Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I want to wish everybody a happy new year, thanks for checking out my blog, please leave comments and suggestions. I will be posting a new hip hop mix very soon (I hope). Thegoodvibez is now on iTunes because I also have a podcast and since last week you can do a search for thegoodvibez in the iTunes music store and you will get all the old episodes, actualy #007 to #015 are there.
Peace & I'm out !
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
We Here from Illa J (J Dilla's younger brother) is just an amazing track, I love that jazzy beat, reminds me of this Tribe Called Quest track called "Midnight". I got into Illa J late in 2008 and the album is simply sublime. It seems that these tracks we're left overs from J Dilla and Illa J reworked them threw some melodic lyricism and there you have it. Yancey Boys is in my best albums of 2008 (that I will eventually post). I hope to see more releases from Illa because so far, so dammmn good !
You can download it right HERE, just keep in mind this is for promo use only ans support positive hip hop.
Peace & I'm out !
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Another mix for all ya’ll. I was missing for a while busy with school and work but now I’m back with a brand new post. I’ve had this mix ready for a few weeks if not months and it’s definitely going to raise the roof for the holidays and I’m just happy to share it with you.
It was very difficult for me to choose my top 3 but here it goes: Nights Over Egypt by Zo!, this track is actually a remake the original is some 70’s funk vibe and it’s off the hook, Zo! Is really coming up and his album ...Just Visiting Too should be amazing. Puttin' In Work by Damu The Fudgemunk is a nice instrumental hip hop track reminding me of Pete Rock and the trifecta ends with All I Want Is You by Michael Franti & Spearhead, this cat’s been around for a while always putting out strong releases and his last album All Rebel Rockers (which is a Reggae album) is no different political, social and always on point this guy should run for office when Obama finishes both of his terms.
thegoodvibez#016 track listing:
1-Take Off the Blues (feat. Darien Brockington) / The Foreign Exchange
2-Nights Over Egypt / Zo!
3-Take On Me / Zo! & Tigallo
4-Move / Cansei de Ser Sexy
5-Good Time / Brazilian Girls
6-Raise Me Up / Hercules & Love Affair
7-Piles and Piles of Demo Tapes Bi-Da Miles / De La Soul
8-Easy My Mind / Jazz Liberatorz feat. Tre Hardson, Fat Lip & Omni
9-Puttin' In Work / Damu The Fudgemunk
10- Getting My Grown Man on (Featuring Little Brother) / Talib Kweli
11- Brag Swag / Elzhi
12-Facade (Black Congress Remix feat. Maine and Jay Burna) / Defamed
13-Round Trip / Diytokion
14-All I Want Is You / Michael Franti & Spearhead
15-Your Voice (Bonus Track) / Santogold
Peace & I’m Out
Common / Universal Mind Control
Common’s been keeping busy in the last 3 years, 3 albums (BE, Finding Forever and the latest Universal Mind Control), some Hollywood appearances (American Gangster, Smoking Aces amongst others). The first time I heard common was of course I Used to Love Her and he stayed one of my favorite artists and maintains that status even today. One thing that I respect with Common is that he’s not afraid to experiment, try new sounds and textures and throughout the years he was able to reinvent himself without losing his essence.
Universal Mind Control. 10 Solid tracks some better then others, with featurings such as Kanye (Issy fit) West, Pharell from the Neptunes, Cee-Lo Green and Muhsinah (which I discovered through the new Foreign Exchange album). Most of the production is handled by the Neptunes and Mr. DJ and most of it is tight. The only song I’m not feelin’ is Sex 4 Suga.
This album feels like a continuity of BE and the lyrics are more accessible then any previous Common albums however still very interesting. Yeah we got the singles the hits but my jam is definitely What a World featuring Chester French, a synth heavy retro groove with magnificent singing and polished production.
Since I was unable to get a good link that actually works, youcan get it at amazon
As soon I can, I will post a link for the download that will be for promotional use only and we must encourage good hip hop artists that are putting positive music out there.
4 / 5
Peace & I’m Out
I haven't posted in a while and between work and school I just didn't take the time. I was very surprised to see that a few people sent me comments and messages about my posting well rest assured by the end of the week you will have a brand new mix and the week after by popular demand another hip hop blend.
Peace & I'm out
Peace & I'm out
Monday, October 27, 2008
The Apple Juice kid Presents: Miles Remixed
Is it Christmas yet? Because I already got my gift, The Apple Juice kid Presents: Miles Remixed. It’s a free download on the Illroots web site (you should definitely check it out, there’s some really enjoyable free downloads). This album came out October 20th but I really wanted to listen to it first so that I could write about it.
So Apple Juice Kid is foremost a drummer from Chapel Hill NC however he’s shining as a producer and versatility is the best way to describe him from crunk, R&B, reggae (dancehall) and he even drops some downtempo, electronic Jazz in there, he’s one of those producers we should pay attention to.
Now Miles Remixed, the title says it all and I think it’s a great way for people that don’t know Miles Davis or who aren’t too familiar with jazz to start. The album is smooth but complex at the same time. It might take you a few listens before you understand it. Sometimes melodic, sometimes disordered but always interesting. There’s some scratching in there, some live instruments some very interesting featuring: DJ Merlin, Matt Brandau (bass), Mark Wells (keys) Daniel Hart (strings) and guest vocals from Yahzarah and Raheem DeVaughn on the final track that just blew me away. It's hard to describe the album I can surely say that it's a melange of hip hop, jazz, R&B, soul and electronica.
This is an extraordinary project and Apple Juice Kid has a lot of courage to embark on such a beautiful project. This is great music and I think that there’s a little something for everybody from the young cats to the old.
Get It free: DOWNLOAD
4.5 out of 5 (one of the best music I’ve heard in 2008).
Peace & I’m out!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
The Foreign Exchange / Leave It All Behind.
