DJ / Producer Eric Lau was recently asked to do a mix…but not just any ol’ ordinary mix. The mix had to contain songs that fit the theme of his‘Last Night On Earth’. He took on the challenge and put together a compilation that contains Music he fell in love with as a child with some more recent joints by the late, great J. Dilla. Check out the playlist of songs that Eric would bump as he leaves Mother Earth. Oh yeah, download it for free while you still have the chance!
DJ / Producer Applejac has been doing his thing in the Music world for quite some time. Hailing from Decatur, GA, he started DJing at the age of 10! A serious Music lover, the talented DJ is known for his wide-ranging styles, spinning everything from Afrobeat, classic Hip Hop, Funk, Soulful House and many other genres.
With his latest release “Playin Favorites” you can get a taste of his incredible production skills. Inside you’ll find some smooth spoken word from Baldhead Queen (love the lyrics Nina!) some straight-up funk from Reggie B. and…well, have a listen for yourself. This one has grooves to get your head nodding as well as some laid back joints to help you unwind and get your mind right.
For those of you that are not familiar with this Soulful dude, you are in for a treat.
Lumberjack Soul is the latest release by Miles Bonny and is full of older and new goodness by the talented Kansas City-based artist (originally from New York). I’m really hoping this dude hits the shores of Japan in the not so distant future.
The news of Gil Scott-Heron passing last week caught many by surprise and upset all of those who knew his work. Not just his Musical works but his work as a activist, educator and social commentator. Gil was not afraid to speak his mind and “rapped” about things that needed to be heard…a lot of things which are still issues today. (Many refer to him as the “Godfather of Rap” but he denied that.) As the news spread, many posted their favorite speeches and songs while others began to educate the youth of the net community of who Gil was: A Freedom Fighter. Gil also had a special way of interjecting humor into his a lot his conversations about serious topics.
Dion Brown out of Chicago (Gil’s hometown) has shared with us his own interpretation of some of Gil’s works, entitled “April 1st” (the two share a birthday as well). This release is filled with lot of cool beats but there are a few standouts for me, and one of those is the outro track. In this song, you’ll get to hear a bit of Gil’s comedic side as he talks about some of the “blues” plenty of folks can relate to.
Rest in Peace Gil.
Twit One is a Bass player, DJ and producer out of Cologne, Germany. His latest release Stepping Stones, is a collection of 16 very short but very good tracks. I do wish all of these songs were at least 4 mins longer but the project is good nonetheless. To hear some longer songs by the Bass playing producer, please check out the links on is Bandcamp page (especially the J.Birly EP with Miles Bonny).
A nice discovery for a sunny Sunday afternoon (although I’m a little late!). Mara Hruby hit the Oakland Music scene at the start of 2010 and released her EP From Her Eyes in November. This joint is laid back and smooth…and the girl can SING!!!
She does a fantastic job on D’Angelo’s “Send It On” from his 2000 release, Voodoo. One that really surprised me though, is her version of Jamiroquai’s “Alright” from the monster CD, Traveling Without Moving. (Please click here to listen to a live performance by Ms. Hruby.)
Oh yeah, did I mention she can SING?!
Anyway, have a listen for yourself.
I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter about this guy Tall Black Guy so figured I would check him out…and glad I did!
The inspiration for his latest release “Therapy Chop Sessions EP” came from the weekly “chop assignments” given out by the Facebook Music group called The Beat Inn. Please be sure to check his other releases which you can find on his Bandcamp page.
On March 1, 2011, Trebles and Blues released his debut instrumental album, The Blue Note in digital format. It’s an awesome collection of Music and is absolutely free of charge.
The Los Angeles based producer decided he wanted to give a bit more to his fans and through the Kickstarter program (www.kickstarter.com), he is offering some pretty cool items such as physical CDs of the album, bonus tracks, sample sources, limited edition artwork and wall posters. For those that make a more generous contribution, you will be able interact with him through live Skype beat-making sessions to make personalized songs just for you.
To hear more of The Blue Note as well as download your free copy, please visit Trebles and Blues.
If you are interesting in hearing about about his Kickstarter project, please click here.