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.
August 2, 2011
June 8, 2011
Nicola Conte Presents Viagem 3 is the perfect collection of sounds for the summer. His third installment digs deeper into 60-70’s samba/bossa nova movement for a collection of cooled out tracks. And isn’t that album cover amazing? A decidedly jazz sound moves through some of these Brazilian gems. Nicola Conte continues to fuel my love for him. From his personal music to the compilations he creates … the soundtrack to evening cocktails.
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.
March 24, 2011
February 9, 2011
Soul Square’s 2010 release Live & Uncut is a big blowout of everything – hip hop, soul, jazz. And within every category is old and new sounds. A fresh culmination of groove. The core of the band’s from France with lots of ad in people on vocals. Here’s a great sampler of the album: Smooth. You could get funky to it, right!? I did.
August 19, 2010
This video is an amazing reenactment of some blue note album covers (originally designed by Reid Miles). Watch it.
I told you, highly amazing, right? Gorgeousness. For all the details on this project, and even more (tons) album cover eye candy – check out the article posted on Graphicology. It’s a great write up with oodles of details about the project.