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"Soul On Your Side" 1975 LP by Rhythm Makers, Remastered with Bonus Tracks

By JR on 11:01 AM

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DE-LITE/OCTAVE-LAB unite for a 2017 remaster of the Rhythm Makers 1975 LP "Soul On Your Side", featuring 10 bonus songs! This classic Funk affair is sought-after by many crate diggers who are on a mission to get the dance floor rocking and sweaty. There's no denying the party vibe of "Soul On Your Side", especially when you feel the energy and soulful aura of the album's title song.

So far this gem is only available for download on the Japanese version of iTunes, but you can score a copy of this reissue on CD too here at eBay.

Pete Rock's Remix Of "Jump Around" by House Of Pain, Now On Limited 7"

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Get up out your seat for the 2017 limited-edition test pressing of "Jump Around" by House Of Pain, the Pete Rock remix. OG DJ Records recognizes a Hip Hop classic and gives this timeless Soul Brother production special treatment for DJs and vinyl collectors. One side features the vocal version and the other side has the hard-to-find instrumental version.

Be sure to grab yours soon as there are only 100 of this 7" vinyl single pressed. Available here at Turntable Lab.

Tall Black Guy Goes Dancing With The Music Of Terrace Martin & Louie Vega


Enjoy the carefree vibe which dance music can bring as producer Tall Black Guy demonstrates his unique ability to convey positivity through music. In remixing the music of renowned musicians Terrace Martin and Louie Vega, TBG's soulful sound and pulsating rhythm lends a new magic to upbeat tracks which feature beautiful female vocal harmonies. Joy and happiness is just a click away as you enter the progressive sound of artists who specialize in making you feel good.

The Last Emperor & Haak Filmore Visit No Ideas Original Radio, 9/17/17


Hip Hop's Mafia Don and renowned storyteller The Last Emperor pays a visit to one of the best underground Hip Hop shows for a chat with DJ EnYouTee of Alpha Faktion. Listen as this rhyme wizard joins producer Haak Filmore to share what he's been up to in 2017 in between a set of heat rocks played on the No Ideas Original radio show.


1. KRS-One, The Last Emperor, Tuffy (Channel Live) - Yeah Yeah Yeah
2. PMD - How Many Times (ft RJ Da Realst)
3. Rock (Heltah Skeltah) - Camp-Wu (ft Inspectah Deck, Smiff n Wessun, Method Man)
4. Shabazz The Disciple - Self Defense
5. Urbs - Holdin' Back (ft Wordsworth)
6. Nolan The Ninja - Calisthenics (ft Royce Da 5'9)
7. The Game - Heaven 4 A Gangster
8. The Last Emperor - Bums (Demo Version)
9. ST. Da Squad - Salute Me or Shoot Me (ft Ea$y Money, Reks)
10. Zagnif Nori & Illy Vas - Merino Wool
11. Sean Price - Refrigerator P!
12. Rozewood - Pyrex Ghost
13. Slaine vs Termanology - Came A Long Way (ft Conway)
14. Alpha Faktion - Another Day Pt.2
15. 40-40 (L.E.O. & Last Measure) - Ample Time
16. Tha Soloist - How Many Shots (ft Canibus, King Magnetic, Hayze)
17. Crimeapple - Pacers
18. Conway - Bullet Club (ft Lloyd Banks, Benny)
19. Fashawn - Proud
20. Mach-Hommy - Riviera Ralph (ft Meyhem Lauren)
21. The Last Emperor & Haak Filmore - Jungle Jim
22. The Last Emperor & Haak Filmore - Go Get'em
23. Bruse Wane - Empire State
24. QB Rap P - Respect The Real (ft BlackaDon)
25. Apathy & O.C. - Globetrotters (ft Jus Cuz)
26. Statik Selektah - But You Don't Hear Me Though (ft The L.O.X., Mtume)
27. Nujericans - Priceless Flows
28. Phoenix Da Icefire - Bloody Battle Grounds (ft Timbo King)
29. Koss - The Rawness (ft Blaq Poet)
30. Ea$y Money - Trapped In The 90's
31. The Last Emperor - Secret Wars (Prince Paul Remix)
32. The Last Emperor - Meditation (Demo Version)

Stream "Love.Life.Live" by D'Angelo Collaborator Isaiah Sharkey



"A native Chicagoan, 28-year-old Isaiah Sharkey spent his early years living in Cabrini Green. Perhaps as a precursor to his future career, he lived with his parents in a row house on a street that is now named for Curtis Mayfield.

Coming from a musical household, Isaiah was introduced to music at the age of four, he decided he wanted to be a guitarist and asked his parents to purchase one. Shortly thereafter, Isaiah started learning music under the close introduction of his father, Michael Sharkey. He would learn about different musical genres/styles from gospel music -- which came from growing up in the church -- to jazz, R&B, blues, rock and funk music. It wasn't long after that Isaiah would become noticed by other musicians in the Chicago area for being a young new talent. Soon after, he started doing concerts in the church as well as sitting in local jazz club jams.

At the age of 14, Isaiah, along with his father and brothers, released their first album entitled, "Skyliner." This album displayed Isaiah's ability to play covers and some transcriptions from greats like Wes Montgomery and George Benson.

