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Brandon Williams XII

Believe it or not our first post of 2015 is about something I missed. Eversince we discovered Brandon Williams, we have been waiting for his breathtaking album, entitled “XII“, to drop. Can’t remember how often I asked him about it, but today I came to discover it was released mid November.

In hindsight Brandon Williams album would have been in our top 5 list of favorite albums of 2014. Brandon has had the privilege to produce many successful songs for other artists and thought it was time for him to debut his work as a producer and musician. The Detroit musician has built meaningful relationships with extablised artists and on asked a lot of them to lend a helping hand on XII.

Special guests on this album include Don Blackman (RIP), Bernard Wright, Frank McComb, Robert Glasper, Karriem Riggins, Amp Fiddler, Geno Young, Derrick Hodge, Jean Baylor (of Zhane), Pharoahe Monch, Choklate, Casey Benjamin, Moonchild, Deborah Bond, Jesse Boykins III and more.

The way Brandon Williams flawlessly blends that Detroit Soul sound with modern day Jazz is simply wonderful and refreshing. Don’t even think twice and buy this album…it’s well worth your money, trust me!

Moovmnt Staff Pick 2014

December is always a slow month when it comes to music, but it’s the perfect time to bring together our favorite findings of 2014 and share them with the world.

Last year we skipped the Moovmnt Staff Pick, but I couldn’t leave you all empty handed this year. We’ve made a lot of new friends, discovered a lot of wonderful music and enjoyed so much incredible music.

It was hard to pick, but here is our ‘best of 2014′ list aka staff pick. We wish you all an amazing 2015 and keep an ear out for all the project we will be unleashing on you!

Best Album 2014
1. Taylor McFerrin – Early Riser
2. Moonchild – Please Rewind
3. Fatima – Yellow Memories
4. Swarvy – Scotch
5. Slakah the Beatchild – Soul Movement Vol. 2

Best EP 2014
1. Hiatus Kaiyote – By Fire
2. Jordan Rakei – Groove Curse
3. Abhi//Dijon EP
4. Trian Kayhatu – Suture
5. Evil Needle & Sivey – Constructive Interference

Best Song 2014
1. Nick Price – Naked Souls
2. Galimatias & Joppe – One Step Back Ft. GoldLink
3. Mr. Carmack – Something About You Baby Ft. B. Bravo & Parvizi
4. MisterMack – Let You Be
5. Avay – Fall Ft. The Hotel

Best Compilation 2014
1. Conglomerates
2. Stussy X Soulection
3. Heartbreaks & Promises Vol. 2
4. My Love Is Underground
5. Darker Than Wax 10K

Best Remix 2014
1. James Vincent McMorrow – Glacier (Atu Remix)
2. Mr Scruff – We Are Coming (Max Graef Remix)
3. May – Soul (FloFilz Remix)
4. Wayne Snow – Red Runner (Glenn Astro & IMYRMIND Remix)
5. Panes – Stills (Sivey Remix)

Best Newcomer 2014
1. Billie Black
2. Nick Price
3. Maïa
4. Kerem Akdag
5. Miki Rose

Best Collaboration 2014
1. Joanna Borromeo x Häzel – Sun Come In
2. starRo x Mr. Carmack x Teeko x Mikos Da Gawd – Catch Me Ft. JusMoni
3. Esta X Mike Gao – Katsu Curry
4. Evil Needle & Sivey – Constructive Interference
5. Maxwell – Ascension (Aywy. & Sh?m Edit)

Best Record Label 2014
1. Ninja Tune
2. Soulection
3. Darker Than Wax
4. Cosmonostro
5. Box Aus Holz

Nick Price The Christmas Song Chestnuts Roasting

It’s been way too long since we have heard anything from the ultra talented Soul singer Nick Price.

We caught up with him and right before the holidays he thought he’d get back in the studio with the fellas from Moonchild. The outcome is “The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting). Now if this doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, I don’t know what will. Of course Christmas is about giving, so enjoy this free download!

