Now this looks like a Saturday evening that should be starting at 3 am like an old blues party but no it starts at 7 and I know for a fact that this is going to be a serious music session. We have The DANDADDA an amalgamation of reggae, rock, hip hop and dub, The Ragga Twins and JO.EY with various DJ’s gracing the decks. Well worth checking out.
Music And Sounds - our monthly music chart of music you actually CAN obtain. Well most of them!
Music to find, discover and buy…
1) Evangeline - Someone (Best Of Records) (Produced By DJ Simbad). Something sweet and different from Best Of Records. Check this label out. Out on all the platforms 11th May 2014.
2) MANIK - Because Of You (Black Butter Recs) This is a stunning piece of twisted deep house music. Go get it. Essential for your sonic sound listening…
3) The Dandadda - Higher Dimension (from The Dandadda forthcoming EP out 27th April on Direct Demand Distribution). These guys have just recorded a track with the infamous Ragga Twins and have a gig on the 26th April at The Brixton Jamm. We suggest you check them out!
4) Angel Wade - Reflections (Sound Sonix). Brand new music from Angel and on new label Sound Sonix. This is a label to look out for…
5) Jo.Ey - Pre War: Defying-Convention EP. (Promo) A free download coming in April. Check out this guy. Supa Dupa High and Six2 (Stick It In) are signs of a UK hip hop beast in the making.
6) Garcia Project - Album (Promo) This is not around as yet but a pure slice of great soul/ R&B music from the original player from DrizaBone. Superb).
7) Kerri Chandler - Think of Something (Watergate). Taken from The watergate Files EP Just got this in my inbox and it blew my ears off. As usual the legend brings us something to chew on….delicious.
8) Shur-I-Kan - As We (Second Life EP) (OneThirty) . This guys music output is consistent and regular. I mean, he must release 10 tracks a month! This is one killer mellow vibe.
9) Eric Ericksson - Yuki (Deeper Dub) (Swedish Brandy). Sonically superb well produced house music for the heads. Get this EP.
10) Karol Conka - Batukfreak LP. You want something seriously different and has the attitude of a bear with a toothache then this is it. Brazilian Trap. Yeah and fucking brillaint. On repeat! Here comes the World Cup! Oh and the production is excellent…
11) The Ragga Twins - Deady Zone EP (Promo) (Check out Fed Up/Going In fabulous UK dancehall hip hop)
12) Outboxx - On My Own (Independence Mixx) (Local Talk). More sonic sumptuous sounds from Local Talk. Another must have recording.
13) De La Soul - Smell The DA.I.S.Y. FREE DOWNLOAD. Inspired by Dilla and deliver by De La what more do you want? Its free!
14) Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata album. Check this album as a whole. The production and delivery is exceptional. Hip Hip at its very best.
15) Compost Brazil Selection Vol. 1 - Primavera - Samba & Bossa Beats - mixed & compiled by Tom Burclay (Compost). A must have for the collection. A great compilation of contemporary Samba and Bossa beats. YUM!
16) Honeysweet - Good Ol Love (Honeycomb Vocal Mix) (Honeycomb Music) WOW! Sounds like it was recorded with Curtis Mayfield in mind. This is soulful, old school, organ driven, beautiful music. Fetch me my pipe and slippers!
17) SKMK - I Can Love from “Giving Up On You” EP. Monster house track..
18) Papa Records & Reel People Music Present MESSAGES Vol. 9 - Richard Earnshaw Sampler Jon Cutler - I’ll Take You (Go get this! Its serious!)
19) Robert Glasper Experiment - Somebody Else feat Emeili Sandi from Black Radio 11. Ahh RB and his experiment. Live they are the bomb. On record they are the bomb.
20) Steven Stone feat - Running To Love (Richard Earnshaw mix). Deep soulful house at it’s very best.
I could have put a top 50 together this month as there is so much good music about. But alas nooo.
ENJOY buying this lot if you can. Happy Record Store Day.
NEW MUSIC: Gorgon City - Here for You ft Laura Welsh
We love a bit of Black Butter Records over at Music and Sounds. When they send out a new track it is always worth exploring. This is no exception. Gorgon City fresh from their national hit bring this lovely piece of UK soulful/garage. I personally prefer the dub version as it hits hard and is great for the dance floor and the car on a sunny day!
I am picky when it comes to Hip Hop very picky. If you were around in the days of its innovation then I believe you have a right to be as opinionated as you please. These days the word “trap” has connotations of some young kid banging on his macbook and coming up with what he and his mates call music. So when I got my hands on this I was pleasantly surprised. This is how “Trap” should be used.
Karol Conka - a bit more information from the label.
