Monthly Archives: April 2018

New Release: Kandace Springs ‘Black Orchid’ EP + Video


Kandace Springs‘ ‘Black Orchid EP‘, featuring brand new tracks from her forthcoming album produced by Karriem Riggins. I was hoping you’d post the news along with the video for her take on The Stylistics’ “People Make the World Go Round,” watch here:

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Other songs on the EP include her cover of the Roberta Flack-popularized torch song “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (a crowd favorite at Kandace’s live shows), along with the ruminative “Black Orchid” which highlights the acoustic strum of guitarist-songwriter Jesse Harris (who struck GRAMMY gold with Norah Jones by penning her breakout hit “Don’t Know Why”).


Prince once said that Kandace Springs “has a voice that could melt snow.” The music icon heard her cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” online and invited her to perform with him at Paisley Park for the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain, becoming a mentor to the young singer and pianist. Another legend, Daryl Hall, also discovered Kandace early on, inviting her to perform on his TV show Live from Daryl’s House. Kandace will open for Hall & John Oates along their co-headline North American summer tour with Train (dates here).

NEW MILES DAVIS ft. LEDISI + Record Store Day Release & RSD Promo Routing ‘RUBBERBAND EP’ on Rhino Records


The Miles Davis lost sessions.

Stretching Rubberband over 3 decades.

New Miles Davis featuring Ledisi.

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Executive Producers ERIN DAVIS & VINCE WILBURN JR. were Featured Today on CNN Headline News – watch them on Michaela’s Show!





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Pop Obscure Records

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In 1985, Miles Davis shocked the music world by moving from Columbia Records to Warner Bros. and started recording Rubberband. This album marked a radical departure for him, with funk and soul grooves, and was to include vocals by Al Jarreau and Chaka Khan.


Produced by Miles Davis, Randy Hall and Zane Giles, the line-up boasted Miles on trumpet and keyboards, keyboardists Adam Holzman, Neil Larsen and Wayne Linsey, percussionist Steve Reid, saxophonist Glen Burris, and Miles’s nephew Vince Wilburn Jr., on drums.




Engineered by Reggie Dozier (brother of Lamont Dozier, part of the legendary Motown songwriting team), the Rubberband sessions took place at Ameraycan Studios in Los Angeles from October 1985 to January 1986. The album was subsequently shelved, and Miles went on to record Tutu. “It was fat grooves, really funky, Miles talking. It was street and funky and dirty.




We didn’t go after writing a great jazz song, Miles wanted the street thing; he wanted the chord changes he wanted to play. The basis was to take it to the street like On the Corner, it was Miles taking more chances,” said Randy Hall. Zane Giles added, “Miles kept saying ‘I don’t wanna do my usual stuff. I wanna do something different.”






32 years after Rubberband was recorded, the original producers, Randy Hall and Zane Giles, teamed up with Miles’s nephew, Vince Wilburn, Jr., to finish and update the title track. In September 2017, they invited soulful singer Ledisi to guest on vocals at the Village Studios in Los Angeles.




The sessions, co-produced by Anthony “Mac Nass” Loffman and Arthur Haynes for SmashSound Syndicate, together with the original title track, will be released as a 45rpm vinyl 12” EP this Saturday on Record Store Day 2018.




An important moment in music history, the Rubberband full album is due for release in




Side A:

1. Rubberband Of Life featuring Ledisi (Radio Edit) 4:20
2. Rubberband Of Life featuring Ledisi 5:43



Side B:

1. Rubberband Of Life (Instrumental) 5:39
2. Rubberband (Original Version) 6:30
Side A, tracks 1 and 2, and Side B, track 1:
Producers: Randy Hall, Attala Zane Giles, Vince Wilburn Jr.
Co-produced by Anthony “Mac Nass” Loffman and Arthur Haynes for Smash Sound

Side B, track 2:

