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
Friday, April 14, 2017
Minneapolis' Greg Grease finds the perfect cure for that "Migraine". Greg Grease is just returning from opening for Ghostface Killah in Nashville last week. The chilled out conversational flow over a groovy, funky midtempo track "Migriane", produced by Psymun, Greg Grease & Trelly Mo. You can see both Greg Grease with ZULUZULUU and Pysmun with TheStand4rd at Soundset May 28th. Greg Gease will also be at Modist Brewing 1 Year Anniversary Party April 15th with Sarah White, DJ Sophia Eris DJ Mike 2600 and more.
Greg Grease -"Migraine"-mp3
Greg Grease -"Migraine (DJ Pack)-mp3
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
After a few years and the release of his masterful, game changing 3 record set The Epic, Kamasi Washington returns with a new EP Harmony Of Difference, which he debuted as a musical suite at the Whitney Biennial earlier this year. The first track "Truth" is a 13 minute plus journey with the spiritual guided saxophonist. There's a companion short film for "Truth" directed by A.G Rojas. Also check new records from Washington's bandmates Thundercat's latest Drunk, Miles Mosley's Uprising and Cameron Graves debut Planetary Prince.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
POLIÇA releases double limited Record Store Day 7", one sorta New Wave-y with Spank Rock "Still Counts" and another the sexy, contemplative "Lipstick Stains" featuring Boys Noize.
POLIÇA ft Spank Rock-"Still Counts"-mp3
POLIÇA ft Boys Noize -"Lipstick Stains"-mp3
Lady Midnight pays respect to Sade's classic "Feel The Pain" with a unique take on the remix by Budah Tye, Trelly Mo & Benzilla. Download for free or name your price! All proceeds from this song go to Spiral Collective, www.spiralmn.com, a radical collective supporting people in reproductive options and support.
Lady Midnight -"By Your Side [Feel No Pain Remix]"-mp3
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
New from Chilean born, Minneapolis resident producer TaliaKnight who is back with "heartBeat". The slow stutter-step of her grooves at once locks you in, than completes her hypnotic trance by the end of her dreamscape track. Post club vibes.
Monday, April 3, 2017
Mount Kimbie recuits vocalist James Blake on “We Go Home Together”, it's a nice surprise for fans of both. Mount Kimbie is working on new record and also have a new radio show NTS Radio residency, which starts this week. The NTS shows will go out live from LA and London and will include appearances from Blake, Julia Holter, Connan Mockasin, Savages, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Actress, and more.
Minneapolis Southside collective Unknown Creatures continue their way through the cloud of Minneapolis hip-hop scene. On their new track "Travels"produced by Aquarius Minded, they add their unique sound to the scene from their upcoming Book of Spells. Be sure to listen to Francis Brown x Jahkobi's Veggies EP as well.
Unknown Creatures -"Travels"-mp3
Francis Brown x Jahkobi -Veggies-stream
Virginia native, Minneapolis resident Ced Linus new EP Summer Sessions (Session 2), where he brings bars with a Tupac cadence and soul production from the Pledge Empire Records artist. Check out his interview with The Wisemen Show podcast The "Ced Linus" Episode.
Ced Linus -Summer Sessions (Session 2)-stream
Thursday, March 30, 2017
The peoples champ Kendrick Lamar returns and he's here to let everyone know, he has no competition. Lamar latest single, the opus "Humble" produced by Mike Will goes al the way in. "Humble comes right after the red-hot “The Heart Part 4,” which was just released last week. The video for "Humble" was directed by Dave Meyers & the Little Homies. Both are from his upcoming next record, rumored to feature D’Angelo, Andre 3000, Q-Tip, Bilal, Thundercat, Robert Glasper, Anderson .Paak and Kanye West, with production from Flying Lotus, Rick Rubin and Swizz Beats.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Psymun of Thestand4rd (Corbin FKA Spooky Black, Bobby Raps, and Allan Kingdom) releases his latest solo work with the chaotic, galloping first single, "I Need My Boy". Taken from his upcoming 3-song Rainbow Party EP, via Ghostly available May 5th, 2017. The track "I Need My Boy" was inspired by friend Minnesotan Ryan Olson (of Poliça),who nudged Psymun to work exclusively at 55bpm. See Pysmun with Thestand4rd at Soundset May 28th, Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Beautiful art by Michael Cina.
Psymun -"I Need My Boy"-mp3
Friday, March 24, 2017
Kendrick Lamar returns with "The Heart Part 4" and he goes in, classic on deck, aiming at Big Sean, Lee Baca, Drake, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and reality TV elected President Donald Trump all targets, "Donald is a chump, know how we feel punk/Tell ’em that God comin’, and Russia need a replay button, y’all up to something.” To his would be competitors beware “More bars, no peers, no scars, no fear, fuck y'all, sincere,” he concludes.
