Sunday, 31 May 2009


I have a personal responsibility here - I didn't imagine anyone would actually elect Boris as mayor of London and I went on holiday without voting by proxy. My bad. Now, fellow "picaninnies" (and picanniny affiliates), as our charming mayor refers to us, it seems he's cancelled the Rise festival - the free anti-racism music festival that happens every year in Finsbury Park. This is because he lost the funding by removing the anti-racism theme. If you are proud to live in a city where we celebrate our diversity then SIGN THIS PETITION.

K'Naan performing Freedom at Rise in 2007

Click HERE to join the Facebook group
Click HERE to follow the campaign on Twitter

Saturday, 30 May 2009


A good friend was telling me of her excitement at being given a signed CD by Vieux Farka Toure the other day, and I realised I hadn't done that much digging in to Malian music. It's probably because I want to go there so much to experience it first hand. Part of me finds it hard to believe Griots are real and they still exist. This post is a little dig of mine which got slightly out of hand...

Ali Ibrahim “Farka” Touré (October 31, 1939 – March 7, 2006) was a legendary singer and guitarist - known as the "father of the Malian blues". Farka is actually a nickname which means donkey (an animal admired for its hardyness in Mali).

Vieux Farka Toure is Ali's son, and although he might be "heir to his talent", he has a style all his own...

Afel Bocoum began his career in Ali Farka Toure's group ASCO as a 13 year old aoorentice, and went on to become a singer and guitarist. He also has a group called Alkibar.

Toumani Diabaté is a kora player, and his family's oral tradition tells of 71 generations of musicians.

Habib Koité is a singer and guitarist, "known primarily for his unique approach to playing the guitar by tuning it on a pentatonic scale and playing on open strings as one would on a kamale n'goni." This video is of him performing with his "West African super-group" Bamada.

Salif Keita, the Golden Voice of Africa is a singer songwriter, and possibly one of Malis most famous. He is actually a direct descendant of the founder of the Mali empire, Sundiata Keita (which means he is a noble and shouldn't be a performer, the role of the griot).

Oumou Sangare is a Wassoulou musician and was actually a well known singer by the age of 5.

No introduction needed because there can't be anyone in left who doesn't know about Amadou and Mariam...

Rokia Traoré is an amazing singer, songwriter and guitarist. She also comes from nobility but pursued music, and has gone on to work with the Kronos Quartet and create innovative multi-media live shows (catch one if you get the chance!).

Let me know if you want to come with me, because I'm going.

Friday, 29 May 2009

Karriem Riggins - Virtuoso Tour

He's ok I guess...

When is he coming to Europe??

Thursday, 28 May 2009



We are very excited to present Odd Summer, a (mainly) instrumental EP from Put Me On It family member Oddisee. It features three exclusive tracks - In Your Eyes, Sligo Creek, and That Day (instrumental). The photo in the artwork was taken by Oddisee, of Omdurman (Khartoum, Sudan), where he spent every summer growing up, swimming and fishing in the Nile. 

*Update 10.05.2011 this project is no longer available for free download and is available to purchase on iTunes, CD & Vinyl.*

Whilst we're talking about Oddisee, check out this video of him performing with The Roots at their jam session on Tuesday night. Looks like we might be hearing a lot from the guy this summer.

Black Thought x Oddisee x CurT@!n$ Live @ The Jam 5/26 from Okayplayer on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Maverick Sabre

I haven't found much UK stuff to post the last few days - until I spoke to Zubin from Real Hip Hop in London. He told me about Maverick Sabre, this young Irish guy he said was dope. I checked him out and...I like. I think he has something special. I don't know how the slight Caribbean twang arrived and he's still growing as an MC but I think he's really talented so check him out.

This July Doctors Orders Presents...Alot.

My sister used to have birthday month but Rod (Spin Doctor) has taken that concept to a whole other's the 4th anniversary of Doctors Orders and to celebrate Spin is apparently turning the whole of July in to "amazing hip hop party" month. We will hit you up soon via the e-newsletter & our Facebook group with ticket competitions don't worry.

