It's time to ease your mind as the Prince of Sophisticated Soul Will Downing expresses feel-good vibes through a selection of new and classic R&B jams in another edition of his Wind Down show. Sit back and relax as this acclaimed vocalist heats things up with a strong dose of passion displayed in outstanding love-based songwriting.
Reporting from Lincoln Center's Mid-Summer Night Swing 2015, Jody Watley of Shalamar celebrates the legacy of her group's timeless sound solidified in the 80's which continues to ignite dance floors across the globe. Below, The Funky Soulsta presents a rare groove special tribute set of tunes with Shalamar as the featured artist.
Download Jody's latest "Paradise" today at iTunes.
The Strictly Vinyl Groove Show 26th Feb 2014 (Rare) Featured artist Shalamar by The Funky Soulsta on Mixcloud
To provide healing, optimism and joy in the ongoing fight towards social equality across the globe, saxophonist Bobby Watson creates inspiring Jazz compositions driven by the hopes and dreams of African American people. Journey with Bobby and the "I Have A Dream Project" as they fuse spoken word and singing with swinging rhythm to project humanity, Black pride, history and social progression.
"This is a tribute in honor of the 50th year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's March on Washington and his famous "I Have a Dream" speech held on August 28th 1963 in Washington D.C. "It is my hope that this CD provides for cleansing, and an increased dialogue aimed at moving toward the reality of Dr. King's dream for equality for all people around the world". - Bobby Watson
"KILLER Italian Library LP from the Edizioni Musicali MINSTREL - RING label, music by Carlo Savina and his orchestra. Shocking and still underrated Electronic panoramic Lounge sounds space out by Jazz-Funk and dope Funk Breaks, amazing Electronic Underwater effects. Music inspired by sea islands for a total Lounge aquatic trip. Quite Rare and tough to find. Listen!" - Armagideon Times
PURCHASE "GRAND TOUR" ON VINYL HERE AT EBAY
"New Tru Thoughts signings Space Captain release the double A-side “Easier”/ “Remedy”, on 24th July, ahead of a debut EP which is in development for later this year.
Self-releasing “Easier” via Bandcamp in 2013, alongside a brand new video, Space Captain gained impressive early support from the likes of Indie Shuffle, Revive and The Line of Best Fit. They subsequently put out “Remedy” in 2014, accompanied by a live video session for Sofar Sounds (NY), to further acclaim. This official double A-side release is set to showcase these fresh, early visions of the Brooklyn-based collective's sound to a wider audience. Fusing R&B, hip hop, soul and psych, Space Captain fit perfectly on Tru Thoughts’ roster among the likes of Alice Russell, Quantic and The Seshen, while singer Maralisa is particularly excited to be able to call herself a label mate of the Hot 8 Brass Band: “A dream of mine is to collaborate with Hot 8; I remember seeing them a lot at New Orleans Jazz Fest when I was younger and thinking they were just incredible”.
New School jazz alumni Maralisa Simmons-Cook and Alex Pyle co-founded Space Captain when they met at the New School in New York in 2011. Sharing piano lessons and soul and hip hop recommendations, the pair first collaborated when Alex asked Maralisa to sing on his tracks, and they soon decided to form their own project to fuse their complementary musical backgrounds. Originally from outside of Philadelphia, producer and guitarist Alex had grown up listening to and making music inspired by the golden age of 90s production (D’Angelo, Madlib). Meanwhile, over in California’s Marin County, Maralisa was listening to soul and blues records (Amy Winehouse, Taj Mahal, Nina Simone), writing melodies, singing in an a cappella group and making trips to New Orleans for family holidays; on moving to New York, she also delved deeper into the world of music by interning for Daptone Records." - Tru THoughts Records
Enjoy a display of cutting-edge skills and entertainment in the art of turntablism as Rane presents The 2014 DMC US Finals DJ Championship!
DJ Shiftee: 2x DMC World Champion
DJ Precision (X-ecutioners): 2x DMC US Champion
Host: Kool DJ Red Alert
13 of the USA’s top battle DJs compete for the chance to represent the US in the 2014 DMC World DJ Championships in London!
