DJ Cassidy

Digging in the disco crates
with DJ Cassidy

Most people know DJ Cassidy from his smash hit single with R. Kelly, “Make the World Go Round.” After Puffy discovered him, DJing in the…

April 25th, 2016 | | Record Rundown
Prince and the Revolution
Eric Leeds in the Madhouse promo photo (original photo B&W).

Prince and reed man Eric Leeds teamed up to create two albums under the moniker Madhouse

Prince and reed man Eric Leeds teamed up to create two albums under the moniker Madhouse. Perhaps looking to exorcise jazz demons inherited from his father, Prince masterminded a lighthearted and funky sound that anticipated the “acid jazz” genre that would break years later.

April 21st, 2016 | | Articles
Illustrations by Joshua Dunn.

33 reasons why Prince is hip-hop

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is a drummer, a tweeter, a political provocateur, a music encyclopedia, a founding member of hip-hop royalty the Roots, the bandleader of The…

April 21st, 2016 | | Articles
Courtesy of Chuck Statler

Prince tapped “godfather of the music video” Chuck Statler to helm the ill-fated film The Second Coming

Director and producer Chuck Statler—widely considered as the “godfather of the music video”—was tapped by Prince & Co. to helm The Second Coming and execute the twenty-three-year-old’s creative vision.

April 21st, 2016 | | Articles
Grand Central: Linda Anderson, André Cymone, Morris Day, Terry Jackson, Prince, and William Doughty.
Eddie Palmieri

Eddie Palmieri to perform free Harlem River Drive concert in New York!

Released in 1971, Harlem River Drive saw Eddie Palmieri marrying Latin, soul, funk, and jazz with socially conscious tales of the inner city. Red Bull…

April 18th, 2016 | | Events
An outtake from Justica. Photo by Warren Flagler.

Listen to French producer Débruit’s new synth track “Gelecek,” recorded in Istanbul

French producer Débruit recorded his upcoming album, Débruit & Istanbul (due out May 27 via ICI), in Istanbul, Turkey, with the help of some important…

April 18th, 2016 | | Tracks
Boston Creative

Listen to the funky track “Road Through the Walls” from The Boston Creative Jazz Scene

In the 1970s, Boston was a fertile ground for a very creative jazz scene. Small, independent venues ranging from lofts to churches to clubs opened…

April 14th, 2016 | | Reissues & Box Sets/Tracks
Shawn Lee

Alan Hawkshaw and Keith Mansfield among the library-music giants interviewed for new film by Shawn Lee

Prolific producer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Shawn Lee is working on a film about library music. Himself a one-man music library, Lee is the perfect person…

April 14th, 2016 | | News
Kelela by Yev Kazannik

Harlem’s modern-day renaissance man, Giovanni James

We recently visited artist Giovanni James at his studio in Harlem and talked about his various creative projects as well as collaborations with partner in crime,…

April 12th, 2016 | | Videos
E pic 2

E Da Boss and Mocambo debut new track, “The Turning Point”

Best known as one-half of soul duo Myron & E, Eric “E” Cooke aka E Da Boss, has a new, limited-edition 45 arriving on April…

April 6th, 2016 | | Tracks
We Could Be - Front_72

New 7-inch featuring trumpeter Keyon Harrold, who is featured on Don Cheadle’s Miles Ahead

Producer Jason McGuiness had previously released the Masterpiece EP, a tribute to Motown songwriting team Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong. The Temptations songs “Cloud Nine,” “Papa…

April 5th, 2016 | | Contests/Tracks
Lefto & JRocc - 101 Apparel

Lefto drops a tribute to A Tribe Called Quest with his flip of Weldon Irvine’s “We Gettin’ Down”

101 Apparel is back with another T-shirt/mixtape release, and this time they’re dropping a limited-edition 7-inch as well. This “High Output” combo includes sounds from…

March 30th, 2016 | | Tracks

Iconic Brazilian singer Elza Soares releases new album

  In 2015, septuagenarian Brazilian music icon Elza Soares teamed up with the cream of São Paulo’s avant-garde musicians to record an album of apocalyptic,…

March 29th, 2016 | | New Releases
Mayer Hawthorne

Mayer Hawthorne enters a new era with Man About Town

It’s been nearly three years since his last solo album, but Mayer Hawthorne has returned. With Man About Town, he’s gone back to some basics,…

March 28th, 2016 | | New Releases
George Duke MPS Box

George Duke LP box set from MPS: The Era Will Prevail

  George Duke’s late-’70s and early ’80s records on Epic are funky jams no doubt, but it’s his earlier catalog on the German label MPS…

March 25th, 2016 | | Reissues & Box Sets
Courtesy of Sony BMG Music.

George Duke forged a new path and ruled the R&B charts with eccentric funk

At the turn of the century, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was a terrible place to maintain possession of a bootlegged George Duke VHS cassette….

March 25th, 2016 | | Articles
Anita Baker 'Rapture'

Producer Michael Powell helped create Anita Baker’s massive R&B record Rapture

By the mid-’80s, Anita Baker was on the verge of setting herself apart from her contemporaries with her next offering. After spending years perfecting her…

March 17th, 2016 | | Guest Blog
Mystery Cave

Mystery Cave’s Ausarian Comforts

Hailing from San Diego, Mystery Cave aka John Christopher Harris II released his debut LP Ausarian Comforts late last year on Psychic Fortitude, a subsidiary of…

March 10th, 2016 | | New Releases
Jamaiel Shabaka in his L.A. home. Photo by Seb Carayol.
Brasileiro Treasure Box

Epic Brazilian 45 set: The Brasileiro Treasure Box of Funk & Soul

This epic set of seven 7-inch records of rare Brazilian tracks from the always-great Cultures of Soul is a major treat. This is what vinyl…

March 3rd, 2016 | | Reissues & Box Sets
Gary Clark Jr. by Jonathan Mannion
Boyz II Men

Producer Dallas Austin talks about Boyz II Men’s debut album, Cooleyhighharmony

Boyz II Men, ABC, and BBD: The East Coast Family… was the mantra for the Biv 10 collective at the beginning of the 1990s. After…

March 2nd, 2016 | | Articles
Brown Acid: The Second Trip

Brown Acid series collects unheard ’70s stoner rock

The funk and soul scene has long been acquainted with the familiar selling points of collections sourced from rare 45s: “recorded in small DIY studios,…

March 2nd, 2016 | | New Releases

Joey Negro releases second volume of remixed classics

With the advent of affordable digital audio workstations—studios in a box like ProTools and Ableton Live—anyone with a laptop has the means to remix and…

February 29th, 2016 | | New Releases

Maylight premiere the EVM128 remix of “Digits”

  Maylight, the eight-piece soul-jazz-electronica live act produced by Chris Read and featuring vocals from ex–Tru Thoughts vocalist Lizzy Parks, are set to release their debut…

February 25th, 2016 | | Tracks
Howard Johnson