Monthly Archives: March 2014

Dance Music Supergroup Company Freak Releases Debut EP, Le Disco Social

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COMPANY FREAK, the dance music supergroup that features a rotating group of legendary singers and musicians, is releasing its debut EP, Le Disco Social, on March 25. Comprised of seven retro-futuristic tracks, the EP is a throwback to 1970s orchestral disco soul yet presents a modern, electronic flair being compared to Daft Punk.

Songs include “Sexaholic”, an orchestral synth-funk/electro boogie track with vocals by Tony-nominated Broadway star Vivian Reed; “Andre Leon Talley”, a dance- floor anthem that pays tribute to the fashion icon while celebrating individualism and self-pride; and a provocative remake of Sylvester’s “Do Ya Wanna Funk”. Le Disco Social is available March 25th on iTunes and on all major online retailers through Opus Label.

“I grew up on disco,” explains lead singer Jason King whose day job is chief architect of Clive Davis’ undergraduate music program at New York University. “That was when music on the radio had arrangement, structure, drama, sophistication, and style. I wanted to bring that back.”

Le Disco Social draws inspiration from seventies bands like Chic, Midnight Star, Kid Creole and the Coconuts. Its retro sound recalls the freewheeling sound of Studio 54 and the Paradise Garage while also mixing in the glistening nu-disco groove of contemporary bands like Scissor Sisters.

Taking its cue from albums of the bygone era, Le Disco Social begins with a spirited theme song. “I wanted a big, bold, cinematic statement to open the record,” King says. “Something that announced, “We are here!”

Once whisked into the world of Company Freak, listeners are catapulted on a funk-a- licious ride through the group’s first two singles, “Andre Leon Talley” (for the inner fashionista in us all) and “Sexaholic” (a cheeky track that allows Vivian Reed’s powerful alto to shine with authority).

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The journey continues with “Istanbul Disco”, a song King recorded while visiting Turkey. It features an incredible introduction played on a Turkish instrument called a kanun.

From there, listeners are drawn into an innovative re-imagining of Sylvester’s “Do Ya Wanna Funk”, with vocals by Shayna Steele from NBC’s Smash (Steele is also featured on this year’s Grammy winning Snarky Puppy album). Then it’s on to “Crackdown”, a song King penned as a nod to the segment of funk that boldly took on the day’s politics. “I wanted a track that captured the feeling of unease and mistrust people felt toward their governments. I think it’s applicable to a lot of different national contexts: crackdowns are happening everywhere even now.”

The concluding track on Le Disco Social is the midtempo ballad, “Seasons Change”. According to King, all the great disco albums of the past had at least one ballad. In “Seasons Change”, Steele, Melissa Musique and King unite to combine their brilliant vocals. “The song has that early 1980s Prince/Minneapolis sound,” King says. “It’s wistful and a great way to end the album.”

Ultimately, the idea for the EP was to bring people together through music, dance and good feeling. “That is why we named the record Le Disco Social,” King adds. “It’s a global dance party.”

Instrumentalists featured on Le Disco Social are bassist Steve Styles (Alicia Keys, Demi Lovato), keyboardist John Stanley (Patti Labelle, Luther Vandross), drummer Gintas Janusonis (Ultra Naté, Masters at Work), and horn players Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experience) and Kenyatta Beasley (Prince, Lauryn Hill).

Company Freak’s debut full-length album is slated for release by the end of the year.

Band site: www.companyfreak.com

Facebook www.facebook.com/CompanyFreak

Twitter www.twitter.com/companyfreak

Jason King www.jasonkingonline.com

Opus Label: www.opuslabel.com

@companyfreak @jasonkingsays

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3/20 – NEW MUSIC: FREE DOWNLOADS, STREAMS, PODCASTS & MIXTAPES

Low Leaf + King Britt, LAGOS LULLABYE by SIJI, DJ Kemit’s Winter/Spring 2014 Afro House Mix + SMR FUSICOLOGY #167 by DJ Doc & more

STREAM: Low Leaf + King Britt “A Light Within”

STREAM: LAGOS LULLABYE by SIJI

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PODCAST: DJ Kemit’s Winter/Spring 2014 Afro House Mix

PODCAST: SMR FUSICOLOGY #167 by DJ Doc

Playlist

1. Osunlade- Human Beings (Rafael Moraes Remix)
2. Brandon Villa- Insomnia (Main Mix)
3. Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band ft. Angela Johnson- Only Time Will Tell
4. Reel People ft.Imaani- Live Without Love (Reel People Vocal)
5. Blaze- Moonwalk
6. Ralf Gum ft. Monique Bingham- Take Me To My Love (Ralf Gum Main Mix)
7. Dj Roland Clark- Whuup
8. Butshelo Huma, Nkokhi- Somthing New (Josh Milan Honeycomb Vocal)
9. Louie Vega ft. Blaze- Brand New Day

