Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man In The Universe

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The Bravest Man In The Universe is Bobby Womack’s first album of original material since 1994′s Resurrection. Co-produced by Damon Albarn (Gorillaz, Blur) and Richard Russell, the album was recorded at Albarn’s Studio 13 in West London and New York’s Manhattan Center between October and December 2011. The album features guest vocalist Lana Del Rey on the song, Dayglo Reflection . Bobby Womack’s musical career has spanned 50+ years during which time he has written songs recorded by The Rolling Stones, Wilson Pickett, Janis Joplin (to name a few) and has played on sessions for Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Dusty Springfield and more. Nicknamed The Preacher and The Poet , Bobby Womack’s work has topped the singles charts many times over and his collaborations with artists from Patti Labelle to Mos Def to Gorillaz to The Rolling Stones showcase a legend who has and continues to influence musicians across genres. Bobby Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

Tracklist

01. The Bravest Man In The Universe
02. Please Forgive My Heart
03. Deep River
04. Dayglo Reflection (feat. Lana Del Rey)
05. Sweet Baby Mine
06. Stupid Introlude (feat. Gil Scott-Heron)
07. Stupid
08. If There Wasn’t Something There
09. Love Is Gonna Lift You Up
10. Nothin’ Can Save Ya (feat. Fatoumata Diawara)
11. Jubilee (Don’t Let Nobody Turn You Around)

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Nina Simone – Little Girl Blue

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Little Girl Blue, originally released in 1957, was Nina Simone’s first recording. Backed by bassist Jimmy Bond and Albert Tootie Heath, it showcases her ballad voice as one of mystery and sensuality and showcases her up-tempo jazz style with authority and an enigmatic down-home feel that is nonetheless elegant. The album also introduced a fine jazz pianist. Simone was a solid improviser who never strayed far from the blues.

Tracklist

01. Mood Indigo
02. Don’t Smoke In Bed
03. He Needs Me
04. Little Girl Blue
05. Love Me Or Leave Me
06. My Baby Just Cares For Me
07. Good Bait
08. Plain Gold Ring
09. You’ll Never Walk Alone
10. I Loves You, Porgy
11. Central Park Blues
12. He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands
13. For All We Know
14. African Mailman

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Thelonious Monk – Underground

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Underground was recorded in 1967, about 20 years into the career of this wholly distinctive and unorthodox pianist-composer. Whenever the understated saxophone talents of Charlie Rouse accompany Thelonious Monk, one is assured of an invigorating set of music–and this collection is no exception. Supported by Larry Gales on bass and the inimitable Ben Riley on drums, Monk and Rouse elaborate on immortal compositions like “Ugly Beauty.” On “In Walked Bud,” the quartet is joined by vocalist Jon Hendricks. With jagged themes and unusual variations of meter and key, Underground showcases an aging Monk’s still-brilliant eccentricity on the piano. A good bit looser than much of Monk’s earlier work, he and Rouse infuse this date with their tag-team humor and unrelenting musical enthusiasm. –Mitch Myers

Personnel: Thelonious Monk (piano); Jon Hendricks (vocals); Charlie Rouse (tenor saxophone); Larry Gales (bass); Ben Riley (drums).

Tracklist

01. Thelonious (Take 1)
02. Ugly Beauty (Take 5)
03. Raise Four
04. Boo Boo’s Birthday (Take 11)
05. Easy Street
06. Green Chimneys
07. In Walked Bud
08. Ugly Beauty (Take 4)
09. Boo Boo’s Birthday (Take 2)
10. Thelonious (Take 3)

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Marcus Miller – Renaissance

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Renaissance finds Miller offering up an especially emotive 13-song collection that includes eight richly inspired original compositions that swing from a tip of the porkpie to the CTI Records sound of the `70s (“CEE-TEE-EYE”) to an introspective and ultimately hope-filled rumination about the island off the coast of Dakar in Africa known as “Gorée (Go-ray).” Renaissance also includes five cover songs that canvas works by soul-jazz culture band WAR, new wave-soul starlet Janelle Monáe, New York jazz dignitary Weldon Irvine, Brazilian musical ambassador Ivan Lins and Christian composer Luther “Mano” Hanes. Though the CD primarily features Miller’s smokin’ new band, it also features special guest vocalists Dr. John, Rubén Blades and Gretchen Parlato.

