Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Shabazz Palaces release new track "Ham Sandwich", because as he says "Magic Makes the Music More". Shabazz Palaces latest Lese Majesty, should end up on many a years end list, including Sound Verite's.
Shabazz Palaces -"Ham Sandwich"-mp3
Producer Mike The Martyr recruits NYC's Termanology and Minneapolis vet Muja Messiah for "Calendars" off his new solo record Marbury. City Pages has interview Mike the Martyr Takes a Solo Shot with Marbury.
Mike The Martyr ft. Termanology & Muja Messiah -"Calendars (Prod Mike The Martyr)"-mp3
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Minneapolis spitta Freez of Illumnious 3 drops a non-album new banger "Refrigerators". Ahead of his new record Freez & Mike Frey present Freez’s Frozen French Freys with guest spots from Greg Grease, Muja Messiah, Meta & Delko, drops Jan. 13th 2015.
Friday, December 26, 2014
Thom Yorke of Radiohead/Atoms For Peace, just brought his solo record Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, from earlier this year over to Bandcamp and with that released a new track "You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry". “BandCamp less technical for some peeps than BitTorrent, and works on Applemobile devices,includes streaming,” Yorke explained
Thom Yorke -"You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry"-mp3
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Minneapolis producer/artist Psymun releases new clip from 2014 record, the brilliant Pink Label. Released early 2014 just before the Spooky Black and TheStanda4rd explosion, Psymun is also part of TheStandard.
Psymun ft. Spooky Black & Bobby Raps-"Blind"-mp3
Friday, December 19, 2014
Canadian indie "Arts & Crafts" and "Broadsheet Music: A Year in Review" teamed up to ask artists to contribute music inspired by important news topics of 2014. The project includes an unreleased Broken Social Scene song called "Golden Facelift". About the song the band says "It is a song we as a band all felt strongly about lyrically and musically and we wanted to give it a proper unveiling when the time was right. We feel that chance is now as this year draws to a close. 2014 has not been without its beauty, but it has also been a year of incredible brutality and all of humanity has a great deal to answer for. As songwriters and creative artists we want the world to know Broken Social Scene's aim is to be a voice that will champion underdogs and the idea of goodness on this planet upon which we all take up valuable space."
Broken Social Scene -"Golden Facelift"-mp3
Thursday, December 18, 2014
K Raydio and O.D. One Drop
Minneapolis new school soul vocalist K. Raydio and producer/crate digger O. D. collaborate on One Drop, a follow-up to K Raydio's excellent left-field debut Lucid Dreaming Skylines (a collaboration with producer Psymun [TheStand4rd/Spooky Black]). Initially, K. Raydio had a strong reference to Neo-Soul giants Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. Not a bad way to start, but on One Drop, K. Raydio finds her own lane. She is a thoughtful soul stylist who pays respect to the masters without mimicking their sound.
One Drop finds K . Raydio and O.D. exploring various avenues of modern soul. Lyrically K. Raydio is much more complicated than Lucid Dreaming Skylines, with personal narratives of her background and life weaved throughout. Addressing those called “others” on intro “Initial”, before opening with the cautionary tale on the stunning, heavy “One Drop”. This song is a gorgeous look into the life of a black girl growing up and dealing with racial complexities where society has its own views of those with “One Drop”. The heavier, southern funk of “Underdog” could be on par with legends Denise Lasalle or Chaka Khan. Taking on that J Dilla thump is “The Black Wall”, followed by another stunner with the mid-tempo, organic instrumental “Float (Another Round)”. They make a funky retro reference on the high energy tease of “First Name”. Slowing down with the elegant “goodmorninglove” , a Sunday morning soul serenade. “Miss Turner” scores with its bad mama attitude alone. On the super groovy Neo-Soul jewel “Gossip”, K. Raydio warns “It's that elementary game and I swear I stopped playing years ago, see what others think of me, I didn't care to know” over a feel good thump, thump rattle that spins into a dizzy array. With a left turn mid-song, O.D. makes like Madlib as he breaks it down and keeps your head nodding with a stutter-step, broken beat. Another strong moment is “Endure”, before closing with instrumental “Rearview”.
