MP3: Blackbottom f/ Jody Breeze - "Take a Picture"
Blaackbottom made a huge impact online last week with his debut single, "One" featuring Lil Wayne. The single introduced Blaackbottom to thousands of websites and blogs around the world, making him one of the most recognized new artists in the game. This week, he returns with the second leak off his "Blaack History" album dropping this March. This time around, Blaack hooks up with former Boyz N Da Hood artist Jody Breeze for "Take a Picture."
Fresh off the release of their excell ent new album "Triggers" global bass explorers, Sub Swara, offer up a free download of their collaboration with NYC hip-hop legends Dead Prez. Read about how it all came together today on Village Voice. Also, make sure to catch their killer new remix of Glitch Mob's "Starve The Ego, Feed The Soul" over on the ir site. For extended listening pleasure they did a mix for the Passion of The Weiss mix series, where you can hear some new material and upcoming remixes. Don't miss.
Binding together strong melodies, intoxicating rhythms, relentless energy and inventive production, their new album traverses dubstep, hip-hop, ragga, and sounds yet to be classified. "Triggers" w as written as Sub Swara's performances become increasingly live, incorporating live drumming, re-composition and improvised sequences all while maintaining dancefloor intensity and bass weight. Make sure to catch them when they come though your town in 2011.
"it sounds like this time their beat vacation took them on an intergalactic spaceship ride, with giant rhythms and chirps that sound warped in from the outer reaches of the universe but retain a distinctly warm, human quality. -The FADER
"Brooklyn bass duo Sub Swara will scramble your insides with low-end by any means necessary. Their music refuses to sit still or be easily described, frantically crossing the lines between instrumental hip-hop, dubstep, house, dub, dancehall, trip-hop and South Asian field recordings. But their motives are clear: boom, pound, move feet, rattle brains."
New York's Sub Swara are connoisseurs of the genre-meld. "Steam" is a particularly percussive jungley dubstep jam. What makes it really shine is its lack of sameness-instead of one refrain with a blip of extra bass here and there throughout the whole track, it's a crescendo of intense drums, that breaks into electro-beats that recalls the sweatiest night clubs and once it speeds up as fast it can go, there's a nice little breakdown toward the end. While some artists are trying to make all different kinds of noise at once, Sub Swara are taking all these reference points and making it into their own thing that really works."
"The outfit now specializes in a whatever-makes-you-bang style of bass music that's fresh and compelling, and doesn't pay much mind to the lines of electronic sub-genres. "Steam" from Sub Swara's latest album, Triggers. This flits from ominous, exotic hand-drumming into a more traditional techno beat, then goes all dubstep on your ass. Dhruva and Sharma make this stuff with the help of real instruments -- they recorded the drums for this song in India -- so it's not surprising that their sound goes beyond what you expect to hear in "electronic" music.
"Sub Swara manages to transfer the eclectic sounds of their New York club night to tape, bleeding and blending dubstep, ragga, dub, global elements and straight up dance music in a flawless manner that's always fresh, never stale." -XLR8R
Brooklyn-based Sub Swara writes, produces and performs genre-bending bass music that parallels the diversity of their hometown. Consisting of Dhruva and Dave Sharma, Sub Swara's musical genome brings together a wide assortment of DNA - dub to hip-hop, dancehall to punk rock, and all the global sounds in between. With sets crafted for both dancefloor intensity and cerebral curiosity, Sub Swara combines electronic production, live instrumentation, and 3000% of recommended energy levels to create an ecstatic, human experience.
Originally started a club night, Sub Swara has always focused on melding bass music of all creeds and cultures. Over 3 years, the night became one of the most popular and respected club nights in NYC, hosting artists such as Mary Ann Hobbs, The Glitch Mob, Bassnectar, The Bug, and Poirier. Sub Swara released their 2008 debut album, Coup d'Yah, to widespread acclaim; critics and tastemakers from Pitchfork, to XLR8R, BBC Radio 1 and the FADER all lauded its seamless melding of varied rhythms, intricate global instrumentation and production both deep and dancefloor-centric. Sub Swara's remix of Balkan Beatbox's "Balkumbia" was featured in the Fader/Nike mixtape series for the 2010 World Cup, Pitch Perfect.
Sub Swara's second album, Triggers (Low Motion Records), continues the group's exploration of different spaces in bass music, and draws from a completely unique sound pallete that marries both live (much of the percussion is actually played by Sub Swara, in addition to other instruments by guest artists) and electronic elements.
