"Endless Winter" by June Marx & Resolute feat. DJ Ambideckstriks

"Freezing, merciless winds blow across desolate landscapes. A never ending blizzard covers the land with snow. It takes determination, strength and the will to survive to make it in this modern world. "Endless Winter" captures the mind state of determined souls enduring the harsh realities of present day living.

Independent hip hop artists June Marx (Brooklyn,NY), Resolute (Chicago,IL) and DJ Ambideckstriks (Chicago,IL) prepare to launch the "Heavy Artillery Tour" from Chicago, Illinois on February 24th. An album entitled "Endless Winter" was recorded by June Marx and Resolute in Fallout Shelter Studios in Chicago and limited tour edition copies will be available on the tour. The album is a mixture of Modern Warfare tactics, introspective street tales and personal reflections. Producers on the project include Memo (of Molemen), Stoma Emsi, BBZ Darney, June Marx and Symphonik Bang. DJ Ambideckstriks, a Midwest tournament champion, lends his scratching skills on the majority of the album." - Torchbearer Records

June Marx, Resolute, DJ Ambideckstriks, Naomi Hunt

Stream "Music" The Album by Singer/Songwriter Ellene Masri feat. Sir GANT

"Ellene Masri has provided me the opportunity to concentrate on a style of music I do not get to hear often: as well as offering incredible Jazz movements, Masri incorporates Folk, Acoustic, World music and Contemporary elements - the resultant sounds are among the most emotive, personal and stunning around. Masri’s stunning and mesmerizing beauty is reflected in her music: she has experienced a lot of heartache and change; choosing to filter it into her music, it not only acts as a form of release- it is designed to hit the listener and seduce them completely. (...) Masri’s current album is filled with rich and gorgeous tracks that we can relate to and appreciate.

Masri does not simply do what Jazz/Acoustic contemporaries do: her intelligence, sense of composition and diversity has shades of the U.S. giants- she employs various illustrious musicians into the mix (like Steely Dan) to ensure her songs are the finest and most invigorating they can be. There are a few female (and male) artists that play similar music: I feel that none manage to instill the same blend of culture, originality and passion into their music. Masri not only allows access to her heart, thoughts and inner-most confessions; she takes you on a tour of the globe: inspired by the sounds of Africa, the U.S., Europe and Brazil, the listener is treated to a cornucopia of sounds and flavours. " - Sam Liddicott (Music Musing And Such) , UK

Enjoy the album stream of "Music" by Ellne Masri and show your support at her Kickstarter where she is promoting a campaign to bring a music video to fruition. Musical Director for this project is “Sir GANT”, legendary producer and incredible musician, known for arranging the grammy award winning masterpiece “Sweet Love” from Anita Baker.

Enjoy The Soul Food Of "Vol​.​2" by The Cookers Quintet

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"Vol. 2" from The Cookers Quintet merges uplifting musical arrangements with some of the finest vocalists to emerge in the new millennium for a carefree and joyous listening expereince. "They Say It's Wonderful" is a shuffling smash which features the vocals of up-and-coming NYC multidisciplinary musician, Leron Thomas who lends his smooth presence to a breezy and fast-paced Soul-Jazz arrangement. The Cookers Quintet Vol. 2 released in February 2015 and now available for purchase via iTunes.

Founded in 2002, Do Right! Music is a Toronto based indie record label that champions the future sound of Jazz, Funk and Soul-inspired music.

Saxophone: Ryan Oliver 
Trumpet: Tim Hamel 
Piano: Richard Whiteman 
Bass: Alex Coleman 
Drums: Joel Hayne 
Vocals: Leron Thomas

Beats: "Type" by David Doel & Aceman

Aceman is no stranger to creating rider music which aims to redefine the sound of West Coast Hip Hop and does so with the help of David Doel on the heavy bounce of "Type". Ace and David's sound is polished and delivers an an impressive arrangement of synth chords designed to put you into a head-nod while uplifting your mood like the feeling of driving down the freeway on a good California day.

