Jill Scott – “Golden (Freddie Joachim Remix)”

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New remix from Freddie Joachim, enjoy!

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Mar Variations – 1+2

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Limited vinyl series of the much talked about Mar Variations project from Amsterdam. A variation is a different version of a song, improved by vocals of Mar. The singer and musician (best known for his work with producer Full Crate) shares his monthly variations through his website marvariations.net

Tracklist

01. 1st Session
02. Bipolar Friendship

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Floex – Zorya

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Tomáš Dvořák’s most profound album up to date is going further in exploration of acoustic music (especially classical minimalism) and contemporary electronic. Album which takes as symbol Slavic night guard goddess “Zorya Polunochnaya” explores more deep, subconscious and nightly moods of music. However don’t be mistaken, this may be Floex most energetic album up to date – very adventurous, almost storytelling.

For more info and buy check: www.floex.cz

Tracklist

01. Ursa Major
02. Casanova
03. Blow Up
04. Precious Creature
05. Forget-me-not
06. Veronika’s Dream
07. Perlin Noise
08. Petr Parler
09. Nel Blu
10. Mecholup
11. Zorya Polunochnaya

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VA – C.R.E.A.M.

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Free compilation with beats from Lazy Jones, Herbert Elch, Suff Daddy, Hulk Hodn, Twit Uno, Roy Blak & Fela Krauti, enjoy!

Tracklist

01. Hulk Hodn – Fat Ass Mule
02. Roy Blak – Wiedasmoosdiesonneberührt
03. Lazy Jones – Verstummt
04. Suff Daddy – Biarritz
05. Twit Uno – Le sapeur
06. Herbert Elch – North York
07. Fela Krauti & Meshuggie Otis – Selbstbefriediger

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Indigo Pyramid – Shades Vol.1-2

In 2009 Indigo Pyramid formed as a collective of 6 experimental beat producers consisting of Infinite Potentials, Billion Dollar Quartet, eLan, 10th Letter, Nigel One and Zeroh aka Zeroh G7. In Feb. 2010 they independently released there first compilation Indigo Shades. The release instantly became a cult hit among fans of the present “beat scene culture”. Since the release of Indigo Shades each individual within the collective has released music and continued performing as individuals. Collaborations have continued within the collective as well and the fruits of that shall appear within the year. No one knows what will come next from the collective but there has been rumor of Indigo Pyramid becoming it’s own label imprint over the course of 2011. For now Skew Records proudly hosts this final free release from Indigo Pyramid. Skew became involved with Indigo Pyramid when Pyramid member Nigel One signed on with Skew Records in early 2010. So even though all the artists on this compilation are not represented by Skew Records we are very humbled and excited to be hosting this amazing compilation. We believe this compilation is a great representative of the crew and the worldwide beat scene and we look forward to see what comes of Indigo Pyramid collective.

Shades Volume 1
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Tracklist

01. Indigo In
02. Sefffy Numix
03. Untitled Ish
04. 2in5four
05. Funk Junk
06. Still
07. When I Think About You
08. $130,000 Quartet
09. Trying To Remember
10. Lover’s Defect
11. Ish
12. Olulu
13. And Then
14. Broken Wing
15. Shoot The Beam
16. Pit Stop (Part.1)
17. Remember 2 Bounce 1
18. Betther Than Stonehenge!
19. Healiaum
20. Pyramid Out

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Shades Volume 2
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Tracklist

01. 10th Letter – Journey Into The Lost Pyramid
02. Nigel ONE – A Talk With Kris
03. Infinite Potentials – Man From The Future
04. B$Q – Touch Taste Test
05. eLan – Tunnel Sludge
06. eLan – Damaged Goods
07. B$Q – Killin It
08. Nigel ONE – Blissful Wings
09. Zeroh Akhdar G7 – Plutonian Studderfly
10. Infinite Potentials – Lovesong
11. Zeroh Akhdar G7 – Melodikah
12. 10th letter – Floatation Technech

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AbJo – Sankofa EP

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As we transition into a conscious era of time, Soulection is kicking off a series of releases from a diverse selection of artists from all over the world. After independently releasing over 10 albums over the past couple of years, San Diego’s very own AbJo has created Soulection’s third installment. AbJo has been on our radar for quite sometime and it was only necessary that we created a project that represents both of our visions.

