…::Dope Sounds::…

January 25, 2009

I’ve been following Boozoo Bajou for years, so when my man, Stephen (!K7) sent me this, I was elated. Same Sun is from their upcoming album Grains which will be released 02.22.2009. Same Sun’s featured vocalist is British singer-songwriter Rumer who is making a lot of noise, and based on her appearance here I know why. Listen to Same Sun and get addicted…

Boozoo Bajou – Same Sun

I love visiting my mail box and finding those gold cushioned envelopes with a record label or distribution company’s name on the front because it means that some great muic is USUALLY inside. Well, my girl Jessica (Spectre) rarely disappoints, and DJ Sun’s Para EP she sent is no exception. It’ a 5 track EP with some true gems, but this remix of Dubai is mad ill. Check it out!

DJ Sun – Dubai (Genre Jazz Remix)

Stephen (!K7) struck once again by sending me this CirclesquareDancers EP. I like the original version most because it feels like it’s being stifled or prevented from becoming a full-fledged dance song, but it has just enough to get you itchin’ to dance. It’s the perfect opening cut in a dance set to get the dancers ready for a long night of boogieing.

CircleSquare – Dancers (Original Version)

The Brazilian born, Grammy award winning Eumir Deodato has no problem creating hits; that’s evidenced by his 4 decade long string of hits from some of your favorite artists (He co-produced Lupe Fiasco’s Paris, Tokyo).
Deodato’s 1973 album, Deodato 2 (which was not a commercial success), contains songs with a wide range of moods, but are all treats from the former CTI record producer and arranger. This vinyl check was a battle between the song you will now hear, Super Strut, and Skyscrapers. Both of these are amazing tunes but Deodato goes hard on the keys in this one. Super Strut is so groovy that you don’t even realize that 9 minutes has passed by when the track ends. Noted session musician, John Tropea takes the song to new heights with his amazing guitar solo. Super Strut has a live concert type feel, or maybe even more like an impromptu jam session. You don’t get playing like this on albums anymore. *sighs*

Deodato – Super Strut

MORE: The album overall is so dope that one of my favorite DJ/producers copied the album cover idea for his 2007 project, Return of the Magnificent, which you also need in your life.

EVEN MORE: Not being a video gamer, I just found out that Super Strut is featured on Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, so here’s Skyscraper (featuring Stanley Clarke on bass) for those who have heard Super Strut before…I dont want to leave y’all out (lol)

Deodato – Skyscrapers

The Divine Dezign of Radio

January 24, 2009

Floyd the Locsmif released his 4th full length installment, Divine Dezignz #2: Soul, Etc at the tail end of 2008 which was followed this year with Exile’s release of Radio. Floyd the Locsmif fashions a fluid album that brings to mind that good, classic soulful production reminiscent of Pete Rock’s Petestrumentals album. On the other hand, Exile chops up songs and vocal snippets with his trusty MPC in a way that pays homage to Dilla without copying the late beatsmith’s style. Although they differ in style and presentation, both projects are great in their own respects and are worthy of your monetary patronage.
Floyd stays in one lane, which isn’t a bad thing, and blesses us with consistent soulful, mellow, hypnotic hip-hop treats. What would you expect though, from an album titled Soul, Etc.? This is one that you’ll play when you want to come home and “wine” down or if you’re having a laid-back set at the house. Radio was created by Exile to give you that medium’s feel from HIS perspective. Just like a true radio, you’re introduced to a range of genres that Exile creates from anything such as radio static to your favorite childhood Christmas song! Although the beats may seem to be all over the place, it is a cohesive project overall.
Soul, Etc features vocalists on 4 of its 16 tracks. The artists are coupled together to give you more bang for your buck and they deliver too! My favorite vocally assisted track is Don’t Nobody Care with Yirayah crooning like a “Coming From Where Im From”-era Anthony Hamilton and 4Ize spitting about socio-political ills. Exile’s vocal snippets help illustrate his overall vision of Radio. He also uses snippets to assert his hip-hop braggadocio, express political discontent and share love amongst other things. One of the more memorable excerpts is the Uneducated Rapper skit which is hilarious!