Producers: Miles Davis, Randy Hall, Attala Zane Giles.
Executive Producers: Vince Wilburn Jr., Erin Davis, Cheryl Davis and Darryl Porter for Miles
Davis Properties, LLC
Ledisi appears courtesy of Verve Label Group
Cover painting by Miles Davis, courtesy of Miles Davis Properties, LLC



These Products Will Get You More Than Just Stoned on 4/20

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In 2018, April 20th has transformed beyond celebrating a *special* flower you can smoke. People are getting creative and cannabis is now being infused into tasty treats, beauty products and even pet supplements for everyday use. #treatyoself or your bff (who might be of the feline or canine species) on this cannabis holiday to feel good not just stoned: 

Cannabis Beauty Defined Cleanser
Cannabidiol (CBD) has truly been a game changer in the beauty industry over the past few months. Cannabis Beauty Defined was formulated to maximize the effects of CBD to protect skin from the damage caused by free radicals. This cleanser is non-drying, sulfate free and packed with vitamins, minerals, and enriching moisture to leave your skin looking vibrant and healthy. It’s an extremely effective anti-inflammatory and is known to help slow down the anti-aging process as well.

Real Scientific Hemp Oil-X
Did you know that CBD is a great recovery tool for post-workout? It helps make your post-routine recovery period shorter. CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory, so your body bounces back to its natural state faster. This is HempMeds’ THC-free version of CBD hemp oil and it’s an easy, safe way to incorporate CBD into your daily regimen (and is great for those who are subject to drug tests).

Real Scientific Hemp Oil (RSHO) Salve
Speaking of recovery, this salve works wonders for tired muscles, aching joints, or sore bodies. Simply rub the salve on the area that hurts and soon you’ll be on your way to relief. Beyond that, RSHO salve can be used to relieve rough elbows, cracked cuticles or dry hair… hello, glow!

Mango Citrus Dixie Botanicals Kicks
Feeling a little sluggish? Trying to cut back on the ridiculous amount of coffee you drink daily? This healthy, low calorie energy chew is blended with 60 mcg of Vitamin D3 for a more natural boost. These Kicks also contain B vitamins and pure CBD-isolate to help give you the energy you need on-the-go.

Phyto Animal Health Bacon Apple Donuts (Released on 4/20)
You certainly don’t want to forget your favorite furry friend on 4/20. CBD is great for pets and they too are supported from its powerful benefits. These CBD-infused soft chews help provide support to your dog’s cardiovascular function, fights anxiety, supports joints and hips, and provides other desirable side effects such as glowing skin and hair. Did someone say bacon?<

The 5 Greatest Pop Songs Of All Time


What makes a great pop song? Let’s face it, the lyrics don’t always have to be meaningful as long as they’re memorable; the music has to have a hook that grabs the attention too, and the chorus has to be something you want to hear again and again. Add to this a top-quality singer and an accomplished band, and you could have a truly great pop song – like these examples in our all-time five to one countdown.

5. She Loves You – The Beatles

The Beatles changed their style endlessly throughout a relatively short career because above all else, the Beatles were music lovers and experts. They would have loved the academic side of studying music, like that found in a master of music education course at Rutgers University Online, but their greatest gift, of course, is their incredible albums and singles. ‘She Loves You’ from 1963 is one of their earlier releases, but it became the best-selling song in the United Kingdom in the sixties and is still memorable worldwide. Come on, who doesn’t do the Paul McCartney head wobble when they sing ‘woooh!’ to this song?

4. Hit Me Baby One More Time – Britney Spears

Britney was a Mickey Mouse Club child prodigy, but when ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ hit the airwaves in October 1998, the world quickly realized that Britney was now all grown up. This is perhaps the most infectious pop song of the nineties, and the video, whilst controversial, helped to propel Britney to the pinnacle of pop megastardom where, with one or two well-publicized blips, she’s remained ever since.

3. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) – Whitney Houston

We all know the tragic story of New Jersey’s Whitney Houston, but just one listen to this classic pop song is enough to erase all memories of everything except her beautiful soaring voice. Now over thirty years old, this is still a favorite track to play at weddings for the simple reason that it’s a song that it’s impossible not to dance to. It’s full of the joy of life and is a fine tribute to the genius that was Whitney at the height of her fame.

2. Waterloo – ABBA

Think of a great topic for a pop song? Were you thinking about the defeat of Napoleon by the Duke of Wellington that put an end to wars engulfing Europe? Nope? ABBA were, and their thinking outside of the box paid off in big style. ‘Waterloo’ won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1975 before selling over six million copies. At one point it was said the group was Sweden’s biggest export, proof that pop perfection can really pay.

1. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson was called the ‘King of Pop’ and many of his songs could rightly have been considered for this list, from ‘Thriller’ to ‘Beat It’ and ‘Man In The Mirror’, but it’s ‘Billie Jean’ that takes the very top spot. Admit it, you’re singing this song in your head right now – and that’s a happy space to be in. Everything about this single is touched by magic, so let’s tip our hat to the King in the rakish fashion he made his own.

Music education from Rutgers University and other top seats of learning can help you make the most of your music potential, allowing you to teach others the joy of music too. You may not make a great pop song yourself, but you’ll still be able to appreciate these five classic tunes, and you’ll also be able to explain the composition techniques behind them and the major chords used. As Michael Jackson himself would have said, ‘Shamone!’

Movement Music Festival 2018| Enter To Win Tickets!


Movement Music Festival, one of the longest-running and most-acclaimed music festivals in the world this year will be led by Movement Stage Closers:

Dirtybird boss and festival favorite Claude VonStroke, a rare b2b performance by Loco Dice and The Martinez Brothers, and a special performance by all nine members of the Wu-Tang Clan celebrating the legendary hip-hop group’s 25th Anniversary and their classic debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).

Detroit’s annual three-day revelry returns to Hart Plaza on Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28, 2018. Over 85 acts including BADBADNOTGOOD, Carl Craig, Charlotte de Witte, Diplo, DJ Premier, Ida Engberg, Inner City (live), Justin Martin, Laurent Garnier, Maceo Plex, Mija, Nina Kraviz, Rezz, Seth Troxler, Shigeto (live), Tiga, Too Short and many more

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In keeping with the tradition of providing the best festival experience, this year’s event will include the festival’s original five stages and will feature new designs and elements for the Movement Stage, Red Bull Music Academy Stage, Stargate Stage, Pyramid Stage, and the Resident Advisor Underground Stage.


Movement 2018 3-Day GA Weekend Passes and 3-Day VIP Weekend Passes available for purchase at

Click Here for Your Chance Enter to Win a Pair of Tickets!
Full schedule and set times can be found at

Out Now: Robert Glasper x KAYTRANADA ‘The ArtScience Remixes’


3-time GRAMMY-winner Robert Glasper joins forces with the innovative Montreal-based producer KAYTRANADA on Robert Glasper x KAYTRANADA: The ArtScience Remixes, an 8-track EP that reimagines the songs on Robert Glasper Experiment’s acclaimed 2016 album ArtScience, which The FADER called “a freewheeling, genre-agnostic collection of feel-good songs.”


Glasper x KAYTRANADA: The ArtScience Remixes will be released physically as a Record Store Day vinyl exclusive on April 21. The set features cameos by Don CheadleTalib KweliAlex Isley, and Iman Omari, and takes the Experiment’s trailblazing blend of R&B, Hip-Hip, and Jazz into new sonic realms.


