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Video: Skit Slam - "Get Up"

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Video: Skit Slam - "Get Up"

PR: Zion I Release "Many Stylez" Off "Atomic Clock"

From Ballin' PR:

Zion I Release "Many Stylez" Off "Atomic Clock"

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October 5, 2010--Just as Zion I are setting off on a massive tour with The Rebelution, and at the same time gearing up for the release of their seventh album, Atomic Clock they're giving away the album's first single, "Many Styles" (which features tour partners Rebelution).  "North Star," another track from the forthcoming album, is available today on iTunes.  Both tracks offer a look at the direction in which the group is headed. 

After delving into upbeat, electronic music on 2009's The Takeover, Oakland hip-hop stalwarts Zion I enter a new phase of their chameleonic career with Atomic Clock (November 9th, Gold Dust), a moody, emotional record inspired by the group's longtime admiration for reggae and dub.

While the group's roots are still firmly planted in hip-hop, Atomic Clocks cavernous, atmospheric vibe recalls both the classic roots reggae of Max Romeo and The Congos and forward-thinking dub mixing of UK artists such as Adrian Sherwood. "The Takeover was a very external record and we wanted to focus on fun, party music," says emcee Zumbi AKA Zion. "This one is much more reflective and internal. We didn't want to just recreate what we did last album. Art is not about living in the past."

For Atomic Clock, the duo employed live musicians to flesh out producer Amp Live's original beats and thicken the overall sound. For many of Atomic Clock's tracksAmp would create the skeleton of the beat himself for the initial direction before collaborating with the group's live musicians to complement the sound and, in certain cases, redo the track live. In stark contrast to The Takeover, which saw Amp and Zumbi e-mail verses and beats to each other to constantly tweak each song, the group and their collaborators engaged in days-long jam sessions, for the first time in their career, to best enunciate Amp's initial idea.

For Zumbi, the writing style on Atomic Clock was much more instinctive than on past albums, and the result is a litany of emotionally introspective, brutally honest songs that both relay the emcee's personal experience and delve into weighty topics including the transient nature of time.

This extends to the title. "The Atomic Clock is the most precise timing device on the planet and I thought that applied to the immaculate timing and rhythm it takes between musicians in one room to make good music," says Zumbi. "But also, I feel that time is speeding up on the planet and it seems like it's dilating and contracting really quickly. We're living in such an interesting time and I think time is on everyone's mind in one way or another. Everything is exponential now."

On Atomic Clock, the group employs their usual mix of sonic exploration and unbridled creativity. "4U," with its choir vocals, soulful keyboards, and rock guitars, could be a lost Sly and the Family Stone track, while the horn blasts and heavy, electric guitars of "Always" supplement Zumbi's optimistic hook of "Love conquers always/Gotta keep your head up." "Many Stylez," featuring reggae band Rebelution (the album also features guest spots by emcees Locksmith and Macklemore and vocalists Courtney Holiday and Crystal Monee Hall), deftly defers to the genre's roots, and the atmospheric beat of "North Star" complements the central idea of being open to guidance in one's life.

On "History," the group's most insightful and candid track, Zumbi recalls the duo's autobiography from prior to the group's formation until now. "We've been doing music a long time and sometimes you forget how long you’ve been at and how many places you've been," admits the emcee. "I think it's good to look back for a second before keeping it moving." Keeping it moving is something Zumbi and Amp Live have never had problems doing andAtomic Clock stands as another engaging expression of the group's mind, heart and soul.

Atomic Clock drops Nov 9, 2010~

Zion I On Tour

9/24: Santa Barbara, CA – West Beach Festival 2010

9/25: Page, AZ – Powellapolooza

10/5: Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum Theatere

10/6: Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater

10/7: Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Brewing Company

10/8: Seaside, CA – CSU Monterey Bay

10/9: San Francisco, CA – Summersalt Music Festival

10/12: Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre

10/13: Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s

10/14: Athens, GA – Last Call

10/15: Tallahassee, FL – Floyd’s Music Store

10/19: St. Louis, MO – Gargoyle

10/20: Columbia, MO – Blue Note

10/21: Carbondale, IL – Copper Dragon

10/22: Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre

10/23: Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room

10/24: Chicago, IL – Subterranean

10/25: Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s Theater

10/27: State College, PA – State Theatre for the Arts

10/28: Syracuse, NY – Wescott Theatre

10/29: Providene, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel

10/30: Towson, MD – Recher Theater

10/31: Norfolk, VA – Norva

11/1: Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl

11/2: New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place

11/4: Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater

11/5: Richmond, VA – The National

11/6: Ashville, NC – The Orange Peel

11/7: Boone, NC – Legends

11/12: Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst

11/16: Chico, CA – Chico State University's BMU Ballroom


Video: Vado - "Weekday"

