Thursday, December 31, 2015
Muja Messiah caps off a busy year in which he released a solo record Angel Blood Soup, his collaboration with I Self Devine 9th House got a good look form Pitchfork and and also released the Villa Rosa project LeMuria with Maria Isa, finishes the year with a burner over Pusha T's "Untouchable" & Beatnuts "No Escaping Us".
Muja Messiah -"Untouchable"-mp3
Monday, December 28, 2015
Graphic design artist TaliaKnight now turns her focus to music. She is a Minneapolis-based Chilean artist, influenced by Madlib and The Smiths, who went to school at Minneapolis College of Art & Design. The lo-fi grooves of Nocturna EP brings to mind J Dilla, Rhye and late night post-party moods, it wouldn't be out of place at Soulection Records. She's definitely one to watch in 2016.
TaliaKnight -"Spirit Guides"-mp3
TaliaKnight -Noctruna EP-stream
Friday, December 25, 2015
Composer, producer Makr releases Curse The Day That Birthed The Bastard EP, the drone fest in 4 parts is available now via Totally Gross National Products. This 4 song EP marks a reflection on certain phases of artist Mark McGee's life, made possible in part from a grant from the Jerome Foundation.
Makr -"Curse The Day That Birthed The Bastard"-mp3
Radiohead returns with new, gorgeous music. "Last year we were asked to write a theme tune for the Bond movie Spectre. Yes we were. It didn’t work out, but became something of our own, which we love very much. As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it. Merry Christmas. May the force be with you"- from Radiohead.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
St. Paul's young spitta Why Khaliq is prepping his follow-up to well crafted 2015 release TheOther Side : The Six5 with "Knew The Half" the first track from upcoming Under The Perspective Tree EP. The Under The Perspective Tree EP arrives Jan. 20th 2016
Why Khaliq -"Knew The Half"-mp3
Kelela celebrates ending the year with her Hallucinogen EP on many year-end list, with a collection of remixes. The Hallucinogen Remixes EP due for release on Christmas and curated by Kelela via Warp.
1 A Message (DJ Spinn Teklife Remix)
2 Rewind (MC Bin Laden Remix)
3 Rewind (Sporting Life Remix)
4 All the Way Down (Kahn Remix) [feat. Gaika]
5 All the Way Down (Air Max '97 Remix)
6 The High (MikeQ & Divoli S'vere Remix)
7 The High (Heavee & DJ Spinn Teklife Remix)
Kelela ft. Gaika -"All The Way Down [Kahn Remix]"-mp3
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Icelandic wonder Björk released the visuals for "Stonemilker off her 2015's Vulnicura. The video could only be seen in-person, when it was exhibited in NYC and London. The video was directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, who also directed "Black Lake". Also check out Björk's new Vulnicura Strings.
Friday, December 18, 2015
St. Paul, MN's young G Lexii Alijai ask "Lord please change him for me... Do this one favor for me." Lexii Alijai surely has big things ahead with her Aaliyah like swag is more aggressive, and beautiful and sad, she's a great songwriter who has seen a lot of life and she's still only 18. She her latest mixtape Joseph's Coatproves has skills.
Lexii Alijai -"Exchange (Remix)"-mp3
Kehlani the fast rising R&B stylist, already with a Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album under her belt for her mixtape You Should Be Here and various guest shots, gives us a peak at new material with "Did I". “I went from broke and homeless sleeping on couches,” Kehlani said. “Couldn’t even figure out what I was doing in Los Angeles. Now, I’m paying my own bills, I’m about to move my mama in with me at 19. I’m on tour now and this is all off of one mixtape. I’m on the bill with people that I’ve always listened to, so it’s very different.”
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Minneapolis Greg Grease teams with director Craig Rice (Purple Rain, Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks/Graffiti Bridge/ Brother From Another Planet.) The video shoot in beautiful black & white and explores the urban landscape. From his spring 2015 release Born To Lurk Forced To Work. Greg Grease has released the Motif EP with producer Javi Santiago and Motif ii EP with producer MYK since.
New Years Eve at First Avenue/7th St Entry
Kill The Vultures
The Cloak Ox
Friday, December 11, 2015
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Pusha-T recruits R&B vocalist The Dream for the beautifully dark "M.F.T.R. (More Famous Than Rich), co-produced by Boi-1da and Hudson Mohawke. From his first of two new albums Darkest Before Dawn, which will feature production from Kanye West, Puff Daddy, Timbaland, Baauer, Q-Tip, and Nashiem Myrick, arrives Dec. 18th. Check out the sinister trailer Darkest Before Dawn. Pusha-T's long anticipated King Push will drop in April 2016.
