Thursday, April 30, 2015
Meta and Tek release the burner "Aint No Love", about which Metasota states "Fuck the police that's how I treat em, we buy our way outta jail but we can't buy freedom." In solidarity with oppressed people EVERYWHERE!
Metasota -"Aint No Love (prod. by Tek)"-mp3
Minneapolis Muja Messiah goes in over the Gang Starr classic "Code Of The Streets". Never shy on sharing his opinion, coming a few days after he opened for the socially conscious Mos Def, bluntly speaks out on Baltimore and the never ending police brutality against black youth. Also check out Muja Messiah & I Self Devine deliver the message very clearly with "It Goes Down" video, directed by Mark Wojahn. Baby shout out to City Pages for Powerful Scenes at the Black Lives Matter Rally for Freddie Gray. Check out Muja Messiah with P Murda on their podcast, The Godcast. Next jump Muja Messiah & Greg Grease May 8th at The Capri, Minneapolis.
Muja Messiah -"Burn This Bitch Down"-mp3
New avant-soul jazz from Brainfeeder artist Kamasi Washington very serious business from Flying Lotus label artist who makes his debut with a 3 hour record, The Epic. He's not John Coltrane quite yet, but you can hear the Ornette Coleman's influence. Jeff Weiss has a nice feature at LA Weekly with An Inglewood Saxophonist Might Have Made The Best Jazz Record Of The Year.
Kamasi Washington -"Re Run Home"-mp3
Monday, April 27, 2015
Minneapolis producer Yabil changes gears on new solo project. Jonathan Cliby formerly known as The Sundance Kid, known for his work with MC Mally. Now Jonathan Cliby goes by Yabil, with hints of sensual electro-soul and an adventurous "feel good" vibe. Yabil makes his debut at Red Bull Sound Select show with Thundercat and Greg Grease with DJ's Sarah White & Tiiiiiiiiip, Mat 21st at The Amsterdam.
Yabil -"Off White (demo)"-mp3
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
East London-based, Anglo-Caribbean artist Shamz Le Roc makes her solo debut with Incipio. Shamz Le Roc has a handful of tracks and also collaborated with Hudson Mohawke. Dazed and Confused has a nice feature Shamz Le Roc gets real on her debut EP.
Shamz Le Roc -"Out My Head Ft Herda Vim"-mp3 .
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
As New Yorkers De La Soul finish work on their new record they let loose a nice little baby burner "God It", featuring fellow veteran Nas. "God It" will not appear on their new record, but guest will include Little Dragon, Damon Albarn, David Byrne & 2 Chainz.
De La Soul ft. Nas -"God It"-mp3
Brooklyn's Yassin Bey pka Mos Def will be hitting a few cities and Minneapolis is one of them. Mr. Yasiin Bey is working on new music, he will be featured on next A$AP Rocky's next record this spring.
Mos Def -"BeyOnDoom project"-mp3
Sarah White -"Create Found [M¥K Remix]"-mp3
Muja Messiah ft. Bro Ali & Boots Riley -"Pocket Full Of Slave Owners"-mp3
Friday, April 17, 2015
Minneapolis modern soul, adventurous vocalist K.Raydio and groove merchant producer O-D released their stylish, funk-drenched One Drop late 2014. Minneapolis is definitely stepping it's soul game up with records like One Drop that sit comfortably between neo-soul veteran Erykah Badu and world travellers Ibeyi. City Pages has interview K.Raydio and O-D Bond Raw, Soulful Emotion Together on One Drop. "One Drop" video directed by Medium Zach & Tommy Ellis at Valued Input (MPLS, MN).
K.Raydio & O-D -"Gossip"-mp3
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Former Battles frontman and son of avant composer Anthony Braxton Tyondai Braxton shares first track from upcoming album HIVE1, is out May 12 via Nonesuch. "Gracka" is named after his wife's Grace nickname. Braxton says "The piece emulates her always surprising, always beautiful spirit and down to earth nature."
Tyondai Braxton -"Gracka"-mp3
Minneapolis trio of Crescent Moon (Kill The Vultures) & Andrew Broder(Fog/The Cloak Ox) & Greg Grease go in the lab, their experimental collaboration produced "Ashes" where "Only thing we're certain of, is silence when the curtains touch". Greg Grease, Cresent Moon, Andrew Broder, Uprock & Freez & Mike Frey perform at Fifth Element Records on Sat. April 18th for Record Store Day.
