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Al & The Kidd Records Relaunches With '79-'85 Funk & Soul Gems

By JR on 2:58 PM

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If your ready to party with the soul power of The DMV, get on down to the obscure sounds of Al & The Kidd. This funky music label was formed in Washington DC by Carl Kidd and Al Jefferson and was one of the first distribution, promotion and record companies involved with major record companies and independent labels from 1979 until 1985, and has been relaunched in 2017.

Al & The Kidd prepares to reissue a number of gems from their 1979 to 1985 catalog on 7" vinyl, including a set of instrumentals from singer Jean Carne and a single by Sir Joe Quarterman.

Shop the relaunched Al & The Kidd catalog here at Juno Records.

Isaac Hayes III Remembers His Legendary Dad, Sha-kobe Pays Tribute

By JR on 2:46 PM

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On this episode of their producer's podcast, WLPWR and Brian Onrea welcome producer, songwriter, entrepreneur and voice over actor Isaac Hayes III to the show, live in studio!

The son of the legendary Isaac Hayes, “Ike Dirty” has produced and composed records for Lil Scrappy, The Ying Yang Twins, Ruff Ryders, Too Short, Kurupt, and Redman among others. He also has music licensed in a variety of television shows, commercials and movie trailers in addition to lending his voice to several television spots for voice overs. If you think this is a lot, Ike also manages the estate of his father and is responsible for hundreds of unreleased Isaac Hayes records!

Producer Sha-kobe enhances the laid-back smoothness of Donald Byrd & Isaac Hayes's early 80's DJ Premier-sampled classic on the remix edit of "Feel Like Lovin' You Today".

Watch George Clinton's Berklee Songwriting Q&A, Hear A P-Funk Tribute

"George Clinton arguably invented funk. Having spent the past six decades writing, recording, and revolutionizing music with his bands Parliament and Funkadelic, Clinton has produced more than 40 hit singles. His profound influence began to manifest itself in the 1990s, with funky rock acts like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Primus emerging and hip-hop acts like Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, De La Soul, and LL Cool J rapping over the rhythms he created.

George Clinton’s songs have been sampled more than 2,000 times, making him one of the most sampled artists of all-time. His recent collaborations with Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar prove that his influence has no expiration date.

In this first edition of the Berklee Online LIVE: Songwriting series, George Clinton chats with Pat Healy about sampling, staying busy, and how seriously he takes the songs he writes." - Berklee

In '03, the Clinton Administration band get down for the Funk of it in an outstanding tribute to the music of Parliament Funkadelic. Enjoy as this band re-grooves the timeless tunes of a groundbreaking musical and cultural movement known as the P-Funk.

Danish Neo-Soul Group Djeff Are Here To Set You Free On “In Bloom”

By JR on 12:48 PM

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"“In Bloom” is the name of the debut album from the Danish neo-soul group Djeff, and in many ways, it reflects both their process as a group and their experience individually. The making of the album started with the recording of songs mid-april 2016 over the course of only four days, with all songs being recorded in a live environment provided by Kulturhus Silkeborg. This environment was important in the creation of the organic sound present throughout the record, and was chosen purposely in opposition to the perfectionistic layer-by-layer method by which most records are made today.

The process was characterized by a constructive exchange of opinions regarding aesthetics, and much like in an uncontrolled ecosystem in nature, the record grew wildly until it became an entity in and of itself: the sound of neither of the musicians as individuals, but rather the collective blooming of the groups sound through experimentation and deliberation.