In 2004 The Foreign Exchange (Dutch producer Nicolay and Phonte from Little Brother) dropped the classic Connected and 4 years later the sophomore title Leave It All Behind is finally out, actually October 8th was the digital release and the physical will be available in North America on October 14th.
Now my first listen to Leave It All Behind came to me as a surprise for I was anticipating a follow up to Connected, which was, more hip hop oriented however the later is R&B friendly. If you want a follow up to connected I suggest you pick up Nicolay & Kay’s Timeline. After getting over the genre change, I really started to get into Leave It All Behind and now it's on constant rotation on my iPod, computer, I even carry a burned cd for non digital medium. The Production is layered, polished, the musical is a soulful mélange of jazz, electronica and R&B you’ll find a few rhymed verses but most of the album we get to hear Percy Miracles (Phonte pseudo name he took for this project) flow on this album with his crooner like vocals. Interesting appearances from Darien Brockington, Yazarah, Musinah, Zo! and Marc Mac of 4Hero.
Some people might not like that new direction however I think it’s a good way to expand to new horizons and regardless the album is tight. If you enjoyed that new vibe then check out Zo! & Tigallo love the 80’s another Phonte side project.
I was able to get it from my man Blak hopefully the link still works.
Leave It All Behind Behind is not as strong as Connected but still a very strong release. I give this album a 3,8 out of 5.
Peace & I’m out.
Monday, October 6, 2008
The Foreign Exchange/Daykeeper feat. Muhsinah
Music has the magical ability to take us to other places, through music we feel, may that be from the extreme happiness to the gloomiest melancholy and that brings me to The Foreign Exchange/Daykeeper feat. Muhsinah.
It’s a free song from the much-anticipated album called Leave It All Behind and that song will most definitely be part of my future mixes. It’s a smooth R&B track featuring a new comer called Muhsinah and damn she has a sweet voice. Phonte sings on this track as well and it’s nice to see some versatility because not only he can spit a mean 16 bars but he can smooth it out some.
DOWNLOAD and most of all enjoy.
Peace & I'm out !
Monday, September 22, 2008
One day I just got a message on my blog's message box from this dude J. Jonah Jameson Lives (I love the spider-man reference) great blog, Jazz liberatorz are severly underated.. Lateef Dameer - Speak Like A Child - link.
I was like cool, I'll check it out a few days pass and I'm looking for a quick musical fix so I clicked the link, downloaded the album for free and I've been enjoying the vibe ever since. Lateef Dameer/Speak Like A Child is hip hop, jazz, funk, soul mixed into one nice cocktail. Think Q-Tip, De La Soul, The Liquid Crystal Project and that will give you an idea, don't sleep on this one ya'll gonna dig it.
Lateef: "I don't want to do anything else but make beats. When i'm in school listening to the words of my professors all I hear is different percussion accented within their speech. Its just getting to the point where I have to carry my 202 + Laptop with me everywhere. Get it, make it, and live it."
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Here’s a compilation of electronica, minimalist techno, downtempo electronic music and trip hop. I love to listen to this mix on a Friday night after work it’s so soothing hopefully you will enjoy. My favorite tracks are Don´t Let Stars Keep Us Tangled Up (Ewan’s Objects In Space Remix) by Cortney Tidwell, Silent by The Field last but not least Delorian by Atomica, I was unable to find some info on Atomica but I got the album from secret music box one of my favorite blogs however the last post dates from 1 year ago but you should still check it out.
thegoodvibez#015 track listing
01-Asha/Pantha du Prince
02-Don´t Let Stars Keep Us Tangled Up (Ewan‚s Objects In Space Remix)/Cortney Tidwell
03-Eurasia (Guis Mix)/Marc Romboy vs Gui Boratto
06-Spike S Lament/Baby Mammoth
07-Poppy Seed (Boards Of Canada Remix) (with Speedy J as Slag Boom Van Loon)/µ-Ziq
09-Mend (To Fix, To Repair)/Elsiane
Peace & I'm out
You need STUFFIT EXPANDER to unzip the downloaded files.
Friday, September 12, 2008
The Jazz … Liberatorz! who are they ? They are DJ Damage, Dusty and Madhi. They are from Meaux France. The group was formed in 1999 and Clin D’Oeil is on the French label called Kif Records.
As I was absorbing the vibes for the first time, the feeling reminded me of The Brand New Heavie’s Heavy Rhyme Experience vol. 1 (whatever happenned to vol.2) and Guru's early Jazzmatazz albums. Throughout the album, you can hear the sound of old jazz fusion records from the 70's mixed with samples and live instruments on which Jazz Liberatorz have invited la creme de la creme of the underground hiphop to spit on these velvet instrumental tracks, guest emcees like Fatlip, Asheru, Buckshot, Jay Live to name a few.
Bottom line is think this was devine intervention, it’s that good.
Peace & I'm out !
4.8 / 5
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I've been playing so much X-BOX Madden 09 (my good friend the dirty-1 hooked me up real nice for my B-Day) that I started slippin' and getting lazy about my blog and podcast.
So that brings me to Zo and Tigallo Love the 80's. Zo is a producer from Detroit and Tigallo is Phonte from Little Brother. I really like that fact that besides Little Brother, Phonte is always on some side project and this one is the bomb. Don't be scared of the juicy greasy curls, It's an homage to what these guys grew up on, come to think about it I knew all the song so I can relate.
So basically these guys took a few songs from the 80's and updated then, we can recognize the songs right away but with Phonte on the vocals and Zo on production, the result is simply amazing. The EP was a very serious project from producing to vocals and mixing they went all out and the final product is right on point.
