Knxwledge – Ovrstnd.LP

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New stuff from Knxwledge, enjoy! For more info and buy check: gloof.bandcamp.com

Tracklist

01. Hayrow.
02. Learn
03. TheWay.
04. Dwninside
05. LetMeHaveUrHeart
06. Bye
07. BuildMyWrld[ArowndJew]
08. Keepin[Sunliteintro]
09. Akuvue
10. RathrBe.
11. Salloshun[turntmeowt]
12. OnliYewtho[MndZootRmx]

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Sam Champ x Okayplayer – D’Angelo Live! [Mixtape]

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You may have noticed me using the header Mixtape Mondays on a few posts recently–something we intend to  make a semi-regular feature here at Okayplayer. We figured we would kick it off properly with an actual OKP mixtape; something official, something original, something exclusive. Something worthy to place alongside DJ Soul‘s incredible Best of Common and Dilla mixtapes. And then we was like, Hmm what’s happening the last monday in January that we could use as a theme? Superbowl? Newt Gingrich? Or MAYBE the phoenix-like reemergence of our beloved D’Angelo, who is currently spreading his fiery musical wings across the waters in Europe.

Accordingly, we asked super-thorough DJ/producer and Soulquarian obsessive Sam Champ (you may remember the tough remix of “Left & Right” from his remix LP) to cut together this official OKP D’Angelo Live mix for us. Most of these amazing live renditions of classic D’Angelo material have surfaced online in one form or the other before but Sam Champ has skillfully compiled them into one seamless blend to create the ultimate OKP fantasy concert for those of us not blessed enough to have been born Scandinavian. So without further ado, please find below one hour and twelve minutes (and some seconds) of streamable D’Angelo, recorded live on various stages across the world (and with a young Anthony Hamilton clearly audible on background vox in quite a few)–enough to keep all fly girls’ nipples and toes tingly with excitement until the arrival of a PURPORTED NEW D’ANGELO ALBUM SOMETIME LATER THIS YEAR. D’Angelo is back, baby. Mixtape Mondays is here. Get happy.

Tracklist

01. Fantastic Intro
02. Brown Sugar
03. Devil’s Pie
04. Crisco
05. Left & Right
06. Chicken Grease
07. Lady
08. Left & Right (Reprise)
09. Feel Like Making Love
10. Can’t Hide Love
11. Things You Do (Fall in Love)
12. One Mo’ Gin
13. Me and Those Dreaming Eyes of Mine
14. S.D.M.
15. Untitled (How Does It Feel)

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Mecca:83 – D A Y B R E A K

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From Mecca: “I didn’t really have any theme set down for this release – I kina figured that would be cheating! – I literally just created whatever came into my head…and flipped whatever samples were handy! There’s some 80s Funk in there, some jazz based business and even some good old fashioned boom bap. I’m not sure whether i’d call it an EP, a beat tape or something else….I guess i’ll let you decide :-)

All donations via Bandcamp go to charity.

Tracklist

01. 2am Samba
02. D A Y B R E A K
03. Make Sounds
04. New(ish) WitH The Blend
05. Send U
06. DonutBreak
07. Aura
08. Making You V2
09. Fanfare
10. Wanna Ride (Bonus)

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Esperanza Spalding – Radio Music Society

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It has not taken Esperanza Spalding long to emerge as one of the brightest lights in the musical world. Listeners familiar with her stunning 2008 Heads Up International debut, Esperanza, and her best-selling 2010 release Chamber Music Society, were well aware that the young bassist, vocalist and composer from Portland, Oregon was the real deal, with a unique and style-spanning presence, deeply rooted in jazz yet destined to make her mark far beyond the jazz realm. That judgment was confirmed on February 13, 2011, when Spalding became the first jazz musician to receive the GRAMMY Award for Best New Artist.

