The Robert Glasper Experiment Unleashes New Single “Day To Day”

The Robert Glasper Experiment just unleashed their 2nd single from their highly anticipated new album ArtScience due out September 16. As if it’s possible to get even more excited about this album, “Day To Day” sends me right over the edge. With Casey Benjamin on lead vox “Day To Day” is reminiscent of the funk/soul/jazz driven albums of Herbie Hancock in the 70s. Think Herbie Hancock Sunlight and Monster. And as per usual, Mr. Glasper owns the keys and caresses them with his signature loving touch. Check out the single below and grab the album September 16. Also check your favorite online retail outlet to place your pre-order.

 

 

 

 

FEATURED NEW ARRIVAL: MILES AHEAD OF EVERYBODY

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‘MILES AHEAD OF EVERYBODY’ Tee by Skoolwerk Apparel is a nod to Don Cheadle’s independent film ‘Miles Ahead’ based on the life of Miles Davis, one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. The film made it’s New York Film Festival debut on October 11, 2015 and opened in select theaters April 1, 2016. The film takes it’s name from Miles Davis’ 1957 album with Gil Evans.

“Always look ahead, but never look back” – Miles

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Funky Fresh Home Decor – Cassette Tape Coffee Tables

Cassette tapes may be a long lost format, but Altar Furniture, a Budapest based luxury furniture company, manufactures funky fresh coffee tables modeled after our beloved cassette tape. So for those of us who no longer have cassette tapes to enjoy these ‘Great Tape Coffee Tables’ offer a decorative slice of nostalgia inspired by classic albums, legendary demos and mix tapes. Designed and built by hand, these unique tables can also come with conversion kits for the purpose of switching things up between coffee table, dining table and desk.

Check out a few of the unique designs below.

DJ Spinna presents The Wonder of Stevie – The Album Vol. 3

 

Wonder Of Stevie Vol. 3

We’re extremely excited about this forthcoming “The Wonder of Stevie” release dropping next month courtesy of DJ Spinna and BBE Records. We have been grooving to the sublime first installment of “The Wonder of Stevie” mixed and compiled by DJ Spinna and Bobbito for a few years now (listen below).  “The Wonder of Stevie” is a compilation Chock- Full – Of Stevie Wonder compositions, covers & sweet cookies! This is a welcomed surprise because we had no idea that another installment was even on tap. We’re excited and we hope the news of this upcoming release excites you as well! These well researched and compiled “The Wonder of Stevie” installments are priceless and can easily be considered Stevie Wonder collection essentials.

From BBE Records:

The list of musical highlights for Vincent Williams aka DJ Spinna are too numerous to list, from his seminal hip hop duo Jigmastas and DJ sets across the globe, to his iconic solo productions and remixes. But if you ask him, it’s the relationship he’s forged with personal hero Stevie Wonder that Spinna considers to be his single greatest achievement.
As with most artists of a soulful persuasion, Stevie’s music influenced Spinna from the outset, dictating everything from his approach to writing to his use of Fender Rhodes and Moog bass-lines on his productions. Having gained so much from the great man, Spinna decided to pay tribute in the form of ‘Wonderfull’, a series of parties celebrating the Wonder of Stevie. This is where the story became somewhat surreal for Spinna, suddenly finding himself joined onstage in Washington D.C. by none other than Stevie himself, a spine-tingling moment even when viewed on YouTube.
An extension of the Wonderfull parties, this album represents a celebration of the life, music and cultural impact of Stevie Wonder. Few compilers can boast Spinna’s understanding of Stevie’s back catalogue, not to mention the large number of songs he’s written for other artists over the years. Featuring stunning cover versions you may well have never heard before alongside songs many of us had no idea he’d written, Spinna’s vast knowledge of and boundless enthusiasm for Stevie’s music shines with every selection. As both a super-fan and a close friend, surely there is nobody better placed to compile this wonderful document of Stevie Wonder’s music, inspiration and influence.