With vocalists such as Dead Prez, Lyrics Born, Kendra Foster of Parliament Funkadelic and the up and coming hip hop act, Freddie Mills featured on Triggers, the collaborations are largely hip hop and soul-based, while the vocals in Coup d'Yah were largely dancehall. The instrumental collaborations feature the afrobeat horns of Antibalas, beatboxer Shamik, and a host of master session musicians from around the world.
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MP3: J*DaVeY - "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Nirvana Cover)
Dreamy, syrupy version of Nirvana classic still reeks of sex and rebellion
Satiating a musical void for their swarms of admirers, J*DaVeY hits us with a cover they strongly identify with, Nirvana's iconic "Smells Like Teen Spirit." "Nirvana, as well as this song, embodies a realism and 'fuck-it' mechanism that Jack and I attempt to create in everything we do" says producer, Brook D'Leau. The grunge era anthem is given a lusty makeover with Jack Davey lacing her alluring vocals over unrivaled pulsating beats provided by sound virtuoso Brook, who flips the guttural track and slows it down to produce something chic and beguiling.
When asked why exactly this cover was chosen, J*DaVeY expressed admiration towards the original, stating, "We're all insignificant in the grand scheme and feeling low becomes the high. Not sure if I've heard any other song that tongues the cheek of that concept so brilliantly" The song still reeks of sex and rebellion but in lieu of shredding guitars and raspy screams, Jack and Brook sweat out breathy lyrics and airy synths, offering up a dreamy, syrupy, ethereal version of one of the greatest rock songs of all time.
Leave your flannel and ripped jeans bedside, and succumb to the perceptible smoky haze and let the driving bass coerce you to the brink. As the haunting melodies fade along with Jack's grip, you'll be left feeling spent, yet relaxed.
After releasing The Beauty In Distortion and The Land Of The Lost double EP to high-acclaim, with features everywhere from the Fader to Allure to CSI: New York, and having performed with the likes of The Roots and Prince, J*DaVeY are prepared to build on their deafening buzz. Their forthcoming Warner Bros. release, New Designer Drug, will point toward a new direction for J*DaVeY, as the group dives into fresh sounds and retains the right of refusal to be boxed in, classified, or artistically stagnated.
Since 2002, undergound supervillain MF DOOM has released numerous volumes of Special Herbs, one of the longest-running instrumental series in hip-hop history. Now every track on Special Herbs is available in a 10-piece vinyl box set that will hit stores February 1st through Nature Sounds and Fat Beats. The limited edition collection compiles the entire 10-volume Special Herbs series, much of which has never before been available on wax, packaged in metallic silver jackets. In addition, the box features an exclusive DOOM poster, a download card for the entire series PLUS 10 additional DOOM beats, and a bonus 7" with two more instrumentals from the metalfaced producer. Unlike 2006's 3-CD Special Herbs mix, this collection contains all the beats in their full, original form.
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Matisyahu Live at Stubb's Vol. II Set for 2/1/2011 Release
Grammy-nominated artist Matisyahu, whose transcendent live shows are widely celebrated for moving masses around the globe, has once again captured the magic that he creates on stage with his new live album and DVD. Live at Stubb's Vol. II, set for release on February 1, 2011, is the second installment in his signature Live at Stubb's series.
Live at Stubb's Vol. II will be available for sale in stores and online in three formats: CD, DVD with documentary footage and a Deluxe Edition, available for pre-order today, December 1st, via www.matisyahuworld.com. Additionally, an exclusive trailer can be viewed now on the site offering a sneak peak at the incredible documentary and live footage from the DVD.
The Deluxe Edition will include the CD/DVD and a 40-page booklet filled with exclusive photos that chronicle the recording of Live atStubb's Vol. II and other amazing performances from the past three years. The Deluxe Edition will also feature an exclusive letter from Matisyahu that shares his reflections on his career and his return to Stubb's, as well as never-before-seen notes and song lyrics.
When Matisyahu's groundbreaking original live album, Live at Stubb's, was released in 2005, it launched him onto Top 40 radio with his now most-recognizable anthem "King Without A Crown." He had made an indelible mark on the musical consciousness of the U.S., but this proved to be only the beginning. Live at Stubb's reached #1 on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart and has sold nearly 700,000 copies to date. Matisyahu has gone on to sell a total of 2 million albums to date worldwide.
