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Black Strobe – Boogie In Zero Gravity EP out + new video / free remix

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Parisian Black Strobe EP
Boogie In Zero Gravity Out Now
(Vinyl Out August 27th)

Black Strobe released EP Boogie in Zero Gravity, the third and strongest in a series of EP releases this year on Black Strobe RecordsBlack Strobe, a phrase which aptly calls to mind a darker envisioning of airy, superficial dance music, is spearheaded by prolific musician Arnaud Rebotini. The EP builds off Rebotini’s record as a pioneering artist in the genre of post-apocalyptic electronica, as well as his 2007 foray into blues-rock with the acclaimed LP Burn Your Own ChurchRebotini does not hesitate to blend elements of both genres on this new EP – creating an addictively groovy mix of jazzy riffs and ambient electronica beats where smoky vocals and blues guitar solos are just as prominent as the irresistible beat loops that put Black Strobe’s name on the map back in the 90’s. The EP also features four stellar remixes from nu-disco producers all over the world – listen up to a preview of Elijah Collins’ sneaky, ambient reinterpretation of“White Gospel Blues”HERE.

A prelude to a single release in November and a brand new full length in 2013, Boogie in Zero Gravityrepresents the not just the next step in the journey of an electronic legend but the birth of a new, funky and uncontrived house sound that is bound to explode upon its release into the world of EDM.

All tracks on the album were written and produced by Arnaud Rebotini.

Black StrobeBoogie in Zero GravityDigital on  iTunes HERE 
01. Boogie in Zero Gravity (Extended Version)
02. Boogie in Zero Gravity (Dub Version)
03. White Gospel Blues (Dub Version)
04. Boogie in Zero Gravity (Drop Out Orchestra Remix)
05. Boogie in Zero Gravity (Populette Remix)
06. Boogie in Zero Gravity  (Hot Toddy Remix)
07. White Gospel Blues (Jeremy Glenn Remix)
08. White Gospel Blues (Elijah Collins Remix)

Black StrobeBoogie in Zero GravityVinyl:
A Side:
01. Boogie in Zero Gravity (Dub Version)
02. Boogie in Zero Gravity (Populette Remix)
B Side:
01. White Gospel Blues (Dub Version)
02. White Gospel Blues (Jeremy Glenn Remix)

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Meshell Ndegeocello Announces Nina Simone Tribute Album + Free MP3

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(October 9; Naïve Records)

Following the release of 2011’s critically acclaimed WeatherMeshell Ndegeocello announces the release of her 10th studio album, Pour une âme souveraine (“For a sovereign soul”), a dedication to fellow musician Nina Simone. Joined by musicians Chris Bruce (guitar), Jebin Bruni (keys) and Deantoni Parks (drums), the singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist, and vocalist reworked some of the tracks made famous by the iconic musician. Guests on the album include Sinead O’ConnorLizz WrightValerie June,Tracy WannomaeToshi Reagon and Cody ChesnuTT. To celebrate the release of the album, Meshell is sharing the iconic track “Be My Husband”.


Flush with stomps, claps and chants, Meshell is accompanied on vocals by New York singer-songwriter Valerie June.

After only ten days in the studios of guitarist Pete Min, this album was born, reflecting Meshell’s admiration for the pioneering work of an artist who refused to be owned by genre, industry, or expectation. As Meshell describes, this album is “a dedication to Nina Simone and her incredible influence but it is also a dedication to the single, interior life we all experience.” Revered by Meshell, Nina Simone was a powerful influence both musically and politically. Her music was highly instrumental in the fight for equal rights in the United States. “She wanted success, was pressured to make hits, but her own sound was still irrepressible,” explains Meshell. “She had things to say, she protested. She was a loud, proud black, female voice during a time when black female voices were not encouraged to make themselves heard.”

Comprised of a mix of traditional classics (“Feelin’ Good”), songs written by Nina Simone (“Real Real”), or for her (“To Be Young, Gifted and Black” by Weldon Irvine), the album represents a full spectrum of Nina Simone’s work and life. From the pulsing of the traditional ballad “House Of The Rising Sun,” the velvety, soul filled vocals of “Feeling Good,” and a bluegrass duet with Sinead O’Connor in “Don’t Take All Night,” Meshell Ndegeocello gives a subtle spin to the tracks off the Pour une âme souveraine.

“We really wanted to do something we felt was true to Nina Simone. By that realizing it meant we had to do what felt true to us,” says Chris Bruce, who co-produced the album along with Meshell and wrote the arrangements. “The aim was not to re-create the existing versions, because we felt strongly that the only way to honor Nina would be for Meshell to find her own voice in the material. Nina was always exploring and experimenting, and quite cathartic. If you are familiar with her work at all you will frequently find that there exist multiple versions of the same song. So we wanted to tap into that same creative spirit and make the songs our own. And in the end hopefully have something we feel she would appreciate and feel pride.”

