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Watch Diamond D vs. Large Professor 2016 Concert feat. Jeru The Damaja

D. Original Dirty Rotten Scondrel kicks it off then Large and Diamond perform next followed by a 45 sound clash set between D and Large. Live Hip Hop experience to the fullest courtesy of the loving European fan base of die-hards who continue to request the best events from the culture's most heralded figures.

There's no love lost in 2016 as Japan's Southpaw Chop serves The Best Kept Secret with a slice of mellow boom-bap for their collaboration which you can preview below. 7" vinyl to be released in 2017 which you can most likely find at Juno Records.

Ambassa Covers Classic Wu-Tang Soul Samples In Reggae Dub Format

"'After Laughter Comes Tears' is a reggae cover of a great soul classic by Wendy Rene (also sampled by RZA of the WU-TANG Clan for T.E.A.R.Z. in 1993), After Laughter is the first single of a full-length LP titled 'Ride Di Samples' which sees London-born singer Nichola Richards reinterpreting 10 famously sampled soul classics in reggae style.

After Laughter and the other 9 songs part of this project are the produce of an exceptional team of musicians form all around the globe, starting with London, home for Nichola Richards (voice), Matia “Ambassa” Gobbo (bass/pianos) and Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, moving on to Denmark where Martin Kaufmann lives (hammonds, clavinets & electric pianos), passing through Brazil to find Fellipe “Souljah” Sobral’s exquisite guitars and finishing in Italy, home for the magic horns of Zeno Tami."

Ernie Willis & The Soul Investigators Ready Their Debut With The Funky "Scorpio Man Theme"

"The mystified sound emanating from the disc in question belongs to the flute wielding monster Ernie Hawks. This dynamic player has grazed the airwaves of the worldwide underground for the past two decades. Now it's his star time.

This two-tracker single from Ernie's debut album Scorpio Man sinks the listener deep into the moods of European library music and American instrumental funk classics. On Journey To The Bottom, backed with fuzzy synth lines, he and The Soul Investigators explore emotional funk to the fullest. Their raw sound has pushed artists like Nicole Willis, Myron & E as well as Willie West to new heights before and now it's Ernie Hawks, who holds the torch.

The intro of the title track Scorpio Man should give the breakbeat friends something to get excited about, while the rest of the track pushes the listener into the midst of a exploitation chase scene. It's possible that it's been a while since you've heard something as hard as well as uncomplicated and sincere. Keep your senses open for the coming full-length, it should drop like a bomb soon enough." - Kudos Records UK

Lead Singer Of The Stylistics Speaks In 2016, ZULUZULUU Cover "People Make The World Go 'Round"

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Russell Thompkins, Jr., grew up on the north side of Philadelphia. He joined other high school singers from two different vocal groups and combined to form The Stylistics. Russell was the lead singer until he left the group in 1999.

Russell sang lead on each song of the first 3 albums, though surprisingly, the other Stylistics did not sing on any of them. Russell tells Tom the story of his musical career and contribution to American rock 'n' roll from that distinctively smooth Philly soul perspective.

Enjoy the dreamy Neo-Soul of group ZULUZULUU who make it bounce and capture the pleasant vibe of a Stylistic's classic in 2016 with their cool cover of "People Make The World Go 'Round".

SONOR Music Ends 2016 With Obscure 70's Italian Library & Soundtracks

Enjoy a couple of funky gems from the library of SONOR Music Editions. Subscribe to their eBay store here to receive updates on their great vinyl sales and auctions.

"Very RARE 'cult' Library album by maestro William Antonini and his orchestra recorded with the deep sounds of Dirmaphon studios in Rome. Very small Library and Orchestra production from the pianist Antonini during his career as session man, this is the unique long-playing we have and for sure a lost collectible gem. Excellent studio orchestra arranged by the maestro. Expect some strong Blues Rock influences with loads of Killer Psychedelic sounds all over the place / amazing Jazz-Funk and Blues Funk vibes / heavy Progressive riffs with Big Band Swinging Jazz and Jazz-Rock tunes / huge bassline with stoned flute and deep Tenor sax / amazing early '70s Freakbeat clubbing tunes. A Killer album!

Reissued with the original back liner notes written by Italian Jazz father Carlo Loffredo."

"Italian legendary OST! - One of the Armando Trovajoli's famoust masterpieces. Original Soundtrack for the Italian cult Sexy comedy starring the sex-symbol Laura Antonelli and Giancarlo Giannini. Originally filmed in several episodes, directed by Dino Risi; afterwards reissued in France and Japan. Huge and lovely Score mainly characterized by the main theme 'SESSOMATTO', a killer famed theme which was originally a sample of Manu Dibango Latin Funk hit "Soul Makossa" ( with its stunning Funk Breakbeats terrifically rearranged by maestro Trovajoli. We reissued the original pressing featuring the 1st cutting of SESSOMATTO theme with the deleted Armando Trovajoli's Hammond solo. Enjoy it!"

