Monthly Archives: July 2012

Strong Arm Steady & Statik Selektah “Stereotype” Album Preview Free Download


Strong Arm Steady & Statik Selektah‘s collaborative album Stereotype will be released August 14th via Stones Throw Records.

In support of the upcoming album, enjoy a 6-track album preview as a free download, which features 6 songs from the upcoming album.  Guest appearances on this EP includes David Banner, Dom Kennedy, Chace Infinite and others, while the full length album features additional guest appearances by Black Hippy, Casey Veggies, Planet Asia and others.  The album is exclusively produced by Statik Selektah.

In coming weeks, look for the Strong Arm Steady collabo t-shirt with Diamond Supply Co, and a release party for Stereotype at Diamond’s retail space in Los Angeles.  More info and dates to be announced asap.

Download “Stereotype EP” for free here!

Deep House Maniacs Featuring Siba: “Cloud 9″ On Deeper Shades Recordings


Deeper Shades Recordings bless us with an amazing slice of fresh soulful house by the Deep House Maniacs titled “Cloud 9″, an utterly soulful production oozing with the inimitable South African sound we admire so much written and produced by Kagiso Kaygee Pitsong and Jackson Motlogelwa and featuring heartfelt vocals by Siba aka Nhlanhla Sibanyoni. The hypnotizing dub deepens the vibe, while Tony Loreto & Toro Trisorio takes us deeper into African territory on their celestial interpretation.”

-Michael Fossati (Spirit Of House)


You can purchase “Cloud 9″ here.


Selected DJ feedback on “Cloud 9″:

Boddhi Satva “Diggin the Tony Loreto Vocal Mix man. Superbly done”

Osunlade “love the vocal!”

Rafael Moraes (Nomumbah) “Tony Loreto’s Vocal Mix is the track for me, really nice feeling, for the dancers!!!”

Matt Masters (Freerange) “Track 1 is doing it for me on here.”

Distant People “this is a blissful release, Tony Loreto really keeps it jumping, fresh bright summer sound, full support from me!”

Just Mo (yFM, SA) “Great release by Kaygee featuring Siba, This up and coming producer is going to make waves internationally very soon. 10/10 I like the Tony Loreto mix more, nice one.”

Nick Holder “Im diggin this!”

Groove Assassin “Serious bizznizz ! great package of mixes to boot !!”

DJ Tipz “nice release will give it a spin this week on radio. Original works best for me”


Mad Mats (Local Talk) “Lovin Tony Leroto’s mix…deep, melodic and bumpy! Solid…:)”

Manoo “Dope sounds, DSOH never disappoint!”

Rocco “Nice remix by Tony Loreto , soulfull mix well done!”

Harri (SubClub) “Tony Loreto instrumental for me : )”

Euphonik “Tony Loreto’s Vocal for me”

Minus 8 “nice! great stuff!”

Dino Michael (Godfather’s House, SA) “Love both Instrumentals! Rocking and beautiful! Cant wait to play them.. Full support on my shows and in the clubs!”

Infinite Boys “Super track and great vocals from Siba…..another banger from South Africa”

Marques Wyatt “Really digging this, Tony Loreto mix is hot”

Sting International “Loreto mix all the way!”

Josh Milan (Blaze) “I liked the production of Tony Loreto’s version. Very nice.”

Kai Alce “Lovin the Loreto mixes!! Full Support”

Jask “nice one…I like all mixes”




The 3rd Annual North Coast Music Festival, “Summer’s Last Stand” Announces Final Wave Of Artists


CHICAGO – Summer’s last stand, North Coast Music Festival, is thrilled to announce the third and final wave of artists to the festival’s third year! Joining the already eclectic line up is mash-up maestro Girl Talk, instrumental electronic-jam band Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9), live bass-heavy belly dancing Beats Antique, Pretty Lights Music recording artist and producer Gramatik, dubstep monster Minnesota, hip hop duo Two Fresh, Chicago’s own Midnight Conspiracy, Brainfeeder recording artist Thundercat, and more!


Get your tickets here.


