Monthly Archives: April 2011

Centric To Present Musiq Soulchild Livestream On May 3rd

It’s no secret Musiq Soulchild can turn out groove inducing music. From 2000’s “Just Friends (Sunny)” to the recently released “Yes”, his sound brings listeners into his unique world of R&B.

In celebration of his new album, “MusiqintheMagiq”, Centric—along with Atlantic Records—is presenting a livestream direct from the singer’s album release party at the Highline Ballroom in New York City.

Viewers will be able to catch Musiq perform new tracks from the CD live.

Centric Presents:
A Night With Musiq Soulchild
in Celebration of his new album, “MusiqintheMagiq”
May 3rd @ 8pm/EST

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Yonas featuring Phil Ade, Dennis Coffey, Moe Green, Saigon, Rel & J. Billion featuring Enoch, A-Trak featuring Cyhi Da Prynce, Sleepies, Szjerdene, The Primeridian featuring Add-2 & Ynot, Kokayi, Baby James


DJ Pari & Mr. Felty, DiverSe, Brownswood, Chaz Van Queen, The Weeknd, Najee, Boom Clap Bachelors

FREE DOWNLOAD: Yonas featuring Phil Ade, “Nobody Else Remix”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Dennis Coffey, Ubiquitous (Steinski Remix)”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Moe Green, Swim Great (Frank Ocean Remix)”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Saigon, “Bring Me Down 2″

FREE DOWNLOAD: Rel and J.Billion featuring Enoch, “Get Up”
FREE DOWNLOAD: A-Trak featuring Cyhi Da Prynce, “Ray Ban Vision (Luckybeard Remix)”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Sleepies, “Sludge River Mouth”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Szjerdene, “Lead The Way”
FREE DOWNLOAD: The Primeridian featuring Add-2 & Ynot, “Go-Ill”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Baby James, “Heart & Soul instrumental”

PODCAST: DJ Pari & Mr. Felty, “Chocolate City Soul Revue Official Mix”

PODCAST: DiverSe, “For All It’s Worth”

PODCAST: Brownswood, “Electr*c 2 Album Teaser”

PODCAST: Chaz Van Queen, “Songs From Away”

PODCAST: The Weeknd, “House Of Balloons”

PODCAST: Najee, “From Water To Wine”

PODCAST: Boom Clap Bachelors, “Mellem Dine Laeber”

EVENT RECAP: DJ Quik “The Book of David” Release Party on 4/20 [LA]

It was a good 420 this year.

The Lakers won the second playoff game against The Hornets.

And DJ Quik had the album release party for his 8th studio record, “The Book of David.”

There are only a handful of things that make for a worthwhile 420, and after good buds, good music is the most important.

In other words, when I was asked if I could cover Quik’s show on that very special day, my exact professional words were “Hellll Yeaahhhh!”

It was a gangsta party as soon as my friend & I entered the Key Club.

In all honesty, the women were more gangsta than the men.

These girls were holding’ it down for DJ Quik.

When Quik hit the stage, he brought a slew of homes with him. Throughout the night, special guests included Suga Free, Jon B, Bizzy Bone, Blakkazz KK, and Gift Reynolds.

Quik performed new jams off “Book of David” along with his classics such as “Sweet Black P*ssy” and “Tonite.” He did “Go Hard” with Gift Reynolds.

He video premiered his new single, “Luv Of My Life.”

Throughout all this, Quik had either a bottle of Hennessy or Cristal in his hand at all times.

Quik was faded. Everyone around me was faded. And I was faaaaded.

I hadn’t gotten down this hard in a while.

Hey, it was a holiday.

Appropriately, DJ Quik ended his set with a tribute to another West Coast soldier, Nate Dogg.

And I knew if Nate Dogg was alive, he’d be somewhere getting faded, celebrating 420 too…

words/photos: Ani Yapundzhyan


Fusicology Radio presents Deep Inside The Mind of Osunlade Vol. 1 – Spasmodic Movements Radio

Yoruba Soul on My Mind!!

Roy Ayers- Searching (Osunlade Remix)

Osunlade- Break It Down

Osunlade ft. Carlos Mena- Tambore Te Llamar

Osunlade ft. Divine Essence- My Reflection

Aaron Carl- Sky (Yoruba Soul Vocal Mix)

Andy Cantana- Ironia

Atheus- Deploy

Kelly Polar- Ashamed of Myself (Sting In’tl Mix)

Osunlade- April ( Abicah Soul Dub)

Osunlade- The Dating Game

Osunlade- A New Day (Quintin Harris Mix)

Nitin- Silent Scales (Osunlade Remix)

Osunlade- Cantos A Ochun Et Oya

Osunlde- The Deep

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Byrd’s Corner Music Review: Szjerdene Mulcare

By Aaron Byrd
Twitter: @itsAByrd

Sometime in the Spring of ’09 I stumbled upon an amazing singer/songwriter out of London by the name of Szjerdene Mulcare (pronounced Jerdene). A the time she was a young 20 year old college student and former model who was simply just making music for the love of it, with no particular aspirations. She dropped a free download of a 3 track e.p. called “Collage: The Demo” and it made quite the impression on me.