Pour une âme souveraine Track List

1.    Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
2.    Suzanne
3.    Real Real feat. Toshi Reagon
4.    House of the Rising Sun feat. Toshi Reagon
5.    Turn Me On
6.    Feelin’ good
7.    Don’t Take All Night feat. Sinead O’Connor
8.    Nobody’s Fault But Mine feat. Lizz Wright
9.    Be My Husband feat. Valerie June
10. Black is the Color of My True Loves Hair feat. Valerie June
11. See Line Woman  feat. Tracy Wannomae
12. Either Way I Lose
13. To Be Young, Gifted and Black feat. Cody ChesnuTT
14. Four Women

Meshell Ndegeocello Tour Dates

07/20: New York, NY @ Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall
07/28: New York, NY @ The Fats Waller Dance Party, Annunciation Park on Bruce Paltrow Field
08/04: Oakland, CA @ Art & Soul Festival
08/11: Burnaby, CA @ Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival
08/27: Big Indian, NY @ Women’s Music Summit, Full Moon
08/28: Big Indian, NY @ Women’s Music Summit, Full Moon
08/29: Big Indian, NY @ Women’s Music Summit, Full Moon
08/30: Big Indian, NY @ Women’s Music Summit, Full Moon
08/31: Big Indian, NY @ Women’s Music Summit, Full Moon
09/07: Pittsburgh, PA @ City of Asylum
09/08: Pittsburgh, PA @ City of Asylum
10/19: Durham, NC @ Duke University, Reynolds Industry Theater
10/20: Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall Theater
12/07: Los Angeles, CA @ UCLA Live

Pony Boy Single Out 7/31,Free New MP3 + LA Dates

Posted in News with tags , , , , on July 19, 2012 by E.N.

Soulful crooner Pony Boy, aka Marchelle Bradanini, puts her own seductive, modern twist on the Americana sound. Her sultry vocals glide above twangy, buzzing guitars and alluring rhythms, exploring themes of the old west and heartache. Joined by drummer Garrett Ray (Fool’s Gold), guitarist JP Bendzinski (Crystal Antlers) and bassist Brandon Owens (Lauryn Hill), Pony Boy will play a short stint of west coast dates in support of the Not In This Town single released digitally on July 31st.

A b-side to the single produced by John Would (Fiona Apple, Wanda Jackson) and featuring Amy Wood (Fiona Apple) on drums, “The Murder Ballad of Carrie Lee” is a bouncy, upbeat track driven by piano and a subtle touch of banjo that allows Bradanini’s vocals to shine as they fluctuate in stunning twists and turns. For a taste of what Pony Boy has to offer, check out the toe-tapping “The Murder Ballad of Carrie Lee” MP3 

Single “Not In This Town” is a smoky, slow-burning track perfectly suited for a dimly-lit barroom. Its slow-moving, yet captivating melodies and the delicate shimmer of harp strings create an air of mystery and intrigue, leaving listeners wanting more. Previously released track “Saints & Liars” sets a darker, more bluesy tone, with deep, buzzing guitar and commanding vocals that deliver their message with conviction and control.

Be sure to catch Pony Boy live in LA with Mynabirds & more this month, and stay tuned for more from the fiery songstress!

West Coast Dates
School Night LA + Show w/ Mynabirds!

7/21: Los Angeles, CA @ BloomfestLA (DJ Set)
7/23: Hollywood, CA @ Bardot, School Night LA FREE w/RSVP
7/31: Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite (w/ Mynabirds)
8/19: Los Angeles, CA @ Villains Tavern

Retraflex & Ben Fawce ft. $pyda – Apocalypse: The Remixes on Flexout Audio(Preview)

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Flexout provide the goods once more with their fourth release of the year – you just can’t keep these guys down.

Serum’s “Apocalypse” remix is a blistering 175 bpm rage through the original with an incredibly addictive bassline and $pyda’s vocals taking the forefront.

Chromatic adds a twist of cold, calculated bass just the right side of nasty, and Rregula adds his own blend of dub dropping the whole ragga-based concoction into a pool of bass darker than Cthulu’s ink sack.

With support from some seriously huge names in the game such as Nicky Blackmarket, Bryan Gee, Bladerunner, Phantasy and Steppa, this is one special little noisemaker.

Blackhall & Bookless -Josies EP (VIT013)

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Blackhall & Bookless
Label: Vitalik
Released: 2012
Distribution: Word And Sound
Cat no: VIT013
1. Touch
2. Esoj
3. Esoj (Hatikvah Rmx)
4. Esoj (Soulade Rmx)

Newcastles purveyors of fine house make their debut release on Vitalik Recordings. Written by Blackhall & Bookless and engineered by Ethyl, the Josies EP is a contemporary take a classical house aesthetic, timeless house music in short.

