Friday, September 29, 2017
Minneapolis artist and member of ZULUZULUU Greg Grease releases his third solo record Down So Long. On Down So Long he shows a new growth musically and lyrically, its a smart, honest and funky record. Speaking to Bandcamp Greg Grease On Eschewing Escapism on “Down So Long” "When did you feel like the musical style you wanted for Down So Long was established?
I had two phases. I produced about 80 or 90% of the record, so I made a bunch of beats and recorded to them. Once I had all my demos done, I brought it into another studio with fancy microphones, musical instruments, and stuff. I brought musicians in to replay or interpret a lot of samples and give it a much more musical vibe. I wanted to show my growth as a producer and as a musician, because in ZULUZULUU, we’re pushing each other to get to the next level. I wanted to try to make [the album] more musical than anything in the past, where it was more rap.
How was that experience for you? Was it fun? Tedious?
It was an incredible experience. It was definitely a learning experience, too. Normally when you’re a producer, you make a beat while being all by yourself or on the computer. I brought in a few friends of mine who are talented jazz musicians. These guys are professionals. So I wanted to challenge myself and make sure they were impressed with what they were doing. Javier Santiago is an amazing composer and musician. I had Miguel Hurtado [of Solflower Collective] come in and lay drums on a couple of tracks. I had my ZULUZULUU fam come in and lay stuff down; Proper-T played some keys and Trelly Mo played some keyboard. My bro ∆RT P∆RTÉ came in with a lot of funky guitars.
What effect do you hope that Down So Long will have on listeners?
My goal is to challenge listeners to feel uncomfortable with the music. Not in a bad way, but uncomfortable with the unfamiliarity of it and excited about that as well. My goal is to challenge people’s own thoughts on what we find acceptable when it comes to music and content. I think that’s what makes my listeners, my listeners. They do enjoy a challenge.
Oddisee said something to the effect of, ‘If somebody found my music, that means they really dug for it and are going to enjoy it, because my music isn’t something that you come across easily.’ I identified with that, since my music isn’t something that you come across on a national platform. The type of person who is going to find my music is somebody who does want to be challenged." —Christina Lee
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Shadyvile new signee Westside Gun & Doom collaborate as WestsideDoom on "Gorilla Monsoon". This comes a day after Adult Swim & Dooom dissolve their working arrangement Adult Swim Ends Relationship With DOOM, Cancels The Missing Notebook Rhymes Series.
WestsideDoom -"Gorilla Monsoon"-mp3
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
ZULUZULUU's Greg Grease releases new track "Breakin' The Law" off his upcoming third solo record Down So Long. The funky, politically conscious rap of "Breakin' The Law" features the deft scratching technique of DJ Just Nine. Check out Bandcamp feature Greg Grease On Eschewing Escapism on “Down So Long”.
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Friday, September 8, 2017
The collaborative recording project headed up by XL Recordings founder Richard Russell. Everything Is Recorded releases one of their star-studded tracks sampling Grace Jones iconic "Nightclubbing" on "Mountains Of Gold" featuring Sampha, Ibeyi, Wiki & Kamasi Washington. In a statement released alongside the track, Russell said the track is "sound system inspired," adding that "you can hear a lot of strong and different personalities and voices in the one song, but the feeling is consistent. Everyone has plenty of space."
Everything Is Recorded -"Mountains Of Gold"--mp3
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Longtime Nigerian drummer, composer, songwriter and member of Fela Kuti's Egypt 80 Band Tony Allen returns with a new single "Wolf Eats Wolf" from the exciting new Jazz meets Afro-Beat record The Source. Pitchfork has a nice review of The Source.
Tony Allen -"Wolf Eats Wolf"-mp3
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
MMYYKK one of the wizards of ZULUZULUU has been busy, just off tour with ZULUZULUU opening for Atmosphere, MMYYKK just released a new track for a new MC IMAME. Today he delivers the remix goods with the reworking of Solange's "Rise" off her modern opus A Seat At The Table. You can also catch MMYYKK, Trelly Mo & Proper-T opening for Shabazz Palaces Sept.14th at The Amsterdam. Shabazz Palaces have two new awesome and exploratory records Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star & Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines. MMYYKK will also be heading to Afro-Punk Atlanta with ZULUZULUU in October.
From The artist "When I initially listened to “A Seat at the Table", “Rise" immediately stuck out to me. I had mistakenly put my music app on repeat and I was listening to that intro for about 5 minutes before I realized that it was repeating. The message of the song resonated with me deeply. I’ve been in a place of self discover and self development. Learning to trust myself and to love myself and to have the courage to be myself unapologetically despite the oppression that surrounds me daily as a black man in America. This song to me has become a mantra. it’s a simple and effective affirmation of black strength and resilience, that within itself, is also anti-white supremacy. Walk in your ways, be you, be black, be brilliant, be a rebel, be an individual and the more we live and work and operate in our divine spirit, the better our lives will be."
Solange -"Rise [MMYYKK Remix]"-mp3
Friday, September 1, 2017
Madlib releases a new 7 inch with two instrumental tracks “Barrel Proof” and “10 Summers Old.” The 7" is available to purchase at just two places: Rappcats.com and Technical Equipment Supply, a record store and label run by Todd Osborn in Ypsilanti, Mich.
Madlib-"10 Summers Old"-mp3
Ibey recruited jazz giant Kamasi Washington for "Deathless", off their new record from the duo’s Ash album is out September 29 via XL. The song was inspired by Lisa-Kaindé’s wrongful arrest by French police when she was sixteen. "I was writing “Deathless” as an anthem for everybody," Kaindé explained in a press release. "For every minority. For everybody that feels that they are nothing, that feels small, that feels not cared about and I want them to listen to our song and for three minutes feel large, powerful, deathless. I have a huge amount of respect for people who fought for, what I think, are my rights today and if we all sing together “we are deathless,” they will be living through us into a better world." The new record Ash will feature Mala Rodriguez, Chilly Gonzales, Meshell Ndegeocello, as well as production from Richard Russell
Morly latest "Sleeping In My Own Bed" she's inspired by the greats Nina Simon, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan — she went back into the studio inspired to use her sound experiments to deeper explore the potential of a song.
Morly -Sleeping In My Own Bed-mp3
MMYYKK of ZULUZULUU linked with new MC IMANE for two tracks. "I really appreciated the depth and density of his bars. You really have to listen a few times to crack the codes," wrote MMYYKK. "We both have this fascination with the cosmos and the universe which shines through in both our individual styles and definitely is amplified when we work together."
MMYYKK x IMAME -"From This World?"-mp3