Here’s the first video from The Root’s eleventh studio album, How I Got Over. I’m still not sure if Im looking forward to this album or not…

Boogie Music is the dance music genre that was wedged between 70’s disco music and the electronica explosion of the 90’s. Some call it Post Disco, some call it Electro Funk, but the characteristics that define Boogie Music (funk, soul and R&B) would form the building blocks of proper house music. This is the kind of music that was coming out of the inner city clubs of the time and there’s a whole lot of culture and emotion built into these songs. Hell, Michael Jackson’s classic Off The Wall is a boogie record!
A child of the 70’s DJ Spinna (aka Vincent Williams) lived through the boogie heydays. With a global resurgence in vintage club music, Italo disco, alt dance and dance rock, Spinna felt it was his duty to pay homage to the original artists who inspired so many of today’s hottest DJs and musical acts. The jams on this compilation rocked the airwaves in Brooklyn back in the day and now it’s ripe from a brand new crop of music lovers across the world. This package really satisfies all tastes and moods.
Disc One is DJ Spinna’s ready made block party DJ Mix for getting it all going right. These crispy, funky tracks are lined up side-by-side for a vibe that takes you straight to the streets, circa 1982. A second disc is prime meat for all you crate diggers and features 12 unmixed classics; many of which are unavailable on CD, Vinyl or even digitally!
Once again DJ Spinna delivers a product that’s not just 4/4 beats or empty tracks. Rather, through all his many releases over the years he’s proven to be the authority on providing real music for real people. DJ Spinna is one of a few active DJs today whose versatility and all round knowledge covers so much ground. From Rock to Jazz, Reggae to Hip-Hop, soundtracks to House, Soul, Funk, Disco or Techno this man has the knowledge and can rock parties as good as any leading lights in any of the aforementioned scenes. BBE releases DJ Spinna Presents The Boogie Back – Post Disco Club Jams on November 24, 2009

Atlanta’s own, independent emcee Señor Kaos releases a new project titled, “Walk Softly & Carry A Big Brick.” For Kaos, the project title means to stay focused, strong in one’s convictions and to do so without being seen as a threat. When it comes to music, Kaos is soft spoken about his emcee abilities, but his lyrics hit listeners square in the face and serve as a wake up call for all other emcees. Kaos uses the title as an announcement to any formidable opponents on the microphone to be prepared.

The project features guest appearances by Bun B, Wale, 4-Ize, Punchline, Jaspects, Stacy Epps, 4th Pyramid, John Robinson, Stahhr, Homeboy Sandman and many more. The project also includes production from Large Professor, DJ Spinna, 9th Wonder, Von Pea, Jake One, 2 Hungry Bros. and others.

Download HERE

My wife and I have been watching this trailer over the past few months with hopes that it will get a proper release. Based on the life of folkloric capoeira legend Besouro Mangangá, the release is estimated for November 2009. This is the martial arts film we’ve all been waiting for.

In my never-ending search of all (or most) things Brazilian, I received this album a couple of weeks ago, Haih Or Amortecedor, by the legendary Brazilian psych-rock legends Os Mutantes. They along with fellow Tropicalia musicians, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, and many others represented the cultural movement/revolution that respectively included visual arts, poetry, and theatre, taking in many influences and genres, then combining them and creating something entirely of its own..very similar to hip hop come to think of it. Hmmm..

This is their first studio release in over 30 years with its original leader Sergio Dias and a host of new players and writers on board, including experimental Brazilian sound champions Tom Ze and Jorge Ben.

Os Mutantes is as bugged out as it gets in terms of style and categorization, but that’s what’s so wonderful about artistry..wielding the ablity to break down barriers, think out of the box, and push the envelopes without having to care what folks think, even when writing three clichés in a row hahaha..
Preview album clips here. Film documentary trailer here.
*Photo is a 1968 shot of its original members

The third release from heavy Latin funk outfit, Brownout dropped a couple of weeks ago and has since filled a welcomed space in my Latin funk collection. Hailing from Austin, Texas, and co-lead by the ubiquitous Adrian Quesada (Groupo Fantasma, Ocote Soul Sounds), Brownout’s members have toured with and played for Prince (under Groupo Fantasma), so needless to say, they have mad chops in the instrumentation department.

Complete with fuzzy guitars, blaring horns, banging keys, solid percussion, and breaks galore, Aguilas and Cobras combines the best of Latino funk, rock, psychedelia, and soul, while nodding frequently to the roots of African rhythms. Sonically, the recording sounds like a long lost reel of Santana meets Chakachas, meets The Meters, circa 1972-1976, yielding a soundtrack feel throughout the listen. What I dig most about this album is that it would have sounded just as good if it were released in the 70’s, when most of the group members were a mere glimmer in their parent’s eyes.