Having met through the passion of house music in their early teens, it didn’t take long before Chris Blackhall and Chris Bookless were delving into the depths of electronic music. After years of local residencies developing a sound beyond there years the duo created their Newcastle based brand. 5 years later Jaunt been responsible for introducing acts such as Kerri Chandler, Ben Klock, Jamie Jones, Julio Bashmore, Kyle Hall, Tobi Neumann and Prosumer to North east dance floors. Over the past 2 years they have taken their party to the capital and are now regularly Djing further afield playing at numerous destinations across the UK and Europe.
Having heard early versions the tracks the duo had written Vitalik matched the pair with an engineer that would complement their classical house sensibilities. Ethyl, currently one of the UK’s most promising young house producers has established himself on labels such as Quintessentials, secretsundaze and Tsuba as a well respected artist that exudes a sophistication in his production ahead of his years. The fruits of this experimental collaboration are two very slick productions, emotively charged classic house cuts executed with clarity of concept.
‘Touch’ kicks off the EP with the familiar sounds of 808 percussion and a bouncing Juno bassline. Washes of metallic pads sink through the mix giving way to the gentle but evocative chords that give the track its trademark haunting quality.
‘Esoj’ takes the bpm down to 115 bpm, the huge bassline and trundling beats give the track an expansive feel, a feeling that is further developed by the stunningly bright chord stabs that elevate the track to its melodic crescendo. Esoj is a refreshing example of how to make uplifting house music without being irreverent or cliché.
German studio boffins Hatikvah are first up to bat in the remixes, many will know them from their output on labels like Soma, Suol, Cadenza, Vakant, Liebe Detail, Buzzin Fly and Morris Audio to name but a few. Hatikvah take things in a slightly different direction, swinging the beats and unleashing a monstrous filtered bassline, the rawness of the huge bass  is contrasted by delicately scattered keys. The final interpretation, a beefed up danceflloor rendition by Vitalik stalwart Suolade completes the package. Taking things up to a house tempo the chunky beats and uncomplicated melodies are simple but effective.

The xx – Angels(Video)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on July 19, 2012 by E.N.

Angels is taken from The xx’s new album Coexist which will be released by Young Turks on September 10th / 11th (US).

Stream new Bondax B-side ‘It’s You’ out 26th August

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‘Baby I Got That/It’s You’
Just Us / Relentless
26th August

Generating huge ripples of excitement with their truly original sonic sounds, Bondax prepare to debut their next release, ‘Baby I Got That/It’s You’ on own label, Just Us / Relentless on 26th August.

Soaked in Balearic soul, ‘Baby I Got That’ stands layered with ethereal vocal cuts that float above jangly piano stabs and breezy drops. And whilst it’s a tune that breathes easy, it more than packs enough punch for the dancefloor. Sumptuous bass and itchy percussion provide the attitude as they sit alongside that bedrock of house music; the sample. On the flipside, ‘It’s You’ chops up romantic female vocals for a modern-day love song in the only way Bondax know how; rich and otherworldly.

School friends barely out of sixth form, George Townsend and Adam Kaye AKA Bondax released last single ‘You’re So’ on Raffertie’s Super Recordings in March.

The Archives-New Reggae from ESL Music (preview)+Free Download

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Out Now on ESL Music

The Debut Release From The Archives, DC’s Seminal Roots Rockers Digs Deep into Reggae’s Past to Discover the Future

Produced By Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton Archives Captures The Band’s Fierce Live Energy and Socially Conscious Stance


The Archives began when Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton began a quest to explore the roots of reggae music. He asked keyboard ace Darryl “D-Trane” Burke to put together a cover band that would introduce club goers to the rock steady hits and obscurities of the pre-reggae era. When the group began writing original material, Burke contacted players he knew that could bring a progressive vibe to the music. “Everyone in the band has recorded and toured internationally with acts like Eek-A-Mouse, Culture, Gregory Isaacs and The Abyssinians,” Burke explains. “We weave together the best of foundation roots, rock steady, early dub and dancehall influences with arrangements that use funky throwbacks such as jazz flute, melodica and organ to create a classic, yet fresh and conscious sound.”

The band landed a two-year residency at the DC club Patty Boom Boom. Nightlong sets that often saw them playing 60 tunes or more allowed them to hone their sound and win an audience of dedicated fans. “It takes time to create new flavors,” Burke explains. “Playing weekly allowed us to simmer this stew and unify our sound. Now we’re comfortable in any situation and confident that we can step up and take it to the next level.”