Little Brother Live
7pm-11pm// Wed 1st July 2009// The Jazz Café// £15 in advance

The Doctor’s Orders 4th Birthday Party
Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat, DJ Vadim, Spin Doctor, Paul White & more
9pm-3am// Fri 3rd July// Herbal// £7 in advance / £10 on the door

Spin Doctor’s Birthday BBQ
Jazzie B, Mr Thing, Kidkanevil, The Last Skeptik, DJ IQ & loads more
1pm-Midnight// Sun 12th July// Cargo// FREE ENTRY!

The Doctor’s Orders @ Fabric Live -
Black Milk live, DJ Marky, Spin Doctor & Benji B
9pm-5am// Fri 17th July// Fabric// £10 in advance / £13 on the door.

The Doctor’s Orders Photology
Fri 17th July – 25th July// The King Apparel Store, Covent Garden

The Doctor’s Orders Hip-Hop Pub Quiz
Sat 25th July// The Three Kings Clerkenwell// Quiz starts 3pm// Free Entry / £1 per player

*Don't forget about the Doctors Orders Jay Stay Paid launch party with House Shoes (if he gets his laptop back?!) on 5th June!

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Fresh Daily - Film Noir download

The lovely J.Kim shot this over today and it's...gorgeous. Fresh Dailys' mixtape "Tomorrow is Today" comes out tomorrow not today on If this track is anything to go by it will be one of my favourites of '09 so far - this makes me think of Matthew Herbert which is a pretty major compliment (and I have to say I think Homeboy Sandman would have murdered a verse on it - remember the Superfriends track?! Oh no I'm such a nerd...). Right, I'm off to go beg for the instrumental as well.


When the sun comes out I often dive into the soul and boogie realms. Unfortunatley the expletives of Diamond D, Nas and Wu cant work in the car due to the innocent ears on the back seat:)

The most wonderful Mr. Wonderful from the Nonsense camp has a great little blog going on. He is currently posting up old and forgotten mixes from various selectas. Most of all, it is absolutly essential you listen to the PPU - Andrew Morgan mix from Earcave.

The other mix wich will no doubt be online soon is the Kon and Amir Wax Poetics / 101 Apparel tour cd. Zaid over at Spine hooked me up with the Tshirt and CD. In the meantime keep listening to the radio shows over there. Killin it!

Monday, 25 May 2009

Vampi-Soul Nigeria Special at Cargo Sunday 14th June

Not often you find me going to a Nigerian event unless it's to see my fam but I'm considering this one...

This concert is in Aid of Gbamila Festival of Art's and Culture in Association with Afriklub, Vampi-Soul, and Lagos Weekend Television from Lagos.

Live acts:
May Seven
Handsome Murphy Alabi
Naijazz Band
Fatai Rolling Dollar
Muri Thunder Shanko Karube

Sun 14th June// 7pm-1am// £7 adv, £10 otd

More details here

Neo Soul Cafe. Don't watch the name.

I have a new favourite thing. I love podcasts (keep meaning to do a top podcasts thing on here) and internet radio in general - Last FM, Spotify, Imeem, I have 174 unlistened to podcasts in my iTunes and it's about to stay that way for a while because...


In the last 15 mins the've played great tracks from Murs, Dilated Peoples, Fatima & Tettory Bad (big up Fatty Fresh!), Kev Brown, Mr Cheeks & Floetry, Hi-Tek ft Common, and Jean Grae. Highly recommend you download it to your iTunes if you haven't already.

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Invincible - People Not Places video sneak preview

If you didn't already know Invincible is originally from Israel, so this song & video is testament to her serious guts. I can't wait to see the whole thing - it's from her album Shapeshifters which I will continue to talk about until you have all bought it.
"People Not Places" exposes the process of historic and continued colonization of Palestine as being even deeper than land seizure and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, but one that is invested in erasing the indigenous language, culture, and memory. The video features Invincible with Suhell Nafar (DAM) and Abeer. It was directed by Iqaa the Olivetone and produced by EMERGENCE Media.

*Video is 5.35 in for those of you who don't pay attention man - that's why your money is the size of your attention span ;-)

Invincible has tour dates in Europe 5th & 9th July - if she doesn't get a show in London again I'm just going to hop a plane to Detroit.

