Monthly Archives: June 2016

Saul Williams Announces Remix Album Due Out July 15


Saul Williams’ forthcoming album These Mthrfckrs: MartyrLoserKing – Remixes, B-Sides & Demos, due out July 15th on FADER Label. 

Coming in at thirteen tracks, the release includes never-before-heard b-sides and demos and remixes of songs originally from his critically acclaimed album MartyrLoserKing. Remixes and collaborators range from artists like California electronic artist MONO/POLY and experimental music producer Daedelus to Fugees collaborator John Forté and lauded lyricist Sa-Roc.

Previously released as a video, the album also includes title track “These Mthrfckrs.”

THESE MTHRFCKRS from MartyrLoserKing on Vimeo.

These Mthrfckrs: MartyrLoserKing – Remixes, B-Sides & Demos Tracklisting
1. These Mthrfckrs
2. Down For Some Ignorance (MONO/POLY Remix)
3. Horn of the Clock-Bike (Daedelus’ Fugue)
4. Down For Some Ignorance (Nite Owl x MNISOTA Remix feat. Dennis Passley)
5. Hack Into Coltan (Thavius Beck Remix)
6. The Noise Came From Here (Dawit Eklund’s Rootkit)
7. BeatDown (Demo)
8. The Noise Came From Here (Masego Remix)
9. Horny Clock Bike (CX KiDTRONiK Mouse Trap Remix)
10. Down For Some Ignorance (Remix feat. John Forté)
11. Roach Eggs (Sol Messiah Remix feat. SA-ROC)
12. Horn of the Clock-Bike (GMX)
13. These Mthrfckrs (Sodi Demo)

Saul Williams continues on his world tour through the summer, which includes a series of live performances in the UK and Europe before returning stateside for performances at New York’s SummerStage and Brooklyn’s AFROPUNK Fest. See below for a full list of dates and visit for the latest dates as they are announced.



40-Track Box Set Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Jamaican Rock Steady


2016 marks the 50th anniversary for Jamaica’s celebrated musical genre rock steady. 

Rock steady, which was a successor of ska and precursor to reggae, used elements of rhythm and blues (R&B), jazz, ska as well as African and Latin American drumming.With its irresistible slow tempo beat and more bass-heavy, stripped-down sound, it was a distinct contrast from the more upbeat, big band ska era. Although it lasted only a couple of years (1966-68), rock steady is one of Jamaican music’s most influential genres and produced immortal rhythms that are still sampled and used today.

17 North Parade, VP Records’ vintage imprint, commemorates the genre this year with First Class Rock Steady, a limited edition vinyl-only box set (exclusive for 2016 Record Store Day) and its CD and digital companion piece that features a more comprehensive 40-track collection (available July 1st). 17 North Parade will celebrate the release in conjunction with International Reggae Day (also on July 1). Details will be announced later this week.

The LP’s detailed cover and CD sleeve reflects the excitement of the era when postal mail was the only mode for sharing this burgeoning Jamaican export for worldwide consumption. Playing off of Jamaica’s long history of tourism, the album’s packaging also features images of picturesque postcards and stamps of Cricket (a Jamaican pastime), the Doctor Bird (national symbol) and Montreal’s Expo ’67 (World’s Fair).

In addition, the remastered collection’s packaging includes extensive liner notes written by Harry Wise and filled with quotes from the genre’s key players, including living legend Bunny “Striker” Lee, Trinidad and Tobago’s late-great Lynn Taitt and the 2014 fallen icon, Hopeton Lewis.  Rock Steady was also popularized by the likes of Alton Ellis, Desmond Dekker, Johnny Nash, Errol Dunkley and vocal harmony bands like The Gaylads, The Maytals, The Heptones, The Paragons, The Sensations and The Melodians, all featured on this extraordinary historical set.

VP Records Co-Founder Patricia Chin remembers the time clearly. “Rock Steady was a time when Jamaican music really came alive. Sound systems were booming and artist competition was fierce. It dramatically changed the music landscape, similar to how dancehall transformed reggae’s prominent sound at the time. Rock Steady music was also great for lovers because it spawned more slow dancing styles and really allowed people to connect.”

At the time, Patricia and her husband Vincent Chin owned and operated Randy’s Records, Kingston’s burgeoning record shop and recording studio located on 17 North Parade (hence the name for VP Records’ vintage imprint).  She adds, “when Rock Steady emerged, Jamaica knew we had something really interesting in the culture and that was music.”


1. Take it Easy-Hopeton Lewis
2. Hold Them – Roy Shirley
3. I Am Lonely-The Heptones
4. Dance All Night-The Tartans
5. Rock Steady-Alton Ellis & The Flanes
6. Ba Ba Boo,m-The Jamaicans
7. Pata Pata Rock Steady-Patsy & The Count Ossie Band
8. Last Train To Expo 67-the Melodians
9. I’m A Loving Pauper-Dobby Dobson
10. Please Stop Your Lying-Errol Dunkley
11. Return Home-Alva Lewis
12. Just Like A River- Stranger Cole & Gladdy
13. El Casino Royale-Lynn Taitt & The Jets feat. Cool Sticky
14. Dreader Than Dread-Honey Boy Martin & The Voices
15. The Return Of Ezekial-The Jupiters
16. Live And Love-Carlton Manning
17. Last Train To Ecstasy-The Melodians
18. You’re Gonna Need Me-Errol Dunkley
19. Born To Love You-The Sensations
20. Sounds And Pressure- Hopeton Lewis