In The Booth
Con el CueteThe hypnotic mid-tempo rhythm and keyboard work makes this a nice one to get the night started.

Tell Her She’s Lovely – Refreshing early set track, nice title and lyrics. Brother Carlos Santana would be proud of this one.

Olvidalo – Opening breakbeat, acoustic guitar rhythm, and call and response makes this a favorite. Definitely for the b-boys and girls.

S.F.L.A. Con el Cuete Reprise – I can already hear cats chopping this one up on the MPs. This one sounds like the drive home at 5:30 am just before sunrise.
Pick it up here.

Junior Star gives Aguilas and Cobras 5.5 out of 7 head nods

Head Nod Scale
1=Don’t waste your time like I did mine.
2=Waste your time like I did mine but I dare you to disagree.
3=Well, there was the single.
4=If it were a hand in spades there’s “two and a possible”.
5=It’s a “good” album. Meaning at least 3 or 4 solid songs.
6=Really Good Project. Has the “Rewind Factor” more than once.
7=The number of completion. Great Album. Instant Classic.

My man TomCatBeats sent this through as I was getting ready to lounge out for a second. Im happy to say that this was a perfect compliment to chilling. Read what he has to say

“this couch tape was designed to capture the feel and sound of a cassette. some of these tracks are either unmastered, unfinished, unreleased, straight from the tape or just have that raw vibe. so if you like your music watered down with all the character dragged out in a studio then….sorry

including: house shoes-slum village-city slick-hugh whitaker-dam funk-ras g-jay electronica-stoopz n breeze-leaf erikson-remarkable mayor-kankick-tha connection-ahu-sa ra-byron lee-gordan-dak-vincent price-will widdoss-blu-fluent-q tip-the lacks ….


TomCatBeats – FreshAir Couchtape Vol.2
A couple of weeks ago, there was a video of Blu and Pharoahe Monch speaking about the upcoming Shafiq Husayn album entitled “Shafiq En’ A-Free-Ka” dropping October 6th on Plug Research. Later that night, an amazing array of musicians came together to take part in a jam session of epic proportions. Featuring Pharoahe Monch, Shafiq Husayn (SA-RA), Om’Mas Keith (SA-RA), Brook D’leau (J Davey), Mark De Clive Lowe, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Suite for Ma Dukes), Thundercat, and more, it was definitely a night to remember. Enjoy a video clip from the jam session, as well as the audio featuring special guest, Pharoahe Monch, on mic/hosting duties.

ArtDontSleep Presents: Skid Row AM Sessions

Aloe Blacc + Exile

September 29, 2009

PEACE, I promise I thought I posted the first release from Aloe Blacc’s and Exile’s collaborative project but it seems thst I havent. Well I’ll make it up to you. Here’s Houston PLUS the latest single What Was Your Name Both produced by Aloe Blacc AND Exile’s Plug Research Podcast whch has lots of ooey gooey delicious unreleased treats. Enjoy

Aloe Blacc – Houston

Aloe Blacc – What Was Your Name )

MORE: Exile’s Plug Research Podcast is a mix comprised of exclusive instrumentals and includes plenty of exclusives from various upcoming projects, including his Radio remix project, the upcoming album with Fashawn, upcoming projects with Chicago based MC, ADAD, and a reintroduction to certain key pieces from Exile’s past catalogue


Exile’s Plug Research Podcast

Souls of Mischief – La La La

September 29, 2009

To celebrate the group’s forthcoming tour and to help tide fans over until the November 10th release of Montezuma’s Revenge, Souls Of Mischief is also pleased to release a new track, “LaLaLa,” which serve’s as the album’s closer. Over a drum-heavy, guitar and vocal sample-laden beat, Souls Of Mischief take turns showing off the multi-syllabic flows, witty similes, and smooth lyrics that have made the crew a household name for over 13 years, as A-Plus raps,
“You know A-Plus, he’s nuts like a cashew / Cuts like a head coach and busts like a gat do.”

Souls Of Mischief is an alternative hip-hop group hailing from Oakland, CA. They are also part of the hip-hop collective, Hieroglyphics. The Souls Of Mischief formed in 1991 and is comprised of emcees A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, and Tajai. As a group, Souls of Mischief has released 4 critically acclaimed albums and have been certified Gold by the RIAA. Their newest release Montezuma’s Revenge will be coming on November 10th, via Hiero Imperium Records.

Souls of Mischief – La La La