4 curl activators outta 5
Monday, September 1, 2008
Run DMC / Megamix
Each summer up until high school graduation I would spend my whole summer in NYC, as a kid, this is where I discovered the music of my youth. I was blessed enough to see Rap go to Hip Hop and what I grew up on go to old school even the golden era of Hip Hop. My first tapes that I purchased we’re Run DMC Raising Hell, The Beastie Boys License to Ill and LL Cool J’s Bigger and Deffer. It goes without saying that these albums have a special place in my heart, I remember making copies for my friends and because of my older cousins I was know as the guy with the cool music in High School and also being from Montreal (Canada) and we didn’t get the 80’s until 1993 but not me, no way I was musically on point anyways to conclude my story here is Run DMC Megamix the best from Run DMC’s early stuff It’s definitely a must.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I can never stay away from Hip Hop too long,I love it, hate it (and I'm refering to hip pop), love to hate it or hate to love it but i gotta have it.
Another gem I found, DJ A-Smooth/Premier Productions yup, DJ A-Smooth flippin' some Primo. It's tight, from the mixing to the choice of songs. Most of the songs are from the mid to late 90's so it's very familiar but we get them all mixed perfectly. The track listing speaks for itself:
1. Gang Starr- Above the Clouds
2. Nas- NY State of Mind
3. The Notorious B.I.G. Ft. Redman and Methodman- Rap Phenomenon
4. Big L- The Enemy
5. Jeru the Damaja- One Day
6. Jay-Z- Friend or Foe
7. Afu-Ra- Equality
8. Rakim- It’s Been a Long Time
9. The Notorious B.I.G.- Kick in the Door
10. Gang Starr- You Know My Steez
11. Jeru the Damaja- Physical Stamina
12. KRS-One- MC’s Act Like They Don’t Know
13. Rakim- New York (Ya Out There)
14. The Notorious B.I.G.- Unbelievable
15. Group Home- Living Proof
16. Jeru the Damaja- Scientifical Madness
17. Das EFX- Real Hip Hop
18. Jay-Z- A Million & One Questions
19. Nas- Represent
20. Nas- Nas is Like
21. Royce da 5′9″- Boom
22. Afu-Ra- Lyrical Monster
23. Gang Starr- Full Clip
24. Gang Starr- I’m the Man
25. Gang Starr- Speak Ya Clout
26. KRS-One- Outta Here
27. Gang Starr- Code of the Streets
28. Big L- Platinum Plus
29. Pitch Black- It’s All Real
30. Gang Starr- Dwyck
31. Gang Starr- Skills
32. D’Angelo- Lady
Monday, August 18, 2008
Another brand new mix, this is my favorite mix since #009. It's a reflection of me, I love all the tracks but we always have favorites and here they are.
Track # 4 BOOGIE WITH YOUR BABY by Willie J & Co, this joint makes me wanna do back flips from the drums to the funky bass lines and let’s not forget about the horns, I just wanna get down when I hear this. Next is # 8 GETTING UP by Q-Tip, I’m just waiting for the album to drop. A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATNUTS by J. Rawls's Liquid Crystal Project that track is simply off the hook (made me start listening to jazz again). Last but not least is # 11 VIEWER WARNING by Padmo’. I was unable to get much info on Padmon’ but the whole album is incredible, think early DJ Shadow meets early Herbaliser it’ll give you an Idea,I’ve been bumpin’ the album in my ipod for months and I love it (Jazzy Instrumental beats).
Hope you will enjoy, these are single Mp3 files the long mix will be posted on my podcast later this week.
1-Stranded on Earth (Feat. Jessica Darling)/The Herbaliser
2-What Do You Take Me For/The Brand New Heavies
4-Boogie With Your Baby (Kenny Dope Edit)/Willie J & Co
5-Keeping On/The Sound Stylistics
6-A Tribute To The Beatnuts/J. Rawls Presents The Liquid Crystal Project II
8-Gettin Up (Clean) /Q-Tip
9-Feelin' Jack/Shawn Jackson
10-The Healer/Hip Hop (rmx) f. Pharoahe Monch/Erykah Badu
12-On My Way (Feat Linn)/Freddie Cruger Present The 3 Foot People
13-Put Something in the Air/J Rawls and Middle Child
16-Funderal March/Asio Kids
18-Sheppard & His Flock ft. Andy Sheppard/Up Bustle & Out
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I was looking to review something new, something interesting that did not get a lot of press. I try to add to the blogging community and not just repeat from other blogs and I was on the boogienomore blog and I found the new Seu Jorge album America Basil.
A few years back I was watching Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and there was this character called Pelé Dos Santos which was played by Seu Jorge not only did he play in this movie but he also provided much of the soundtrack and that’s how I discovered Seu Jorge. He did his own acoustic versions of David Bowie classics in Portuguese. After been hooked on The Life Aquatic I found out that Jorge had a new album called Cru, I was somewhat disappointed for production was lacking.
The raspy voiced Brazilian is back with America Brazil and this album is his most complete yet. It’s a mixture of Funk, Rock, Samba the album is colorful, sometimes energetic and sometimes mellow but always on point. The whole album is in Portuguese so I couldn’t understand the lyrics but I was able to feel the warmth of the album as I was drawn to authenticity of the Brazilian sounds I just wished that I was there. This album is easy to absorb but we still notice the subtleties of every song.
If you haven’t head anything from Seu Jorge this is the best place to start and for people that don’t know him give it a try I’m sure you will enjoy this warm cocktail of sounds. Definitely worth checking out.
You can get it from one of my co bloggers right here.
Just keep in mind that this is for promotional usage only.
4 cocktails outta 5
PEACE & I’M OUT
Thursday, August 7, 2008
O.K so I was on a hip hop diet for a while, listening to electronic music (house, downtempo, some jazz and on one of my co-bloggers had this posted, I was like hmmm ! Murs and 9th Wonder didn't see that one coming and the combination sounded good.
9th Wonder is a hip hop producer from Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.. He began his career as the main producer for the hip hop group Little Brother.
