Lionel Loueke started playing percussion like most kids in Benin (West Africa). At age 17 he picked up the guitar and never let it go. His latest “Heritage” album is a collaboration and co-production with label mate Robert Glasper. Derrick Hodge and drummer Mark Guiliana join in to create another soon great Jazz album. For those that loved “Black Radio”, you might want to take a listen to this album on as well. Oh and for a nice freebie you can scoop up a free download of “Dangbe Dance” on Loueke’s Soundcloud page!
Lionel Loueke – Tribal Dance
One of the slickest Soul crooners of our generation is still Motor City’s Dwele. Loved by many and even though his style became a bit more mainstream each year, he still manages to pull a brand new album out of his fedora hat that contains music for everyone. Next week “Greater Than One” will release on E1 Music and make no mistake…there will be some babies conceived to songs such as “Obey”. There’s guest features from Raheem DeVaughn, Black Milk & Monica Blaire, but find out for yourself what more this album has to offer. Available on as of now.
Leave it up to Roy Ayers & Marley Marl to make sure you’ll be “Hummin'” in the sun today. A golden era Hip Hop producer and a platinum era Jazz legend together on BBE’s “The Beat Generation”. Now that’s something to smile about. Enjoy the sun a little bit extra today while listening to this..
Marley Marl – Humming Ft. Roy Ayers
And we’ve returned with the latest edition of what you’ve been missing. This month’s “Glimmering Fractions” mix is all about blood-red rubyies and soulful gems. Lots of quality music this month, so I bet you’re gonna love this one. Check out this month’s mix on Soundcloud (download available) or head over to Mixcloud (stream only).
Just came across an amazing mix from French DJ/producer Breakbot entitled “The Lazy Sunday Selecta” mix. You can instantly hear somebody put some time and effort in the selection as well as in the blending. This mix contains a lot of Disco, Boogie/Funk and ends with a few sexy slow jams. Shout out to Sounds of The 70’s for sharing this on their Soundcloud page.
After a few days of hard work, sunshine and hearing no postworthy music at all, I finally ran into something sweet from The Noire. The duo consists of brainchild Deshon Thrower and Saoul Bumbu who together bring some new Funk in the form of “Fire To The Flame”. Make sure you visit their Bandcamp page and grab this on a ‘name your price’ basis.
The Noire – Fire To The Flame
Trust me when we say we are picky about posting music from artists such as Flying Lotus nowadays. Simply because every damn blog in the universe wants to be on that ‘new shit’, regardless of how good the music really sounds. Well in this case we are proud to inform you about this crackin’ “Between Friends” instrumental from FlyLo. It popped up on his Soundcloud page and seems to be co-crafted by Thundercat. Lovin’ the simplicity of the rhodes loop in combination with that sexy soothing bass…on repeat as we speak!
Flying Lotus – Between Friends (Thundercat version)
Kan Sano‘s brand new vocal project Bennetrhodes is just amazing and already running for top 10 album of the year. The “Sun Ya” album was released on Gruntstyle (Wax Poetics Japan) digitally and on CD. More info on this masterpiece soon!! For now just buy the album at and if you’re fast,
grab a limited free download of one of the songs (time’s up, but either way just visit) Kan’s Soundcloud page. Wanted to add that all the vocals were sung by Kan himself. Truly magnificent!
Bennetrhodes – Svara
Bennetrhodes – Electrified Feeling
The Rongetz Foundation from New York are going to release a new album on Heavenly Sweetness in September entitled “Brooklyn Butterfly Session”. The first single, “Gogo Soul”, features none other than Gregory Porter and contains a superb remix from Guts. Get both the original version plus the remix at .
The Rongetz Foundation – Gogo Soul Ft. Gregory Porter (Guts Remix)
Some time ago we told you to keep your eyes and ears on Midwest drummer/producer Manuals. After having dropped “MPG” (which is still up for grabs on his Soundcloud page) on us, he’s now back with his debut album, “Mid One”, which is an all instrumental 11-track’er. Go ahead and check out more from Manuals Instrumental Disc One at his Bandcamp page.