Friday, May 31, 2013

Flowback Fridays: Good Day In The Dark [Video]


Ice Cube: It Was A Good Day

The Isley Brothers: Footsteps In The Dark

DJ Jazzy Jeff: Vinyl Destination (Episode 11) [Video]

Akalepse: A Sight For Sore Ears [Mix]

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Akalepse could not have more aptly titled this mix - tactfully tying together tracks from Talib Kweli, J Rawls, Michele G. Miller and many more.

Adam Kvasnika: The Mystery Of Jazz [Mix]

The Mystery Of Jazz by Adam Kvasnica on Mixcloud

Nesby Phips: Jazzy As Is [Mix]

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"A little splash of what" Nesby Phips listens "to to unwind"


Has-Lo: Hindsight [Video]

Three21Media Interviews Jean Grae [Video]

Alice Russell On KEXP (Seattle) [Video]

Atmosphere: Ain't Nobody [Video]

You chose to go and get stuck...I'm not ya gold rush...

Giorgio Moroder @ Deep Space [Mix]

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Giorgio Moroder delved into DJing for the first time last week in NYC, and Red Bull Music Academy has streamed the entire set.

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Gilles Peterson & Ninja Tune present Britfunk [Mix]


Mayer Hawthorne: Soul With A Hole (Vol. 1) [Mix]

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Zo! f. Gwen Bunn & Foreign Exchange: Count To Five [Video]

Zo! and his FE fam craft a clever ManMade visual for Count To Five.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Life + Times presents Decoded: Talib Kweli (Get By & Turnt Up) [Video]

Gensu Dean & Planet Asia: Faces On The Dollar [Video]

Grab a copy of the Mello Music Group duo's latest, Abrasions, on iTunes.

AZ: We Movin [Video]

Kaytranada: Holy Hole Inna Donut [Video]

Lee Bannon: Never​/​mind​/​the​/​darkness​/​of​/​it​.​.​. [EP]

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Lee Bannon lets loose of seven traptronic tracks, including the indelible intro SupremeKillah.


Jon Quest & maticulous: No Re-Runs [EP]

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Alexander Spit: Mansions 2 [Instrumental Album]

Alexander Spit unveils the follow-up to Mansions, fitted with 25 tantalizing tracks to suit trippy tastes.

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Chuck Inglish: Droptops [EP]

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Chuck revisits the classic Cool Kids sound and invites Asher Roth, Buddy, DJ Izzo and more along for a drive in some Droptops.


Locksmith: Fleming Street [Video]

The Green Box, out now.

Chali2na: Outspoken [Video]

Talib Kweli f. Miguel: Come Here [Video]

Raw Tapes: Beastie Boys Remixes [Album]

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DJ Iron: Classic Recipes (Vol. 1) [Album]

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DJ Iron drops off a run of remixes, including standouts Coolie High (Camp Lo), Off The Books (The Beatnuts) and UKNOWHOWWEDO (Bahamadia).

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DJ Evil Dee @ MightySF [Mix]

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We are especially excited for this FREE download because it is one of the freshest features of the year at Mighty (not to mention one of the few that we have missed at the venue this year). Peace to Evil Dee, Platurn, Scratch and any other contributors.


Zion I: Shadowboxing Remixes [Album]

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From Zion I:

Hail up all massive and crew! In order to get properly prepared for the Summer, we've selected some of our very talented friends to flip ShadowBoxing: the Remixes. Spanning the diaspora from EDM to Hip Hop, we let the homies have free reign with the album and encouraged them to re-interpret it as they saw fit. Download, spread the word, and turn it up!! Enjoy family..

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Montreality Interviews DJ Jazzy Jeff [Video]

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Monophonics Ticket Giveaway

Here is your chance to win two FREE tickets to catch Fistfuls of Funk with Monophonics and Breakestra alongside DJs Platurn and Saurus at the New Parish. The rules are relatively simple - LIKE our page and join the event to be entered to win (those that have already liked can still participate by sharing the event link).

