Monthly Archives: June 2010

Free Downloads: ‘Lady Justice’ from Earth Amplified, Aloe Blacc, Rakaa (of Dilated Peoples)

Freeload: ‘Lady Justice’ from Earth Amplified | Press Release & Info

2nd Single off Aloe Blacc’s forthcoming “Good Things” is a 7-inch of “Femme Fatale”.  Aloe & Truth+Soul’s take on the Velvet Underground classic.  Info | Download

Rakaa (of Dilated Peoples) featuring Fashawn, Evidence & Defari - Aces High (produced by Alchemist) – Download

Seasunz & J Bless: ‘Earth Amplified’ Out Now! Press Release, Music Links & Video

EARTH AMPLIFIED NOW AVAILABLE

Earth Amplified, the new full-length release from Seasunz + J.Bless (self-released on June 21, 2010) is is now available.  This seminal Green Hip Hop album features lyrics that touch on many of the environmental and socio-political issues of the day, highlighted by Oakland-based frontman Seasunz, who uses his virtuoso vocals to move effortlessly between melodic narratives, hardcore rap, double-time flow, reggae, and blues styles.  Produced by Brooklyn-based J.Bless and multi-instrumentalist Golden Horns, the organic sound of Earth Amplified’s heavy, layered beats blend influences ranging from afrobeat, dancehall, funk and old school soul with the jazz vibes of Golden Era Hip Hop.

The album features guest appearances from stic.man (dead prez), Killah Priest (Wu-Tang), Zumbi (Zion I), Wes Restless (The Gents, Dynamic Vibrations), Rocker T (Jah-Warrior Shelter) and Jahiti (Brownfish).

Every movement needs a soundtrack and Earth Amplified is a Hip Hop anthem for our times.  It bumps – and packs a potent message.  The new album captures today’s sense of urgency as it illustrates the plight of the planet.  Covering topics from food and water security, climate change, poverty and prisons, to the potential for social transformation, it is rooted in a fierce passion for justice.  But this is no idealistic, hippy album.  This is the conscious rap of 2010 – edgy, unrelenting, textured and melodically complex, unwilling to shy away from a real look at the world we’re living in.

The bi-coastal duo put out underground gem Solar Stereo in 2007 and they are excited about the direction of the new album.  “I envisioned an album that gives a Hip Hop voice to the green movement that was soulful and authentic, and that could build upon the motto ‘act globally, think universally.’  With Earth Amplified we attempt to fill a void with one of the most powerful cultures on the planet: Hip Hop,” says the Chicago-born and current California resident Seasunz.  On this album, producer and emcee J.Bless joined forces with longtime collaborator Golden Horns, to craft the organic, live sound of the album, which features Golden Horns on saxophones, flute and bass.

The album kicks off with the first single, the danceable, Fela-inspired “Lady Justice,” which is driven by an infectious bass and horn line and four-to-the-floor kicks.  This ode to powerful women and the Mother Earth they inhabit shows off Seasunz’s versatility, with upbeat raps, falsetto vocals and the spirited blues refrain: “I know it gets tough in the grind sometimes, bills high, ain’t got no time, gotta keep on rollin’, gotta keep on rollin’.”  In the second verse, Seasunz shouts out Angela Davis, Wangari Maathai, Assata Shakur, and Vandana Shiva for being fearless female revolutionaries.

Global Warning,” featuring a fierce verse from stic.man of dead prez, describes a post-meltdown world, where citizens swim among skyscrapers and toxic waste spreads disease while executives and politicians pad their bank accounts.  Utilizing a wailing high-pitched arpeggio and dancehall-tinged bassline, the song is an impassioned chant for climate and environmental justice.  With a chorus that urges the listener to “take a look at the world around,” Seasunz warns that without action there will be “another 600 acres gone in the Congo and Amazon, by the end of the song,” while stic.man prods us to “go green, go solar, go agriculture.”

In “Food Fight,” Seasunz takes on a dark back-alley persona in equating the food industry’s tactics with the violent acts of gangsters and genocidal governments.  Over a sinister jazz/rap fusion beat, he paraphrases classic rap lines while calling out genetically modified foods and high-fructose corn syrup in warning that “there’s a war going on inside no man is safe from.”  In another guest spot, stic.man takes cues from KRS-One as he spits: “Suicide, it’s a suicide, don’t want no microwaves, no pesticides, fast food slow death in disguise, its the wild wild westernized world of deception and lies, what’s beef?”