Radio Music Society is a companion, rather than a sequel, to Spalding’s previous disc, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. Among its many strengths, Radio Music Society is a celebration of the men and women who have helped cultivate Spalding’s talent, as well as those who have nurtured her vision and inspired her along the way. “I’ve had the honor and blessing of working with so many phenomenal jazz musicians over the years,” she says. “As I’ve gotten to know them and their music, I’ve grown to love them as family and colleagues. I wished for an opportunity for us all to interpret songs together, so that they can be heard and received by a larger audience. That music is realized by many of the brilliant musicians who are part of Spalding’s ever-expanding universe. In addition to longtime partners Lovano, keyboard player Leo Genovese and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, the ranks contain jazz legends Jack DeJohnette and Billy Hart; guitar heroes Jef Lee Johnson and Lionel Loueke; an array of master vocalists including Algebra Blessett, Lalah Hathaway, Gretchen Parlato, Leni Stern and Becca Stevens; hip-hop giant Q-Tip (who performs on and co-produced two tracks); and two Portland-based musicians, Janice Scroggins and Dr. Thara Memory, who provided essential mentorship in Spalding’s youth.

leaked few days ago on the web, i think it’s the final version.

Tracklist

01. Radio Song
02. Cinnamon Tree
03. Crowned & Kissed
04. Land Of The Free
05. Black Gold
06. I Can’t Help It
07. Hold On Me
08. Vague Suspicions
09. Endangered Species
10. Let Her
11. City Of Roses
12. Smile Like That

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The Incredible Jimmy Smith – Crazy! Baby

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Unlike most of the Jimmy Smith recordings from the era, this CD reissue (which adds “If I Should Lose You” and “When Lights Are Low” to the original LP program) features organist Jimmy Smith’s regular group (rather than an all-star band). With guitarist Quentin Warren and drummer Donald Bailey completing the trio, Smith is heard in peak form on swinging and soulful versions of such tunes as “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” “Makin’ Whoopee,” “Sonnymoon for Two,” and “Mack the Knife.” Despite claims and some strong challenges by others, there has never been a jazz organist on the level of Jimmy Smith.

Personnel: Jimmy Smith (organ); Quentin Warren (guitar); Donald Bailey (drums).

Tracklist

01. When Johnny Comes Marching Home
02. Makin’ Whoopee
03. A Night In Tunisia
04. Sonnymoon For Two
05. Mack The Knife
06. What’s New
07. Alfredo
08. If I Should Lose You
09. When Lights Are Low

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Grant Green – Am I Blue

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Personnel: Grant Green (guitar); Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); Johnny Coles (trumpet); John Patton (organ); Ben Dixon (drums).

Tracklist

01. Am I Blue
02. Take These Chain From My Heart
03. I Wanna Be Loved
04. Sweet Slumber
05. For All We Know

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Donald Byrd – Electric Byrd

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Donald Byrd’s transitional sessions from 1969-1971 are actually some of the trumpeter’s most intriguing work, balancing accessible, funky, Davis-style fusion with legitimate jazz improvisation. Electric Byrd, from 1970, is the best of the bunch, as Byrd absorbs the innovations of Bitches Brew and comes up with one of his most consistent fusion sets of any flavor. The arrangements are continually surprising, and the band never works the same groove too long, switching or completely dropping the underlying rhythms. So even if it wears its influences on its sleeve, Electric Byrd is indisputably challenging, high-quality fusion. It’s also the end of the line for jazz purists as far as Donald Byrd is concerned, which is perhaps part of the reason the album has yet to receive its proper due.

Personnel: Donald Byrd (trumpet); Wally Richardson (guitar); Lew Tabackin (flute, saxophone, tenor saxophone); Hermeto Pascoal (flute); Pepper Adams (clarinet, baritone saxophone, brass); Frank Foster (alto clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Bill Campbell (trombone); Duke Pearson (electric piano); Mickey Roker (drums); Airto Moreira (percussion).

Tracklist

01. Estavanico
02. Essence
03. Xibaba
04. The Dude

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James Pants – Beats Archive II

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Back in Sept. 2011 we brought you the first installment, James Pants Beat Archive Pt. 1, aka “JP Failed Rap Beats 2004-2008.” In the words of the producer himself, this series is, “from a vast collection of oddities, soddities, and heresies from back in the days when I thought I could be a rap producer.”

