Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Dynasty 2nd Single "Magnificent"

Tampa hasn't seen an emcee (pardon me, femcee) like Dynasty before. It's a rare thing when an artist combines heartfelt storytelling, commanding stage presence, and a deep and palpable audience connection. The skills of Rah Digga, the soul of Lauren Hill, and the ruff neck swagger of MC Lyte. All appropriate descriptions for D.Y. It's easy to make comparisons when you start talking about female emcees. There are so few truly skilled women in hip hop. It's a boys club and as often as not, despite their talent, the girls have to tart themselves up and pander to an overactive and juvenile male fantasy just to get some attention (ahem...Lil Kim...cough cough Foxy Brown).
Not this lady.
Dynasty has been slowly making a name for herself, turning heads locally and all over the world thanks to a co-sign from DJ Premier who put her last single "Femcee" on his "On the Road" mixtape. Her second single "Magnificent" released through Recordpushers Entertainment, may accelerate her journey into the spotlight. A little more soulful and a little less rough than "Femcee," "Magnificent" tells a story of transcendence, hope, and is universal in its themes. Stay tuned in for more from Dynasty and lookout for her debut album "Dream Pusher." The lady is very much an original, and she is "Magnificent!"

Download: "Magnificent"

Predators Trailer

I cannot wait for this one to pop up this summer!!

Predators Trailer

Monday, March 29, 2010

Quadron 'Quadron'

Quadron is a duo whose genesis originates from the reveries of two souls destined to live their existence as a fairytale. Our story begins in Copenhagen, Denmark, when Robin Hannibal encountered Coco O. thanks to the recommendation of a friend. Robin was already a name within Owusu & Hannibal, and Boom Clap Bachelors, but he was ready to continue his collaborations and also seek out new adventures.

In the ingĂ©nue of Coco, Robin saw a female muse, singing without effort, speaking in melody. Taking their time to get it right, they started playing together. A year would pass while they gently created the Quadron sound. The music was funky, naughty, soft and delicate, but complicated and natural. Robin creates melodies with lush orchestration and deep beats, intellectual and crisp. Coco layers them with her voluptuous timbre, together completing a chapter of their fairytale soundtrack until a Quadron song is born. Only a few months has passed since Quadron’s album was first exposted to the public, but the artistry of its caliber has a force all its own. When it’s good, it’s good and Quadron is that.

Download: "Pressure"

T.H.E.W.E.A.K. "17 again" video

T.H.E.W.E.A.K., comprised of MC rappers T Squared and Super Hero Supreme. T.H.E.W.E.A.K., (They. Hate. Everyone. With. Education. And. Knowledge), is a group with a direct and refreshing lyrical message which strives to “fight crime via the microphone” and to restore balance in and outside the Hip-Hop community.

T.H.E.W.E.A.K. create music that works towards the comprehension of Hip-Hop culture for both those who choose to accept it and those who struggle against it. Both T Squared and Super Hero Supreme believe that misconception and ignorance can turn to hate; it is from this hate thatT.H.E.W.E.A.K. have taken their name. T.H.E.W.E.A.K. can usually be caught prowling DC or Maryland streets looking for the “wicked and wack.”

DJ Center

“Everything in Time” is a global soul record bringing back a low-end theory and warmth that’s been absent in music as of late. It’s a record for a generation raised on a foundation of Hip Hop and Jazz, but having grown up with a global scope and broader musical palate. It’s Roots music without being Reggae, and Soul music without being a throw back to the past.

As the songs unfold on “Everything in Time” you’re enveloped in lush piano chords, warm bass lines, boom-bap drum patterns, flying tambourines, and soaring horns. The album includes a smoky cover of Rufus and Chaka Khan's anthem, “You Got the Love“ and culminates with the thumping Brazilian tribute titled, “Center's Groove”. The guests Center chose for his album are the perfect marriage to every song. The record features everyone from favorites like Oddisee and Zaki Ibrahim, to the up and coming Gretchen Parlato (who’s worked with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding) and Samia Farah (who’s dub reggae and jazz vocal styles give her an unparalleled uniqueness). The icing on the cake is the remix of “Tout Passe” contributed by the incredibly talented Waajeed of Platinum Pied Pipers.

The underlying essence of this record is timeless music. Each track is so unique from the next, yet housed under the same soulful roof. Listen unhurriedly, as all great things happen in time.

The Making of "Everything in Time" from DJ Center on Vimeo.

Cookbook & Uno Mas VIDEO

Mike Relm video

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New Glitch Mob Single "Drive It Like You Stole It"

Together, edIT, Boreta, and Ooah have amassed a large number of remixes, singles, and mixtapes, but May 25 will mark the release of Drink the Sea, the debut full-length from LA's veteran blap collective. The Glitch Mob opted to drop the album on its own imprint, Glass Air, and has also given us the premiere of the album's first single, "Drive It Like You Stole It." If this track is anything, it's an anthem. Amidst a trademark head-nodding beat heavy with slap, a number of synths vie for the forefront position—like a team of buglers announcing the coming of the beat scene's heroes—before giving way to an arsenal of heavy percussion and reverberated vocal samples.

go over to XLR8R and get "Drive It Like You Stole It"