Miss a l l i e is already considered one of Toronto’s finest by us. This blossoming young lady is a stunner and with her previous song “Remedy”, produced by Nick Wisdom, she completely blew us away.
This time around she collaborates for the first time with Toronto producer Birthday Boy. The fruit of this collaboration is a new track titled “I Can’t Wait“. Besides a l l i e’s soothing vocals, Birthday Boy lays down a few vocals himself. The music scene in LA has always been bubbling, but as of lately it seems Toronto is becoming a new musical hotbed.
Yung money baller PATCHWORK aka Koen Hesp out of Haarlem, came down to the Red Bull Studios Amsterdam to join us for our ‘Werk Space’ project. The ZenSupremacy producer invited his label buddy Chef Red and recorded a gang of new material.
The instrumental version of “So Far” was also birthed during his visit to the studios and was supposed to have singer Danny Cainco from Dallas on vocals.
Sadly he was unable to record the vocals on time due to technical difficulties.
Later this week we will have Rotterdam beatmaker Giorgio Oehlers join us in the studio. He will be the second producer out of the Darker Than Wax camp to represent, but best believe you will come to discover, love and respect many more talented Dutch producers. Please grab a free download and be so kind to check out more music from PATCHWORK.
Miss Emily King is one of the most amazing song writers coming out of New York. Probably one of the reasons she has been nominated for a Grammy.
Emily King is a beautiful soul who has returned with a new album, to match that soul, titled “The Switch“. King’s third album contains eleven songs and showcases her incredible range and song writing ability as an artist.
Her music sounds like feelings and makes R&B sound like something sophisticated yet oh so sexy. The album is out on her own label, Making Music Records, so make sure you purchase the entire release on iTunes.
Berlin-based female producer Josa Peit sings, writes and perhaps even more interesting…she sculpts soundscapes.
As a singer Josa Peit is currently part of Ben Lamdin’s 7 piece band, Nostalgia 77, and has been touring extensively throughout Europe. Back in 2013 she collaborated with Dexter (Melting Pot Music), who returns the favor by remixing the title song.
She draws influences from Electronica with Disco, Psych, Folk and Soul elements and is about to release her debut “Constellation” EP on The Gym Records by the end of this summer. It will feature a psychedelic, yet jazzy remix of the track Constellation from Max Graef & Glenn Astro (Money $ex Records).
After a few days of hard work it’s time to return with a brand newbie from Illa J. The young vocalist, originally from Detroit and now residing in Montreal, has been carefully navigating his way through the oft-turbulent waters of Hip-Hop since the tender age of thirteen.
The young John Yancey aka Illa J wrote his first rhyme alongside his brother, the late great Jay Dee aka Dilla Dawg. After his brother’s passing in 2006, Illa J began teaching himself piano and bass. He took vocal lessons and at the same time toured the world and recorded a gang of Dilla-related projects, being an active member of Slum Village until 2014.
When Illa J moved to Canadian he soon started working with producers Nick Wisdom & AstroLogical (who we know better as Potatohead People). Their “Big Luxury” album was released not that long ago on Bastard Jazz and it featured Illa J on two tracks. After the amazing “Strippers” cut, Illa J returns with his second single titled “Universe“. We are looking forward to the forthcoming self-titled solo album entirely produced by the Canadian duo.
Now I wasn’t expecting virtuoso bassist and singer-songwriter Thundercat to release a surprise mini-album.
Stephan ‘Thundercat’ Bruner returns to the Brainfeeder fold with his first solo material in two years. His new project titled “The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam” picks up where “Apocalypse” left off. Together with longtime sparring partner Flying Lotus Thundercat explores the outer limits of Jazz-Funk and they get a little help from Herbie Hancock, Kamasi Washington, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Dennis Hamm and Mono/Poly.
Though I’ve been a big Fusion fan for many years, on most songs I personally miss the element of Soul. Of course this is not the case with “Them Changes” and for this reason I find this the bomdiggity and by far an ultimate favorite. Upon exploring the rest of the mini-album, I found that Thundercat’s voice is really soothing. I also found songs like “Lone Wolf and Cub” and “Where The Giants Roam / Field of the Nephilim” make for incredible background music. In my opinion they just don’t pack that oomph that Them Changes packs.
I guess I was hoping for a little bit more, but none the less a quality piece of music from the Brainfeeder camp once again. Available on iTunes now.
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.
A while back we came across a Honolulu-based record label, called Aloha Got Soul, that specializes in Hawaiian Funk, Soul and beyond. Their debut release was a reissue of Mike Lundy’s holy grail “The Rhythm Of Life” and “Tropic Lightning” on the flip side.
One of the main reasons why Roger Bong decided to start Aloha Got Soul, is so that people don’t have to pay a few hundred dollars to enjoy obscure, sun-soaked island-tinted rare grooves. We record collectors are purists, but not everyone has the money to pick up the original pressing of Mike’s album on Secor. If any copies are even still out there.
Back in 1979 Mike Lundy and his producer had made plans to record only one single and not a full-length album. Mike had forgotten all about their original idea to do a single, but in an old planner he discovered that Mike’s producer scrapped the idea. They wanted to release the exact same two songs AGS picked to be on the AGS-7001 release. As once intended the two gems are now available on 7” vinyl and sold so incredibly well that they had to press up a second batch.
June 22th a new 7″ single will release on Aloha Got Soul with on the A-side the space-funk anthem “Nothin Like Dat Funky Funky Music“. This song was originally unearthed by DJ Muro as the opening track to his 2009 mixtape, Hawaiian Breaks. And on the B-side we find the sweet Soul duet “Round And Around”.
Instead of releasing a single in 1980 the two decided to record a full-length album instead since they had plenty of material. Mike Lundy’s last remaining copy of the LP hung on display in his living room for years. The master tapes were lost in a fire years ago, so the seal was broken on Mike’s personal copy as the album was meticulously remastered for this Aloha Got Soul reissue series. Watch out for this big release to come out November this year.
We at Moovmnt would like to say…mahalo!
Today I woke up and remembered Dego‘s latest adventure was sitting there, waiting for me to discover it in full. Upon listening to this beautiful assortment of Soul, it became clear that “The More Things Stay The Same” deserves a second mention. So I thought why not write a nice follow-up post?
One of the most memorable songs on here is without a doubt “Own It” featuring Sharlene Hector and most likely Kaidi Tatham as well. His sophomore album sounds fresh, soulful and broken to bits in the jazziest way imaginable. Another straight killer is the Nu Jazz cut “We’ve Been Here Before” and on “Star Track 7″ the rhythm switches completely with some modern funk vibes.
I know the album has been out for a minute, but we think it’s never too late to support 2000black and Dego. New orders for vinyl copies will be taken once delivery dates are clear.
Encapsulating the WotNot ethos perfectly, London-based producer SRE‘s (also know as Sex Rules Everything) music is fun and soulful. It presents its own fresh take on House, with a Hip-Hop soul burning beneath the choppy 4×4 beats.
So far only appearing on WotNot’s Dancefloor Sweets Vol.1 compilation (which also features IMYRMIND, K15 and Glenn Kelly) and the annual WotNot Advent calendar, SRE’s low-slung, sexy house rhythms are perfect for deep club vibes or Sunday afternoon headphone sessions. This release serves as further foreplay, with a longer, nastier session set for release in 2016.
Stay tuned for the “Purple Cotton” EP to drop June 19th.