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Common, Robert Glasper & Karriem Riggins Announce New Group ‘August Greene’

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Common, Robert Glasper & Karriem Riggins announce new group August Greene - Self-Titled Amazon original album to be released on March 9

Listen to the First Single “Optimistic” Featuring Brandy

 

 

Golden Globe, GRAMMY, Academy Award winning activist, actor and artist Common, four-time GRAMMY Award winning pianist/producer Robert Glasper, and drummer/producer extraordinaire Karriem Riggins announce the formation of their new group August Greene. The band’s debut self-titled, Amazon Original album will be released on March 9th.

 

Te first single “Optimistic” featuring Brandy premiered at NPR Music, who said “[Brandy's] voice has aged like the finest of wines, layering harmonies all over Glasper’s signature keys and Riggin’s rapid drums… Common’s bars serve as the proverbial cherry on top while a choir lends a hand to close the jam out.”

 

In 2017, the three collectively won the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics on the strength of their song “Letter to the Free,” which was recorded for Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th. The longtime friends and musical collaborators felt the time was right to release music from August Greene, which has themes of optimism and black excellence. They have found a sound that does not solely fit into one genre, but is truly an invigorating hybrid of R&B, hip-hop, and jazz.

 

“August Greene actually formed before we chose a name, before we even knew it was a band,” says Common. “Karriem, Rob and I go back many years. It was something natural. When I started working with them it was like, ‘man, this feels like home,’ and it felt new and fresh. We love working together. The music takes us all to new places and it just feels like, everything I want to be as a musician is within the group of August Greene.

 

Starting March 9, the album will be available for digital purchase on Amazon Music and to stream on both Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music.

 

The Band Makes Their Live Debut at NYC’s Highline Ballroom on January 26 - TICKETS

 

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FEATURED AUDIO @ CES 2018 – Debussy & Funky Sound Studio introduce luxury smart headphones with a touchscreen

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Debussy Introduces Next Generation of Luxury Smart Headphones After Closing $1M Seed Round

Funky Sound Studio releases line of audio products under Debussy brand with the first high-end headphones to include smart capabilities, 4G connectivity and a touch screen 

While headphone options are abundant, none are adapted to the way we consume music or embodied the technology behind it. Funky Sound Studio is changing this perception within the music scene through Debussy; the startup’s luxury audio line that pairs luxury with high-tech features. After closing a $1 million seed round, and securing strong partners such as Dolby Laboratories, Funky Sound Studio debuts Debussy at CES 2018 with two headphones: http://funkysound.studio

 

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Driven by a limitless Internet and a multitude of streaming services, listening opportunities are more diverse than ever. As music libraries continue to grow, technical issues such as loading time, connection quality, and outdated audio products have impaired music enthusiasts and audiophiles from a perfect listening experience.  Funky Sound Studio closes this quality gap through Debussy–its dedicated audio brand with products that offer flawless sound, modern technology and luxury aesthetic.

 

Debussy is the first line of luxury autonomous headsets to have multiples kinds of connections to the Internet and allow constant connectivity. A Wi-Fi connection lets users access music from various sources on the Internet. When not available, the SIM card gives users 4G service so the headphones are connected at all times. Bluetooth connectivity is a given feature, but Debussy’s headphones will be the first to integrate Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity. Furthermore, Debussy headphones’ internal storage combats spotty connection in places where Wi-Fi and 4G can’t be found such as a subway train. It saves up to 4 GB of music from any device or pre-recordings. In turn, the headphones take out “middle-man” devices like smartphones to allow a more streamlined process to access music.

 

Similar to the way smartwatches seamlessly integrate communication plug-ins within, Debussy’s intelligent software goes beyond just an audio outlet. With voice command, users experience even more freedom and power to control features of the headphones. This includes the addition of an assistant like Siri to help extend the capability of voice command, so users can check for new emails or ask for directions all through the headphones. Because of the processor included in all Debussy headsets, the possibilities are endless to continue adding features and improving each headphone to become an all-in-one device to help users through their daily lives.

 

Unlike other headsets, Debussy’s headsets adds a high-end aesthetic through the color touch screen located on one of the ear phones. When the headphone is not being worn, the touch screen allows users to navigate and control the music from choosing a playlist, creating a Signature Sound or organizing settings on the device. When the headphones are worn, a gesture-based interface is used instead such as ‘swiping up’ to increase the volume of the music. The screen can also be used as a creative element where users can display the cover of their favorite album, a personal message or other custom visual. Overall, the headsets acts as a personal window into the music world of the owner.

 

Audio quality is never compromised as each headphone in the Debussy line was designed with artists in mind. Funky Sound Studio’s Signature Sound produces a Hi-Fi sound that replicates the same quality the artists intended their audience to hear. The headphones uses high sound quality digital-analog converters, amps and advanced sound processing to guarantee the best sound reproduction, in order to adapt to different styles of music, artists and environments.