Shortly thereafter, he started his recording career and served as a sideman for gospel artists such as Smokie Norful, Donald Lawrence and Vanessa Bell Armstrong. He also toured as lead guitarist with Ronald Isley and recorded two albums with him."



"In 2009, Isaiah started working with artist D'Angelo on his third album, Black Messiah, which won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. Based on his work and contribution to the project, Isaiah received his first Grammy.

Currently, Isaiah can be found on tour with 7 time Grammy Award winner John Mayer’s “The Search for Everything World Tour.”

Isaiah also has worked, recorded, and toured with several world-renown and Grammy award winning artists including, Patti Labelle, Christopher Martin of Coldplay, Paul Simon, Corrine Bailey Rae, Mike Posner, Keith Urban, Brian McKnight, Boyz Il Men, Lalah Hathaway, Raphael Saadiq, Jennifer Hudson, Chris Dave and the DrumHedz, Regina Bell, Ruben Studdard, Lupe Fiasco, Kelly Price, Faith Evans, Rance Allen, The Winans, The Clark Sisters and many others.

Isaiah Sharkey is poised to take center stage as he fuses together his background in rock, gospel, jazz, R&B, blues, and funk to create an original sound with an unmistakable dose of soul. His first digital offering is his distinctive rendition of Cream’s classic “Sunshine of Your Love.” The second offering Isaiah wrote, “Sandy” is also now available digitally worldwide."

A Tribute To Michael Jackson By Pastry Artists & Singer Jai Amore

By JR on 9:37 AM

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British singer Jai Amore and pastry artists Julie Elliott and Karen pay tribute to his royal badness aka The King Of Pop Michael Jackson. This sweet presentation of dessert by Julie and Karen along with a smooth cover of the classic song "Leave Me Alone" by Jai proves to be one of the most captivating homages to MJ yet.


Check out more Michael Jackson-themed desserts by Julie of Angelina Cupcake and Beth of Sweet Escapes Bakery on Flickr.

Michael Jackson themed cupcakes

Producer Eric Lau Releases "One Of Many" Instrumental Album

By JR on 7:49 AM

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Rock to the soulful sounds of this UK musical architect in an instrumental version of his 2013 LP. Eric Lau demonstrates he is one of many but uniquely talented in his ability to bless you with that feel-good head-nod music.

Nine & Funkmaster Flex's Early-90's Unreleased Songs, Now On Vinyl


From the duo who showed you Six Million Ways To Die, Nine Double M & Funkmaster Flex go pop like a gat to personify the roughness of early 90's Hip Hop on their unreleased LP. "Death Of A Demo" released in 2017 by Smoked On Records presents original early recordings with Nine and Funk Flex. Limited to 500 hand numbered copies, available now at Discogs and HHV.de.

The Supremes' Susaye Greene Talks Making Music With Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder & Michael Jackson

By JR on 1:30 PM

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"When I was growing up, I listened to Rachmaninoff and I listened to Motown. It’s not as strange a pairing as it might seem. The music that came from both was incredible, and in the case of the latter, Motown was not just the sound of “young America”, but the beating rhythm behind the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. How relevant that is today still. In the mix was Susaye Greene, a longtime collaborator of musical greats from Ray Charles to Stevie Wonder. "


"To the wider public, she is perhaps best-known as being the last member of The Supremes, the girl group originally led by Diana Ross that racked up 12 #1 hits. But Susaye is as much a creator as she is a performer. She wrote ‘I Can’t Help It’, the incredible track sung by Michael Jackson on his ‘Off the Wall’ album, as well as ‘Free’, hit single for Deniece Williams. I sat down with Susaye at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, and we had a fantastic time recording this podcast. If you love music, and the way it connects to social history, then listen to our conversation. I think you’ll love it." - C H A O

DJ Haki Blends 2Pac & The Music Of DJ Spinna For An "Old School" Remix

By JR on 8:37 AM

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Ain't nuttin' like the old school when these 3 Hip Hop heads unite. DJ Haki brings a vision of summer madness to the reflective rhymes of Makaveli The Don to get your head nodding on a remix of 2Pac's "Old School". Below is an inside look at the making of DJ Spinna's classic track "Summer Madness", live from the Thingamajig Lab.


Hip Hop Psychos Son Of Sam & Soundsci Are Here To "Put It On Ya"

By JR on 5:19 AM

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Keeping it funky in the traditional approach of Hip Hop yet progressive with touches of live instrumentation, Son Of Sam link with Soundsci to "Put It On Ya". This Rock and Funk-driven sound clash produced by the UK's Son Of Sam allows each MC to develop a good swing for a groovy Hip Hop affair like none other. From Son Of Sam's 2017 "Cinder Hill" out now and featuring an impressive lineup of guests on the mic.

Around The Web In Breakbeats Vol. 20: It Gets Funkier

By JR on 4:25 AM

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There's no telling how funky it gets when cratesofjr puts the 'net to use for a discovery of raw grooves. The 20th edition of Around The Web In Breakbeats features the sounds of The Du-Rites, VULFPECK, Big Boss Man, Speedometer, The New Mastersounds & more artists at the helm of a new millennium Funk movement!



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