PR: Us3 Set to Release 8th Album "Lie, Cheat & Steal"
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UK Hip-Hop-Jazz Crew Set to Release "Lie, Cheat & Steal" - October 3rd, 2011
The eighth album from producer Geoff Wilkinson's hip-hop-jazz crew Us3 sees the introduction of two new MCs from different backgrounds and different nationalities. From Puerto Rico via New York comes Oveous Maximus, and from London, England comes Akala.
The familiar Us3 sound features collaborators past & present, including fiery horn players Ed Jones (sax) and Bryan Corbett (trumpet). A variety of keyboard players take the chair including John Crawford, Mike Gorman, Barry Green, Tim Vine, Neil Angilley, and John Turville. Double Bass is handled by Chris Dodd, and DJ First Rate shows off his turntable trickery again.
Geoff explains the title, and theme, of the album; "I've become increasingly disillusioned by the people we, as children, are traditionally brought up to look up to. Politicians, police, business leaders, sportsmen, religious leaders, etc all seem to be up to their eyeballs in corrupt practices. The gap between the haves and the have-nots is widening at an increasing pace. Is this what a democracy should look like, where it's ok to lie, cheat & steal your way to the top?"
Akala & Oveous articulate this in the hard-nosed title track, culminating in an epic crescendo of horns. Both rappers acknowledge the spoken word roots of rap respectively; Oveous on the blues-drenched Wild West, and Akala on the staccato stop/start rhythms of The Ring.
The melancholic guitar drenched groove of Ghost sees Oveous telling a story of abuse and revenge, while the breakbeat led Puppets has Akala telling a modern day parable relevant to us all. The Us3 sound is expanded to include flamenco influences on Uptown, and the Fela Kuti – like afrobeat of (You Are) So Corrupt. Lie, Cheat & Steal was recorded in London before, during, and after the recent riots, & Akala sums up the atmosphere on Pressure Bursts Pipes over an amalgam of piano, electronica, horns & angular beats.
The 8-piece Us3 live band will be performing a 19-date European club tour in October 2011.
Oveous Maximus grew up in the Bronx & Washington Heights in New York. An honorary member of the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Oveous has a unique style of rap & spoken word. He was a National Poetry Slam finalist 3 years in a row, a multiple winner at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem & has performed on the TV series HBO Def Poetry. He has recorded with Louie Vega and Osunlade., and is about to release his 3rd self-produced studio album this year.
London-based Akala is a MOBO award-winning artist, label owner & social entrepreneur. Inspired by the likes of Saul Williams & Gil Scott-Heron, Akala has released 3 solo albums and performed as far as Vietnam, Brazil, Africa, New Zealand & Australia. In 2009 he launched the "Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company", already an acclaimed music theatre production enterprise. Recently he presented a TV show about UK MC culture called "Life Of Rhyme" on Channel 4.
Off of City Slickers upcoming 'Still Smokin Cigarettes & Tellin' Lies' available digitally on 10/25. Footage from the video was shot at this year's '5th Annual Boston Hip Hop Unity Fest' hosted by Ed OG, and headlined by DJ Premier. This marks City Slickers' fifth year in a row on the bill.
Producer/emcee duo T.iM.E (Theimagination and E Reece) present "Breakthrough", the official first single from The T.iM.E Is Now, their forthcoming album set for an October 11 release date on Elevated Mental Recordings/Culture Digital Music. "Breakthrough" features vocals from songstress Joy Jones.
UK based music star Saskilla unveils the stunning music video "Yonder", his brand new hit single, released via GSpace15. The video was directed by Will Tribble & George Burt and shot in the London underground. The uplifting and rock-influenced song was produced by David Anthony and inspired by a real life story.
"The concept of 'Yonder' is meant to be a person's perspective of the world around them and how the pain and suffer changes and disappears only when you change first," explains Saskilla, who penned the song after a close friend committed suicide.
Saskilla is hailed as the next breakthrough superstar in the UK, following the path of Tinie Tempah, and Dizzee Rascal. The extravangarde emcee first emerged on the music scene in 2004, developing as an artist on the same renowned underground circuit that has already bred musical successes of Tinie, Dizzee, and Chipmunk.