MURS is a West Coast underground rapper. He is signed to the independent label Record Collection and is a member of the rap groups Living Legends, Felt, the 3 Melancholy Gypsys, and previously the "elusive" Log Cabin crew.
This album is SSWWEEEET ! and Murs said it best “ If it wasn’t a 10 then it wouldn’t be perfect”. 10 tracks all solid, no fluff, no frills just straight hip hop. The storytelling style on Murs goes hand in hand with 9th Wonder’s signature beats. It’s a free download the link is there make sure to check it out.
4.5 spins outta 5
Peace & I’m out
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
You gotta check out this one song podcast, 3 to 4 times a week, It automatically downloads to my iTunes, I've discovered so many different artists with IndieFeed and It's not just hip hop, there's IndieFeed electronica, blues, alternative/modern rock, dance there's something for everybody and It's totally free.
Check it out :http://blindingflashes.blogs.com/indiefeed_hiphop_rap/
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Remember how I was saying that I was looking for a change of scenery, a change of sound well I kept digging and I found this gem, Naked Music / Re-Creation.
In a nutshell, soulful chill house better yet it's (SSSNM) stands for super sexy saturday night music. Jay Denes (The Producer) has his listeners this trip on a blissful journey. Re-Creation treats its listeners with beautiful sax and funky guitar licked tracks. The ladies of Naked Music are sounding sweet as ever. Re-creation is a fitting anniversary album for the Naked Music label, as it perfectly embodies Naked's elegant evolving sound.
It's sophisticated lush layers, carefully executed production, artful lyrics and smooth vocals all stand way, way, WAY out there, especially in this tragic age of mediocre, trend driven music. Perfect for your nights just chillin and it grooves enough so you don't fall asleep. Even if house music is not your thing give it a shot It's worth it ...So good !!!
4 snares outta 5
So after absorbing so much hip hop I needed a change of sound, I was looking for something chill, jazzy so I grabbed Bitter:Sweet's new album Drama from one of my co-bloggers. Bitter:Sweet is Kiran Shahani who produced a group called Supreme Beings Of Leisure and Shana Halligan.
They dropped The Mating Game (their 1st album) April 4, 2006 In summer of 2007, Bitter:Sweet released The Remix Game, featuring reworked versions of tracks from The Mating Game by renowned producers such as Thievery Corporation, Fort Knox Five, Jed Smith and Skeewiff and now Drama. The album sounds good It's martini music worthy of an old James Bond score. I like that spacy 60's vibe you can chill to it with ease it gets a little repetitive at the end but still woth checking out. Get it right here from on of my co-bloggers.
3 Martinis outta 5
Here's a little something I cooked up real quick, It's a R&B Soul mix. I did this mix to show that R&B doesn't have to be cheesy, there are some good original artists out there but It's too bad they are overshadowed by pop artists. So this one goes out to my girl and all the lovers In the house.
My favorite tracks are Time by Brooklyn Red (so smooth reminds me of Maxwell), Soldier by Miss Badu (I just love what she does, that smooth jazzy voice reminding me of Billie Hollyday what can I say ... devine) last but not least Sweet Dependency from Corneille (This song reminds me of my first date with my girls so in some really cheesy way it grew on me). The cover is a painting from an artist that I discovered from one of my fellow bloggers.
1-Time/Big Brooklyn Red
2-Wash Away/Hil St. Soul
3-Cupid Smiling The Smile/One Self (aka DJ Vadim)
6-Stay For Awhile (feat. Angie Stone)/Anthony Hamilton
7-Useless/J Rawls and Middle Child
8-Eye ft. Stacy Epps/Madvillain
9-Brandi (feat. Slum Village)/Dwele
10-I'm Left Dreaming/Domu Presents Pete Simpson
12-The Real Thing/Jill Scott
14-Don't Look Back/Chocolate Genius
15-The Seed/Cody Chestnut
Peace & I'm out
Friday, July 25, 2008
A few weeks ago I get this e-mail from Chris (C-San), he congratulated me on my blog and asked me to check out his MySpace page and he also gave me a link to download his album.I looked around in my favorite Hip Hop Blogs, nothing on C-San. Then I procrastinated and a few days ago I was wondering what to put on my blog next and I was like yeah! Let me see wassup with this Chris (C-San) guy and boy was I pleasantly surprised It’s been playing in my iPod ever since.
C-San is representing Inglewood California, he sounds like a young AZ, I don’t know if that’s a demo or an album maybe a mixtape but the production is tight, the rhymes are on point it’s lyrically stimulating and it just sounds good and consistent all around (well except for that song with Akon can’t stand that guy). The bonus tracks really did the job for me.
Check him out my space page. We should encourage young artists like that, I know how the music industry is and on top of that C-San chooses to stay true and not sell out.
3.5 foam cups outta 5
Peace & I’m Out
Friday, July 18, 2008
Sometimes I’ll just surf around, view other bloggers and I noticed something, one guy mentions Shawn Jackson, then on another blog another guy mentions him again so after the forth time I’m like well let me check this guy out and this is how I discover fantastic new artists.
Shawn Jackson’s First of All is a little gem, It reminds me of all of my favorite hip hop groups blended into one and still manages to sound fresh and new. I’m still in the process of digesting this album but I just had to let the people out there know, this guy is for real and even if you don’t listen to hip hop you are going to feel this guy, his sound is that good.
You can get it from one of my fellow bloggers (Keep in mind that it’s for promotional purposes only).http://hiphoprevol.blogspot.com/
4 funky drum rolls outta 5
PEACE & I’M OUT
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
The music industry is changing and only those who know how to adapt will survive. Since the whole napster fiasco album sales have been dropping, why pay when you can download right? Some artist adapted well to this new era, others even used it to their advantage, Dj Mighty Mouse comes to mind with The Gray Album, which is an amalgamation on The Beatles’s White Album and Jay-Z’s Black album.