Saturday, May 25, 2013



Weekly roundup of remixes, rarities, flips and edits - compiled by Clusterfunk Collective.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Dam-Funk Ticket Giveaway

Bay Area, the Ambassador of Funk will be at Mezzanine this Friday to wreck the decks along with inc, Kelela, and DJ Total Freedom - and we have a pair of tickets to give away! DM @cfunkcollective on Twitter to enter to win a FREE pair of tickets to the show.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Toulouse Soul Club #9 [Video]

Dj Spinna: Wonder Wrote It (Vol. 1) [Mix]

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Southern Hospitality presents Twelve 12s (Rob Pursey) - Mark The 45 King Special [Mix]

Twelve 12's Live Vinyl Mix: 55 - Rob Pursey - Mark The 45 King Special! by Southern Hospitality on Mixcloud

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DJ Jazzy Jeff: Vinyl Destination (Episode 8) [Video]

Myron & E: If I Gave You My Love [Video]

Pragmatic Theory: The Soul Sessions [Album]

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Poldoore, Chief, Ta-Ku and more contribute to Pragmatic Theory's latest, The Soul Sessions.

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LAKIM: Reinterpretations [EP]

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From Potholes In My Blog:

Our bond with Virginia producer LAKIM was sealed during the summer of 2012 when he contributed '1997' to our Cosmic Island compilation. From there, we kept a close eye on his work, including his collaborations with rapper Jean P. as part of Opposites Attract and his growing catalogue of remixes. We quickly asked LAKIM if he was down to release some projects through our imprint, Potholes Music, and so began a new relationship with the gifted producer.

While we talked about what we could release with him, LAKIM casually dropped a flip of Erykah Badu’s 'On & On' that left us needing more. With the knowledge that he had other remixes under his belt, we all agreed that it was time to drop an EP showcasing his footwork/juke-oriented flips. And just like that, Reinterpretations was born. The six-track release compiles LAKIM’s shuffling, addictive takes on cuts like 'On & On', Justin Timberlake’s 'Like I Love You', and a deft blend of Jill Scott’s 'So Gone' and Bun B’s verse on 'Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)'.

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12 Reasons To Die: Bringing The Ruckus To Comics (Mini-Doc) [Video]

Trek Life: Just The Music [Video]

There is much more than Just The Music in Trek Life's lead visual from the Duke Westlake-produced Hometown Foreigner.

The Bee Shine Interviews Psycho Les (The Beatnuts) [Video]

Blu & Exile f. Black Spade: Maybe One Day [Video]

Cop the limited edition 10" of the duo's Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them single here.

The Procussions: 5 Sparrows for 2 Cents (Instrumentals) [Album]

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Pete Rock & CL Smooth: Mecca & The Soul Brother (Instrumentals) [Album]

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Curren$y, Wiz Khalifa & Cookin' Soul: Live En Concierto (The Jetmixes) [EP]

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

DJ Platurn: Basketball Jones [Single]

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Nasty Rides Frisco [Video]

The Jazz Jousters present Octaves: The Jazz Jousters In Key With Herbie Hancock [Album]

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Radio Juicy: Vol. 49 (Jazz For Dat Azz by Eloquent) [Video]

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Gary Clark, Jr.: Numb [Video]

Theophilus London f. Menahan Street Band: Rio [Video]

Kendrick Lamar: Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe [Video]

Locksmith f. Anesha: Stand It [Video]

Locksmith steps outside of the Box, shifting to a subtler slapp (courtesy of 9th Wonder) but staying true to his not-so-subtle lyrical style.

Suave & DJ Beatcut: Suave Euro Tour [Mix]

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Suave and fellow soundmaker DJ Beatcut let loose of a LIVE recording during the Stuggart, Germany stop of the 2012 Euro Tour.

