Hot 8

Hot 8 Brass Band’s “Sexual Healing” cover (Marvin Gaye) gets the remix

  Tru Thoughts is dropping an official set of remixes for Hot 8 Brass Band’s cover of Marvin Gaye’s iconic 1982 classic, “Sexual Healing,” on December…

December 1st, 2015 | | Tracks
Patrick Cowley
Bones & Beeker "Heartbroken in Love"
Say Say Say

The Pharcyde Labcabincalifornia 20th Anniversary Mixtape

On November 14, 1995, West Coast rap group the Pharcyde released the sublime LP Labcabincalifornia. It was the follow-up to their kaleidoscopic, gold-selling first album…

November 17th, 2015 | | Mixtape
(WPR044) Bones & Beeker cover (Wax Poetics Records)

Debut album from Bones & Beeker is out now!

Wax Poetics Records duo Bones & Beeker released their debut album on November 13, 2015. Download some joints on iTunes or pre-order the vinyl. Stream…

November 17th, 2015 | | New Releases
Computa Games featuring K-Maxx

Computa Games teams up with Sweater Funk singer K-Maxx for new single

Austin’s ABC Records (via the Austin Boogie Crew) is back with a new 7-inch, this time with a dope full-color sleeve sporting some seriously great…

November 11th, 2015 | | Contests/Tracks

Joey Negro picks five Chic soundalikes and releases new compilation

Chic, the disco group led by guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards, were so influential, both through their own releases and the production work…

November 10th, 2015 | | Record Rundown
Lee "Scratch" Perry
Bones & Beeker

The story of Bones & Beeker

  Filmmaker Lamar Landers traveled out to Minneapolis to interview singer-songwriter Anthony Newes and producer/multi-instrumentalist BK-One of Bones & Beeker for his series Theorematic. “A fusion…

November 6th, 2015 | | Videos
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Bosq premieres “Cumbia en Bahia” video (HEAT!!!)

In mid-October, Bosq released his sophomore album, Celestial Strut, and picked up right where his debut album left off with fun party vibes. Where “Bad…

November 5th, 2015 | | Videos
James Brown Bluray

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown Blu-ray

  Last year, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown from acclaimed director Alex Gibney was released and later aired on HBO. Now the documentary…

November 4th, 2015 | | News
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Deep boogie mix and new compilation from Zaf

Zaf Chowdhry is one of the world’s top purveyors of rare vinyl, supplying a cadre of insatiable record collectors, DJs, and obsessive enthusiasts with the…

November 4th, 2015 | | Mixtape
Bones & Beeker "Samana"
The Jack Moves (Wax Poetics Records)

Stream debut album from the Jack Moves, out now!

New York duo the Jack Moves released their debut album on October 30 on Wax Poetics Records. Buy it on iTunes or pre-order the vinyl. You can…

October 29th, 2015 | | New Releases

La Mecánica Popular releases cumbia version of “Thriller” for Halloween, debuts video

La Mecánica Popular debuts a new video for their latest single on the Brooklyn-based record label Names You Can Trust. Michael Jackson’s Halloween classic “Thriller” (here…

October 28th, 2015 | | Videos
(WPR044) Bones & Beeker cover (Wax Poetics Records)

Bones & Beeker album announcement

  Producer and multi-instrumentalist BK-One (Brother Ali/Rhymesayers) and singer-songwriter Anthony Newes (Villa) have teamed up to form Bones & Beeker. Their debut album drops on…

October 27th, 2015 | | News
Bones & Beeker (Wax Poetics Records) "Oh Lord"

Bones & Beeker drop new track, “Oh Lord”

Bones & Beeker‘s “Oh Lord” beautifully meshes hip-hop and folk, as described by PopMatters, who premiered the track. The Minneapolis duo’s full-length debut album is…

October 20th, 2015 | | Tracks
Rapper Big Pooh & Nottz

Rapper Big Pooh and Nottz team up for new album, debut the track “300Z”

On November 13, Rapper Big Pooh (Little Brother) and the always-stellar producer Nottz release the collaborative album Home Sweet Home on Melo Music Group. Pooh and Nottz…

October 20th, 2015 | | Tracks
Todd Simon - Jazz on 45 V. 2 - Jazz Around the World

Trumpeter/bandleader Todd Simon spins 45s of jazz around the world

Trumpeter/bandleader Todd Simon (Ethio Cali) blesses us with another jazz mixtape. Jazz on 45 Vol. 2 – Jazz Around the World features music from Ray Barretto,…

October 19th, 2015 | | Mixtape
Sly Stone Small Talk
Holy Forest

Check the Gilles Peterson–approved debut record by Holy Forest

When Gilles Peterson walked into the London boutique record shop Love Vinyl, he by chance heard Holy Forest’s album playing. When he inquired about it, Gilles learned it…

October 14th, 2015 | | New Releases
Habibi Funk 004 Mix

Jannis of Jakarta Records/Habibi Funk drops another mixtape of North African funk and disco

Jannis of Jakarta Records has been dropping heat lately. After every trip to North Africa and the Middle East, he puts together a new mixtape—this…

October 9th, 2015 | | Mixtape
BK-One's "B-Boy Break Maschine Mini-Mix"

BK-One drops the “B-Boy Break Maschine Mini-Mix”

Last spring, when producer, DJ, and multi-instrumentalist BK-One was invited to lecture at the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota, he performed…

October 7th, 2015 | | Mixtape
Grupo Fantasma

Grupo Fantasma returns with new album, Problemas, and debuts song, “Roto Corazon”

“ ‘Roto Corazon’ is a dark, big-band cumbia track with Spanish guitar textures,” says Grupo Fantasma’s Greg Gonzalez. “It’s about heartbreak which describes a man…

October 7th, 2015 | | Tracks
Pat Van Dyke covers Curtis Mayfield

Producer/multi-instrumentalist Pat Van Dyke covers Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions’ “It’s All Right”

“I’ve always loved this song. Curtis Mayfield is one of the great American songwriters,” says drummer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Pat Van Dyke about the Impressions’…

October 5th, 2015 | | Tracks
Photo by Edgar Robles

Buyepongo returns with the psychedelic merengue track “Pegao”

  In the words of Los Angeles musical shaman Carlos Nino, Buyepongo’s a “high-energy, creative dance band. The creative is there in the center, which…

October 2nd, 2015 | | Tracks
Nicole Willis

Soulful single, “One in a Million,” from Nicole Willis in advance of new album

It’s always a pleasure to hear modern soul music done right, with no pretension, and musical chops that are skillful and appropriate without calling undue…

October 1st, 2015 | | Tracks