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Eclectic Method, Chuck D., “Outta Sight”

“Outta Sight” releases March 15 with no less than eight different mixes. Public Enemy’s Chuck D. joins up with the DJ group, having met at a joint performance for the documentary “Copyright Criminals,” a look at the outdated laws of modern copyright, and the far too rigid for creativity rules therein. PE was featured as […]

XX’s Jamie Smith remixes Gil Scott-Heron

Jamie Smith of indie newcomers The xx looks to label-mate and legend Gil Scott-Heron for a full length remix project, tackling last year’s I’m New Here, Gil’s first new album since 1994. Not all of the tracks work, but Smith’s glitchy backdrops add paranoia and weight to Scot-Heron’s recall. One wonders how Gil feels about […]

Closed Sessions

In what is essentially a hip-hop jam session, Closed Sessions is an example of new thinking in the digital landscape and shrinking revenue from recorded music. The latest session invited new and established emcees and producers to a mansion in Austin, Texas, and through a partnership with equipment manufacturer Solid State, brought in gear to […]

Seun Kuti, “From Africa With Fury: Rise”

Seun Kuti continues to follow in his father Fela’s footsteps with the follow up to 2008’s excellent, Many Things. If the clip below is any indication, Seun, performing with his dad’s band Egypt 80, is the man to beat in the Afrobeat wars. From Africa With Fury: Rise arrives June 21 on Knitting Factory. Find […]

Zshatwa, “Robot”

Zshatwa has apparently dropped two free albums online over the past year or so, neither of which seem to exist online any longer. Pretty face notwithstanding, her latest, “Robot,” has plenty going for it. A pop-electro beat that wouldn’t be out of place from Sa-Ra or J*Davey, but with the greatness of sampling the (ready […]

Jalin Roze, “For The Love”

Jalin Roze previews his forthcoming release The Brilliance, due in February, with the head-nodder “For The Love.” The mellow, piano-based track, courtesy of producer Josh La Rock, could have been made in ’94 for O.C. or Big L., and you’d believe it. The Jalin-Josh pairing has already made for some great music, and here’s hoping […]

Rick Ross & Ludacris, “Black Man’s Dream”

Damn my liberalism. Can’t help but listen to Officer Ricky’s, “Black Man’s Dreams” without bells and whistles going off. The track on Ross’ free mixtape Ashes to Ashes instantly degenerates into three minutes of stereotypes and quickly turns depressing. On the surface, the song is an anthem — pump up the volume and chant the […]

Nemo Achida releases “The North Star” EP

Lexington’s Nemo Achida released his much-anticipated EP, The North Star via Bandcamp as a free release. My only complaint is that it’s not quite 20 minutes, and I’m left wanting more. He promises his next release, Digital Dan, will be a full length. —Damien McPherson Check it out here: The North Star EP by NEMO

Father Jah, Donnie McFly are ‘Trippin’

Father Jah and Donnie McFly have dropped the next singles from their upcoming Mr. Myagi Meets Bigfoot Mackzilla. (I did not make up that title.) Check the video for “Y’all Trippin’” (mp3 below), as well as McFly’s “Mr Myagi.” Both are far better efforts than their first single, the previously posted “AC.” —DM

Cheyenne Marie Mize debuts video for “Friend”

Cheyenne Marie Mize is in high gear for the national release of “Before Lately” (Oct. 12 via SonaBLAST), and has just released the excellent video to first single “Friend”, featuring the Squallis Puppeteers and members of Wax Fang. Mize’s CD release show happens at Christ Evangelical United Church (1228 E. Breckenridge St.) on Oct. 16 […]