BUeLLER, member of the Tout’nou collective (Montréal) along with Vlooper and KenLo Craqnuques, already has six albums under his belt including his latest effort, DMTxBUeLLER, co-produced by his brother DMT. His style and presentation is rooted in Hip-Hop, but contains much soul as he utilizes diverse samples that make his most digital-sounding songs seem oddly organic.
Seven whole years after his last release, Omar has returned with his seventh studio album entitled, The Man. The lead single (of the same title) has already become a classic here in Toronto among old school and new school heads. The same DJs who played "There’s Nothing Like This" (1990) and "Saturday" (1994) have stuck by Omar and in return he has re-recorded the former with help from Pino Palladino, the Welsh bass guitarist who was instrumental (pardon the pun) in the recording of some of my favourite albums. (See D’angelo’s Voodoo.)
"The Man" has been packaged as a single along with remixes by Shafiq Husayn and Maddslinky and, of course, the remake of "There’s Nothing Like This". The single is wonderful. The album is fantastic. Just be sure to download the Emanative Space Man Remix (above) available on Juno’s digital-only "deluxe bonus remix version" of the album. Nick Woodmansey collaborated with Jessica Lauren on Analog Synths and Tamar Osborn (Collocutor) on Bass Clarinet to sex it up.
I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I know much about George Duke because, truthfully, he is one of my more recent discoveries—thanks to Thundercat’s cover of "For Love (I Come Your Friend)" from his Golden Age of Apocalypse album.
I remember the day after I first listened to that album, I went digging for Duke’s Aura Will Prevail LP (containing the original version of "For Love") and found it right away. The jacket was a little faded and frayed, but the record itself was glistening black. An OG in near-mint condition. And, at $8 it was cheaper than most iTunes downloads. I was ecstatic!
Anyway, I took all of the George Duke tracks that popped up in my News Feed today and compiled this playlist. These selections came from giants the likes of Gilles Peterson, DJ Lexis (musicismysanctuary.com), Jason Palma, John Kong, Paul E. Lopes, Scott C, Mantis (The Get By), Sunclef, et al.
Rest in peace, George Duke.
Listen! You need to hear this mixtape. I can’t stress this enough… On A Little More Elbow Room, Hawk House have managed to blend Nu-Soul with the old school. This is a true Hip-Hop album (err, Mixtape) that flows like a river. Ripples and waves. It’s Blowout Comb with an English accent. It’s Muhsinah and Stacy Epps. It’s early FlyLo. It really knows no boundaries. Peace to Sabo who put me on to this and Scott C (The Goods, MTL) who linked us with the files. [Download]
"First Lady Of Modern Funk" — KPFK Radio, Los Angeles
With a massive appetite for all things that make people dance and fly, this versatile voice varying from a lamb to a lion ignited her spark for muze as she sang up against windows, in garbage cans, down stairwells, and on the loo!
Bouncing with it, playing with the reverberation in a room, AMALIA began creating her own melodies and interpretive dance moves as a baby. Her source of inspiration being her British “Vinyl Junkie” Pops, her Filipina Mama’s Adobo, and a multitude of books filled with activism and art! She eagerly asked her family if she could enroll into writing and music classes, only to find her explosive energy could not be schooled at a ‘conventional’ school.
“To watch Amalia perform is to see passion personified. Her spirit and creativity ooze out of every thrust and hip gyration; her powerful voice indicates a talent that is both instinctive and unique…” — Honey Jam, Toronto
Bang The Party is celebrating its seventh anniversary and to mark the occasion Andycapp is offering up a limited two-disc compilation spanning 30 years of influential and inspiring music, both rare and classic. You can download disc one for free, but if I know Andy (and I think I do) disc two is stacked. So, get your ass down to Bunda Lounge on Sat 13 July and get yourself a hard copy!
Sleeve design by Toronto graffiti artist Darcy Obokata.