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Tony! Tone! Toni! The Revival

Tony! Toni! Toné! founder D’Wayne Wiggins speaks in depth about their 1990 smash album The Revival

At the beginning of the 1990s, D’Wayne Wiggins, Raphael Saadiq, and Timothy Christian Riley—collectively known as Tony! Toni! Toné!—had spent…

February 12th, 2016 | | Articles
Rasputin Stash

Rasputin Stash founder talks reissue of cult classic album

  A musician, composer, writer, arranger, producer, bandleader and vocalist since the ’50s, Chicago’s Paul Coleman could be the living…

February 9th, 2016 | | Articles
Earth Wind & Fre

Cosmic Heights

That’s the handsome MC Perry Jones onstage. It’s 1974 at a sold-out Madison Square Garden, and Jones is looking out…

February 5th, 2016 | | Articles
Tuxedo by Piper Ferguson

As Tuxedo, Mayer Hawthorne and producer Jake One draw on G-funk and ’80s boogie to make you dance

    “Every time we got together and worked, it felt like summer camp,” recalls Seattle producer Jake One, half…

September 30th, 2015 | | Articles
Mr. Bongo Africa 45

Dave “Mr Bongo” Buttle discusses his new Africa 45s series featuring rare-groove Afro classics

Dave “Mr Bongo” Buttle has long been a distinguished part of the British music scene, keeping some of the country’s…

August 25th, 2015 | | Articles
Rocky Dawuni

Ghana-born, L.A.-based singer Rocky Dawuni spreads his positive message through Afro-roots music

An unusual Southern California overcast day, clouds pregnant with a much-needed rain blanket the Pacific Ocean. Though, muttering “April Showers…

August 24th, 2015 | | Articles
Electric-Wire-Hustle-by-Vibol-Moeung

New Zealand duo Electric Wire Hustle recalibrate electronic R&B

Straight out of Wellington, New Zealand, hails the type of steam-sexed soul we all thought died in the ashtray of…

August 13th, 2015 | | Articles
Janelle Monae by Marc Baptiste

The mysterious Janelle Monáe would rather talk about her android alter ego

  The Myth Janelle Monáe is an electron; she is the Sphinx; she is Mona Lisa’s smile; she is something…

August 11th, 2015 | | Articles
Photo by Henry Diltz

Ned Doheny went from the folky Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter scene to R&B heights

After an album on Asylum failed to make waves, Ned Doheny wrote a couple songs with Average White Band’s Hamish Stuart that would find great success in the R&B world. Teaming with Steve Cropper, Doheny embraced this new funky direction and recorded two albums that made him a star in England and Japan.

August 8th, 2015 | | Articles
Newcleus

Newcleus was at the center of the electro cosmos

  In the early 1980s, hip-hop was going through a change. With advancements in electronic music-making technology too tempting to…

August 4th, 2015 | | Articles
Bad Brains, H.R., Photo by Frank White © 1987

Band in D.C.:
Out of the nation’s capital,
Bad Brains came with extraordinary positivity

“What we discovered was PMA was really the Great Spirit,” says bassist and Bad Brains founding member Darryl Jenifer. “The…

July 28th, 2015 | | Articles
Swamp Dogg

Little Jerry Williams reinvented himself as Swamp Dogg, using Southern soul to tackle social issues, comedic parables, and once-taboo subjects

Jerry Williams Jr.’s life is the stuff of legend, yet he never became a legend. He hung out with Louis…

July 24th, 2015 | | Articles
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,”…

July 17th, 2015 | | Articles
Ghostface Killah

In an arena where MCs seldom have longevity, Ghostface Killah has been a pillar of hip-hop since 1993’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

  See this rap shit?  Came at a time that  was accurate.  Twenty years later,  I mastered it. –“In tha…

July 17th, 2015 | | Articles
Nu-Shooze-splash

Obscure, jazzy R&B band Nu Shooz took a cue from Portland’s local new-wave scene and morphed into synth-pop stars

Obscure, jazzy R&B band Nu Shooz took a cue from Portland’s local new-wave scene and morphed into a successful synth-pop outfit, crafting the mega-hit “I Can’t Wait” in the process.

June 30th, 2015 | | Articles
Nina Simone

Natural Fact: The Nina Simone Story

Nina Simone had no filter. She spoke with candor about civil rights when many in her position didn’t dare. She sang about uncomfortable subjects and made sure her audiences understood what those songs were really about. Whether due to the demons that haunted her or the overpowering desire for social justice that burned deep in her heart, Simone always told the goddam truth.

June 25th, 2015 | | Articles
DJ Cash Money

The incredibly insane collection of DJ Cash Money

DJ Cash Money’s legacy as a turntable heavyweight began in 1988 when he won the DMC World Supremacy battle. After…

June 15th, 2015 | | Articles
Ornette Coleman

Jazz experimenter Ornette Coleman finds the eternal

I’d finally done it. Somehow I managed to scrape together the loot, eighty-some bucks to buy the Ornette Coleman box…

June 11th, 2015 | | Articles
Patrick Adams at the piano. Photos by Terry Adams.

Disco futurist Patrick Adams found his voice through the synthesizer

  By 1975, disco pioneer Patrick Adams had left his job as a songwriter, arranger, and producer at Perception Records…

May 26th, 2015 | | Articles
Bishop Nehru

New York phenom Bishop Nehru is the new Golden Child of hip-hop

  “I have a lot of books. Right now, back home, I have The Kybalion and I have Stellar Man;…

May 12th, 2015 | | Articles
Rod Lee, Baltimore club

An oral history of Baltimore club

  For more than a decade, Baltimore club has been the soundtrack to the city’s weekend. From the car to…

April 30th, 2015 | | Articles
Brian Ellis Reflectionz

Voltaire Records is the synthesized sound of San Francisco

Voltaire Records is a modern-day synthesizer label birthed in the eucalyptus-scented air and mild sunshine of Northern California. It is…

April 22nd, 2015 | | Articles
Lincoln Olivetti

Brazilian producer Lincoln Olivetti remembered by friend and colleague Kassin

Just months away from completing his first solo album in decades, the prolific arranger, producer, synthesizer pioneer and Brazilian “studio…

April 20th, 2015 | | Articles
Al Green

Al Green strives for perfection

“Since I can remember, women have wanted to get next to me, and when I sing, it’s like they’ve received…

April 13th, 2015 | | Articles