 

In addition, Debussy headphones uses binaural stereo recording, which is a sound specialization technique that tricks the brain into hearing a sound in 3D. Users are able to record the sounds of their current environment and re-experience specific moments as the track is played back. Combined with head tracking, the binaural recording creates an entirely immersive sound environment as if replaying memories through sound.

 

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About Funky Sound Studio:

 

Based in France and California, Funky Sound Studio was founded in 2017 by Arnaud Perret; a young visionary entrepreneur addicted to stunning sound and innovative technologies. Perret’s mission was to “serve the music” by creating beautiful, and even smarter, listening objects designed for the modern world. With Funky Sound Studio’s brand Debussy, they will offer the best aesthetic sound, sensorial experience and endless mobility to their consumers. Funky Sound Studio is supported by a strong board of investors from the French Industry; two successful serials entrepreneurs; high-level partners including A-Volute, Dolby Laboratories, S’Next final, Sogilis and Whizz System; and sound experts including 3-time Grammy award winner for artists like Daft Punk, Antoine Chabert.

To learn more about Funky Sound Studio, visit the website

Kendrick Lamar, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith And Top Dawg Entertainment To Produce Black Panther: The Album

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Kendrick Lamar and Billboard Magazine’s Executive of the Year, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, are set to curate and produce “Black Panther: The Album.”  The album will feature music from and inspired by Marvel Studios’ Black Panther film including the lead single, “All The Stars,” featuring Kendrick Lamar and label mate SZA, produced by Sounwave.  “Black Panther” is directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira, among others.

Lamar and Tiffith will collaborate with Coogler directly in the creation of music specific to the needs of the film.  This will mark the first time that Lamar, whom Rolling Stone dubbed “the greatest rapper alive,” will write, produce, perform and curate for a major motion picture.

This collaboration represents the first time in Marvel Cinematic Universe history that Marvel Studios will integrate multiple original recordings created specifically for the film.

Lamar was hand-picked by Coogler for this first film music collaboration.  “I am honored to be working with such an incredible artist whose work has been so inspirational, and whose artistic themes align with those we explore in the film. I can’t wait for the world to hear what Kendrick and TDE have in store,” said Coogler.

Lamar added, “Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is amazing, from its cast to its director. The magnitude of this film showcases a great marriage of art and culture. I’m truly honored to contribute my knowledge of producing sound and writing music alongside Ryan and Marvel’s vision.”

Top Dawg added: “Working on such a powerful movie is a great opportunity.  We’re always working on new goals at TDE, so teaming up with Disney, Marvel Studios and the Black Panther film makes perfect sense.”

Kendrick Lamar is one of the most streamed artists in the world with his latest album in excess of two billion combined streams.  Fresh off his six wins at the 2017 VMAs, including Video of the Year, Best Hip Hop video, Best Cinematography, Direction, Art Direction and Visual Effects, he is regarded as one of the most important, critically acclaimed and creatively inventive artists globally.

About Kendrick Lamar:
Platinum-selling, Grammy-award winning artist Kendrick Lamar is one of the rare artists who has achieved critical and commercial success while earning the respect and support of those who inspired him. A native of Compton, California, Lamar released his debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city in October 2012 which debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and earned him seven Grammy Award nominations. His second album, To Pimp a Butterfly, released in March 2015 immediately earned rave reviews and topped the Billboard 200 with sales of 325,000 copies within its first week, despite it coming a week early due to a technical accident. The album garnered Lamar five Grammy nominations with a win for Best Rap Album.

On April 14 2017, Lamar released his fourth studio album, DAMN. which sold 603,300 copies in its first week, the largest first week of his career and any other release that year. The album shot directly to number one on the Billboard 200 where it remained for four consecutive weeks. Complex Magazine claimed it is his “most ambitious album to date”, NPR called it “introspective and unforgiving” and Rolling Stone named him “the most gifted rapper of a generation.”

About The Film:

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

“Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.

The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.  Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” hits U.S. theaters on February 16, 2018.  


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Introducing Stono Echo: hip-hop/soul duo comprised of DJ/producer, Paten Locke & musician/vocalist, Jay Myztroh

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Introducing Stono Echo, a hip-hop/soul duo based out of Jacksonville, FL comprised of DJ/producer, Paten Locke & musician/vocalist, Jay Myztroh.

Their debut album, Black Diamonds is both a rousing call to action and thoughtful reflection on the American experience as a person of color. From the rugged blue collar anthem, ‘Workin’ to the interstellar introspective, ‘Outer Limits’, Black Diamonds is as socially aware as it is spiritual and is deeply rooted in the past, present & future. You could best classify the sound of Stono Echo as cosmic soul.