2014 DMC Regional DJ Champions competing include
Defending: DJ Esquire: Brooklyn NY
(2013 DMC US Champ + 2012 DMC US Supremacy Champ)
DJ I-Dee: Fairfax VA (05 DMC US Supremacy Champ)
FasciNate: Tilton NH (11 DMC US Supremacy Champ)
DJ Manwell: Los Angeles
International Ease: Rochester NY
The Beat Molester: Seattle WA
El Abstrakto: Miami FL
Spiderman: Dallas TX
Ambideckstriks: Chicago IL
DJ Petey Complex: Queens NY
Dj Shake One: Denver CO
Ichy the Killer: San Jose CA
Dwells: Manhattan NY
Heavy Jewelz Records delivers some grimy 1993 Jersey ish for ya! 100% unreleased in any format ever, except for a dusty old demo tape. A Trenton NJ affair all around, the emcees are Koop Man and Poppa Es and all 6 tracks were produced by the legendary Tony D (RIP).
Purchase here at http://heavyjewelz.bigcartel.com/product/dungeon-lordz-straight-out-the-dungeon-1993-demo-ep-double-pack
150 copies on standard black vinyl
150 copies on transparent brown with black swirl vinyl
All copies are housed in polylined black sleeves and picture covers with artwork/design by Spek the Architek.
Audio restored by Adam Boose.
Snippets by Chris cutter
This weeks guest from the Windy City, Chicago, Kenya talks about her fantastic LP My Own Skin.
Hot Gourmet Dishes this week courtesy of Tracy Hamlin, Renee Strong, Bilal, Kheyra, Nataha Watts, Chelsea Wilson and the phenomenal cover version of a Nina Simone Classic from Usher! Oh? and another spin for the Rashad & Roszunn tracks causing a stir at the moment! and the same for the SUPERB Kejam ft Chanel joint.
Malice & Mario Sweet joined by Tall Black Guy are here to turn you on with their thumping and futuristic approach to R&B on "Superstar". Tonight's the night as this sweet sound of vocals and uplifting groove leads the way for you to party in a sound that redefines the feeling of romance in music for 2015 and beyond.
Enjoy "SMS" by Malice & Mario Sweet below for more future Soul grooves by this talented husband and wife duo.
Stretch and Bobbito archived shows are now available again through Fat Beats on cassette, starting with the show from March 2nd 1995. With classics like Smif-N-Wessun's "Sound Bwoy Buriel," Diamond D's "Dope Sound" J.U.N.I.O.R. Mafia's "Player's Anthem," LL Cool J's original uncensored "No Airplay," Channel Live's "Mad Izm" (Buckwild Remix), Jay-Z's "In My Lifetime," Tha Liks "Next Level," Nas's "Life's a Bitch" (Buckwild Remix), Black Moon & Smiff-N-Wessun's "Headz Ain't Ready," as well as cuts by Showbiz & AG, Artifacts, Jeru and others, this tape is a window smack dab into the middle of the 90's.
This show featured live in-studio appearances by AG, Mad Skillz and a particularly enthusiastic, expectedly off-the-wall interview and freestyle by the Ol' Dirty Bastard. Pop one in your walkman or boom box and relive a time in hip hop that can never be duplicated!
Order "Stretch & Bobbito: Radio That Changes Lives" Cassette at UGHH
Been fresh and never lettin the pen rest, Apathy of The Demigodz holds his own on the mic and collaborates with the best of underground lyricism as one of Hip Hop's most prolific for his summer 2015 LP "The Black Lodge". With bars doper than raw coke, this rhyme slinger from Connecticut presents the fourth and biggest installment of his fan-favorite "It's the Bootleg" series including over 10 completely unreleased songs from Ap's vaults, a recent barrage of guest appearances, rare tracks and exclusive freestyles.
Featuring Evidence, Vinnie Paz, Celph Titled, Slaine, Roc Marciano, Ras Kass, Swollen Members, Ill Bill, The Alchemist, Esoteric, Chris Webby, Termanology, Diabolic, Planet Asia, The Doppelgangaz, Blaq Poet, Ryu (Styles of Beyond), Shabaam Sahdeeq, Big Twins (Infamous Mobb), Bishop Lamont, plus many more of the Demigodz and Army of the Pharaohs family.
Produced by Apathy, Mike Shinoda, Gem Crates, C-Lance, Snowgoons, Stu Bangas, Vanderslice, DC The Midi Alien, Teddy Roxpin
Purchase on vinyl here at UGHH and digital download here at Amazon