A couple years back J. Mitchell dropped an EP with production from Exile, Taraach & Seven Davis Jr. All EPs do is offer some temporary relief from deep in the stomach hunger pains. That coupled with some memorable guest appearances on tracks from Exile, Fashawn, Garfield Adams, and others has prepared us for her debut full-length album The Pharoahs Parade. Due out some time in 2014, the first offering from the album is this little ditty produced by Shafiq Husayn of the Sa-Ra Collective. You might remember the two hooking up on Mr Husayn’s “Reincarnation” from his album LooP which is due out the same day as Jay Electronica’s project.
Amp Live and Zumbi are back with The Masters Of The Ceremony EP. The wet your whistle here is the video for “Dangerzone” featuring vocal assistance from 1-O.A.K. If you are not familiar with Amplive’s heavy synth style of production, it’s funky + heavy + diverse. It bounces from deep bass lines to a poppy sort of feel, then back seamlessly. Zumbi compliments Amp’s style of production perfectly. The group has steadily evolved since Mind Over Matter was released back in 2000. Embracing new styles and trends in music but owning it and making those elements their own. Allowing them to always sound fresh and familiar at the same time. Check out The Masters Of The Ceremony EP below.
Producer Wes Pendleton has released his fourth instrumental project today. Pendleton branches out from the traditional soulful and gritty sound to a more electro/synth feel. It works beautifully as the one thing that is not missing is the Philly bred producer’s own soul. This project has his touch all over it. That is what you like to see from a producer. Anyone can go out and emulate the feel of another artist’s project, but expressing yourself no matter what the genre/sound/style is, that is what separates good artists from excellent artists in my book. Refined, is 6 tracks and the only problem is it leaves you wanting so much more. Which is the case with all of Wes’ projects, once they end they always leave me wanting more. There are worse things I suppose, at least I don’t have to bother flipping the tape over once the last song ends. Check out Wes Pendleton’s Refined EP below and if you dig it click on one of the purchase links provided and support him
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Certainly one of the saddest in the Unsung series. Donny was a tormented soul, who left so much for the world still. I certainly challenge anyone to name a catalog as full and rich as the one Donny was able to put together in such a short period of time.
This sing might be familiar if you own, and you certainly should own it, Donny Hathaway’s Extension Of A Man. It is a beautifully arranged funky and soulful masterpiece. “Valdez In The Country” is a song Donny wrote for Bay Area based funk-rock group Cold Blood for their album First Taste Of Sin, Donny produced this entire album as well. First Taste was the third album for Cold Blood, who was lead by the sensational Lydia Pense. The collaboration of Donny and the group was amazing. Cold Blood has lasted for several decades in different forms but they never managed to reach this level of again. Everything was spot on with the album, if you haven’t heard it I suggest you track down a copy and give it a listen. I challenge you to find a single note or sound out of place on the entire work.