Monthly Archives: April 2014


D.I.T.C., Blitz the Ambassador ft. Nneka, Legrowize It, J-Live ft. Sam London & Tanya Morgan, Low Leaf, LeFtO & more

STREAM: D.I.T.C. “Diggin’ In The Crates” ft. Diamond D, Showbiz, A.G. & Lord Finesse (DJ Premier Remix) 

STREAM: Blitz the Ambassador ft. Nneka: Love on the Run

STREAM: Legrowize It! Vol. II

STREAM: J-Live “City To City” ft. Sam London & Tanya Morgan

FREE DOWNLOAD: Low Leaf “Set Me Free” 

DJ MIX: LeFtO Show#581

(Jonwayne in session | new Mosca | Atjazz | Percussions | Taylor McFerrin & more)


DJ Spinna, J-Live, Djeff Afrozila, D.I.T.C. The Remix Project, DJ Center + J Dilla & more

STREAM: J-Live “Around The Sun”

STREAM: Djeff Afrozila Live at Djoon, France, Paris (April 2014)

FREE DOWNLOAD: D.I.T.C. – We All (Alchemist Remix) ft. O.C. & A.G.

DJ MIX: Soul Love 2014 (Mixed with love by DJ Spinna)

STREAM: DJ Center Play Dem Say Ah Gold 10

STREAM: J Dilla - Give Em What They Want – from The Diary


Taylor McFerrin ft. Hiatus Kaiyote’s Nai Palm, Pharoahe Monch ft. Black Thought, Words for Aretha (prod. OVEOUS), The Pharaohs Parade [Produced by Shafiq Husayn], High Priestess by Ezel Feliz + L’Orange & more

STREAM: Producer/composer/pianist/DJ Taylor McFerrin: Early Riser, his debut album on Brainfeeder - First single “The Antidote” ft. Hiatus Kaiyote’s Nai Palm

DOWNLOAD: Pharoahe Monch ft. Black Thought “Rapid Eye Movement”

STREAM: Words for Aretha (prod. OVEOUS)

STREAM: The Pharaohs Parade [Produced by Shafiq Husayn]

DJ MIX: High Priestess by Ezel Feliz

STREAM: New L’Orange Album | feat. Homeboy Sandman, Blu, Jeremiah Jae

NEW RELEASE: Multitalented Emcee/Musician/Producer Kev Choice Releases “Oakland Riviera”

Kev Choice, officially arrives with his critically-acclaimed new album, Oakland Riviera. The album’s 15 full-fledged compositions blend expert musicianship, funky grooves, jazzy moods, poignant lyricism, and sophisticated arrangements.  Kev Choice wears many hats, and all of them fit. Not too many classically-trained pianists who hold Master’s degrees can rock microphones with blazing 16s.

Over the years, Choice has been an in-demand keyboardist and session musician, recording and touring with the likes of Michael Franti and Spearhead, Zion I, Too $hort, Martin Luther, Dwele, The Coup and Goapele. In 2007, he toured as Ms. Lauryn Hill’s keyboardist and musical director after auditioning at a Bay Area studio, a gig which took him to 12 countries. Hill, he says, “was very influential in my musical development as an artist “.

With this album, a musical love letter to his rapidly changing hometown, Oakland’s favorite sideman is primed to take center stage. Choice’s musical background adds layers of nuance to his tongue-twisting, hyper-articulate lyrical approach, which combines technical virtuosity with social awareness, whether evoking Gil Scott-Heron on the polemic “Crazy Illusions,” addressing changing societal and economic demographics on “Shed Light,” touching on injustice on “Can’t Be Free,” or rhyming in 5/4 meter on “Golden Chariots.”

Atmospheric keyboards, melodic guitar, crashing drums, and an upright bass groove inform the opener, “That Life,” which alternates between Choice’s self-reflective lyrics and soulful harmony vocals by Viveca Hawkins, Marty Luther, and Jennifer Johns. “One of the goals of the record was to do things that are musically familiar, but take them to another place,” Choice explains.

Meanwhile, “Make Believers” wraps around a sinuous vocal hook tethered to an orchestral beat replete with violin and sitar. “This song was originally written for me to expose to people that I’m a real rapper, not just a musician who raps… I wanted to come extra hard with the flows, content, and delivery.”

Kev-Kola Music Madness

There isn’t a single “throwaway” track on Oakland Riviera, an instant classic which will go down in history as one of hip-hop’s most musically-ambitious albums, ever. Yet Choice and his extended family of collaborators–including vocalists Martin Luther, Lalin St. Juste (of The Seshen), Jennifer Johns, Stevie L., Donye’a G., Steve Knight (of Flipsyde), and Viveca Hawkins (of the Memorials), saxophonist Howard Wiley, bassist Marcus Shelby and guest emcees Zumbi (Zion-I), Mistah F.A.B., Erk Tha Jerk, Phesto Dee (Hieroglyphics), Young Fyah and Tony Vic (Choice’s brother)–pull it off, with a spirit which upholds Oakland’s cultural legacy and the Bay Area’s independent music tradition.

Kev Choice Ensemble-”That Life” Live at Yoshi’s Oakland
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Kev Choice-”Crazy Illusions” Live at Yoshi’s Oakland
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Kev At The Piano

DuraFolio for iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display


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RIP FRANKIE KNUCKLES – Godfather of House Music



Though he was born and raised in the Bronx, Frankie Knuckles (née Francis Nicholls) called the Windy City home. Known in dance music circles as the Godfather of House Music, the DJ/producer is credited with helping to popularize Chicago house in the wake of disco’s greatly exaggerated demise, paving the way for the genre’s domination of the pop charts in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Cutting his teeth alongside DJ Larry Levan in the ’70s, Knuckles spun regularly at the Warehouse in Chicago, went on to open his own club, the Power Plant, and remix hits by everyone from Michael Jackson to Inner City.

In 2004, the block where the Warehouse once stood was renamed Honorary Frankie Knuckles Way. And with house music enjoying a renaissance of sorts in recent years, one of the genre’s foremost pioneers has similarly experienced a deserved resurgence, commissioned to remix indie dance act Hercules and Love Affair’s “Blind” in 2008, as well as Whitney Houston’s 2009 comeback single “Million Dollar Bill.” Sadly, news hit yesterday that Knuckles died in his adopted hometown at the age of 59. To celebrate his life and legacy, we’re taking a look back at his biggest, most influential works.

10 Greatest Frankie Knuckles Tracks - Slant Magazine