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)