The influence of London’s melting pot of cultures is heard clearly with Szjerdene’s voice. She exhibits a chameleon like vocal ability, allowing her to easily be able to hold her on on any track, no matter the genre of music. And not just hold her on, but actually sound really good. It’s not hard to imagine hearing Szjerdene on a country, rock, hip-hop hook, emo, house, blues or even a reggae song. Once again, a quality which seems to be endemic to London and it’s vocalists.

Lyrically, Szjerdene is very mature, vocally, very polished and musically/production-wise, “Collage” reminds you of the first Res record. I actually reached out to her at the time and told her that her sound had been missing and she reminded me of Res.  She replied back, “Oh yeah, I don’t know them. I’ll have to check them out”. I then realized “How I Do” Res’ major debut, was released 9 years prior, in 2000, meaning Szjerdene was only 11 years old, of course she didn’t know who Res was…my first senior moment.

Anyway, over the years I’ve kept in touch, eager to see what else she would follow up with, if anything at all and to my pleasant surprise not only has she continued her musical endeavours but she has since started working with some of my favorite contemporary future soul producers, Full Crate, out of Amsterdam, and Robin Hannibal of Quadron/Boom Clap Bachelors.

As a matter of fact, Szjerdene has just released a two track single, which includes “Lead the Way” and “If 6 was 8” (both of which are produced by Robin Hannibal) on Los Angeles’ very own Plug Research Label. This single also marks her first official U.S. release and you can purchase the two tracks now online at Make sure to check Miss Mulcare out, she’s quite the talent and is here to stay.

Szjerdene on MySpace

4/25 – Music Monday Julie Dexter “New Again”, Dennis Coffey, Bootsy Collins & more…


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New Again

"..listening to Julie Dexter is like falling in love.."

"Sensational yet subtle. A singer to die for who creates an urgent need for superlatives yet to be invented."

Meet Julie Dexter, a world renowned, award winning, British vocalist considered by many to be one of the most influential female vocalists of our generation. Having shared the spotlight with a host of cutting-edge artists, including Mint Condition, Jill Scott, Bilal, Omar, Loose Ends, Rachelle Ferrell, Ledisi, Eric Roberson and Raheem DeVaughn to name a few, Julie not only holds up her own with them but has been praised and respected by them too.

Born and raised in Birmingham, England, this classically trained artist composes and arranges her own music. Influenced by legends such as Nancy Wilson, Abbey Lincoln, and Bob Marley, as well as popular icons Omar and Sade, Julie takes classic soul to the heart of Artistry.

Fans and critics across the globe have followed her journey through the circles of Jazz, Broken-Beat, Bossa-Nova, Reggae, Afro-Beat and Soul. Her dynamic voice was first heard in 1994 on "The Jamaican Beat" Vol 1 with Jazz Jamaica then later in 1997 on Dune Records’ release of J-Life, a European Jazz quintet formed by Gary Crosby and led by Jason Yarde. She later toured several continents with Jazz legend Courtney Pine as the lead vocalist for his ensemble.

It was in 1999 that Julie took a leap of faith and moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she now resides. She launched her own label, Ketch A Vibe Records and in 2000 released the critically acclaimed EP Peace of Mind, followed by Dexterity (2002) , and Conscious (2005). Moon Bossa, a collaboration with Khari Simmons was released in 2007 and her single "Ketch A Vibe" was featured in national radio ads for Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Barack Obama.

From Jazz to World Music, Soul and beyond, Julie Dexter is one of an elite few whose talent can transcend genres. She makes it all work on her own terms, as an audaciously independent artist with an undeniable connection to her audience.

Her latest anticipated project with Chicago’s own Producer/DJ Steve "Miggedy" Maestro entitled ‘New Again" is due for release April 26th 2011. Don’t miss the experience of Julie Dexter. Be a part of a tradition of great music. In the words of her smash single ‘Ketch A Vibe’, ‘Don’t let it pass you by…Ketch [Julie Dexter’s] Vibe’… 

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Monday 04.25.11
The Listening: Julie Dexter’s New Again Project
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Madlib, Frank & MED, Mo Green, Digitalism, Tyler The Creator, Random & A_Rival, Skyzoo, E Sober & Mr. Green, Caktuz, Odd Future & Gia, Owiny Sigoma Band, Prince Aries & Bambu, Lykke Li, Headless Horseman


