We all have our ups and our downs, our ins and outs, our goods and our bads. Sometimes it’s painful to see ourselves in these darker reflections, but we must remember… It’s all in balance.
I was reminded of this tune this past weekend while checking out a good friend’s DJ set during which he really played the badman role. This tune was developed and created originally by one of my longtime favorite badman producers Madlib in collaboration with a newer super cold rapper who’s certainly hit the hotlist, Freddie Gibbs.
In this soulful remix, musical editor Badbadnotgood (BBNG) brings a fresh perspective to this already thought stimulating track. Through his use of live jazz drumming, minor chord arpeggios and crafty percussion samples BBNG pushes the limits of contemporary hip hop with elaborate musical expression. If you’re not hip to what these guys are talking about, spend some time with the video for the original tune. The imagery alone tells all. And remember, life is not all light and rainbows… listen to the sounds and feel the vibes. This is real shit. It’s a cultural thing.
What does that mean anyway… Shame?[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwC5ePDNkp0]
Peep and purchase the whole album from BBNG here.
This album dropped this autumn, and it’s come like a leaf that is whisked by your face as you walk. It takes you by surprise at first as it’s delivered with a slight briskness which makes your nose tingle. Though the broken beats and shuffled nature of this musical gem at first seem startling, if you turn your head just slightly, your ears will know exactly where the one is; just like the way you turned your head to follow as the leaf gently floated to the ground. Once it’s touched down, it’s time to return your focus to what you were doing before the wind again alights within you the need to turn another leaf.
LA beat maker Glen Boothe (aka Knxwledge or Knx.) spins magic with this release. The 18 tune LP was dropped digitally and on wax earlier this fall with Dublin label All City Records. Get it direct… here.
Wow! Really excited about this one. Extraordinary Magnitude has officially begun their quest to reach the outer limits of musical magnetics. This track is all original, but features an acapella version of Blackstreet’s, “No Diggity”.
Exmag consists of Gramatik, Eric Mendelson, Drastiq, Buffalo Analog, and Illumntr. Stay tuned for more from this extraordinary collective of musicians and be sure to check out their upcoming album, Proportions which will be available this summer via Lowtemp. In the meanwhile give this a spin!
UK-based multi-instrumentalist producer Jesse Reuben Wilson has blessed us this year with his first ever full length album, recently released through Tokyo Dawn Records. Adopting the name Positive Flow as the moniker for this project, Wilson uses the Flow Lines album to positively project a stellar vision into the culture vortex that is music.
Gathering influences from funk, soul, hip hop, and electronica Flow Lines offers fifteen tracks packed full of sounds. Including a multitude of both analogue and digital synthesizers, plenty of full bodied live instruments and an extraordinary collection of vocals from fellow UK recording artists, Flow Lines is a multifaceted journey through sound. Joining him on the album are UK soul legend Omar along with Stacy Epps, Colonel Red, Vanessa Freeman, Andre Espeut, and Heidi Vogel of the Cinematic Orchestra to name a few.
After listening to this album, you will surely know the mastery and creativity with which this man creates. If you are interested, we invite you to check out his bio directly from Tokyo Dawn Records here. Purchasing options are listed below.
Enjoy Positive Flow!
PURCHASE FROM TOKYO DAWN RECORDS!
Tokyo Dawn Records is currently hosting a remix contest for one of the tracks from the album featuring vocals by Omar. Download the Acapella below and create your own beat. There are 24 days left to submit your tracks to TDR.
I had the special pleasure a few weeks back to catch a set by the inspirational future jazz project, Robert Glasper Experiment. Piano man Robert Glasper and his team of hip-star jazz cats tore it up at Harlow’s in Sacremento. With Experiment in the name, The Robert Glasper Experiment is certainly that – experimental.
This futuristic funky hip-hop jazz crew consists of Glasper on piano and the infamous Fender Rhodes, Chris Dave on drums, Derrick Hodge on bass, and an eccentric front man Casey Benjamin who plays both saxe and vocoder. Most recently the band has had huge successes with the release of their hit album Black Radio released in 2012 with Blue Note Records. The album features a number of guest artists including Erykah Badu, Lupe Fiasco and Bilal, Shafiq Husayn, Musiq Soulchild, and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def).
After this widely acclaimed release followed by an extensive summer tour around the world, it was only right that last month they release a remix EP based on the album entitled, Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP. This remix EP features some of the same artists along with Pete Rock, Black Milk, ?uest Love and The Roots, Check out a few of the tunes from the remix album below…
And remember, if you like the music – buy the music. It’s available through the Robert Glasper Experiment website here.
Tokyo Dawn Records is bringing back the boogie with their recently released compilation album, The Boogie Volume 3. This 17 track album is made up of artists from around the world, who collectively share one common knowledge. What is that one common knowledge? Understanding what it takes to make your feet move, no matter who YOU may be.
This is a really refreshing album to listen to. It’s the third installment of the Tokyo Dawn Records Boogie series, and they’ve made quite a splash in the international dance community with this one. With my inbox being flooded with glitch-hop and dubstep, it was really nice to open this gem and experience the cool positive vibes each track pushes from the speakers.
My favorite track on The Boogie Volume 3 is Eternal Wisdom by Reeno. From the 80’s opening synth line all the way down to the clear muffled drums, this track flows like water. It’s the kind of song you start moving your body to and all of a sudden 4 minutes has gone by! The simplicity and concentration on the synth lines really brings the atmosphere being projected from Eternal Wisdom to a whole new level of chill.
If you like beats inspired by hip-hop, funk, soul, and R&B, you’ll love The Boogie Volume 3.
Gotta get this one up… Here’s a toast to the jazzier side of life. Commodo comes full of expression with this beautiful tune featuring velvety bass, signing drums, and trading vibes, flute, piano. I first heard this on Commodo’s mix for Percussion Lab. It’s definitely worth the listen. The track was released in 2010 with Untitled Records. Tune in to the vibes![youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnuDjIye2Sc]
Emerging from the sands of Wellington, New Zealand, Fat Freddy’s Drop roots themselves deep as musical connoisseurs. This futuristic dub/electronic funk/jazzy/soulful masterpiece, “Ray Ray,” radiates with the raddest of rhythms suited for everybody’s infinite expression. Wether its the beating of bass roping in your attention nodes or the breaks of laser flares inciting body grooving swerves, the simple question “what’s the world with no soul” will wrap your mind around this earful of a track. Incase this one is new to you and you’re feeling this beat pay attention to these lines so powerfully presented.
“Tell me what’s the world with no soul?”
“The world to me, is more than evolution
More than money, more than technology
I believe, that there’s more than evolution
Like you can change your mind, but you can’t change your destiny
Blood is blood, and thicker than water
Men will die, to live forever
The race is on and I could be standing still
Cos I have faith in something more than my will”