Omer Saar did the same thing; The Green Album is a mixture of some of Al Green’s classic material with mc’s like Mf Doom, Mos Def, Method Man, The Pharcyde, Jay-Z, Biggie Smalls and others. From the intro to the last song I was amazed how the Al Green melodies worked well on the hip-hop level. Keep in mind that this is not a budgeted project so I was really impressed with the final material. Some songs work better then others but it’s a strong album, a nice soundtrack to this summer.
Omer Saar’s green album is the proof that the Internet can be use to create and this product is an incredible piece of self-promotion.
3.5 soul stars outta 5
PEACE & I'M OUT
You can get it for free:Omer Saar / The Green Album
Saturday, July 12, 2008
It's time to bring it back to my first love, Hip Hop. It was time for a change of scenery so this is my latest hip hop mix, enjoy.
1-Global Networking Intro/DJ Talkback
2-The Lights/Nicolay and Kay
3-Rising Up (featuring chrisett michelle & wale)/The Roots
4-Time Of Your Life Ft Carlitta Durand/Little Brother
5-Just What I Need/Craig G & Marley Marl
6-Hold It Down f. Talib Kweli and Tyler Woods/Buckshot & 9th Wonder
7-Voodoo Child (DJPremier Remix ft. Afu Ra)/DJ Cam
8-The Artistic Integrity/Wale
9-Harlem Renaissance/Immortal Technique
10-Restless (Beat By M-Phazes)/Braille
11-Looking Up (feat. Bilal)/Hezekiah
12-Ghetto (Remix Feat. Joell Ortiz) (Produced By DJ Green Lantern)/Nas
13-Air (Remix)/MF Doom and Clutchy Hopkins
14-Big Von / Life to the MC (remix)/Mass Influence
15-Chosen/J.Rawls & Declaime
17-We're Only BS/Red Astaire
PEACE & I'M OUT
Friday, July 11, 2008
Trough hip hop I’ve learned so much, I remember the jazz explosion in the early to mid 90’s (Digable Planets, Jazzmatazz, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, US3) we’re all sampling jazz so I discovered jazz through hip hop. I remember reading the cd booklets then going to buy the original jazz albums that we’re sampled. One of my classic is Straight No Chaser from Blue Note but eventually this sub-genre faded and I listened to less and less jazz.
Now, who is J Rawls ? This cat is best know for his work with Black Star’s (Mos Def & Talib Kweli) “Brown Skin Lady” and “Yeah Yo”. I discovered him through “It's the Dank & Jammy Show by J Rawls & Declaime "Then rediscovered him with Middle Child (One of the best R&B albums I’ve head this year) and one more time with “The Liquid Crystal Project II”
This album is just slamin’ (I slept on the first one) I kid you not, this is a musical revelation (think fusing jazz into hip-hop or hip hop into jazz), it's sounds fresh and new without beign pretensious or feeling like a stranger in a strange land. The last jazz album I was feelin’ was Roy Hargrove’s “Rh Factor” but this is just so delectable. Imagine, take what is familiar to you in hip hop, smooth it out on the jazz tip then you got something new but somewhat familiar and it works on all the levels.
If you’re into jazz I know you gonna dig this, you a hip hop head you gonna feel it to. I’ve seen a few different covers (artwork) so it may vary.
Buy it, steel it, download it but you got to make sure to check it out. One of my fellow bloggers has it posted :http://hiphoprevol.blogspot.com/ (Keep in mind that the album downloads are for promotional purposes only). You can also get a copy on the WordPress website : http://wordpress.com/tag/liquid-crystal-project-2/
4.5 horns outtalk 5
PEACE & I’M OUT
Thursday, July 10, 2008
My first contact with Little Brother was through Foreign Connection and I was like who's that just flowin' and that was Phonte from Little Brother. Then I got the first album, The Minstrel Show and I got Mick Boogie & Little Brother/ ... And Justice For All. By the way that mixtape (which came out last year is now passing as a new little Brother album) regardless it's tight. Great production, outstanding lyricism, the featuring that appear help bring a different dimension to the mixtape without overshadowing the main act. Mixed by Mick Boogie (This cat is everywhere) ! Check it out It's a great album/mixtape and always sucka free !
Free download: http://www.mickboogie.com/
4 commissioners outta 5
PEACE & I'M OUT
Here's little something I found, Mick Boogie Presents Busta Rhymes+J Dilla / Dillagence. It took me a while to digest this mixtape, at first I was like ...nnnnot so good, then it grew on me.
I saw Busta Rhymes live a few times and I must admit this guy knows how to put on a show and this cat's been around since hip hop's early years (remember Leaders Of The New School and The Scenario from A Tribe Called Quest). He had a few solid albums however this one is very different, with the help of J Dilla on the beats, there's no formula, no R&B featurings just straight hip hop. There's a couple of head bangers but it's just not a strong album (mixtape).
The best moments of this album (mixtape) are from the featurings (Raw Diggah, Talib Kweli, Papoose. So, much love to Busta but this one falls short of my expectations but still worth checking out. You can get it for free on the Mick Boogie web site.
3 Dragons outta 5
Thursday, July 3, 2008
A few weeks ago my girlfriend was telling me about this group called “The Lost Fingers” I was like who? The lost what? Then she purchased the album and insisted that I check it out. Since I’m the music fiend in the couple I was like this better not be some cheesy generic R&B and it wasn’t.
Hailing from Quebec City, Lost Fingers is foremost a jazz band and this album is an homage to the 80’s. What they did is they took commercial songs from the 80’s flipped them into an acoustic jazz style and it works, I was singing pump up the jam on my way to the office. However after a while it gets repetitive, the vocals are O.K nothing special and all that acoustic guitar is cool but how about a beat, what happened to the drums? Gimme a snare, a kick .
