Praverb – The G.O.D.

I’m in total shock right now because I just read that Praverb passed away today… What can I say. He was the first MC who blessed one of my tracks, the one I’m posting right now.
I wanted him to be on my new album but sadly it didn’t work out.
This is a sad reminder that life can be over in a second, so enjoy every moment.
My condolences to his family, wife and son.
A Go Fund Me page has been setup to cover the funeral costs, here
And the guys from Daily Concept have uploaded the Soulmade & Praverb – Progression b​/​w Maturation ep, released on 7″ vinyl 2 years ago. All money will go to Praverb’s family…
Soulmade & Praverb – Progression b​/​w Maturation

My Panda Shall Fly & Mau’lin – Push

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‘Push’ sees the bridging of two minds, a spontaneous event of shared loops, ideas and vision. My Panda Shall Fly & Mau’lin join creative forces giving birth of five abstract free-form compositions. Having
followed each others work for some time the two found themselves in an East London Studio first commencing a sonic dialogue just days before Christmas.

Now available on Project Mooncircle
Bandcamp / Vinyl

DJ Ian Head – Summer Madness / Travel Jazz

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After years of digging deeply into crates and crafting original and eclectic mixtapes for listeners worldwide, DJ Ian Head delivers his own limited edition vinyl release. The a-side covers the slow funk classic “Summer Madness” while the b-side is a more upbeat and soulful composition, “Travel Jazz.”

Limited to 200 copies, the record is pressed on clear vinyl with a unique hand-stamped cover.

Buy this Limited Edition 7″ Vinyl now on DJ Ian Head’s Bandcamp Page

Muhsinah – M

Muhsinah is back with a new 4 track ep, sounding very nice.
Check it out and get a free download link by signing up to the newsletter.

www.muhsinah.com

I am so happy to return with a brand new set of songs I like to call simply, M.
M is a sonic mood-ring, made in 5 days of solitude in my Virginia home. My birthday was coming so I wanted to celebrate and express every part of myself by writing some new songs, and making artwork to accompany it.

Everything you see and hear was made by me, with love.
It’s personal, it’s true, it’s me. I hope you enjoy it as much I do.

From my heart to yours,
Muhsinah

Kid Dyno – Frantic 45s

After his fantastic guest post a few weeks ago, Kid Dyno of the Daily Diggers is back with a new mix. Frantic 45s… Check it out.

Another 45 minute selection of funky 45s. I called this one Frantic 45s because of the nature in which these records were pulled from the 7″ crates one evening whilst doing a million other things at the same time. Who says men cannot multitask eh? There’s a real mixture of artists and genres here, and it’s not the usual break heavy stuff I tend to play. But it’s all good music so please enjoy.

Submerse – Slow Waves

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Slow Waves is a collection of multi-layered memories, stacked like grainy polaroids in an old box in the closet or under the bed while the colours fade. A young Rob at the beach or on his first day of grammar school. Images of travels across Europe and Japan, moments slipping in trains or planes while landscapes pass by. Memories so unique to his life, yet so similar to the fading memories of youth and adolescence we all have…
After a series of well acclaimed EP’s, each of them created at very specific moments in the artists life, Submerse took the time and sat down to reflect and convert all these memories into his first full length album on Project: Mooncircle.

Slow Waves will be available worldwide on July 27. on limited double vinyl, limited handmade and handpainted cassette edition (both including download code) as well as a limited edition CD including a bonus track via flau records in Japan.

You can pre-order the album now on the Project Mooncircle Bandcamp

The Story of Lenis Guess

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One of the most celebrated musicians who contributed to “The Norfolk Sound” was multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer, arranger, and label owner Lenis Guess. Born on February 27th, 1940, Lenis was entertaining his family at an early age. By the time he was seventeen he joined a vocal group called the Blue Beards and started entering talent shows. Inspired by his talent show success, he decided to pursue a recording career.

