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See Yussef Kamaal Perform Calligraphy Live + Shows

See Yussef Kamaal Perform Calligraphy Live + Shows

The borders between London’s musical tribes have always been porous. For Yussef Kamaal, the sound of the capital – with its hum of jungle, grime and broken beat – has shaped a self-taught, UK-tipped approach to playing jazz. In the states, the genre’s long-running to-and-fro with hip hop – from Robert Glasper to Kamasi Washington – has reimagined it within US culture. On Black Focus, Yussef Kamaal frame jazz inside the bass-saturated, pirate radio broadcasts of London.

Taking inspiration from the anything-goes spirit of ‘70s jazz-funk, on albums by Herbie Hancock or the Mahavishnu Orchestra, it’s a loose template with plenty of room to experiment. The pair, made up of Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams (aka Henry Wu), have had little in the way of formal training. Instead, their musical tastes – and approach to playing – are indebted to Thelonious Monk’s piano as much as the drum programming of Kaidi Tatham.

“It’s all about the drums and the keys,” Williams says. “Not to take anything from anyone else, but that’s where it all originates from: the chords, the rhythm of the chords and the drums.” Born out of a one-off live session to perform Williams’ solo material for Boiler Room, it soon became a project in its own right. Coming together as Yussef Kamaal, they played a series of live shows where little more than a chord progression would be planned before taking to the stage

Bringing that unspoken understanding to the recording sessions (engineered by Malcolm Catto of The Heliocentrics), the unplanned, telepathically spawned grooves retain the raw energy of their live shows. “It’s not so much about complete arrangement, it’s more about flow,” Dayes says. “A lot of the tracks are just made spontaneously – Henry will be playing two chords, I’ll fill in the groove and we’ll just leave the arrangement naturally.”

Both hail from South East London, crossing paths in 2007 as teenagers playing their first pub gigs around Peckham and Camberwell. Dayes drums for cosmically-inclined, afrobeat outfit United Vibrations, while Williams – on top of drumming and playing keys in different incarnations over the years – has made waves with his solo, synth-draped house 12″s for much-fêted labels like 22a and Rhythm Section
The Brownswood signees play a live session in the basement following their killer debut ‘Black Focus’, released November 4th. Check out their performance below and pick up the project to hear more….Enjoy!

Shows

Jan 20
BIRD
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jan 21
VERA
Groningen, Netherlands
Jan 22
Paradiso Noord, Tolhuistuin
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jan 27
GOAT Festival, North Goa
Goa, India
Mar 23
Islington Assembly Hall
London, UK

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Tortured Soul Is Ready To Make Us Dance Again

Tortured Soul Is Ready To Make Us Dance Again

The Neo Soul Cafe Family loves Tortured Soul.  We are so elated with the release of their latest “Makin’ Me Better”.   Along with the original mix, written and produced by Tortured Soul’s leader, John-Christian Urich, the release features remixes from Lea, Malachi, and Cryosis.
“Makin’ Me Better” features the signature deep house Tortured Soul sound – effortless melodies stretching from baritone to falsetto over a four-on-the-floor, meticulously-crafted, jazz-tinged canvas with strokes of Prince in the arrangement.
Malachi has been going non-stop since 2000 collaborating with such luminaries as Stee Downes, The Shapeshifters, Ce Ce Peniston, and Barbara Tucker on legendary labels like Soulfuric and Defected. Here he transforms “Makin’ Me Better” into a chugging deep houser with 90s style shuffling, driving beats and funky bass. Perfect for the basement or late night, it’ll appeal to deep and tech people alike.
“Lea’s World Mix” is an intense deep house jam that draws “Makin’ Me Better” fully into the sub-bass realm and provides fresh heat to drop into any soulful, deep or afrohouse set. Lea is a Canadian, Brooklyn-based, house music artist and producer and has released works with notable labels such as Deep Culture Music, Soundmen on Wax, Exemplary Music Makerz, and Open Bar Music.
Cryosis, the upstart production duo from Mumbai, creates an uplifting main floor progressive banger that you’d expect to hear at a festival or club. It’s a perfect blend of Tortured Soul’s soulful sound and their ultra modern sensibility.

