Madlib continues his very productive 2014 (Pińata, Rock Konducta) with his first original film soundtrack, The Beats, featuring his original compositions from the Stones Throw documentary My Vinyl Weighs A Ton. The 10-inch vinyl release (also available digitally) has ten instrumental hip-hop tracks done as only Madlib can. The vinyl will be released with two different covers, so cop yours over at Stones Throw now.
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.
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.
Just Can’t Win
Don’t Leave Me This Way
Talk To Somebody
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.