IN ROTATION

  • T.R.O.Y. has Cypress Hill’s demo tape. Seriously – this demo tells me that whoever A&R/exec. produced their debut deserves massive credit for improving the band’s final product. The demo is cool as a curiosity but more rough than diamonds, if you follow me.
  • Just Matter and Roger Jao team up for a fun and impressively executed mix called Still Diggin’ Disco, featuring the best in electro country house. (Ok, actually, it’s all disco).
  • Late pass (#1) on my part but Jay Electronica’s Victory mix-CD is a must-to-bump. Can I just marvel, for a moment at how good this sounds to me?
    Jay Electronica feat. Talib Kweli, Jay Cole and Mos Def: Just BegunI’ve read elsewhere this is actually a Reflection Eternal cut feat. Jay E, Jay Cole and Mos. That’s less relevant than just appreciating how this is a real flash back to the turn of the 90s/00s, when people still presumably carried about a bunch of “dope” MCs “dropping” “hot lines” over a “cool beat.” F— if you can’t feel this.

    Weiss still has the mix.

  • Speaking of the Passion of Weiss site, DJ Sach has put together a Winter Mixtape, a concept I’ve been wanting to create for a long time but thankfully, someone got around to doing it first. Everyone needs a Winter mixtape.
  • Late pass (#2): DJ Numark live at the Do Over. This dude stays mad underrated but is still one of the most party rockin’ DJs out there. And not just because he plays mooged out covers of the Mohawks. (It does not hurt though).
  • Funky16corners brings you their Forbidden City Organs. If you can’t get enough of a fiery, funky bunch of organ vamps, this is for you. B3 me!
  • Last but not least, I probably should write a full post about this at some point but I’m hella behind on a ton of stuff and I’d hate to overlook at least saying a lil’ something…Souljazz Orchestra are a Canadian ensemble who, true to their name, have kept the soul-jazz sound of the ’60s and ’70s alive and well. The album is heavily Afro-beat influenced but the cut that really stood out to me is more in the vein of Black Jazz than EMI Nigeria:Souljazz Orchestra: Lotus Flower
    From Rising Sun (Strut, 2010)

    Loving the smooth, cool flavor here; absolutely takes me back about a dozen years to when I was trying to grip Strata East, Black Jazz and Prestige titles with the quickness. This drops in the next couple; sleep not.

    The group also has a video for another song off the album:

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