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

Tracklist

01. Detroit
02. Redemption
03. February
04. Slippin’ Into Darkness
05. Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song) [feat. Gretchen Parlato & Rubén Blades]
06. Jekyll & Hyde
07. Interlude-Nocturnal Mist
08. Revelation
09. Mr. Clean
10. Gorée (Go-ray)
11. Cee-Tee-Eye
12. Tightrope (feat. Dr. John)
13. I’ll Be There

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Monophonics – In Your Brain

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Over the past seven years, the Monophonics have staked their claim as one of California’s premier bands. Raised amid the Bay Area’s rich musical culture, the Monophonics have proudly carried on the tradition of music native to their hometown which flourished during the birth of psychedelia.

Monophonics were formed in ’05; originally a instrumental ensemble comprised of guitarist Ian McDonald, bassist Myles O’Mahony, saxophonist Alex Baky, trumpeter Ryan Scott, and drummer Austin Bohlman, the band has recently added the dynamic soul vocals of keyboardist Kelly Finnigan. The result is a psychedelic soul & heavy funk sound, which harks back to the stylings of the late ’60s and early ’70s, all while keeping its feet planted in the present.

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

Tracklist

01. Looking Ahead
02. There’s a Riot Goin On
03. Sure Is Funky
04. In Your Brain
05. Deception
06. All Together
07. Say You Love Me
08. They Don’t Understand
09. Thinking Back
10. Bang Bang
11. Mirage
12. Foolish Love
13. Temptation
14. Keep Looking Ahead

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Knxwledge – kameo.EP

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New from Knxwledge, enjoy! 128kbps quality so buy HQ here > gloof.bandcamp.com

Tracklist

01. MadeMyWai
02. MndRt
03. LaydiLuhv
04. Betweenagain
05. Assumpshuns
06. WhatimAftr

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Jazzo & Melodiesinfonie – Wasser EP

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Jazzo & Melodiesinfonie are a duo that the Soulection crew has been in tune with for years now. We figured that it would only make sense for us to reach out and collaborate on an EP. With so many beat makers in existence out there in the world, Jazzo & Melodiesinfonie stood out to us because their style and approach to making music is so diverse within every single track. The element that stands out most in their production is that every single track that they create has an average of 2-3 segments or breakdowns that create a new sound direction and vibe. It’s not so much that they are the first ones to ever do it, but they are one of the first ones to do it right and consistently. With that said, despite this EP consisting of 4 tracks, there is really 7-8 tracks total within due to their signature style of implementing multiple tracks within one.

Wasser means ‘Water’ in English. The reality is that everybody needs water, water is nature, water is real, it’s fresh and peaceful. All the tracks within this EP are very chill. We both love nature and this is where we find much of our inspiration. We worked on every track more than 6 hours, we sat together in the studio and drank Water, cause we’re both straight edge. We just live and want to spread love and nature.”
-Jazzo & Melodisinfonie

For more info check: soulection.bandcamp.com

Tracklist

01. Am Meer
02. Der Stiller See
03. Verschmutztes Wasser
04. Stiller See feat. Soia

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Kae – Quattro

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‘A week ago I downloaded fLako’s beattape ‘Leftovers’ with tracks he produced in 2008 and I felt so inspired by what I heard I managed to write four songs in like an hour. So I decided to do ‘Quattro’.

I call it an EP but it’s more like just one 8-minute song, an illustrated journey into the wild in four parts, combined with mixed sounds I was hearing at that time, both from close surroundings and in my imagination.

Quattro means ‘four’ in Italian, and all of the four songs are recorded in my home during the past week.’