The Archives feature vocalists Ras Puma, the charismatic singer on Thievery Corporation’s Culture of Fear, and Lenny Kurlou (S.T.O.R.M.). Mateo Monk (Sankofa Blackstar) plays guitar, flute and melodica; Burke (Moja Nya, Eek- A-Mouse, Gregory Isaacs) is on keyboards and drummer Leslie “Black Seed” James Jr. (Culture, Eek-A-Mouse) and bass player Justin “Relentless” Parrott (Claudius Linton) round out the lineup. The songs were composed collectively and all band members contributed to the arrangements.

With Eric Hilton behind the board and Thievery Corporation’s head engineer, Chris “Stone” Garrett, adding his magic to the mix, the band laid down 13 tracks full of smoking soul and sufferation. Burke’s funky clavinet and James’s one drop drumming introduce “Ghetto Gone Uptown.” Puma and Kurlou alternate lead vocals and add smooth harmonies to the chorus of this lover’s rock jam. The vibe is mellow, but the lyrics are a serious examination of the country’s economic woes. Legendary dance hall DJ, producer and Thievery Corporation vocalist Sleepy Wonder sings lead on “Music Is My Prayer,” an ode to the healing powers ofmusic. His scat-infused vocal on this sweet, laid-back track owes a debt to the work of Black Uhuru’s Michael Rose.

Download The Archives- Ghetto Gone Uptown

Desi Hyson, singer and main songwriter of Al Anderson’s Original Wailers takes lead vocals on “Crime,” a melodic romp that calls for the legalization of ganja with a ska-like bounce in its rhythm. “More To Life” is a Black Uhuru style roots rocker with inventive drumming from James and a passionate vocal from Puma, calling for worldwide responsibility and compassion as an antidote for the planet’s anguish. Subtle dub effects set off Monk’s wicked guitar solo.

Album Track List

1. Who’s Correct? Ft Ras Puma
2. Ghetto Gone Uptown Ft Ras Puma, Lenny Kurlou
3. Crime Ft Desi Hyson
4. Nuff A Dem Claim Ft Ras Puma
5. One More Time Ft Lenny Kurlou
6. More To Life Ft Ras Puma
7. Melodica Funk
8. Boof Baff Ft Ichelle Cole
9. Message For The Messenger Ft Ras Puma
10. Music Is My Prayer Ft Sleepy Wonder
11. Sensibility Ft Ras Puma
12. Why Can’t We Live Together? Ft Lenny Kurlou
13. Blasting Through The City Ft Ras Puma
The band shows off its diversity on the song “Melodica Funk,” a rock steady instrumental that blends melodica, Monk’s Latin-flavored jazz flute and Burke’s Jackie Mittoo-style organ solos and the track “Why Can’t We Live Together,” a funky disco/reggae cover of the Timmy Thomas standard. They also shine on “Who’s Correct,” a bubbly rock steady groove featuring Parrott’s militant Augustus Pablo-style bass line and a serious message of religious tolerance and a dub heavy take on the Clash/Mikey Dread tune “One More Time.”

“Dali once said he learned to paint like the masters before embarking on his visionary quest,” Monk says. “We strive to play like the masters in our field, but we’re part of our generation. Modern sensibilities have developed since the golden era of reggae: better gear, more awareness of studio techniques, new approaches to improvisation, new paradigms for the concert experience and greater social consciousness. We are not a retro band. We’re a 21st century band with really deep roots and we want to contribute to reggae’s evolution. Same tree, new leaves.”

CONTEST: Win a Pair of Tickets and Drink a 40oz w/ Dirtybird’s Justin Martin at HARD Summer!

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Win 2 Tickets and a Chance to Drink a 40oz with Justin Martin at HARD Summer!
Has the 40oz image on Justin Martin‘s recent release “Ghettos & Gardens” made you thirsty for one of your own?
Dirtybird Records and HARD are giving one lucky winner a chance to drink a cold one with the Ghetto Gardener himself: Justin Martin… at HARD Summer Music Festival this August!
One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive:
- Two (2) General Admission weekend passes to Hard Summer 2012 (yes, that means both days!)
- On August 4th, you and your guest will be personally escorted backstage to meet Justin Martin and drink a “Ghettos & Gardens” 40oz with him!*
To enter the contest, head on over to!
*By entering this contest you agree that you are 21 years of age and can legally drink alcoholic beverages (with Justin or otherwise!)
This is the first time the event has been expanded to 2 days… and the winner gets access to both days!
The Red Bull Music Academy Discotheque stage features performances from multiple dirtybirds including Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Kill Frenzy and Zombie Disco Squad.
About HARD Summer…
HARD Summer Music Festival 2012
Aug 3+4, 2012
LA State Historic Park
Downtown Los Angeles, CA
4 stages, 2 days.
Doors open at 5pm each day

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