The Lineup:

Pretty Lights | Girl Talk | STS9 | Umphrey’s McGee

Axwell | Steve Angello | Knife Party | Atmosphere

Steve Aoki | Excision | Alesso | Paul Oakenfold

Big Boi | The Rapture | EOTO

Digitalism | Chuckie | Tommy Trash

Yelawolf | Modestep | Felix da Housecat

Future Rock | Mord Fustang | Beats Antique | Yacht | Dan Deacon

Gramatik | Rebirth Brass Band | Boombox | Digital Tape Machine

Maya Jane Coles | Midnight Conspiracy | King Khan & the Shrines | Thundercat

Papadosio | Nit Grit | Two Fresh | Minnesota | Savoy

Van Ghost | Com Truise | People Under the Stairs

Mr MFN Exquire | Auto Body | Thibault

Wyllys & the NY Hustler Ensemble | Zebo | Family Groove Company

Team Bayside High | Strange Arrangement | Stratus | LoBounce

Gentlemen Hall | NorDJs | Paul Universe | Mario Florek

Kid Color | DJ Solo  | ProbCause | Orville Kline

Buhay | Mathien | Jamie Lono | Arts of Life Band


This year, the Groupon Silent Disco has expanded to a dome, housing over 200 festivalgoers with some of the best music from Chicago artists. Attendees will notice the dome, with people dancing inside in what looks like silence. But each person will have headphones streaming what the DJ is mixing. Don’t miss out on one of the most unique festival experiences, The Groupon Noise Refuge Personal Time Silent Disco!


For more info on The North Coast Music Festival, go here.


Introducing The Fit Mix Collection, a Series of Underground House Workout Music Mixes Made For Moving and Having Fun


Introducing The Fit Mix Collection, a Series of Underground House Workout Music Mixes Made For Moving and Having Fun.

Smooth, soulful beats of Fit Mix inspires movement, and keeps workouts focused. Available to download at

SAN FRANCISCO, California-July 24, 2012-House Club Fitness announces today, The Fit Mix Collection, is available for download. Smooth, soulful beats of House music pulled together by a single bass line inspires movement, and keeps workouts focused while having fun – whether on the dance floor, working out at home, or learning new moves with a professional fitness instructor in a gym or studio.

This collection of workout music mixes is produced and engineered by legendary House artists, and features underground House music from around the world. They compliment any fitness program, and designed for individuals and fitness instructors to use in personal training sessions and fitness classes.

Developed by a veteran House dancer and fitness advocate:

“Underground House music is perfect for your workout. Unique sounds and rhythms motivate you. The driving beats inspire the next step or rep. And, the artists take you on musical journeys that are truly magical and entertaining. Time to get down.”

- Melissa Hunsbedt, Founder and CEO of House Club Fitness

How it Works

Fit Mix has three separate continuous mixes, each with their own style and vibe:


60-minute mix for cardiovascular exercise and sculpting with 5-minute warm up. Uplifting beats with a banging bass line.


30-minute mix for core strength training. Just the right beat to gain focus, and find the zone.


10-minute mix for stretching and cool down. Recover and relax after a workout, day or night at the club.

One hundred minutes of music that’s easy to navigate during any workout or fitness class. And, beats are adjusted to help maximize the benefits of each type of exercise.

“Fit Mix has made is easy to find great music for my classes. With the variety of artists, and three styles of mixes, there are so many options for pulling together an amazing class or workout. Fit Mix motivates you to work your body while feeding your soul.”

- Michelle Opperman, Crunch Fitness Instructor and Professional Dancer

“Fit Mix music is great to get my clients in motion during our workouts. And, the three tracks make transitions from cardio, to core strength training, to cool down, quick, seamless, and professional.”

- Brandon Copes, Crunch Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer

Releases & Artists

Six releases available now.

