Check out two recent fusion projects which rely upon Latin influences in ways which displays a sharp contrast of mood between one another. The mellow guitar-based grooves of Bossalingo blends Jazz with Brazilian and Cuban rhythms. The band performs original compositions by guitarist and leader Michael Joseph Harris whose writing is inspired by the music of Brazil, Cuba, American Jazz, Rock, World, and Folk.
Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra take you back to a sound reminiscent of Jazz-Funk fusion on CTI and Kudu labels with a musical approach which emphasizes energetic instrumentation and arrangements designed to keep you on edge. Stay tuned for the full LP set to drop in August of 2014 on ubiquity Records.
Team Fearless presents the first single, "Got'm Say'n Hey", to the upcoming album by Devastating Tito (Fearless 4) and Mikey D'Struction (LA Posse/Main Source/Elements Of Hip Hop). Produced by Large Professor, this track is a great precursor for the upcoming project.
Lyrics by: Devastating Tito & Mikey D'Struction
Production by: Large Professor
Mixed & Mastered by: G-String'z Production'z, Ltd.
Philly rhymesayer MarQ Spekt and New York beatsmith Blockhead are at the top of the food chain of Hip Hop with the aggressive beats and rhymes of their 2014 release "JustPlayWitIt" which dropped on HiPNOTT Records. Enjoy two of the singles/official videos from the project and the album preview now available at iTunes.
Take a trip back to the 90's with classics such as "Ready To Die" by The Notorious B.I.G. and "Slaughterhouse" by Masta Ace Inc.in an interview with MC/producer Lord Digga who announces new music for 2014. AOTP MC Blacastan lends insight into his album creation philosophy as he lays out details behind the making of his collaboration album with Stu Bangas called "Watson And Holmes". If you appreciate artists who are passionate about their craft, both interviews provide an ear-full of food for thought by creative Hip Hop minds.
Download/Stream: Lord Digga Shares Notorious B.I.G., INC Memories & New EP, Blacastan Talks "Watson & Holmes" by No Ideas Original Radio
Enjoy the sounds of a new limited-edition vinyl re-release of "In Due Time" by Mount Olivet Inspirational Choir and a nice compilation of funky Gospel music from The 70's courtesy of the YouTube account Gospel Explosion. Quite a few interesting acts to be found here who were little known but throw down some very emotional and soulful music based on their religious faith.
The R&B/Soul music of Maurissa Rose takes the blues away with a pleasant uplifting groove and powerful songwriting which reflects upon the beauty of life. "Too Nice Today", a modern day social anthem reminiscent of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going on" Music arranged by Jazz Virtuoso Alonzo McKenzie from Detroit, MI and recorded at the legendary Studio owned by MoTown writing legend Sylvia Moy, "Too Nice Today" is a laid back smooth classic R&B joint with a dash of Jazz. Musicians greats Ron Otis(drums), Darryl Smith(bass) and Anthony Booker (guitar)help create this incredible sound. Maurissa Rose's unmistakable voice heard beside R&B crooner Kem on the hit duet "If It's Love" shines on this new Single tailored written and produced just for her sultry and soulful sound. There is more to come from Maurissa Rose off of her new "Love is My Religion" CD. Follow Maurissa Rose on Twitter maurissarose music and facebook, www.maurissarosemusic.com
Thanks to Elliott Macauley for the introduction to Maurissa Rose.
Is it Jazz-Funk ? Is it Boogie ? Or is it even Disco? With The Unbelievable Two you are in there everywhere. With their hearts in the late Seventies and early Eighties these two well crafted musicians know how to work a solid groove.
„We were thinking, what would have happened if Roy Ayers met Stevie Wonder in a studio with Nile Rodgers and listened to a Steely Dan album?“ Of course there is a smile on Mzuzu’s and Mucka’s face when they tell this story, but The Unbelievable Two masterminds, composers, producers, arrangers and musicians from Hamburg/Germany have been on the scene long enough to think a step further. „In the end, it’s all about the funk and the soul. And the funk and the soul is about the feeling you got in that moment., when you are playing live! That’s why each song is a fresh composition and directly recorded in just one day. We were really after the small variations and moods, you develop while playing a song to shine through the arrangements.” - The Unbelievable Two
Planet Asia and TZarizm drop science with the heart of a lion on a pairing of sharp lyrics and raw production sound known as "Via Satellite". The degree of visuals projected from PA's pen approaches deep space as he demonstrates the skill of a lyricist who draws from many aspects of life in a competitive, thought-provoking and original approach to MCing.
ATL producer and visual artist BDunn creates thumping cinematic beats where the effort on arrangement and storytelling serves as the foundation for ear candy in the form of Hip Hop. Like his sfcproducers partner Tone Jonez, B stands as an outstanding force of beats soon to emerge from The South. Enjoy the sounds as he tackles both Boom-bap and Trap sounds with an entertaining and emotionally-driven approach on the boards and click the logo below to view BDunn's design portfolio.
From the producer of Kanye's Power, Strange Fruit Project, Eminem and more, S1 delivers high-powered beats and the sounds used to create them in "Fire And Ice", "Voices" & "Fireworks". Listen to the demos for each of Symbolyc's 2014 drum and sample kits for a taste of his signature sound used to craft hits for emerging artists and established mainstream hit-makers.
"VOICES", The S1 Vocal Collection library is a collaboration between him and songwriting duo The Frontrunnaz. 'Voice" This collection includes all new sample free vocals, voice textures, and phrases all created by S1. Download here
"Fire and Ice Combo Collection" is a collection of all new Drums, Loops, and Melodies produced by S1. The "Fire" section showcases one of the most powerful elements of Symbolyc's sound: the drums. This collection contains custom drum sounds (kicks, snares, loops and percussion) engineered by S1. Download here
Action suspense Funk sound laced with wah-wah guitar, heavy breaks and a lively horn section is what the Third Coast Kings bring on the fast-paced groove of "Lead Foot". This tune that sounds straight out of a 70's Blaxploitation flick can be heard on the King's 2014 LP "West Grand Boulevard" on Record Kicks. Album stream available here at YouTube.