June 26, 2010

Mr. J. Medeiros - Pink Light

Although a year late of its release, Of God's and Girls by Mr. J. Medeiros was one of my favorite albums of 2008. "Change" most definitely has to be my favorite off the album. From it's rhythmic dope production to the real life lyricism displayed by Mr. J. Medeiros, Rez & Wako Texas' Strange Fruit Project, the vibe was infectious and made the album a worthy addition to my collection. His latest track "Pink Lights" is his rendition of Laura Veirs track of the same name. J  speaks of lost innocence, broken hearts and getback on this progressive yet thoughtful track. Peep the joint below, and get your free copy via his bandcamp site. Thanks Mr. Medeiros for this one. 

Mr. J. Medeiros - Pink Lights






Daru, Byron, Tony, Farnell - 1 Degree of Separation

Just came across the video for this banger off Daru Jones', Drum Beats which is a banger in its entirety. Featured on the track are the multi-talented Byron The Aquarius, producer/soul singer, Tony Ozier  and jazz trumpeter Farnell Newton. All four gentlemen add their unique flavor to the production of this track which results in a very funky and jazzy piece of musical energy. Be sure to check out each one as they all have their individual contributions for you to indulge in. Check out more greatness from Daru Jones via his bandcamp pg. Support inspiring and creative music. 


June 23, 2010

Aloe Blacc - Femme Fatale

Femme Fatale is the second single from Aloe Blacc's upcoming release Good Things. Aloe gives The Velvet Underground's hit a fantastic soulful remake. I'm really feeling dude's style and his approach to making music. He definitely has an ear for great melodies and composition. If you're new to his vibe, I suggest you track back to his debut and find out the greatness this Cali native represents. Good Things drops Sept 14. Support it when it drops. 


Aloe Blacc - Femme Fatale






June 18, 2010

SLE Presents: Soundscape Radio!

You should already know what to expect, but if not - SLE brings you the best in indie and underground soul, hip-hop, jazz, alternative, funk and more. Featured on this episode, BigShine Music recording artist Avery Sunshine joins us and shares her thoughts on the radio, faith, life and her career. Tune in, download and simply enjoy! 

Soundscape Radio Episode 3:

The Interview.

Yaw - Drivin’ Me Sane
Tarsha’ McMillian Hamilton - Second to Nothing
Velben - Randomness
J S.O.U.L - Hard To Be
Peachy Salthouse - Don’t be Shy
Alleta - A Jump at The Sun
Commentary/ backed by The Heliocentrics - Before I Die (Instrumental)
Interview w/Avery Sunshine
Avery Sunshine - Pinin’
Janelle Monae - Oh Maker
Quadron - Day
Abby Dobson - I’m Drownin’
Erykah Badu - Vibrate On
Daniel Moore - Say Something
Commentary backed by B. Lewis - Kickin’ it Back
Dwele - I Wish

Get it on Podomatic Mixcloud, Soundcloud 

June 17, 2010

Antonia Jenae' - Homegrown Diva From The South

Antonia Jenae' is no new comer to the music industry. Known as "dawtah" to the dirty south, Antonia is keepin' it F-U-N-K-Y! This sultry singer has been on her grind for more than a decade touring with Joss Stone and sharing stages with many of music's heavyweights. Her debut album - For Medicinal Purposes (2005) allowed her to keep true to her sound which pulls elements from soul, funk, rock and blues - layered with her sexy, gritty vocals and you have the makings for an ear-gasm. "Addicted" is one of those tracks that make you want to get into all of what she is talking about. As Antonia continues to make her mark, she is gaining momentum as one of the top artists in "The Andre Harell Super Star Soul Search" competition. Take a listen to her vibe and make your vote be heard. It's real simple. Click here, let the track play, and if your feelin' her vibe as we know you will, click on the thumbs up! Voting ends on June 21, 2010, 11:59 pm EST. Stay tuned, we will have more to come from this Homegrown Diva in our candid interview.