From Chris at E1 Music:

Video: Vado - "Weekday"

PR - Ninja Tune XX : 20 Years of Beats and Pieces

From Terrorbird Media:

Ninja Tune XX : 20 Years of Beats and Pieces

20 Years of Beats and Pieces out today in the US, the pioneering label invades America this October throwing three massive parties in LA, SF, and NYC
Ninja Tune takes over today and unleashes a bunch of new media to celebrate

Out now on CD and included in the Ninja Tune XX box set, the compilation celebrating twenty years looks towards the future showcasing their newest crop of talent as well as todays cutting edge producers paying homage to the label's roots. With too many names to mention and do it all justice (at nearly 100 songs, the box set certainly more), the tracklisting is something that needs to be seen to be believed (see it below). A special occasion, the label has taken over today featuring an interview with founders Coldcut, a compilation of the best Ninja Tune videos, a new mix from Eskmo, and a chance to win the amazing box set.

Toddla T "Want U Now" feat. Miss Dynamite
(via The FADER) .

Eskmo 12 Minute Mini-Mix
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Dark Sky "Leave"
(via Pitchfork Media) .

preview more tracks including contributions from Zomby, The Bug, Diplo, Daedelus, and more now HERE at AOL Spinner: .

"Ninja Tune XX feels like both a late (if fond) farewell to the opulent multi-disc box sets of the 20th century and an announcement that Ninja Tune's A&R instincts remain strong enough to survive the craziness of the 21st."
-Pitchfork Media

Ninja Tune has very obviously crafted a love letter to those who have allowed the label to stay in business for 20 solid years, with no sign of slowing down. True to form, they would rather facilitate creation than rehash the past, the result being that Ninja Tune XX is a surprisingly contemporary take on retrospective"
-Pop Matters

Two Fingers 'Fools Rhythm' * Roots Manuva 'It's On' * Toddla T 'Want U Now' (feat. Ms Dynamite) * Dorian Concept 'Her Tears Taste Like Pears' * Zomby 'The Forest' * Offshore 'Jen At The Station' * Emika 'Double Edge' Toddla T 'Sky Surfing' (Benga Remix) *Big Dada Sound 'Signs' *Coldcut & Hexstatic 'Timber' (Seiji Remix) * Andreya Triana 'Lost Where I Belong' (Flying Lotus Remix) The Bug 'Catch A Fire' *The Bug 'Tune In (Version)' * Eskmo 'Cloudlight' *Daedelus 'LA Nocturne'

Roots Manuva 'Dub Styles' (Micachu's M.A.T.H.E.S. Remix) * Diplo 'Summer's Gonna Hurt You' (Diplo 2010 Remix) * The Heavy 'How You Like Me Now?' (Joker Remix)Stateless 'Ariel' (Rustie Resmak) * Diplo 'Newsflash' (Metronomy Remix) * PRDCTV 'Metropolis' (Dan Le Sac Remix) * Dark Sky 'Leave' *The Long Lost 'Woebegone' (Flying Lotus' Like Woe Remix) Spank Rock 'What It Look Like' (Todd Edwards Remix) * Shuttle 'Lion' * Poirier 'Get Crazy' (Mark Pritchard Dub) * Jammer 'One Over Me' * Fink 'This Is The Thing' (EL-B Digital Edit) * Amon Tobin 'Lost & Found' *