Fit Mix by Charles Webster

Our debut release is by a true innovator of deep and soulful sounds from the United Kingdom. Learn more

Fit Mix by Anthony Mansfield

Native New Yorker, now San Francisco hero, gets funky with deep House and organic Breaks. Learn more

Fit Mix by Mr. V

Just dance. This deep House workout mix by New York’s underground heavy-hitter gets you in the groove. Learn more

Fit Mix by Alix Alvarez

Soulful sounds brought to you by the inspiring Sound Engineer from the New York underground. Get deep. Learn more

Fit Mix by Galen

The underground favorite from San Francisco brings it with his soulful, Techno mix. Learn more

Fit Mix by jojoflores

The global ambassador of deep and soulful dance music from Montreal delivers once again. Learn more

Download the entire series, and keep workout music selections fresh by mixing and matching artists’ Endurance, Strength, and Reflect mixes.

Upcoming releases are currently being produced, including Fit Mix by Roy Davis, Jr., acclaimed Producer, DJ, and Vocalist from Chicago. Learn more, and sign up to receive an email notification when available.


The Fit Mix artists entertain the masses, setting the atmospheres for events and parties in underground clubs, warehouses, and outdoor environments all over the world. They know how to get a crowd dancing, and create the perfect mood.

Each Fit Mix artist has hand-selected tracks that set the tone and pace for each of their respective Endurance, Strength, and Reflect mixes. They feature an amazing assortment of underground House music from global record labels including SOLE Channel Music, Miso Records, Hectorworks Records, Large Music, Dirt Crew Recordings, Gotsoul Records, PLUS, Producers and Vocalists including Mark Grant, Sascha Dive, Kerri Chandler, Rasoul, and many others.

Track lists and samples available at

Pricing & Availability

Download Fit Mix from House Club Fitness ( for USD$11.99. Also available on iTunes ( and YogiTunes (

About House Club Fitness

Fit Mix is the debut product of House Club Fitness in San Francisco, California. House Club Fitness delivers high-quality fitness products infused with underground House club culture that inspires dance, physical fitness, and fun.

“I love the Fit Mix concept, funky dance mixes, and vision of the company. The Fit Mix brand has the ability to take dance music to the masses in a new and interesting way.”

- Asya Shein, Founder and Publisher,

Follow Fit Mix on Facebook and Twitter.

Fit Mix is a registered trademark of House Club Fitness, LLC.

Hip Hop Hall of Fame 2012 Inductee Class

Includes Afrika Bambaataa, Furious Five, Sugar Hill Gang, Treacherous Three, Funky 4+1, Wild Style Movie and More

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards is officially back with the announcement of the 2012 Inductee Class. This will be its first televised awards show since it last broadcast on national television on the BET Cable Network in the 90s.

“We are pleased to announce this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, who represent a broad spectrum of Legendary DJ’s, Artists, Groups, Producers, Dance Crews, Graffiti Artists, and Films that define Hip Hop Music & Cultural History predating 1985,” says show Creator and Executive Producer James JT Thompson.


The Inductees are:

Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
Sugar Hill Gang
Mercedes Ladies
Chief Rocker BusyBee
Funky 4+1
Kurtis Blow
The Sequence
Treacherous Three
Fearless Four


Wild Style, Style Wars



Dance Crew:

The Nig#a Twins
RockSteady Crew


DJ Hollywood
Lovebug Starski
Mr. Magic
Grandwizard Theodore

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Induction Ceremony and Concert will take place in November 2012 in NYC. It will feature a week of special events and community outreach activities, including unveiling the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum, proposed Exhibits & Attractions, Historical Tours, the All-Star Concert Series, a Hip Hop History Panel discussion on C-SPAN, VIP Mixer, Red Carpet Event, and Pre-Event and Post-Event Party celebrations. These events will be coordinated in the coming weeks with the City of New York, Community Organizations, Arts & Educational Institutions, Record Labels, and Music Distributors.

The July Hip Hop Hall of Fame ‘All Star’ Concert was postponed to film as part of the Documentary entitled ‘This is a Journey‘ & ‘The Hip Hop Hall of Fame History Story‘ during the Awards show week of activities.

Fans can follow the Hip Hop Hall of Fame and all the action here or on their facebook and twitter pages!

