Miles Bonny believes that many of the most significant thoughts in life cannot be explained using language – they must be felt. And so they are in his music, a rich swirl of bountiful beats, nuanced vocals and supportive trumpet lines.
Miles has been exposed to Jazz, Latin, HipHop, and classical music since his first breath. Growing with and within the music, he played his first note on the trumpet at age 2. Frequent trips accompanying his father, trumpeter Francis Bonny, to gigs allowed him to be among musicians of all types including symphonies, broadway, a profound individuals such Tito Puente and Max Roach.
Miles further developed his musical identity after moving to Kansas for college where he began producing hip hop beats for SoundsGood, a hip-hop group he co-founded. Later, as Miles’ compositions evolved, he more frequently utilized his trumpet and singing abilities. Slowly but surely, the world is taking notice of this Kansas City, Missouri resident. His music has been featured in many publications including Scratch, Urb, Vapors, and XLR8R.
His debut solo project Smell Smoke? features his own production as well as that of J. Rawls and Joc Max, and is available in stores around the world as well as on iTunes. The Miles Gets Open 7-inch and Closer Love EP were released to critical acclaim on Melting Pot Music and supported by world-class DJs such as the BBC/Radio 1’s Gilles Peterson, Sirius Radio’s DJ Jamad, and Record Breakin’s Junior & Lil’ Dave.
Bonny feels strongly that he owes the influences of his past to create the best, most honest and most progressive music that he can.
2008 will see Miles further develop as a vocalist, producer, DJ, and trumpeter; as he continues to create music that will stand the test of time.
Once deemed “beautifully chaotic” by a friend, Miles Bonny continues to win spirits and minds worldwide as he remains unphased in his mission to free souls.
Buff 1 built up a massive buzz based on his debut album “Pure,” and he is standing right at the forefront of the burgeoning Detroit hip hop scene. Even with his solid debut that was deemed ‘classic’ in a review on Okayplayer.com, his sophomore effort “There’s Only One” shows tremendous growth and should keep his buzz growing. Detroit production outfit the LabTechs lead the way on production, with additional help from Black Milk, Now On, Athletic Mic League, and more. Get it on FATBEATS.
Buff1 – Real Appeal Feat. AB[audio:http://www.moovmnt.com/audio/august/buff1-real_appeal_(feat._ab).mp3]
Buff1 – Love the Love Feat. Tres Styles[audio:http://www.moovmnt.com/audio/august/buff1-love_the_love_(feat._tres_styles).mp3]
With years of recording and worldwide touring under his belt as a member of Slum Village, Elzhi finally brings us his debut album The Preface, which should cement his name amongst the truly great emcees in hip hop. Produced almost entirely by rising star Black Milk, The Preface shows Elzhi displaying not only his unpredictable flows and rhyme schemes, but also an impressive variety of concepts and subject matter. Guest appearances by Royce Da 5’9”, T3 (Slum Village), Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat, and more of the finest talent from Detroit only add to what will certainly be one of the most noteworthy Hip Hop releases of 2008. Get it at FATBEATS. Also Available in a MP3 ZIP file here.
Elzhi – Talking in my Sleep[audio:http://www.moovmnt.com/audio/august/elzhi-talking_in_my_sleep.mp3]
Elzhi – Yeah Feat. Phat Kat[audio:http://www.moovmnt.com/audio/august/elzhi-yeah_(feat._phat_kat).mp3]
Got to honoustly say that we didn’t really know a great lot about the man S1. Only knew him from the S1&Illmind album from back in the days, on which he really killed the intro track with the Rhodes over the George Benson – The Changing World sample. Now hearing this cd, it’s a damn shame we didn’t tap into this guy earlier.
He is the producer from Strange Fruit, never knew that before, they always come with the heat. This album contains all S1 (Symbolic One) productions with a wide range of artists rapping or singing over them, just to name a few like: Big Pooh, Rah Digga, Tanya Morgan, Skyzoo. The beats are crazy with ill samples and the dude plays some mean ass boards, and his style has a breath of fresh air to it. Be sure to go get that disc, it’s worth your while.
S1 ft. Big Pooh & Kay – Mash[audio:http://www.moovmnt.com/audio/august/S1__Mash.mp3]
S1 ft. Tone Trezure – Neva[audio:http://www.moovmnt.com/audio/august/S1__Neva.mp3]
Raphael Saadiq invokes the spirit of Motown with his new release scheduled for September 16th 2008.
Saadiq cited The Delfonics, The Stylistics, Al Green, The Four Tops and Sam Cooke as inspiration for his new album . “Once I got into this, I got almost stuck ‘in character,’ the character of the old school singers I listened to. But I’m happy and excited it’s done. I put in a lot of work and I feel like I achieved something really great.”
Deviation have been playing 3 of the tracks promo’d from the LP for the last few months and can’t wait to hear the full length. Of all the Motown inspired music and throwback 60s production flying around the charts and the clubs at the moment, it sounds like Saadiq’s tribute is likely to be the most on point and true to the period.