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Black Milk Announces FEVER Tour with Backing Band Nat Turner


Black Milk Announces European and American Dates for the FEVER Tour with Backing Band Nat Turner

Kicking Off with European Dates in May, the Tour Finds the Detroit Artist Bringing Songs From the Acclaimed FEVER Album to Life

Fusing funk, electronic, soul, rock, and rap into an electrifying and inimitable blend, Detroit artist Black Milk redefines the parameters of hip-hop. Reuniting with his powerhouse backing band Nat TurnerBlackMilk announces the FEVER Tour, a 24-date tour spanning Europe and the United States. Featuring the thunderous rhythm section of Malik Hunter on bass and new addition Daru Jones (formerly of Jack White‘s live band) on drums, and with brilliant accents and solos from Aaron “Ab” Abernathy on keys, a Black Milk concert is an unforgettable live experience, with the rapper directing traffic and bringing new energy to his catalogue.


Kicking off in May, the tour will start with European dates in Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain and Portugal, before heading to the US West Coast on June 13 in San Diego. The upcoming tour will find Black Milk & Nat Turner performing songs from FEVERBlackMilk‘s acclaimed new album, which Pitchfork praised, saying “FEVER continues the Detroit rapper/producer’s expanding live hip-hop jazz-band tradition and leans into psychedelic neo-soul in the process, something like P-Funk meets the Ummah.” Buy tickets for the FEVER Tour here, with Midwest/East Coast tour dates coming soon.


A cohesive 12-track project that touches on vital issues such as racism, social media addiction, among others, listening to FEVER evokes the feeling of scrolling through an endless news feed, finding BlackMilk reporting and commenting on the world’s problems with empathy, clarity, and wit.Black Milk‘s sixth solo rap album, and his first since 2014′s If There’s a Hell BelowFEVER combines pointed and topical lyrics and brilliant musicianship, including percussion from all-star musicians Chris “Daddy” Dave (D’Angelo, Adele, Justin Bieber) and Daru Jones, bass by long-time collaborator Malik Hunter and keys and guitar from newcomers Ian Fink and Sasha Kashperko, respectively.


The album boasts the acclaimed single Laugh Now Cry Later, which earned acclaim from critics, including Stereogum who said, “… we hear Black Milk’s pointed, unpretentious flow over a beat that’s full of electronic gasps and live-bass burbles. Seriously: The beat here is incredible.” Premiered by NPR in February, the “Laugh Now Cry Later” video gives us a glimpse into a-day-in-the-lives of a young couple trapped in a social media bubble where issues tug at their emotions but ultimately fail to evoke action. Featuring additional vocals from DweleAaron “Ab” Abernathy, and Sudie (a producer/vocalist signed to BlackMilk’s Computer Ugly label), FEVER released via Computer Ugly and Mass Appeal Records.

Buy tickets to the FEVER Tour:


Listen to Black Milk‘s FEVER Tour Playlist:

Tour Dates:

5/12 Milan – BiKO
5/15 The Hague – Paard
5/16 Brussels – M111
5/17 Paris – La Place
5/18 Marseille – Le Poste à Galène
5/20 Lyon – Le Périscope
5/21 Barcelona – Marula Café
5/23 Bordeaux – I-BOAT
5/25 Lisbon – Musicbox
5/26 Porto – Plano B

6/13 San Diego – Soda Bar
6/14 Los Angeles – Echoplex
6/15 San Francisco – Brick & Mortar
6/16 Fresno – Strummers
6/18 Salt Lake City – Urban Lounge
6/19 Boise – Neurolux
6/20 Portland – Jack London Revue
6/21 Seattle – Chop Suey
6/23 Missoula – Top Hat
6/26 Denver – Larimer Lake
6/27 Albuquerque – Sister Bar
6/28 El Paso – Lowbrow Palace
6/29 Phoenix – Crescent Ballroom
6/30 Las Vegas – Bunkhouse


SHAOLIN JAZZ’s 2nd Single from “Sweet Nancy from Shaolin” feat. Raekwon & Big Pun


“Waitin’ for Firewater” feat. Raekwon the Chef & Big Pun from the upcoming SHAOLIN JAZZ release Sweet Nancy from Shaolin

In anticipation of the release of our newest SHAOLIN JAZZ music project – Sweet Nancy from Shaolin, we want to give you another taste of what to expect.  Today we are dropping a 2nd single entitled, “Waitin’ for Firewater” which features classic darts by Raekwon the Chef and the late great Big Pun.  The full album drops on 5.8.18


Exclusive listening party events in DC (May 2nd) and NYC (May 10th) for the release of the highly awaited Sweet Nancy from Shaolin - a new music project from the creators of SHAOLIN JAZZ dedicated to the unsung and incomparable Nancy Wilson, featuring the legendary wordplay of Ghostface Killah and the Wu-Tang Clan.