One of Brazils hottest new artists combining hip hop with trap (ouch!) and traditional Brazilian grooves she is already being featured on Gilles Peterson Brownswood basement sessions and working with Madlib, Nasa & Basement Jaxx. One of the few female artists breaking from the Brazilian underground scene she raps and sings in Portuguese. she has won a 2013 Multishow Best New Artist Award and was nominated for a Brazil MTV award (Boa Noite).
So check it out here and lets get into something different. Because this is what Music and Sounds are all about…..
MUSIC TO GO GET: De La Soul - The J Dilla Inspired ‘Smell the Da.I.S.Y.’ Mixtape
Wu Tang are selling one copy of their new record. While De La Soul are giving it all away and I (personally) am very happy. i don’t know a music person that didn’t pick up the free give-away of De La’s albums last month. Even if (like me) you have them all anyway.
Well, they are doing it again with the J Dilla inspired “Smell The Da.I.S.Y” mixtape.
Here the track-listing…
1. Let the King Ascend 2. Who (Feat. Redman) 3. Dilla Plugged In 5. Goes the Word 5. Vocabulary Spills 6. The Pitch 7. Taking the Train 8. Leave Your Cares Behind 9. O’Shut Up 10. No More No Less 11. Marvin Jaye
Wu-Tang To Release Just One Copy Of Its Secret Album
This is doing the rounds on the social media at the moment and why not? I personally think its a great idea of how to make something news worthy and create the ultimate “most wanted” item of Hip Hop memorabilia. I know a few DJ’s and collectors that would try and get this. To round it all off this article is from Forbes Magazine - clever indeed! Lets see if it gets leaked online in digital format at any time….
Somewhere on the outskirts of Marrakech, Morocco, inside a vault housed beneath the shadow of the Atlas Mountains, there sits an engraved silver-and-nickel box with the potential to spawn a shift in the way music is consumed and monetized.
The lustrous container was handcrafted over the course of three months by British-Moroccan artist Yahya, whose works have been commissioned by royal families and business leaders around the world. Soon, it will contain a different sort of art piece: the Wu-Tang Clan’s double-album The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, recorded in secret over the past few years.
Like the work of a master Impressionist, it will truly be one-of-a-kind—in lieu of a traditional major label or independent launch, the iconic hip-hop collective will make and sell just one copy of the album. And similar to a Monet or a Degas, the price tag will be a multimillion-dollar figure.
Music And Sounds - our monthly music chart of music you actually CAN obtain. Well most of them!
Music to buy to find and discover.
1) SKMK - I Can Love from “Giving Up On You” EP.
Monster house track.
2) Steven Stone feat - Running To Love (Richard Earnshaw mix). Deep soulful house at it’s very best.
3) Evangeline - Someone (Prod. DJ Simbad). Something sweet and different from Best Of Records. Check this label out.
4) Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata album. Check this album as a whole. The production and delivery is exceptional. Hip Hip at its very best.
5) Jo.Ey - Anyone They See They Wanna (Promo). Brand new rapper from South London. Watch this kid.
6) Dario D’Attis - The Good Ol Days. Pumping deep sonically satisfying record.
7) Busta Rhymes & Q-Tip - The Abstract & The Dragon - GO DOWNLOAD THIS FREE PIECE OF SUPERB HIP HOP.
8) GIOM - Red Light (Deep Active Sound Remix). GIOM is a superb producer and this mix is something special.
9) Celsius - Thirds And Fourths What can I say about this. One of my favourite tracks of 2013. Will always get rinsed.
10) Robert Glasper Experiment - Somebody Else feat Emeili Sandi from Black Radio 11. Ahh RB and his experiment. Live they are the bomb. On record they are the bomb.
11) Full Intention - Rebirth Sessions. Just get this whole album. Its essential.
12) The Dandadda - Higher Dimension (from The Dandadda forthcoming EP out 27th April) You have to check this lot out. mixing bass/ragga/hip hop/blues/rock serious music.
13) Jade Blue And Frequency - Moving Away (Black Butter Records just keep delivering)
14) Garcia Project - Album (this is not around as yet but a pure slice of great soul/R&B music from the original player from DrizaBone. Superb).
15) Papa Records & Reel People Music Present MESSAGES Vol. 9 - Richard Earnshaw Sampler. Jon Cutler - I’ll Take You (Go get this! Its serious! Richard Earnshaw appears again in the chart and well deserved)
16) Detroit Swindle - Huh, What! This man keeps delivering and cant do no wrong in my eyes.
17) Milton Jackson - Sub Rosa (From The Best Of Tsuba 2013. A must have track like most Milton productions!)