2LP track listing:

A1 Jackson 5 – Buttercup
A2 East St Louis Gospelettes – Have A Talk With God
A3 Betty Everett – Just A Little Piece Of You
A4 The Foreign Exchange – If She Breaks Your Heart

B1 Sunlightsquare – Pastime Paradise
B2 U.S. Atlantic Fleet Navy Show Band – Bird Of Beauty
B3 Billy Preston – It’s My Pleasure
B4 John Minnis’ Big Bone Band – Love’s In Need Of Love Today

C1 Tony Sherman – As
C2 David Porter – I Don’t Know Why I Love You
C3 David Ruffin – Make My Water Boil (Loving You Has Been So Wonderful)
C4 Reel People feat. Tony Momrelle – Golden Lady

D1 Quincy Jones – Betcha’ Wouldn’t Hurt Me
D2 G.C. Cameron – If You Don’t Love Me
D3 Jrod Indigo – Go Home
D4 Black Sugar – Don’t You Worry About A Thing

Look for “The Wonder of Stevie Vol. 3”  CD and Vinyl in stores, iTunes, Amazon and other fine retailers on July 1, 2016

Check out this exclusive promotional mix for DJ Spinna‘s upcoming album ‘The Wonder of Stevie – Volume 3“ (BBE Records)

Also Check out the 2003 release of “The Wonder of Stevie – Essential Stevie Compositions, Covers & Cookies” compiled and mixed by DJ Spinna and Bobbito. (Harmless Records)

Wonder of Stevie

 

Bassist Ben Williams Delivers New Video Featuring W. Ellington Felton

Ben Williams

‘Coming Of Age’ by bassist Ben Williams was one of the best and one of our favorite jazz albums of 2015. Check out his new video, via Revive Music, for “Toy Soldiers” featuring fellow Washington, D.C. artist W. Ellington Felton.

A Tribute To Donald Byrd Tee + FREE Tribute Mix CD

Donald Byrd Tribute Tee + Tribute Mix CD

The Funk N Soul of Donald Byrd Mixed by DJ ConscienceThe Funk N Soul of Donald Byrd Mixed by DJ Conscience

Purchase the new Skoolwerk Apparel Love Byrd Tee and get a FREE Donald Byrd Tribute Mix CD! The Funk N Soul of Donald Byrd Mixed by DJ Conscience.
You can’t buy this compilation in stores and there hasn’t been anything in the market place that combines 80s (Isaac Hayes produced) Donald Byrd and 70s (Mizell Brothers produced) Donald Byrd. The Harlem -based DJ Conscience brings both eras together for this funk n soul Donald Byrd tribute mix presented by Skoolwerk Apparel.

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Liner Notes:

‘Love Byrd’ celebrates the work and legacy of trumpeter Donald Byrd. From hard-bop to jazz/soul/funk, Donald Byrd took jazz and jazz listeners to another space in the 70s and early 80s. In 1981 Donald Byrd along with his 125th Street, N.Y.C. band released the soulful, jazz-tinged “Love Byrd” LP produced by the legendary Isaac Hayes. By the late 90s “Love Byrd” became a highly sought after rare groove classic LP by DJs and rare groovers worldwide. By the 80s Donald Byrd had already transitioned from his hard-bop jazz roots to a more soul/funk groove. That transition and groove can be credited to his collaborations with the Mizell Brothers (Blue Note Records) in the 70s.

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New Arrival – The Miles Quintet Tee

THE MILES QUINTET TEE AVAILABLE NOW!

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Liner Notes:

The Miles Quintet honors “The Second Great Miles Davis Quintet” (1964-68) consisting of Miles Davis (trumpet), Herbie Hancock (piano), Wayne Shorter (saxophone), Tony Williams (drums), Ron Carter (bass).  The Quintet’s approach to improvisation came to be known “time no changes” or “freebop,” because they abandoned the more conventional chord-change-based approach of bebop for a modal approach.

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Nina REVISITED…A Tribute To Nina Simone

Nina Revisited - A Tribute To Nina Simone

In celebration of the highly anticipated Netflix original documentary What, Happened, Miss Simone?, REVIVE Music/RCA Records are proud to release NINA REVISITED: A Tribute to Nina Simone.  The 16 track tribute pays homage to the legendary Nina Simone with re-worked renditions of some of her most popular songs by artists such as Ms. Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Common, Usher, Jazmine Sullivan, Lisa Simone (daughter of Nina Simone), newcomer Grace, Alice Smith, Gregory Porter and Lalah Hathaway.

NINA REVISITED: A Tribute to Nina Simone, was produced by Jayson Jackson, Suzette Williams and Peter Edge, Grammy Award winners Robert Glasper, who cites Nina Simone as “one of the most important and influential artist ever,” and Ms. Lauryn Hill.

Nina Simone is truly one of the greatest talents in musical history and with NINA REVISITED: A Tribute to Nina Simone, REVIVE Music/RCA Records hope to celebrate the music, career and life of the legendary musician.