For more info check: www.yasminebey.comfacebook.com/Kae.Bey

Tracklist

01. Crazy
02. Truth
03. Free
04. Special

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Lack Of Afro – One Way: Remixes & Rarities

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In a remarkably short amount of time, Adam Gibbons (Lack Of Afro) has amassed an extensive and varied body of work. From his own recordings, featuring his multi instrumental skills, to producing, DJ-ing and of course, remixing tracks by a huge range of different artists. This 27 track, 2 disc collection One Way – Remixes & Rarities brings together the cream of Adams reworkings, some remixes of his own tracks by like minded artists, and excitingly some previously unreleased material that sees the light of day for the very first time on this killer collection of funk fuelled, dance floor fodder.

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

Tracklist

01. Ray Camacho & The Tear Drops – Si Si Puede (Lack Of Afro remix)
02. Flow Dynamics – Bossa For Bebo (Lack Of Afro remix)
03. Lack Of Afro – First Break
04. Hot 8 Brass Band – It’s Real (Lack Of Afro remix)
05. Bahama Soul Club – Sugar Cane (Lack Of Afro remix)
06. Lack Of Afro – Roderigo (Natural Self remix)
07. Lack Of Afro – On My Way (feat Herbal T)
08. Banderas – Mogomake (feat Bouloukou – Lack Of Afro remix)
09. Lack Of Afro – Daddy Brings His A Game
10. Kraak & Smaak – Squeeze Me (feat Ben Westbeech – Lack Of Afro remix)
11. Lack Of Afro – Step Up (If You Wanna Get Heard)
12. Ray Harris & The Fusion Experience – Freedom (Lack Of Afro Inspiration)
13. Lack Of Afro – Broken Samba
14. The Diplomats Of Solid Sound – Hurt Me So (Lack Of Afro remix)
15. The New Mastersounds – Idle Time (Lack Of Afro remix)
16. Lack Of Afro – Passive Aggressive
17. Deep Street Soul – Greenbacks (Lack Of Afro remix)
18. Lack Of Afro – Holding My Breath (The Unity Sextet remix)
19. Los Manolos vs Lack Of Afro – Polonio (Lack Of Afro remix)
20. Lack Of Afro – Numero Seenko
21. The Fantastics! vs Lack Of Afro – I Cant Dance With You
22. Soopasoul – Brand Nu (feat Nikeya Booker – Lack Of Afro remix)
23. Mr Confuse – Lookout Weekend (Lack Of Afro funk remix)
24. Lack Of Afro – Spooky
25. Lack Of Afro – Wait A Minute (Kraak & Smaak remix)
26. Flevans – Endless Things (Lack Of Afro remix)
27. Eddie Roberts – Giorgio’s Brother (Lack Of Afro remix)

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Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane – Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane

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During his final months with Miles Davis’ group, John Coltrane participated in a number of recording sessions for Prestige independently of Davis. This album is but one such recording. In 1958, when this recording was made, Coltrane may have been at his creative peak. During this period, his work began to transcend “bebop” and “cool,” anticipating even more modern developments in jazz-changes that would affect a whole generation of musicians. On Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane, we hear the two jazz masters creating time-honored renditions of tunes such as “Why Was I Born,” a duet that highlights the musicians’ ability to not only savor each note, but to take a rather plaintive composition and develop it organically. Burrell, Coltrane, and company swing “Freight Trane” with great authority, thanks to the drumming acumen of Jimmy Cobb. On this tune, Coltrane uses a variety of sudden flourishes and lyrical lines, while Burrell comps chords in simpatico. Most importantly, this album represents the one-time chemistry of Burrell and Coltrane.

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Personnel: Kenny Burrell (guitar); John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); Tommy Flanagan (piano); Paul Chambers (upright bass); Jimmy Cobb (drums).