 

 

 

REST IN PEACE: REGGAE POPS [1943 - 2014]

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REST IN POWER Nemencio Jose Andujar aka REGGAE POPS

LA Mag Repost:

Club Kid: Meet 69-Year-Old Music Fan and L.A. Dance Club Legend Reggae Pops

The party never ends for Nemencio Jose Andujar

Photograph by Dustin Snipes

➻ “I got into reggae through my next-door neighbor in Alhambra. He was a young man, a judge’s son, and I used to listen to him play reggae music until one day I said, ‘White boy, you really getting down! You got somethin’!’ ”

➻ Nemencio Jose Andujar was born in the Bronx in 1943. He moved to Los Angeles 35 years ago and overcame an addiction to alcohol and gambling. These days his passion is dancing. He earned his nickname while making the rounds on the L.A. reggae music scene.

➻ “Dancing is the best form of exercise, the best way of jelling with others. You can dance by yourself, you can dance with a hundred people. Just go with the flow. Enjoy yourself, and let others enjoy who you are.”

➻ Popularized by Bob Marley, reggae originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s, evolving from ska and rocksteady. Some attribute the term to a “ragged” style of dance music, while others credit the 1968 recording “Do the Reggay” by Toots and the Maytals.

➻ For the past eight years Pops has been a beloved fixture on the live music (mostly reggae) circuit. He now gets into most clubs and concerts for free, which he refers to as “getting love.” He gets so much love, his biggest expense for his lifestyle is gas money.

➻ “I tell guys that dancing is such an easy thing. It’s like playing basketball. You know you’re going to have to defend this person, so you watch what she’s doing. Then you get eye contact, and you post up. I tell girls, ‘Don’t look at my feet. Do the dance that you would do in the mirror.’ ”

➻ Pops is a land surveyor for Caltrans. He works from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., leaving evenings open for going out, which he does four times a week.

➻ “I used to go out every night, but my body is telling me, ‘Old man, you got to give me some rest, ’cause if you don’t take care of me, I’m not going to take care of you.’ ”

➻ His 69th-birthday party in March was a public event: There were nearly a dozen DJs and a balloon in his likeness that featured his signature straw fedora.

➻ He’s developed a fan base, with more than 5,000 Facebook friends. The company Frolab sells “Reggae Pops Is My Homeboy” T-shirts for $20.

➻ Pops’s top five favorite venues in the city are the Echoplex, Vanguard, House of Blues, Exchange LA, and Azul.

➻ “I take a lot of power naps. If I’m driving, I’ll pull into a parking lot and get my snooze in.”

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will.i.am, EKOCYCLE & Global Citizen Team Up for #ADayWithoutWaste

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Like the saying goes, “One small action can change the world,” and today will.i.am and EKOCYCLE are joining forces with Global Citizen to rally around that notion in the name of Mother Earth. Shining a spotlight on sustainability, the team hopes to encourage people to pledge to make a difference on #ADayWithoutWaste, April 9.

The recycling campaign aims to inspire people to look at everyday patterns of waste consumption in an effort to make even the smallest change that will result in environmental protection. Actor Colin Hanks has pledged his support and additional celebrity talent will follow.

To kick off the campaign, the Global Citizen Nights Concert at SXSW featured The Fray, Allen Stone and Saints of Valory with photo booths offering attendees the opportunity to think about their consumption habits and then capture their visual commitment to taking more conscious steps toward reducing their waste.

Starting today, people can register at ADayWithoutWaste.org and take the one-day pledge, committing to make a positive social change in the world.

People can also share and measure the impact of their zero waste actions via myActions.org – an online community and social tool that tracks the digital sharing of real world actions.

The organization will measure the number of actions inspired through the #ADayWithoutWaste campaign.

It is the goal of EKOCYCLE and Global Citizen to secure 150,000 actions from participants around the world beginning today through Earth Day, April 22.

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The Foreign Exchange: 2014 dates announced with more to come

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Grammy nominated alternative R&B duo The Foreign Exchange are about to embark on their biggest tour to date. The tour is in promotion of their fourth studio album Love In Flying Colors that was released in September 2013 on their own label +FE Music and will visit four continents, marking the group’s debut performances in South Africa and South America.

