Category archive: Jazz

marc rapson dark vs light
27.06.14

Marc Rapson is a man of many dimensions. This talented jazz pianist with a passion for raw hip hop beats spent the last decade quietly building a following amongst those in the know. This new album is for those people.

On “Dark vs Light” Marc blends lucious hip hop beats with a touch of jazz. Vocally he gets a little help from Liz Elensky (on “Love Is All”) and Replife (on “The Rah Rah”). This is exactly the kind of wonderful music we were expecting from a mind that grew up on Ahmad Jamal and A Tribe Called Quest.

Below you’ll find streams of “From Shadows” and “The Kalimba”, but we suggest you listen to the entire Marc Rapson album on the Expansions Collective Bandcamp page and act accordingly!

MisterMack Let You Be
18.06.14

MisterMack is a 20 year old producer who’s a full time student at the University of Maryland, College Park studying Spanish and Jazz Piano performance. Mack grew up listening to a lot of Soul, Neo-Soul and R&B music, but recently developed a love of Jazz and Electronic music and is focusing on productions in those genres.

Now MisterMack’s latest Jazz Fusion track entitled “Let You Be” is something I had to go and purchase. Go ahead, don’t be cheap and support this little instrumental slice of heaven for just $1!! Most of ya’ll know that I’m a big Jazz fan and listen to a lot of 70′s Fusion. Now I could rant on about how music sounded so much better than, but truthfully I don’t even care right now. Just happy to hear a new generation of future musicians is staying true to the past.

Chris is currently working on singer-songwriter music and Jazz compositions which I’m really looking forward to. He also plans to attend graduate school for law or business to get an understanding of the executive side of the music industry.

taylor mcferrin early riser brainfeeder
03.06.14

Young Taylor McFerrin has been amazing us with beautiful music lately. The three singles leading up to his full-length “Early Riser” album have been nothing but astonishing. With an all-star lineup including Nai Palm, Emily King, Robert Glasper, Thundercat, Ryat and father Bobby McFerrin this was bound to be superb. Luckily the rest of this masterpiece is just as good as what our ears have been fed till now.

We picked our two favorite songs (“Florasia” and “Stepps”) of Taylor McFerrin’s Early Riser to give you an idea how incredible this really is. I’m definitely purchasing this on vinyl and I suggest you too pick up one of the best releases of 2014. The album is available via the Ninjatune shop or at your local record store.

taylor mcferrin early riser brainfeeder
22.05.14

Never have we seen Taylor McFerrin shine so bright! It’s truly his year, because it’s official now. No Decisions left to be made, we’re Already There. The Early Riser album is going to be The Antidote for any miserable day. For his 3rd single Taylor calls in the help of Robert Glasper and Thundercat to ensure another sure shot.

Nick Price Cabin Built For Two Cover Art
21.05.14

The Canadian crooner is back! After having released the very impressive debut song “Naked Souls” last month, Nick Price returns with his second single entitled “Cabin Built For Two“.

With a little help from Max Bryk (1/3 of the band Moonchild) on the keys, Nick shows us he’s a hopeless romantic and far from a one hit wonder. This summer his EP will be released as a free download, but for now go swoop up this single for free!

Recently I was chilling with Nick and Seravince in Vincent’s studio and a collaboration is well on it’s way. Stay tuned for that!

electric wire hustle bottom line flako remix if these are the last days love can prevail eliphino
20.05.14

It took the guys from New Zealand quite some time, but finally we can look forward to some new music from Electric Wire Hustle in the form of a brand new album entitled Love Can Prevail. Their return is a long awaited one! This project will be released through Somethinksound and Okayplayer September 8th. Luckily the band is providing us with a preview of what the future holds.. The If These Are The Last Days EP comes with two album cuts plus remixes from fLako and Eliphino. Red Bull Music Academy has just premiered fLako’s remix of “Bottom Line“, so kick back and savor it.

mark de clive-lowe hollow nia andrews church
14.05.14

Just now Mark de Clive-Lowe announced the coming of his “Church” album on Bandcamp. In two weeks the release will be out, but in the meanwhile we thought you guys could use a lil preview. Feast your ears on the song “Hollow” featuring miss Nia Andrews and pre-order yourself some t-shirts, CD’s or digital goodies!

kenneth whalum away big krit
12.05.14

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.

marcus strickland twi-life inevitable jean baylor jazz
29.04.14

Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life is an electric band with its inception rooted in the soul music Strickland grew up listening to. Combining the musical stylings of a supergroup of sorts, Twi-Life features legendary trombonist Ku-umba Frank Lacy, dexterous keyboardist Yuki Hiran, bassist Mark Kelley (The Roots), dynamic drummer Charles Haynes and special guests Jean Baylor (Zhané) & Raydar Ellis. Strickland himself plays the the sax and does the production. The live version of “Inevitable” sounds so amazing thanks to miss Baylor, but remember this is a mere taste of things to come. And I know we’re excited to hear more from this project!

moonchild please rewind winter breeze all the joy
16.04.14

It’s been a while, but today I learned that Moonchild (the trio coming out of L.A.) released another quality album. For those that know about “Be Free”…you are going love their new adventure entitled “Please Rewind”. I never thought I’d appreciate this one as much as their previous album, but I do! Super soulful and jazzy with soothing vocals from the lovely Amber. Something you should definitely get comfy to and purchase.