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.
Earlier this month 21-year-old producer Patchwork out of Haarlem, came down to the Red Bull Studios Amsterdam to join our Werk Space project. The young producer invited his ZenSupremacy label buddy Chef Red and recorded with a vocalist plus a rapper from the Caribbean. Between them they recorded a gang of new material, which we bet will be out shortly.
The yet to be titled track you hear in this video is one of the things they worked on, but it won’t come out till the end of the month I’m afraid. Have to give a big shout out to Joao Costa for all his hard work (plus jokes). We have Lexflex81 to thank for the bomb ass Werk Space ogo by the way!
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.
One of Belgian’s best-kept secrets is producer/musician TITLE, who in everyday life he goes by the name of Toon Janssens (cat out of the bag).
Like many he grew up in a musical family and learned how to play instruments at an early age. Around 2010 the one-man project TITLE was founded with the sole purpose of making uptempo and synth based music for the dance floor. Over the paste few years TITLE has played at Tomorrowland, Big Chill London, ADE and supported Bonobo, Cinematic Orchestra, Bilal and more.
Monday TITLE drops the latest chapter entitled “Memories” on Cosmonostro. The album fuses Hip-Hop vibes with funky synths and electronic beats. The ‘title’ track is definitely the one for us so enjoy a stream and pre-order the rest of the album.
The fellas from Create & Explore came together with Street Dreams Magazine & the Soulection crew and announced a series, titled CESOULSD, of pop up photowalks across the United States. Before each walk only 24 hours notice was given and the response and attendance was quite massive. Lots of like-minded individuals came out for one purpose. To inspire and create with one another.
During this initiative the crew also visited the Red Bull Studios and sir IAMNOBODI and Chris McClenney got together on this dope production. Our guess is that the title of this track is ‘So Hard’, but the name of the project is CESOULSD. Watch the video here and soak up the good vibes.
DEFLOn is a young beatmaker straight from north cakalak and let me tell you he is bustin’ out some serious beats.
No doubt about it that this guy has skills and a passion for experimental Hip-Hop beats. Back in 2012 DEFLOn dropped his “Darker Than Black” album on Circuitree Records and “A Ghostly Apparition” released a year later. The producer returns, this time on Laruche Records, with his latest project titled “Vibrate“. It is perhaps best described as a colorful palette of instrumentals tinted with Electronic, Jazz, House and Hip-Hop influences.