Tickets are on sale now for the following dates:

4/11      Pittsburgh PA                           DreamOn Festival

4/26      Durham NC                               The Art Of Cool Festival

5/01      Richmond VA                            The Canal Club

5/02      Washington DC                         The Howard Theater

5/04      Philadelphia PA                         World Cafe Live

5/05      Brooklyn NY                             Music Hall Of Williamsburg

5/06      Cambridge MA                          The Middle East

5/08      Cleveland OH                            Beachland Ballroom

5/09      Detroit MI                                  Magic Stick

5/10      Chicago IL                                Metro

5/12      Columbus OH                           Woodland Tavern

5/30      Johannesburg (South Africa)      Bassline

6/12      Charlotte NC                             The Chop Shop

6/13      Atlanta GA                                Terminal West

6/14      Birmingham AL                          The WorkPlay Theatre

6/16      Nashville TN                              12th & Porter

6/17      Louisville KY                             Zanzabar

6/18      Memphis TN                              Hi-Tone

6/20      St Louis MO                              Plush

6/21      Kansas City MO                        The Riot Room

6/23      Denver CO                                Cervantes’ Masterpiece

6/25      Austin TX                                  The North Door

6/26      Dallas TX                                  The Prophet Bar

6/27      Houston TX                               Fitzgerald’s

6/29      New Orleans LA                         Tipitina’s

9/24      London (United Kingdom)          Jazz Cafe

9/26      London (United Kingdom)          Jazz Cafe

 

** West Coast USA, Europe, South America dates coming soon **

 

For more information please visit theforeignexchangemusic.com 

 

3/13 – NEW MUSIC: FREE DOWNLOADS, STREAMS, PODCASTS & MIXTAPES

Teebs featuring Jonti on Brainfeeder, DJ Gibril Kuyateh’s De La Soul 25th Anniversary Remix Collection + SMR FUSICOLOGY #167 by DJ Doc 

STREAM: Teebs – Holiday (feat. Jonti) Brainfeeder

STREAM: DJ Gibril Kuyateh presents The De La Soul 25th Anniversary Remix Collection

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PODCAST: SMR FUSICOLOGY #167 by DJ Doc

Playlist

1. Osunlade- Human Beings (Rafael Moraes Remix)
2. Brandon Villa- Insomnia (Main Mix)
3. Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band ft. Angela Johnson- Only Time Will Tell
4. Reel People ft.Imaani- Live Without Love (Reel People Vocal)
5. Blaze- Moonwalk
6. Ralf Gum ft. Monique Bingham- Take Me To My Love (Ralf Gum Main Mix)
7. Dj Roland Clark- Whuup
8. Butshelo Huma, Nkokhi- Somthing New (Josh Milan Honeycomb Vocal)
9. Louie Vega ft. Blaze- Brand New Day

 

 

 

3/6 – NEW MUSIC: FREE DOWNLOADS, STREAMS, PODCASTS & MIXTAPES

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Chali 2na, Patrick Forge, Booty Fade, Far East Movement with Schoolboy Q and B.O.B., Chromeo, Alpha + Olmega AfroHouse, Kissey, DJ Kemit Presents Soul Makossa + “Re:Compositional Blends” mixed by DJ Mza

STREAM: Chali 2na MANPHIBIAN MUSIC (ATC EP.2)

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STREAM: Soul Surfing By Patrick Forge

 

STREAM: Booty Fade EP

STREAM: “THE ILLEST REMIX” Far East Movement Ft Riff Raff, Schoolboy Q, B.O.B

STREAM: Chromeo Play Jealous (I Ain’t With It)

FREE DOWNLOAD: Alpha + Olmega / 26 Days in November

STREAM: Kissey - Dance The Pain Away

DJ MIX: DJ Kemit Presents Soul Makossa March 2014

 

DJ MIX: Re-released “Re:Compositional Blends” mixed by DJ Mza

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Chali 2na announces the release of “MANPHIBIAN MUSIC” from his Against The Current series

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announces the release of the 2nd installment from his Against The Current series:

MANPHIBIAN MUSIC (ATC EP.2)” is available at all digital music outlets

Buy NOW @ iTUNES // Stream NOW @ SPOTIFY

Chali also welcomes and encourages DJ’s and Producers to remix the tracks by offering up a FREE download of the mixed vocals: HERE

 

TRACK LISTING:

  • Manphibious Intro
  • Let’s Start (feat. CX and Nigel Hall)
  • Jungle Sometimes (feat. my Son, Jeru-Salaam)
  • Maintain (feat. Akil the MC, Laid Law, and Jack Spade)
  • Carry Go Bring Come (feat. Delly Ranx)
  • Cuban Woman (feat. Ozomatli and Garfield from Shai)
  • Stand Up
  • Megladon

