Astral Black seems to be a label/collective from the United Kingdom and as they say their business is tapes, parties, vinyl and tees. They have returned with the brand new, 14-track strong compilation, titled Frass FM 2.
Just like on the first compilation, we find another impressive list of producers such as Soulection representatives Sivey and JD Reid. Other super dope producers such as K15, Budgie, Jon Phonics and Jaisu have also donated a piece of music. Our favorite gems on Frass FM 2 come from Sivey and Budgie, but this does not mean you shouldn’t download the compilation for free and listen for yourself.
This match made in heaven was made years ago and this week the duo finally celebrate their highly anticipated debut EP, entitled “Urban Flora“. It has been in the works for two years and though some of my music peers are not as blown away as I am, I have been dying for this to come out. Alina Baraz sounds like an angel whispering in your ear in the midst the most wonderful and intens lovemaking session ever. Her words are like liquid sex and without a doubt she is one of my favorite female vocalists at this moment in time!
Urban Flora contains a lot of previously released material, but there are at least three new songs that will blow your mind. No questions asked. The song “Show Me” made me feel something I might have not felt before. You guys tell me if it’s me or does this contain just a drop of actual magic? Urban Flora is about fairytales and magic and will guide you through an array of emotions.
Wrap your arms around your loved one and purchase Urban Flora on iTunes right now.
Two music makers from New York, Jesse Fischer and Sly5thAve, have joined forces on their newly released “Vein Melter” EP. On this homage to Herbie Hancock’s legendary Jazz album “Head Hunters”, the duo reframes four masterpieces for the modern day music fans and do it oh so well.
Multi-instrumentalist/producer/engineer and computer science savant Jesse Fischer has made quite a name for himself. He did this by producing for other artists as well as his own album projects and touring with artists like Freddie Jackson.
Jazz school alumnus Sly5thAve, who plays a mean horn, is a composer/producer/arranger who has toured with artists including Prince, Taylor Swift and Quantic. We strongly suggest you peep his super jazzy debut album titled “Akuma”, which was released last year.
Vein Melter is available on Tru Thoughts and pressed as a limited edition 12-inch (300 copies) and of course on iTunes. We played the incredible “Chameleon” on our previous radio show, but here it is once more. This is too good to be ignored!
British Soul singer Nao made quite the thunderous noise last year with the song “So Good” together with A.K. Paul (yes Jai Paul’s sibling). Seems like brother A.K. has produced for Jesse Ware and Sam Smith as well in the past.
At the beginning of the month her sophomore “February 15” EP was released on Little Tokyo Recordings. It was recorded over the past few months in the Stoke Newington studio and demonstrates Nao’s development as an artist.
This right here is a straight tribute to the countless 90’s hip-hop & R&B joint that some of us grew up with. His album is not just inspired by the golden era, it almost sounds like it was made in the nineties. Onra looks back, but thinks forward as he grabs his trusty MPC and uses no computer software whatsoever!
On Fundamentals we find vocal contributions from Daz Dillenger, Chuck Inglish, Olivier Day Soul, Suzi Analogue, Black Milk and Melodee. Fundamentals is available digitally on iTunes now with vinyl and CD’s to follow June 1st.
Vancouver stand up! Gotta love all this great new Hip-Hop music being released on the newly formed Self Serve Records out of Canada.
Producer Mosaic teams up with Detroit rapper Frank Nitt (of Frank and Dank) to bring you an eclectic sit-back-relax single titled “Go Slow”. It’s our pleasure to premiere this track on the site and let it be known Mosaic got beats. We don’t even have to tell ya’ll about sir Nitty getting gritty on the mic. Right!?!!
With cats like Moka Only, Dudley Perkins, Frank Nitt and Illa J as a part of their catalog, this upcoming label is of to a great start. Grab the new single Go Slow at the Self Serve Bandcamp page.
It’s a while since we’re heard any new music from the master of contemporary Soul music, sir Jordan Rakei. This ultra talented multi-instrumentalist and vocalist out of Brisbane has been traveling the world a lot lately and we can’t wait to greet him in out little country.
After Jordan’s second “Groove Curse” release on Soul Has No Tempo, it’s been a little quiet. No worries, for a collaboration with Kiran Kai from South London hit the net yesterday. The track is called “Maya” and is super sultry and just what we were waiting for. Kinda sounds like this was created a while ago, but even an early draft from Jordan sound better than most producers best attempts.
Look out for Jordan Rakei to visit a city near you. It seems he will be touring a lot this Spring and Summer!
This is not the first time we’ve introduced you to Prince IsaAc‘s music. And it will surely not be the last time either. The mysterious French beatmaker returns with his third “Private” EP, which will be out May 19th on Laruche Records.
We have been blessed by his royal highness to premiere the track “B.R.E.” (Booty Ride Experiment), which takes you on a late night chase for pussy right before sunset. Beware of those nasty hood rats though! Prince IsAac has two more dope tracks for you in store for you, as well as an intro, playerlude and sexylude. Stay tuned for more Future music with a definite Funk influence.
I am sure a lot of you have been waiting for Slum Village to return with some brand new material. Good news, your prayers have been answered…SV is back.
Today a fresh new cut called “Expressive” released on the group’s Soundcloud page and this for my sexy ladies from all around the world. And you know we love sexy women (you better tell ’em BJ The Chicago Kid)! Icing on the cake is Jay Dee’s younger brother Illa J, who’s been making quite some noise again lately. It is said he has another solo album in the works releasing later this year on Bastard Jazz.
Slum Village’s single is taken from the forthcoming album titled “YES” which will be released June 16th.
Every now and again we fall in love. And it has come to my attention that at these moment love longs like the new Kartell song grab the attention.
After the success of the previous Sapphire EP, Kartell returns with a brand new cut entitled “All I Have” featuring J-Rican. I recently received a promotional copy of his forthcoming “Tender Games” EP, out on June 1st via Roche Musique, and let me tell you it’s straight fire.
Seems I’m a sucker for these more light-mood R&B type of songs at the moment, but hey I blame falling in love. Grab the first single of the new EP on iTunes and brace yourselves to this sensuous EP.