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Special Ed Announces New LP, Talks Working With Dre & Snoop, 2Pac, Biggie

By JR on 7:26 AM

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Listen to "Ep.41 Feat. Special Ed Interview Part 2" on Spreaker.

On part 2 of Special Ed's interview with original Brooklyn Lo Life Shillz Da Realz, the legendary MC announces a return to the mic on his forthcoming album, current moves with fellow Hip Hop legends The Alumni, his evolution from MC to producer and working with a number of legendary artists behind the scenes throughout the years.

Kashif Interviews With Wayne Boucaud's Blackin3D Radio, Jan.7th 2016

"In Conversation with the late - Producer/Composer/Songwriter/Singer/Teacher, Kashif....
I met Kashif on the afternoon of Thur. Jan.7th 2016,and we spoke Weather Report, Clive Davis, Stephanie Mills, B.T. Express, Randy Muller and of course Whitney Houston, i managed to get 25min. with him and then he had to shoot off to another engagement and he was running late, but he did promise that we would finish off the interview via Skype, but alas, it didn't happen and as we now know he has passed on. Inspite of it coming to an abrupt end that day i've decided to play out the interview for YOU...the magic of editing..!" - Wayne Boucaud

Also,playing music from The Ecelectic Sessions - Josef Leimberg / Road Case Royale / The Open Feel / Ronnie Laws / Z-Star / Rose Royce / Junie Morrison / Robert Glasper / Mono Neon / Stevie Wonder / John Legend / Change / Christian Scott / Tasmin Archer / Nine Inch Nails.

Ill Adrenaline Records (The Early Years) Mixed By Dee Jay Eveready & DJ Karsai

By JR on 4:50 AM

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Bear witness to the ways of the underground as one of Hip Hop's best labels of the new millennium is honored by cuts and blends of Dee Jay Eveready & DJ Karsai who get on the decks to present Ill Adrenaline (The Early Years) Mixtape. With a collective of emerging and legendary DJs, MCs and producers, Ill Adrenaline seeks to find the main ingredient to get your head nodding with the rawness of each of their releases.

1. Dee Jay Eveready & Dj Karsai Featuring Beneficence - Intro -
2. Beatminerz - Sumthin' (feat. Tash of Tha Alkaholiks & Rah Digga)
3. Beneficence - Y.W.E. (feat. Lord Tariq)
4. Beatminerz - Spitgame (feat. O.C. Of D.I.T.C.)-
5. Beneficence - Way We Rockin - (feat El Da Sensei)
6. Beneficence - With My Real People (feat. Lord Tariq & Prince Po)
7. Purpose & Confidence -The Break Down
8. Interlude - Feat Confidence
9. The Regiment - Yours & Mine
10. Frankenstien - The Project (Remix)
11. B1 & Large Professor - Hands Of Time
12. Paranom & Purpose - Be A King
13. Real Good - Hannibal Stax
14.Paranom & Purpose - Godiva
15.Purpose & Confidence - Promise Me This
16. Dee Jay Eveready & Dj Karsai - Interlude
17. Rashad & KVBeats - We Know The Rules
18. Neek The Exotic - We Hot
19. 7 Gems - Foul Thesis
20. Beneficence - Cold Train (Feat Grap Luva, Rob-O and K-Def)
21. Paranom & Purpose - Microphone Phenomenal
22. Dee Jay Eveready & DJ Karsai - Interlude
23. Rashad & Confidence - Pen On Display
24. Paranom & Purpose - I Remember
25. Professor P & DJ Akilles - Lamp Posts & Neon Lights (feat. Blu)
26. Professor P & DJ Akilles - Killing Time feat. A.G. (of D.I.T.C.)
27. Price & Confidence - Dear Ni**a
28. Kon Sci - Interlude
29. MindsOne - Manipulated
30. Rashad & Confidence - Rumors of War
31. Purpose & Confidence - Rain Drops
32. Paranom & Purpose - So High
33. Paramon & Purpose - 7 Sciences
34. Paranom- Interlude
35. Beneficence - Put It On The Wire (Feat Simone Hines)
36. Professor P & DJ Akilles - Theroy
37. The Legion - Stereo (Confidence Remix)
38. Parmon & Purpose - Precision
39. Beneficence - Perfect Navigation (feat. Asu & Blacksun)
40. 7 Gems - Without You
41. Paramon & Purpose - Days Goes By
42. Beneficence - Outro

