Steven Ellison, our favorite sculptor of hazy, spacy laptop beats, is no stranger to the comforting bleeps and bloops of the Nintendo generation. He name-checks Mortal Kombat 2 as an influence and credits the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim with giving him his first big break. Here, ‘FlyLo’ shows off his fluid style as he switches with ease between discussing musical legends in the family (great-aunt Alice Coltrane, cousin Ravi Coltrane) and kicking ass on Street Fighter and Galaxian. www.xlr8r.com.
Shookmag Issue 2 OUT NOW. The second edition of this very nice magazine comes with features on beatmakers and events from the cities of Los Angeles, Glasgow, London and Amsterdam, a Spiritual feature, Jazz, Pilooski, E Badu, James Poyser, Sa-Ra, Kareem Riggins, Ramp, Reviews and much more. If you love to read about good music make sure you get that and the new waxpoetics magazine on www.rushhour.nl.
With each generation a new style of music emerges. While the new generation celebrates its divergence from the generation before in the shaping of its own musical identity, the older generation tends to discredit the ability of the new sound to qualify as real music. Jesse Boykins III has found a way to reconcile these differences. His music possesses a jazzy and soulful sound reminiscent of early R&B acts, but his production and writing are undeniably relevant today. Jesse was born in Chicago, moved to Jamaica at the age of 5 and four years later would spend the rest of his youth growing up in Miami. From moving around he developed a rich musical palate for Motown Classics, R&B, reggae, hip-hop and salsa. His influences include Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, Sizzla, Bilal, DAngelo, and Musiq Soulchild. In addition to mainstream music, Jesse had reinforcement at home where most of his relatives were singers or musicians and helped develop his own musical talent. Jesse’s calling for his own career came when he joined the school choir at the age of 9. He routinely began auditioning for every singing opportunity that crossed his path and soon found himself recording with many local Miami artists. In high school he was invited to perform in The Grammy Jazz Ensemble and take part in recording an entire album. His performance with The Grammy Jazz Ensemble led to recruitment at the New School University in New York City. At the New School Jesse honed his skills as a vocalist, performer, writer, arranger, and producer, studying with classical trainer Kamal Scott and Universal Music recording artist, Bilal. Although Jesse is only 22 years old, he has been singing, writing and recording for more than half of his life. His voice spans a 5-octave range and his sound draws upon his eclectic taste, creating a style that is not bound by generations or time. Go to the Jesse Boykins Myspace to get his album “Dopamine: My life on my back”.
Jesse Boykins III – Baby “I don’t know”[audio:http://www.moovmnt.com/audio/mei/baby__i_dont_know_.mp3]
Jesse Boykins III – Sobriety[audio:http://www.moovmnt.com/audio/mei/sobriety.mp3]
Not available for download, cause he needs the support.
The Pharcyde’s debut Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde is a classic album, arguably one of the best to ever come out of hip-hop. But a whole gang of problems prevented the group from achieving legendary status. After their follow-up Labcabincalifornia, the group splintered. Drug problems, creative differences and emotional disconnects have been a constant theme for the four members of the group. Recent years have seen Imani and Bootie Brown continuing to perform under the Pharcyde name as a duo, while Slimkid3 and Fatlip have had solo releases and done shows together. Now more than ten years after the original nucleus split, the Pharcyde are finally set to perform together on this summer’s Rock the Bells tour.
Hopefully this means the will work together on a album again and make another classic!
Check out the interview here.
BrandNewAndGoodForYou one for the homies, The Roots new album Rising Down will release within days and i’m listening to it now, thanks to AimeCain. Sounds like Black Thought, Questlove and them have done it again. 15 tracks of raw talent, another classic, these cats just don’t seem to loose their jive. The album features the likes of; Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Malik B, Saigon, Styles P and much more.
In other words check out these 2 promo tracks, and be sure to buy Rising Down the 29th of april.
The Roots feat. Common – The Show
The Roots feat. Talib Kweli & Malik B – Lost Desire
The legend himself Al Green has been busy recording tracks for his new and upcoming album. Lay It Down is the title of the album that will be released the 27th of may. After so many years he is coming back to bless us with his music once again, and from the viewings of this video he going about it in the right way. This is a little video about the making of, the songs sound as soulfull as you are used of this man. And he’s working with our favourite drummer Questlove, and artists such as John Legend, Anthony Hamilton & Corinne Bailey Rae. Go get your copy as soon as it hits the stores, and for now check out the video.
A Tribe Called Quest
For all the Fresh ATCQ fans out there, these laces are now available @ Starks Online Store.
And for the people who are just interested in music, we got those Electric Relaxation Remixes. A Movement called The MOOVMNT & UNVSL
J’Davey – Relax
Anthony David – Spittin electric game
New video from DTP’s Playaz Circle featuring Phonte (of Little Brother). Huh Phonte of Little Brother on Southside?. Yes Phonte of Little Brother on the hook. Saw the first 30 secs from the video and thought. NO this can’t be. Is Phonte really a paper chaser?? Then the real song started to play……
Playaz Circle – Paper Chaser Feat. Phonte (Produced by Mr Porter)[audio:http://moovmnt.com/nevill/Moovmnt2/playaz_circle-paper_chaser.mp3]
Been listening to The Ma Dukes Collection (Mixed By Rhettmatic J. Rocc and Houseshoes). You can get this CD on some tours of artist related to J.Yancey. On this mix there’s another mix from J.Rocc with some Dilla samples. I know we already posted a Dilla sample mix BUT this mix reminded me of a tape with tracks before Fantastic Vol 1. Don’t know how that got into our hands but I do know y’all need to hear it if you haven’t already. So listen to that here and download that Dill Withers mix. Question: What’s the The Hustle sample and the track of the 10.24 sample. First who knows one of the 2 gets something special.
Slum Village – The Hustle
Slum Village – Untitled
Heard some good news from the man Kenny Fresh @ Bling47.com
PPP will be a dropping their first single from Abundance on July 8th, which will be followed up by the album’s release on October 7th. As for the sound of the album – you can expect some 60’s doo wop, string sections, hip-hop, rock, and Detroit techno all rolled into one – all with a PPP twist on it, of course.
Kenny Fresh and the Bling47 fam also got that Open Your Eyes (Bobby Caldwell) Remix Feat. Elleeud A.K.A Andwele Gardner A.K.A Dwele on their myspace. You should already know you could also find some Bling47 gems on Moovmnt.com.
PPP – Open Your Eyes Feat. Elleeud
PPP- 1 Luv 2 You Feat. Neco Redd
DJ Mitsu – Right Here (Waajeed Seoul Remix)