In 1966 he signed a contract to record his first release with Frank Guida. The single, “Working For My Baby” b/w “Just Ask Me” (SPQR 1002) would become the record that really launched the long career of Lenis. He would oversee Guida’s operation for the following three years and continued releasing 45s on Guida’s many labels. In 1969 he founded D.P.G. Records along with Kenneth Deal, a recording artist and George Perkins, a club owner. Tragically, Kenneth Deal was killed in a car accident shortly after releasing “What Have You Heard” b/w “Clown Suit” (D.P.G. 1006) under his stage name Terry Sinclair. Guess and Perkins continued releasing 45s of local talent though, most notably Sir Guy & his Rocking Cavaliers.

In 1970, after Perkins and Guess parted over artistic differences, Lenis and gifted engineer Dorsey “Brock” Brockington opened up their own recording studio, Brockington & Guess, in Norfolk, Virginia. They had an in-house band called Raw Soul which consisted of Barry Saunders (guitar), Maurice Glass (bass) and Grover “Groove” Everett (drums). All three were still teenagers at the time the group was assembled. The three matured into a tight unit and started backing some of Virginia’s finest vocalists including Barbara Stant, Lee Fields, Debbie Taylor, Shirley Johnson, and many more.

The partnership of Brock and Guess ended in 1978. Lenis ran the studio on his own through its final years and eventually signed for a few releases with two major record companies, Polydor Records and Brunswick Records. Feeling he had done about all he could do in Virginia, Lenis then moved to New York to continue his professional career there. Having learned from Frank Guida and Dorsey Brockington, Lenis was ready to start his own studio in New York City, which he still operates today.

This compilation will be available on double-gatefold vinyl (incl. full album download code), cd and digital through Tramp Records

Listen to snippets below.

Tumi Mogorosi – Project Elo

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When Tumi Mogorosi composed this suite for jazz musicians and opera vocalists he had never heard the previous successful attempts by Donald Byrd, Max Roach or Mary Lou Williams to combine these seemingly ‘unfriendly’aesthetics. Tumi, born in 1987 and already an accomplished drummer on the Jo’Burg scene, was at the time studying music at the Tshwane University of Pretoria where he became close friends with opera singers working on the same campus. So unlike some of his US peers Tumi’s beliefs are not ‘religious’.

Surprisingly, Tumi’s suite wasn’t influenced by these great elders’ masterpieces, but anyone who listens to this album will agree that the suite encaptures the soaring spirituality that made these experiments of the ’60s the beloved classics that they are today. Tumi does not belong to any religious group. This album is neither a jazz mass like Mary Lou William’s Black Christ of the Andes, nor a compilation of devotional pieces like Donald Byrd’s Christo Redentor. Project Elo stands for Project Elohim, the angelic entities of the spiritual scriptures which are in the drummer’s philosophy, a symbol for accomplished human beings. The spirituality the album conveys is attuned to a 21st century syncretic, non dogmatic vision infused with esotericism. Recorded live with no overdubs in two days by a group of friends, this album captures a moment of Eternity and will defy any idea you may have of what South African jazz is. Tumi’s music transcends labels and styles. When composing or playing he is only concerned with being true to the primodial source of life, which cannot be confined to any genre.

Available on 30/06/2014 on Vinyl and CD through Jazzman Records

Rabbi Darkside – Prospect Avenue

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Rabbi Darkside’s Prospect Avenue Album available as a free download today! Here’s what he has to say:

Prospect Avenue turns 1 year old today and in honor of the anniversary I’m offering the digital version of the album for “Name Your Price” on Bandcamp today only! Anybody who hasn’t scooped it, here’s your chance. Yeah, you can drop $0.00 on it, and that’s cool cause if you’re seeing this message I want the album in your ears regardless. But remember the important value of that direct music consumer to artist dollar ($10 is what I make from about 10,000 Spotify plays…)

So go ahead, grab a free download or pay whatever you want. But be quick, this will only be a free download today!

Rabbi Darkside – Prospect Avenue

dust and grooves london book launch party

for those who couldn’t attend any of the dust and grooves record book launch parties like myself, here’s a live recording from the launch party in london.
a 5 hour dj set featuring: ollie teeba (the herbaliser), dj food (ninja tune), jonny trunk, colleen murphy (classic album sundays), dom servini (wah wah 45s), kid dyno (daily diggers) and sheila b. (cha cha charming)