Bassist Ben Williams Delivers New Video Featuring W. Ellington Felton

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‘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.

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Nu Era – Nouveau Synthetic Compositions

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Marc Mac continues to expand the Nu Era journey into Soulful Techno with 8 new tracks. Continuing on from The Third Adam, Nouveau Synthetic Compositions delves deeper into psychedelic techno-fusion while still keeping Marc’s distinctive Nu Era ingredients. Marc’s natural ability to seamlessly cross-pollenate genres shines through most with his Nu Era workings and an understanding of vintage electronic music is present at most times with this new record.

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“I don’t want to exclude the human feel from my electronic productions, I’d like to think anyone of these compositions would easily translate to a small orchestra.”

This mini album comes in a lovely 7” gatefold sleeve packaged with 7” vinyl and an eight track CD. Limited to 500 copies.  Preview and pre-order at omniverse-records.bandcamp.com.  Global distribution by Kudos distributors. Digital release also available through iTunes and other selected stores.

Eric Lau X Tawiah = Favourite Truth

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When it’s right, it’s just right!  We’re speaking of the always exciting collaboration between producer/DJ Eric Lau and singer/songwriter Tawiah. Once again this dynamic UK duo has teamed up to spread their “Favourite Truth” to the masses.  Their first single “Favourite Truth”, also featuring our favourite keyboardist Kaidi Tatham, comes from the upcoming EP entitled “Love Call”.  The EP is slated for a May 12th release via Bandcamp. Based on what we’re hearing from this first single and what we’ve already heard from previous collaborative efforts between the duo we are in store for another winning release just in time for our summertime playlist.  Check out “Favourite Truth” below and visit the Love Call Bandcamp Page to place your pre-order. Get in on the pre-order now to take advantage of special bundles and free downloads.

Tracklisting:

01. Love Call

02. Let’s Begin

03. The Way We Are

04. Favourite Truth (feat. Kaidi Tatham)

05. Love Call (Reprise)

ON NEWSSTANDS NOW! Wax Poetics Magazine Issue #56 – Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Hip-Hop and the Wide World of Soul

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Issue 56 Cover 1 (Madlib b/w Kool Herc) celebrates the fortieth anniversary of hip-hop; also included is Afrika Bambaataa’s record collection, Sugar Hill Records house band turned electro/industrial band Tackhead, and wunderkind Mac Miller. Cover 2 (Little Dragon b/w Hiatus Kaiyote) celebrates the Wide World of Soul, representing Sweden and Australia, as well as Scotland (Average White Band), Jamaica (Cultural Roots), Romania (Rodion G.A.), and Japan (Shintaro Sakamoto). Also included: disco remixer John Morales and Bruce Lee soundtracks. Click Here To Purchase or Click Here To Visit WaxPoetics.com.

Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove

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Mo’ Meta Blues is a punch-drunk memoir in which Everyone’s Favorite Questlove tells his own story while tackling some of the lates, the greats, the fakes, the philosophers, the heavyweights, and the true originals of the music world. He digs deep into the album cuts of his life and unearths some pivotal moments in black art, hip hop, and pop culture.

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is many things: virtuoso drummer, producer, arranger, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon bandleader, DJ, composer, and tireless Tweeter. He is one of our most ubiquitous cultural tastemakers, and in this, his first book, he reveals his own formative experiences–from growing up in 1970s West Philly as the son of a 1950s doo-wop singer, to finding his own way through the music world and ultimately co-founding and rising up with The Roots, a.k.a., the last hip hop band on Earth. 

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Mo’ Meta Blues also has some (many) random (or not) musings about the state of hip hop, the state of music criticism, the state of statements, as well as a plethora of run-ins with celebrities, idols, and fellow artists, from Stevie Wonder to KISS to D’Angelo to Jay-Z to Dave Chappelle to…you ever seen Prince roller-skate?!?

But Mo’ Meta Blues isn’t just a memoir. It’s a dialogue about the nature of memory and the idea of a post-modern black man saddled with some post-modern blues. It’s a book that questions what a book like Mo’ Meta Blues really is. It’s the side wind of a one-of-a-kind mind.

It’s a rare gift that gives as well as takes.

It’s a record that keeps going around and around.

Mo’ Meta Blues coming to a book store near you June 18, 2013.