Icon Henry Rollins Joins “Dark Prophet” Cast

(Photo by: Ani Yapundzhyan)

Critically-acclaimed actor, spoken word artist, activist and punk-rock icon Henry Rollins has joined the cast of the new action packed thriller, “Dark Prophet.”  Rollins will be playing the role of General Adam Luther, the mastermind behind Black Box.

“Dark Prophet” is an original web and TV series which follows Dai Shepherd, an extraordinarily gifted, yet rebellious music student with time-traveling abilities who discovers that government intelligence agency, Black Box, has a catastrophic secret embedded in song patterns–Dai is the key to saving the world as we know it.

“Dark Prophet” is the brainchild of multi-hyphenate, Evette Vargas.  “Henry is an exceptional talent and embodies the role. We’re thrilled to have him on board!” she states.  The pilot episode is scheduled to begin shooting this summer in Los Angeles.  Henry Rollins will star alongside a stellar cast, featuring Josh Meyers (“That ‘70s Show,” “MADtv”), Rick Gonzalez (“Reaper,” “Coach Carter”), Bill A. Jones (“Glee”), and rising star Chase Fein in the role of Dai Shepherd.

An industry panel of NBC/Universal TV development executives selected “Dark Prophet” as the first place winner at the annual NYU Tisch West Alumni Web Series Competition.  In addition to being the Executive Producer, Writer and Director of “Dark Prophet,” Evette Vargas is CEO of Digital-Reign, an award winning production Company specializing in high-impact visual media. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of Arts, and recently earned her MFA from UCLA’s screenwriting and showrunning program.

The Kleenrz Present Their Indie Rap Cut, “Altered States”


Self Jupiter of Freestyle Fellowship & Kenny Segal are the Kleenrz!

“Altered States” is their badass, indie rap, all-star posse cut featuring MURS, Volume 10, Subtitle, Gajah and Alpha MC.  Their self titled EP drops tomorrow via Nocando‘s Hellfyre Club.

Download “Altered States” here.

Yoshi Akiba of Yoshi’s Jazz Club Launches 51Oakland Non-Profit Organization

Benefiting Performing Arts and Music Education in Oakland Public Schools


(Oakland, CA) – Wednesday, July 25, 2012 – Forty years ago Yoshi Akiba and her partners launched the first incarnation of Yoshi’s Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant. Once a small Berkeley restaurant, Yoshi’s is now recognized for bringing world-class musicians to its Oakland and San Francisco locations, while showcasing an array of local talent. Now, Akiba is expanding her vision to include Oakland youth with the launch of 51Oakland, a non-profit organization in partnership with Yoshi’s Jazz Club, that promotes educational, artistic and musical opportunities for Oakland youth. This weekend the organization will host two all-ages events benefiting performing arts and music education in Oakland public schools. “Oakland children do not have enough opportunity,” she says noting the funding cuts for arts and music programming in the schools. “We want to create opportunities for them that they’ve lost.”

The indoor and outdoor celebration at Oakland’s Toast Wine Lounge will kick-off the two-day community fundraiser on Sunday, July 29th. Hosted by Yoshi Akiba, with a special appearance from Don Reed, the event is from noon to 9pm and will feature live musical performances every hour, on the hour. Attendees will enjoy selections from David Gans (Host of KPFA’s “Dead To The World,” and Sirius XM’s “Tales From The Golden Road”), Kev Choice (keyboardist, composer, band leader, educator), Jordan McConnell (Grammy nominated musician), Cava Menzies Quartet featuring Shawn Whitehorn (keyboardist, educator), OUSD Ensemble, and DJ Jah Styles. Guests can also enjoy a delicious family-friendly menu and participate in a silent auction.

Don Reed, double NAACP Theatre award nominee, writer and Oakland native, revives his critically acclaimed one-man show East 14th: True Tales of a Reluctant Player for day two of fundraising in support of arts in Oakland public schools. The special one night only performance will take place atYoshi’s Oakland on Monday, July 30th. Praised by The New YorkerSan Francisco Chronicle, and East Bay Express, the play explores surprising family dynamics, rebellion, and the complexity of one’s moral compass.