In conclusion it’s a cool concept album, these guys are talented enough to make it happen, I would of like to see some variety and some drums because after a while (near the end of the album) everything sounds the same. Cool concept.
By the way they are giving a series of free show in the Montreal Jazz Fest, if i recall the shows are from June 26th to July 6th @ 5:30 pm. Here's the Jazz Fest link:http://www.montrealjazzfest.com/Fijm2008/splash.aspx
Check out their my space page:http://www.myspace.com/thelostfingers
3.5 Acoustic Guitars outta 5
PEACE & I'M OUT
As you may or may not know, I’m from Montreal, Canada and we do have a hip hop scene. A lot of young talented rappers are out there tryin’ to make it so I decided to hook a brother up and in this case the brother is a skinny nerdy white dude.
Right from the get go, you can tell that this guy know his music, constantly giving love to the pioneers of hip hop. I’ll tell from the get go the beats are weak production is lacking but if you are willing to give this nerd a chance and listen to the lyrics (If you understand French that is). Chilly Chill flows with a certain swagger his rhymes are smart and funny. He raps about everyday stuff, girls, the life in Montreal.
3 pocket pen holders outta 5
Give this Montreal nerd some love and check him out. Free download on his my space page, here’s the link: Jeune Chilly Chill / Swaggalicioso Le Mixtape
PEACE & I'm OUT
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I was listening to the Root’s latest album “Rising Down” which is descent by the way and on the track “Rising Up” I was wondering who’s that Wale guy ? He sounds so fresh and new. Wale was born in Washington DC from Nigerian parents, he was on a football scholarship but left school to pursue music full time.
He sounds like a mixture of Common, Kanye & Lupe, he’s lyrically strong one of his strong points is that he knows where to put some emphasis to get his message across as he flows on these go-go influenced beats and what is go-go you might ask ? Go-go is a mixture of jazz, funk and marching band musicthat originated from the Washington, D.C., area during the mid- to late-1970s and the combination sounds damn good if you ask me.
He appeared in the Source in unsigned hype and if I did my research right he has a total of four mixtapes out. Now mixtapes usually serve as some type of promotional items but I’ll tell you that the Wale mixtapes that I’ve posted at the end of this article are not to be messed with for the simple fact that they are simply better then most albums that are out there on the market.
Definitly worth checkin out.
Both mixtapes are very good, good beats, strong rhymes definitely worth checking out. The mixtape about nothing has Seinfeld skits in there and it's all nicely mixed. You can get it for fee online.
100 Miles And Running 3.5 fat laces out of 5
Mixtape About Nothing 4 Costanzas out of 5
DOWNLOAD: Mixtape About Nothing
DOWNLOAD: 100 Miles And Running
PEACE & I'M OUT
Monday, June 30, 2008
Nowadays mixtapes serve as a promotional item for new albums and most of them just plain suck but there’s always an exception to the rule and this exception is: NAS & DJ GREEN LANTERN "Nigger Tape".
One word: BOOMING. Strong lyrical content, it’s like all the things that are on the tip of everyone's tongue are being said by Nas without hesitation. He's getting people to start talking and that can be explosive for generating change in America.
I've always been a huge fan of Nas and he’s been dropping good albums on the regular except for a few average ones but then again do I need to mention the classic Illmatic ? I didn't think so.
The mixtape has some songs that we’ve already heard as well as some remixes and newer stuff. Some tracks are just incredible. And the skits play an important role ato the theme. I know that “Hero" and "Be a Nigger Too” are the singles right now but my personal favorite (because singles are not always the hottest songs)is “Ghetto (remix) feat. Joel Ortiz”. For the less educated readers, The instrumental and title are taken from Eric B. & Rakim and Joel Ortiz rips it (way more then Nas, on this track that is) and if you’ve never heard of Joel Ortiz take the time to look him up he is definitely worth it.
After hearing this mixtape I'm anxious to see what he's brewing for his next album dropping July 15th. One of the best mixtape I’ve heard in years.
2. Gangsta Rap (remix) (prod. DJ Green Lantern)
3. Cops Keep Firing (prod. DJ Green Lantern)
4. Hero (prod. Polow Da Don)
5. Black President (prod. DJ Green Lantern)
6. Association fea. stic.man (of dead prez)
7. Legendary (Mike Tyson) (prod. Salaam Remi)
8. Ghetto (remix) feat. Joell Ortiz (prod. DJ Green Lantern)
9. Seen it All (Green Mix)
10. Esco Let’s Go (Full Song) (prod. Dj Khallil)
11. N.I.G.G.E.R. (Slave and Master). (prod. DJ Toomp)
12. Be a Nigger Too (remix) feat. Dante Hawkins (prod. DJ Green Lantern)
13. Surviving the Times (Original Cool and Dre Version)
14. Nas Timeline (mixed by Statik Selektah) (Nararated by Nas)
15. Outro f. Richard Pryor
4 Obamas outta 5
PEACE & I’M OUT
You can get it at a few mixtape web sites :http://mixtapereload.com/
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Here’s a little something that I fell upon from a group that needs no introduction, it’s Outkast / Southern Royalty mixtape and besides that awful first song (What about your friends by T.L.C.) which serves a purpose because it’s the first time Outkast was recorded.
The album is nicely mixed; it’s a compilation of pre-Stankonia song (because afterward they just lost it). There are some rare jams on that mixtape, like: da art of storytelling pt. 4 ft. marsha ambrosius, black ice by goodie mob, benz or beemer (from the New Jersey Drive Soundtrack) but one of my favorite tracks still remains smokefest ft. tash, phil da agony & b-real. I would of like to hear Player’s Ball(outkast’s 1st single)and from my point of view a classic.