It was during these years that Saskilla teamed up with Richie Montana to form the fashion savvy urban collective Nu Brand Flexxx, which most significantly nurtured the career of UK superstar Tinie Tempah. Saskilla is personally credited in his Multi-Platinum selling debut album "Disc-Overy".
In 2007, as the front man of Nu Brand, Saskilla saw the group’s first single, "Gash By The Hour", to a No.1 chart position for 17 consecutive weeks on leading urban music television channel AKA.
This achievement placed Saskilla and Nu Brand firmly on the map, securing performances in some of the biggest clubs across Europe and supporting former Def Jam artist and Celebrity Big Brother contestant Lady Sovereign at a line up of gigs.
Dizzee Rascal called upon Saskilla in making a cameo appearance in the video to his biggest selling single "Dance Wiv Me" in 2008, which topped the chart for 4 weeks at No.1.
Besides his musical pathway, Saskilla has made a varying scope of television appearances. He appeared and performed on BBC News night in connection with the 2010 UK General Election and in 2007 he starred in Channel 4's first of a kind interacted drama series "Dubplate Drama".
Saskilla has modelled for a number of major brands Adidas, Nike and Bathing Ape who were keen to position their urban clothing against his cool and charismatic character.
In 2010, Saskilla wrote and recorded the hook and leading verse for "Runway", a single that would elevate Nu Brand above the monotony of the competition and massively increase awareness of the collective. With over 810k views on YouTube and regular support across radio and television, Saskilla proved he single-handedly has what it takes to hit the mainstream.
Now, Saskilla is set to hit the UK market as a mainstream act. His debut solo single "Yonder" is already receiving blockbuster praise and the music video is pure fire!
DTMD (Dunc & Toine) Makin' Dollas is officially available everywhere today digitally and on CD. To give supporters a sonic sample of what the 20-something year old duo is all about, we're offering a free download of the song 95 Live (featuring Quartermaine).
About the Song:
95 Live begins with scratches, a clap your hands call, and steady drums that open up to include jazz horns, and a swirling warmth that envelopes the lyrical content like a good shot of something heavy. Then Quartermaine picks up the mic to offer the opening verse some greatness: "Through the District / Daily do I troop / I get pounds from mystics / Who sit bearded on their stoop / And lose their roof when they hear an open loop." DTMD emcee Toine offers his casual brand of braggadocio on the next verse: "I'm taking it all, that's no fable / Spit caine and the flow abel / Deep enough to go naval on your whole stable / Verbally fatal". The result is one beautiful song.
Enjoy the song 95 Live & then be sure to cop the album Makin' Dollas!
New Jersey emcee P.Genz started making songs with Vancouver producer REL!G!ON after they met through Twitter. Their first song resulted in radio plays and they knew right away this collaboration wouldn't be their last. The new single is called "High Off Music" and features Vancouver singer Christian Tessier on the hook.
MP3: League 510 - "Soul Of A Synth" (Flying Lotus Redux)
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Bay Area Crew Make A Welcome Return, Flip Flying Lotus For First Track Since EP Release
The last time we checked in with League510, they were releasing their debut retail EP, Believe In The League. It's been a minute since then, but the League hasn't lost a step - or their signature feel-good swag . On the contrary, the Bay Area foursome, comprised of Monty, TK, Mr. Knowitall, and DJ Blacksmith, are poised for a triumphant return, complete with a newly developing sound, and are celebrating that return by flipping Flying Lotus' "Computer Face/Pure Being."
After stumbling across the track as background music for a Cartoon Network commercial, the League realized the beat was simply "begging to be rapped over," and the rest, says League510, was history. The end result was the flipped track, which the crew dubbed "Soul of a Synth," a title, according to League510, inspired by "the super swinging, heavy, and soulful drum cadence and the layered 8-bit, video game-style synths." League510 impressively rides the off-kilter production, in what comes off sounding like a completely natural collision of the League's bouncy flows and Flying Lotus' less-than-orthodox production. "We made the track to display our style, the positive attitude and strong lyrical ability," explains the League. "We're back - and better than ever."