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New Release: Kermit Ruffins & Irvin Mayfield Collaborative Album ‘A Beautiful World’


Basin Street’s Two Most Recorded Artists Collaborate For Label’s 20th Anniversary 

Out September 22, 2017 on CD, Digital Download, Vinyl + Graphic Novel & Documentary
In celebration of their 20th anniversary, Basin Street Records has announced forthcoming the collaborative album between its two most recorded artists, Kermit Ruffins and Irvin MayfieldA Beautiful World.
A Beautiful World is a collaboration between two friends, Kermit Ruffins, the big easy ambassador of good times and Rebirth Brass Band co-founder, who has appeared on HBO’s TremeBravo’s Top ChefLate Night with Stephen Colbert, and the soundtrack for Disney’s Jungle Book in a duet with Bill Murray and backing Christopher Walken, and Irvin Mayfield, two-time Grammy-award winnerBillboard Music Award-winner, author, and producer. Combined, the two musicians share a staggering output of nearly fifty records, the majority released on Basin Street Records, an international independent music powerhouse that asked its two most recorded artists to collaborate on this centerpiece of the label’s 20th anniversary celebration. A Beautiful World is the ultimate party in record form. Producer Mayfield worked tirelessly to translate the eclectic soul of Kermit Ruffins to twenty-six tracks. On the process of making the album, Ruffins explains, “Good food and good music are my passions. I wanted to make a record people could eat.”
Mayfield realized that vision by bringing in 57 musicians arranged in four configurations built around a jazz structure: big band, traditional jazz marching band, chamber orchestra and an amended funk ensemble. Some Basin Street Records artists joined to accomplish this goal: The king of New Orleans brass, Rebirth Brass Band; the professorial clarinetist Dr. Michael White; the musical genius, Jason Marsalis; and world-renowned percussionist, Bill Summers. Other notable featured artists include: Haley Reinhart of American IdolCyril Neville (of the Meters and Neville Brothers), New Orleans bass legend George Porter Jr. (of The Meters and countless other bands), Tremé-crooner John Boutté, the inimitable and monstrous voice of Glen David Andrews, The King of Tremé Shannon Powell, a nine-piece string ensemble, and the silky-smooth spoken word bass of New Orleans-born actor Wendell Pierce (USA’s Suits, HBO’s The Wire, HBO’s Tremé).
A Beautiful World will be available on September 22, 2017 on all digital platforms and on CD and Vinyl (includes free digital download) at your local record store and from Additionally, in conjunction with the album, Basin Street Records plans to release a graphic novel by writer Amen Neville—more details to come soon. Finally, a documentary about Kermit Ruffins is also in the works, and is slated for a 2018 release.


New Release: Christen Lien joins Juan Atkins for “The Escape” Remix

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Acclaimed Avant-Garde Artist Christen Lien Joins “The Originator of Techno” Juan Atkins For “The Escape” Remix

One of the most compelling artists of our time, Christen Lien blends her passion for artistry and musicianship with the legendary sounds of Juan Atkins to create a new masterpiece.
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Christen Lien is an avant-garde artist with classical roots and multi-instrumentalist who creates an innovative brand of musical storytelling. She has branched out to bend the classical genre by integrating innovative technology and collaborating with artists and musicians from many mediums. Christen has performed for diplomats, Fortune 100 executives, heads of state, royalty, celebrities, and has inspired many crowds around the globe.

It is an incredible honor to have one of the legends of electronic music create the first remix from the ELPIS album,” said Christen Lien. “The Juan Atkins remix of “The Escape” has a sound that is full of momentum and forward drive.  “When I listen I want to move my body and lean in towards life. I’m so inspired to have Juan’s creative genius as part of this project.

This fall, Christen releases her debut album ELPIS. “The Escape” is the album’s crescendo and lead single due to the passion and energy Christen brings to her live performance of the track. From performances at venues such as the House of Blues and Zanzibar, or museums such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, audiences eagerly cling to the stories Christen deftly tells through her emotive compositions and skilled instrumentation.