Antonia Jenae' - Addicted

Bilal - Free

Mr. Wonderful has finally returned to the game to bless us with his upcoming sophomore album, Airtight's Revenge. Since the shelving of his then sophomore effort Love For Sale, Bilal has remained busy living, touring, writing and perfecting his craft. He's not been too far removed though. Just last year he was featured on Shafiq Husayn's - En' A-Free-Ka album as well as Robert Glasper's - Double Booked. His contributions to both records brought signs of relief to fans. Well, the official date for the album is September 14th courtesy of Plug Research, his new label who provided the track below to hold us over. This won't be on the project, and I'm sure the official single will drop late July, early August, but you can rest assured Bilal will bring the Fire this Fall. Support it when he drops it.

Bilal - Free (pro. Nottz)

June 16, 2010

Zo! - Greatest Weapon of All Time ft. Sy Smith

FE Official strikes again with the first single from Zo's upcoming Sunstorm album. "Greatest Weapon of All Time" is one of those raise your spirit type joints that gets the head bobbing from the onset of the bass line. "Don't ever underestimate the power of your mind..." Sy Smith belts out making this easy flowing, soul inspired track a perfect welcome for the full length dropping July, 27th. Expect another banger from Zo & FE Official as they continue to bring us music for the ages. Download your free copy of the track here.   

Zo! - The Greatest Weapon of All Time ft. Sy Smith

June 11, 2010

The Roots - The Fire ft John Legend

The legendary Roots crew is set to drop their 9th studio album, How I Got Over on June 22nd, and I am super amped! Courtesy of OP we get the final leak off the  LP, "The Fire," featuring John Legend. "The Fire" is all about that burning desire to overcome the opposition and struggle we face when trying to achieve or dreams. What drives one to prevail and reach their ultimate goal is fervent passion. The Roots know this best as they've been doing this for over 20 years and don't show any signs of letting up. Make sure to cop How I Got Over when it drops. June 22nd.

The Roots - The Fire ft John Legend

How I Got Over Tracklist:

01. A Peace Of Light (Featuring Amber Coffman, Angel Deradoorian & Haley Dekle)
02. Walk Alone (Featuring Truck North, P.O.R.N. & Dice Raw)
03. Dear God 2.0 (Featuring Monsters Of Folk)
04. Radio Daze (Featuring Blu, P.O.R.N. & Dice Raw)
05. Now Or Never (Featuring Phonte & Dice Raw)
06. How I Got Over (Featuring Dice Raw)
07. DillaTUDE: The Flight of Titus
08. The Day (Featuring Blu, Phonte & Patty Crash)
09. Right On (Featuring Joanna Newsom & STS)
10. Doin' It Again
11. The Fire (Featuring John Legend)
12. Tunnel Vision
13. Web 20/20 (Featuring Peedi Peedi & Truck North)
14. Hustla (Featuring STS) (Bonus Track)

June 10, 2010

Phil Ade - The Letter (Video)

New to me is the lyrical vibe set loose from DMV emcee, Phil Ade. Phil has earned the distinction of being the first artist signed to Raheem DeVaughn’s DC-based independent label, 368 Music Group. What I personally like about dude is his connection with words and his ability to apply them vividly. He's most certainly inspired by the "Golden Era" of hip-hop and that's a major for heads such as myself that love the music that came out then. He'll be dropping his 2nd mixtape, The Letter  on July 6th, so make sure to check it out when it drops via Okayplayer. Peep the remix to his "Hollywood" single below & get his 09 mixtape, Starting on JV here.  Props to BLS 


Phil Ade - Hollywood (rmx) ft. Raekwon, Raheem Devaughn, Wale & Tabi Bonney






June 8, 2010

Georgia Anne Muldrow is Jyoti

The incredibly gifted Georgia Anne Muldrow returns as Jyoti which is a Sanscrit word meaning “light.” The name was given to her by the late great Alice Coltrane, who was a friend of the family. Under this new alias, Georgia will perform all her future jazz projects. The first of these projects will be Ocotea - drawing from a sea of influences such as Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys, Swamini Truiyasangitanada’s Monastic Trio, Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Henry Threadgill, Sun-Ra, and Stevie Wonder... the project fuses experimental synthesizers and melodies that soar about with raw musicianship to bring forth the free jazz sound of the album. Ocotea will show Georgia in a whole new light and is sure to become a new-jazz classic. It will be released on limited CD/vinyl on June 15th. Make sure you get your copy! Check out the soothing sounds of "The Black Mother" below and more from the album here.


