8-time Grammy nominated saxophonist Kenneth Whalum makes his debut onto the New York jazz scene with a distinctive voice of originality. As a composer, arranger, bandleader, and tenor saxophonist, Whalum released his To Those Who Believe album in 2010 with support from Robert Glasper, Chris “Daddy” Dave and Derrick Hodge. After a brief stay at Atlanta’s historic Morehouse College, he transferred to New York City’s prestigious The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, graduating in May 2008.
At the start of 2014 Whalum teamed up with Big K.R.I.T. on his latest single “Away“. A perfect mix between Jazz and Hip Hop with Kris Bowers on keys and Jamire Williams on drums. We’re looking forward to his upcoming Through Hell & High Water album due later this year.
Last month we saw a tweet from Sa-Ra Creative Partners with the message ‘We’re Back!!’
Hopefully Om’Mas Keith, Shafiq Husayn & Taz Arnold will be blessing the world with some brand new music very very soon. Till then we thougth you might enjoy a Slept on Sundays comeback in the form of “Nasty Things“. A long forgotten track that deserves to get some more love.
So what if this would be THESTANDARD from now on? Four young fellas from St. Paul getting together on a project and dropping “Decisions” on the world…just like that. Gotta give it to Psymun, Spooky Black, Bobby Raps and Allan Kingdom for doing something so simple, but doing it so well. This sounds better than most of the music we hear daily. We’re keeping our ears onPsymun in particular who just released his Pink Label album!
Today Billboard announces that Mayer Hawthorne and 14KT together form Jaded Inc. The duo hit up the Dilla estate to get permission to use the J Dilla beat used for their single “Monster” which is exactly what the title suggests. Just imagine how far ahead of his time Dilla was, because in 2014 this still sounds refreshing enough to be on “The Big Knock”. This one’s due to release mid June, but iTunes pre-orders are available now.
L.A.’s top notch producer Swiff D has always been on the top of our list, when it comes to straight slammin’ hip hop producers.
Swiff D was responsible for some of our favorite Pac Div productions in the past. Just a few days ago, Steve put up ten “Washington Park” instrumentals on his Soundcloud page and we thought you might enjoy hearing some of that illness!
Last month Gagle released their new Hip Hop for you guys from “VG+”. For all you vinyl heads out there, you know the deal. An acceptable state for a vinyl record to be in is Very Good Plus (or VG+). I hear a lot of dope sample-based productions on this one. Although I can’t understand a word that’s being spoken (this is why I decided to stream the intro), I’m down with these cats! Solid album out on Jazzy Sport and available for one and all via iTunes.
It seems like Coast Vega is from all over the place, but we definitely hear some Cali & ATL influences on his latest, “These Moments”, produced by German wunder-producer IAMNOBODI. This jam is by far the best and slightly reminiscent of that ol’ Andre 3000 vibe. Make sure you grab a free download and also take a listen to the rest of his recently released “Reconnected” EP, which contains productions by Sango, Rocboy, UpNorth and Bhontro.
Camden Arc is M-Phazes his brand new side project, exploring new sounds and directions. I think it’s great that producers take time to focus on recreating themselves and getting back some passion again. For his debut release “I Don’t Wanna Fall in Love” he takes an original pop classic and blasts into the future. There’s lots of interesting new elements combined and I think Camden Arc is just getting started. By the way make sure you snatch up a free download! Get ready, cuz I think some game changers are coming our way later this year.
In an era of constant change it brings me joy to hear something fresh yet recognizable. Slakah the Beatchild has is back with “Soul Movement” Vol. 2 and believe you me, it’s well worth $12.99! The mature sultry sound of “Adventure For 2″ will soothe the ear of many women. Whereas the fellas will most definitely love the reminiscent “Where’s Yesterday” where truth is told with rhymes like ‘the people are dying for something different’. Ain’t got nothing more to say other than BUY yourself some quality Soul music and support the real!