Slimkat78 has to be one of my favorite producers of this time and he has worked with some amazing artists such as yU and Muhsinah. It’s no secret that is a Dilla fan. Please check out this mix by Slimkat to help celebrate the artistry of James “JayDee” Yancey.

Slimkat78The Brief Origin of Dilla (Unextended Mix)


 This is a new dope mix by DJ Destroyer that features some of the best in Progressive Soul and Hip-Hop.  Check it out.
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10. BEYOND 2012 – DAM FUNK

 This is one the most interesting producer collaborations that I never saw coming. Erik L, a very known producer from Sweden who has worked with the likes of Kissey Asplund and Hezekiah, to name a few; and ILLINGSWORTH, a Detroit based produced who proven himself to be one of the most dopest producers that people need to hear.I have had the pleasure of getting to know both producers and they are definitely next. If you haven’t gotten it already, or at least heard it, get NORTHERN CONNECTION now!

Erik L via Myspace
Erik L via Twitter



Erik L & Illingsworth – Northern Connection (feat DJ Devastate) by Erik L & Illingsworth

 Recently, a lot of people have been sidetracked by the non sense of Kanye West and the theatrical attempts of Lady Gaga. It leaves me to wonder if people are actually paying attention to REAL music anymore; therefore I say: If you don’t know about this phenomenal female singer/songwriter/producer, then you are seriously lost in a hurricane of mess. LatonyaTone TrezureGivens is from Flint, Michigan but the soul she disperses would have you thinking she was sent directly from Detroit which is known as a soul capital. Tone was blessed with the gift of musicianship and golden vocals. From playing drums at the age of 3 to playing bass at the age of 16, this funkstress was destined to do great things musically.

The first time I heard Tone Trezure ‘s sultry and funky voice was at least two years ago. I heard her sing her song “Ready to Go” which is on her EP (not sure of release date and title) and was featured on her myspace page. I thought to myself instantly…this girl reminds me sort of Bilal with the uncontrollable vibrato that works very much for her. Speaking of Bilal, Tone Trezure has written and produced for him on such tracks as “Get out of My Hair” and “When We Were Young” off his shelved sophomore effort, Love for Sale. Those two songs are my favorite and with that funky sound, I can believe that she wrote such work for Bilal. She has also worked with the likes of Denaun Porter, Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Strange Fruit Project, Pharaoh Monch, and Little Brother to name a few. According to Tone Trezure she was discovered by Johnnie Evans and Brandon Williams who in turned introduced her to Denaun Porter. From there, she went on to do work for God’s Property and the blessings kept manifesting themselves one after another.

When I caught Sister Trezure a few months back at the legendary Mizell Brothers Tribute here in Atlanta,GA, I was able to kick it with her and talk music with her. When I asked her who her inspirations were, she immediately answered, Rance Allen. I instantly had to to check out his collection once I got home, and I must say he is awesome. I see why Tone has such a soulful/funky persona with a gospel undertone. To make this superwoman even more certifiable, she is pretty dope emcee as well, so don’t sleep. I will keep BLS Family up to date with Tone Trezure‘s project, until then check out her recent accomplishments.

Tone Trezure via Myspace 
Tone Trezure via Twitter
Tone Trezure via Facebook

Tone TrezureMy Destiny 

Tone TrezureReady 2 Go

Snoop Dogg feat. Tone TrezurePromise I


 I’m so excited about releasing this joint as a single. It’s  from my new project Stupid Human|Trick which consists of nothing but dope ass production from Pittsburgh,PA producer BusCrates 16-Bit Ensemble. The album will be released early 2010 and will feature some cool artists; so please stay tuned. As an early X-mas gift, I want to share my song “Ordinary Love“. Let me know what you think BLS fam. Happy Holidays!

Iman Williams– Ordinary Love ( produced by: BusCrates 16-Bit Ensemble )

For the sake of true and timeless hip hop, I’m posting this track as one of the dopest of ALL time..lyrics, production, everything, hands down. I won’t say too much, but big up to O.C., D.I.T.C., and all of the deejays (I see you Rahdu) who still keep this in rotation. (Most recently heard/spotted on Da Beatminerz Nightlife set here.)

Guaranteed you’ll still make a face just like the cat at 0:53 hahaha….

Check the lyrics if you don’t already know them..

 I felt like this song was dope enough to share with the BLS Fam. The group is called Smooth Tutors and they hail in the city of Pittsburgh,PA. BusCrates 16-Bit Ensemble put me on to them while I was recording there with him. He actually plays keys for the band. I’m not sure when Smooth Tutors will release a project but I do know that they have songs available at myspace for you to check. While majority of the songs are more experimental, this remix of their song “Drag Tide” feat. Jody Perigo by BusCrates 16-Bit Ensemble has a more electronic/hip-hop sound. Check it out. Let me know what you think.

Smooth TutorsDrag Tide feat. Jody Perigo (BusCrates 16-Bit Ensemble Remix)

Again, I can’t express how much this Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania producer has me excited about my own new project. Right now, Bus Crates 16 Bit Ensemble is one of the only producers I’m working with and embodies so much soul and raw hip-hop. Influences starting at Q-tip (ATCQ) and ending at Chick Corea should let you know that he isn’t a newbie when it comes to production. Check out these remixes of J-Live “Listening”, De La Soul “The Bizness”, and Tom’s Diner and let me know what you feel about them. I always like turning on a new producer that’s under the radar to my BLS family.

Bus Crates via Twitter

Bus Crates via Myspace

Bus Crates on Bandcamp

J-Live Listening Remix by Bus Crates 16 Bit Ensemble

De La Soul The Bizness Remixed by Bus Crates 16 But Ensemble

Tom’s Diner Remixed by  Bus Crates 16 But Ensemble

The D.C. MPC wizard has been making noise for quite sometime now with the release of Muhsinah‘s Oscillations:Square and Diamond District. Slimkat78 has decided to release some of his gems on a project called Soundfreakers Vol #1. Soundfreakers is for free download so get it now!

Slimkat78-Sounfreakers Vol.1

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Long name huh? LOL However, you will be surprise to know that he is one of the many producers still alive who actually play an instrument. Bus Crates 16-Bit Ensemble is hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is definitely in need of more ears. Bus Crates started out djing and producing some years ago. He is constantly working on music and elevating his sound. Even though he doesn’t claim to be a pianist, much of his music heavily consist of Moog Little Phatty and Wurlitzer 200a electric piano. He also uses Ableton Live 7 LE, percussion instruments, MPC 2000XL and vinyl which certifies him a gear junkie, in my opinion. Bus Crates is heavily influenced by Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Les McCann. Crates also draws inspiration from artist such as J Dilla (R.I.P) and DJ Spinna. In a world field with wanna be producers who get shine, Bus Crates seems to keep his head above water. So far, Bus Crates is staying on the grind and is not collaborating with a gang of people (YET) so he is definitely a producer that artists should want to work with soon.

Bus Crates MySpace

Bus Crates 7″ EP Available Here

Bus Crates 16-Bit Ensemble-No.10 (Moogies Discovery)

Bus Crates 16-Bit Ensemble– Broken Pencils