Nick’s debut song “Naked Souls” has been getting love from so many people from around the world and we truly hope Nick will take it next level next year. We wish him and one and all a delightful Christmas with loads of beautiful music and good times. Merry Christmas!

Conglomerates Wonderful Noise

Wonderful Noise is without a doubt one of our favorite Japanese record labels. They have introduced us to artists such as Electric Wire Hustle, Julien Dyne and Lord Echo.

In 2014 they continue to surprise us with their “Conglomeratescompilation album. Again there’s an obvious link to New Zealand since it was compiled with the help of Julien Dyne. You can enjoy some brand new music from Christoph El’ Truento, Lord Echo, Mara TK, Isaac aesili, Ladi6, Pacific Heights and more. There are also 3 limited edition vinyl records, but I believe these are hard to come by.

If you’re looking for an original Christmas present, we suggest you pick up Conglomerates at your local records shop or order it online at HHV. As far as we know this will not be released digitally, but a CD release should be out soon.

INFINIT WAVES Compilation Cover

My man Marcel, who is the driving force behind INFINIT, is a super cool fella from Dusseldorf who visits Amsterdam from time to time. We kicked it a couple of times, had some great coffee and talked a lot of music.

For his new “WAVES” compilation, he has collected tracks from 17 different producers including IAMNOBODI, Haan808, Nehzuil, AbJo and SevnthWonder. Besides these quite known producers, there is also plenty of room for up-and-coming cats such as DTWEEZER, Tibe and Boulevard 95. Make sure you discover each and every one.

This action-packed compilation is entirely free, so get your download on and show some INFINIT love.

Juan Cristobal So Beautiful Precious

With Usher’s 8701 as a reference, Juan Cristobal started creating his 90′s/00′s R&B-inspired craft that he blends with future sounds in this present day of age.

His two year in-the-making ‘Precious’ album celebrates the musical journey that he started ten years ago. Long before being known as Juan Cristobal. Today, he decides to put music aside to fulfill other life projects he now has. Precious is his debut and at the same time last album that he will release on Christmas as the very first and last gift to his fans thanking them for their enduring support.

We are happy to exclusively premiere “So Beautiful” featuring Andre DePriest. So enjoy and ho ho ho head on over the Cosmonostro Bandcamp page for some presents in the form of a pre-order. Oh before I forget the good people from Cosmonostro are giving away this free wall paper to keep the holiday spirit alive.

D'Angelo and The Vanguard Black Messiah

On the weekend I was having fun selling some records at a records in Amsterdam, when I ran into Seravince who told me that D’Angelo‘s new album was finally dropping in cooperation with The Vanguard.

I didn’t really think much of it, but decided to check it out anyway and here’s what I think of the “Black Messiah” album. First of all when you keep your fans waiting for such a long time it’s almost impossible to live up to all those expectations. Rest assure this album is not mind-blowing. Sure it features Q-Tip, ?uestlove, Pino Palladino and James Gadson, but in all honesty it has a couple of great songs on it I can really relate to. If this was any other artist I would probably be a little bit more excited, but in this case I can only say this is something worth listening to.

True die-hard fans, who have been yearning for a decade and a half, might be overjoyed and will love it either way. I can dig that Black Messiah is not about one man, but about a feeling that collectivly we can all be charismatic leaders. I hope a lot of people buy this record, but in the time D’Angelo was absent he has gained a lot of worthy competition.

For me two songs stood out and deserve some attention. First of all please give “Really Love” a good listen. It brings joy to my ears as does the closing track “Another Life”. Make sure you visit iTunes and give Black Messiah a chance.

Billie Black Soothe Me

Miss Billie Black has been tenderly teasing my ear drums for quite a while now. And with her newly released song “Soothe Me” she amazes us once more.

The nineteen-year-old stunning looking young lady from London is so young, yet so incredibly talented. She recently released her debut “000100″ EP and decided to treat us all to something brand new today. Must be a bad case of insomnia, but we welcome these late night creations with open arms.

We love Billie Black, we can’t imagine you won’t. In case you are not a fan yet. Check out her music on Soundcloud.