2009 has been quite a year for Alice Russell. Local and fellow SF label, Six Degrees Records released “Pot of Gold” – produced by TM Juke now followed by this two volume album of 32 remixed tracks.
Like previous remix projects, Alice’s funky, soulful original album has been given the world class remix treatment from an all-star cast of producers including Mr. Scruff, DJ Vadim, Om’s very own J-Boogie, Shawn Lee, Ohmega Watts, DJ Day, and many more!
Alice has developed a burgeoning career as one of the hottest UK soul singers with growing audiences around the world. While comparisons have been made to other popular British vocalists like Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, Duffy and Adele, one listen and look at Alice and you can immediately tell she’s in a class all by herself. She has performed alongside well respected company that includes Roy Ayres, The Roots, Lonnie Liston Smith, De La Soul, Quantic, and The Quantic Soul Orchestra to name a few. In addition to this prolific musical output, Alice’s live performances continue to flourish with her ability to captivate an audience and to hold their attention throughout, expertly tugging at the heartstrings.
I’ve been following Alice Russell for years and fondly remember her first trip to the states as a Tru Thoughts artist playing at a tiny venue here in SF. She has since moved on to a new label and larger venues.
If you aren’t a fan already, get ready to purchase the entire Alice Russell catalog.
Listen/Buy Pot of Gold Remixes from iTunes Here
Listen/Buy Pot of Gold Remixes from Amazon.com Here
Listen / Buy Pot of Gold Remixes From Six Degrees Records Here
The clip provides a bit of everything: ranging from Blu & Exile talking about their new album to some hot sets from J Rocc and DJ Spinna. Large Professor throws down particular hard around the 14 minute mark of the podcast. He gives his shoutout to hosts Blu & Exile, and then lays down some ill tracks, mixing and scratching at a high level like always. Personal favorite track: mixin of ODB’s ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’ with a hot r&b sample around the 23-24 minute mark.
All in all, this podcast gives some sick mixes and tracks from some of the best out there. Just because you can’t live in the Big Apple doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun.
Staying true to form, ’Ernest Gonzales’ new EP, Self Awakening, plays with experimental synth lines to invoke an introspective melody. Leading the way towards self-enlightenment is the first track, ‘Self Awakening.’ Like the title suggests, the buildup and retreat of the percussion help to invoke a wide array of emotions. Gonzales takes an unassuming, yet provocative track, throws in the occasional power synth chord and gives it some added authority to create a truly self-awakening track. He is on to something in this EP, as he has effectively created a musical version of an individual’s journey to becoming self-aware. Across the board on the EP, minimal synth lines, combined with effective drum beats make for consistently solid tracks full of heavy emotions. Throw in some awe-inspiring remixes featuring Faunts, Take, and Yppah, Mexicans with Guns, and CYNE, and you’ve got yourself a must-have EP.
If atmospheric worldly downtempo beats are your thing, check out the new album from Sven Van Hees. We’ve enlisted Sven in the past on remix duty for our very own Chuck Love. The Belgium producer just dropped a new album entitled, “Maverick”. The album is full of tropical worldly electronica lounge music that any fan of Naked Music, Bitter:Sweet, Ananda Project, Bajka, Tosca, Samantha James, and Hotel Costes would appreciate. (Check out “You Got A Hold Of Me”.)
The album is out now on Sven’s own Your Lips label.
Buy The Physical CD Here
Visit iTunes and Beatport To Listen And Purchase “Maverick”
Mixing funky-ass beats, intelligent hard hitting rhymes, and glossy guest vocals from the likes of Destani Wolf, Silya, and Aima, the new Crown City Rockers album ‘The Day After Forever’ brings the heat on every track. Just because we can, OM is giving out a free track from the album, called “Astroshocks.” It’s a dope track that highlights CCR’s old-school influences, with MC Raashan Ahmad spitting hot rhymes over percussion-heavy rhythms. Like the rest of the album, the beats on this track are just the right amount of saucy, meaning you can bump this all night and keep a party going. On the contrary, you can kick back, relax and unwind with some of the softer joints on the album like “That’s Life” ft. Jason Jasper. My personal favorite track is “Go Away.” It combines silky smooth background vocals, an R&B-style beat, and socially conscious lyrics. Ahmad throws down super hard across the track, but especially so when he exclaims, “what happen? Everybody yappin’/ Got in my head even took away my passion/ All about the rappin, now about the business/ They don’t go away, now I’m back on my fitness.”