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Laid Back presents Tall Black Guy: 8 Miles To Moenart [Mix]

Tall Black Guy presents "8 Miles to Moenart" by Laid Back on Mixcloud

Laid Back links with Tall Black Guy for a lot of loosies from Karriem Riggins, Jay Dee, Slum Village, and Zo!, in addition to several solo tracks. Don't sleep on his forthcoming First Word Records full-length release, 8 Miles To Moenart, due May 20th.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Fuse presents Crate Diggers: Kid Capri [Video]

Dramatic Interpretations: Talib Kweli Reads Jay-Z [Video]

Pusha T: Numbers On The Boards [Video]

The Bee Shine Interviews Apollo Brown [Video]

Wrekonize: Anxiety Attacks [Video]

dL: Concrete Jungle [Mix]

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The Hedonist: Hedonist Reggae 2 & 3 [Mix]

Hedonist Reggae 2 by The Hedonist on Mixcloud

Hedonist Reggae 3 by The Hedonist on Mixcloud

Curren$y: New Jet City & Kingpin [Video]

21 Questions With Smoke DZA [Video]

Curren$y & Wiz Khalifa: Toast [Video]

Toast to the fact that Live In Concert is out now.

Nottz Raw presents Welcome Home (Vol. 1) - Mixed By DJ Rhettmatic [Mixtape]

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Locksmith: The Green Box [Mixtape]

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The Joint Chiefs (DJ Rhettmatic & Frank Nitt): The Smoke Musik [EP]

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RQ Away: Lagniappe (Issue #2) [Mix]

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Saturday, May 11, 2013



Weekly roundup of remixes, rarities, flips and edits - compiled by Clusterfunk Collective.


Friday, May 3, 2013

Flowback Fridays: Do You See Juicy Fruit Blues [Video]


Warren G: Do You See

Gil Scott-Heron f. Brian Jackson: Bicentennial Blues

Junior: Mama Used To Say

Mtume: Juicy Fruit

Nardwuar Interviews ?uestlove (2013) [Video]

Flea Market Funk presents DJ Prestige: Made In New York: The Music [Mix]

Made In NYC: The Music by Fleamarketfunk on Mixcloud

DJ Green Giant: The Man With The Golden Arm [Mix]

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From Lookin4Galt:

In 1973, Sunburst released the 45 'Reward' by Melvin Bliss.
The B-side, 'Synthetic Substitution', featured percussion from iconic drummer 'Pretty' Purdie.
The funky beat on the intro has since became the backbone for a mind-blowing bevy of hip-hop classics.

Patrice Rushen: Music Of The Earth (Platurn Extended Edit) [Single]

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Looking for Cinco de Drinko festivities this weekend? Head to the Legionairre Saloon in Oakland for Funky De Mayo, featuring Platurn, E Da Boss, Kool Kyle, Willie Maze and Vinnie Esparza spinning "west coast classics, lowrider oldies, latin funk and more.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Bee Shine Interviews Diamond D [Video]

Mac Miller: S.D.S. [Video]

Get More:

Pro Era: School High [Video]

Hieroglyphics: Gun Fever [Video]

The White Mandingos: Mandingo Rally [Video]

Janelle Monae f. Erykah Badu: Q.U.E.E.N. [Video]

Gummy Soul presents Chicano Rap Oldies [Mix]

The Gummy Soul Show: Chicano Rap Oldies by Gummysoul on Mixcloud

From Gummy Soul:

After reading an article in Frank 151 about Art Laboe, and his influence on the Lowrider culture in L.A., Wally Clark became fascinated with the connection between Doo Wop music and the machismo traditionally associated with gangster rap. Laboe, the famous KRLA disc jockey who coined the term 'Oldies But Goodies' has played love songs in L.A. for over 60 years. His show was played in prisons throughout California, inspiring generations of Chicano gangsters who continued to listen post-release, as they cruised in their Lowriders. Eventually, with the development of hip hop and the art of sampling, these 'oldies' became the backdrop to some of hip hop’s first Chicano rap songs. This mix is an exploration into that world, and contains selected cuts from an almost forgotten chapter in hip-hop history.

