Beautiful sounds from the Free Nationals, as they release their joyously soulful debut album. As you would expect the self-titled LP features an impressive support cast, including reggae vocalist, Chronixx, The Internet’s, Syd, and the man responsible for first bringing them to my attention, Anderson .Paak. You can stream a few tracks from the album below, including the Syd-assisted, Shibuya. Full downloads are available via Bandcamp.
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I somehow missed this release from The Du-Rites last month, but happily catching up with it now. For Soundcheck at 6, the two main players – J-Zone and Pablo Martin – are joined by another talented duo for a number of live renditions of the funk outfit’s previous jams, with Bruce Martin and Bill Harvey flexing their instrumentation muscle, on keyboards and bass respectively. Some of my favourite Du-Rites joints get the live treatment, including The Man With The Golden Tooth, Bug Juice and Gamma Ray Funk, all of which were recorded at a NY gig last month. If you’re a fan of their earlier releases, or of funk in general, or just a fan of tight live performances, then this is a must cop. You can find digital downloads of all their releases over on Bandcamp and the current album can be heard below.
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Fresh funky vibes from Raphael Saadiq as he releases the video for his latest single, So Ready. The track is lifted from the Tony! Toni! Toné! singer’s latest album, Jimmy Lee, which is out now on Columbia.
Joe Armon-Jones recently gave life to his second solo release, in which he showcases his multiple disciplines alongside a bevy of talent including Georgia Anne Muldrow and Obongjayar, as well as frequent collaborators, Nubya Garcia and Oscar Jerome. The project draws on a number of influences outside of jazz, with hip hop, RnB and funk all finding their way into the mix. The Leo & Aquarius, which you can listen to above, sees the Ezra Collective founding member teaming up with YNR Records head and UKHH stalwart, Jehst. Turn to Clear View is out now on Brownswood Recordings.
A happy reunion now, as Ozomatli return with a brand new single, along with two of their much-loved original members. When their eponymous debut LP was released back in 1998, Jurassic 5’s Chali 2na and Cut Chemist, both played a big part in both the project’s music and its cross genre appeal.
They were absent from subsequent releases and I think from my point of view, none of the other albums ever really reached the levels of that debut. But now the Latin sextet are back with Libertad, featuring the two J5 favourites, as well as a band that sounds tighter than ever – shouts to the bass player in particular. No word on a new album as yet, but hopefully this is a sign that more new music is on the horizon.
New music from The Du-Rites as they get us in the mood for their third album, Gamma Ray Jones. It’s not due out until November, but there will also be a new 7″ release in the interim. Keep an eye out for The Mean Machine b/w Corinthian Leather coming in September. You can stream Horse Pills below and downloads are available on Bandcamp. Continue reading “The Du-Rites: Horse Pills”
I hadn’t listened to Music for the Mature B-Boy in a minute, but as soon as I put it on earlier today, I remembered exactly why it was in heavy rotation in my house for years after it dropped. It was my first encounter with DJ Format and I think it was sold to me on the J5 feature on We Know Something You Don’t Know, but that turned out to be just one of the high points. Continue reading “An Ode to Music For The Mature B-Boy”
Madison Washington bring the funk with their latest video. Baytrified is an ode to The Bay Area and more specifically Oakland, as Malik Ameer reminisces about how different things used to be there back in the day. Combined with thatmanmonkz’s production, the track sounds like George Clinton meets Gil Scott Heron in all the best ways. Downloads are available now via Def Presse.
It’s been a while since I posted anything about BROOKZILL, the supergroup of sorts, but more accurately a collective – comprised of Prince Paul, Ladybug Mecca, Rodrigo Brandão and Don Newkirk. Now though they have released a new video for their 2016 track, Macumba 3000 and it’s a visual delight.
The quartet have gone with a stop-motion animation style video, which features all of them weaving through palms and ferns, as the contagious rhythm of Macumba pulses away. The name of the track is taken from a Portugese word used in Brazil, which means both a musical instrument and a form of witchcraft. BROOKZILL’s album, Throwback to the Future, is available now on Tommy Boy Entertainment.
How do you make Tuxedo sound even more outrageously fresh? Just unite them with funk pioneers Zapp, of course. That is what has happened on the latest track from Mayer Hawthore and Jake One, with the Troutman family & co. bringing their classic talk box cool to the mix. Shy is available to stream below and you can download it via Stones Throw. Continue reading “Tuxedo ft. Zapp: Shy”