In conclusion if you’re an Outkast fan you will enjoy. You can get this mixtape for free at mixtapereload.com here's the link:http://www.mixtapereload.com/hevehitta-outkast-southern-royalty-free-mixtape-download-p-554.html?osCsid=ae6041d680c59fb0683386ef32fda0b0
I give it 4 ½ Hey Ya's out of 5.
PEACE & I'M OUT
Friday, June 20, 2008
02-Tabla Talkin' Dub Beatfanatic Remix ft. Nitin Sawhney/Up Bustle & Out
03-Ain't No Fool/Domu Presents Pete Simpson
05-You Can Make It/DJ Kawasaki feat. Tasita D'Mour
07-I Don't Know/Wax Tailor
08-Shot in the Dark/RJD2
09-Street Karma (A Cautionary Tale) (Feat. Jean Grae)/The Herbaliser
10-The Cure Instrumental (Bonus Track Japan)/Braille
11-Zodiac (Keys By Salem Al Fakir)/Freddie Cruger Present The 3 Foot People
13-The Lonesome King/Supermayer
14-Days To Come (Feat. Bajka)/Bonobo
For my people from podOmatic, I will upload thegoodvibez#011 later today and I must inform you that I'm having so many problems with the site that I will no longer post there. Just check out my blog it's easyer and most of all... It works.
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Following the announcement of the release date of the upcoming Immortal Technique album (June 24th 2008), I was treated to a few tracks to introduce us to what could be the most anticipated independent album in years. When I say independent, I’m not talking about a rapper on an underground label. I’m talking about a rapper who sold his CDs on the street and now refuses to sign with a label that could provide more exposure as it might infringe on his message and mission and most of all his beliefs. However, with the announcement that a large amount of production for the album was completed by Jay-Z’s DJ Green Lantern, it had yet to be seen if Immortal Technique could stick to his guns amid production that on previous albums had been handled by far more independent names like Southpaw and 44 Caliber.
So much of hip-hop today is based on listenable production that masks otherwise impotent lyrics not Immortal Technique, his songs take an already potent lyricism and delivery and drive them home with an increased versatility derived from new musical landscapes behind them. If you don't know Immortal Technique then you are missing out on some incredible hip hop. How can one describe Immortal Technique: lyrical, political, he's a mixture of Chuck D, KRS-1 and Rakim into one furious mc. A quote from “The Payback,” “I make rap about lyrics not beats and marketing.” And after listening to this track, “The 3rd World,” and “Reverse Pimpology,” there is no question that regardless of the beat behind him, Immortal Technique will not change his message or the power in his lyrics. The beat are on point, there'a a few skits in there but they blend in real well with the album and the message is always strong my favorite is the one where Michael Richard (Kramer from Seinfeld, a show that i still enjoy) screams "He's a NI99ER"
WARNING: Not for the intellectually weak and if you like buble gum cheezy rap with R&B hooks this will not be yo thang.
4 exploding grenades out of 5
You can get it on one of my fellow bloggers at: http://hiphoprevol.blogspot.com/
PEACE & I'm Out
Thursday, June 12, 2008
2-Blowing Up The Sport (Feat Akil Baker)/Fort Knox Five
3-Lost & Found/Dj Cam
4-Blue Coast (Ecko Remix)/Lalann
5-Second Chance/Domu Presents Pete Simpson
6-Lights And Music/Cut Copy
7-Love Sweet Sound (Mark Knight & Funkagenda's R.H.B Remix)/Groove Armada
8-So Far/Miguel Migs
9-Didn't Mean to Turn You On (Chuck Love rmx)/DJ Colette
10-Get Your Money/Will.i.am
11-Still Got Love/Blue Scholars
12-Flashback (Jazzanova's Breathe Easy Mix)/Fat Freddys Drop
13-Love Of A Women Ft. Darondo/Clutchy Hopkins
14-Suffragette City/Seu Jorge
Another episode, this is some nice summery chill house music. Check out my facebook group, the goodvibez podcast.
1-I Love To Move In Here/Moby
2-Spiritual Insurrection/Joe Claussell
5-Lone Cat (Groove Junkies Mix)/Ben Watt
6-Hypnotized (Kaskade Mix)/Colette
7-Retail Therapy/View Finder
8-Ghosts And Rose (Feat. Noemi)/Stephane Pompougnac
9-My precious with Lady Bird/Llorca
10-Lift Off/Groove Collective
11-My Computer Is Funk/DJ Bitman
I had to bring it back to basics, some nice jazzy downtempo electronic music. Check out Portishead's new single '' MACHINE GUN'' from the upcoming album ''THIRD'' also if anybody knows who is Clutchy Hopkins let me know, on this note enjoy and I'll be back soon. PEACE
1- Machine Gun/Portishead
2- Moan (Vocal Version Featuring Ane Trolle)/Trentmoller
3- Gained The World (Feat. Manda)/Morcheeba
6- cMassage Situation/Flying Lotus
7-Drops ft. Cyne/Daedelus
8- Not So OK Corral/Blockhead
10- 3:34/Clutchy Hopkins
11- Truth (featuring Roisin Murphy & J-Live)/Handsome Boy Modeling School
12- Cadê Você?/Bebel Gilberto
13- Midnight Melodic (Chase The Blues)/Terranova
14-Final Home (Vocal Version Featuring Esthero)/DJ Krush
Here is a little something I cooked up, I wanna say wassup to Junior (You wanted a Brand New Heavies track you got it) also peace to my man T. and thanks for the Downliners Sekt hook up, i flipped a track on this episode and i also got that Mos Def track just for you.
