I love introducing new artists to BLS family and beyond. I’m an advocate for originality and feel good sounds. That’s when I knew I had to post this artist up immediately. Terrard Robinson, a progressive funk/soul singer from Oklahoma (now residing in Portland,OR) is a best kept secret to me. He administers a sound that is reminiscent of P.M. Dawn and 90’s soul. He reminds me of what made me fall in love with music and why people should really focus more on gift rather than the papes. When I asked Terrard who or what inspired him, he politely answered “Music itself inspires me. I appreciate music deeply because of what it does to my body and to people in general. Certain styles affect us certain ways. My family and friends inspire as well, but when i think about how music is everywhere and all around, it makes me want to be a part of it in a desperate way.”
Spoken like a true artistic individual. Terrard started singing at the age of 11 or 12. Terrard was no stranger to musicianship considering his mom is a singer and his father is a bassist. According to Terrard, he is always working on a number of things, including his own solo project. He immediately ran down his pick of artists he would eventually like to collaborate with if given the opportunity which were Erykah Badu, Amel Larrieux, Raphael Saadiq, Coldplay, Little Dragon, and of course, Iman Williams and FSS.
Once you get a listen to Terrard Robinson, aspect to hear “Groove and soul. The sound of my ancestors and glimpses of my hopes for society and thangs…

Terrard via Myspace

Terrard via Twitter

Terrard RobinsonLife’s Good (Remix)

Terrard Robinson Antidote for Loss

Terrard RobinsonSlow Groove (A Tribute to Dilla)

 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

 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 )

There comes once every blue moon that I will take a listen to a remix of a fallen soldier like ChristopherBiggieWallace. Recently, BusCrates 16-Bit Ensemble released two tracks by Notorious B.I.G he remixed. The songs are “Suicidal Thoughts” and “Party and Bulls**t“. Check out these dope tracks for FREE! Let me know what you think BLS fam.

BusCrates 16-Bit Ensemble – Notorious B.I.G “Suicidal Thoughts

BusCrates 16-Bit Ensemble – Notorious B.I.G “Party and Bulls**t

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BusCrates 16-Bit Ensemble – Notorious B.I.G “Suicidal Thoughts
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BusCrates 16-Bit Ensemble – Notorious B.I.G “Party and Bulls**t
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Porsche Smith: LOVELAND EP

November 24, 2009

 I have to write up on this chick everytime she drops something because not only is she family but she is one of the most talented female singers I know. Born and raised in Oakland,CA, Porsche Smith has an undeniable gift. She is a musician/songwriter/ singer who’s voice is smooth, raspy, and sultry. She also is apart of a dope all-female band in Dallas, TX by the name of Beauty and the Beats who you will hear from very soon. In 2007, Porsche released her debut album About Life which is still available on iTunes. About Life told a story of every day life and is a very inspirational album. It was also an album that was full of soul with hints of jazz. Nowadays, Porsche is moving into a new direction. Her latest ep LoveLand is a more Electronic/Pop/R&B project which is totally left field from what she is known for; however, Porsche still remains soulful with her vocal style and range, unlike other artist who change their complete style in order to fit in with today’s crowd. LoveLand consists of three tracks and it tells the classic story of Prince Charming and love. Please support indie, and download a copy of Porsche Smith‘s LoveLand today. Available on iTunes.

Porsche Smith via Twitter
Porsche Smith via Myspace

Porsche SmithHonorable Mention (from the LoveLand EP)

 Porsche SmithDaydreamin’ (from the About Life LP)

Velben: New Album Preview

October 23, 2009

I am truly excited that I received the album preview from Velben today. For those who are not up on him, Velben is an artist hailing from Detroit, Michigan. He has worked with some artists/producers such as Jneiro Jarel, Baatin (R.I.P), Dragon Fli Empire, and Precise Hero. In 2006, Velben released his critically acclaimed  Formless EP independently and in 2008 it was re-released on vinyl with Traveller RecordsFormless received praise from producers Rich Medina and Jneiro Jarel dubbing it a must have EP for your collection. This year Velben has his debut album Creative Flowz to share with the world which will be release on his own label Formless Vibez Muzik. With production from J Palm, Bus Crates, and Byron the Aquarius, it’s evident that Creative Flowz will be a dope must have for 2009. Not far behind in sound with previous project Formless, Creative Flowz  shows hints of progressiveness and Velben ‘s  ability to travel far off into another dimension as possible without losing himself or his audience. If my word isn’t enough to prepare you for the amount of intergalactic inspired hip-hop/soul dispersing from Creative Flowz, just take a listen to the preview for yourself and post your thought here.

Velben via Myspace

Velben via Twitter

Velben– Creative Flowz  Album Preview

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

After a lot of hard work and perseverance, the Chameleon EP is now available. The German born, American raised R&B/Broken Beat singer has been eager to share this 5 song EP with you. Please support indie music and go download the Dezaray Dawn Chameleon EP today!

Go Here to Purchase Chameleon EP 

Dezaray via Twitter

Dezaray  via  Myspace

If you are here in ATL for the International Soul Summit and want to see Dezaray Dawn perform, there will be a double release party with BUGZ IN THE ATTIC held at Moods Music in Little Five Points on Sunday, September 27, 2009.

Dezaray Dawn– Chameleon (Crisis Situations Remix)

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