Crescent Moon & Andrew Broder ft. Greg Grease -"Ashes"-mp3
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015
Crate digging, "dusty soul" producer Adrian Younge has recruited Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier for “Memories Of War” from his compilation Los Angeles’ on May 18th through his own Linear Labs imprint.
Adrian Younge ft. Laetitia Sadier -“Memories Of War”-mp3
Minneapolis Greg Grease released his sophomore record Born To Lurk Forced To Work and "pop-up shop" a few weeks ago at Public Functionary Art Gallery. This week Radio K features Born To Lurk Forced To Work as their Album Of The Week, with a nice review and download of "Work Song". Album artwork by I Self Devine.
Greg Grease - Born to Lurk, Forced to Work (Sound Verite Records)
It isn’t even halfway over, and already 2015 is one of the best years for hip-hop in recent memory. The wall that once divided so-called “conscious rap” from everything else has been thoroughly obliterated by the likes of Kendrick Lamar (with To Pimp a Butterfly), Kanye West (with “All Day” and, if what he’s been saying about it is true, the rest of Yeezy’s forthcoming record So Help Me God), and now local emcee Greg Grease, with his sophomore album Born to Lurk, Forced to Work. The Minneapolis rapper has crafted a record that deftly walks the line between laid-back weed rap and sophisticated political discourse, and he never lets either side of this double consciousness subsume the other. Born to Lurk, Forced to Work is a triumph for Grease and his crew and a statement that signals a new era for Twin Cities hip-hop.
It’s certainly fair to say that on a basic technical level, Greg Grease is the most talented hip-hop artist in the Twin Cities right now. No one makes dazzling internal rhyme schemes and breakneck flows sound as slyly simple as Grease. Take one of the record’s singles, “Really Tho,” produced by his afrofuturist electro-funk side-project ZULUZULUU and Big Quarters’ Medium Zach. Grease locks into a transcendent double-time flow that reminds you exactly why Q-Tip’s pops used to say hip-hop reminded him of bebop.
Even more staggering is the way Grease manages to use his technical skill to weave together complex narratives about youth, racism, and poverty. The title of the album itself is a play on the concept of Minneapolis’s “Lurk Ordinance,” which states that, “No person, in any public or private place, shall lurk, lie in wait or be concealed with intent to commit any crime or unlawful act,” but has often been used to by police to harass racial minorities and the homeless. “Twud” is an introspective first-hand account of being arbitrarily pulled over by the police. “Rip Van Winkle” waxes brilliantly on the album’s central conflict: How can a person live happily and meaningfully in the face of the constant struggle to simply survive in America?
The production on this album is no less staggering than its lyrical content. Much like on his previous album Cornbread, Pearl, & G, the beats are a perfect synthesis between the hazy cloud-rap style of the moment and the urban grit of classic East Coast boom-bap. Production wise, the highlight of the record is undoubtedly “Work Song,” which flips a vintage soul sample to evoke a perfect, haunting sense of loneliness.
Clocking in at just under an hour, Born to Lurk, Forced to Work is a dense piece of art. But when the skittering beat on the album’s last song fades out, it becomes clear that Greg Grease has created a stunning testament to the enduring political importance of hip-hop, without ever leaving the booth to holler from a soapbox. by Sam Segal
Greg Grease -"Work Song"-mp3
Friday, April 10, 2015
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Harlem's colorful A$AP Rocky returns with "M'$", produced by C-Note and Mike Dean. The first track from upcoming At.Long.Last.A$AP. , it will feature Mos Def, rumored older material recorded with FKA twigs & Lykke Li will not, revealed during A$AP Rocky's interview with Red Bull Music Academy.
A$AP Rocky -"M'$"-mp3
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Monday, April 6, 2015
DJ Snuggles recruits some of Minneapolis finest in Metasota, Manchita (GRRRL PRTY) & Mike Mictlan of Doomtree all for a drank. Produced by Dimitry Killstorm and James “DJ Snuggles” Logan II.
DJ Snuggles ft. Metasota, Manchita & Mike Mitclan -"Drank"-mp3