Stepping outside of my comfort zone, I collaborated with Christen Lien to push
the boundaries of my creativity to discover more about my “outside the box”
thinking,” said Juan Atkins. “Working with an artist of her caliber with a deep
appreciation of sound was an unexpected source of inspiration. Christen should
definitely be on your radar!

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New Release: “Love on High” Full Length on Cha Cha Project Recordings


Following the “Love Rewind” single from Los Angeles-based soulful house mainstay Cha Cha Project RecordingsJuan Hoerni returns with his flavor-packed full-length, Love on High.

Throughout, the album is a showcase of expert craftsman production whose disco elements are perfectly offset with spare jazz-infused instrumentation.

Love on High drops with “Love Rewind” featuring vocal performances from Maurice Smith and Chezere. The singers create a moving interplay that brings home the song’s positive message over jazzy keys, a rolling live bass line, and a tastefully driving drum section.


Roy Davis Jr. remixes “Love on High” with cascading percussion, driving bass, and expertly placed embellishments (more cowbell!) amplifying the original vocals by Terry Dexter. The perfectly produced “Cabaret Le Freak” is a disco stomp-and-romp with spare keys.

Elsewhere, with vocal support from Irantzu and remixes by Terry Hunter and Jovonn, “Love On High” is jam-packed with juicy house and disco love primed and ready for summer. Drop Love on High, an album teeming with future house classics—and you’ll be sure to do so for years to come.

Produced, written and arranged by Juan Hoerni
Rhythm sections by Juan Hoerni
Co-production on “Love Me” by Juwan Rates
Keys by Scott Wozniak
Sax by Steve Graeber
Trumpet by David Soto



Juan Hoerni; DJ, producer, remixer, began his career, unknowingly in 1988 at Upstairs Records where he purchased his first 12″ record. Born in San Francisco, California, of Swiss/French and Mexican background, his love for House Music grew out of Disco and early Eighties dance music. It was in 1993 when Juan bought his first pair of technique 1200′s and began working on his craft of mixing.


His influences at this time were Dj’s Pete Avila (on of the main men responsible for breaking house music in Northern California), Doc Martin, Julius Papp, and the infamous DJ’s Jeno and Garth of the Wicked crew. In 1998, he moved to the bay area and landed an assistant producer job for 106.1FM where he helped Lawrence Petty aka Foxxee Brown, David Harness, Patrick Wilson, and Pete Avila run “Yo Mama’s House,” a 4 hour house music show that brought in legendary guest Dj’s such as Danny Teneglia and Louie Vega to the greater bay area audience.

In 1999, Juan moved to Los Angeles to begin his promotion company; Cha Cha Project, and his new record label, Cha Cha Recordings. Cha Cha Project was formed by Juan in order to bring world renowned deep house dj’s on a weekly basis to Los Angeles. Since then he has been running Niteshift (which has enjoyed great success) along with co-promoter Joseph Munguia.  Juan has successfully brought his dj, producing career to new heights with a discography of over 30 original tracks that he produced, for labels such as Vega Records, Large Music, WAX, and his own Cha Cha Recordings. Juan brings a style of Deep, Latin, and moody house to the tables and the studio and is also known for his obscure and tasty selection of classics.  Check out Juan’s debut album “Move Mountains,” and his upcoming album, “Love on High” on Cha Cha Project Recordings!





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Isaac Hayes being Honored with New Retrospective ‘The Spirit Of Memphis (1962-1976)’


Craft Recordings is proud to announce the forthcoming release of The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976), chronicling the ascension of one of the most influential creative talents in music history, Isaac Hayes, who would have turned 75 this year. Due out September 22nd, the four-cd collection examines the various avenues of Hayes‘ prolific career; each disc offering an in-depth look at his distinct musical contributions to both Memphis-based Stax Records and to the world at large: from his foundational presence as a songwriter and producer at Stax, to his artistic metamorphosis and subsequent rise to stardom. The set also includes a wide range of previously-unreleased material, as well as a replica 7″ vinyl single of the artist’s first commercially-released recordings. Housed in a 60-page hardcover book, the retrospective incorporates a wealth of archival photos and ephemera, as well as an essay by author Robert Gordon (Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion) which includes new interviews with Stax luminaries Deanie Parker and Jim Stewart. Contributions from Floyd NewmanMickey GregorySam Moore (Sam & Dave), and compilation producer Joe McEwen round out the package. Track listing below.