Tracklist

01. Freight Trane
02. I Never Knew
03. Lyresto
04. Why Was I Born
05. Big Paul

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Franco Micalizzi – Roma A Mano Armata

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Funky Franco Micalizzi – the soundtrack to the mid 70s Italian crime drama Roma A Mano Aramata – prime pulpy grooves laid down for the Umberto Lenzi film! It’s great stuff, funky drums and bassline puncuated by brass, flute and tense strings – with a heavy, insistent groove all the way, with a few slower and quieter sequences setting up some drama to come before falling headfirst into the more action oriented style. (dustygroove)

Tracklist

01. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 1
02. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 2
03. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 3
04. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 4
05. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 5
06. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 6
07. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 7
08. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 8
09. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 9
10. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 10
11. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 11
12. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 12
13. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 13
14. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 14
15. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 15
16. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 16
17. Roma A Mano Amata – Seq. 17

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Max Roach – Deeds, Not Words

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Master jazz drummer Max Roach pretty much put the “be” in bebop, playing with practically every major figure in jazz, from Bird to Dizzy to Miles to Mingus and more. It’s a tribute to his own musical vision that his numerous solo recordings are just as worthy as his famous sessions. Roach’s first solo date for Riverside, 1958′s DEEDS, NOT WORDS, nevertheless finds the drumming doyen in grand company. Listening to the fleet-fingered musical dialogue between Roach and saxophonist George Coleman on “It’s You or No One,” or the way trumpet demon Booker Little blows the roof off of “Jodie’s Cha-Cha,” it’s immediately clear that a major part of Roach’s genius lies in surrounding himself with jazz giants who can bend notes, beats, and phrases to their desires in just as seamless a manner as the man on the skins. (cduniverse)

Personnel: Max Roach (drums); Max Roach; Oscar Pettiford, Art Davis (upright bass); George Coleman (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Booker Little (trumpet); Ray Draper (tuba).

Tracklist

01. You Stepped Out Of A Dream
02. Filide
03. It’s You Or No One
04. Jodie’s Cha-Cha
05. Deeds, Not Words
06. Larry-Larue
07. Conversation
08. There Will Never Be Another You

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Roy Hargrove presents The RH Factor – Hard Groove

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Most jazz-meets-hip-hop collaborations suffer from stiff beats plastered over abstract, high-minded solos. Not so with this collection from the ’70s-bred, Texan-born trumpet wunderkind. Sure, he knows the musical language and lineages of Clifford Brown and Miles Davis. But he’s also down with contemporaries like D’Angelo, Q-Tip, and homegirl Erykah Badu, who appear on this star-studded CD. Hargrove is backed by an in-the-pocket assemblage of jazz-honed phenoms featuring keyboardist Marc Cary, alto saxophonist Steve Coleman, bassist Meshell Ndegeocello, and flautist Karl Denson. They all put their grooves where their guts are, and the music evokes tinges of Donald Byrd’s back-in-the-day waxworks. D’Angelo’s down-home delivery lights up Funkadelic’s psychedelic slow drag, “I’ll Stay,” while ebullient Common kicks up the verbal virtuosity on “Common Free Style.” The Q-Tip/Erykah Badu cut “Poetry” could be a summer anthem. Throughout this tasty and tasteful project Roy Hargroove’s cool and clarion trumpet tones provide the right sonic seasoning for this dancing and delectable disc. –Eugene Holley, Jr.

Tracklist

01. Hardgroove
02. Common Free Style feat. Common
03 .I’ll Stay feat. D’Angelo
04. Interlude
05. Pastor T
06. Poetry feat. Q-Tip & Erykah Badu
07. The Joint
08. Forget Regret feat. Stephanie Mckay
09. Out Of Town
10. Liquid Streets
11. Kwah/Home feat. Anthony Hamilton
12. How I Know feat. Shelby Johnson
13. Juicy feat. Renee Neufville
14. The Stroke

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Indigo Jam Unit – Rose

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Formed in Osaka, Japan, in 2005 indigo jam unit consists of Yoshichika Tarue (piano), Katsuhiko Sasai (double bass) Isao Wasano (percussion & drums), and Takehiro Shimizu (drums). Indigo jam unit’s full length releases as of April 2011 includes six full length CD albums, starting with “DEMONSTRATION” in 2006, all selling more than 10,000 copies each in Japan. Other releases include the 2009 “Vintage Black” collaboration with label mates Flexlife, and from the same year, “re:common from indigo jam unit”, the band’s remixes of some of hip hop star Common’s songs behind his original voice tracks and cover album, “ROSE”, featuring vocalist Alicia Saldenha released on Sep 2, 2011.