Preview: "Big Luxury" by Potatohead People On @bastardjazz

Nod your head to the Dilla-inspired sound of Nick Wisdom and Astrological aka Potatohead People who provide a body-moving and progressive work of luxurious art in the form of instrumental music. "Big Luxury" drops as a physical and digital release on Bastard Jazz Records February 27 2015, featuring Dilla's bro Illa J, AMALIA and Moka Only.

Big Pun 15 Years After: Cuban Link, Triple Seis & Chris Rivers Reflect At NYU Radio

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In remembrance of 15 years since his passing, a few of Pun's closest friends gather to celebrate his life and legacy up at the Squeeze-Time Radio show. Sucio spins a set of Pun's classics beginning around the 40:00 mark and the interviews begin at 59:00 with Cuban setting it off..

Big Pun tribute graf mural by Yagovdik Vadim

The Nicholas Payton Trio Play Erykah Badu For Valentines Day 2015

Lounge to the sounds of multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Payton as he leads his trio on a #BAM Valentines Day live performance in tribute to Neo-Soul Queen Erykah Badu.

Nicholas Payton — Trumpet & Keys
Braylon Lacy — Bass
Corey Fonville — Drums

Erykah Badu tribute print by Lucy Llewlynn

Zeke Thomas - "Blackness" feat. Chuck D & Jasiri X (Imperial Remix)

Bounce to the sounds of producer Imperial as he boost your adrenaline in the name of blackness with Zeke Thomas, Public Enemy's Chuck D & Jasiri X. DJ/Producer Zeke Thomas teams up with Chuck D (Public Enemy) and Pittsburgh lyricist Jasiri X to drop the powerful and culturally-defining single “Blackness”. When he is not rocking NYC nightlife, Zeke Thomas is in the lab producing tracks that blend classic hip-hop with uplifting house undertones.

As part of the EP, UK Hip Hop producer Imperial provides a Hip Hop remix reminiscent of the golden era for which Chuck D is best known.

Pat Van Dyke Is Right On Time With The Soulful Sound Of "Whitewalls"

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When you are in the mood for a musical massage, Jersey-based multi-instrumentalist PVD is right on time with a heavenly composition to take the blues away. With a steady beat and build of emotion to take you on a journey of happiness, "Whitewalls" explores the joy within as Pat composes an arrangement led by the beauty of his Rhodes melody and rhythm. For songwriting to make you feel like your floating on a cloud, enjoy a pleasant and entertaining moment in time of music like none other.

Stream "Whitewalls" on Soundcloud or head over to Jakarta Records to pre-order the Vinyl LP and get the download of "Whitewalls" immediately.

"Right on Time" will drop worldwide on April 17, 2015 via Jakarta Records. It will be available on Vinyl and Digital formats. Pre-Order your copy NOW!

Stream: "White Cocaine" Mixtapes Parts 1 & 2 by Mobb Deep

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The White Cocaine mixtape of Mobb Deep hosted by France's DJ Iron Sparks showcases the new millennium Infamous sound, a timeless Hip Hop sound which remains dark and lethal as an illegal narcotic to the ear.

Trife Diesel Runs The Full Court Press On "NCAA"

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Wu-Tang affiliate Trife Diesel encourages you to step your game up both on the mic and on the ball court with the aggressive basketball-fueled flow of "NCAA". Taking you to school with rhymes about court legends which mesh perfectly through clever wordplay, the basketball is Trife's pen as he demonstrates the parallel between Hip Hop and ball as two equally competitive sports.

WhoSampled Interviews John Manuel, Drummer For Roy Ayers Music Project

For the latest edition of the WhoSampled interview series, WhoSampled speaks with John Manuel, drummer, percussionist and band leader with the group RAMP, a Roy Ayers affiliated project whose debut album 'Come Into Knowledge' is widely considered a jazz fusion / rare groove classic. Tracks from the album have been sampled by the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, Common and Erykah Badu among many others. In this interview John talks about his tenure as drummer for The Spinners, recording at Jimi Hendrix's studio in New York, working with Roy Ayers and Edwin Birdsong and his admiration for the new generation of artists who have sampled and reworked his classic recordings.

Interview by Chris Read (MusicOfSubstance)

Check the archives for an audio interview with more members of R.A.M.P. by Midnight Soulstice

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