Monday, December 7, 2015
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Minneapolis I Self Devine & Muja Messiah collaborate for 9th House. The two veteran MC's noted for politics, pro-Black Panthers, solidarity with workers, anti-police, satire filled lyrics, revolution, Sagittarius and paying respect to the legends provide the narrative. By future meets past with deft production by J. Hard (Greg Grease), MYK (ZULUZULLU/Greg Grease) & Orko Eloheim (Divine Styler) on deck. Also ace vocal contributions from Lady Midnight (Vandaam/Malamanya) and Proper-T (SolFlower/ ZULUZULUU). "9th House is mostly an act of collage, with pro-black, anti-police sentiments dominating its most lucid moments" from Pitchfork's glowing review 9th House by Paul Thompson. The Litestyle Observer says "The two MCs continue to break mold and obliterate stereotypes as they tackle hard hitting topics and impact knowledge with their incomparable flows" from their review 9th House. "Welcome to the land of the headless horseman, where police will kill a man while he protest abortion… –Muja Messiah “Palm Trees & Zombies" from The Reviler's very cool review of 9th House.
I Self Devine & Muja Messiah -9th House-mp3
I Self Devine & Muja Messiah ft. Lady Midnight -" Midnight on Jupiter"-mp3
Soulection introduces Dutch producer Jarreau Vandal. Vandal preps his EP with first track Nobody Else" with assist from Brasstracks on deck with on horns and Niya Wells on vocals for a nice uptempo soul slash.
Jarreau Vandal ft. ft. Brasstracks & Niya Wells -"Nobody Else"-mp3
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Animal Collective return as one with "FloriDada" for the follow-up to 2012's Centipede Hz with new album, Painting With. Painting With gets assist from John Cale and Colin Stetson, it's available February 19th via Domino. Panda Bear also has new Crosswords EP.
Animal Collective -"FloriDada"-stream
Friday, November 27, 2015
M.I.A. releases new self-directed video of "Borders" with her traveling in solidarity with Refugees. "Borders" will appear on M.I.A.'s forthcoming studio album, Matahdatah. Pitchfork has a nice feature How M.I.A. Is a Lifeline in Times of Terror.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Two veterans of Minneapolis hip-hop scene I Self Devine & Muja Messiah have worked together on many records & mxitapes, now the time has arrived for a full collaborative project 9th House. With the intricate production from J Hard, MYK (ZULUZULUU) & Orko Eloheim and vocal assist from Proper-T (ZULUZULUU/SolFlower Collective) & Lady Midnight (Malamanya/Vandaam).
I Self Devine & Muja Messiah -"IOFWUCUC (prod. by MYK)"-mp3
Monday, November 23, 2015
Kamasi Washington continues his run, having released his 3 record set Epic to critical praise. He now scores the short film called Color Guard, a part of Ray Ban's Never Hide Film series. Catch him on tour, or regret it the rest of your life.
Kamasi Washington -"Theme from Color Guard"-mp3
Friday, November 20, 2015
Introducing Sound Verite Radio, now streaming on KFAI with Jon Jon Scott & Big George, new episodes every Thursday. Vintage, modern & future, a place where jazz, soul, reggae, hip-hop, local, world music & beats culture exist together.
Sound Verite Radio -ep#3-mp3
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Minneapolis GRRRL PRTY releases the new vibrant track "Poppin'" via Nylon Magazine, showcasing the collective talents of Lizzo, Sophia Eris & Manchita. Produced by Bionik, who has worked with Aaliyah. We wrote 'Poppin' a few years ago chilling in the grass in Denver. It's one of our oldest songs we perform live. Bionik revamped the track, and it's now one of our favorite songs! Hope you enjoy it!" says band.
GRRRL PRTY -"Poppin' (Prod. Bionik)"-mp3
Friday, November 13, 2015
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Wu-Tang's most celebrated, cerebral & cleverest artist Ol’ Dirty Bastard's unreleased track “Obey Me” (Shash’U Remix)" was recently uncovered by RZA as he was exploring the archives at the Wu Mansion.
Ol’ Dirty Bastard -“Obey Me” (Shash’U Remix)"-stream
Minneapolis Bones & Beeker are the project of BK-One (Rhymesayers / Brother Ali) and Anthony Newes (Villa) alongside Chris Bierden (Polica) and Nate Collins (Atmosphere). They bring in the new style with its laid back, feel good vibe of inspirations like your dad's records and the modern pop of Broken Bells. Bones & Beeker debut Bones & Beeker arrives on November 13th on Wax Poetics Records.