18) The Ragga Twins - Deady Zone EP (Check out Fed Up/Going In fabulous UK dancehall hip hop)
19) Miguel Migs - Down To It (Deep and Salty Mix) The legend that is Miguel Migs sonically smashes it.
20) Akabu feat Alex Mills - Everybody Wants Something (GIOM remix). The original is something to pick up if you haven’t got it. This is something extra!
The one thing about Joe Clausell is he is consistent. In every way. i have bought his music for over a decade and danced while the man DJ’d at various gigs that I have attended and I have always loved Joe’s sound and vibe. Its just pure love of the art form of making and playing great music. Just check out his catalogue of releases it is immense.
This album is no exception. Quality throughout from the beginning to the very end. Tracks you know, some you don’t, samples from various church music that make you feel totally in a vide to get up and sing! This is an album of music you can just load into your player, sit back and enjoy.
JO.EY is not your average product of a south London council estate. He has a vibe that only I can describe as cool. This reflects on his music. I have heard the full mixtape and when I say this kid is talented I mean it. This is his first offering and reflects what is to come. Looking forward to teh rest of his music soon….
This is Hip Hop. Sweet album.. go get this! Full of sweet samples and serious beats by the man Madlib. Busting this in the car and on the pod.
This is what NME have to say….
Freddie Gibbs is the product of violent, drug-laden streets, but unlike most rappers with similar backstories, he brings the block to the booth without inhibition or an exaggerated rap persona. Piñata, a 17-track collaboration with producer Madlib, is the best distillation yet of his transparent approach to making music, combining stark honesty with electrifying talent as a lyricist and performer.
Piñata is “a gangster Blaxploitation film on wax,” Gibbs says, and the full-length result of a process that began in 2009. It’s an album with a sound that couldn’t be any further from the radio, where, according to the Gibbs, every rapper is Superman, or the dope dealer of the century, who has grinded to the top, never made a mistake and has no chinks in his armour.
“I will show you my flaws, I’ll show you what I’ve done wrong and what I’ve fucked up at,” says the native of Gary, Indiana, the former steel town best known for producing Michael Jackson. “I don’t regret shit, but I’ll show you the things I’m not proud of.”
Gibbs is joined on Piñata by Mac Miller, Earl Sweatshirt, Raekwon, Scarface, Domo Genesis, Ab-Soul and a host of others in setting his soliloquies of the streets alongside film snippets and dusted funk, soul and prog musical tapestries. While this is the latest in a series of single-artist collaborations for Madlib, after Jaylib (J Dilla), Madvillainy (MF Doom) and the street-centric O.J. Simpson with Detroit’s Guilty Simpson, the pairing is unique as it is Gibbs’ first time working with just one producer.
There’s also Madlib’s own self-awareness of his style as a producer. “My stuff, it ain’t fully quantized… it has more of a human feel, so it might slow down or speed up,” he says. “So you have to be the type of rapper, like Doom or Freddie, who can catch that, or else you’ll be sounding crazy.”
Gibbs admits it was a challenge rapping over beats with chops and changes as unpredictable as the man who created them, but says—with conviction and supreme confidence—“I think I did it to perfection.”
The perfection is apparent on the album, where Gibbs shifts from textbook lessons in robbing and drugging on tracks like “Scarface” and “Knicks,” to perhaps the album’s most personal song, “Broken,” a collaboration with Scarface, who, along with Tupac, DMX and 50 Cent, make up the rapper’s own Mount Rushmore of MCs (“You’re getting a hurricane of all those motherfuckers hitting you at once when you listen to Freddie Gibbs,” he says). “Deeper,” a Gibbs favourite and the third single from the album after “Thuggin’” (2012) and “Shame,” (2013) is an ode to hip-hop in the mold of Common’s “I Used to Love H.E.R.”; “High,” featuring Danny Brown, is self-explanatory and just what you would expect from Gibbs, Madlib and one of Detroit’s finest; while on “Real,” Gibbs addresses an old score just as Michael Corleone settled all family business on baptism day.
It’s tracks like “Real” that makes fans believe Gibbs’ claim that “I’m about to show niggas how to rap again.” And he’s just as loyal. “As long as I keep satisfying them,” he says, “everybody else is going to fall in line.
As a producer, Madlib, quite simply, is music, and ten years into his career—a time when other artists become comfortable—Gibbs remains restless, focused, with an eye on the competition and their position relative to his ascent. This is because mentally, he’s still on the corner hustling, which would be the downfall of the average rapper. Gibbs, however, isn’t average.
Full details of Piñata, which features Raekwon, Scarface, Danny Brown, Ab-Soul, BJ the Chicago Kid and more, are at www.rappcats.com/pinata
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.