Lou Rhodes 'One Good Thing' (The Cinematic Orchestra's New York Quartet Version) *Bonobo & Speech Debelle 'Sun Will Rise' * Grasscut 'Blink In The Night' * Bonobo & Andreya Triana 'Wonder When'Quincy & Xen Cuts Allstars 'I Hear The Drummer' (Tunng Edit) * Yppah 'Never Mess With Sunday' * Jaga Jazzist 'Endless Galaxy' * Cougar '$64k Rainbow' * Amon Tobin 'Eight Sum' * DJ Vadim 'The Terrorist' (Gaslamp Computer Killer Remix) * Roots Manuva 'Witness' (1 Hope) (Slugabed Remix) * Andreya Triana 'A Town Called Obsolete' (Mala Remix) * Coldcut 'Man In A Garage' (King Jammy Vocal) * Lorn 'Soft Room' * Loka 'The Beauty In Darkness' * Paris Suit Yourself 'I'll Let You Know' * Jono McCleery 'Tomorrow' (Edit) Floating Points Ensemble 'Post Suite' *

Eskamon 'Fine Objects'The Bug 'Skeng' (Autechre Remix) * Emika 'Drop The Other (Daedelus Fragments Into A Thousand Little Pieces) * Amon Tobin 'Bloodstone' (King Cannibal Remix) * Amon Tobin 'Foley Versions' (Kronos Quartet Interpretation) * Anti-Pop Consortium 'Volcano' (Four Tet Remix) DELS 'Eating Clouds' * Mr Scruff & Kirsty Almeida 'Pickled Spider' Jaga Jazzist 'Toccata' (Grasscut Remix) * The Death Set 'Impossible' (Shuttle Remix) Daedelus 'Trouble With A Capital D' * Roots Manuva 'Let The Spirit' (Hot Chip Remix) Mr Scruff 'Believe' * Bonobo 'Eyesdown' feat. Andreya Triana (Floating Points Remix) Shuttle 'Tunnel'

CD5 (all music only available in the box set, except track 1 also on forthcoming 12")
Floating Points Ensemble (Almost In Profile) * The Cinematic Orchestra 'Familiar Ground' (Solid Steel version) *Bonobo 'Stay The Same' Welder remix *Bonobo 'Eyesdown' (feat. DELS) *Coldcut 'Sound Mirrors' (Grasscut Dub) *Jaga Jazzist 'Synchronise Your Watches' *Kyle Hall 'Golden Moments' *Roots Manuva 'The Falling' (Doomed remix) * The Herbaliser 'Something Wicked' (Roots Manuva's Haunted House Dub) *Roots Manuva 'Shake Your Money Maker' *Fink 'See It All' (Scuba Remix) *DJ Food 'African Rhythms' (Tom Middleton Remix) *Coldcut 'This Island Earth' (Joe Goddard Remix)The Qemists 'Don't Lose It' *

CD6 (all music only available in the box set)
Roots Manuva 'Witness' (1 Hope) (Modeselektor's Troublemaker Rmx) * Coldcut 'True Skool' (Zomby Remix) *The Bug 'Poison Dart' (Prefuse 73 Broke Moog Version) *DJ Food 'Dark Lady' (Alix Perez Remix) * Blockhead 'The Music Scene' (EL-P Remix) *DJ Food '20/20 Rhythm' * Clifford Gilberto 'Deliver The Weird' (Dorian Concept Remix) *Shuttle 'Rotten Guts' (Gold Panda Remix) *DJ Food 'Dark Lady' (808 State Remix) *Coldcut & Hexstatic 'Timber' (Super Sargasso Orb Mix) *King Cannibal 'The Grind & Crawl' *Wiley 'My Mistakes' (JME Remix) *DJ Vadim 'Yea Man They Listening' *Roots Manuva 'Join The Dots' (Cut Chemist Remix) *Blockhead 'Ugly Brown' *Cedell Davis 'Been Through Some Stuff' (cLOUDDEAD Remix) *Kid Koala '3 Bit Blues' *The Heavy 'What's So Good Bout Goodbye' *

The Ninja XX Box Set has even more music in addition to two addtional CDs including six 7-inches and two 12-inches with contributions from Two Fingers, Mr. Scruff, Wagon Christ, Coldcut, Roots Manuva, DJ Food. The Box Set also includes a 192-page book written by esteemed music journalist Stevie Chick and includes exclusive interviews with key artists and label staff. Its 192 pages are also lavishly illustrated with original photographs, illustrations and flyers plundered from the depths of Ninja Tune and their artists' archives.