Jyoti - The Black Mother






Andreya Triana - A Town Called Obsolete (Video)

Introducing the official video and second single from Andreya Triana's upcoming debut, Lost Where I Belong. Bonobo and Andreya combine forces again to bring beautiful music to the world. The Video for "A Town Called Obsolete" is very unique as it uses a view finder format to display visuals of a party taking place. I'm still not quite sure what's the meaning behind the song - guess I'm gonna have to give it a few listens. Either way, enjoy the great video and prepare for her album dropping August 23rd in the UK & Sept 7th in the US on Ninjatune Records.   

June 7, 2010

Stalley & Ski Beatz - Harsh Ave

Massollin, Ohio native now Brooklyn, NY resident, Stalley returns after his dope collabo with The Cool Kids on We Can Do It Big with a taste of a joint from his forthcoming debut album. "Harsh Ave" places Stalley back in his east coast hometown painting realistic visuals of the neighborhood where he grew up. Ski Beatz supplies a venomous horn and drum kick to highlight the lyrical smash Stalley delivers. If you're not familiar with Stalley, get familiar beginning with his 2009 mixtape - MadStalley The Autobiography. Kid is nice! Kind of reminds me of Cormega with the flow, but make no mistakes, Stalley holds his own. More to come from the man. 


Cee Lo Green - Stray Bullets

Say what you want about the strangeness of Cee Lo Green, but one thing for sure is this man displays his varied styes and taste of music to elevated levels. From his beginnings with Goodie Mob, his solo projects and his work with Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley), Cee Lo Green represents a musical kaleidoscope. While fans await his forthcoming third studio album Lady Killer, we can enjoy this eclectic 13 track mixtape presented by Greg Street. Treat your ears to the upbeat soul/folk type "You Don't Shock Me Anymore," and the first leak from Lady Killer - "Georgia." Support the works of beautiful music!

Cee Lo Green - You Don't Shock Me Anymore

Cee Lo Green - Georgia

June 6, 2010

Dynasty - Dreampusher Mixtape Release Party

We featured Tampa femcee, Dynasty here back in April with the release of her second single Magnificent. Now she's back with her dope debut mixtape, Dreampusher. Last night, Dynasty rocked for friends and newcomers during her Dreampusher Mixtape Release Party. Held at the New World Brewery, both the evening heat and Dynasty rose to the occasion. With poise and clearly defined rhymes, Dy took command of her audience treating them to live gems off the mixtape. Special guest performances from Hop & Blue Legacy, Jinx & Ron Marks, J.U.S.T.I.C.E League newcomer Laws, and others came alive to show support for their girl. Much love & respect was shown from everyone in attendance. It was a night for celebrating a dream, & Dynasty pushed and prevailed to make it happen. Make sure to support her mixtape. Check the joint with Laws featured below, & hit her up on FacebookMore to come from Dynasty, just watch!

Dynasty - Original ft. Laws






June 4, 2010

SLE Presents: Soundscape Radio!

Soundscape Radio is back! We gave you two weeks to enjoy Episode 1, now we're bringing it full swing with a new intro, topic matter and of course, the best in music beyond the radio. Download it via one of the links below, tell a friend and enjoy. Peace!

Episode 2. The Variety Mix

Sweetback - You Will Rise ft Amel Larrieux
Eric Lau - Always Will ft. Muhsinah & Kaidi Tatham
Spectac & 9th Wonder - Day To Day ft. L.E.G.A.C.Y
Commentary/back by FS Green - Comeonbebe (instrumental)
John Hope - Alright
KeishaLeisha - My Life
Colie Williams - All You Need
Darien Brockington - Fashonista
Commentary back by M-Phazes - Back At It Again (instrumental)
Ayah - He Don’t Want it
Aloe Blacc - Blind World
Mr. Chop - T.R.O.Y
Commentary back by The Stuyvesants - Panty Dropper
Jose James - Love Conversation ft. Jordana Lovely
Carmen Rodgers - Better U Than Me
Chief - Once in my Life ft. Les Nubians
Commentary/back by J-Dilla - Body Movin’
Bashiyra - Don’t Get In My Face
The Rebirth - Every Body Say Yeah
Blitz The Ambassador - Dying to Live ft. Tarrey Torae

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