2018 Belikin Belize DJ Championship

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On Friday March 23rd The final round of competition for the 2018 Belikin Belize DJ Championship [@belikinbeer] took place inside Club Elite, in Bleize City, Belize. The Belikin DJ Championship is for up-and-coming disc jockeys from across the country of Belize, who are vying for the coveted title in a competition.


Organized by Belize’s Office of the Musical Ambassador led by Shyne Barrow [@shyne_bz],with $5,000 in cash prizes, round trip ticket to New York and all expenses paid to perform at club Karnival Belize up for grabs.


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For the grand finale, popular Brooklyn DJ Max Glazer [@maxglazer] was brought in as a celebrity judge, the semi-finals guest judge was DJ Puffy [@deejaypuffy]. Congratulations to DJ KAD [@djkad5star] on winning.


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Kaya Fest 2018 – Music and Awareness Festival April 28 & 29 ft. all five Marley brothers + Ms. Lauryn Hill, Cypress Hill, Action Bronson, Tom Morello & more

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“Wake up and turn me loose…Got to have Kaya now!”  Bob Marley

Kaya Fest 2018 ft. Ms. Lauryn Hill, the legendary west coast multi-platinum hip-hop group, Cypress Hill, the beloved phenom rapper/chef/author/TV host Action Bronson, Hawaiian contemporary folk rock singer/songwriter Anuhea, and very special guest appearance by guitar giant and prominent social activist, Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine/Prophets Of Rage).  Fruit of Life Productions presents the second annual Kaya Fest on April 28 and 29 at the NOS Events Center, located at 689 S E Street in San Bernardino, CA


In addition to the new artists announced, this year all five Marley brothers (Stephen, Ziggy, Damian, Julian and Ky-Mani) return for a second historic performance, along with their father’s contemporary, reggae legend Toots Hibbert & The Maytals. They will be joined by Marcia Griffiths of the I-Threes, foundation reggae band Inner Circle—who celebrate their 50th year in the reggae industry this year—as well as the original Reggae Ambassadors Third World, Indubious and Roots Of Creation.

The Kaya Fest Lineup will also showcase the next generation of Marley music makers: Bob’s talented grandchildren Skip Marley, Jo Mersa Marley, Bambaata, and Shacia Payne Marley. More artists are still to be added to the star-studded lineup, and will be announced as the bookings are confirmed.

The historic NOS Events Center venue will provide a perfect setting for the Music and Awareness festival, whose stated goal is to educate, inspire and encourage positive public awareness of the vast medical and industrial potential of cannabis, which became legal in California as of January 1, 2018—and in numerous other states across the United States and the world at large.  The festival also celebrates the 40th anniversary of the release of Bob Marley’s iconic album, Kaya.

“Kaya Fest is not a smoke-out thing,” says festival founder Stephen Marley. “What we really try to emphasize is education before recreation—to get one to learn about the medical uses, the industrial uses, the environmental benefits, the healing potential of the plant. And to ask why really is there such a fight against this plant?  All these years, doctors have not been allowed to research it. Most of them haven’t really studied it at all. It’s like a conspiracy. Why they don’t want us to reap the benefits of this plant? They try to use the whole stigma of the smoking and the getting high to put a cloud over it.”

Kaya Fest 2018 two-day early bird General Admission and VIP tickets are on-sale now.

All Ages event – Children 5 and under are Free with paid adult.

Doors open at 12 noon each day.

For more information visit