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HeavySoulBrutha: Diggers Delight! Spotlight On Roger Bong (Aloha Got Soul) [Mix]

Diggers Delight! Spotlight On... Roger Bong (Aloha Got Soul) by Heavysoulbrutha on Mixcloud

Myron & E: If I Gave You My Love [Single]

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The two tastemakers tempt listeners with the first feature from their Stones Throw debut, Broadway, out July 2nd.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

DJ Jazzy Jeff: Vinyl Destination (Episode 9) [Video]

The Black Opera f. Mayer Hawthorne: Queen of Hearts [Video]

Pragmatic Theory: Phonaesthetics [Album]

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Blu: Vanity [Video]

Southern Hospitality presents Twelve 12s (J Squared) - DJ Spinna Special [Mix]

Twelve 12's Live Vinyl Mix: 52 - J-Squared – DJ Spinna special! by Southern Hospitality on Mixcloud

Alice Russell: To Dust [Video]

If you're in the Bay Area, don't miss the UK soulstress LIVE at the Mezzanine this Friday.

jlasoul: Departure [Beat Tape]

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DJ Day: VQ [Video]

Aloha Got Soul presents Hawaiian Salt [Album]

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Bryan Cain-Jackson Interviews Austin Brown [Article]

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Important lessons, memorable moments, a great story, a barrage of feelings and emotions are all things that can be experienced when listening to music that hits all those notes in those who are listening.

Too often, today's music is about a gimmick, follows a theme -- or sets a trend or new catch phrase that many can't wait to have dropped from the common vernacular.

Then there are those moments where something so unique is heard that it hits all of those important notes -- at that point, it can't be helped what the emotional experience is from there. All that matters is that fun is being had while listening.

Austin Brown's Highway 85 Mix Tape is one of those experiences.

From beginning to end, an experience is to be had -- we all know that in every life experience comes a wide array of feelings to be felt during that time. Highway 85 is a journey that we've all been on at some point in our lives and after you've listened -- you discover that the revisit was enjoyable, you'll want to listen to this album time and time again just because of that.

It can almost be said that a certain sense of euphoria is felt in going back and re-exploring ironically what some would consider the most painful experiences in their lives.

Austin's ability to tell a story through good music is very present here. This album is his freshman project and if he is able to explore all of his life's experiences this uniquely at age 27 -- then we definitely have some great music to look forward to in the years to come.

Austin converses about his motivations, his inspirations, his style, his creation, and last but not least coming from a legendary family in the world of music.

You're reading a conversation with Austin and about Austin.

I just got through listening to Highway 85 -- wow, I have to congratulate you on a brilliant effort.

Thank you, so very much. That really does mean the world because we really worked hard and took the time to craft our own sound and just to have fun while doing it. The fact that you took the time to listen to it and that you actually dug it really does mean a lot. I'm just trying to grow all around as a musical artist and truly make things for my generation that can offer them a different perspective on music. I'm here to do it because I grew up listening to and loving so many different people. It seems that when I was younger the music from earlier periods gave you many different points of view, more than the music today. Hopefully, I can be one of those artists that offer different perspectives to people.

I believe the album accomplishes that -- not just from the perspective of listening to the lyrics, but in the fact that each song stretches across and touches so many different genres. Everything is in perfect harmony and the lyrics seem to make more sense than what's heard in most songs today. I've also noticed that there are a lot of songs out there today that sounds like they're right off of the demo track. It seems like the first try is the final cut.

I hear a lot of that in the music I listen to, even with the people that I'm a fan of. Sometimes you can tell where they were trying to go with the album and it might not give you a different kind of flavor because it might have been produced under stress or a deadline. I grew up listening to and articulating so many different styles of music. For me, it was very important that I be able to show every kind of style that inspired me to make music but at the same time having it all possess a synchronicity that is me and my voice.

In the aspect of establishing your own style, what is the underlying message in those songs?

It's telling real stories in my own way of love and heartbreak -- being someone in their 20s and experiencing confusion in life while trying to find their own way. It's a normal thing at this age.