Washington DC's hottest new venue...

Dope music and spoken word - no it's not Bus Boys and Poets or Bohemian Caverns - it's....

You can check out all 9 videos on Whitehouse TV

Thank you to Ahmed for the link, thank you to America for making a fantastic choice.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

You know about Hezekiahs' "Cure For The Common Soul Mixtape" right?

Just checking. You probably already know I'm a big fan of Hez, and I can't stop listening to THIS MIXTAPE, which is saying something considering the amount of goodness I've got saved up for you people. This mixtape is a prelude to Hezekiah's next album which I believe he is shopping right now...You can follow his adventures on Youtube HERE, I'm hoping to get an interview soon...

Oh and in case you're still not too sure about the guy & aren't taking my word for it I'm pretty sure this'll convince you...happy Saturday!

Friday, 22 May 2009

Zap Mama - Hello To Mama

The incredible and steadfastly beautiful Zap Mama returns on the 26th May with a new album entitled ReCreation (listen HERE). The first single is "Hello Mama", and the proceeds will go to the charity CARE. Buy it HERE
CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. We place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

J.Rocc FREE gig at the Market Place this Sunday 24th May

If you need some more of this in your life (or you missed out on Deviation at Fabric on Tuesday, click HERE for more pics) then check out the details below...please note it is GUESTLIST ONLY, so email to get on it!


Come and celebrate the birthday’s of James Rubin (30 Yrs) and Jody Leigh (28 yrs) on the Sunday of the Bank Holiday Weekend in Late May

Expect some of the best Hip Hop, 80’s Funk and Boogie to celebrate James and Jody’s Birthdays together

Helping to celebrate it in style will be:

J-Rocc of The World Famous Beat Junkies/Stones Throw

Roxy Cottontail (NYC)

+ wicked London selector DJ’s – DJ Khalil (Living Proof), Kish Kash, DJ Ben Waist, Judah and more….

That's right... we partying till late so please come and celebrate over the Long Weekend with us - its free entry all night but a small capacity

8pm till 3am / FREE ENTRY ALL NIGHT - RSVP to
Please arrive before 10.30pm to avoid hassle getting in (neither James nor Jody will have their phones turned on!)

DJs on the night:
J-Rocc of The Beat Junkies, Roxy Cottontail, Kish Kash, DJ Khalil, Ben Waist, Judah and more….

Check it on Facebook HERE

Common is Dow Jones, ft Jack DaVeY as Trixie LaDouche

Brittany's back...

Nope, not the poster girl for Wastemum of the Year, the ludicrously talented Brittany Bosco. Loving this video - the girl done good.

Brittany Bosco "Blues for Blue" and "Black and White" from Brittany Bosco on Vimeo.

You may remember way back at Christmas when we posted the Spectrum EP. I also really like this - Tanya Morgan - She’s Gone (aka Without You) f. Phonte & Brittany Bosco (prod. AEON).

£10,000 to help you on your way as an artist anyone?

The BBCs 2009 Urban Music Talent scheme is now open. For the first time it is open to everyone, rather than selection by nomination. Previous winners include The Cock n Bull Kid, Andreya Triana, and Kid Kanevil...
Who is it for?
The best aspiring urban music artists, musicians, producers, promoters, label bosses, agents, journalists, managers and any combination of these aged 18 – 30. This is a scheme for talented self starters with an idea and the motivation to make it happen.
You need to be mature, realistic, positive and grounded in hard work. You need to have been working in music, alone or with others, for at least a year. You may be working alone or you may already have set up a company.

Our job is to help you early in your career with some working capital, a business mentor, advice, contacts and training (if you need it).

How much can I apply for?
Up to £10,000 over 12 months.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Our first ever Twitter competition - tickets for DJ Vadim's launch party

I've been throwing random free stuff at our Facebook group for ages = crazy inbox for me. I'm going to see if Twitter makes it slightly easier to manage ticket competitons.

