Santigold

February 1, 2012

How I love thee Santigold and how I’ve been waiting FOREVER for new music. Bam. First listen off the new album Master Of My Make-Believe – “Big Mouth” – freaking love it tons! And the video is just as rad. It’s got a great afro-beat vibe going. Exciting and can’t wait for more. Irritates me that it’s such a great song and all people seem to be writing about is the posibility of a Gaga diss in the song. Who cares!

 

Download the track for free here.

Afrolicious

November 9, 2011

Yup, yet another ESL Music artist. New ep out – A Dub For Mali.  Here’s the promo for it. Or go for the full song here, just no video ( it say’s it’s “Thursday Night Kinda Swing” but really it’s “Foolin”)! Dig it, cuz it’s funky. For sure read their blog, as it fully explains the notion of what is the Afrolicious party.

Jungle By Night

August 25, 2011

Progressive upbeat afrobeat/groove jazz from Amsterdam. Lots of flavor and funk. Into their energy and refreshing innovations. Certainly check out their blog, it’s a great read about their journey as a band and you get a real sense of their love for music. Here’s the song that got me hooked (I stumbled upon it while “researching” E.T. – as in the extra-terrestrial – … when you have kids, you end up reading about the most random shit). Listen up to their new album – you’ll dig it, hard. Swear.

The Whitefield Brothers

April 26, 2011

So, I’ve been trying to put together a post about this band for, something like weeks now. I think I’ve been toiling over it so long because I really really love this album and wanted to write some cosmic words about its greatness to inspire the masses to dig in and listen. Well, it didn’t happen. Instead …. I pondered and wrote notta. Idiot. I know.  So here goes … written stream of conscious style: My Love Affair with The Whitefield Brothers. Their album Earthology has been out for over a year and I’m just finding it, but, seriously, just glad I stumbled upon. It has become one of my absolute favorite things to groove to. It’s the perfect collective of world, funky, raw soul, afrobeat, hiphop, jazz, and groove. It’s got a real throwback sound, yet lots of fresh newness to it. Never have I come across this perfect of a blend of styles and past/present sounds.  The fact that these are German dudes still blows my mind. Ridiculously relevant. You owe it to yourself to listen up. The best thing I own right now.  You can check out some sample sounds here. So do it.

Chico Mann is my man

November 9, 2010

 Chico Mann is like that intersection, where all the streets meet. I mean all of them – bringing all kinds of cultures, and flavors, and vibes with them. Chico Mann’s latest Analog Drift is where soul, funk, hints of freestyle, and afrobeat sounds all come together. And does it ever come together. This album, it is the shit. It’s this laid back electro infused groove.  By far one of the best things to come my way this year.

Tony Allen

May 26, 2010

Secret Agent delivers the perfect mix of afrobeat, jazz, and funk. Tony Allen is power in groove disguise.