DJ Shadow – “The Liquid Amber EP”

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After a short break, I’m back today with some exciting news, the great DJ Shadow – one of the original pioneers of beat-making – is back with The Liquid Amber EP,  the opening shot from his new Liquid Amber label. The EP features two brand new tracks plus a remix of the classic “Six Days” by Machinedrum. Nice.

Roy Ayers Mix

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Here is an absolutely killer Roy Ayers mixtape done up by Fruitman as part of the Beck’s Rhythm Series. Get this one up and primed for whatever you have planned this weekend and then keep it in heavy rotation. Amazing and highly recommended.

Lee Fields and the Expressions Live In The KEXP Studio

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I am loving the new Lee Fields and The Expressions album Emma Jean, which is a must-listen for any fans of funky vintage soul music. Fields is in top form and, as usual, The Expressions are a crack backing band that hits every high and low with prime efficiency. The group recently performed live at the KEXP studios, playing three tracks from the new record and ending with “Faithful Man,” the title track of their outstanding album from 2012. Excellent.

Songs:
Just Can’t Win
Don’t Leave Me This Way
Talk To Somebody
Faithful Man

Jonwayne – “Echoes”

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Jonwayne is back again, this time with the 3rd installment of his Wayniac Monday series, and it’s another doozy. “Echoes” is produced by the man himself and finds him in a mellow mood as he explores the inner workings of his mind as he’s apt to do from time to time. Check it below.

Sean Price – “El Raheim (featuring Rim)”

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A new Sean Price joint, featuring Rim from Davillians, and inspired by his wife. Yah, it’s prime SP, so listen below.

Chuck D Brings Some Old-School Heat With A Little Help From Mavis Staples

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Now’s here some real-deal Hip-Hop for you, as Chuck D hooks up with soul legend Mavis Staple on “Give We The Pride” off his recent solo effort The Black In Man. I’m a huge Public Enemy fan (I had both Nation of Millions and Fear Of A Black Planet on cassette tape), so I was a bit skeptical about a Chuck D album this late in the game, but as this track shows he is still killing it (the two PE albums from 2012 are definitely worth your time as well). Watch the official video for the song below and head here to grab the full album.

Pete Rock Does Up A James Brown Tribute Mix

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Lots of renewed interest in The Godfather Of Soul lately with Get On Up, the new movie that’s generating a lot of good buzz, so who better to grace us with a tribute mix than the modern soul brother Pete Rock. Not much more to say, when this dude does something you either listen or go home.

Ad-Rock Remixes RATKING’s “Canal”

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Ad-Rock has remixed the Harlem hip-hop crew RATKING’s “Canal” off their debut album So It Goes (the original can be heard here). It’s definitely a mark of honor for such a young group to have a hip-hop legend (and one who stays out of the limelight) jump on board to help spread the word about your music. Check out the remix below.