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.
Some of you might be getting used to our ‘Werk Space‘ project by now. For those that haven’t heard about it, let me break it down.
Each month we invite a Dutch producer to showcase his artistry and challenge him to work in an amazingly fruitful environment being the Red Bull Studios Amsterdam. Last month it was AJ Beats from Enschede who visited the studio. He worked on some proper Funk and went all out the percussion. Check out this interview on The Find, in case you’d like to know more about AJ Beats.
We mainly had fun, but actually finished the track “Lets Cruise” in the process. Gerson Rafael from Rotterdam danced his way into the recording booth and laid down some smooth vocals. Many thanks to Edoardo Marin for mixing down the final result.
One of the best things about this job is connecting people from all over the globe. Last year I connected my friend B. Bravo with the homeys from Goodnws in Jakarta.
This year, together with Sindhen Apps, they have invited San Francisco funkster Teeko. It seems he will be coming through fresh on some having fun shit, straight from the West. Catch Teeko’s first ever performance in South East Asia. Jakarta to be exact!
When Kendrick Lamar released “Overly Dedicated” in 2010, we would have never thought he would become one of the most influential rappers of the new generation.
Let it be known I’m not a fan, but I was more than curious about his brand new “To Pimp A Butterfly” album. More then Hip-Hop it’s a true Funk album and it makes me happy whenever a new generation gets exposed to real music. Tracks like “Institutionalized” sound slightly reminiscent of Sa-Ra Creative Partners at first. Only to switch to some straight nineties Hip-Hop. Another favorite is “These Walls”, which is nothing more than a feel good summer time jam with Bilal on the hook.
No gimmicks on this album and with quality featuring artists such as George Clinton, Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Thundercat, Anna Wise, James Fauntleroy and Ronald Isley this might be my favorite Kendrick Lamar album yet. Definitely an album worth your while and give this a listen or purchase right away on iTunes.
We are not easily impressed and do certainly not jump on any bandwagon. That being said, we give credit where credit is due.
The Snakehips duo from London are in their mid-20’s and they have been blowing up like crazy. Personally I like some of their remixes, but it wasn’t until “I’m Gone” featuring Syd the Kyd (The Internet) came out that they had won me over. This is without a doubt the prime cut on their very recently released “Forever Pt. II” EP.
Another nice song of the EP is “Overtime” featuring Sasha Keable. I like the uptempo R&B vibe, but in all honesty all four tracks on the EP aren’t quite enjoyable. Make sure you purchase your own digital copy on iTunes.
A young lady that has been on our radar for quite some time is Chloe Martini out of Poland. Her look on electronic music is fresh and she has skills in abundance.
She was born in Warsaw and in her teenage years, she began composing instrumental piano pieces. It wasn’t much later that she started to develop an interest in electronic music and started experimenting with different textures that now form the basis of her signature sound.
Yesterday she release her “Private Joy” EP on Roche Musique and it has this one killer Funk song featuring Azteka, that you need to hear. Last year Chloe Martini was hanging out with her brother from another mother Trian Kayhatu, when he played her Private Joy by Prince. She was so inspired that she got into that eighties sound and got inspired by cats like Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
All four tracks can be purchased on iTunes, so get it while it’s hot and creamy!
A wonderful duo that represents and spans across the landmass we call Canada, is Potatohead People. Producers Nick Wisdom and AstroLogical have been at it for years individually, but when Vancouver and Montreal come together magic seems to just happen.
Their first release came out through Jellyfish Recordings and Bastard Jazz, our favorite label out of Brooklyn, reissued their Kosmichemusik EP later on. Their debut album is a fact now and I think they couldn’t have found a better home for it.
You were all stunned by “Blue Charms” no doubt and trust me when I say “Big Luxury” has a lot more in store for you. It draws influences from Jazz, Disco, 90’s Hip-Hop as well as new electronic music and features an array of guest vocalists. Illa J, Moka Only, Sorceress and Amalia all provide contributions to make it vibe even more. Order Potatohead People’s album right here, right now.
The funky duo, Tuxedo, exists of Mayer Hawthorne (Aquarius) and Jake One (Taurus), who have both been nominated for a Grammy. We’ve been a fan of both individual artists for many years, but together they form Voltron.
The Tuxedo collaboration began with an exchange of mixtapes back in 2006 and you can just hear both know their Boogie and Funk oh so well. Three tracks were mysteriously released on Internet as a free download nearly two years ago. We’ve been playing their music ever since and have introduced many DJ’s to it as well. In fact I know their music is an anthem at some of those parties now.
In between personal projects, these three tracks became a full album’s worth of Tuxedo. Original disco legend John Morales mixed the entire project at his home studio so you know why it sounds incredible. The music sounds true to the eighties, yet fresh as f*ck. What an amazing debut album released on Stones Throw Records with many future favorites to bounce to. Get your double vinyl or CD copy at the Stones Throw shop or visit iTunes to purchase get some digital Funk.