Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Corbin formerly known as Spooky Black, and a member of thestand4rd (Allan Kingdom/Psymun/Bobby Raps) returns with his first new material in some time. Working with producer Shlohmo, Corbin finds the right chemistry for the sad boy and beats lane. You can see Corbin and Shlohmo on tour together this fall.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Friday, July 14, 2017
Minneapolis artist/producer Greg Grease offers a second look, following "Migraine" into his upcoming third record Down So Long with a song of the same name. The subversive, celebratory and triumphant funk spiral of "Down So Long". Check out his Bandcamp interview Greg Grease On Eschewing Escapism on “Down So Long”.
Greg Grease - July 22nd at Icehouse. Then off to tour with Atmosphere's Welcome to California Tour 2017 with ZULUZULUU, Greg Grease and DJ Just Nine Aug 7th-20th.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Shabazz Palaces returns "we don't imagine pass the image" with new mesmerizing visuals from "Welcome To Quazarz", off Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines on one two new records by Shabazz Palaces. They also released Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star both record on SubPop.
Shabazz Palaces -“Shine a Light"-mp3
Greg Grease kicks back in the psychiatrist office and prescribe a fix to the "Migraine". Greg Grease will debut new music from his upcoming third record Down So Long July 22nd at Icehouse in Minneapolis. Catch Greg Grease before he and ZULUZULUU head out with Atmosphere on the Welcome To California Tour 2017.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Trip-Hop's OG Tricky remixes himself on "The Only Way (Stripped Down Tricky Mix)".
Tricky-"The Only Way (Stripped Down Tricky Mix)"-mp3
Friday, June 30, 2017
K.Raydio brings new healing music just in time from one of Minneapolis most underrated artist, with the sunny joy of the cautionary "Crash", co-produced by @jaylapmusic & @DreamEntact. Check her out at DJ Keezy's massive The Klituation one year anniversary party July 7th at First Avenue.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Minneapolis vocal stylist Lady Midnight & producer Afro-Keys are Parables of Neptune who have crafted a six song EP on some sultry, vibed-out next shit. Lady Midnight & Afro-Keys will be at 7th Street Entry 6/24. Their track "Smoke -A-Lot" can also be heard on Sound Verite Vol 2 compilation.
Lady Midnight & Afro-Keys, Parables of Neptune.
POLIÇA interpets, reimagining composer Steve Reich's "Music for Pieces of Wood".
POLIÇA -'Bruise Blood" -mp3
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Friday, June 9, 2017
Minnepaolios producer/artist/homeboy Psymun recruits the young spitta Chester Watson for another, lo-fi melodic burner with "GENBU (OTOH GUNGA)".
Psymun ft. Chester Watson -"Genbu (OTOH GUNGA)"-mp3
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Sound Verite Records Vol. 2, a compilation from Minneapolis record label showcasing a few of the artist we think you should know. Featuring Lady Midnight, Manchita, Greg Grease, unreleased music from Izell Pyramid, Nazeem & Spencer Joles, Muja Messiah, MMYYKK, Proper-T, RP Hooks, Talia Knight, Destiny Roberts, Lazerbeak & Bionik, Lula Saleh, Maria Isa, Local Loc, Devata Daun and Javi Santigo. Following up last years edition Sound Verite Records Vol. 1 won City Pages Best Compilation of 2016.
Sound Verite Records Volume 2
California's experimental soul musician Terrace Martin Presents The Pollyseeds with his new project Sounds Of Crenshaw Vol 1 - from Terrace Martin Presents The Pollyseeds. Martin best known for his work with Kamai Washington and Kendrick Lamar continues in that exploratory lane with The Pollyseeds.
The Pollyseeds -Up & Away-mp3
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Finding Novyon gets an assist from Allan Kingdom on "Tall Hills" for another banger off his upcoming new record That's My Dawg available June 9th on So Cold Records.