Water World” blends 808s and vocal samples of Seasunz with meditative bass and world instruments, including Youssoupha Sidibe on the West African stringed instrument Kora and master Tabla player Robin Sukhadia.  In his verse, J.Bless takes aim at the “fiscal interests in your liquids” as he rhymes about the “stocks and bonds in your ponds and your reservoirs,” while Seasunz poetically drops science about the shortage of drinking water and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  Both lamenting the state of water resources and professing love for its life-giving force, the song is a melodic journey in both content and musical arrangement.

Other notable moments include “Nitewriters,” featuring a classic cosmic verse from Killah Priest,  “Hungry Money,” a look at the funny business of the financial bust with Zumbi from Bay Area group Zion I, the Tribe-inspired “Sunnyside” featuring a verse and chorus from Chicago-based Wes Restless, the fast tempo soul feel of “Not The Same Thing,” and “Any Day Now,” a revealing look at the real-world impact of the prison-industrial complex.

As the second full-length offering from Seasunz + J.Bless, Earth Amplified redefines the “green movement” and further expands the Hip Hop voice into new territory.

FREELOAD:

‘Lady Justice’ from Earth Amplified
http://seasunz-and-jbless.bandcamp.com/track/lady-justice-2

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TRACKLIST

1. Lady Justice
2. Hungry Money (feat. Zumbi of Zion I)
3. Sunnyside (feat. Wes Restless)
4. Global Warning (feat. stic.man of dead prez)
5. Food Fight (feat. stic.man of dead prez)
6. Water World
7. Nitewriters (feat. Killah Priest)
8. Storm Before the Calm (interlude)
9. Not the Same Thing
10. HWY 1
11. Any Day Now
12. On the Way (outro)
13. Defend Her (Bonus Track) (Little Island Mix feat. Rocker T and Jahiti of Brownfish)

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Macy Gray: The Sellout – Out Now!

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MACY GRAY – THE SELLOUT OUT NOW

Concord Records is proud to announce the release of Macy Gray’s new album, entitled The Sellout, on June 21, 2010.

The Sellout is the Grammy Award winning singer / songwriter’s first album in more than 3 years and will be released by Concord Records in the U.S., Island Records in the U.K. and Universal Music Group, internationally.

The Sellout, featuring 12 new songs, was co-written and executive produced by Gray in Los Angeles throughout 2009. The album was mixed by four- time Grammy Award winning mixer Manny Marroquin whose credits include top 10 singles for Lady Gaga, Jay Z, Rihanna, Alicia Keyes, Kanye West and John Mayer. Collaborators on the album include Bobby Brown, The Bodyrockers’ Kaz James and Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum formerly of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver.

It’s clear from opening moments of the record’s first single, the irresistibly anthemic “Beauty In The World”, that The Sellout is the work of an artist who has reconnected with the essence of her creative gifts after a long, soul-numbing journey through the music biz’s star-making machinery. “The Sellout tells the story of how I found my salvation in just being myself instead of who other people thought I should be,” said the striking singer. “I had got to a place in my career where I tried everything that was asked of me and in doing so I lost sight of who Macy Gray really is. I spent over a year making this album without any pressure or opinions and being able to choose the co-writers, producers and artists that felt good to me. As a result, it really reflects my true identity. I feel like I have finally made the album I was capable of and that my fans wanted. These are some of my favorite songs that I’ve written.”

Sparkling melodies and personal lyrical insights dazzle throughout The Sellout, an authentic and confidently delivered statement from one of contemporary music’s most skillful and creative forces. The highlights are rich and plentiful including the alluring, soul-pop groove of “Lately”, “That Man” a mouth-watering slice of Ting Ting’s inflected 80’s new-wave, the Joan Jett meets T- Rex thump and screaming Slash guitar of “Kissed It”, and the beguiling, “Still Hurts”, a vulnerable, emotion filled keep-sake ballad, just to name a few.

