Monday, 29 February 2016

The Making of "Disposable Arts" by Masta Ace (Documentary)

Masta Ace "Disposable Arts" album cover

It's been 15 years since the release of Masta Ace's classic album "Disposable Arts" but a few years ago in 2013 the album was re-issued by Below System Records out of The Netherlands. Packaged with the album was a making of the album documentary that was only recently put online and premiered by Ambrosia For Heads.

Stories behind the tracks are discussed with Ace himself along with a number of the producers and artists featured, including Stricklin, Wordsworth, Punch, Rah Digga, Domingo, Xplicit and DJ J-S1 to name a few. This is a really interesting watch if you're a fan of Masta Ace and what sparked his return to music after a six year break and the obstacles Ace and his team faced just to put the album out.

Elzhi - February (Video)


It's been a long five years since Elzhi's tribute to Nas with his "Elmatic" album. The wait is now over for a new project from El as he prepares to release "Lead Poison" at the end of March.

Here with have the first video from the set with "February" which we heard at the tail end of 2015. Over a dreamy but busy percussive track from 14KT, Elzhi talks about his fight with depression, the old days and the loss of his friend J Dilla. The visuals do a great job of tapping in to his mind regarding these subjects.

"Lead Poison" is up for pre-order now.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Skematics - Wrong Feels So Right ft. Crestastarr (Audio)


Doing wrong can often feel so right. Skematics explains this about the women in his life with his second single "Wrong Feels So Right". Featuring vocals from Crestastarr,  this track will appear on the upcoming EP "Somewhere In The Gray".

A video for the song will be on deck shortly, so keep a look out for that too. This single is now available on iTunes or to stream below.

The Mouse Outfit - Step Steadier ft. Fox (Video)


The Mouse Outfit return with new visuals for the title track from their album "Step Steadier". This features Fox alone on vocals.

"Step Steadier" is available digitally on iTunes or physical copies on CD and vinyl can be found over at Bandcamp.

Monday, 15 February 2016

You Know What Love Is... A Tribute To J Dilla/Jay Dee

A small selection of Jay Dee productions

February. Dilla month. The month that James Dewitt Yancey was born and passed away. It's been ten years since music lost a pioneer, genius and friend. From his early work with his group Slum Village, his high profile hits with Janet Jackson and Q-Tip, through to his own "Donuts" album he created on his death bed, Jay Dee left a legacy that will be remembered.

Manchester will do their bit to remember him on February the 18th in The Whiskey Jar basement. Ten years after the original tribute night took place at Urbis in 2006, a number of DJs from that night will come back together to pay their respects. FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

Andy Peek (C'mon Feet)
Didjit (More Bounce / Skullsnap Records)
Konny Kon (Children Of Zeus / Broke 'n' English)
Mark Torkington (Friends And Family ? Fat City)
Mikey D.O.N (Krispy / Night Of The Living Dread)
with more to be announced...

Let's share this event, get a great turn out to one of the best to do it and show our love.

You know what love is...

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Watch Deez: Actual Slow Jams (Mix)


With Valentine's Day around the corner, I decided to put a compilation of slow jams together. Featuring tracks from the likes of Keith Sweat, Silk, Mya, H-Town, Raphael Saadiq and many more. This is a collection of actual slow jams as opposed to a bunch of random R'n'B tracks. No shots. :)

J Dilla's Vinyl Collection - Crate Diggers


Today marks the tenth anniversary of the passing of J Dilla. 

Not much else can be said about the impact that he had on music, his family, friends and fans. A few years ago, as part of their Crate Diggers series, Fuse TV put together an episode looking at his personal collection of vinyl. In his absence, numerous close friends and collaborators talk about the man and his music.

RIP Jay Dee.

Torae - Clap Shit Up ft. Phonte (Video)


Torae drops the latest visuals from his current album "Entitled". The track, "Clap Shit Up" features Phonte with the assist.

"Entitled" is available now.


Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Your Old Droog - 42 (FORTY DEUCE)(Video)


Your Old Droog drops the video to his recent track "42".

Skematics - 4 Elements feat. Saigon (Video)


Here we have the visuals to Washington Heights emcee Skematics' latest track, "4 Elements". The video features The Yardfather himself, Saigon, as well as one half of Blahzay Blahzay and frequent Sean Price collaborator, PF Cuttin, who produced the track. 

The single is available on iTunes now but look for the upcoming EP from Skematics, "Somewhere In The Grey".

Hip Hop!