So it’s the first President’s Day in the most hated administration in American history. There’s a lot of feelings in the air, and reasonably so. Some are taking to the streets for “Not My President’s Day” rallies, others are sitting back praying for a quiet day in headlines. Whichever route you take, you’ll need something in your ear. And seeing as how we’ve officially reentered the streaming phase of Prince’s afterglow, The Purple Planet’s a damn-good place to start. Though the high-heeled-stage-stomper was best known for his prolific songwriting and death-defying-showmanship, our reverence for him, more often than not, fails to consider a razor-… Read entire story.
In 2006, Pharrell hopped out of The Neptunes and embarked on a solo ride through a world he helped forge with the release of In My Mind. The record cashed-in more than a decade’s worth of hook-ups, wrangling A-list collaborators of his storied past to set up the first move in his climb to a stellar standalone legacy. But the A1s know of a slightly-altered version of the album, Out of My Mind, entirely remade by The Roots with contributions from some of Philly’s finest in the year following the breakaway release. Maybe you caught it on the boards, or maybe it was brought to you by a well-intentioned homie, but with the announcement… Read entire story.
Ahead of a fresh grip of tour dates, MNDSGN has release an astrally-projected disco cut for your sink your teeth and feet into. The Stones Throw producer taps into his glitziest and most uptempo self on the new single “GOTEEM,” taking a trip to the stars on the back of a propulsive groove, punctuated with string jabs and a relentless bass line. It arrives on the heels of a new Joyce Wrice collaboration and a lush performance of “Lather” live and direct from the label’s dungeon quarters. Hear the latest from MNDSGN down below and scroll on to peep his full touring docket for Europe and Japan. Jump back to acquaint yourself with his stud sophomore … Read entire story.
The musical community lost a legend this past weekend. David Axelrod, a prolific producer, composer and arranger, died at the age of 83. The cause of his death has yet to be revealed. A South Central native, Axelrod began his stint in music as a coveted studio drummer and producer, eventually landing on Capitol’s prestigious roster and aiding in the production of Cannonball Adderley‘s breakout “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.” His solo career was ever more fruitful, releasing nine albums between 1968 and 1980 that laid the foundation for fusion and jazz’s most soulful experiments. Those recordings are now widely considered to … Read entire story.
In a recent interview, Knxwledge shed light on the method behind the seemingly endless torrent of beat tapes and remix projects flooding his miles-deep Bandcamp page. The Stones Throw producer put it plainly, revealing the beat tape campaign to be ritual hard drive maintenance. And it appears that the HD has once again reached full capacity once more, as the weekend saw the release of WT.PRT10.8_, yet another new tape from the prolific loop digger, featuring remixes, dusty soul and boogie flips galore. The short, yet potent nine-track release follows the November release of WT.PRT10_, where a dynamic range of cuts from The LOX, Vince Staples and Danny Brown were subject to Knxw’s sublime chop. … Read entire story.
Pro Era producer Kirk Knight has released his debut sample pack, which features a number of beats that have appeared on projects from Joey Bada$$ and other members from the Pro Era group. The pack includes over 100 samples of drums and percussion, which you can get a taste of in a preview clip below. “This is the first drumkit I ever made. Now felt like the right time so that I could give to all the people who are fans of the sound that I help create for Pro Era,” Knight said in a statement with the release. … Read entire story.
Ever since Joshua Tillman‘s ayahuasca-induced transformation into the artist currently known as Father John Misty, we’ve been able to count on him for cutting cultural commentary by way of psychedelically-tinged compositions. Today he takes aim at right-wing politics and the inherent ignorance therein with the scathing and hardly funny “Pure Comedy.” With lines like “Where did they find these goons they elected to rule them” and “ladies, I hope you don’t live to regret this,” Misty pulls at all of the loose threads over beds of spacious piano chords. The song arrives with an equally subversive visual attached. Directed by Matthew Daniel Siskin and “everyone in America,… Read entire story.
So much new music, so little time. Yet, for 20-year-old rapper Elujay, we will make time for. The Oakland native had his debut single, “Golden,” premiere on Beats 1 yesterday and we couldn’t help but notice how dope this “future beats, eclectic sounds” track was. Produced by Julia Lewis, another uprising talent in Chris McClenney and pianist Kev Choice — “Golden” is described as “future hyphy funk” for its feel-good native + springtime-esque vibes. Told from his perspective, Elujay’s choice cut is an “ode to connectivity and the innate benefits of sharing energy with another person.” … Read entire story.
React Presents closed out 2016 with another memorable event! The locals congregated to the Donald E. Stevens Convention Center to play and dance at Reaction NYE despite winter being in full swing, and they kicked off 2017 with great music. The setup at Reaction NYE was impressive with three stages inside the indoor venue. The Warehouse — the event’s main stage — hosted some of Chicago’s favorite electronic and hip-hop artists. Grammy-nominated artists, such as Flume and Anderson Paak, alongside other popular presences, like Dillon Francis and Gucci Mane, threw down colorful and energetic sets as the crowd prepared for 2017. Zeds Dead delivered a spectacular bass-ridden set ringing in the New Year with a bang. Local artists performed at the Arcade stage, which was … Read entire story.
Photo of Guy Blakeslee taken by Matt Condon. We’re T-minus four days from our perfect union being torn asunder by the president-elect, Donald Trump. To counteract the oppressive and racist views being spewed on an almost hourly basis by him and his ilk, Los Angeles-based musician, Guy Blakeslee, better known as ENTRANCE, released a new song called “Not Gonna Say Your Name” to let all those #MAGAs out there know that real Americans won’t take this mess lying down. “I really wanted to write a song expressing my own feelings about the election and the state of things in our country — like many I was in a state of mourning. I wondered, how can … Read entire story.
When Miss E. Badu vouches, we take heed. Sometimes that means we’re getting acquainted with the seemingly-endless talents of her children, other times we’re just picking up new holistic treatments from the analog girl. Either way, Badu is equal parts mystic and pragmatist, and we already know we can trust her ear. Last week, the Soulquarian singer posted a new track from Dallas-based musician, Frank Moka, declaring that “he’s next.” The infectious new cut, “NATION TIME,” blends political savvy with four-to-floor pop a la MJ, building a suite that’s equal parts dance floor fodder and sharp political statement, seeped in a bubbly piano groove… Read entire story.
Keyon Harrold continues on the path to greatness. You’ve seen him in supporting roles for legends like D’Angelo, Jay Z and yes, even the late Miles Davis. But as we creep closer to the release of his next studio album, Harrold has treated us to a smoldering new collaboration with Bilal and Big K.R.I.T. “Stay This Way” finds Bilal handling a haunting hook, while Harrold laces the cut with flutters and K.R.I.T. dishes lovelorn romance raps. It’s the kind of track that could easily score your next head-0ver-heals moment or your drunken late-night reminiscences. Regardless of how you apply it, “Stay This Way” is precisely the soul-heavy jazz we’r ready … Read entire story.