Proceeds from both events go to making sure that Oakland students are afforded the resources and opportunities that will enable them to become the world-class musicians and artists that have been celebrated on the Yoshi’s stage for the last 40 years.

About 51Oakland
51Oakland was established in 2011 by Yoshi Akiba, co-owner of the renowned musical venues, Yoshi’s Oakland and Yoshi’s San Francisco, and Jason Hofmann, a young Oakland-based entrepreneur and former educator who, within the last few years, has become increasingly involved in philanthropic activities benefiting youth.

51Oakland, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, is organized and operated solely to promote educational, artistic and musical opportunities for youth in the Oakland community. An advocate of the Oakland Unified School District, 51Oakland provides access to mentoring, nurturing and training by professional musicians and, later this year, will underwrite and organize a monthly concert series, “Live at Yoshi’s,” featuring Oakland’s finest youth talent.


Sunday, July 29, 2012
51Oakland Presents
A Fundraiser Benefiting Arts and Music Education in Oakland Public Schools
Featuring Live Music, Comedy & More!
with Performances by:
David Gans, Kev Choice, Jordan McConnell, Cava Menzies Quartet featuring Shawn Whitehorn, OUSD Ensemble, DJ Jah Styles.
Appearance by Don Reed, Hosted by Yoshi Akiba
Toast Wine Lounge
5900 College Avenue (between Harwood Ave & Chabot Rd, near Rockridge BART)
Oakland, CA 94618
Doors: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free admission
All Ages

Monday, July 30, 2012
51Oakland Presents
True Tales of a Reluctant Player
A Fundraiser Benefiting Arts and Music Education in Oakland Public Schools.
Yoshi’s Oakland
510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607
Doors: 8 p.m.
Advance Tickets:
All Ages (Contains some mature language and themes)

Additional Info:

SouLab’s Digital Promo – Chill Out with Soul 2 Downloads


The compilation “Chill Out with Soul 2″ is a must have for all the people who want to chill out with soul. The selected  tracks are true modern soul gems in a mellow mood. This SouLab compilation is made with recordings of artists from Japan, USA, New-Zealand, France, Germany, Poland, and the UK. This is a proof that the modern soul music’s scene is alive all around the world.


Buy the album here.


Or click on titles below to download individual tracks:


Allen Hoist: Summertime

Slow Motion Replay: Down Stream

Uptown Funk Empire: I used to spend my time

Dan Electro: Two Wings



Raekwon, Meshell N’degeocello, Fiona Apple, Redman, Kenautis Smith & Black Spade featuring Teresa Jenee & Race, 40Love featuring Zumbi Has-Lo, Hard Corps, Chippy Nonstop, SouLab


SV x Rusic, Daru Jones, Analogue Monsta, Stu Bangas & Vanderslice, Soulful House Music Collage, IamSu!, Darnell Levine, Spasmodic Movements Radio,

FREE DOWNLOAD: Raekwon, “Keep It Politics”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Meshell N’degeocello Tribute To Nina Simone, “Be My Husband”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Fiona Apple, “Every Single Night (Hezekiah Remix)”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Redman, “Can’t Wait Pt. 2 (2008 Re-Up Mix)”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Kenautis Smith & Black Spade featuring Teresa Jenee & Race, “Still Remains”

FREE DOWNLOAD: 40Love featuring Zumbi of Zion I, “Tiki Tiki”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Has-Lo, “Stained Glass”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Hard Corps, “Dirty (J Rocc Edit)”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Chippy Nonstop, “#Moneydance101″

FREE DOWNLOAD: Soulab presents Allen Hoist, “Summertime”


PODCAST: SV x Rusic, “Get Dis Mash-Up”

PODCAST: Daru Jones, “Rusic Leaks ’12: Bits & Pieces”

PODCAST: Analogue Monsta, “Boom”

PODCAST: Stu Bangas & Vanderslice, “Brutal Blends”

PODCAST: Soulful House Music Collage, “Side C: The Friday Night Experiment featuring Musicologist”


PODCAST: Darnell Levine, “First Listen”

PODCAST: Spasmodic Movements Radio, “Fusicology Mix”