indigo jam unit’s unique sound truly rests on the combination of the four members. Tarue’s melodic classical-latin-jazz piano up front intertwined with Sasai’s solid and groove driven basslines, all standing on the explosive and versatile rhythm section formed by Shimizu and Wasano. Being devoted live musicians, indigo jam unit records all their work in single takes. No overdubs, no click tracks, minimum post processing. (allaboutjazz.com)

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

Tracklist

01. Funkier Than a Mosquito’s Tweeter (feat. Alicia Saldenha)
02. Power And Glory (feat. Alicia Saldenha)
03. Never Did I Stop Loving You (feat. Alicia Saldenha)
04. The One Who Needs You (feat. Alicia Saldenha)
05. Fuel For The Fire (feat. Alicia Saldenha)
06. Magic Wand Of Love (feat. Alicia Saldenha)

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9th Wonder – Tutankhamen

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The DJBooth has joined forces with Grammy Award winning producer, artist, teacher and Jamla Records founder 9th Wonder to present Tutankhamen, a new instrumental project that’s every bit as royal (and potentially deadly) as the name suggests. Included on Tutankhamen are a full 40 beats, including some of 9th’s classic instrumentals (The Bodega, BarberShop, The End) and more, as well as exclusive, previously unreleased treats. As a sample, listeners can find ten beats available for stream below. Emcees, producer, DJs, lovers of the culture, enjoy…

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

Tracklist

01. Nautiluschop!!!!!
02. ZulemaStopSoul!!!!!!
03. WindJammySoul!!!!
04. WardClaraSoul!!!
05. ReetaGirl!!!!
06. TheMarvel!!!
07. SomeplaceToGo!!!!!
08. ShoobeedooSou!!!!!
09. PushpushSoul!!!!
10. PhylSexySelf!!!!
11. Naturalinmotion!!!!!
12. MuchBetterSoul!!!!
13. MontClear!!!!!
14. Mellyfantastic!!!!
15. KeepYourSelfSoul!!!!
16. JoyJoyJoy!!!
17. JoFlipSoul!!!!
18. JamesOnDrugs!!!!!
19. InTheLoveSoul!!!!
20. ImagineLoveYou!!!
21. IEyeKNowitSoul!!!!!!
22. HoneyBeeChopSoul!!!!!
23. ChantmentReal!!!!
24. NeverBethesame!!!
25. TheBodegaSoul!!!!!
26. bobby’s temptation
27. BeautyofitallSOul!!!!
28. RIdinout!!!!!!!!
29. AstronautSoul!!!
30. AscensionHaSoul!!!
31. OkayWaySOul!!!!
32. ChangeRearrange!!!!!
33. FreakEcstacy!!!!
34. StopCryin!!!!
35. Webblovin!!!!
36. Sylvercrazysoul!!!!!
37. Creativejam!!!!
38. BarbershopSOul!!!!
39. OriginalNeedSoul!!!
40. HiltonJaySoul!!!!

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Tensei – II EP

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After the release of their EP One, Tensei, which consists of Chicago based musicians Simple X and Midas Wells, have released their second instrumental effort, Two on LA based label, Plug Research. Inspired by ‘70s soul, afro-funk, and themed soundtracks that recall espionage, Two builds from the experimental hip-hop inspired beats of One.

However, Two takes the groove deeper with its jazzy inflections, ethnic rhythms, cosmic electronics, and live instrumentation making it a bit more soulful and funkier. The one vocal track, “Think Twice,” which features multi-instrumentalist Khari Lemuel of TheOnes and Jae Franklin is an ode to the infectious soul classics of yesteryear with a modernized twist while “Passport,” which was featured on the Plug Research Compilation, is a an exquisite soundbed filled with lush pleasantries. And while this is Tensei’s second formal release, it still marks the beginning for the artists so journey with them as they continue on a path that pushes the limits and boundaries of hip hop inspired beat making and production to higher elevation.