Now with three critically acclaimed studio albums to his name, Matisyahu decided to return to where it all began. On a hot August night in Austin, TX, this past summer, Matisyahu took the stage at the famed music venue Stubb's with his band, Brooklyn's The Dub Trio, for an unforgettable live music experience. Showcasing his impressive artistic evolution, Matisyahu unveiled brand new song "Open The Gates" and performed songs that span his lauded catalogue, including selections from 2004's Shake Off The Dust...Arise, 2005's Live at Stubb's, 2006's Youth and 2009's Light, which debuted inside the Billboard Top 20. Inviting the intimate crowd to join him in documenting the extraordinary energy in the room that evening, he and his audience created the musical time capsule that is now Live at Stubb's Vol. II.
These songs are infused with a vibrancy that can only be created during a Matisyahu performance, beautifully displaying the one-of-a -kind voice and distinctive sound that has brought him to the forefront of today's music landscape.With a re-discovered love for roots reggae and improvisation at the core of his live show, Matisyahu brilliantly re-vamped the vocal and instrumental arrangements, elevating each song to new heights. From album opener "Kodesh"to tracks such as"Mist Rising," "Youth", "Darkness Into Light" and "One Day", Live at Stubb's Vol. II is araw and inspiring musical journey that is sure to become a treasured part of Matisyahu's acclaimed catalogue.
With prolific lyrics, anthemic choruses and his signature fusion of reggae, pop-rock, hip-hop, ska-inflected new wave and acoustic folk, Matisyahu has broken boundaries through his music and has unified millions of fans with his music and message of peace, hope and understanding. Since recording Live at Stubb's on February 19, 2005, Matisyahuhas gone on to become one of the most beloved and pioneering artists in music today with Stubb's holding a special meaning for him and his fans.
Matisyahu kicked off his fifth annualFestival of Light this week in Brooklyn. The series of shows, historically 8 shows in NYC and Brooklyn around Hanukkah, will expand to additional northeast U.S. cities this year for the first time due to increasing demand from his fans. Matisyahuwill perform four nights in Brooklyn before heading toAlbany, Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Portland, ME.
Festival of Light Dates:
12/1/10Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights * with The Dub Trio
12/4/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg * DJ Rehka
12/5/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg * with Moon Taxi
12/6/10 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club * with Moon Taxi
12/7/10 Baltimore, MD @ Ram's Head Live * with Moon Taxi
12/8/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of The Living Arts * with Moon Taxi
12/9/10 Portland, ME @ State Theatre * with Moon Taxi
Fresh off the release of their latest, already heralded mixtape ("Malcolm and Martin were...Criminal Minded", a 2010 re-working of the seminal album released by BDP in 1987) which was released in November, the trio returns to wake-up sleeping Hip-Hop fans with their debut LP, DJ Revolution Presents Malcolm and Martin "Life Doesn't Frighten Me", which will be released on 2-1-2011 on SoulSpazm Records.
“It’s a progressive throwback. Its Hip-Hop music for the intelligent listener. Something you’ve never heard before, that feels like something you have loved your whole life” laments DJ Revolution on the group’s debut LP. Further validating Revolution’s claims, a who’s who of Hip-Hop luminaries have already voiced their overwhelming support for Malcolm & Martin; including DJ Premier, MTV’s Sway, Evidence, Statik Selektah, Masta Ace, Grammy-award winning Producer Dawuan Parker and Marco Polo who also produced the duo’s lead-single “Movement Music.”
No gimmicks included, Malcolm & Martin’s debut effort is a classic throwback that tackles real topics that are frequently glossed over in today’s urban music climate. Yet, perhaps, KB Imean sums up the group’s direction more eloquently, as he states “Life Doesn't Frighten Me is our journey through real topics that are seldom talked about and or discussed in this day and age of Hip-Hop. We provide vivid commentary over gritty production; which is certain to provoke thoughts and opinions."
Included is the first single, “Movement Music” (produced by Marco Polo) from DJ Revolution Presents Malcolm and Martin "Life Doesn't Frighten Me’: http://hulkshare.com/a78cyzisl706 .