That's great, even though music is a form of escapism I think it should channel real life.

I absolutely agree with you, Bryan; 100 percent.

So what can we come to expect from you as far as music short films go? What visual style are you hoping to accomplish?

The best example would be my last video, "Ménage à Trois." The main thing that I wanted to do was create something that gave reference to how fun the song was while telling a quirky story. I chose to do that instead of telling the story in a way that people would expect from the title of the song. I've always loved visuals, Gap ads, and fashion -- I've studied a fashion a lot. To me, it's about making those pictures come to life and to be about expression. With my visuals, it's always going to be approached in a different way and it'll be how I see and hear my sounds and my songs -- that's how I'll be providing perspective.

As far as sound is concerned, I've noticed and appreciated a point that music aficionados out there will really dig -- you seem to be really adamant about the use of instrumentation in a generation of music where mainstream tends to veer away from it. It sounds like you're trying to bring us back to that.

Absolutely. I love playing music; I love playing instruments, and I love creating with people who play instruments. That's what my music partners and I talk about all the time. Tom Parker, a collaborator on this album, agreed that it was about getting back to all of the people that we listened to. That's really what it was. If you're going to go and create a song about being bipolar and suicidal, then at the same time I want it to sound like the Magical Mystery Tour. I have to get my version out there of what I think that sounds like because no one can recreate the Magical Mystery Tour, only the Beatles can. That's where a song like Highway to the Sky comes from. You have to make it all in sync with a certain time period. At the same time do it in a way where it'll always remain understandable -- making it timeless.

Fascinating. In the first couple of songs that I heard -- I can't even pinpoint any one decade that I've heard, all of it together created this sort of abstract and eclectic sound that is unique to this album. What does that A to B creative process look like for you?

It usually starts with what I'm listening to. When we were creating those songs, I was in such a world of the Beatles and soul music. Especially my favorite song -- "Bernadette" by The Four Tops. We became heavily inspired by James Jamerson of The Funk Brothers, in my opinion he is the best bass player that ever lived next to Larry Graham and Charles Mingus. Those were the real grooves. In a sense, we tried to tap into the era. We studied the chorus, the movements of the bass line and the story telling. In a song like "Bernadette," you can hear that dude is just totally jacked up about his woman being with another man, you can hear him crying through that song. Like "Ménage à Trois," I'm crying out because I don't know how the f*** I fell in love with two women. Now, what the hell do I do? This is about to be some crazy s*** and no matter what someone gets their heart broken. That's what it was for myself and all those who contributed to this album -- mashing up those worlds and getting the story telling right. It's like playing a character.

Very much so. That character is a musical extension of yourself.

100%. It's a story that I've personally experienced. Everything you hear on this record is an extension of me. The thing about me is that I show exactly who I am through every single song, everything you hear is 100% me. You might not get all of those sides when you meet me because it's private, but in my music I'm completely naked.

I can't help but feel that I'm hearing just a hint of you channelling your legendary uncle in certain moments on a couple of tracks. Michael Jackson was a truly special person. I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that when he died, a part of us died with him.

The thing about Michael is that he was the type of person where everyone in the world felt exactly that same way. It's kind of hard because with family you want to hold that special person to yourself, but he truly belonged to everyone. Unfortunately, the world was too cool for him. He had that different perspective, you automatically wanted his opinion on whatever was going on in the world.

Does it ever feel like it's a tremendous amount of pressure being the newest talent coming from one of the most loved and scrutinized musical families in the world?

Not at all, not the least bit. I don't think about it and I can't say it's ever crossed my mind. It doesn't scare me or anything. That's because you come in the sense of knowing that those aren't my accomplishments. I didn't do any of that and I'm a big fan just like you. With that said, I have to give myself a shot and create the music that I love and develop a base for myself. They don't have to necessarily be only my family's fans. If I'm fortunate enough to acquire some of my family's fans then I'm winning because their fans are very intelligent and sophisticated music listeners. It's just a work in progress for me and I'm just going to keep doing what I love to do.

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