From his humble beginnings as an orphaned sharecropper to his rise as a session musician, house songwriter, and producer for Stax Records, to his arrival as a star in his own right, Isaac Hayes (1942-2008) became a symbol of what was possible for Black America. Dubbed “Black Moses” during the height of his popularity, Hayes revolutionized soul music, leading it out of the era of the three-minute single and into new territory: that of the fully-orchestrated concept album, complete with extended cuts that, in some cases, spanned nearly the entire side of an LP. The artist also broke barriers in the film industry, scoring the 1971 film Shaft. The soundtrack became Hayes‘ fourth consecutive platinum LP, and also earned him an Academy Award® for Best Original Song (“Theme From Shaft”). The musician became the first African American to win the Oscar in a non-acting category, and was also the first recipient of the Best Original Song category to both write and perform the winning track. Hayes‘ success opened the door for other artists and composers, like Curtis Mayfield and Norman Whitfield, to score music for the screen.

Each disc of The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976) examines a different facet of Hayes‘ career. Disc one covers his early work as a songwriter and producer at Stax, including many of his legendary collaborations with David Porter, such as Carla Thomas‘ “B-A-B-Y” recently featured in the hit film Baby Driver, and Sam & Dave’s “Soul Man, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year.

Disc two spotlights Isaac Hayes as a solo artist, featuring his singles recorded for the Volt and Enterprise imprints; from his breakthrough track “By The Time I Get To Phoenix, off Hot Buttered Soul, to his subsequent chartbusters, including “Never Can Say Goodbye, “Do Your Thing” and the iconic, ubiquitous chart-topping hit, “Theme from Shaft.

The third disc, aptly titled “Cover Man, examines Isaac‘s uncanny ability to transform tunes by songwriting greats such as Burt Bacharach and Hal David and make them entirely his own. This disc also includes previously unreleased material, including a studio version of “Windows of the World” and live covers of “Stormy Monday, “I Stand Accused, and “The Ten Commandments of Love, all recorded at a 1972 concert in Chicago.

The final disc, entitled “Jam Master, offers fans a seat in the studio with Isaac Hayes, showcasing extended jams from his classic LPs, including a full, 33-minute freeform psychedelic Bar-Kays jam on “Do Your Thing. This disc also includes unreleased work-in-progress versions of “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy, the Bill Withers-penned classic “Ain’t No Sunshine, and a never-before-heard composition from the Shaft soundtrack entitled “Black Militant’s Place.

This collection marks a cornerstone in a year-long initiative celebrating Stax Records’ 60th anniversary and comes on the heels of a recent digital release of Hayes’ Enterprise albums re-mastered from the original analog tapes by renowned engineer Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters earlier this year. LP reissues cut from these new masters, including the best-selling Hot Buttered SoulBlack Mosesand Shaft will be available later this year.

The cross-label collaboration between Concord Music Group and Rhino Entertainment has highlighted the hits, deep cuts and rare tracks from the Memphis label’s heyday of the ’60s and ’70s. Indeed, Isaac Hayes was an integral part of “The Memphis Sound, and helped to not only shape the sound of a genre, but also helped it explode into mainstream pop culture. 75 years after Hayes‘ birth, and nearly a decade after his passing, his music, style and influence still live on today. Many of the most recognizable Hip-Hop beats and drops have been born from Hayes‘ original tracks and a collaboration with launching in connection with the release of the box set will showcase his lasting effect on popular music.

The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976) is an attempt to frame a career that doesn’t always fit neatly together. This box set is a little idiosyncratic, like its subject and the desire is to tell a story, put together in chapters,” writes box set producer Joe McEwen in his Producer’s Note, “hopefully to give context to a visionary talent who came of age in Memphis, Tennessee among a generational eruption of musicians that moved mountains…”

Pre-order The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976) on Amazon.