With the release of “In Bloom”, Djeff claims its place as one of the few neo-soul groups in Scandinavia – this is their homage and contribution to a growing and promising Nordic branch of the genre." - Djeff

Skyzoo Is Still Sick Wit The Slang On A Chat With B-Side Podcast

By JR on 11:52 AM

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"Growing up just a block away from The Notorious B.I.G., watching him go from local corner boy to rap superstar, Skyzoo couldn’t help but dream big. The Brooklyn, NY native saw life in all of its "heaven and hell" juxtaposition, being from the infamous home of both Jay-Z and "Do The Right Thing". He started rapping at age nine, writing about what he witnessed on his daily routines as a child. Those years of observation and living have turned into first person narratives that have labeled Skyzoo as a "new legend" and have led to his albums being critically acclaimed by fans and critics alike. His storytelling has been commended by all walks of literary life, from hip hop royalty to university professors and everyone in between.

Listeners can identify with his story, they can see the many sides of themselves in him. No matter the mood, season, or circumstance, Skyzoo offers music to live to, and to live by. The best way to describe him? A performer with the storytelling and lyricism of a young Nas, and the style, appeal and marketability of a young Mase."

Around The Web In Breakbeats Vol 19: Let The Drummer Speak

By JR on 11:34 AM

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From Soul-Jazz to Afro-Beat, Jazz Fusion, Funk, R&B and Soul, the 19th volume of Around The Web In Breakbeats demonstrates the voice of modern funky drummers. Listen as emerging artists and legends of music combine with robust rhythms as their guide to feel free in moments of song.

The legendary Bernard Purdie shows no signs of stopping as he joins George Freeman for a laid-back Soul-Jazz affair on the album "Live At The Green Mill". That and more brand new breakbeat-driven music in this compilation of funky people who show love to the drum in 2017 and beyond.

Deluxe LPs by K-Solo, Screwball & More Reissued Digitally by Deep Concepts

When your looking for a good dose of that gutter NYC Hip Hop, the Bandcamp page of reissue label Deep Concepts Media keeps the essence alive. Covering a wide spectrum of blocks and experiences from the early 90's to present day, Deep Concepts focuses primarily on the Queensbridge movement of Screwball, Blaq Poet, Mike Delorean, CNN and others. The label also covers underground artists who fit the similar mold such as The Last Emperor and The Letterman K-Solo.

Visiting the Bandcamp page of Deep Concepts is definitely a feast for Hip Hop fans who thirst for the gritty street vibe of NYC. Enjoy these album streams plus many more here at the Bandcamp page of Deep Concepts Media.

Antonio Adolfo Delivers Heaven With Wayne Shorter's "Footprints"

By JR on 7:47 PM

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Float away to the beautiful sound of a cover by Antonio Adolfo who takes us on a trip to heaven as he gets loose on an arrangement of Mr. Shorter's classic Jazz standard "Footprints". This version emphasizes the hypnotic vibe of the main melody to great effect as Antonio makes the rhythm sway in a magical moment of music. Featured on the 2017 tribute album "HYBRIDO - From Rio to Wayne Shorter" by Antonio Adolfo.

Hitman Howie Tee Talks With Vinyl Esquire On The Wax Fax Podcast

"New York City had no shortage of marquee hip-hop producers in the late ’80s and early ’90s, so perhaps it's no surprise that Hitman Howie Tee a.k.a. Howard Thompson often gets overlooked when discussing the golden era's key composers. Best known for creating stars like Chubb Rock and Special Ed, Howie was instrumental in paving the way for the new wave of hip-hop that took hold of NYC in the mid-to-late ’80s. Queens had Marley Marl, and Brooklyn had Howie Tee, the borough's biggest name brand producer at this pivotal time…" - Uggh Nice Watch

Enjoy the interview and mix plus be sure to check Vinyl Esquires for many more great interviews with legendary DJs and producers who are in the ranks of greatness like Howie.

Stream NYC Concert Audio From EPMD, DāM-FunK & Bernie Worrell

3 masters of The Funk bring their magic to the live stage of New York City in 2010 for NYC's "No Cover" concert series. No Cover is a streaming audio series that presents New York concert recordings in their entirety.