Finding Novyon ft. Allan Kingdom -Tall Hills -mp3
Monday, June 5, 2017
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Velvet Negroni formerly Spider Baby/Pony Boy releases moody, cryptic love tale on "Levels", new music with a new moniker and new tour with Bon Iver. Velvet Negroni will play Dublin's Forbidden Fruit Festival with Bon Iver, Flying Lotus, Danny Brown and many June 5th on the grounds of the Irish Museum Of Modern Art, The Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Expect more music from Totally Gross National Products artist this summer.
Velvet Negroni -"Levels"-mp3
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Radiohead tosses out an old track from OK Computer days. For the OK Computer 20th anniversary the band will release its reissue OKNOTOK 1997-2017. It's a sad strummer. Interesting that Thom Yorke doesn't like fans protesting Radiohead's upcoming Israel performance, artist from Thruston Moore (Sonic Youth) to Roger Waters have called on the band to not play in Israel because of its policies toward the Palestinian population. In April, the band were petitioned by numerous artists and activists Moore, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, and Waters to “think again” about their performance. “Please do what artists did in South Africa’s era of oppression: stay away, until apartheid is over,” the letter read. Read Yorke Blasts “Offensive” Radiohead Israel Controversy, hypocrite?.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Friday, May 19, 2017
Minneapolis R&B,Psychedelic funk,Afro-futurist ZULUZULUU, Greg Grease & DJ Just Nine join Rhymesayers Atmosphere on their Welcome to California Tour Aug 7th - Aug.20th. Both Atmosphere and ZULUZULUU will hit Soundset Festival May 28th. Tickets for #WelcomeToCA available here. Before Auugust you catch ZULUZULUU on the What's The Price Tour 2017.
"Some artists wear their hearts on their sleeves. ZULUZULUU wear their entire beings for all to see. They’re not a band. They’re not a crew. They’re not a collective. They’re a Tribe. Hailing from Minneapolis, their sound is a cauldron of influences drawn from the very best the city has to offer. The fierce funkiness of Prince. The gospel tidings of Sounds of Blackness. The unbridled enthusiasm of The Replacements. The un-exhaustive flow of Atmosphere."- by Chris Lackhy
“A producers’ supergroup of sorts, ZULUZULUU has been synthesizing and streamlining enough collectivized inspiration (their covers album The Cover Up spans from The Stylistics to DJ Quik) to stand out as a more hip-hop-indebted heir to the classic ’80s Minneapolis sound—the classic DIY funk roots fused with a sample-searching cratedigger’s ear.”- Nate Patrin (Bandcamp)
DJ Just Nine
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The find folks at Analog Africa latest find includes Mystic Djim & The Spirits fantastic "Yaoundé Girls" off the upcoming Pop Makossa - The Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon 1976-1984.
Mystic Djim & The Spirits-"Yaoundé Girls"-mp3
California native, Minneapolis resident Scott McDonald aka Tattered Life aka Local Loc recruits his homies and steps into the rap game with the West Coast vibes of "Wake Up Call" featuring The Usual Suspects (Greg Grease, Ak Rite, I.B.E.) with production by MMYYKK of ZULUZULUU. “The product of set trippin and intuition, taking us through a day in the life of an intellectual man struggling to elevate from violent roots to higher planes of existence without comprising authenticity” says Local Loc whose album Champagne & Chicken, is on deck.
Local Loc ft. Unsaul Suspects-"Wake Up Call"-mp3
Minneapolis MC /vocalist Manchita from GRRRL PRTY breaks out on her own with a new EP One produced by Bionik (Aaliyah, R. Kelly, Lizzo). The sexy visuals for her debut video "Cashed" is directed by Maria Juranic (P.O.S, Polica). Both tracks "Cashed" and "Head Right" are from her solo debut One due June 9th
Manchita with Bionik -"Head Right"-mp3
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017
Minneapolis vocalist Dua known by many as that voice with rapper Destiny Roberts, steps out on her, with her own style on "First Take", produced by Mike Frey. With one track Dua is already a favorite new artist to watch. Dua is also one of the people featured in photographer Bobby Rogers stunning, excellent series #BeingBlackAndMuslim.
Dua -"First Take"-mp3
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Nick Murphy (Chet Faker) recruits in-demand producer KAYTRANADA for "Take Your Time" , the first track off five-track Missing Link EP.