SO - 9.30pm GMT (I'll try not to make it BPT), I'll be giving away two tickets for DJ Vadim's launch party for his new album"U Can't Learn Imaginashun" on Twitter. The competition will be open for an hour & I'll pick a name at random - all you have to do is write "@putmeonit I want to go to the @DJVadim album launch on 21st May". Find me at

Take a listen to some of the new album here - I have to say - after having the most incredibly difficult 2008 (big family issues & ocular cancer?!), DJ Vadim has come back with an absolute killer. I think his adopted home (LDN) really needs to get behind this.


Sunday, 17 May 2009

London are you ready for Madlib & J.Rocc on Tuesday 19th May???

It may have been re-scheduled but you better not sleep people - This Tuesday, the Deviation Session at Fabric is going to be something to remember. Oh, and J.Rocc has the new Jay Stay Paid album which isn't out until June so let's cross our fingers we'll hear some cuts off that.

In case you're wondering if they're definitely coming or it will be any good...

May 16 2009 - Stones Throw Night @ Petrol, Antwerp

I've also been checking this tour blog from Egon on the Stones Throw site...

Rome May 14th: Circolo degli Artisti

Milan May 15th: Quaranta 40
"The show was packed; a promoter from a previous Stones Throw venture said that the city had waited six months for a proper hip hop show. I'd like to think Madlib and J.Rocc didn't disappoint. I've never seen an autograph session like Madlib had at the end of their combined three hour set, at least not in Italy. Folks were literally tearing their shirts off, and tossing sneakers and one-hundred Euro bills on stage."


Tori Amos - Abnormally Attracted to Sin

Tori Amos is back with a new album, and she's just getting fitter as she gets older. I know I tend to post a lot of music of a certain kind here but Tori Amos transcends all for me - as do artists like Kate Bush, Bjork & Feist - you can't help but love them whatever you're in to.

At 45 she still sounds classic yet cutting-edge and original, without a hint of desperation - she's just doing her.

Listen to the whole album "Abnormally Attracted to Sin", which will be released on Tuesday May 19th, here:

Tori's UK Sinful Attraction tour dates :

Sept 6 - Manchester Apollo
Sept 7 - Birmingham Symphony Hall
Sept 8 - Royal Concert Hall Glasgow
Sept 10 - Hammersmith Apollo

iTunes/Ticketmaster pre-sale details:

If you pre-order the album on iTunes before May 18 you'll receive an email on May 22 that will contain a unique password that will get you access to exclusive pre-sale tickets for Tori's upcoming UK tour. After you receive that email you'll be able to purchase tickets from 10 am, May 23 through 10 pm, May 28


I didn't know Dwele literally sold his "soul". I haven't touched McDonalds in 10 years, and although the original reason was their part in the destruction of the Amazon rainforest by using cheap Brasilian beef - this advert just ensures me I made the right decision. It's the weirdest & most hilarious (un/)intentional? pastiche of the neo-soul scene I've ever seen, with Dwele reduced to a chariacture of a cheesy neo-soul singer.
I've seen Dwele at the Jazz Cafe twice, so I know he has a loyal army of followers here but after this, how can anyone take him seriously when the jingle below sounds exactly the same as his albums? No longer can you be sure that he is singing A.N.G.E.L. just for you, the man could just as easily be thinking about his Egg McMuffin.

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Mulatu Astatke vs The Jungle Book

After watching this I am pretty sure Mulatu was watching the Jungle Book when he made this tune. Probably not post-worthy but this is one of my favourite movies and I love Mulatu, the godfather of Ethio-jazz - I can't stop watching it. Props to Seth for this one.

Mulatu Astatke - Yegelle Tezeta

Nino Moschella

The unbelievable Nino Moschella has a new album coming out on May 19th (Ubiquity), called Boom Shadow...
The made-up word is a fictional character Nino Moschella and some friends concocted nearly a decade ago. “He was a super hero. He didn’t really have a specific power, he would just come onto the scene and save everybody,” he explains.