DJ Journey, DJ True, Marques Wyatt, DJ Nimbus, SWTBRDS & more

FREE DOWNLOAD: Madlib, Frank & MED, “What Can U Tell Me”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Mo Green, “Masterpiece”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Digitalism, “2 Hearts”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Tyler, The Creator “Seven (James Pants Remix)”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Random and A_Rival, “I Ain’t No Joke (8-Bit Remix)”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Skyzoo, E Sober & Mr.Green, “Epic”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Caktuz, Odd Future & Gia, “Dose It (Treemix)”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Owiny Sigoma Band, “Wires (Theo Parrish Remix)”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Prince Aries & Bambu, “And We Mobb In That”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Lykke Li, “Sadness Is A Blessing (Gold Panda Remix)”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Headless Horseman, “Wavlngth”

PODCAST: DJ Journey, “Bad Mental Environmental Mix”

PODCAST: DJ True, “True Sessions Volume 2″

PODCAST: Marques Wyatt, “Salted Party”

PODCAST: DJ Nimbus, “Mood Shift Volume 2″

PODCAST: SWTBRDS, “Drums & Ammo, Volume 1″

Byrd’s Corner Music Review: The Weeknd

By Aaron Byrd
Twitter: @itsAByrd

Just when you thought R&B was dead, at a stand still, in come the Canadians to the rescue…Yeah you read it right. The Canadians. More specifically 20 year old Abel Tesfaye and friends but you may know them as The Weeknd. This Toronto based collective is yet another representation of a recent revolution of young up and coming late teen, early 20s R&B singers and producers.

Another notable is Los Angeles based Frank Ocean. Similar to Ocean, The Weeknd is quickly developing a name for themselves and they are catching fire in almost a Justin Beiber kinda way, well..maybe more like James Blake. Nobody is really touching Bieber right now.

Tesfaye, who is considered the leader of the trio, has fellow Toronto native Drake to thank for The Weekend’s sudden catapult into music consciousness. Apparently Drake is such a fan that he has tweeted a few of The Weeknd’s lyrics giving them both credit and ample praise thus instantaneously exposing the virtually unknown trio to the world, to the tune of 2 million plus (Drake’s Twitter followers).

The Weeknd sounds familiar but not at all at the time. They’ve somehow been able to cleverly combine Jodeci and Aaliyah with Theophilus London and Afta-1. These kids are kinda nice.  If you have not heard about them yet, just ask your teenage daughter or niece or just wait a few more weeks and you’ll start to see their name everywhere but just remember that Byrd told you first. We yearn for extended weekends, this trio plans on providing just that. Check ‘em out, The Weeknd.

Lyrically, The Weeknd is bold, explicit yet, seductive and intriguing. Tesfaye’s vocal presence and delivery is surprisingly very mature for someone who is just one year removed from his teenage years. Sonically, The Weekend’s sound is dark, ethereal, spacious, warm and sexy. All of which is exemplified with their debut House of Balloons Mixtape which they’re giving away for free on the their website

Search for Radio Maliboom Boom Correspondent: A Backstage Pass to Summer


Correspondent Kicks Summer into High Gear During 10-City Station Invasion Concert Tour

Do you dream of living the beach bum lifestyle?  Do you worship at the altar of sun, sand and surf?  Courtesy of Malibu, the best gig this summer isn’t in an office – it’s on the beach with a cocktail in hand and flip flops on your feet.  The perfect summer will be a reality for one outgoing guy or gal, when the iconic spirit launches a nationwide search for the Radio Maliboom Boom Correspondent.

In this role, one fortunate individual will travel across the country attending concerts, reporting from the road, interviewing celebrities and celebrating the season of sun.

Get Your ‘Bu On As the Radio Maliboom Boom Correspondent.

If you want to ditch your cubicle and hit the best beaches, bars or pools, then load up on sunscreen and get your Malibu game face on.  The Correspondent position was developed to find the emcee for the Station Invasion Concert Tour presented by Radio Maliboom Boom, a 10-city musical series which will bring the spirit of the Caribbean from coast to coast.

The Radio Maliboom Boom Correspondent will emcee the tour, introduce the musical acts and rally the nation to get their island on—Malibu style.  “We’re liberating one person from their dull routine to enjoy the summer of a lifetime,” said Anna Battiloro, Senior Brand Manager of Malibu. “This role requires someone who is outgoing, creative and passionate—someone who is capable of keeping our fans up to speed on the concert happenings, and who really knows how to engage a crowd.”

In addition to leading the party and rallying the nation, the Correspondent will be creating videos, blog posts, Facebook® updates and tweets. The selected applicant will also represent Malibu by conducting and participating in video, radio and media interviews across the nation, making for a most excellent summer stint.

Applications for the Radio Maliboom Boom Correspondent are being accepted online through May 15, 2011; those interested must be 25 and over, fill out an application and submit a video “reel” that creatively showcases why they should be chosen, incorporating three key messages about Malibu. Three finalists will attend training in Malibu’s homeland of Barbados from June 20-23, 2011.

The summer stipend for the Correspondent will be $15,000—and all the dancing they can handle.

More details on Malibu’s summer of fun, including the Correspondent search and summer cocktails, can be found at the Radio Maliboom Boom Correspondent website. You can also receive more details by following Malibu on Twitter @Malibu_Rum