To most it is no surprise that the French producer we know as Evil Needle is heavily influenced by nineties Hip-Hop music.
He is known for his crystal-clear, luminous sounds which most praise him highly for. On his latest album, entitled “Reminisce“, he delivers what you’d expect. Titty tight beats, sounding crispy as f*ck. Some might say it’s the usual recipe, but I’m still snacking away on all 11 songs myself at the moment.
I remember Evil Needle telling me he started messing around with making his drums sound live. Over the years it seems he has mastered this quite well as you can hear on tracks such as “Lullaby”. One of the reasons I still love this sound, is because I’m a sucker for downtempo melodic joints that gently brush the ear. “Sunday Morning” is the perfect example and like we say…shit is simply vibin’.
Reminisce marks his 3rd release with HW&W following “Equilibrium” & “Qualia” and only features JSMN on vocals. It’s big, it’s bad and it’s well worth it, so pick up a digital copy right here.
Hussein Ibn Faraji has been working long and hard on the Faraji Heritage Experiment master debut album entitled “Nafsi“. It is finally out and is a true work of art which fuses multiple genres such as Jazz, Soul, Electronica and for this reason I decided to call this project Jazz Fusion.
The “A/R/T” experiment blew us away back in 2012 and now we get further blown to bits by an incredible new album from the Moroccan composer. I rarely have a hard time choosing the best songs, but this time around the entire project was so divers that it was hard for me to pick. Really love tracks like “Indecision”, “Love & Compromise” and “Ode To Wattstax” (which we premiered a little over a week ago).
Like we said before Nafsi means soul or being in Swahili and trust me this album gets to your soul. Very happy Cosmonostro is putting this out and we hope that one day this can be pressed on vinyl, for it deserves to be available on black gold. Please support good music and purchase Nafsi right here.
A very good friend of mine who goes by the name of B. Bravo has been collecting some records for me over the past years. So one day I bought one of my favorite Billy Ocean albums on Ebay for a bargain and told him it was a small gift from me to him. Little did I know that he would one day grab his talkbox and create his very own version of “Nights” (Feel Like Getting Down)”.
Another fun little fact is that I was selling some of my doubles last year at a small record fair and this one guy pulled out a 12″ version of Nights. He looked as his friend and asked him…’is this that one song’? I immediately started singing the hook and he was like ‘oh snap, I’ve been looking for this for a while now’. He was hella happy that day.
To celebrate the fact that B. Bravo is touching down in Europe in this week, he decided to unleash a brand new Funk track on his Soundcloud page. It was premiered by Discobelle and is available for free download right here! We’ll be taking Mr. Bravo to the Red Bull Studios Amsterdam next week to create something funky, so you can expect more good music to come your way soon. Make sure you catch one these nights in Stockholm, Tallinn, Trondheim or Amsterdam in the next two weeks, so you can see B. Bravo get down and dirty in the flesh.
A couple of months ago this mysterious track called “Sunshine” was released by Eclectic Blue. I thought to myself is this the name of a band, a person or a project? Since there was so little info, I kinda forgot about this track.
Fast-forward to now, we know that this soulful piece of good music was written by Jae London. Lee Hogans was responsible for the laidback production and LOVEchild Chris Turner from New York is the responsible for the vocal arrangements and voice. I really love the incredible ‘Saadiq-esque’ delivery and got a super exclusive new track of this project in my inbox yesterday. Seem like ‘The Moment’ to write a little piece on the site.
Now an album is scheduled to release this Summer, but it might take a little longer to drop. Definitely this year though! To clear things up Jae London and Chris Turner are Eclectic Blue. Their first single is up for grabs on iTunes and I suggest you keep your ears out for the album.
The Netherlands might be considered a small country with few inhabitants, but when it comes to electronic music it’s a breeding ground for young talent.
In January 2015 Moovmnt birthed the project known as ‘Werk Space‘. We were playing with the idea to put together a bunch of different producers on a compilation. However this was not exciting enough, so we decided to work out the idea and approached the Red Bull Studios Amsterdam.