Macy Gray first burst onto the music scene with her debut album On How Life Is and the massive hit single “I Try” both of which went number 1 all over the world. The album went on to sell 7 million copies worldwide with Gray winning a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and an MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist. Macy Gray has gone on to sell more than 15,000,000 albums worldwide and has been nominated for 5 Grammy Awards and 6 MTV Video Music Awards. She has collaborated on stage and in the recording studio with some of music’s greatest artists including Justin Timberlake, Common, Outkast, Rick Rubin, Carlos Santana, Erykah Badu, Fergie, will.i.am, John Frusciante (of Red Hot Chili Peppers), Nas, Mos Def and Natalie Cole, among many others. She has also appeared in numerous films including Training Day, Spider Man, Idlewild and the award winning HBO Film Lackawanna Blues.

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Fusicology Radio Presents DJ Big Rob Martinez – Podcast Episode #8

We are back with another installment of Fusicology Radio featuring Detroit’s own, DJ Big Rob Martinez. This is a live set from the Rob & Angela Birthday Affair in April of 2010. Enjoy!

1. Respect Me – Bucie
2. A Greater Love – DJ Spen feat. Robert Owens
3. Violet – Oscar P. feat. Marcus Pearson
4. Sessions – John Howley
5. Thank You – Layabouts feat. Pete Simpson
6. Give Me Your Trust – Layabouts feat. Yvonne
7. Fire – Clemens Rumpf & Savid A. Tobin
8. Show Me – Colin Sales feat. Diane White
9. Don’t Leave Me – Kathy Brown
10. I Need – Pol-on

RIP Garry "Diaperman" Shider of P-Funk

Remembering Legendary P-Funk Member Garry “Starchild” Shider – (July 24, 1953 – June 16, 2010)

Photo (c) Bru Bruser


There are plenty stars in Parliament-Funkadelic, a funk ‘n roll dynasty that has lasted for over 50 years. Of course there’s George Clinton, chief P-Funk referee, producer, vocalist, songwriter and team captain. You had guitarist Eddie Hazel, whose searing guitar solos would make your mother cry. There’s Bernie Worrell, the keyboard wizard whose sinister lines were like Beethoven-meets-Zappa. And then there were Bootsy Collins, Glenn Goins, Junie Morrison, Mallia Franklin, Jerome Brailey, and about 493 other bright superstars who lit the path of the “Funk Mob” galaxy. But with the sudden, June 16th death of Garry “Starchild” Shider, one of P-Funk’s most integral players, there’s a little less light under the sun.
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Garry Shider, a son of Plainfield, New Jersey, joined P-Funk in 1972 and never left, staying loyal to the group consistently longer than any other member besides Clinton. He was so much more than just “the guy who wore the diaper” onstage. He was P-Funk personified. He was a master producer, rhythm guitarist, arranger, musical tour director, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. When Clinton briefly retired in 1979, Garry took the helm, leading the band in a series of legendary live shows. He co-wrote an endless list of P-Funk hits and classics – “One Nation Under a Groove,” “Bop Gun,” “Uncle Jam,” Bootsy’s “Munchies for Your Love,” George Clinton’s “Atomic Dog,” and on and on. His gospel-influenced vocals on songs like “Cosmic Slop,” “One Nation Under a Groove,” “Oh, I,” “Theme from the Black Hole,” “Atomic Dog” and many more reminded you that Garry’s musical background came straight from the church. And when you saw him in concert, he took you right there.

Simply put, if you love P-Funk, then you love Garry.

Garry Shider Facebook Page


When the news hit of Garry’s passing, due to complications of brain and lung cancer, funkateers all over the world went into a state of, as one Facebook-er described it, One Nation Under Mourning. But, as the saying goes, “the Mothership will land, just like it always does.” And fans have taken it to the ‘Net, posting happy, healing memories of Garry on sites like myfunk.ning.com and onenationboardroom.com, while sites like pfunkradio.com present full tributes – all so we can get back to being One Nation Under a Groove, just as Garry would have wanted.

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Probably most healing of all was the message that magically appeared on Garry’s Facebook page, the evening of his death: “Alright my family, friends, and fans. I’ve come to the end of my funky journey, and it was a hell of a ride!! No tears, just continue to spread the grooveallegiance around the world so that we live on!! Love you guys!! Think of me when u look up at the stars!! -Starchild”

Today, there may be one less star on the P-Funk stage. But take comfort that his star lives forever in his timeless music and memories, in the sky, and in our hearts. Shine on, Starchild.