Bones & Beeker -"Oh Lord" (Wax Poetics Records)-mp3
Minneapolis DJ Don Cuco remxes Maryam Mursal's "Nin Hun" in honor of her upcoming free show Thurs. Nov.12th at The Cedar Cultural Center. Mursal grew up in Somalia in a Muslim family with four daughters. As a teenager, she broke with tradition and began singing professionally in Mogadishu.
Maryam Mursal -"Nin Hun (DJ Don Cuco Remix)"-mp3
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Monday, November 9, 2015
The homegirl Santigold returns with "Can't Get Enough Of Myself", the first track from her upcoming third solo record 99¢. Expected Jan. 22nd, 2016 99¢ hints at her playfulness, merging New-Wave sensibilities and clever songwriting. It's been a minute since her 2012 release Master Of My Make-Believe. Santigold follows no one. She continues to explore pop's playground as her own radio station.
Santigold -"Can't Get Enough Of Myself"-mp3
Friday, November 6, 2015
Greg Grease has been busy, earlier this year he dropped the longplayer Born To Lurk Forced To Work. BTWFTL was then followed up with the Motif EP produced by Javi Santiago, so today he drops the second of three, three song EP's. Motif ii EP was produced by MYK. Motif ii provides Greg Grease and MYK who worked with Greg Grease on his Black King Cole EP and play together in soul avant band ZULUZULUU the opportunity to collaborate and celebrate Black Excellence.
Greg Grease ft. MYK -"Moderation (produced by M¥K)"-mp3
Minneapolis multi-instrumentalist Jon Davis records solo projects as Ghostband he has created so much music sometimes it taken for granted. On his latest Ghostband cassette Acid Deco, Davis creates his very own lane. Inspired by Squarepusher, AFX & Luke Vibert Acid Deco drifts between various dance scenes like Chicago's Footwork, jungle and IDM to make something unique.
Ghostband -Acid Deco-stream
Minneapolis Finding Novyon continues dropping bombs, here he recruits Allan Kingdom & Father for "Please Stop I Got Lots".
Finding Novyon ft. Allan Kingdom & Father -"Please Stop I Got Lots"-mp3
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
GoldLink links with Anderson .Paak on "Unique" and also dropped another joint "Dark Skinned Women" both from his upcoming debut And After That, We Didn't Talk, arriving November 13th on Soulection.
GoldLink ft. Anderson .Paak -"Unique"-mp3
GoldLink -"Dark Skinned Women"-mp3
Saturday, October 31, 2015
D'Allen White is a new and welcomed edition to Minneapolis thriving indie scene. White drops jewels over the crispy production of Greg Grease. White's debut Not A Single Damn was Given drops Nov. 20th.
D'Allen White -"Center Stage (Prod By. Greg Grease)"-mp3
Thursday, October 29, 2015
The U.K. brightest next Grime artist J Hus "Lean & Bop (Bok Bok Remix)" recruits Nights Slugs Bok Bok to remix his already massive jam "Lean & Bop". Check out Fader's interview J Hus Is London’s Most Vibrant New Grime MC.
J Hus -"Lean & Bop (Bok Bok Remix)"-mp3
Monday, October 26, 2015
Babyfather the latest project of Dean Blunt arrives with an assist on production from Arca. Named after Blunt's 8-track release Babyfather. Blunt croons "I don't know what you're asking of me/ Got a nigga going crazy/ Get these white girls out of my home".
Babyfather -"Meditation (prod. Babyfather & Arca)"-mp3
Minneapolis Mixed Blood Majority releases new track "Same Thing Coming" off their upcoming record Insane World, which is out December 4th. Bringing together the combined talents of producer Lazerbeak (Doomtree, Lizzo), Crescent Moon (Kill The Vultures) & Joe Horton (No Bird Sing) to represent the Twin Cities thriving art-rap scene. Mixed Blood Majority, P.O.S & GRRRL PRTY at First Avenue Dec. 14th for their big record release show.
Mixed Blood Majority -"Same Thing Coming"-mp3
Cresent Moon/Andrew Broder ft. Greg Grease -"Ashes"-mp3
Grimes debuts new two-part video for "Flesh without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream". The release date for Art Angels will be available digitally on November 6th, with a physical on December 11th. "Flesh Without Blood" was written, directed, edited, colored, and art-directed by Grimes.