REVIEW: Ribs RnB Music Festival and a Great Weekend in Detroit ft. Sheila E & Bruno Mars

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The Ribs RnB Music Festival 2017 ended with the crowd completely buzzing with excitement. It was a successful three-day music festival last month that brought together some of the biggest, best names in RnB along with plenty of supporting artists and performers. It was known as the Ribs ‘n’ Soul before it was turned into an annual event everyone can enjoy.

Interestingly, Ribs RnB Music Festival 2017 was not the only exciting music event happening in Detroit that weekend. What started as a simple road trip to attend the festival turned into a stunning journey with a lot of incredible moments.


Tower of Power and a Great Thursday

The Ribs RnB Music Festival was scheduled to start on August 11th, but our trip started earlier than that. On Thursday, we were greeted by the Tower of Power and a treat of funky soul. The San Francisco band also featured Jake Clemons as the opening performer, storming the night like nothing we’ve have seen before.

On the same night, Jackson Browne also staged a concert to help the Old Redford redevelopment effort. Old Redford, for those of you who are not familiar with the district, is fast becoming the center for music and arts in Detroit.

The scene was lively. We saw a lot of performers and artists with a formal music education background from top names such as Kent State University, learning from artists who have been in the game longer. The rapidly growing music and arts scene is among the reasons why more students are taking an online MME program and studying music.

The Spectacular Weekend

Idina Menzel was in town for her performance at the Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, but we couldn’t wait to see performances by the likes of the Atlantic Starr and Sheila E headlining the Ribs RnB Music Festival. The entire festival really showed what Detroit and RnB are all about. Good food, amazing crowds, and great music filled the entire weekend.

There were more than 30 artists in the lineup. The riverfront setting of the festival made it even more romantic. The weekend didn’t stop there. On Saturday, Bruno Mars performed with his band – led by Phredley Brown, a guitarist from Detroit – and Camila Cabello as the opening act. They hit The Palace and they hit it good.


Music City

It is difficult to deny the strong musical roots the city of Detroit has. Last weekend was the perfect example of how big stars and new performers set the city alive. The Ribs RnB Music Festival ended with performances by Deja, Denise Davis, and Deon Yates before Atlantic Starr took the stage. It was magical.

It is worth noting that the scene also inspired a lot of young artists. It has been inspiring many people to take music more seriously, including by pursuing a music degree such as the online masters in music mentioned earlier. Some of the younger talents are aiming for next year’s festival and the various events surrounding it. We may see new stars being born in Detroit.


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New Release: Isalot EP from Low End Theory/Flying Lotus Favorite ALEPH: “Vol 1” on Renraku

“Isalot” is from ALEPH’s EP “Vol. 1″ – out Friday, September 8 on Renraku.

The ALEPH project is a reflection of the heavily textured aesthetic found in today’s electronic music, and exists as the evolution of the previous bass music incarnation known as Prophet. Where much of mankind’s history in the exploration and study of music lies in the evolution of melody and harmony, the ALEPH project seeks to explore the nature of sound itself. When ideas are left unbound by dogma and tradition, the base concept of music blurs and breaks, yet foundations still lay within the wreckage of the old. ALEPH Vol. 1 seeks to capture this aesthetic, in both texture, experimentation, and raw power.

Solomon was a once great king whose legacy was forever tarnished by sin. The track of the same name was inspired by the fall from grace while in a position of power, and the devastating effects that can have. Goliath was the giant who conquered all in his path with his pure might and only fell due to his own arrogance. The song representing Goliath attempts to capture this fury with the simple yet heavy handed saw bass. “Monolith” represents a change in form, from a slow pounding rhythm, to a more complex percussive force, inspired by the stone that enlightened the Neanderthals in Arthur C. Clark’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

“Scintillations” is an even more complex song furthering this evolution, changing time signatures multiple times and meshing rhythm and bass with melody. “Lull” seeks to lure the listener into a trance, carefully changing its rhythm under the trembling bass and dust covered wind chimes. “Isalot” returns to the broken beats with a droning dull siren, exposing the forced imperfection of time and tone one can forge in electronic music. The evil spirit calls us back to the past, with archaic rave stabs, but modern power.