If the track below in this video from another project & the previews are anything to go by, he might just do it. Pre-order & preview the album HERE

Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra ft Nino Moschella - Kiss The Sky

Friday, 15 May 2009


This Saturday we are inviting you to clash us. Myself, Judah and Mr.Wonderful will be hosting the session as always. Calling all Londoners, Come to Plastic People with 2 tunes. Best selecta gets stuff plus respect plus the chance to play on the best soundsystem in the UK.

Holla at me for list:


Thursday, 14 May 2009

The Meltdown Festival 2009 @ The Southbank Centre

The Meltdown Festival at the Southbank is back in June, this year it has been curated by the legendary Ornette Colemna, and will be opened by The Roots. Buy tickets HERE.
Free jazz legend and icon of the avant-garde Ornette Coleman will take over Southbank Centre's riverside venues and spaces as the 16th director of Meltdown. Reflecting the restless, unfettered spirit of this year's director, Meltdown in 2009 will provide a platform for avantrockers, jazz and world music artists alike - giving free reign to reinvention, improvisation and the collaborative concerts Meltdown is renowned for.

13 June
David Murray & Gwo-Ka Masters+ Jamaaladeen Tacuma

13 June
The Roots with guest David Murray & More

14 June
Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band featuring Sean Lennon, Cornelius & special guests

15 June
Baabaa Maal

15 June 2009
The Freewheeling Yo La Tengo

16 June

17 June
Bobby McFerrin

18 June 2009
Patti Smith and The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra

19 June 2009
Ornette Coleman Reflections of The Shape of Jazz to Come+ Master Musicians of Jajouka

20 June 2009
Charlie Haden: Liberation Music Orchestra with guests Carla Bley and Robert Wyatt + The Bad Plus

21 June 2009
Ornette Coleman: Reflections of This is Our Music + Master Musicians of Jajouka

Jay Stay Paid Update - Beat Junkies sampler, 24k Rap ft Havoc & Raekwon + track listing

This isn't a terribly original post but sometimes you just have to put it out there in case your readers haven't seen it. Jay Stay Paid is due out on 2nd June on Nature Sounds & the Beat Junkies (J. Rocc & Co) have put together this sampler mix. The track listing below got me all excited so I thought I'd share...

J Dilla feat. Havoc & Raekwon - 24K Rap

“Possibly the best posthumous rap record since the final releases of 2Pac and Biggie.”

-Rolling Stone Magazine

1. KJay FM Dedication
2. King
3. I Told Yall
4. Lazer Gunne Funke
5. In The Night (Owl N Out) – While you slept (I crept)
6. Smoke feat. Blu
7. Blood Sport feat. Lil Fame of M.O.P.
8. caDILLAc
9. Expensive Whip
10. Kaklow (Jump On It)
11. Digi Dirt feat. Phat Kat
12. Dilla Bot Vs. The Hybrid feat. Danny Brown & Constantine
13. Milk Money
14. Spacecowboy Vs. Bobble Head
15. Reality Check feat. Black Thought | Clean
16. On Stilts
17. Fire Wood Drumstix feat. DOOM
18. Glamour Sho75 (09)
19. 10,000 Watts
20. 9th Caller
21. Make It Fast Mega Mix (Unadulterated Mix) feat. Diz Gibran
22. J Dilla feat. Havoc & Raekwon - 24K Rap
23. Big City
24. Pay Day feat. Frank Nitty of Frank n’ Dank
25. See That Boy Fly feat. Illa J & Cue D
26. Coming Back
27. Mythsysizer
28. KJay and We Out

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

The return of Eska

I'm pretty sure anyone who reads this blog know what a fan I am of Eska. I first heard her singing on Ty's album Upwards (classics like Look for Me and Sophisticated and Coarse)... I then started doing a bit of digging, and the woman has an insane back catalog, but so much of it has been collaborative I wondered if she ever had time to work on her own material. Last year brought us the incredible Sticks and Stones from Morgan Zarate, and There's Me and There's You - the Matthew Herbert album and big band live show which (literally) tore up the rule books and raised the bar of British Music ever higher. It seems amongst those projects, a million others, mentoring half the countrys' singing talent, becoming A&R at Accidental Records and writing/ featuring on 7 tracks on the forthcoming Zero 7 album, Eska has written her own.