Sankofa resembles a soundscape that ranges from Future-Soul, Jazz, Eclectic-Fusion, Hip-Hop, & Deep-Thought sounds that trigger your mind into the thought of what The Sound of Tomorrow should sound like. AbJo designs a sound visual that incorporates heavy snares, hi-hats, future-drums, vintage-pianos, timeless-samples, & crisp synths that bring out your roots.

128kbps quality so buy HQ here: www.soulection.bandcamp.com

Tracklist

01. Kalimba Song
02. The Chi
03. For What It’s Worth
04. Galactic Reigns
05. Let’s Get III
06. The Jam Session
07. LeftCoastCruisin’
08. Stakes Is Up (Get ‘Em!)
09. Nothing But Classic (The Jam Session, Part Dois)
10. Return from Time (Sankofa)
11. To Reflect Eternal…

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Freddie Joachim “Hope”

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New track from Freddie Joachim enjoy!

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James Pants – Beat Archive Pt. 1

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AKA “JP FAILED RAP BEATS #1: 2004-2008, ONE FROM 2001”

I bring forth the first installment of the Beat Archive; a 51-piece vast collection of oddities, soddities, and heresies from back in the days when I thought I could be a rap producer. Never worked out so well. But regardless, I hope you enjoy. Feel free to use for your own purposes, and spread around.

[ed. note: this was originally titled JP Beat Archive #1: 2001-2007, but upon further inspection, there is only one from 2001, so I can’t fully claim that title. Mostly 2004-2008 I realized. sorry for the confusion. I also misspelled “sincerely” in the original post.]

Sincerely,

James P

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Blu – Open

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Originally posted online as a Blu-produced instrumental set, Open has been transformed into a full-fledged production album. Johnson Barnes and his gang of like-minded MCs laid vocals to every track, making this Open a brand new collection.

Featuring a slew of promising up-and-comers on the mic, Open is a perfect showcase for Blu’s hazy, lo-fi production. Along with two show-stopping appearances from Blu himself, the album features buzzed-about MCs like Fresh Daily, ScienZe, and Sene, as well as newer names like Just Lee and Tribe of Levi. All guests were hand-picked by Blu, so Open also showcases his ear for talent, turning hip-hop fans on to the next generation of rhyme-spitters. But in the tradition of classic production albums like In Control Vol. 1 and Soul Survivor, the main focus here is on the beats, which showcase the distinct sound a talented young beat-maker has been creating.

For more info and buy check: www.nature-sounds.net

Tracklist

01. Point Blank featuring JustLee
02. Good Gracious featuring Da1
03. Steel Remains (Raw)
04. Gotta Be Free featuring Aaron Smartz
05. Taking The Day Off featuring ScienZe; Versis
06. Part Time Suckas featuring Chop; Fresh Daily
07. Avenge Of The Cheap Ass featuring Sene
08. Remember Me featuring D Tail; Definite
09. The Dance featuring Tribe Of Levi
10. Ooh Child featuring Ms Guiterrez
11. The Bottom featuring Micah
12. Brown Sucre (Instrolude) featuring Esmeralda Starlett
13. The End
14. Twenty Seven featuring SouthBroad

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Dam-Funk – InnaFocusedDaze

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Dam-Funk teamed up with Scion AV for the release of this new EP and the October tour. 10″ vinyl release coming soon, but you can download it for free below. Hard to improve on the write-up Weiss posted, so we’ll just quote …

“Is there anything better than a new free Dam-Funk EP? No, there is not. More gorgeous PCH-ready modern funk, with Dam tweaking the formula ever so slightly. Make no mistake, at heart Damon Riddick has a musically omnivorous bent, with an equal ardor for soul, metal, jazz, techno, disco, and rock. Ask him about Prefab Sprout or Todd Rundgren and turn your tape recorder on to remember the recommendations. But at heart, he is a funkster, both traditional and experimental, futuristic and nostalgic. The Gemini Twin, a master of duality. InnaFocusedDaze is the appetizer for his next full length, due next year on Stones Throw.”

