Now residing in Colorado, Harn Solo drops a new track produced by New Orleans’ DJ Yamin. “No Mercy” lives up to it’s name as Harn switches speeds while bouncing along to the beat. The new mixtape titled Traveling Man should be dropping soon. Stay tuned…./
Swiss producer Soulseize puts his stamp on a track from Theory Hazit’s Modern Marvels featuring Long Beach’s LMNO. Any remix worth it’s weight in Swiss Mocha brings something new to the original or should not dare bother. This is that kind of reworking. Check it out!
Like it? You can pick up the original, via Illect Records, on any one of the following sites
The Brothers Johnson made “Strawberry Letter 23″ a smash on their Quincy Jones produced LP, Right On Time. However, the original by Shuggie Otis was released on his second album Freedom Flight and was a stand-out track then as well. If there was ever a virtuoso Shuggie was it. He born to a legend in the Rhythm and Blues field, Johnny Otis and from a very young age was groomed for the musician profession. He began playing with his father at age twelve. His professional career has been nothing short of erratic, but that has not stopped him from being widely considered a genius. His album Inspiration Information is looked at, and rightfully so, as a classic recording. Recently a collection of unreleased material was packaged with Inspiration Information and offered in a double disc compilation, hopefully re-introducing Shuggie to people who might have forgot about him and introducing him to a generation who has missed out. Of course, you hip-hop heads out there will find some gems.
Pete Rock invented and perfected the remix, this is not debatable. The remix to “Searching” can be used as Exhibit A in the defense of this claim. Pete effortlessly utilizes “The Look Of Love” and creates a brand new version of the already brilliant track from The Main Ingredient. There is a certain playlist of Pete Rock remixes that I could seriously listen to from the rest of my life. The man is a genius.
Skipp Coon, after releasing his third album Miles Garvey, has unearthed a video for a remix from an earlier project. “It Is What It Is (Spirituals Remix), is a new version of a track that can be found on Sophomore Slump Vol 1: Independent’s Day. Could this be the origin of one of Jackson’s most prolific emcees? Who’s got the jazz? This got the jazz!!
A.R.K. is the acronym for DC-based hip-hop crew Noyeek the Grizzly Bear, Theory, and Dimensions. The group takes it’s title from their government names. Taken from the forthcoming album Trials, tribulations, TRIUMPH, “Not Cool” is the response to those phony friends who smile in your face and stick knives in your back.
Hasan Salaam drops the second visual for his album Life In Black & White. “Father’s Day” is an open letter to his father, asking all the questions he never could when he was younger. Do not mistake this for another sappy dedication song, the inquiries are real, life is not sugar coated. Never internalize the hurt and pain, that only leads to resentment and anger and anger leads to hate and hate leads to suffering. Words from a true master.
On November 8, Jackson, Mississippi, based independent record labels Elegant Trainwreck and Homework Town will be celebrating their 2nd anniversary with a special show at Offbeat (151 Wesley Avenue) in Midtown. Label-mates Empty Handed Painters, Jaxx City, and Swamp Babies will be performing along with friends of the labels DJ Sandpaper, Young Valley, Tira D, and Vibe Doctors, who will be performing a one of a kind set with 5th Child.
Elegant Trainwreck and Homework town came together in the summer of 2012 when Garrad Lee approached Cody Cox about starting a new label to be attached to his label, Elegant Trainwreck, where Cody had been releasing music from his projects (Furrows, Liver Mousse, his solo projects). Cody had been thinking about expanded the label into some new terrain. Garrad’s idea for Homework Town was to provide a label in Jackson with an eclectic roster that reflected the diversity in the Jackson music scene while also working to merge any gaps the kept different genres and scenes separated. Later in 2012, Cody and Garrad decided to make Homework Town an imprint of Elegant Trainwreck and work started on the first releases.
On November 12, 2012, the labels celebrated their merging with a show at Morningbell Records and Studios in Jackson with a release party for the labels’ first two releases, James Crow’s “Religion, Guns, and Money” and a split 7” vinyl record featuring Liver Mousse and 5th Child, a record that, by combining a garage rock band and a hip hop act, fully reflected the core mission of bringing different scenes together. Later in November, Liver Mousse, James Crow, and 5th Child played another show together in Knoxville, TN before sharing numerous bills in Jackson the following year.
Since the merging of the labels, they have also released albums from That Scoundrel, Jaxx City, Swamp Babies, Dream Cult, Empty Handed Painters, and Furrows, with a whole host of other Jackson artists from all across the spectrum scheduled to release music in the coming year.
The 2nd Anniversary show brings together artists that have released albums this year with a peak into some of the things the labels have in store for the future. The show will also feature numerous special deals on releases and merchandise as well as raffles and giveaways throughout the night.
Elegant Trainwreck/Homework Town Two-Year Anniversary Show
Offbeat (151 Wesley Ave.)
Stimulus is a Brooklyn born rapper/dj/producer who has made some noise over the last couple years working alongside Chris Daddy Dave and Bilal to name a couple. For his newest project he channels his inner Brooklynite and takes some elements from his favorite Jimi tracks. He has crafted Stimmi Hendrix and if “Electric Land (Bklyn #1 Edit) is any indication then we will not want to miss it. While 3 Stacks will certainly garner some acclaim for his portrayal of the music legend, it is equally assured that Stimulus will make some noise. Peace.
Dragon Fli Empire is a producer/emcee duo from Calgary. Their latest project Mission Statement dropped a little over a year ago and like any good artist worth their weight in records sales, they continue to promote it. “All Wrong” is a jazzy track where emcee Teekay kicks some brilliant storytelling over some golden era worthy smoothy smoothness from DJ/Producer DJ Cosm. Take a moment to vibe out and then pick up the album at the link provided below. Support music.