Tracklisting and credits for Malcolm & Martin’s “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me”:
1.) "Welcome To The Movement” 2.) "Bamboozled” 3.) "Aint Seen Nuthin Yet” 4.) “School Of Hard Knox Interlude” 5.) "Lunchtyme Ciphers” f/Versatile 6.) "Movement Music” (produced by Marco Polo) 7.) “Sista Big Butt” f/Mike Anthony 8.) "One Man Band” (Interlude) 9.) "Do It Again (Rev’s Groove” 10.) "Win Or Lose” 11.) "Sell Like An Ace” (Interlude) 12.) "Hustle” 13.) “Blak Kofee” 14.) "Heritage” 15.) "Bear Witness II” f/Torae 16.) "Against The Wall” 17.) “Thank God”
***All Tracks produced by DJ Revolution unless otherwise noted
See what others are saying about Malcolm & Martin!
Sway MTV/The Wake Up Show "Its gritty and soulful music delivered by two lyrically skilled guys who can actually rap and feed you knowledge at the same time, without the insecurities and ignorant complexes. Its wise music for those in the hood. The original Malcolm and Martin would be proud"
DJ Premier DJ/Producer/Gang Starr "Original and respectful beats and rhymes for the culture of Hip-Hop...Its dope they named the group after two of our most fearless leaders."
Masta Ace Hip Hop Legend/Ambassador for dope music "These kids are FIRE! Hip Hop is alive and well. I'm co-signin' 'em."
Dawaun Parker- Grammy Award winning producer for Aftermath Music "Malcolm and Martin represents the sound of Hip-Hop you came up loving and listening to. Relevant today with the throwback vibe. DOPE!"
Evidence Producer/Artist/Dilated Peoples "This sh*t has Quality written all over it. Two of the Illest Cali Emcees who feed off each other with every line. Backed by The Sharpest Muthaf*#ka I know...DJ Revolution"
King Tech The Wake up Show-POWER106 fm Los Angeles/Worldwide "Pure rhyme spitters, and with DJ Revolution on the controls your getting ready for a classic Album!"
Statik Selektah Producer/DJ-Sirius XM/-Worldwide
"DJ Rev is bringin' this all together utilizing the classic tools of hip hop the way only a real DJ could.
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As a poet and performance artist, Ursula Rucker has enchanted critics and fans across the globe with her diverse repertoire, captivating vocals and accessible poetic verse. On January 11th, she returns with a new album, She Said, an organic live studio album further showcasing Ursula’s diverse and complex artistry across many styles.
Critics have compared Ursula to celebrated writers like Sonia Sanchez and Nikki Giovanni. Coincidentally, when Ntozake Shange was unable to provideThe Roots with a spoken word contribution for their debut album Do You Want More?!!?!! (Geffen, 1994), they called on her to fit the bill. “The Unlocking”, which closed the album, introduced Ursula to the world of progressive hip-hop and led to subsequent invitations to close The Roots follow-up albums Iladelph Halflife (Geffen, 1996) and Things Fall Apart(MCA, 1999).
In 2001, her !K7 debut Supa Sista featured production by 4Hero, King Brittand Jonah Sharp and introduced Ursula as a talented poet and solo artist with a strong lyrical voice. Backed again by an assembly of diverse, top shelf producers that included The Roots, Louie Vega and Jazzanova, her 2003 release, Silver or Lead further extended her exploration of self, race and femininity. With ma’at mama, Ursula once again showed a new level of maturity in her writing. Never one to mince words, she exposes various personal insights and truths with steel-cut precision. Her latest album wasRuckus Soundsysdom (Five Six) released in 2008 to more critical acclaim.
Ursula, a global activist, enlightens in the recording studio and at her powerful live shows. In 2005 she headlined the FREEDOM Festival in Australia, to raise awareness for Amnesty Internationals global Stop Violence Against Women campaign. She recently completed an epic poem for a collaboration with Pullitzer-prize winning photographer Clarence Williams. She has received funding from the Leeway Foundation and in 2010 was named a Creative Ambassador by the City of Philadelphia.
Her new and forthcoming album, She Said (out 1/11/11 on Noizeyboy Records) is the 5th solo album, and is executive produced by Anthony Tidd, of Noizetrip, for Noizeyboy Records. This is Ursula’s first recording to feature a live in the studio session and focuses on Ursula’s well honed skill and prowess as an improv performance vocalist.
Ursula Rucker believes that art and poetry are catalysts for change. Her mission and calling is to heal herself, the planet, and its people through her art. While she sees the world as her community, she pays particular attention to the world of women, indigenous/diasporic people, and sufferers of injustice. Her poetry tells the stories of struggle, love, womanhood, peace, anger, injustice, and spirituality. As an artist who has performed in many continents, countries, classrooms, and community centers, Ursula sees herself as an ambassador of culture, socio-political issues, truth, and love.