Producer/artist/engineer Medium Zach (Big Quarters/Mankwe/Greg Grease) allows each song to breathe and add its own colors. The production itself is full of sonic intricacies that have a richness and exploratory quality. K. Raydio songwriting has matured and become stronger and more confident. The soulful, heavy funk of O. D. shows that Minneapolis has a talented and growing diverse producers' field.
K Raydio & O.D. -One Drop-download
Metasota showing a new, rather different Mack side with the ladies on the slow rollin'"Have A Seat" on which he says "panties should slide right off...". Metasota will be at Black Friday Dec. 26th at 7th St. Entry. Metasota's next record RUMDMT arrives Feb. 2015.
Metasota -"Have A Seat"-mp3
Totally Gross National Products keep it moving with new project RONiiA made of up Dark Dark Dark's Nona Marie Invie, Votel/Father You See Queen/Marijuana Deathsquads' Mark McGee, and Fletcher Barnhill. The "Last Words" video was directed by Isaac Gale and David Jensen. -via City Pages
RONiiA -"Last Words"-mp3
The City of Lawrence, KS native, Los Angeles resident P. Morris brings his definition of the trap sub-genre "Goombawave" with new track. On the dual track Morris said, "This is a two-piece composition that I put together in a raw, truncated form. The first half was inspired by summer and the second reminds me exactly why fall is my season." Coming off tour with FKA twigs, having already worked with Feist and LE1F, make P. Morris one to watch.
P. Morris -"Taxi Girl / Untitled "-mp3
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
Minneapolis vocalist,activist Mina Moore makes her debut with the rather mod, modern R&B of "Amanhã". City Pages has a nice interview Mina Moore Sets Her Artistry Into a New, Soulful Groove.
Mina Moore with Sophia Eris X Prophis & The Maytags at 7th St. Entry Tues. Dec. 16th
Mina Moore -"Amanhã"-mp3
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Monday, December 8, 2014
Young Fathers celebrate their unexpected Mercury prize 2014: Young Fathers defy the odds to win with a new groovy track "Soon Come Soon".
Young Fathers --mp3
Friday, December 5, 2014
Shabazz Palaces "#CAKE" get a new look from Animal Collective's
Shabazz Palaces -"#CAKE (Animal Collective Premature Deflirt Mix)"-mp3-mp3
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Minneapolis Doomtree with has a new record on deck All Hands, with a new single "Gray Duck". The Doomtree massive of P.O.S., Dessa, Mike Mitclan, Sims, Ceccil Otter, Lazerbeak & Paper Tiger will be in your city soon All Hands tour. All Hands is available Jan. 27th on Doomtree Records.
Doomtree -"Gray Duck"-mp3
Doomtree -".38 Airweight"-mp3
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Producer, video director, multi-instrumentalist MÿK (Greg Grease/K. Raydio/ZULUZULUU) has just released a new future-jazz-broken beat jewel of an instrumental with "Layers". Flying Lotus wouldn't be mad.
Sarah White -"Create Found [M¥K Remix]"-mp3
Friday, November 28, 2014
Minneapolis Muja Messiah recruits Rhymesayer Brother Ali & Boots Riley of The Coup for "Pocket Full of Slave Owners", off his recent God Kissed It The Devil Missed It, produced by Mike The Martyr. Anonymous also approves of Muja Messiah & I Self Devine's "It Goes Down" video documenting police brutality.
"Muja Messiah's God Kissed It, The Devil Missed It is the meanest, most vital, and best record to come out of Minneapolis this year. Produced in its entirety by Mike the Martyr, God Kissed It is politically charged and benefits from Muja's unerring charisma.