Tracklist

01. Forever
02. Don’t You Know (That This Funk Iz Real)
03. Inside Of U
04. InnaFocusedDaze

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Krts – Hold On

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With sounds ranging from the eclectic side of Hip-Hop, Broken Beat, Downtempo, soulful Dubstep, Indie Rock, and Fusion Jazz, Krts crafts a soundtrack to an ever-changing NYC landscape, fraught with struggles and flashbacks of what-was, all while letting go of ideals in favor of a new, raw, and heartfelt future.

For more info and buy check: www.projectmooncircle.com

Tracklist

01. Love Or Logic
02. Hold On
03. Whatever
04. Rooftop
05. Ghosts
06. Hold On (Glenn Astro Remix)

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Chet Baker – Somewhere Over The Rainbow

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Chet Baker’s good looks and somewhat halting delivery made him seem the James Dean of jazz. However, behind the youthful charm and celebrity image of his early years, he was a musician who transcended such sub-genres as “bebop” or “cool.” In fact, Somewhere Over The Rainbow is testament to the fact that Baker’s musical output can’t be easily pigeonholed.

On this 1962 release, we hear the legendary trumpeter on uptempo versions of “Blues in the Closet,” the little-known but cleverly penned Oscar Pettiford tune, and an inventive version of Thelonious Monk’s “Well You Needn’t,” where Baker slowly builds his solo until he explodes into a deluge of ascending and descending chromatic flourishes. Although Baker was much more than just a ballad player, intimate versions of “These Foolish Things” and the title track, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” add an air of dreaminess to one of Baker’s most distinctive albums of the ’60s.

Personnel: Chet Baker (trumpet); Bobby Jaspar (tenor saxophone, flute); Amadeo Tommasi (piano); Rene Thomas (guitar); Benoit Quersin (bass); Daniel Humair (drums).

Tracklist

01. Well You Needn’t
02. These Foolish Things
03. Star Eyes
04. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
05. Pent-Up House
06. Blues in the Closet

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Lack of Afro – A Time For

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As a multi instrumentalist, artist, producer, DJ and in demand remixer, Lack Of Afro (Adam Gibbons) has achieved a startling amount in the few years since his first Freestyle releases. Playing live and DJ-ing across the world, producing and remixing everyone from Tom Jones, The Pharcyde, The New Mastersounds through to Kraak & Smaak.

As an introduction to this eclectic and progressive collection, Freestyle Records is proud to present the simply stunning single ‘A Time For’ which features Wayne Giddens’ smoky vocals on this mellow, sublime soulful outing. An accomplished songwriter , Waynes’ own previous singles,’Whatever I Choose I Lose’ & ‘I’ve Changed My Ways’ have both enjoyed heavy rotation on BBC Radio 2.

This collaboration between these 2 multi talented musicians has resulted in this memorable and touching composition, and to contrast that – the B side ‘Numero Seenko’ is a club friendly, hard hitting funk tinged number that is totally exclusive to this single!

For more info and buy check: www.freestylerecords.co.uk

Tracklist

01. A Time For feat. Wayne Gidden
02. Numero Seenko

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Jackie McLean – Bluesnik

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Many regard this as the greatest album of Jackie McLean’s career, and while there is a lot of competition for that honor, this is one of his most intriguing and satisfying works. McLean, Freddie Hubbard, and Kenny Drew all contribute tunes, and each is a unique and fascinating take of the blues. This album is a testament to infinite variety that this resilient music form has in the hands of true masters. This Rudy Van Gelder remaster has two alternate takes added to the original album.

Personnel: Jackie McLean (alto saxophone); Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Kenny Drew (piano); Doug Watkins (bass instrument, bass guitar); Pete La Roca (drums).

Tracklist

01. Bluesnik
02. Goin’ Way Blues
03. Drew’s Blues
04. Cool Green
05. Blues Function
06. Torchin
07. Goin’ Way Blues (Alternate Take)
08. Torchin’ (Alternate Take)

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9th Wonder – The Wonder Years

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After years of speculation and delays, multi-platinum, Grammy award winning producer 9th Wonder is set to release his long awaited solo album The Wonder Years. The former Little Brother member brings a star-studded cast to the album that includes Erykah Badu, Raekwon, Talib Kweli, Murs, Mac Miller, Saigon, Kendrick Lamar, Warren G, Big K.R.I.T, Pharoahe Monch, Marsha Ambrosius, Skyzoo, Big Remo, Rapsody, and former Little Brother groupmate Phonte Coleman.