Lack Of Afro Releases "Analogue Soul Vol. 2" Samples For Producers

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Adam Gibbons aka Lack Of Afro is known for his ability to capture the essence of classic Funk and Soul in his recordings as one of Britian's most promising new musicians. In his sample pack "Analogue Soul" Adam caters to the producer who is looking for a resource of sounds and talent to draw from in a 0.98GB collection of royalty-free recordings.

The Lack Of Afro sound is raw and cinematic, with arrangements that vary from hard-hitting and edgy Funk, to joyful and breezy Soul with an exciting fusion of musical influences in-between. "Analogue Soul Vol. 2" gives you the loops and stems from the LOA sessions, a collection of music which have gained him worldwide critical acclaim amongst rare vinyl addicts and music tastemakers.

Lack Of Afro is:

Adam Gibbons - Drums, Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Saxophones, assorted Keys, Engineering & Production.
Lukas Drinkwater - Guitar & Bass.
Steve Down - Guitar.
Chip Wickham - Flute & Saxophones.
Rory Simmons - Trumpet.
Nick Radford - Guitar.
George Cooper - Piano, Hammond, Wulritzer & Rhodes.

Gwendolyn Collins Covers Vertical Hold's '93 Classic "Seems Your Much Too Busy"

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With a touch of Jazz added to the soulful vibe of this early 90's jam courtesy of pianist and producer Dawoud Said's beautiful new arrangement, singer Gwendolyn Collins floats on air using a heavenly tone to take you on her secret rendezvous. "Seems Your Much Too Busy" is featured on her 2016 album "Storytelling Side II, Moments4Love" which for Gwendolynn is more than music, #moments4love is a movement to share love through community outreach and indie artist support. A percentage of proceeds from album sales and #moments4love Tour will benefit the Hungry for Music non-profit organization and the Centrepoint Youth Shelter.

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Experience The Decadence of Hip Hop Crew Slum Village On "siCide-s/C-Sides"

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Young RJ comes through with a memorable 11 tracks of bonus material to get your head nodding and thirst quenched for the soulful and skillful Hip Hop sound of Slum Village. While 2016's "Vol. 0" release of Slum material represents a raw and demo feel in sound, this project shows SV developed and in full-form in their musical approach, with lyrical ability refined, concepts original and creativity at a remarkable high.

Brazilian Jazz-Funk Wizards Azymuth Release "Fênix", Featured In New Doc

“The Brazilian jazz-funk wizards are back on the work horse and sounding as effortlessly slick as they’ve always been.” Boiler Room

“Azymuth, one of Madlib's favorite Brazilian bands, return with a new album.” Red Bull Music Academy

“The first album in five years for the Brazilian jazz-funk heroes, and it’s as catchy, cosmic and sun-soaked as the Seventies studio sessions that made their name.” Evening Standard

“Azymuth’s trademark samba doido (crazy samba) – a mix of samba, funk and jazz – is as potent as ever” Jocks & Nerds

“This is a beautiful reminder of the relevance of a band who continue to enchant and surprise us despite their age.” Ransom Note

After almost a year of gestation the first documentary from Soundtracks is entering the final stretch and the content could not be better: Azymuth, the Story of the Groove Kings!

The first documentary about the trio that rocked the structures of the world as instrumental music and its musicians helped shape Brazilian music heard in years 60,70 and 80 on radio stations throughout the country.

Unreleased images, live footage, sensational testimonies, good music and some surprises.

DownBeat Student Music Award Recipients Oracle Blue Perform Live At Montreux

Oracle Blue playing "People Make the World Go Round" and Erykah Badu's "Apple Tree"
Recorded live at Montreux Jazz Festival
Edited by Timothy Dale Hardwick
McKinley Devilbiss - Bass, vocals
Wade McMillan - Drums
Timothy Dale Hardwick - Guitar, vocals
J.P. Taylor - Flute, Trumpet
Liz Kelley-Tavernier - vocals

Silky Black & Showbiz of D.I.T.C. Link In '94 On Unreleased Acetate 12"

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Step up and get some as rare Golden Era Hip Hop acetate collector Umberto presents a rugged collaboration between Bronx representatives Silky Black and Showbiz. The unreleased song "Step up & Get some" showcases the signature D.I.T.C. sound in boom-bap which evokes the bold attitude which NYC hoods are known for, produced by "Showbiz". Silky Black is a guy who can be heard rhyming on Show & A.G.'s 2nd album "Goodfellas", a song which is featured on the flipside of this rare acetate.

Phife Dawg & Chip Fu of Fu-Schnickens Interview & Freestyle at The Funhouse 2010

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Interview begins at 35:55 after a set spun by DJ Harry Love with freestyles by Phife and Chip Fu after the interview.

"#TBT Phife Dawg freestyle & interview live at The Funhouse (2010)

Phife Dawg​ (@A A Tribe Called Quest​ ), Chip Fu​ (Fu Shnickens), Trini Gladiata and DJ Rasta Root visited me & DJ MK as we streamed live from our kitchen.

Here the late great Phife announces the making of the Tribe Called Quest documentary, discusses the Haiti earthquake tragedy at the time plus plenty other topics.

This was also when he signed my SP 1200 sampler :)

For those that missed back in the day, our streaming station was called The Funhouse and we broadcast 4 days a week." - Harry Love

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