We are fully into 2014 and while the BIG boys in commercial music land are patting themselves on the backs and handing themselves gongs via The Brits and other ceremonies. We thought we would start exposing great talent before they get into that world.
This is one. South London’s Celsius. This is what we call great contemporary music. Takes on the likes of Disclosure and Rudimantal with ease. Watch out for this guy.
HBO’s acclaimed drama series Boardwalk Empire presents ‘Sounds of The Onyx’, a promo-only music project celebrating the show’s upcoming fourth season and highlighting rare jazz recordings from the Prohibition Era, remixed by some of the best hip-hop/urban music producers of today. A joint collaboration between HBO, Giant Step, ABCKO Records and Sony Music Entertainment, the full project will be available exclusively via Sound Cloud streaming starting September 16th, two weeks after the release of this season’s official soundtrack, ‘Boardwalk Empire Volume 2: Music From The HBO® Original Series’ (ABCKO Records). The title of the promo project (‘Sounds of The Onyx’) reflects the home of season four’s musical showpieces, the Onyx Club – a new nightclub run by Chalky White that is featured prominently in the new season.
The remixes utilize vintage 1920s recordings, with the exception of Pete Rock who remixed one of the new tracks from the official soundtrack: a cover version of the classic composition “Sugarfoot Stomp” performed by Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks, who serve as the Boardwalk Empire house band. The Pete Rock remix is also available as a free download: soundcloud.com/boardwalkempire/vince-giordano-the-nighthawks
The other source tracks for this project are almost a century old, yet the spirit of musical fusion, lyrical signification and cultural revolution embodied in the original works truly form the roots of modern American music and DJ culture, from hip-hop to EDM. The featured remixers worked off of original recordings from prohibition-era legends Eva Taylor & Clarence Williams’ Blue Five, Ethel Waters, Lloyd Scott & His Orchestra, Jim Jackson and Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten Orchestra, breathing new life into their songs for the gangsters, heroes, and club-denizens of today. The diverse roster of contemporary producers involved include DJ Jazzy Jeff, Om’Mas Keith, Shafiq Husayn, JayCeeOh & B-Sides and Tall Black Guy.
One of HBO’s breakthrough series, Boardwalk Empire chronicles the life and times of Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Golden Globe winner Steve Buscemi), Atlantic City’s undisputed czar at a time when Prohibition proved to be a major catalyst in the rise of organized crime in America. Winner of 12 Emmy® Awards, the series from Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese launches its fourth season on Sunday, September 8th at 9 p.m.
‘Boardwalk Empire Volume 2: Music From The HBO® Original Series’ (ABCKO Records) Download at bit.ly/BoardwalkEmpireVol2
Volume 2 of the official Boardwalk Empire soundtrack, out September 3rd, features all new recordings from a wide range of vocalists - from Elvis Costello and Patti Smith to St. Vincent and The National’s Matt Berninger - singing timeless standards and forgotten gems from the 1920s. Following up on their GRAMMY win for Volume 1, producer Stewart Lerman and Boardwalk Empire music supervisor Randall Poster bring together a swinging, sauntering collection of bigband classics, New Orleans rags, sultry ballads and torch songs.
Best Of Records brings you the sound of Deep Grooves from Japan. This two track showcase comes courtesy of BRISA, a Nagoya based Japanese DJ/music producer and one of Japans finest. BRISA’s music is driven and influenced by Jazz, House, Techno, Dub and that sweet deep house sound.
Having previously released music via; Sonar Kollektiv, King Street, Irma, Poussez!, Agora Rhythm, Perspectiv and now he is teaming up with BEST OF RECORDS.
Having previously garnered support from the likes of: Jazzanova, Joe Claussell, Danny Krivit, Bugz In The Attic, DJ Yellow, Tom Middleton, Eddy Ramich, Kyoto Jazz Massive, Toshio Matsuura and Kev Beedle, showing the level that BRISA has reached on his musical journey. Now BEST OF… are continuing the journey with him and releasing these two beautiful tracks.
“Night Calls” and “Low Altitude” are examples of BRISA’s love of deep bass and lush sonics, which was picked up by Simbad straight away. “Night Calls” with its uptempo bounce, gives you an insight to the tight and varied production style of BRISA where “Low Altitude” goes in deep with sweet percussion sounds and ambient synths that show just how damn good this guy is.
BRISA’s cool ambient and bass driven sound has given him an excellent reputation in this hard fought music scene.
Haven’t put much up on my blog for a while but I think this deserves a mention. Best Of Records brings you the sound of Deep Grooves from Japan. This two track showcase comes courtesy of BRISA, a Nagoya based Japanese DJ/music producer. This is good…
Its funny. I saw a news email on Friday regarding Whitney partying in LA. Just a glimpse but I thought about what an amazing singer she is (now was) and will she ever come back.
She was amazing. I remember back in the day when I was deep into the underground Hip Hop/House scene just not feeling commercial music (what a farse) but stilla avid record collector and I still loved Whitney but only a fleeting romance. I remember having a phone conversation with Dionne Warwick via her nephew who I hung around with and thinking “wow! I am talking to Whitneys Aunt” not Dionne Warwick the legend - she was that BIG.
But still never really listened to Whitney.
I knew the classics, the hits and the film tracks but I never sat down and really listened. But when I met my wife (my own music connoisseur), she showed me some Whitney moments and I can honestly say it were amazing and how she touched people with her voice. She was vocally incomparable.
I used to hear about her personal antics from my friends who would be plugging her music or working in her team over here in the UK, the crazy rumours in the industry and I felt sad that such a talent was just so unhinged. But that is curse of a genius, they are bordering on the insane. When I saw her on the X factor a few years back I realised that she was still in trouble (it was sad to see her so messed up) but I hoped that she would bless us with yet more Whitney moments, but alas she is gone.
Rest In Peace Whitney.
You left us with something that will never be repeated or forgotten - your incredible voice.
I heard some amazing reports about D’Angelo this week over here. At last we are getting some great live music coming through! After seeing a very poor Joe, Jagged Edge and Jon B gig a while back which by all accounts was beyond poor. I should have gone to it but alas I couldn’t and this takes a very bad second place.
I heard that he was AMAZING!! After 12 years off the scene he pounds back and delivers a live show that EVERYONE is talking about and even the youngsters are raving about him!!!!!
More than a few things going on in the world of music and sound. We put on I think our 7th G Shock East Session at the G Shock East store in Brick Lane E1 and once more it was packed out. With performances from D Double E, Marger, Mystro, Fugative, Darren B, Teezy and Snakeyman.
A very UK Grime orientated night. Heavy vibes and serious sounds. Watch out for the video clips that we will put up on here over the days to see some of the performances.
Next month we will have a more cooler sexier R&B style evening with a few surprises.
Something that we at Music and Sounds have been involved with from its inception. Masterminded by the Uber talented Jeymes Samuel. This is Action and Adventure music. With a flixtape of videos from old classic TV series and films and a dairy that is updated daily on Twitter this is something that you have to get into. Follow @thebullitts on Twitter to see what we are talking about!
Anyway, this is the first single from the album that is coming in the summer “They Die By Dawn…and other stories.