1. You Don’t Care-The Techniques
2. Little Boy Blue-Pat Kelly
3. Left With A Broken Heart-The Paragons
4. ABC Rock Steady-The Gaylads
5. The Beatitude-The Uniques
6. Revelation-Alva Lewis
7. A Change Is Gonna Come-Ken Parker
8. The Russians Are Coming-Val Bennett
9. The Great Musical Battle-Derrick Morgan
10. The Big Takeover-The Overtakers
11. I Am The Upsetter-Lee Perry
12. Musically-Keith Blake
13. Lonely Heartaches-The Clarendonians
14. Napoleon Solo-Lynn Taitt & The Jets
15. Intensified-Desmond Dekker And The Aces
16. Got To Get Away-The Paragons
17. Hold Me Tight-Johnny Nash
18. Long Time Me No See You-The Sensations
19. Seeing And Knowing-Stranger Cole & Gladdy
20. Darling Jeboza Macoo-Stranger Cole

Don’t miss INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE in theaters now



We always knew they were coming back. After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale.

Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet.

But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, and Jessie T. Usher

Check out the official webpage

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POLITICON, the Comic-Con of Politics | Pasadena: June 25 – 26, 2016 | 25% discount code


Fusicology is excited to partner with POLITICON, the Comic-Con of politics, at its second annual event on June 25-26, 2016 at the Pasadena Convention Center. This year’s event features an all-star lineup including: Larry Wilmore, James Carville, Bill Nye, President Vicente Fox, Van Jones, Toure, Al Madrigal, Jay Pharoah, and many more.

It will be a wild weekend of panels, debates, screenings, art exhibition, and meet & greets. Also, join us for the Fusicology Hours in Democracy Village where DJs and spoken word artists will take the stage to entertain us all.

Use the code “Fusicology” for a 25% discount off tickets HERE

Free BETX Concert in LA @ Baldwin Hills Crenshaw | Monica, Bilal, Luke James & V. Bozeman

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This Saturday, June 18th – Outdoor Promenade

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza  |  3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Los Angeles

BETX presented by Coca-Cola® celebrates with an action packed kick-off concert at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Promenade.

The official pre-event celebration, which is FREE and open to the public, featuring spectacular musical performances by:



Luke James

V. Bozeman

Limited seating available, first come first served, so be sure to tell your friends, “Meet me at #BETXbhcp!”

Also, read about South LA finally getting an advantageous “Promise Zone” with Sections of Expo Park, Crenshaw and Florence included in the designation

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ONE Musicfest 2016 Line-Up is Finally Here! A Monumental Year

ONE Musicfest 2016 Line-Up is Finally Here!
A Monumental Year

Legends, A Once in a Lifetime Reunion, Festival Monsters, Songtress, Trap Lords, Funksters, New Age and we have A FEW HUGE surprises.

Welcome to ONE Musicfest’s most dynamic and legendary line up EVER!

OMF2016 is already on pace to sell out. Get your tickets TODAY at

11 straight hours of what Billboard magazine called, “…the can’t miss festival of the south!” 
 3 stages on non stop music
 Over 30 DJs 
 Incredible food selection 
Over 20 of the best food trucks in Atlanta 
A Merchant village
Live art installations
Tons of parking
And a once in a lifetime festival and music experience.






Applications open for InNOVAtion for Independent Artists


We’re excited to announce the next round of applications is open for the InNOVAtion Award! Set up as a joint effort between the PRS for Music Foundation and the Steve Reid Foundation, the award is open to anyone that is writing and performing their own music and is currently unsigned and unmanaged.

This creative development award offers vital support to unsigned artists pushing musical boundaries, in the form of a bursary of up to £1,500, vinyl release support and mentorship from Steve Reid Foundation Trustees. These include pioneering artists Gilles Peterson, Four Tet, Theo Parrish, Floating Points, Koreless, RocketnumberNine, Emanative and Charlie Dark.

Gilles Peterson, co-founder of the Steve Reid Foundation, says, “It is so exciting to be involved in a project that encourages and develops new talent and gives opportunities to artists who might otherwise never get a break. Steve Reid would be smiling!”

The announcement follows a hugely successful pilot year of mentoring and support which featured artists including Lady Vendredi, recent MOBO Award winning Moses Boyd, Hector Plimmer and recent Ninja Tune signee Sarathy Korwar.

The Steve Reid Foundation was set up by Gilles Peterson, Brownswood Records and a collective of Trustees who worked closely with and were inspired by legendary jazz drummer, Steve Reid. Steve’s musical career was marked by innovation, experimentation and breaking frontiers and he is well known for his work with Miles Davis, Fela Kuti, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Sun Ra and Keiran Hebden (Four Tet).

 v is an obvious partner for the Steve Reid Foundation because of its long standing commitment to supporting new music and artist development across all genres.

Applicants must simply submit links to their music as well as a three minute video which explains their career to date, and how funding and mentoring would help with their creative development. Artists can apply from today via:

The final deadline for submissions is Thursday 30th June 2016