For more info and buy check: www.9thwonder.com

Tracklist

1 Make It Big feat. Khrysis
2 Band Practice pt.2 feat. Phonte & Median
3 Enjoy feat. Warren G, Murs & Kendrick Lamar
4 Streets of Music feat. Tanya Morgan & Enigma (of Actual Proof)
5 Hearing The Melody feat. Skyzoo, Fashawn & King Mez
6 Loyalty feat. Masta Killa & Halo
7 Now I’m Being Cool feat. Mela Machinko & Mez
8 Never Stop Loving You feat. Terrace Martin & Talib Kweli
9 Piranhas feat. Blu & Sundown (of Actual Proof)
10 Peanut Butter & Jelly feat. Marsha Ambrosius
11 One Night feat. Terrace Martin, Phonte, & Bird and The Midnight Falcons
12 Your Smile feat. Holly Weerd & Thee Tom Hardy
13 No Pretending feat. Raekwon & Big Remo
14 20 Feet Tall feat. Erykah Badu & Rapsody
15 That’s Love feat. Mac Miller & Heather Victoria
16 A Star U R feat. Terrace Martin, Problem & GQ

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Jill Scott – The Original Jill Scott from the Vault Vol. 1

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Compilation that contains previously unreleased tracks that Jill recorded during her time with the Hidden Beach label, For more info and buy check: www.jillscott.com

Tracklist

01. Love to Love Prelude (Intro)
02. I Don’t Know (Gotta Have You)
03. Wondering Why (You Don’t Talk to Me)
04. The Light (Original Mix)
05. Wake Up Baby
06. Lovely Day
07. Dear Mr. & Mrs. Record Industry
08. Love to Love
09. Running Away (Suite)
10. I’m Prettier
11. Comes to Light (Everything)
12. Holding On
13. The Light (Piano Mix)
14. And I Heard… (Do You Understand)

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Renegades Of Jazz – Hip To The Jive

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Renegades Of Jazz with their debut-album “Hip To the Jive”. Hip To The Jive album is a journey through heavy Big Band Jazz swing, an onslaught of massive break beats, exotic samples, wild and wonderful bass tones, B-Boy breaks and beautiful downbeat rhythms. Twelve raw tracks packed tight with energy and heavy production skills.

Played by the likes of Craig Charles (BB6 Music) and Pete Isaac (Jelly Jazz) the Renegades Of Jazz sound has found a lot love and support worldwide. Through the huge success, Renegades Of Jazz is already taking shape to become a nine-piece live band set to take to the stage in 2012.

For more info and buy check: www.renegadesofjazz.com

Tracklist

01. Hooked On Swing
02. Karabine
03. Get A Wiggle On
04. Blow Your Horn
05. Voodoo Juju
06. Cascade
07. Black Milk
08. Jitterbug
09. Apple Sauce
10. Hip To The Jive
11. Solitaire
12. You Better Run

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Sir Froderick – Shesbeautiful EP

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New stuff form Sir Froderick, enjoy! 128kbps so buy HQ here: sirfroderick.bandcamp.com

Tracklist

01. maykDaDrums f jamal of Ciao Bella
02. onmymind(again)
03. itsonlyright(froderickhousetake)
04. openinggame
05. spendsometime f woizer (froderickhousemix)

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Phonte – Charity Starts At Home

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The multi-talented frontman of Little Brother and The Foreign Exchange drops his long-awaited solo album.
For more info and buy check: www.theforeignexchangemusic.com

Tracklist

01. Dance in the Reign (feat. Sy Smith)
02. The Good Fight
03. Everything Is Falling Down (feat. Jeanne Jolly)
04. Not Here Anymore (feat. eLZhi)
05. Eternally (feat. Median)
06. Sendin’ My Love
07. Ball And Chain
08. To Be Yours
09. Gonna Be A Beautiful Night (feat. Carlitta Durand)
10. We Go Off (feat. Pharoahe Monch)
11. The Life of Kings (feat. Evidence & Big K.R.I.T.)
12. Who Loves You More

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Onra “Change of Heart”

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Track from the vinyl only “Edits”, enjoy.

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