Ninja Tune will also be invading the US for a special series of shows taking place in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco with appearance from marquee artists such as Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, DJ Food, Cut Chemist, as well as acts from Ninja's new guard like ESKMO and Toddla T & Serocee. Starting October 28th, they will begin three full back-to-back events in the cities mentioned, the event in San Francisco is FREE to the public (sponsored by Converse) Folks can RSVP for it HERE.

28th October - New York - Santo's Party House
Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, DJ Food & DK, Poirier, Toddla T & Serocee, DJ Kentaro, Eskmo, more TBD
96 Lafayette St//New York, NY 10013

29th October - San Francisco - 1015 Folsom
(FREE!  Sponsored by Converse!)
Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, DJ Food & DK, Toddla T & Serocee, DJ Kentaro, Eskmo, Ghostbeard, An-Ten-Nae, and Motion Potion, more TBD
103 Harriet St//San Francisco, CA 94103

30th October - Los Angeles - Echo/Echoplex
Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, Cut Chemist, DJ Food & DK, Toddla T & Serocee, DJ Kentaro, Eskmo, Ghostbeard, more TBD
1822 W. Sunset Blvd//Los Angeles, CA 90026

MP3 & Video: Stylah ft. Memphis Bleek - "Them Boys"

From 7Thirty Online:

MP3 & Video: Stylah ft. Memphis Bleek - "Them Boys"

Yesterday marked the digital release date of rising British rap star Stylah's debut album, Treading Water.

The album, already being heralded as a classic by critics, brings forth quality and substance - both in its production and lyrical content, keeping the flame of Hip Hop in the UK burning brightly.

The next street single from the LP is Them Boys featuring US stalwart Memphis Bleek and newcomer Young Safi and produced by  Australian hit maker Styalz Fuego. A real street anthem for 2010!  Look out for the video coming soon as well as a star studded remix featuring Grafh, Sway, Joell Ortiz, Akala and Immortal Technique!

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Video: Johnny Spanish - "Up in the Clouds"

From Chris at E1 Music:

Video: Johnny Spanish - "Up in the Clouds"

PR: Dee-1 Set to Drop "I Hope They Hear Me: Vol. 2"

From Nancy B:

Dee-1 Set to Drop "I Hope They Hear Me: Vol. 2"

New Orleans, LA - Has the recession ended the 'bling rap' era? Does it signal a return to songs with more substance? Up-and-comer Dee-1  is counting on it. Not to say that he wishes to be placed in the commercially overlooked 'backpacker' rap pack; he'd rather carve his own lane, but Dee-1 didn't take his decision to leave his full-time position as a middle school teacher, to become a full-time music artist, lightly.

David Augustine aka Dee-1 always had a passion for music. After graduating from Louisiana State with a Bachelors in marketing, he began teaching middle school as a way of funding that passion. The strong bond he built with his students, even as his notoriety as a local artist began to grow, made him realize that being Dee-1 gave him a much larger platform to enlighten than being Mr. Augustine and so, his career choice was made.

Since then there has been his highly successful mixtapes, Still We Rise, I Am Who I Am and I Hope They Hear Me, an independent album, David & Goliath (nominated for for Hip Hop Album of the Year by Offbeat magazine) and live performances alongside the likes of Lil Wayne, Drake, Lupe Fiasco, Trey Songz, Akon, Talib Kweli and more, where his star power was evident. Dee-1 was also the first rap act to win the annual Louisiana State University "Battle of the Bands."

Next up for this unapologetic musical educator is his new mixtape, I Hope They Hear Me: Vol. #2, set to drop as a free download later this year. The first single/video for the tape is "Jay, 50 and Weezy", a lyrical challenge from Dee-1 to those he looks up to in the game.

VIDEO: - "Jay, 50 & Weezy" .


Here also are a couple of recent features on Dee-1: -

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The educator in Dee-1 is undeniable. He still frequently mentors youth and is a regular on the lecture circuit. Whether on the stage or in a classroom he has captured not only the ears, but the hearts of young people with his authenticity.