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

Tracklist

01. Passport
02. Plazzio’s Revenge
03. 100 Ton Press
04. Low Key
05. Out of Bounds (Instrumental)
06. Think Twice (Version) [feat. Khari Lemuel]
07. Out of Bounds (feat. Neadathal)
08. Think Twice (feat. Jae Franklin & The Ones)
09. Think Twice (Instrumental)

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Bluesteady Triptik – We Dig

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Beat tape compilation from the italian group Bluesteady Triptik featuring over 30 beat makers from all over the Italy, enjoy! For more info check: www.hhabitatrecords.comfacebook.com/bluesteadytriptik

Tracklist

01. The Next One – Journey Into Sound (DigThis) Intro
02. The Next One – Get This (Good Ears Track Too Hot Inisde Soul)
03. Oyoshe – Jazzy Sunday In Naples
04. Gio’ Lama – Groovin’
05. Sonakine – Glower
06. Mastafive – Always Believe
07. DJ Mbato’ – Contradiction
08. Fiume – Apache Footprint
09. Digi G’Alessio – Orange
10. Gsq – Antiquity
11. Esa aka Funk Prez – Hello Grant
12. Biga – Sunrays (Instrmntl Rmx)
13. Sodo Studio – La Delivery
14. Colossius – Aphrica
15. Major Soul – Mazzini Science
16. Dottor Nove – Imagination
17. Bonbooze – Coldmess
18. Kappah – For The Fusta
19. Brainmass – My Time
20. Thoro – You Brought Me an Heart (The Joy)
21. Tony Madonia aka 7ONI – Erotic Mizar
22. Johnny Boy – Xilo Powa
23. Avatar – Error 404
24. Fulvio Kami – Weed Life
25. Sir Donuts – Raison Du Tragique
26. Berto Beatz – Mills
27. Irhu – Say Yeah
28. Freshbeat – Turn Off The Lights
29. N2Nell – Thank You
30. Papa Illo Thc – Tutti Vogliono faet. Cb
31. Gico – Soulfulness Pt.2
33. The Next One – Journey Into Sound (DigThis) Outro

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5Y5 – 5Y5

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5y5 is the collective effort of the two über funky and encyclopedic Italian producers, Digi G’Alessio and UXO, recorded during their early 2011 sessions. The two personalities melt seamlessly to form a new entity materialized in 4 tracks mixing the punch and impact of Digi G’Alesssio with the lush cosmic funk of UXO. A tropical cocktail ideal for a smooth, tripped out and slomo dance gliding on your sweaty partner…hey, isn’t that the definition of Funk somehow?

For more info check: www.bedroomresearch.com

Tracklist

01. Ships to Borhom
02. Toy Robot
03. Flash Forward
04. Lady Bug

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Knxwledge – klarity.EP

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yep.

Tracklist

01. Hwlngwasigone
02. Dntbmad
03. Knxbodi
04. Payout
05. WDT[wrk]

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Nancy Wilson – Something Wonderful

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Nancy Wilson was only 23 years old when this superb album was recorded, yet her soulful, distinctive alto voice sounds as seasoned and sensitive to nuance as a singer twice her age. Overshadowed by the simultaneous release of The Swingin’s Mutual (one of Wilson’s most popular jazz recordings), and overlooked in her subsequent move to the pop and R&B markets, Something Wonderful is a quintessential slice of Wilson’s early–and arguably most significant–work. There is a laid-back, subtle swing to the orchestral work here (courtesy of celebrated big-band arranger Billy May), and Wilson’s readings of the tunes are never overpowered by bombastic playing. Even better is the inclusion of several small-ensemble cuts–like the gently grooving “I Wish You Love,” and the heartbreaking story-song “Guess Who I Saw Today”–which feature Ben Webster on tenor and Jack Marshall on guitar. Through all of this, of course, Wilson’s charming, seemingly off-handed delivery and blues-steeped timbre make each tune float and shimmy with grace. (cduniverse)

Tracklist

01. Teach Me Tonight
02. This Time The Dream’s On Me
03. I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out My Life
04. I Wish You Love
05. Guess Who I Saw Today
06. If Dreams Come True
07. What A Little Moonlight Can Do
08. The Great City
09. He’s My Guy
10. Something Happens To Me
11. (They Call It) Stormy Monday
12. Something Wonderful Happens

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