“So when the beat intensifies/I become emotionally desensitized/like once i slapped a rapper with mace/then i spit acid in his face after he rinsed his eyes/ no wait, I actually grew 5 times my size/grabbed Mase by the thigh and slapped a rapper with him/now that’s practicing sacrilegious activism” – Pharoahe Monch
We are a week away from the release of PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, the newest LP from Pharoahe Monch. What better way to get people amped up than to release a track with everyone’s favorite late night emcee? Few people can hang lyrically with Pharoahe on a track, and the same goes for Black Thought, so it feels like it’s meant to be. They both bring their A+++ game on this Marco Polo produced funky track. Be ready for PTSD next week and remember Hip-Hop is alive and well, so support it.
Juliette Ashby, is the latest in a line of potentially incredible British female vocalists. This is not to say she does not stand out on her own, she does. She has a great voice and range. Over the past several years we’ve seen an influx in female soul singers from the UK, so it bares to be said. Like Emeli Sande, I see a potentially huge upside for Juliette. “Over & Over” appears on her debut album Bittersweat which will be available soon. It serves as the warm up and free download for anyone who pre-orders Bittersweet. For all pre-order customers once their goal is met in pre-sales, they will release 5 demo tracks. As an added, added bonus, they are also donating 5% of all proceeds to VH1’s Save The Music Charity. Win/Win/Win. Check her out on Facebook too.
PRE-ORDER: JULIETTE ASHBY – BITTERSWEET
James Gardin, p.k.a. P.H.I.L.T.H.Y., from Lansing, Michigan teams up with Trebles and Blues for his first project under his new moniker. Building off the success of 2012’s A Little Light For You, on Moleskins & Pocket Squares, James displays the same characteristics, as he chooses to build up and inspire those who listen to his music. Enjoy the EP
PURCHASE/DOWNLOAD: JAMES GARDIN – MOLESKINS & POCKET SQUARES
L’Orange and Mello Music Group have teamed up to bring to us The Orchid Days. A project which makes use of prohibition style samples to tell the story of a man in love or as L’Orange describes it, “A man fell in love. Then the world was destroyed by an ever-growing nothing in the sky.” The album could very easily be the soundtrack a movie made based on the Fallout III video game. My gamers know what I’m talking about, Nuka-Cola for everyone. Bolstering contributions from the likes of Homeboy Sandman, Blu, Jeremiah Jae, and others this conceptual album is a must have.
PURCHASE: L’ORANGE – ORCHID DAYS
I have no words for this, listen, download, listen again.
In February, Supastition dropped Honest Living an EP produced entirely by Croup. The album was an opus to the tough financial situations befalling his native state of North Carolina, but felt worldwide. Instead of dwelling on the subject, Supa took to inspiring, uplifting and bringing a message of hope to those suffering in these economically turbulent times. His video for “Nothing Like It”, paints that picture visually, bringing words to life.
PURCHASE: SUPASTITION – HONEST LIVING EP
UK Duo……Duologue drops a new Ep for their fans worldwide. Memex, is a brief and memorable romp through time and space. Once could easily imagine an eighteen minute visual clip of asteroids and supernovas zooming past the nose of a spaceship bound for The Restaurant at The End Of The Universe. Enjoy. You can also pick it up on 7″ vinyl at the link provided below. Enjoy. Again.
PURCHASE: DUOLOGUE – MEMEX (EP)
In 1998, Herbie Hancock released his uptenmillionth album Gershwin’s World. An album of jazz standards performed by Herbie and a slew of Jazz music veterans. One of the most beautiful and sublime songs on the album is Joni’s rendition of Gershwin’s “The Girl I Love”, which eventually also became “The Man I Love”. Both versions have been recorded by any and everyone in the music world. None as well as this though. Joni sits alone atop my list of favorite female vocalists in history and is honestly not in serious jeopardy of ever losing said position. Here she is at top form, delivering an amazing performance worthy of it’s own singular place in the Smithsonian museum.