This project attempts to follow the change of form that music takes as the countless musicians of the past have shaped its previous incarnations, and attempts to explore what the future might hold, while still holding onto the lessons of old.

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Cannabis Travel Guides for Labor Day Weekend


With Labor Day this weekend, and people across the country are planning for the long weekend. This year, with more Americans supporting cannabis legalization than ever before, many travelers are opting for vacations that include cannabis.


Enter Brett Konen – a culture and lifestyle editor at, the world’s cannabis information resource. Adult use cannabis is now legal up and down the West Coast, so this summer, Brett and her team have created the ultimate cannabis travel guide, including customized itineraries for WashingtonOregon, and California.


New Release: Sidibe “Prove My Love”

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Sidibe Sets Herself Apart with “Prove My Love”

Sidibe is a five octave vocalist, songwriter and guitarist with roots in Louisiana and Senegal. With a voice described as effortless, ethereal and otherworldly, Sidibe’s vocal range is as dynamic as her musical style. She manages to meld the classic and the contemporary to create a sound that is unique to her. Her identity is clear and it comes through her voice on every song.

With a natural ease and confidence, Sidibe brings the listener into her sensual world and leaves no doubt that she is a true romantic. In April 2016, she brought Prince into her world with “I’m Only Dreaming”, a song he loved enough to include in his personally curated Purple Pick of the Week playlist. It was his final co-sign.

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Sidibe’s role as executive producer on her projects and her enduring collaborative relationship with Nico Stadi (Justin Beiber) and the legendary Warryn Campbell (Musiq Soulchild, Kanye West, Angie Stone) have brought a sense of continuity to her music while still allowing for expansion. It has also earned her a loyal following. Music lovers in Japan will be able to grab an exclusive release there this fall. Her plans also include releasing several singles over the next several months.

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While staying true to the autobiographical and revelatory lyrics heard in many of her songs, Sidibe finds herself moving into new emotional territory with her latest material. The lyrics, instrumentation and vocal styling all work together to reflect the feelings of a woman conflicted by love. She explains, “In the past, I have often written about the joyful and romantic side of relationship. My newer songs are equally passionate, but they include a tone of conflict too. I feel that in a way, the music and my voice have more layers, just like the stories I am telling.”

Sidibe 1“Prove My Love” is Sidibe’s newest offering and she had this to say about its creation, “I wrote the lyrics for “Prove My Love” rather quickly when compared to many of my other songs. When I am deeply immersed in the moment, the lyrics just pour out of me and I wrote most of this song in an hour. The music was created with Nico Stadi and Nate Mercereau in about the same amount of time. There was so much turmoil in my life during that period and this was the perfect opportunity to channel my feelings.”

She adds this about “Prove My Love”, “As if writing with Nico Stadi and Nate Mercereau was not enough of a blessing, I have the most incredible group of musicians playing on this song – Mononeon on bass, Nate Mercereau on guitar, Warryn Campbell on the Rhodes and clavinet, Aaron Spears on drums and Nico Stadi bringing it all together.”

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VICE Short Films Presents: The Paris Project


New Short Film Discusses Black Identity as an American Ex-Pat in Paris [NSFW]

Writer- Director Tamara P. Carter (THE LEFTOVERS) introduces an experimental drama about a Brooklyn based artist who moves to Paris to get married and start a new life. As a harrowed past catches up to him, he enters the depths of Paris’ underground art and spiritual drug scenes to settle a score.

The series was inspired by Tamara‘s decades long experience as an expatriate and merges art & film collectives from her native Brooklyn and adopted home in the City of Lights.  Shot on location and produced by Paris-based Quentin Daniel, the series is an amalgamation of stories, relationships and other realistic-fiction associated with moving to a foreign city with hopes of running from one’s past.

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