No set release date yet (possibly Autumn), but she knows we're all panting for something, so in the meantime here are two reworks for you to enjoy.

Inside Out - Odyssey Rework

Baby Now That I've Found You - Foundations Rework

Homecut ft Corinne Bailey Rae & Soweto Kinch - I Don't Even Know video

We posted this song way back in April along with some other glorious jazzyness. Thought you might like to see the video for this stunning debut from Homecut...

Glitch in the matrix - apologies!

Hey all, thank you for finding your way here! There has been a glitch in the matrix (not our fault, trust) which we are currently getting sorted. We'll be back at the normal address soon enough but we're going to keep on truckin right here until then.

(for now)

Monday, 11 May 2009


I was sent a song the other day by a crew called E.A.R.T.H. (Everything Around Revolves Thru Hiphop) based in Southern California. It's from their album Grass Roots: From The Ground Up, and it's entitled "Sexin after Textin". They asked me to do what I like with it (presumably post it on my blog since I'm a blogger), so here it is. Comments below please...

Here they are performing Sexin After Textin live...

N'dambi Live (Didn't know, got to know)

A Jazz Re:freshed virgin and with a Deviation hangover, last Thursday I took one bus and two tubes West to see N’dambi on the strength of one very beautiful song: Call Me. That’s a lot of strength considering I don’t normally stray from the route of the 149, especially on a school night. Well worth it is a huge understatement because if my only intention had been to hear that song and see the best collection of natural hairstyles since an Asher Roth protest march, I would have been satisfied. In my humble opinion, West really do it best when it comes to the style wars, I didn’t even bat a sleepy eyelid when my foot was repeatedly stamped on by the crowd, I was too busy looking at their shoes.

As for N’dambi, she strutted on stage at 10pm with as much attitude and more Afro than Erykah Badu, an artist she has not only sung backing vocals for, but also co-written with. They share contagious performance energy, jaw dropping style and serious vocal talent, but there is really no need for comparisons. In her own right, N’dambi is headliner calibre with her own unique presence, which transformed the atmosphere in minutes. Just before she came on, almost every over tired and underpaid body in there (including me) was complaining that there was nowhere to sit, just after, I was dancing on the only available armchair, trying to soul clap without spilling Guinness all over myself and failing fantastically.

One great thing about going to a gig in complete ignorance of the artist is that you can’t really be disappointed. If you had no expectations, but it beats them all anyway and has you waxing lyrical all the way home (two tubes and one bus worth) it’s like all your Christmases and Kwanzaas have come at once. Or birthdays in the case of Jazz Re:freshed, it was their 6th and like a Nigerian dad I was a little late (6 years to be precise) but I made it in the end.

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Prince ft Q-Tip "Chocolate Box"

OK, Jay Swing from Nation of Millions kindly just "tweeted" this at me (is that an official word?). I'll be real, I can't imagine hearing it in a club and the lyrics aren't touching me right now but I DON'T CARE IT'S PRINCE & Q-TIP.

Download HERE

Thank you Jay Swing.

Q-Tip, D’Angelo & Raphael Saadiq are - Lynwood Rose

No one has any info on this other than this is apparently a hopeful warm up mixtape to what would be (fingers crossed) an unbelievable album if they can get it together. Most of you will have a lot of these tunes but I for one am always happy to have them again in a different format. Download HERE

01 Q-Tip, D’Angelo & Raphael Saadiq - Lynwood Rose Intro
02 D’Angelo & Q-Tip - Believe
03 Raphael Saadiq & Q-Tip - We Fight/Love
04 Q-Tip & Raphael Saadiq - Get Involved
05 Q-Tip - Shine All Day
06 D’Angelo & Raphael Saadiq - Be Here
07 D’Angelo - Found My Smile Again
08 Q-Tip - Dance On Glass
09 Raphael Saadiq - Still Ray
10 D’Angelo - Really Love
11 Raphael Saadiq - Make My Day
12 Q-Tip - Lyrics From The Abstract (TDMG Mix)
13 D’Angelo - The Line
14 Raphael Saadiq - Lift The People
15 D’Angelo - A Capella Interlude
16 Q-Tip - Sand Castle Disco
17 Raphael Saadiq- We Get Down
18 Q-Tip - Midnight Marauders 2008
19 D’Angelo - So Far To Go
20 Raphael Saadiq - A Capella Intermission
21 D’Angelo - Bullshit
22 Q-Tip - Request
23 Raphael Saadiq - Just A Man
24 D’Angelo - Imagine
25 Q-Tip & Raphael Saadiq - Stressed Out (SaaDiq Mix)
26 D’Angelo - Devil’s Pie
27 Raphael Saadiq - AOL Freestyle
28 D’Angelo - Tell Me
29 Raphael Saadiq & D’Angelo - Exclusive Outro