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As Shider did not have health insurance, a fund has been set up to help his family pay for remaining medical bills. Donate today and learn more about upcoming benefit concerts at www.garryshidermedicalfund.com, a partnership with the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.
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— DJ Soul Sister (New Orleans)
Follow her on Twitter @DJSoulSister

Remembering Legendary P-Funk Member Garry “Starchild” Shider

Remembering Legendary P-Funk Member Garry “Starchild” Shider – (July 24, 1953 – June 16, 2010)
by DJ Soul Sister, New Orleans (@DJSoulSister)

There are plenty stars in Parliament-Funkadelic, a funk ‘n roll dynasty that has lasted for over 50 years. Of course there’s George Clinton, chief P-Funk referee, producer, vocalist, songwriter and team captain. You had guitarist Eddie Hazel, whose searing guitar solos would make your mother cry. There’s Bernie Worrell, the keyboard wizard whose sinister lines were like Beethoven-meets-Zappa. And then there were Bootsy Collins, Glenn Goins, Junie Morrison, Mallia Franklin, Jerome Brailey, and about 493 other bright superstars who lit the path of the “Funk Mob” galaxy.

But with the sudden, June 16th death of Garry “Starchild” Shider, one of P-Funk’s most integral players, there’s a little less light under the sun.

Garry Shider, a son of Plainfield, New Jersey, joined P-Funk in 1972 and never left, staying loyal to the group consistently longer than any other member besides Clinton. He was so much more than just “the guy who wore the diaper” onstage. He was P-Funk personified. He was a master producer, rhythm guitarist, arranger, musical tour director, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. When Clinton briefly retired in 1979, Garry took the helm, leading the band in a series of legendary live shows. He co-wrote an endless list of P-Funk hits and classics – “One Nation Under a Groove,” “Bop Gun,” “Uncle Jam,” Bootsy’s “Munchies for Your Love,” George Clinton’s “Atomic Dog,” and on and on. His gospel-influenced vocals on songs like “Cosmic Slop,” “One Nation Under a Groove,” “Oh, I,” “Theme from the Black Hole,” “Atomic Dog” and many more reminded you that Garry’s musical background came straight from the church. And when you saw him in concert, he took you right there.

Simply put, if you love P-Funk, then you love Garry.

When the news hit of Garry’s passing, due to complications of brain and lung cancer, funkateers all over the world went into a state of, as one Facebook-er described it, One Nation Under Mourning. But, as the saying goes, “the Mothership will land, just like it always does.” And fans have taken it to the ‘Net, posting happy, healing memories of Garry on sites like myfunk.ning.com and onenationboardroom.com, while sites like pfunkradio.com present full tributes – all so we can get back to being One Nation Under a Groove, just as Garry would have wanted.

Probably most healing of all was the message that magically appeared on Garry’s Facebook page, the evening of his death: “Alright my family, friends, and fans. I’ve come to the end of my funky journey, and it was a hell of a ride!! No tears, just continue to spread the grooveallegiance around the world so that we live on!! Love you guys!! Think of me when u look up at the stars!! -Starchild”

Today, there may be one less star on the P-Funk stage. But take comfort that his star lives forever in his timeless music and memories, in the sky, and in our hearts. Shine on, Starchild.

As Shider did not have health insurance, a fund has been set up to help his family pay for remaining medical bills. Donate today and learn more about upcoming benefit concerts at www.garryshidermedicalfund.com, a partnership with the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.


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“Standing on the Verge of Getting it On – Parliament Funkadelic live, 1979″

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“Rumpofsteelskin – Parliament Funkadelic live, 1979″

Free Downloads: Zo! ft. Sy Smith (Foreign Exchange Music), Dilla*Shine by Robert Glasper feat. Zynzelay + Fashawn’s Ode to Illmatic [Mixtape]

Greatest Weapon Of All Time ft. Sy Smith (Produced by Zo!) – Foreign Exchange Music

Dilla*Shine by Robert Glasper feat. Zynzelay

MIXTAPE: Fashawn’s Ode to Illmatic. Nas’ original Illmatic beats

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