If banging beats, creativity and soul is what you’re looking for, these two projects have it in abundance! Exile rocks you with his great compositions and by showing off his MPC playing skills and Floyd envelopes you in his melodious beats that create musical euphoria. Purchasing these two together is like buying the salt and pepper together. They’re good alone but much better when together. Enjoy!

…::Sounds Dope::…

January 23, 2009

Inverse released their free So True EP earlier this year and I slept on it. I kept seeing it around so I put it in the iPod and was blown away. Download and have a listen. I’m sure you will be blown away as well.

I was introduced to Keelay and Zaire by my girl Jessica from Spectre Music (What’s up Jessica!?). They’ve just released this free EP that I haven’t listened to yet but if this joint is any indication, it’s going to be nice.

Keelay and Zaire; Tunji – Addicts For Real

Download the Prelude to Drive EP

MORE: Addicts For Real features Tunji of the previously mentioned group Inverse. Incentive people, incentivvvvvvvvve!

Teedra Moses’ Complex Simplicty album was the joint! That was 4 yrs ago and we havent had a full length from her since then. Thanks to the good people at BlindI, we’ve been informed that she has a new mixtape, Lionhearted: Young Hustla Vol. 3 Mixtape, that’s available for downloads on her myspace page. If you’re skeptical about how she might sound now, follow the Blind I hyperlink and see what she’s workin’ with.

P.O.S. new album Never Better drops 2-3-2009. Jessica (Spectre) sent me the album, which I popped in yesterday on my morning commute and it hooked me at track #3 Savion Glover. It’s a dope project, not specifically my flavor but the joints that i like, I LIKE. Check out the review of the album Never Better HERE and if you like it, get it when it drops!

P.O.S. – Savion Glover

1. Imagination – All Night Lovin
2. Large Professor; Q-Tip – In the Sun
3. Da Beat Minerz; Pete Rock; Caron Wheeler – Open
4. India.Arie – Yellow
5. Spirit – Dream Within A Dream
6. Guilty Simpson – Kinda Live
7. Smif N Wessun – Bucktown
8. Tanya Morgan – Camp Cupcake
9. The Roots – Star/Pointro
10. Paul Mccartney & Wings – The Note You Never Wrote
11. Mos Def; Mr. Man; Talib Kweli – Fortified Live Instrumental
12. Towa Tei; Ayumi Tanabe; Viv – Angel
13. The Temptations – You’ve Got my Soul on Fire
14. Sly & The Family Stone – Mother Beautiful
15. Tiombe Lockhart – Single Black Female
16. Kleer – Intimate connection
17. J-Live; Dwele – Coming Home
18. Da Bush Babees; Mos Def – The Love Song
19. Erick Sermon; Redman – Finkorama
20. Fatlip – What’s Up Fatlip
21. Paul Mccartney & Wings – Mrs Vanderbilt

These are songs either sampled by 88-Keys, by people with some association/affiliation with 88-Keys or someone he knows/has worked with. I hope you know how 6 Degrees of Seperation works. Enjoy!

6 Degrees of 88-Keys
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…::Dope Sounds::…

January 22, 2009

Everyone’s wet dreams have been fulfilled! Delicious Vinyl releases the instrumentals to Illa J’s Yancey Boys album on StonesThrow.com. Although, I feel the younger Yancey boy represented well, there were some who felt thay he desecrated the “divine” Dilla Labcabincalifornia-era beats. Get the instrumental mp3s for 9.99

Jo Well & Dj DviousMindZ return for what may be the last released single before their project, Nickle and Diming drops on the 28th.

Jo Well & Dj DviousMindZ – Dust in the Wind

The 88-Keys interview airs this Monday (1-25-09) on BamaLoveSoul.Com and Hot1077radio.Com! Here’s a free EP, Adam’s Case Files the producer extraordinaire put together to promote his album, The Death of Adam. 88-Keys is the man responsible for songs such as Black Star’s Thieves in the Night, Mos Def’s Love & Musiq feat. Bilal’s Dontstop among others. Check it out and pick up his album that’s in stores now and make sure you listen to the interview with DJ Rahdu this Monday.