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Is the future of hip Nigeria?

The figures in this video (3 million album sales in the first month?!) may sound completely ridiculous but with an estimated population of 150 million people, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, and it is estimated that 20% of all the black people in the world live in Nigeria. That's quite a market. Nigeria is also one of the fastest growing economies in the world and is one of the "next 11" (one of the 11 countries with economies tipped to be the largest in the 21st Century) after Brazil, Russia, India and China. Who knows...maybe the answer is for hip hop artists from the US to move to Nigeria to escape the decline in record sales and cash?

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Finale - "Pipe Dreams and Promises" prod. by Oddisee & "Heat", prod by J.Dilla

Finale dropped his album A Pipe Dream and A Promise on 7th April and the title track was produced by Oddisee - if you missed it download it HERE. I'm going to see if there's going to be an instrumental release because it's ridiculous.

The second track to appear is "Heat", produced by Dilla, which is apparently a bit of a tribute to the man who co-signed him long ago. I'm going to leave this one up to you.


Wednesday, 6 May 2009

N'Dambi - live in London tomorrow night

If you don't know get to know.

jazz re:freshed 6th birthday celebration feat N'Dambi & band LIVE
Thursday 7th May 09
we what more can we say...
we at jazz re:freshed are proud to celebrate 6 years of refreshing jazz music and culture... and what better way to do that by bringing you live and direct
...many of you will know her as the singer as well as a co-writer on Erykah’s Badu’s albums Baduizm and Mama’s Gun but aided by her recognition and accolades while performing with Ms. Badu, N'dambi layed claim to her own stylistic turf by independently releasing her critically-acclaimed debut album, Little Girl Blues , her sophomore project, Tunin Up & Cosign and the Japanese release A Weird Kinda Wonderful. All albums received international recognition resulting high profile publicity and performances throughout the United States, Japan, Europe and Africa.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Who cares if you forgot to sing when you look like this?

Is this what would happen if that Pussy Cat Doll gyal started eating food instead of living off the aromas? Not sure I'd call the whispered, growling come hither tones of this song singing but quite frankly, who cares...

Rhian Benson "Say How I Feel"

Monday, 4 May 2009

Major Lazer

Hold the Line ft Santigold has been on repeat for days round my way, so I thought I'd do a little profile on Major Lazer. In case you didn't know it's Diplo & Switch's new project and as always it's worth checking. From what I can glean Major Lazer is supposedly:
A Jamaican commando who lost his arm in the secret Zombie War of 1984, the US military rescued him and installed experimental lasers in place of prosthetic limbs. Now he runs a dancehall club on Trinidad and spends his time producing his next EP with producer allies Diplo and Switch at his side.

Yeah. The other version is Diplo & Switch got stuck in Jamaica after the hurricane & ended up recording with Elephant Man, Gyptian, Ms Thing etc etc - as one does. Anyway, here are four tracks floating around for you to check out - my favourite is far and away Hold The Line but the others are pretty large too. Download em HERE

Hold the Line (feat. Santigold & Mr Lexx)
Mary Jane (Mapei & Dr. Evil)
Zumbi (feat. Andy Milonakis)
Lazer Boom 1 (Album Mix by Diplo)

Oh, and if you have an iphone and haven't got enough apps or are bored of playing the flute download the Mad Decent iphone app & make your own lazer noises HERE...

Mad Decent iPhone App from Mad Decent on Vimeo.


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