Kendrick Lamar -"The Heart Part 4"-mp3
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Sean Price Rest In Power. On what would've been his 45th Born Day, Duck Down releases new music from the upcoming posthumous album Imperius Rex. In the meantime get the new heater "Definition Of God" produced by Stu Bangas.
Sean Price -"Definition Of God"-mp3
Parables of Neptune the duo of Lady Midnight and producer Afrokeys release their new cautionary, groovy track "Better". GoMN 95.3 featured "Better" and their 5 must-hear Minnesota hip-hop tracks and her solo track "Charge it to the Game" was The Current 89.3's Song of the Day from Sound Verite/IX Vol.1.
Parables of Neptune (Lady Midnight & Afro-Keys) -"Better"-mp3
Minneapolis producer Budah Tye (I Self Devine/Muja Messiah/Proper-T) released OG Slaps Vol.1 , a collection of 12 rugged beats from the longtime Sure Shot Brother, MC, producer adding to the talented pool of producers from the Twin Cities inspired by Madlib, J Dilla, Alchemist and old school beat-making. Buda Tye's OG Slaps Vol.1 is also featured on GoMN 95.3's 5 must-hear Minnesota hip-hop tracks.
Budah Tye -OG Slaps Vol.1-mp3
Monday, March 13, 2017
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Nazeem & Spencer Joles deliver new a banger with the energetic, subversive "Lake St", off their upcoming record Years Of Obscurity. Check them out at Soundset 2017 May 28th.
Nazeem & Spencer Joles -"Lake St. (Prod. Spencer Joles)"-mp3
Frank Ocean returns, after dropping two records in late 2016, Endless and Blonde, he now releases a new single "Chanel", where he sings “I see both sides like Chanel…see on both sides like Chanel”. The song debuted on his Beats 1 show blonded 001, there's also a remix with ASAP Rocky.
Frank Ocean -“Chanel”-mp3
The DC born, Atlanta based Sa-Roc joined Rhymesayers in 2016 and now she releases the new single "I Am Her" as she gets ready to go on a national tour with label mate Brother Ali. Brother Ali's new album, All The Beauty In This Whole Life, is coming May 5th!
Sa-Roc-"I Am Her"-mp3
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Doomtree's P.O.S latest visuals from Chill, dummy, features the vocals of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon & Lady Midnight. The video for "Faded" is directed by James Gundersen. Catch P.O.S on tour, he'll be in Minneapolis at Electric Fetus Records (for those lucky enough to score passes) on March 16th and First Avenue March 17th with ZULUZULUU and Invisible Boy.
Monday, March 6, 2017
Minneapolis rhyme technician Metasota, fresh off crazy and wild Time Bomb tour with Prof, Finding Novyon & Willie Wonka, keeps it moving. He will the road again on the #BlackExcellenceTour with Metasota, Greg Grease & Lioness in June. Metasota also has new mixtape It's Just Rap, and new visuals and a brand burner "Gone Home".
Metasota -"Gone Home""-mp3
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Muja Messiah and producer TEK to deliver the hard as nails PyrExpedition, with guest Metasota, TEK, Maria Isa & Lady Midnight, with additional production by Buda Tye & Jesslisten. PyrExpedition is a lead up to his Roc Marciano produced Saran Rap EP on Dog Bites Man dropping this spring. Check out the video for "Ca$hDro" shot in Cuba with Maria Isa and Yrak Saenz.
Muja Messiah -PyrExpeditioN -stream
Saturday, March 4, 2017
The fine folks at Luka Bop has collected some works of Alice Coltrane for a new compilation World Spirituality Classics, Volume 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, available on May 5th. The record features music Coltrane made while she lived at the Sai Anantam Ashram, which she established in 1983. Read the excellent piece Transfiguration and Transcendence: The Music of Alice Coltrane Pitchfork's celebration of her life.
Alice Coltrane -"Om Shanti"-mp3
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Rhymesayer Brother Ali returns after five years with the emotional, uplifting “Own Light (What Hearts Are For),” the track is first single from Ali’s upcoming sixth album All the Beauty in This Whole Life. The record is produced in its entirety by Ant(Atmosphere), the album will be released on May 5th.
Brother Ali -“Own Light (What Hearts Are For)"-mp3
Monday, February 27, 2017
Philadelphia-based artist and activist Moor Mother has announced a new project of political poems and soundscapes via The Vinyl Factory. The noise-poem dynamic is further explored on the upcoming The Motionless Present, which follows 2016’s Fetish Bones. Of the new work she says it examines "the disconnect between humanity and injustice".
Moor Mother ft. Geng -"This Week"-mp3