Moonchild Have The Cure For Your Heartache On Their 2017 LP "Voyager"

By JR on 4:24 AM

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"‘Voyager’ is the third full-length album from LA’s Moonchild, whose candid style of soul and new-school jazz has propelled them onto a swirling, emotionally charged journey of the heart. Since 2014 they have dedicated their time and energy into honing dreamlike and ethereal compositions which explore the intricacies of relationships with emotional nuance. The band cites influences like D’Angelo, Hiatus Kaiyote and J. Most as playing a key part in expanding the group's musical horizons which none more evident than on ‘Voyager’.

Following two years after their widely-praised album ‘Please Rewind’, the album marks a new level of maturity in the band’s sound. Building on their trademark sound, the band brought in a harpist and string players to their usual line-up, enriching standout motifs; these range from the importance of making time for loved ones, to the feeling of waking up in the middle of the night and missing someone, to the deep bonds shared between mother and child.

Since cementing themselves into the vibrant LA soul scene, Moonchild have released two albums and collaborated or toured with highly-respected names in the soul-jazz crowd including Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, India.Arie, Leela James, The Internet (Odd Future’s Syd tha Kyd & Matt Martians) and more. Along the way, Moonchild have accumulated a host of iconic supporters from Robert Glasper and Laura Mvula to James Poyser, Jazzy Jeff, Jose James, 9th Wonder and Tyler, The Creator who have all shown love for the band."

Phife, Lords Of The Underground, Method Man & Redman Visit Dutch Radio, 1994-1998

In a tape rip which combines show clips from 1994 to 1998, Phife Dawg and Lords of The Underground interview while Method Man & Redman & Dutch rapper Extince freestyle and more on the Dutch Mastaz Villa 65 show. Enjoy another slice of nostalgia by Hip Hop heads from The Netherlands as Phife aka MC Shorty Black kicks some realness about what he observed about the gangsterism, mass materialism and frontin' around him at the time.

Jazz Fusion Band ROHEY Use Their Vivid Beauty To Express "A Million Things"

By JR on 11:54 AM

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"With a wall-to-wall 21st century freshness, light years past any concept of vogue, or any linear genre lines, Norwegian quartet Rohey deliver music that bristles with energy and honesty, that grooves with the best funk, that has deep soul roots while keeping an eye on the broad expanse of a golden future.
Lead vocalist Rohey Taalah brings all the emotional complexity you would expect of a classic jazz or soul singer (and can withstand comparison with any with ease). Ivan Blomqvist's keys play a dual role of laying down old school sonics, while bringing a retrofuturistic hyper-urban tone (akin to British IDM), while Kristian B. Jacobsen (bass) and Henrik Lødøen (drums) create a jazz-soul-funk hybrid rhythm section that ducks and weaves with supreme artfulness.

Preview more songs and purchase the album here at Amazon UK

Rohey have toured extensively throughout Scandinavia, taking in just about every major Jazz festival along the way. With the release of "A Million Things" on Jazzland Recordings in early 2017, their path can be expected to take them ever further: music this good can't be kept secret for long.

"A Million Things" performs a balancing act that most pop artists have forgotten in these days of studio micro-editing: how to write and play a song with full and sincere conviction, while enjoying an artful expressiveness without making things unnecessarily difficult for the audience. This has been borne out by their nomination for 'Best Single' at the Scandinavian Soul Awards in 2015." - Proper Music

Brian Owens & The Deacons Of Soul Join Michael McDonald On "Soul Of Ferguson"

"If you’re looking for a brand-new record that hearkens back to Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye and other musical pioneers, St. Louis native Brian Owens and the Deacons of Soul will be releasing “The Soul of Ferguson” on Feb. 24. Owens’ music seeks to develop conversation and community around topical issues of our time in a resonant way, furthering his commitment to the city’s powerful message that has been heard around the world since August 2014." - by Raphael Maurice | ALIVE Magazine

Percee P Interviews On G1Truth Radio, Flows To Amerie's "1 Thing" with Edan

The Rhyme Inspector Percee P and Edan get remixed by MaceOne who remind us of the raw Funk and drum breaks which defines Hip Hop's essence. For any entertainer Percee P still has a torture chamber as he breaks down his history in a 2017 interview on G1Truth Radio as one of the best lyricists to emerge from the Boogie Down Bronx.