Listen to full-length shows from their partner venues Barbès and Zebulon, as well as other great spaces around the city. Hear even more concert audio from a variety of artists and musical genres here at

From Volt, To Atlantic & Cotillion: Soul Singer Margie Joseph Shares Her Story

By JR on 6:01 AM

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"After a small hiatus the Ghetto Disco show returns full force. We are beyond thrilled to introduce our next special guest, a lady who need no introduction, the one & only, Margie Joseph.

To say it is an absolute honour to have her on the show would be an understatement. Margie is a Ghetto Disco favourite and we simply cannot wait to share this show.

Margie Joseph was born in Gautier, Mississippi, and sang in her church choir. In 1967, during her time attending Dillard University in New Orleans where she studied speech and drama, she recorded some demos at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. This led to her debut on the Okeh label, "Why Does a Man Have to Lie?".

In 1969, she signed with Volt Records, a subsidiary of Stax, and recorded the single "One More Chance" with producer Willie Tee. Her next single, "Your Sweet Lovin'", produced by Freddy Briggs, became her first hit, reaching # 46 on the Billboard R&B chart. Its follow-up, a version of The Supremes' "Stop! In the Name of Love" also became a minor hit on the pop chart (# 96 pop, # 38 R&B). An eight-minute version of the track, arranged by Dale Warren, preceded by an Isaac Hayes-inspired rap entitled "Woman Talk," was featured on her 1971 album, Margie Joseph Makes a New Impression and received a lot of radio air play. Her second album, Phase II, in 1972, also featured a Supremes' cover, "My World Is Empty Without You," but failed to achieve the same success.

She then signed to the Atlantic label and worked on three albums with producer Arif Mardin. Her vocals on her cover of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" garnered comparisons between her and Aretha Franklin. A string of R&B hits followed, with her version of Paul McCartney's "My Love" becoming her most successful record, reaching # 69 on the Hot 100 and # 10 on the R&B chart in 1974, though Cashbox magazine placed the song at #4 R&B. The next album Margie in 1975 is sometimes regarded as her creative peak and contained the singles, "Words (Are Impossible)" and "Stay Still", both reaching the R&B chart. She then recorded a duet version of "What's Come Over Me" with the popular Philadelphia group, Blue Magic, giving her another hit (R&B # 11).

In 1976, she moved to Cotillion Records to make the album Hear the Words, Feel the Feeling, produced by Lamont Dozier, the title track reaching # 18 on the R&B chart. Returning to Atlantic, she recorded the album Feeling My Way in 1978 with producer Johnny Bristol, but without great commercial success and she was released from her contract. After recording an album with Dexter Wansel for the WMOT label, which went unreleased after the label closed down, she decided to turn to a teaching career. However, in 1982, she recorded the single "Knockout" for the small H.C.R.C. label and it became her last big hit, reaching # 12 on the R&B chart. She re-signed to Cotillion and recorded the 1984 album Ready for the Night with producer Narada Michael Walden, but was then dropped by the label.

In 1993, hip-hop female trio Salt-N-Pepa used Margie's 1970s single "Your Sweet Lovin'" for their hit single "None of Your Business".

She returned to work in human services, while also recording a gospel album, Latter Rain, released in 2006.

Many of her earlier recordings have been reissued on CD. There is also a CD which features Margie, Blue Magic and Major Harris, recorded live at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, released in 2006 on the Collectables label."

Singer Beth Emerges From Her Motown Family Lineage On "Free"

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"Equating singing to breathing is completely reasonable, when it’s coming from Beth Griffith-Manley, singer, songwriter, actress and daughter of Johnny Griffith, the legendary and Multi-Grammy® Award-winning pianist/keyboardist. He was an original member of the Funk Brothers, Motown’s in-house studio band that created the famous ‘Motown Sound.’"

Enjoy the lovely voice of Beth who translates the pain and joy of love into song on a couple stand-out songs from her 2017 LP "Free". Read more of her bio which showcases her cool Motown family lineage and career path here at

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