In the new video for "Pocket Full of Slave Owners", he shares screen time with fellow Minneapolis stalwart Brother Ali and The Coup's Boots Riley. The video--filmed in the Bay Area--is a Technicolor reminder of the systemic racism that has us watching the news and arguing with our extended family members this week. Muja raps by a ledge, because he's close to it."- Paul Thompson
Muja Messiah ft. Brother Ali & Boots Riley (The Coup)-"Pocket Full of Slave Owners"-mp3
St. Paul's thestand4rd have put a new look on their city with the collective of Spooky Black, Allan Kingdom, Bobby Raps & Psymun. The media coverage coming from everywhere has been rather rad, including great looks from NYT's feature Casting a Magnetic Field That He Happily Shares , Fader Meet The Minnesota Misfits Behind thestand4rd and Billboard shining all over the place and locking in teenage girls coast to coast.
thestand4rd -"Simple Needs"-mp3
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Jamie xx with Four Tet, Koreless, John Talabot score Continuum. The full length soundtrack to "Continuum", a film by Sofia Mattioli and Rebecca Salvadori featuring original music by Jamie xx, Four Tet, Koreless and John Talabot. Watch the film on NOWNESS: Continuum.
Jamie xx, Four Tet, Koreless, John Talabot -Continuum-mp3
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
Producer Grant Culter who has produced and worked with Lookbook, Zoo Animal and Tiny Deaths scores Stuck Between Stations. During the early stages of Stuck Between Stations, director Brady Kiernan listened incessantly to Grant Cutler's synth-pop project Lookbook. So when Kiernan asked him to compose an original score for the film, Cutler drew from the Lookbook sound, but used his experimental process to create something entirely new. Culter also worked with Minneapolis multi-talented vocalist/artist Aby Wolf on the score.
Stuck Between Stations-Score-stream
Minneapolis Muja Messiah and Bobby Raps of TheStanda4d/Audio Perm going hard on production with something to smoke to. Be on the look out for new Muja Messiah's video for "Pocketful Of Slaveholders" with Brother Ali & Boots Riley of The Coup.
Muja Messiah -"Obviously Tired (Bobby Raps Chopt N Sckrood)"-mp3
Muja Messiah -""Gold Caskets (prod. by Bobby Raps)"-mp3
Friday, November 21, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Minneapolis native Nikki Jean a vocalist with who has worked with The Roots, Ab-Soul, Lupe Fiasco has just released her new Champagne Water EP.Champagne Water EP includes production from Nikki Jean, Jake One, Like (Pac Div), Double-O (Kidz In The Hall), Peter Cottontale, Donnie Trumpet & Nate Fox (Social Experiment).
Nikki Jean -Champagne Water-download
SZA has made a name for herself as a new part of new era female R&B vocalist who tilt left. SZA smokes her pain away on new subtle track "Sobriety", “When my mother says she want me to be married/ And happy and whole, not high and alone/ Whoa, that Xanax make you trip, I still ain’t got no whip/ I still ain’t got no friends/ At least I got my family. Bullshit–/ My daddy still can’t stand me.” She will be on the Enter The Void tour with rising starlet Jhene Aiko & The Internet, they will be in Minneapolis Dec. 21st at The Skyway Theatre.
SZA -"Sobriety (Prod. Chris Calor & Cody Jordan)"-mp3
Pusha T with another street burner courtesy of Kanye West via DJ Funkmaster Flex.
Pusha T -"Lunch Money (prod. by Kanye West)"-mp3
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Toronto's downtempo artist Lal return with a new record and video. Off of their forthcoming 5th studio album All You Need To Know, which is due out in the spring of 2015. “Tiny Mirrors” features award-winning modern dancer and choreographer Margie Gillis, who wore a state of the art body/camera rig to highlight her movements and add a sense of urgency to the dissonant, apocalypse-themed visual.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Wu-Tang's Ghostface Killah readies a new surprise with a new concept album called 36 Seasons. The first single features Kandace Springs. 36 Seasons also has contributions from Revelations, Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, and AZ. 36 Seasons is out December 9 via Salvation/Tommy Boy.
Ghostface Killah -"Love Don't Live Here No More"-mp3
Monday, November 10, 2014
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Monday, November 3, 2014
Dean Blunt makes his second solo jump without former Hype Williams partner Inga Copeland. "50 Cent" is the first look from latest Black Metal.
11/6 - New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
11/7 - Los Angeles, CA @ Jewel's Catch One
Dean Blunt -"50 Cent"-mp3