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Ready To Rock “Rings Of Saturn”

Graffiti and comic books are two things that have always gone hand in hand. From early writers studying the artistic styles of Jack “The King” Kirby who influenced their characters and paintings on the subway cars of yesterday to large scale pieces still being created on canvas by those same artists and more in galleries today. Once that art connects with Hip Hop culture as a whole, you’ll find MC’s holding mic’s and standing proud as if being a superhero ready to save the day with lyrical skills and fantastic stage presence. So it’s definitely a no brainer that someone like Bret Syfert aka Downroc, an artists, Bboy and all around lover of the culture would create the Ready To Rock comic series and package it with a 7” produced by Aiden Leacy which features vocals by Soulville’s Fat Nice. This is the complete Hip Hop package Continue reading

Rich Medina presents Dick’s Beat Market: Scorpio In Love

RBMBoots, a label known for their perfectly crafted edits are back with a lovely gem for your ears and this time it features the workings of the man himself, Rich Medina. Known for his vast musical tastes, understandings of how records should be put together and masterful skills of working the dance floor, Rich took two of our favorite records of varying genres to create a sound that takes us back to NYC clubs like Homebase and The Muse circa 1994 where DJ’s would blend classic R&B acapella’s with breaks. Top choice tune here and another RBMB sure shot! Continue reading

Coffee Table Status: The Music Library

If you’re a lover and collector of Library LP’s then by now you should already own or at least be waiting for the mail carrier to make his daily delivery of goods to your residence of the new The Music Library: Revised and Expanded Edition book from Jonny Trunk. If you’re not in the know then let us hip you to what will most likely be your next purchase. The Music Library is the follow up to the previously sold out and highly treasured book that acts as a comprehensive guide to collecting Library LP’s. The book features cover artwork from the most important and beautiful library records produced throughout the 1960’s, 1970’s and early 1980’s. This latest edition is fully revised and expanded and features 625 cover designs from 230 labels, which is twice the content of the first edition. Continue reading

Jason McGuiness ft. Keyon Harrold “Empyrean Tones”

Late last year we received a package in the post that included the Starvin B LP and a white label test press 45 with no information on and immediately after dropping the needle down, we were hooked. What we heard coming out through the speakers was jazzy, it was Hip Hop, it had a certain head nod factor and we loved it. Fast- forward to months later and we find out that the 7” that we’ve been playing for months is the upcoming release from Jason McGuiness which features split sides of The High Science Project on one and Keyon Harrold on the flip. Continue reading

E aka E Da Boss – Turning Point ft. Ishtar

Earlier this year, New Years Eve to be exact, I had the pleasure of ending 2015 and beginning 2016 playing records at Mojo Club in Hamburg Germany alongside the homie E Da Boss. During our short but eventful time hanging out he filled me in on a few of his upcoming projects that he was working on and to keep an ear out for them. One project that he was extremely excited about was one that had him linking up with producer Bjorn Wagner from the Mighty Mocambos. Fast forward to the present and we finally get to hear the finished project and one that’s extremely soulful and well put together as we would expect. Laidback and smooth, E delivers a soul punch over this cinematic soundscape while guest vocalist Ishtar adds just the right spice to enhance the sauce. Continue reading

Ambassadors “Ain’t Got The Love Of One Girl (On My Mind)” 45

Philadelphia’s Arctic Records is one label with rich history and a deep catalog of music that has been filling dance floors for years and from time to time provided Hip Hop’s elite producers with loops and samples to create new works. The label recently struck a deal to collaborate with local Philadelphia record shop Brewerytown Beats to release a series of previously unreleased (or remixed) 45’s from their catalog, beginning with the first in the series from Honey and The Bees “Music (Make’s You Wanna Dance)”. One single from their endless catalog that seem to be on just about every collectors want list, yet very few actually own the original is The Ambassadors “Ain’t Got The Love of One Girl (On My Mind)” most famously known for and used by Pete Rock (and C.L. Smooth) for “Ain’t Got The Love”. Continue reading

The Soul Spot

Pulling double duty on the weekend of me returning from my month long Japan tour and touching down in San Antonio to play The Soul Spot at Tucker’s Kozy Korner. If you’re in or around the area on April 15th then this is the place to be for all your Modern Soul, Disco and Funk needs as we take you on a musical journey. The following day I’ll be playing the Alamo City Soul Club giving you a different flavor and side of me. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Stephane Metayer’s “Tephlon Funk”

We love being turned onto new, fun and creative things especially when it covers topics that enjoy. Recently while scrolling through out Instagram feed we noticed a post from our favorite new comic shop in Philly, Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse (@amalgamphilly) who posted a new release that they received in the shop called Tephlon Funk! The cover instantly caught our attention because of the anime style of the characters, the Japanese lettering and being that we’re here in Tokyo at this very moment, we felt a swift connection and needed to know what it was shooting for. Continue reading

Speakeasy Special Edition

This past Sunday night in Tokyo, I had the pleasure of playing what I would definitely consider one of the most fun and authentic parties that I’ve ever done. SPEAKEASY is beautiful party with such a diverse crowd of all types that begins at 4pm and goes until 11 and is thrown by DJ Sarasa and Brooklyn Terry. Considered as Tokyo’s #1 vibeout party and I can definitely see why, everyone was all smiles from beginning to end. Playing genres across the board from House to Hip Hop, remixes and edits, Soul and Disco, this is a dancers and music lovers paradise to say the least. Thank you to the Speakeasy family for having me in to do what I do and making me feel at home. Continue reading

RENDEZVOUS! Presents Truck Turner

The RENDEZVOUS! party in Los Angeles always has something cool going on! Join them for the next installment of this Friday, April 8th as they screen Isaac Hayes in the 1974 Blaxploitation classic, TRUCK TURNER! As per usual, they will have a gamut of giveaways from their sponsors, including a lovely 12" statue of Pam Grier as FOXY BROWN, courtesy of Grindhouse Releasing and markalfrey.com! Continue reading