1-Love Sweet Sound/Groove Armada
2-Before (Herbert's After Dub Remix)/Dzihan & Kamien
3-Miss shanghai (feat Dez)/The Shanghai Restoration Project
4-More Mess On My Thing/Poets of Rhythm
5-Let's Have A Good Time/The Brand New heavies
6-Terrapin (Mr Scruff Mix)/Bonobo
7-We Be The Crew/The Wiseguys
8-Gotta Have Her/Mr Scruff & Mark Rae
9-Umi Says (Zero 7 Remix)/Mos Def
10-Transcend ft. Bahamadia/King Britt
11-Que Sera/Wax Tailor
12-Blackstock Mews/Downliners Sekt
13-The Lost Voices (ft Sly & Robbie)/DJ Krush
14-A Paw In My Face/The Field
Since I don't get the chance to play a lot of hip hop, I decided to drop a hip hop special. The podOmatic site was down, i couldn't upload so i flipped this podcast real quick. There's some old stuff, some new but it's smooth jazzy hip hop. ENJOY !
1- Classic (Better Than I’ve Ever Been) Rmx / Kanye West, Nas, Krs-1 & Rakim
2- CL Smooth Unplugged / CL Smooth
3- Scars (Cut Me Deep ft. Median, Joe Scudda) / Rapper Big Pooh
4- Moonshine / Gift of Gab
5- I Just Wanna Lay Around All Day In Bed With You / The Coup
6- Aquatic Groove / Strange Fruit Project
7- Once Again ft. Kev Brown & Freddie Foxxx / Oddisee
8- The Best Secret (featuring The Lords Of The Underground) / Pete Rock
9- The World's Gone Mad (Ft Del The Funky Homosapien, Barrington Levy & Alex Kapranos) / Handsome Boy Modeling School
10- Wrong Side of The Tracks / Artifacts
11-Freestyle / Bop City
12-Bridge To 'Bama (Hi Tek Remix ft. Talib Kweli) / Soulive
13- 9th Wonder (Blackitolism) / Digable Planets
14-Quoi qu'il en soit / Oxmo Puccino And The Jazzbastards
15- We've Got The Jazz / A Tribe Called Quest
16- Clickety Clack / The National Parcs
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
thegoodvibez#005 playlist & links
1- In The City (12" Version) / Chromatics
2- To The East / Electrelane
3- The Bomb / New Young Pony Club
4- Fa-Fa-Fa / Datarock
5- D.V.N.O. (L.A. Riots Remix) / Justice
6- Bodywork / MSTRKRFT
7- Idealistic (Original Mix) / Digitalism
8- Stratosphere / Junkie XL
9- Rocks The Bass / Unique 3
10- Beautiful Life / Gui Boratto
11- Someone Great / LCD Soundsystem
12- I Believe / Simian Mobile Disco
2-Lavish Feat Veba-Mark Rae
3-Jade Buddha Temple ft. Di Johnston-The Shanghai Restoration Project
5-This Is The Place (Overture)-Jazzanova
7-Once Upon A Past-Wax Tailor
8-Perverted Undertone-Prefuse 73
9-Special ft. Thesis-Strange Fruit Project
10-Look to the Sun (Prod. bySolar)-Guru
11-You Wish-Nightmares On Wax
12-Harlem River Drive-Marden Hill
13-Everybody Loves The Sunshine-Roy Ayers
14-I'm Going Down-Rose Royce
15-15-Forever More Can 7 Safari Mix-Moloko
This episode was my favorite one in my early podcast because it's so texturized and moody without being depressing. My 3 favorite tracks are 100% by Chromeo, Jade Buddha Temple ft. Di Johnston by The Shanghai Restoration Project and there's a tie for the 3rd place Everybody Loves The Sunshine by Roy Ayers and I'm Going Down by Rose Royce (the first song was smpled by so many artist however Mary J. Blidge comes to mind because she did a remake of I'm going down as well).
PEACE & I'm OUT
Well another episode, on this mix my favorite tracks are: Les Joies De L’Amour by the New Jersey Kings that’s some smooth jazzy track with a sensual French voiceover a la Charlotte Gainsbourg the there’s August Day Song by Bebel Gilberto and that’s the King Britt Remix then I got Chromeo with Bonafied Lovin’ and that’s some crazy retro synth heavy grooves. I’ll be back soon with some another mix so…
PEACE & I’M OUT
There it goes, this is my 2nd podcast and actually, episode # 002 was mixed in Garage Band while the previous episode was in audacity (not as good as Garage Band). My favorite tracks on this mix would be the opening track (Stay Funky / Big Cheese All Star) a small French acid jazz label that doesn’t exist anymore and that that is just off the hook just my type of vibe. There’s also Soul Ecstacy by Soul Ecstacy which is a fictional soundtrack the signer sounds like a bootleg Curtis Mayfield but still sound smooth. I had to drop some hip hop in there and please do not mistake HIP HOP for HIP POP (the evil twin brother who sold his soul to the corporations) anyways the song is Flying High In A Brooklyn Sky by The Digable Planets featuring Wah Wah Watson (on the horns) this track is perfect, soulful, intelligent, smooth, jazzy (I can go on for days), come back for more goodvibez !
PEACE & I’M OUT
Thursday, June 5, 2008
These are songs from my first podcast (www.thegoodvibez.podomatic.com). Check out The National Parcs (www.thenationalparcs.com/)from Montreal their sound is really fresh and new, I’m a Blockhead fan so I had to drop something in there, The Strain is from the last album called: Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book and last but not least The Bottle by Gil Scott Heron (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil_Scott-Heron)love the socio-political lyrics and the great music this guy was affiliated with the Black Panther Party in the late 60's and early 70's.Hope you will enjoy
PS: This is not mixed because of the poor quality of my 1st podcast however the future one will be mixed.
PEACE & I'm OUT !
1-Awestruck/The National Parcs
3-All That You Are ft. Median/The Foreign Exchange
4-Here But i'm Gone/Curtis Mayfield & Lauren Hill
6-The Bottle/Gil Scott Heron
7-Needy Girl (Zdar dub mix)/Chromeo
8-Think Twice/Detroit Experiment
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