Watch ‘Holdin’ from Black Diamonds:

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‘Black Diamonds is an outstanding work that dodges all of the potential landmines that go along with combining hip-hop beats with soulful vocals. ‘

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Purchase the vinyl/digital via FULL PLATE / Fat Beats / or your local record store.

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Nas + DJ Stretch Armstrong & guests celebrate the US launch of SneakersNStuff in NYC

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On December 19, 2017, Sneakersnstuff – One of the world’s leading sneaker boutiques for the last 20 years, with locations in Stockholm, London, Paris, and Berlin – held a private launch event to celebrate it’s first US location in New York City with a concept shop and bar – opening Wednesday, December 20, 2017 @ 11AM on 22 Little West 12th Street.

 

Notables include Nas, DJ Stretch Armstrong, DJ Chase B, Model Paloma Elsesser, Nicole Sky, Aaron Lacrate, Soul, Wiki, John Buscemi, Upscale Vandal

 

The 3,500-square-foot boutique, designed by Swedish Architect Jenny Askenfors of Bofink Design Studio, is located in the Meatpacking District.

 

The space accommodates multiple areas for artist and brand activations with the likes of Adidas Originals, Nike, New Balance, Reebok, Stussy, MadeMe, Reigning Champ, The North Face, Aries, and their own synonymous SNS brand, as well as wildly popular brand collaborations exclusive to Sneakersnstuff.

 

The bar, opening in early 2018, will be ran by some of Sweden’s most notable restaurateurs and will host both brand-activated events as well as nightly parties. The idea for the on site bar conceptualized after the success of the SNS owned and operated club alongside the SNS shop in Berlin last year.

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Photo credit: David X Prutting / BFA

Why Going to a Music Festival Can be an Amazing Experience

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Why Going to a Music Festival Can be an Amazing Experience?

There are some people that have never been to a music festival before. Some don’t like the idea of being outside among hundreds of other people, while others don’t think that you can enjoy the music as much as an indoor gig. However, there is a lot more to music festivals than that; they can be an enjoyable and memorable event that you will remember for the rest of your life. Here are the reasons you should be attending music festivals.

The Music

Not surprisingly, the best thing about a music festival is the music. If your favorite artist is planning to play at a festival, then go along to see them. Many artists are amazing live and sometimes give the fans a taste of their new music before others hear it. It is also a great way to hear new and emerging bands. You will usually find them in the smaller stages around the festival. It is worth going to see as many of them as you can, as you might just find your new favorite.

Creating Memories

If you do decide to go to a festival, it is likely that you will take some friends along with you. The whole experience of camping out and watching live bands can be enthralling, and you and your group will be experiencing that together. There is something about spending time together in these situations that encourages fun and happiness. In years to come, you will surely list a festival as one of the top things you did in your life.

Sharing with Others

Just because one or two of your friends couldn’t go with you, doesn’t mean that they cannot enjoy the fun as well. With social media and apps like Skype and Facetime, you can share your moments with them live. You will also be taking lots of photos and videos to look back on later. Be sure to keep your camera and memory cards safe, as the weather can damage them. It would then be an anxious wait until you got home to get the data recovered. Company’s like Secure Data Recovery Services can recover the data for you so keep it safe until they can examine it.

Socializing and Making Friends

With so many people attending each festival, it is impossible not to meet new people. It might start with a mutual appreciation of certain music, and progress into a long-term friendship. The good thing about festivals is that everyone is there because they want to be. That makes the atmosphere special and means everyone is in a good mood. You may even find a group of people that you can tour the festivals with each year. Many such groups go to see their favorite bands this way.

There are many festivals taking place all over the world; they feature various forms of music that appeal to almost every taste. If you are thinking of attending your first festival, then don’t forget to take a good camera and a decent tent.

 

 

Complex x Fuse: Russell Brand, Wyclef Jean, DJ Khaled, Boosie Badazz and more

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Wyclef Jean talks about his career; Boosie Badazz weighs in on today’s generation of rappers; actress/model Lauren London goes Sneaker Shopping, and more on an all-new Complex x Fuse Friday, December 15 at 11 p.m. ET/PT only on Fuse.

Complex x Food – Comedian Chris Gethard joins Sean Evans for a taste-test of some of America’s rarest regional soft drinks.

Complex x Sneakers - Lauren London goes Sneaker Shopping​ with Joe La Puma, plus an inside look at a pair of extremely rare Michael Jordan cleats.

Complex x Pop Culture– Hip-hop legend Boosie Badazz weighs in on today’s generation of rappers on Everyday StruggleWyclef Jean gets real about his career on Hounded. 