All in all, The Day After Forever is a more-than-solid album that needs to be COPPEDRIGHTAWAY.
Andy Caldwell is back with a new artist album titled, “Obsession”. On the new album, Caldwell drifts away from the soulful sounds that he’s known for and instead draws inspiration from a much more European inspired sound. The deep electro house sound is all over the album. These 10 tracks showcase Caldwell’s pop songwriting skills and features collaborations from Mr. V., Femke, and long time fellow Soulstice member, Gina Rene. “My sound has been changing over the last few years,” Caldwell says. I got more into the electronic sound with the European house scene and wanted to express that in an album. I was really feeling stagnant creatively and broke out of the soulful house shackles about a year ago.”
“Obsession” is now out on iTunes as an exclusive pre-release and hits all over on 10/20. Click here to purchase.
Click Here To Watch The Music Video For Andy Caldwell “It’s Guud”.
Click Here To Download Andy Caldwell Feat. Mr. V “It’s Guud” For Free (Via andycaldwell.com)
Check out Andy Caldwell on Tour.
10/15 – Papeete, Tahiti @ Morrison’s Cafe
10/16 – Papeete, Tahiti @ Morrison’s Cafe
10/17 – Papeete, Tahiti @ Morrison’s Cafe
10/31 – Miami, FL @ The Wall W Hotel
11/3 – Newport, CA @ Focus
11/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Ecco
11/12 – Sacramento, CA @ The Park
11/14 – San Francisco, CA @ Vessel
12/31 – San Francisco, CA @ City Hall
1/9 – St. Louis, MS @ Sol Lounge
Last month we brought you a free Om:Cast from one of our favorite disco house bands, Crazy P. This month we have something really special for you. A mix like this is extremely rare as this artist is very protective of his live sets and almost never allows anyone to record him. It is with utmost pleasure that we present Om:Cast002 featuring Om’s OG artist and one of the greatest DJs in the world, Mark Farina.
This mix is very special to us being that it was recorded at Om’s 15 Year Anniversaryevent in the very city that gave birth to Om by one of the original artist of Om. Hope you guys enjoy!
Keep checking back for a new podcast each month. We have lots of surprises in store.
Today is a good day. People Under the Stairs drop their official first single from the upcoming album, “Carried Away”. “Trippin At the Disco” is a light LA party joint. They filmed the music video for this over this past friday.
Ready to start the hype machine? As a gift to their fans, People Under the Stairs have put together a special ringtone package. Download PUTS “Carried Away” ringtones below and purchase “Trippin At the Disco” today on iTunes.
Check out the photos from the music video shoot and stay tuned to the premiere of the music video hitting the internet next month.
Posted by: g.win on September 14, 2009 @ 3:57 PM
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Ancient Astronauts are a production duo from Cologne, Germany. Their production style can be summed up as DJ Shadow meets Thievery Corporation meets our very own J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science; Jazzy hip hop beats layered and textured with vocals, synths, and electronic elements. It only makes sense that the new album is being put out by Thievery Corp’s ESLlabel.
“We Are To Answer” is the new artist album from this dynamic duo. Om artist, Raashan Ahmad, Zeph & Azeem join favorites Bajka and hip hop legends, The Pharcyde as special cameos. A mixture of instrumental and vocal tracks, each track on the album paints a different vivid picture with a universal idea of the connection between oneself and something larger. The stand out for me is “A Hole To Follow Us” featuring the female vocalist Phat Mamas.
Discover Ancient Astronauts Ancient Astronauts “Risin High (Feat. Raashan Ahmad)” (Right Click To Save)