The Red Bull Studios Amsterdam is a state-of-the-art recording and production facility, where renowned and up-and-coming artists, are provided with everything they need in order to celebrate and create music!
Each month we invite a producer from the Netherlands to showcase his artistry and challenges him to work in an amazingly fruitful environment. In addition fellow musicians, vocalists and instrumentalists are invited. By doing so collaborations, that otherwise would have never been initiated, are conceived.
The first three tracks from Singularis, Moods and AJ Beats are now available for free download, so grab the Werk Space EP1 right here! We’ve had help from a few incredible artists, without whom the Werk Space project would have never been possible. Our sincerest thanks go out to:
Been finding a lot of Soul music this week and of course that’s what Moovmnt has always been about. Music with a Soul element!
Toronto-based soul singer Allie is far from ordinary…this is one thing that is for sure. She’s collaborated with producers such as Elaquent and Sweater Beats and is well on her way to greatness. During the Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp in Montreal, she recorded a wonderful new song entitled “Remedy” together with Nick Wisdom (1/2 of Potatohead People).
There’s been word of an EP coming out, but no info is available at this point. We at Moovmnt are definitely looking forward to hearing more music from Allie, but for now enjoy this free download.
On our previous show in February we played Farnell Newton’s first single “Peace + Love” featuring Jarrod Lawson & Tony Ozier of his new “Ready to Roll” album.
The trumpeter out of Portland has been touring around the world with renowned artists like Bootsy Collins and Jill Scott, but some how found time to work on this solo project as well. There’s some additional vocals on here by Ashley Jayy, Donyea Goodman and Cleveland P Jones. We decided to pick out our favorite two tracks, Peace + Love and “You Gotta Move”, and stream them below for your listening pleasure.
Farnell Newton’s soulful eleven track Jazz album is available in its entirely on iTunes now, so act accordingly.
Not that long ago I came across the name Alex Isley and gave her music a quick listen. Yesterday I re-discovered this creature of pure beauty.
Daughter of Ernie Isley (yes of the Isley Brothers) was destined to be a musical greatness if you ask me. She discovered her passion for performing at an early age and it is no wonder she decided to pursue a career as a musician. Alex Isley majored in Jazz Studies at UCLA and during her college years, she began writing songs, drawing from her own life experiences. She wrote most of what would later become her first self-written and produced debut EP, “The Love/Art Memoirs“, which was released back in 2012. She also collaborated on Brandon Williams’ album and that’s how I rediscovered this pretty songbird.
Her latest song “La Brea” was named after La Brea Ave. (pronounced ‘Luh-BRAY-yuh’) in Los Angeles and was clearly inspired by the lovely ladies of KING. Breathtaking music that will be on Alex’s upcoming “Luxury” project, set to release later this Spring. Purchase the single on iTunes and be amazed…truly!
Without even knowing the new single Illa J is exactly what we’ve been waiting for! The song called “Strippers” was produced by Potatohead People and Kaytranada and is taken from Illa J’s forthcoming self-titled solo album.
When you go from ‘pimp put on muscle from macking that hoe’ to a smooth line like ‘this one is for the ladies’, you know crack me the hell up. Personally I think J owns this joint and the production is simply bananas. By far one of the best Hip-Hop cuts I’ve heard this month! Oh and big up to all the strippers shakin’ their tail feathers.
Look for the album to drop this Fall on Bastard Jazz, but until then cop the single right here.
The Bandcamp demo was a mere taste of greater things to come and the time for this coming is upon us. The Moroccan composer is back on the set with a brand new project, entitled “Nafsi“, which means soul or being in Swahili. Hussein Ibn Faraji discovered his grandfather’s name was not Arabic, but Swahili. This inspired him to bring together musicians of various backgrounds and have them use swahili nicknames. The same way Herbie Hancock and other Jazz men did back in in the seventies.
It also might be the best fusion of contemporary Jazz-Funk and Soul on one album albums to come out this year! Much respect to Cosmonostro for releasing this April 20th and for giving us the opportunity to premiere this amazing “Ode To Wattstax” track. Pre-orders available here!