ABOUTComplex x Fuse features exclusive first-looks of athletes and celebrities eating killer food, answering burning questions, and revealing the secrets behind the hottest kicks. The weekly, 90-minute Complex-branded block features first-run segments from Complex’s core slate of more than 20 digital shows including signature series like Hot OnesSneaker Shopping and Everyday Struggle.

20 Years of Nordic Trax – Compilation Out Now

VANCOUVER’S NORDIC TRAX CELEBRATES 20 YEARS WITH NEW COMPILATION.

20 YEARS OF NORDIC TRAX MARKS A SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE

WITH TRACKS AND REMIXES FROM MARK FARINA, CRISTOPH, HALO VARGA, FISH GO DEEP, JAY TRIPWIRE, HARRI & THE REVENGE, JT DONALDSON & MANY MORE STREAM & DOWNLOAD

20 years of Nordic Trax marks a significant milestone for Luke McKeehan’s globally recognized house music label based out of Vancouver, Canada. The compilation is both retrospective and fresh featuring exclusive new tracks from an acclaimed label roster alongside a selection of Luke’s personal favourites.

Originally formed as an outlet for timeless material, the Canadian label has grown into a humble classic house institution, but gradually and strong– year by year, release by release. It has never allied itself with a scene or a sound, so the mind doesn’t automatically tether it to a specific place or time, the way many a house music sound has often pandered to.

Twenty years from its inception the label certainly doesn’t look its age with this guiding ethos continuing, says McKeehan whom for the past two decades has embraced taking risks on new unknown artists.

The goal of Nordic Trax has never been to be ‘on-trend’ or follow the pack — rather to put out timeless music that reflects what I’m hearing and how I’m feeling and let the chips fall where they may. In fact there’s a fairly decent list of projects I’ve passed on that have gone on to be hits. You can’t win them all, but I’m not interested in winning per se. This is a culture that has given me so much, and I feel obliged with our output to contribute with strictly quality music — not just flood all the channels with whatever I can sign.”

One of the compilation’s exclusive highlights comes from Mark Farina & Moulton Music’s Homero Espinosa who delivers a 2017 rework of US producer Alexander East’s “Believe En Me” – without question one the label’s best-selling & most iconic tracks. Before the catalogue is opened up to showcase many producers from Philly to Hawaii as well as break out tracks from UK talents including Cristoph, The Revenge, alongside brand new exclusives from Spain’s Nacho Marco, Jon Delerious and the prolific Gavin Froome — remixed by French producer Giom. Support of Nordic Trax’s most recent music continues to pour from the likes of Dixon, Skream, Joris Voorn, Luciano, Kenny Dope, DJ T, King Britt, Tensnake, Laurent Garnier, Danny Tenaglia, Fish Go Deep, Franck Roger, Jamie Jones, Dubfire and many more.

The result of such a carefully curated track list, plucked with love from such a wide array of output from lazy disco to chunkier sounds is a proudly personal album from one of the scene’s most structurally sound labels. A compilation that showcases not only the deep diversity of musical styles Nordic Trax has in its discography, but serves as a representation of the curvature in house music we all continue to enjoy.

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20 Years of Nordic Trax

Tracklist

1 Alexander East – Believe En Me (Mark Farina & Homero Espinosa Remix)
2 Nacho Marco – Northern Spirit
3 Jon Delerious – Let’s Work
4 Gavin Froome – Don’t Come Home ft Golden Ears (Giom Remix)
5 Gavin Boyce – Guidance Internal
6 Cristoph – Big H (Original)
7 Pete Moss – Infatuation
8 Matt Caine – The Break Up
9 Mature Minds – Concrete Castles (Halo Varga Surface Dub)
10 La Deep – Savoury
11 Marasco – Need (Original)
12 JT Donaldson & Chris Nazuka – Speaking With Sounds
13 DJ Harri & The Revenge – Slackjaw
14 Krown & Lock – Chameleon ft Esette (Johnny Fiasco Remix – Brett Johnson Bredit)
15 Kelvin K – Wanting You
16 Finest Wear – I See Her
17 Gavin Boyce – Divine In You (Fish Go Deep Remix)
18 Jay Tripwire – Body To Body (Audio Soul Project Remix)
19 T.O.S. – Only When I’m Late
20 Gavin Froome – Sunsets (Original)

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OUT NOW: Super Star Dave Dar – Secures the PURE

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Dave Dar is the last of the Soulquarians to put out a musical project. After being Sonically involved with D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Common, Blackstar, Reflection Eternal, and The Roots; His solo debut is finally here.

A true triple threat – He Produces, Raps on, and Mixes every song on the EP. The project features lyrical heavy weights – Homeboy Sandman, Rasheed Chappell and Milano Constantine.

The full length Star Seed LP is coming next, followed by a series of 7 inch singles, which will feature production by Pete Rock, Nottz and The Beatminerz.

Out now on VINYL, iTUNES, AMAZON & BANDCAMP
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