In our opinion, meaning no disrespect to the world of talented rappers, these beats work great without any loop-ruiners spitting all over them.

So here’s the second set, 2006-2010. Cover image by Jeff Jank. Photo by Schiko. Sludge by BP. Enjoy.

stonesthrow.com/jamespants
jamespants.tumblr.com

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C2C – Down the Road EP

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Finally first EP from the great C2C, enjoy! For more info and buy check: www.onandon-records.com

Tracklist

01. Down The Road
02. Arcades
03. Someday
04. The Beat
05. F·U·Y·A
06. Down The Road

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Ta-Ku – D U S T Y

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New stuff form Ta-ku, “19 Dusty Instrumentals that i had laying around” enjoy!

Tracklist

01. #dusty1
02. #dusty2
03. #dusty3
04. #dusty4
05. #dusty5
06. #dusty6
07. #dusty7
08. #dusty8
09. #dusty9
10. #dusty10
11. #dusty11
12. #dusty12
13. #dusty13
14. #dusty14
15. #dusty15
16. #dusty16
17. #dusty17
18. #dusty18
19. #dusty19

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read this.

You surely know what happened to megaupload and you surely know what’s happening to all cyberlocker services, they are shutdown their services or banning accounts/deleting files, 90% of links on the blog are no longer available because of that.

hard times, but i’ll be ok.

take care,

Francesco.

Gonjasufi – MU.ZZ.LE

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A brand new mini-album from one the most charismatic figures on the Warp roster. Once again the most hip-hop mystic you will ever encounter brings us this brilliant 10 track release. The album’s downtempo strings, heartbreaking soul, reanimated hip-hop and crackling haunting vocal stylings are stitched as a running thread throughout each song like a patchwork quilt. It’s a lonely journey that will take you through the innermost thoughts of Gonjasufi’s darkest hours.

For more info and buy check: www.warp.net

Tracklist

01. White Picket Fence
02. Feedin’ Birds
03. Nikels and Dimes
04. Rubberband
05. Venom
06. Timeout
07. Skin
08. The Blame
09. Blaksuit
10. Sniffin’

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Hank Mobley – The Turnaround

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Hank Mobley’s later Blue Note sessions took on a much harder edge than his earlier efforts. The saxophonist’s round tone became funkier as he delved deeper into the popular soul-jazz style that had been introduced with Lee Morgan’s hit “The Sidewinder.” The Turnaround is one of Mobley’s best releases of this period, offering many unforgettable solo moments as well as some intense small group workouts.

Personnel: Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone); Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd (trumpet); Barry Harris, Herbie Hancock (piano); Butch Warren, Paul Chambers (bass); Billy Higgins, Philly Joe Jones (drums).

Tracklist

01. The Turnaround
02. East Of The Village
03. The Good Life
04. Straight Ahead
05. My Sin
06. Pat ‘N’ Chat

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Ennio Morricone – D’Amore Si Muore

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Soundtrack of “D’Amore Si Muore” (For Love One Dies) by Ennio Morricone, enjoy!

Tracklist

01. Si Muore D’Amore
02. Un Po D’Ironia Acida
03. Amo Lei
04. Lei Mi Ama
05. Valzer Da Strada
06. Si Muore D’Amore (#2)
07. Un Po D’Ironia Acida (#2)
08. Si Muore D’Amore (#3)
09. Lei Mi Ama (#2)
10. Si Muore D’Amore (#4)
11. Lei Mi Ama (#3)
12. Si Muore D’Amore (#5)
13. Un Po D’Ironia Acida (#3)
14. Si Muore D’Amore (#6)
15. Amo Lei (#2)
16. Si Muore D’Amore (#7)
17. Si Muore D’Amore (#8)

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Duke Pearson – The Right Touch

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Duke Pearson rises to the challenge of writing for an all-star octet (with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, trombonist Garnett Brown, altoist James Spaulding, Jerry Dodgion on alto and flute, Stanley Turrentine on tenor, bassist Gene Taylor, drummer Grady Tate, and the leader/pianist), contributing colorful frameworks and consistently challenging compositions. The set is full of diverse melodies (the CD reissue has a previously unissued take of “Los Malos Hombres”) played by a variety of distinctive soloists; many of these songs deserve to be revived. This is one of the finest recordings of Duke Pearson’s career.

