, performing with them on numerous occasions.
In a distinguished career as a singer, songwriter and producer, William Bell has come to define the essence of “soul.” Born in Memphis but based in Atlanta since 1970, William Bell was one of the pioneers of the classic Stax/Volt sound, joining such other illustrious musical forces at that label as Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. & the MG’s, Albert King, Eddie Floyd, Carla and Rufus Thomas, The Staple Singers and the Bar-Kays, among others.
"15 Piece" displays the cinematic Soul sound of Jake One and instrumentalist G Koop who create magic on another soulful batch of grooves. Download "15 Piece"at http://bit.ly/jakeone15, a moody sample library which goes above and beyond the average by pairing the sample-based production perspectives of two Grammy-nominated producers. Enjoy the depth of groove and storytelling as Jake One pairs his sample-based perspective of production with the musicality, sound design and vintage gear of instrumentalist G Koop on this exclusive kit of royalty-free samples.
Instruments featured in these samples:
Rare Vintage Synths: Prophet 5, Sequential Circuits Pro One, Memorymoog, Arp Axxe, Emulator and more
Vintage Guitar Amps
Vintage Bass Amps
Multi-instrumentalist/producer G Koop in the studio
From "Too Close" to "Butta Love", "Wifey" and more classics, N.Ξ.X.T return in 2014 with "Next Over Everything". Check out the preview trailer for the new project which showcases the trios updated sound, smooth vibe and gift for R&B which incorporates Hip Hop influences while envisioning moments of passion in songwriting like none other.
Slip away to the smooth sounds of Bob Reynolds' latest release "Somewhere in Between", 10-track project which fuses indie-pop, alt-rock, R&B and soul influences, with featured guest John Mayer on two tracks. Bob brings a finesse on the sax and cool fusion of musical influences in his composition that is sure to evoke images and moods. Whether laying down an upbeat groove with John on "Feedback" or creating a laid-back reflective vibe on "What She Didn't Say" or "Rise and Fall", "Somewhere In Between" keeps it grooving throughout with entertaining moments and music which leads you on an unpredictable path of Soul.
Bob Reynolds - tenor, soprano saxes
Eric Harland - drums
Janek Gwizdala - bass
Oli Rockberger - piano, keyboards
John Shannon - guitar
Bashiri Johnson - percussion
with special guests
John Mayer - guitar, lap steel guitar (2, 3)
Aaron Parks - piano (1, 3, 5)
Produced by Matt Pierson
"If your mandate as an MC is to “Move The Crowd” there is no better tool to have in your musical arsenal than a segment of the Godfather of Soul’s sonic fabric. Whether it’s his frantic percussion, a horn stab, trance-inducing bass or one of his signature Gospel-flavored wails, James Joseph Brown, Jr. remains one of the most sampled artists of all time, if not THE most sampled.
“James Brown is music period,” says DJ Scratch, award winning turntablist and deejay for EPMD. “He spawned other genres of music. He was Rock-n-Roll, he was the Funk and the best live performer in the history of performance period. This genre that we are a part of is all based on James Brown. So if it wasn’t for James there would be no me, there would be no Hip-Hop.”
As part of our tribute to the Godfather Of Soul for the upcoming biopic, “Get On Up,” we asked two of hip-hop’s premier producers and DJs, Pete Rock and DJ Scratch to talk about 5 of the most sampled James Brown songs of all time."
a 2014 interview by The Urban Daily
"What The Funk, The Influence of James Brown on Hip-Hop" art by Samantha Stahl
Prepare for soulful music which is sure to inspire passion and optimism within as the Wayne Boucaud Radio Blackin3D Podcast Show presents a conversation with singer/songwriter Janine Johnson. Enjoy the laid back vibe as she blesses your ear drums with a swinging sound of jazzy R&B/Soul on her EP "Passion", 5 tracks of pleasure which also includes a nice cover of the Sounds Of Blackness classic "Optimistic". Listen as she speaks about James Bond, Spain, her amazing producers and much more in the interview. Also new music from STEVE ARRINGTON, GREIG WOLFE, SOMI, ANDRE CYMONE and more.
Stu Bangas and Blacastan bring you into the kitchen to provide insight into the signature sound of Brutal Music which they lend to Hip Hop individually and as a duo on "Watson & Holmes". There's no love here only warfare as this power duo come to shatter domes with sinister neck-snapping beats and venomous rhyme delivery.
Enjoy the interviews with Stu and Blac and pick up "Watson & Holmes" on July 25th.
Soul vocalist Howard Johnson is still "So Fine" with 3 successful CDs out now -"Jet Black Casanova" (co-produced with Leon Sylvers) the newest of his projects released July 2013, "The Orange Album", "Bring It On" and "Keepin' Love New - Remixed" . The incredible NEW "Jet Black Casanova" with original tracks reminiscent of his 80s hits, yet currently different, is experiencing tremendous reception in Europe and the USA!!! Howard is an incredible entertainer and vocalist that fans continue to enjoy!
Called the" Prophet of Soul " in the 80's, Howard Johnson can still wear that moniker with honors. His distinctive style has earned him a spot that will go down in history. Time and again, Howard Johnson’s music productions and performances are critically acclaimed. As time unfolds, this artist is identified as one of music's most versatile entertainers. Starting as Lead singer of the group Niteflyte on Arista Records with several pop hits, then as a solo artist on A&M Records, to his current status of being an independent performer, Howard is still wowing fans around the world as a solo artist making music.