J Finesse isn’t letting your eardrums rest. He returns with this banger that BEGS you to break out the cognac and twist something funky up (cough, cough). Be on the look out for his album, Invent A Remix; it’s coming soon.

J-Finesse – Hittin’ Corners

Thanks for the love!

January 21, 2009

Today officially marks one year that Bama LoveSoul has existed in cyberspace. I would like to thank each and everyone who has ever stopped by BamaLoveSoul. I would like to especially thank those who have enjoyed the blog and have decided to become followers! The visits are appreciated more than you know, and are used as motivation to continue to bring you consistent, quality posts.

The mission to educate and expose has not changed. In fact, I would say it’s actually been strengthened by the addition of new contributors: Jr Star, Thed Weller & JayTee Dee. Each contributor brings a unique knowledge base that will assist us in achieving our mission statement.

BamaLoveSoul.Blogspot.Com is 2008 and BamaLoveSoul.Com is 2009. Look for the website, more updates and enhancements soon, and as always; drop us a line in the chat box or leave us a comment so we can better serve your musical needs.

Thanks for the love (and visits)

…::Sounds Dope::..

January 19, 2009

This is one of many instrumental bangers that my good friend J Finesse sent me. If you enjoy this one make sure you go to his blog page for more dope and pick up his album when its released.

J Finesse – Go Out Like That

Circle Research is a dope duo that you’ve heard me mention before HERE. They’ve released their new album, WHO?, which is available now on iTunes. In addition, they’ve also placed their hat in the Jazzanova Remix competition. Check out their submission and place your votes. The contest ends Feb 2009.

Jazzanova – I Can See (Circle Research Remix)

Im glad I learned early to not sleep on email submissions because Everett James’ Life Album is such a jambalaya of treats! Comparisons do Everett no justice but if you can imagine a cross between Van Hunt and Peven Everett, you’ll come close to his sound. Here’s ONE of the great tunes from his album

Everett James – My Star

You know I had to bring it with the first Vinyl? Check! of 2009 (luckily my blindfold test hasn’t let me down yet). When I pulled this album from the shelf, I knew I was in for a treat because the first thing I saw was the SOLAR Records label on the back followed by the familiar names of some dope producers: Leon and Ricky Sylvers and Dick Griffey. From top to bottom, 8 tracks in all, this album is great! The second track, Turn Me Out (produced by Leon Sylvers), grabbed me from the beginning and didnt let go. The Whispers sound great and the beat is infectious! Once again I dare you to not cut a rug to this one.

The Whispers – Turn Me Out

1. Djinji Brown – Uptown Rocker’s Dub
2. Jungle Brothers – Where You Wanna Go
3. Asheru; Talib Kweli; Raheem Devaughn – Mood Swing
4. Afu-Ra – Whirlwnd Thru Cities
5. Pete Rock; carl Macintosh; Jane Eugene – Take Your Time
6. Big Brooklyn Red – Space & Time

…::Djinji Brown Interview Pt 1::…
7. Pete Rock & Cl Smooth – Straighten It Out

…::Djinji Brown Interview Pt 2::…
8. Freddie Hubbard – Red Clay

…::Djinji Brown Interview Pt 3::…
9. John Coltrane – Love Supreme: Ascension
10. Djinji Brown – Chango’s house
11. Djinji Brown – Abuelita’s Dance
12. Osunlade – Feets Don’t Fail
13. The Ananda Project – Big Boat
14. Dominic Ski Oakenfull – So Beautiful
15. Shaun Escoffery – Days Like This (DJ Spinna & Ticklah Remix)
16. Groove Collective – Everything is Changing (Swag Mix)
17. The Rurals – These Changes
18. Djinji Brown – Mr. Dynamite
19. Djinji Brown – In the Ruff
20. Roy Ayers – Tarzan (Osunlade Yoruba Soul Mix)

DSXXX Interview with Djinji Brown
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