Personnel: Duke Pearson (piano); Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Garnett Brown (trombone); Jerry Dodgion (alto saxophone, flute); James Spaulding (alto saxophone); Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone); Gene Taylor (bass); Grady Tate (drums).

Tracklist

01. Chili Peppers
02. Make It Good
03. My Love Waits (O Meu Amor Espera)
04. Los Malos Hombres
05. Scrap Iron
06. Rotary
07. Los Malos Hombres (Alternate Take)

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Colman Brothers – Colman Brothers

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The Colmans’ eponymous debut LP is at once a tribute to the brothers’ heroes, such as Dizzy Gillespie (on the track “Mr. D.G.”) Freddie Hubbard and Francy Bolland, but isn’t all about the dance floor – tracks such as the eerily cinematic “The Chief”, the evocative “On A Better Day”, and the luscious “Some Other Wonder” (featuring Sara again) are far more restrained but equally inviting pieces. With huge support from Gilles Peterson on Radio 1, Peter Young on Jazz FM and many more following in their wake, we think you’ll agree that they really are something for us to blow our trumpet about!! (Pardon the pun).

For more info and buy check: www.wahwah45s.com

Tracklist

01. Mr.DG
02. Anotehr Brotehr
03. Momo
04. Sem Amor
05. The Chief
06. She Who Dares (Remix)
07. Some Other Wonder
08. El Nino
09. On A Better Day
10. Another Brother (Remix)

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Sonnymoon – 2012 EP

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With this time now upon us there is a feeling of inevitable momentum forward through our man-made linear arches of time. In a day when it becomes harder and harder for artists to truly represent their cultural surroundings and sift through the monotony of the machine, Sonnymoon takes the opportunity to welcome the future with their EP, 2012. As a continuation of their previous foundation of sound laid down in 2010 with Golden Age, 2012 looks to the future with excitement and hope. This lush EP bubbles and flows with the feeling of space aged spirituals yet to come. Look not towards the future, friends, because the time is Now.

128kbps so buy HQ >here<

Tracklist

01. Near Me
02. Goddess
03. Morning Person
04. Machinery
05. Magician

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Scrimshire – The Hollow

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This is the second album. A journey back to some of the major influences that got me into music, an exploration of those sounds, and accompanied by videos that explore some of the places that remind me of that period of my life. Featuring the voices of Heidi Vogel (Cinematic Orchestra), Faye Houston (Resonators/JetTricks) Stac, and Inga-Lill Aker.

For more info and buy check: www.wahwah45s.com

Tracklist

01. A Promis Is All It Was
02. Everything You Say
03. Afar
04. Alignment
05. Ode To Daddy
06. Home
07. Through A Window
08. Ascension
09. The Hollow
10. Home (Acoustic Re-Version)

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Al Castellana – Acoustic Live @Rai Radio 2

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Al Castellana did a small acoustic live at “Urban suite”, a radio program of Rai Radio 2, so i decided to grab the podcast, split the track and create this, enjoy!

Check also his latest single > HERE

Tracklist

01. Intro + I Believe
02. Hold On Mama
03. Fly Me To The Moon + (The Ghetto Outro)

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Mndsgn – Exts

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New stuff from Mndsgn, enjoy!

Tracklist

01. Primrose
02. MelodyabtU
03. 7again
04. Leafs
05. Kuya
06. Like
07. Brgundy
08. Mgafix(radio)
09. Stillstill
10. Gniteagain
11. Natportman*
12. Thanksagain;oksoon

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