If you are a Raphael Saadiq fan you need to check the 2 sneak previews below. ‘100 Yard Dash’ gonna be a big Deviation tune, sounding like a 2008 Four Tops anthem. Deviation
1. J.Rawls ‘Tribute to the Beatnuts’
2. Phat Kat ‘Lovely’ (Mr Beatnik edit)
3. Jazzy Jeff ‘Let me see you clap’
4. Miles Bonney ‘Sing Your Song’
5. Charlie Dark ‘Prayers for young men’
6. Mike Slott ‘Knock Knock’
7. Samiyam & Hudmo ‘Eff This’
8. Bullion ‘Long Promised’
9. Ad Bourke ‘SP’
10. Nas ‘Fried Chicken’
11. Flylo/Lil Wayne ‘Robo Tussin’
12. Jay Electronica ‘Dealin’
13.Nas ‘Queens Get The Money’
14. Roddy Rod ‘?!?!?!?!’
15. Probe DMS ‘Off & On’
16. Ayah ‘I play it cool’
17. N.E.R.D ‘Yeah You’
18. Calvin Harris ‘Colours’
19. James Pants ‘Crystal Life’
20. Flying Lotus ‘Mr Chipy’
21. Miles Bonney ‘Miles Gets Open/Bucktown’
22. Q Tip ‘Getting Up’
23. Letherette ‘Recognise’
24.Pete Rock (inst) Zeus on mic!
25. Simbad ‘Soul Fever’
26. Tranqill ‘F*ck Everyone’
27.My Toys Like Me ‘Bats’
28 Robot Koch ‘Killa’
In a search to bring back the essence of true Atlanta musicianship, Dreamer, The Love Crusader, Tuki and Stago Lee, collectively known as Hollyweerd lead you into a land where rejects and weirdos reign supreme. Joining the new hip-hop movement of internet phenomenons, Hollyweerd has garnered much attention from their ability to create innovative tunes for their eclectic fans online. Brought together by what some might consider divine intervention, these four individuals have a niche for creative lyrics and music that defies the norms of hip-hop. Through songs such as “Weerdo” and “Go hard or Go Home”, Hollyweerd grants listeners a sample of the limitless state of mind they adhere to when it comes to not only the music scene, but life as well.
Influenced by such genres as jazz, rap, techno, rock and alternative, the individualistic creativity that exists within Hollyweerd is undeniable. Self described as new wave, rap, ghetto tech music, their ground-breaking sound resides in unmarked musical territory sure to influence the music community and the world. Meeting in Atlanta, Hollyweerd was formed in mid-November 2007. Creating not only a group, but a brotherhood, Dreamer brings an unorthodox style while Tuki brings wordplay, The Love Crusader brings passion and Stago Lee brings southern sophistication, which culminates into a fresh breath of music with good vibes and funky melodies.
Hollyweerd is creating their own rules in our land and a land where the rain is purple and the flowers are dead. Bringing about change transformation and a new breed of music to the south, Hollyweerd is the new southern comfort.
Samon Kawamura has finished his work on Unfold, his second soloalbum, within a short year Unfold, the successor of Translations (Samon ´s debut-album released on Nesola in the middle of 2007), came into existence. The most obvious difference in comparison with its predecessor is the participation of vocalists/rappers, whose selection nearly seems to follow a concept.
With Madlib´ s brother OH NO and Aloe Blacc two Stonesthrow-artists stood in front of the mic. The contributions of Om’Mas Keith (SA-RA Creative Partners) and the producing MC Ta’Raach fit in the picture as well with regard to the creative backgrounds and interests, the whole thing being rounded out by Kev Brown from the Jazzy Jeff-camp and Laura López Castro.
With Unfold there nearly is a balance between songs with and without vocals. The message being articulated by the lyrical contributions to the songs is basically characterized by passion for the art form and some kind of authentic and serious contemplation on the subject matter.
Samon Kawamura – Lovelude Feat Ta’Raach
Samon Kawamura – Still Significant Feat Kev Brown
Micheal Franks – Burchfield nines
Bullion – Get Familiar
Elzhi – The Leak
Flyamsam – The offbeat
Flyinglotus – Robo Tussin Ft Lil wayne
Bluntspeakers – Iceeyah
J 83 – In Memory of
Samiyam – Moon Shoes
Morgan Zarate – M.A.B
Elzhi – The Transitional Joint (Baby Girl Glow)
1st Angle – Always ft JayZ
Erykah Badu – Soldier
Fat Ray & Black Milk – When it Goes Down
Bahamadia – One-4-Teem (Jay Dee remix)
Daru & Reggie B – Future Music
Samiyam – Roller Skates
Sa-Ra – Second Time Around
Morgan Zarate – dabz beat
Onra – My comet
Flako – Wtfigoh
Blu – Victory
On the go since 2001 All City is straight out of Boogie Down Dublin.
Spanish beat maker Mweslee of the Arkestra collective drops the fourth beat 45 in the All City Beat series.You may already know him from his Megaplast EP (via Kindred Spirits) or his contribution on the compilation Beat Dimensions and he has his debut LP – Primer – out soon.
Mweslee is known for instrumental hip hop with an added electronic twist and this is his first vinyl release of 2008. 2 slabs of busy, layered, soulful niceness “Chandal 500” with “Jamas Jame Jamon” on the flip side
Limited pressing of 500 copies so be quick !!! get it on Rushhour.
Next beatstrumental from All City will be the Onra 7×7 out october 08. Onra which you should already know from The Big Payback with Byron. More info on Byron & Onra soon.
Mweslee – Chandal 500[audio:http://www.moovmnt.com/audio/august/Mw%ebslee_Chandal500.mp3]