Two weeks ago we brought you their first single “No Pressure” featuring funk phenomenon Reggie B and it’s about time we did a little follow up. There are quite some soulful cuts on here featuring the likes of Chromadadata, Miles Bonny, Reach and Boombaptist.
One of my favorite tunes to max out to is “Theme to Dream” without a doubt. Thought I’d stream this little slice of heaven for you right before you decide to purchase X-Life on Bandcamp!
With the death of Ohio Players frontman Leroy ‘Sugarfoot’ Bonner (69) in 2013, room was left to make the legacy of funk group Ohio Players even more significant to Funk music in general. For those who are not yet familiar with the Ohio Players, Bonner co-founded the group back in 1964 with the former members of The Ohio Untouchables and the group skyrocketed the charts with major hits like ‘Love Rollercoaster’, ‘Fire’ and ‘Sweet Sticky Thing’.
Album covers, especially in the 70’s, were specifically created to serve as a visual extension of the music. In these triumph years of a changing and revolving social and political climate, records and their album covers often pushed the awareness amongst the listening audience. Music was not the only tool anymore. The visual aspect of powerful album art became equally important in drawing in new listeners and revolutionists.
I first became aware of the Ohio Players and their fascinating album art at a record fair in Rijswijk, about 6 or 7 years ago. I had just gotten into the world of crate-digging and enthusiastically let my amateur fingers glide through thousands of records in the funk/jazz/soul section. This all under the careful
guidance of my dear crate-digging peer Nilez. I always knew our shared love for records would someday venture into a business mainly revolving around music, but that’s another story. As I felt the records slide through my, still rusty, fingers I stumbled upon this 1973 Westbound Records released Ohio Players album named ‘Ecstasy’. What drew my undivided attention that particular moment was the insane unconventional photography art by Joel Brodsky. Central on the album cover graced this dominant, bald African-
Unfortunately in nowadays music industry the social and political aspects are becoming less and less important. Esthetics have taken the front seat, together with commercial goals. No seat belts there, I might add. The front car window being the representation of our society as it presently is.
With the rise of the influence of major labels, came the decline of artistic freedom of artists as well as designers, illustrators and photographers. It is time to tip the scale again in favor of creativity, social and political awareness. They always precede positive change and revolution.
Their forthcoming project titled “X-Life” hits very close to home, since it’s more than a batch of beats. These fellas have worked long and hard on one of the most surprising and musical albums I have heard this year. Single no. 1 is the track “No Pressure” featuring funk phenomenon Reggie B. I remember one of my first posts about Reggie at the beginning of 2009 and more than six year later hear we are again.
Can’t describe how good the new album from The Xtraordinairs is gonna be, but you’ll find out October 13th.
The Foreign Exchange, consisting of Nicolay and Phonte, has always sparked our curiosity. The duo’s extended family of collaborators has changed a little over the past decade, but on the new “Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey” we hear a lot of Carmen Rodgers Zo! and Tamisha Waden.
A few months back Dutch producer Nicolay released City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto and now he gets ready for The Foreign Exchange’s fifth full-length album. You can hear that Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey is all about fun and good music. It’s about dancing, smiling and takes you back to an array of many musical memories.
Although the album seems to flow naturally, we at Moovmnt do wonder about the balance between the new and the old on Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey. At times we miss a little bit of innovative sounds and rhythms, but aren’t we always picky as hell?! Purchase your copy at the FE store or look for their new album on iTunes.
The time has come for Dornik, who happens to be Jessie Ware’s former drummer, to present his debut self-titled album to the entire world.
British music has never sounded as good as in these past few years and together with Australia/New Zealand this is the new music hotbed. Let’s get one thing straight by the way. Dornik is not a Michael Jackson wannabe! Yes, he is clearly inspired by MJ’s greatness, but which self respecting Soul & Funk lover isn’t?
The Croydon-born singer/songwriter/producer needed a little nudge from miss Ware, but when push came to shove it didn’t take very long for PMR Records to sign Dornik. Congratulations are in order. For today sees the official release of “Dornik“, the album you all have been secretly waiting for even if you didn’t know it. Check the man out on Soundcloud or visit his site to pick up a signed CD or 12″ vinyl album.
For the longest, a handful of music enthousiasts have been anxiously waiting for Par-Le to release their debut EP. The duo out of London seems to have been in hiding for the past few years. Without warning and totally unexpected (to us at least) Alex Bonfanti (bass) and Miles James (guitar) released their “The Light Years” EP.
We could go on about how eighties Funk Par-Le is and how Par-Le is bringing the boogie back, but we’d rather have you listen to their music for yourself. Quite frankly the single “Exclusive” featuring Nadine Charles is pretty good, but it seems to have been released on…wait Movement Records?! Dunno about this sh*t though (insert emoji with raised eye brow).
Last week we got the honor to premiere a DJ Spinna’s remix for Pat Van Dyke‘s track “Two Sides”.
Today Pat and Cotter Records let loose another remix from “Technicolor HI-FI” record and this time it’s sir Buscrates 16-Bit Ensemble out of Atlanta, Georgia who takes the track “Walk It Off” to funky town.
Buscrates’ Funkdown remix can be exclusively streamed via on Soundcloud page, but you might as well pick it up right away at Pat’s Bandcamp page. When you pre-order the limited edition 7″ vinyl, you will get an immediate free download of the Buscrates and DJ Spinna remix. The rest of the remixes you will receive on June 30th.
For those that find vinyl records vile and disgusting, you’re in luck. The 10-track digital release can be pre-ordered separately (for the same price, minus shipping). You must either hate wax or be an idiot not to pick up the limited vinyl (300 copies) while it’s still in stock.
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.
A very good friend of mine who goes by the name of B. Bravo has been collecting some records for me over the past years. So one day I bought one of my favorite Billy Ocean albums on Ebay for a bargain and told him it was a small gift from me to him. Little did I know that he would one day grab his talkbox and create his very own version of “Nights” (Feel Like Getting Down)”.
Another fun little fact is that I was selling some of my doubles last year at a small record fair and this one guy pulled out a 12″ version of Nights. He looked as his friend and asked him…’is this that one song’? I immediately started singing the hook and he was like ‘oh snap, I’ve been looking for this for a while now’. He was hella happy that day.
To celebrate the fact that B. Bravo is touching down in Europe in this week, he decided to unleash a brand new Funk track on his Soundcloud page. It was premiered by Discobelle and is available for free download right here! We’ll be taking Mr. Bravo to the Red Bull Studios Amsterdam next week to create something funky, so you can expect more good music to come your way soon. Make sure you catch one these nights in Stockholm, Tallinn, Trondheim or Amsterdam in the next two weeks, so you can see B. Bravo get down and dirty in the flesh.
Hir-O is a beatsmith coming out of the Motor City who combines elements of Jazz and Funk into his music. His music is not new to us, but last month DOC Mastermind first introduced us to Hir-O’s new “Emissary” album, which is a prequel to his previous instrumental soundtrack “The Voyage Home“.
We fell in love with one track, “Lovely Day on Dagoba“, in particular featuring The Elements Band. We played this song on our last radio show and it’s the most amazing and uplifting song to come out recently.
Enjoy this funky little ride that is guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face. Shout out to Mellow Orange for letting us premiere this gem on Soundcloud and make sure you purchase the entire album on iTunes.