“That the album changes so much, though, is strangely its own form of tribute. Simone’s albums were inherently eclectic, as she often switched genres from song to song, and sometimes within one song itself. In the end, listeners might leave wondering how Hill would have carried the weight of a full Simone tribute album by herself (as artists like Meshell Ndegeocello and Xiu Xiu have done), but more appropriately, we close with Simone on her own terms — the voice that set these artists, and the nation, musically free in the first place.”NPR First Listen

Herbie Hancock Live Tribute Mix by Mark de Clive-Lowe

 Herbie Hancock Tribute by Mark de Clive-Lowe

We were super excited when keyboardist/producer Mark de Clive-Lowe decided to share his Herbie Hancock Tribute mix with the world. Recorded live on June 17, 2015 at Lock & Key Bar, Los Angeles, this very special live performance recording features MdCL sharing some of his favorite Herbie Hancock moments over a 90 minute live mixtape – looping, sampling and flipping classic moments from Herbie Hancock’s early Blue Note releases through over 4 decades of music.

In Mark de Clive-Lowe’s own words:
“The first time I heard Herbie Hancock was the Miles live album My Funny Valentine/Four and More. It was the first time I’d heard that era jazz music and I remember being so blown away with the way Herbie and Tony Williams played together and interacted on that concert. That was the start of a deep admiration and love for the art, creativity and music of Herbie Hancock. I consumed everything I could that he turned his hand to – all of his work with Miles, his own solo records for Blue Note, sideman recordings with every jazz great in every decade since the 60s, his Mwandishi experimental crossover work, the Headhunters deep funk – there’s nothing the man could not do. As a pianist he’s the ultimate – harmonically so rich and inventive, melodically so lyrical, rhythmically so damn hip. I’ve been fortunate to see him play on numerous occasions all over the world. The first time was the VSOP band live in Japan along with Wayne Shorter, Wallace Roney, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. I was 17 at the time and can’t really fully explain how amazing that was to me. He’s one of my biggest inspirations and influences and through his huge body of work, a true musical mentor. In being asked to put together a tribute set, it was the perfect opportunity to go back through decades of his work and pick moments that I really love. I wanted to do more than just spin a set of tunes though, I wanted to take those moments and sample them, flip them, perform a live mixtape. It was the perfect way to share the man’s music and how I feel about it. Enjoy!”

Check out the recap trailer and the full mix below.

Tracklist:

Textures
Oliloqui Valley
Watermelon Man
Sonrisa
Trust Me
Steppin In It
Sun Touch
Twilight
You’ll Know When You Get There
Spank-a-Lee
Death Wish (Main Title)
Stars In Your Eyes
Butterfly
Chameleon
Fat Albert Rotunda
Calypso
Riot
Ready Or Not
Knee Deep
Hang Up Your Hang Ups
Wiggle Waggle
I Have a Dream
Kuru/Speak Like A Child
Jack Rabbit
Maiden Voyage
Survival of the Fittest
Nobu
St Louis Blues

Artwork by Manila Ryce.

Kendrick Lamar Makes A Social Statement With His Reebok Ventilator Sneaker

Kendrick Lamar Reebok Ventilator

We love rapper Kendrick Lamar for his electrifying verses and social commentary. While on the heels of his highly acclaimed sophomore masterpiece ‘To Pimp A Butterfly,’ Kendrick really takes his message to the streets with his new Reebok Ventilator sneaker.  The Los Angeles native collaborates with Reebok and aims to use his influence and fashion footwear platform to unite street gangs with his “Unity” inspired Reebok. The shoe brings both notorious street gangs, the Bloods and the Crips, together on your feet with a pair of Reebok Ventilators. One off-white suede shoe has a BLUE accent and the other shoe has a RED accent.  Other shoe details include Kendrick’s signature on the outside of each tongue, the word NEUTRAL inscribed on the inside of each tongue, red and blue striped rope laces and Kendrick’s signature and TDE branding inscribed in the insole.  Kendrick Lamar’s Reebok Ventilators are expected to hit stores July 18.

Kendrick Lamar Reebok Ventilator

Kendrick Lamar Reebok Ventilator

Kendrick Lamar Reebok Ventilator

Check out the latest Kendrick Lamar video for “Alright” off of his highly acclaimed sophomore album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly.”  The captivating black and white visual speaks to the growing problem of police brutality in America.