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Trumpeter/arranger Todd Simon (Ethio Cali) drops Jazz on 45 mixtape

Los Angeles trumpeter/arranger/producer powerhouse Todd M. Simon (Quantic/Ethio Cali/Kelis/TV on the Radio/Madlib/Antibalas) is a lover of jazz 45s. He’s assembled a clever mix of jazz 45s…

July 31st, 2015 | | Mixtape
Wu-Tang Clan on Arsenio Hall Show

Golden Era hip-hop squad cyphers on final Arsenio Hall Show

  We recently discussed how David Letterman supported the Golden Era of hip-hop, but it’s more well known that Arsenio Hall’s first show really set…

July 30th, 2015 | | Videos
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Bad Brains, H.R., Photo by Frank White © 1987
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Osunlade (101 Apparel)

Osunlade drops fresh new joint, “Basement Jazz”

“For me, everything is an instrument; it all has sound,” says DJ and producer Osunlade of Yoruba Records. “So in my eyes, I play every…

July 23rd, 2015 | | Tracks
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Brian Ellis "Peg"

Synth wiz-kid Brian Ellis covers Steely Dan’s “Peg” for Austin Boogie Crew

The Texas DJ/funk collective Austin Boogie Crew, formed by Danny Spence, made a name for themselves with their monthly party “The Boogie.” Now they’re a record…

July 21st, 2015 | | Contests/Tracks
Kon

Kon’s Star Time label delivers stellar disco edits

“In 1978, my mother was pretty much a disco diva—a little queen—and would take me to the club on Saturdays,” says DJ and producer Kon….

July 17th, 2015 | | Articles
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Win four Star Time 12-inch records of masterful remixes from Kon

Thanks to Kon and Star Time Records, we’re giving away a bundle of four great remixes on vinyl: 1. KONNA SUMMER: Donna’s Winter (Caserta’s Groove)…

July 16th, 2015 | | Contests
The Fabulous Three

Truth & Soul issues The Best of the Fabulous Three on LP

The Best Of by the Fabulous Three has been available for several years on CD, and it seemed rather odd that this collection of the…

July 16th, 2015 | | New Releases
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Bones & Beeker (Wax Poetics Records). Photo by Jules Ameel.
People's Champs

Brooklyn-based septet People’s Champs premiere new single “Hostages”

Combining dance rhythms from West Africa and South America with retro-futurist synth tones, People’s Champs’ original sound is equal parts Sharon Jones, tUnE-yArDs, Os Mutantes,…

July 8th, 2015 | | Tracks
Ratatat by Timothy Saccenti
Bruno Morais

The Brazilian compactos of Bruno Morais, 2010–2015

Bruno Morais is a record collector as well as singer, songwriter, producer, documentarian, and musical host extraordinaire (somebody had to go bowling with Flava Flav…

July 6th, 2015 | | Tracks
The Jack Moves "Time & Enemy"

Moroccan filmmaker uses VHS vibes to capture the Jack Moves’ 2011 track “Time & Enemy”

  “Time & Enemy” by the Jack Moves is a blast from the past, “recorded in 2011 on a four-track tape machine my mom’s garage,” explains…

July 3rd, 2015 | | Videos
Lo Phi Mixtape

Lo Phi of (iN)Sect Records spins an eclectic set featuring Janet Jackson, Young-Holt Unlimited, De La Soul, and Devin the Dude

Lo Phi of (iN)Sect Records is dropping his new album For the Kids on July 10. Listen to the track “Accidental Axis.” Lo Phi has put together…

July 2nd, 2015 | | Mixtape
'Rideau 2 Richmond' Memetic

Ottawa producer Memetic weaves a sonic tale based on record stores that dot the local bus route

DJ and producer Memetic (real name Kwende Kefentse) is a Canadian urban theorist, a Cultural Planner for Ottawa, and a cofounder of TIMEKODE, the capital’s…

July 1st, 2015 | | New Releases
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Supreme Sonacy

Brandee Younger drops funky tribute to fellow harpist Dorothy Ashby

On August 7, Blue Note/REVIVE is releasing the compilation Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1. The first single is “Dorothy Jeanne,” a tribute to Dorothy Ashby by fellow harpist Brandee…

June 30th, 2015 | | Tracks
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Nu Shooz

Synth-pop and jazz-funk mixtape featuring Portland’s Nu Shooz

As a record digger and DJ, I’m often deconstructing what makes a hit. Whether it’s needle-dropping in a record shop’s listening booth or pulling stacks…

June 29th, 2015 | | Mixtape
Jannis of Jakarta Records

New Arabic music mixtape Habibi Funk 003 by Jannis of Jakarta Records

“Earlier this month, I was in North Africa for another digging trip and ended up finding quite some records I didn’t know before or I…

June 29th, 2015 | | Mixtape
Dalton (Habibi Funk Records)

Habibi Funk Records reissues funk by Tunisian band Dalton

Jakarta Records new sub-label Habibi Funk is reissuing music from Tunisian band Dalton, a quintet who formed around 1968 when most of the members studied together…

June 29th, 2015 | | New Releases
A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest perform “Check the Rhime” with Paul Shaffer’s band on Late Night with David Letterman

  In the 1990s, “King of the Rappers” David Letterman supported golden-era hip-hop, despite Arsenio being the main spot where MCs got down. As we saw when…

June 29th, 2015 | | Videos
Pat Van Dyke

[LISTEN] Pat Van Dyke drops remix EP, Technicolor HI-FI Remixes, and 7-inch with DJ Spinna remix

Drummer, composer, and producer Pat Van Dyke revisits his 2013 release, the Fender Rhodes–rich Technicolor HI-FI, with a new ten-track digital remix EP and a 7-inch that includes…

June 29th, 2015 | | New Releases
Bruce Lundvall

A farewell to Blue Note’s Bruce Lundvall, Sept. 13, 1935–May 19, 2015

Bruce Lundvall’s passing was a sad occasion and a great loss to jazz and the music community as a whole. In fond remembrance, I’d like…

June 26th, 2015 | | In Memoriam
Quarter Street

Australian salsa group Quarter Street release single, video, free download

  In the 1970s and ’80s, many Latin Americans fled their home countries during the tumultuous times of coups, revolutions, and civil wars. Some of these…

June 26th, 2015 | | Tracks/Videos
Kerbside Collection mixtape

Kerbside Collection spins jazz-funk mixtape of influences

Aussie jazz-funk crew Kerbside Collection have created a nice mixtape that features the music that influences their new album Trash or Treasure. Spun by their…

June 25th, 2015 | | Mixtape
Lee "Scratch" Perry 'Super Ape' (Vinyl Me, Please)

Vinyl Me, Please reissues Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Upsetters’ Super Ape

Perhaps one of the most misunderstood records in Lee “Scratch” Perry’s catalog and the reggae genre, Super Ape was slept on by fans for years but now…

June 25th, 2015 | | News