Nick Murphy (Chet Faker) ft. KAYTRANADA"Your Time"-mp3
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Cape Town,South African record clerk/producer Michael Michaelson known as The Catalyst explores the crates with a J Dill like intensity on new 4-track EP In Orbs.
The Catalyst (Michael Michaelson)-In Orbs-stream
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Sampha contributes to two new songs from XL Recordings founder and producer Richard Russell's Everything Is Recorded project. Russell upcoming compilation styled record featuring assist from Damon Albarn, Syd, Kamasi Washington, Warren EllisBrian Eno, Mark Ronson, and Peter Gabriel. Russell spoke with The New Yorker for a interesting feature RICHARD RUSSELL’S XL RECORDINGS EMPIRE. Check it below,"Close But Not Quite" starts at the 53:58 mark. Also include the early version of "Everything Is Recorded" (1:13:51).
Sampha -Close But Not Quite-mp3
Monday, May 8, 2017
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Friday, May 5, 2017
Minneapolis Afro-Futurist ZULUZULUU head out on the What's The Price Tour 2017, with stops in Milwaukee, La Crosse, Chicago, Soundset Festival, Des Moines,Iowa at 80-35 Festival, Soiux Falls,SD at 605 Summer Classic, Northern Lights Launch in Minneapolis, Square Lake Film & Music Festival in Stillwater and Los Angeles for California for Low End Theory and Oakland's First Friday.
“A producers’ supergroup of sorts, ZULUZULUU has been synthesizing and streamlining enough collectivized inspiration (their covers album The Cover Up spans from The Stylistics to DJ Quik) to stand out as a more hip-hop-indebted heir to the classic ’80s Minneapolis sound—the classic DIY funk roots fused with a sample-searching cratedigger’s ear.” — Nate Patrin (Bandcamp.com)
“While ZuluZuluu’s “What’s the Price?” was loaded with infectious cosmic grooves good for tuning out the din of 2016, the lyrics offered an alert, visionary, utopian exploration of African-American identity and art in a year that saw race issues boil up locally and nationally.” — Chris Riemenschneider (Star Tribune)
“The members of the Afro-Future collective had the audience in the palms of their hands, and when they called for everyone to put their hands in the air, nearly everyone in the crowd obliged. This moment was one of the most magical of the night; feeling an entire group of music listeners come together to let loose and celebrate great music.” — Hannah Bubser (89.3 The Current)
Friday, April 28, 2017
Minneapolis DJ's Just Nine & Frank Castle have a new an excellent new series Metro Transit Sound highlighting the cities ever growing talent pool. The first edition is hosted by Budah Tye.
Metro Transit Sound Mixtape Vol. 1 Hosted by Budah Tye- -stream
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Young Minneapolis rising artist Ness Nite latest track "Retrograde" makes for a wonderful afternoon soundtrack. She recently signed with indie POW Recordings, expect to hear more exciting music from her as she continues to grow and defy categories and genres. Shout out producer Mike Frey whom she frequently collaborates with.
Ness Nite -"Retrograde-mp3
Vocal stylist SZA releases new track explaining that questionable relationship on "Love Galore" with Travis Scott. From her forthcoming record Ctrl, available this summer on Top Dawg Entertainment/RCA Records.
SZA ft. Travis Scott -"Love Galore"-mp3
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Shabazz Palaces returns with "Shine a Light" a joyful journey from the new record called Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star, and it's available July 14th on Sub Pop. The record features the Strokes’ Julian Casblanacas, Thundercat, Gamble and Huff, and more and they “Shine a light on the fake.” The band also announced a tour.
Shabazz Palaces -“Shine a Light"-mp3
Thursday, April 20, 2017
New duo from Minneapolis led by vocalist Lady Midnight with producer Afrokeys. They drop a soundtrack for the day draped in a purple haze "Smoke-A-Lot". As she continues to rise, Lady Midnight can be heard on the latest record from P.O.S, and Brother Ali, she also just won City Pages Best Vocalist 2017.
Parables of Neptune (Lady Midnight & Afrokeys)-Smoke-A-Lot"--mp3