R&B/Soul Heads, Celebrate 25 Years Of Dôme Records In A Streaming Compilation

By JR on 4:36 PM

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Europe's leading R&B/Soul label celebrates it's 25th birthday with a collection of stand-out-tracks from their catalog which dates back to the year of 1992. Press play and groove to the rhythm of legendary and emerging talents such as Carleen Anderson, George Duke, Eric Roberson, Gordon Chambers, Ledisi, Incognito, Don-E and more!

Marcos Valle & The Smooth Operators Pay Tribute To The Music Of Leon Ware

As a renowned Brazilian singer, instrumentalist, songwriter and record producer of multiple bossa standards, Marcos Valle proves that the music of Leon Ware is sure to rock the world eternally as his magic touch serves as the perfect compliment to covering the smooth Leon Ware classic "Rockin' You Eternally". With the lovely voice of a female vocalist taking the lead of this pleasant Latin version, Valle's take on "Rockin'" is uplifting, refreshing and beautiful.

The Smooth Operators (Professor Eddy & Martijn Soetens) pay tribute to soul legend Leon Ware in their mix created after the day of his passing.

Leon Ware - Why I Came To California (1982)
Michael Jackson - I Wanna Be Where You Are (1972)
Marvin Gaye - I Want You (1976)
Leon Ware - Inside Your Love (1979)
Michael Wycoff - Looking Up To You (1982)
Marcos Valle - Estrelar (1983)
Quincy Jones feat. Leon Ware, Al Jarreau & Minnie Riperton - If I Ever Lose This Heaven (1974)
Melissa Manchester - Bad Weather (1978)
Leon Ware - A Little Boogie (Never Hurt No One) (1981)
Omar feat. Leon Ware - Gave My Heart (2017)
Isley Brothers - Got To Have You Back (1967)
Marlena Shaw - Sweet Beginnings (1977)
Donny Hathaway - I Know It’s You (1973)
Leon Ware - Lost In Love With You (1982)
Bobby Womack - What’s Your World (1975)
Lucas Arruda feat. Leon Ware - Melt The Night (2015)
Leon Ware - The Spirit Never Dies (1972)

Polish Graf Artists & Dynamite Soul Men Pay Tribute To Sean Price

The power forward of The Fab 5 and one-half of the duo Heltah Skeltah continues to inspire Hip Hop culture posthumously in an international tribute to his unique presence as one of Hip Hop's most ruff and rugged lyricists. Enjoy a look into Hip Hop culture in it's purest form of bombing, funky groove excavation and rhyming as Polish graffiti artists TEMPZ, ERO and FORIN get up in the name of Sean P while Italian duo DJ WalteriX & DJ Taglierino of Dynamite Soul Men mine the crates for numerous classics in the 60 RECORDS for "60 BAR DASH" Remix.

The visual art of this 3-man graf crew from Poland meets the level of authenticity and artistic standards of traditional NYC graffiti while Dynamite Soul Men show their crate digging skills as they take you on an audio/visual trip through essential 70's Funk, Soul and Boogie.

Stro Elliot & Daniel Crawford Are Looking At The Front Door On "Virginia Wolf"

By JR on 11:46 AM

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With a heavenly chorus melody paired with honest raps about the trails of love, Stro Elliot inspires his fellow PLAYlist producer Daniel Crawford to lend even more good vibes and Soul into the mix. Enjoy the DShon remixes of "Virginia Wolf", a song from Stro's self titled LP 2016 which draws upon the heartache from relationships lyrically but also draws from the happiness of relationships in the musical mood which Daniel brings.

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