The movement is rolling. Feel free to jump on board.

PR: Brokencyde Debut New Song 'Teach Me How To Scream' Online

From Kerosene Media:

Brokencyde Debut New Song 'Teach Me How To Scream' Online

Crunkcore innovators Brokencyde have debuted the song “Teach Me How To Scream” online at The track is taken from the group’s sophomore album, "Brokencyde - Will Never Die”, which hits stores on November 9th, 2010 through BreakSilence Recordings.
"We are super stoked for everyone to hear 'Teach Me How To Scream', as its classic Brokencyde with a bit of new flava," commented Mikl from Brokencyde. "The song has a jerk style beat and then we put our own twist on it! We figured this would be the perfect track to release, as it kind of bridges the gap between the last record and our new album.”
Brokencyde will kick off their Ka$h 4 Ku$h Tour alongside The Millionaires, Kill Paradise, and The Hit beginning November 2nd in Lancaster, CA.
Nov 02 - Lancaster, CA - Cedar Centre
Nov 03 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
Nov 04 - Modesto, CA - Modesto Virtual
Nov 06 - Salt Lake City, UT - Avalon Theater
Nov 07 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
Nov 09 - Burnsville, MN - The Garage
Nov 10 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Nov 11 - West Dundee, IL - Clearwater Theater
Nov 12 - Pontiac, MI - Eagle Theater
Nov 13 - Indianapolis, IN - Emerson Theatre
Nov 15 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Nov 16 - Pittsburgh, PA - Diesel
Nov 17 - Buffalo, NY - Xtreme Wheelz
Nov 18 - Lancaster, PA - The Chameleon
Nov 19 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Nov 20 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Loft
Nov 21 - Hackensack, NJ - School of Rock
Nov 22 - Farmingdale, NY - Crazy Donkey
Nov 23 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
Nov 27 - Metairie, LA - The High Ground
Nov 28 - San Antonio, TX - The White Rabbit
Nov 30 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
Dec 01 - Mesa, AZ - The Nile
Dec 02 - San Diego, CA - Soma Sidestage
Dec 03 - Mesa, AZ - The Nile
Dec 05 - Anaheim, CA - The Chain Reaction

PR & Video: Billy Drease - "Marathon Man"

From DTR45:

Billy Drease - "Marathon Man"

Good morning, good afternoon or good evening, depending on when you’re reading this. It's been a while since we last hit you up and I hope, like me, your still chasin' AMY.

Nearly one year ago to date, I was on a magical, vibrant and expansive equestrian farm shooting the video for "Shut the Gate," the leading single off Good Morning Amy. In May, Director Dominic Luongo and I collaborated on the simple, sleek and special-effects driven "Just Doin' It" video, which is climbing to 500k views on YouTube. Over the last few weeks we've been workin' hard to bring you what we've dubbed a Long Form Video for the album's third single, "Run."

The visual treatment for "Run" is unlike any we've done thus far. Characters, sub-plots and time sequences develop organically in this video, which features many new talents, faces and locations both in and outside of Buffalo. It explores the deeper, darker side of Billy Drease as he goes through a physical transformation, experiencing love, pain, loss, recovery and renewal.

"Run," produced by long-time friend and collaborator Trevor "TrevThorne" Drayton, is available on iTunes today. Check out a sneak peak of the video now and look for the extended feature to drop soon. .

Billy Drease Williams' Good Morning Amy, featuring the YouTube smash hit "Just Doin' It", is now available. Pick up the CD from Amazon or download the MP3s from iTunes today!

Keep Runnin',
Billy Drease Williams, DTR45

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MP3: Virtuoso - "Propaganda" (prod. by Blue Sky Black Death)

From Big Bang Records:

MP3: Virtuoso - "Propaganda" (prod. by Blue Sky Black Death)

Produced by acclaimed indie hip-hop phenomenons Blue Sky Black Death, Propaganda is an exemplary example of Virtuosos fierce lyrical abilities and extensive political knowledge. Propaganda will appear on Virtuoso's forthcoming LP "The Final Conflict" on Big Bang Records.

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