 

Staying true to format, Chali first distributed this project through his PledgeMusic campaign to his loyal fans that had already contributed their support at: http://pledgemusic.com/chali2na a full week early. He is also allowing for a Free Download of the Intro Track, which he made available at: https://soundcloud.com/chali2na/manphibious-intro

 

About Against the Current:

Breathing new life into his musical past, the project’s sound is heavily influenced by his history; from the blues music he was raised on and the hip-hop he produced as a member of Jurassic 5, to the urban-Latin music he created with Ozomatli, along with his love for performing live.  Against The Current will be a 5EP installment featuring a fusion of these genres, highlighted by Chali’s trademark spitfire rhymes. In addition to the music, Chali is creating a Coffee Table Art Book to showcase the journey behind all of his experiences. Fans can learn more and become a part of the project by visiting http://pledgemusic.com/chali2na or http://chali2na.com

 

Upcoming (solo) Tour Dates:

4/16 (wed): Melbourne, OZ @ The Corner (supporting Morcheeba)

4/17 (thu): Sydney, OZ @ The Metro (supporting Morcheeba)

4/20 (sun): New South Wales, OZ @ Byron Bay Bluesfest

4/21 (mon): New South Wales, OZ @ Byron Bay Bluesfest

4/23 (wed): Auckland, NZ @ The Venue (headline)

4/24 (thu): Wellington, NZ @ Bar Bodega (headline)

4/25 (fri): Sydney, AU @ The Factory (supporting Ozomatli)

4/26 (sat): Melbourne, OZ @ The Corner (supporting Ozomatli)

 

In 2013 Chali found himself rather unexpectedly reuniting with some old friends, and back by popular demand, after a seven-year hiatus, Jurassic 5 hit some of the biggest stages on the planet last summer. The group kicked off the reunion at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in April and continued to go on a tour that landed them in front of more than a million elated concertgoers by the time fall came around. In 2014 the victory lap continues and Chali will ride the J5 wave around the Pacific Rim during the entire month of March before returning to Europe in June for a tour that blends festival gigs and headline club performances. More touring plans to be announced soon. For up-to-date information on Jurassic 5 including full concert calendar visit: http://jurassic5.com

 

In support of the EP, Chali showcased his art and performed new music in Salt Lake City on Feb 27th

Check out a video recap of Chali’s 1st ever art gallery exhibit in LA: http://youtu.be/XI6Gto1ITVA

For more information contact: mike@chali2na.com

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300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE “300 Minute” Giveaways – March 3-7

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Fusicology is running an exclusive giveaway;  Enter the 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE “300 Minute” daily giveaways for the chance to win thematic promotional items or movie passes by following us and tweeting @fusicology #300Minute

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“300: Rise of an Empire,” told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” is a new chapter of the epic saga, which takes the action to a new battlefield—the sea.

The story pits the Greek general Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces, ruled by the mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and led by Artemisia, the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Knowing his only hope of defeating the overwhelming Persian armada will be to unite all of Greece, Themistokles ultimately leads the charge that will change the course of the war.

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We are giving away 1 prize daily beginning on 03/03 – 03/07, 2014:

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE “300 Minute” giveaways will be open for entries daily between 12PM to 5PM Daily.

03/03 – 1 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE One Sheet

03/04 – 1 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Black Flat Bill Hat

03/05 – 1 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Spartan Helmet Bottle Opener

03/06 – 1 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE T-Shirt

03/07 – 1 (Admit Two) 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Hollywood Movie Money

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In 3D and 2D in select theaters on March 07

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VIDEO: Egyptian Lover Exclusive Red Bull Music Academy Q&A

 

An exclusive, extended interview shot for the film What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music.

Filmed during the Red Bull Music Academy NYC last spring, and directed by Ralf Schmerberg, the film is part of the Red Bull Music Academy’s 15 year anniversary celebration and can be streamed via RBMA15.com and on Red Bull TV.

Red Bull Music Academy announced an annual monthlong NYC-based festival Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York www.redbullmusicacademy.com/nyc 

Applications for the 2014 Academy in Tokyo are open until March 18, 2014.  More info here: redbullmusicacademy.com

 

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‘WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE? A FILM ABOUT MAKING MUSIC’

Features Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Giorgio Moroder, Erykah Badu, Nile Rodgers, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Q-Tip, Richie Hawtin, James Murphy, Debbie Harry & more

STREAM: RBMA15.com