Check out “Makin’ Me Better” here you can download it where ever you purchase digital music.  Enjoy!

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Neo Soul Cafe’s Best of 2016

Neo Soul Cafe’s Best of 2016

Last year, Neo Soul Cafe staffers compiled an impromptu list of music that was deemed as the best music released in 2015.  In an effort to reach more people, we thought it would be best to publish the list, so it can be easily be referenced.

We are so excited about this music.  It was hard to scale down the list. There is so much dope music in the world and we’ve only tapped in to a small percentage of it. We wholeheartedly feel these artists and their projects have made an indelible impression upon us.

Check out the music.  Vibe out! Support the artists by purchasing their music.  Then if you love what you hear make a conscious decision to see them in a city near you.  There is nothing that can compare to the live experience.  Enjoy!r

1.  American Foster Child Food For The Living Dead

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/food-of-the-living-dead-ep/id1174713297

amfoch

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Terrace Martin Velvet Portraits

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/food-of-the-living-dead-ep/id1174713297

velvet-portraits

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Tony Minnvielle Into Something Volume 2

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tony-minvielle-presents-into/id1153043029

intosomething

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.  James Tillman Silk Noise Reflex
https://jmtill.bandcamp.com/album/silk-noise-reflex

jamestillman

 

 

 

 

5.  Josef Leimberg Astral Progressions
https://worldgalaxyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/astral-progressions

astral-progressions

 

 

 

 

 

6.  Zo!SkyBreak

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/skybreak/id1110182037?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

zo

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.  KING KING
https://wearekingmusic.bandcamp.com/album/we-are-king

king

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.  Solange A Seat At The Table
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-seat-at-the-table/id1159507212

solange-a-seat-at-the-table-cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.  Corinne Bailey Rae The Heart Speaks In Whispers

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eart-speaks-in-whispers-deluxe/id1085269116

cbr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.  H.E.R. H.E.R. Vol.1
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/h.e.r.-vol.-1/id1151584674

her

 

 

 

 

 

11.  I,Ced What Are We Looking For

https://i-ced.bandcamp.com/album/what-are-we-looking-for

1479829157_i-ced-what-are-we-looking-for-2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.  Tweet Charlene

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/charlene/id1075909165

tweet

 

 

 

 

 

 

13.  Phonte & Eric Roberson Tigallero

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tigallerro/id1131889282

tigallerro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14.  Greg Dean The Greg Dean Project
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-greg-dean-project/id1092190267

 

gdproject

 

 

 

 

 

 

15.  Jordan Rakei Cloak
https://soulhasnotempo.bandcamp.com/album/cloak

jordan-rakei

 

 

 

 

 

 

16.  Robert Glasper Experiment ArtScience

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/artscience/id114105318

robert-glasper-artscience-cd-art-cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17.  Ashleigh Smith Sun Kissed
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sunkissed/id1136472650

sunkissed-ablum

 

 

 

 

 

 

18.  Butcher Brown Virginia Noir

https://butcherbrownmusic.bandcamp.com/album/virginia-noir

 

 

19.  Nx Worries Yes Lawd!

https://nxworries.bandcamp.com/album/yes-lawd

yes-lawd

 

 

 

 

 

 

20.  Aaron Camper Blow

 

21.  Anderson Paak Malibu
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/malibu/id1065681363

ap-malibu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22.  Kindred The Family Soul Legacy Of Love

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/legacy-of-love/id1136957424

lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

23.  Frank Mccomb SoulMate Another Love Story

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/soulmate-another-love-story/id1131725994

frankmccomb24

 

 

 

 

 

 

24.  Gregory Porter Take Me To The Alley

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/take-me-to-the-alley/id1088093080

 

gporter

 

 

 

 

 

25.  RC & The Gritz The Feel

https://rcandthegritz.bandcamp.com/releases

rc-the-gritz-the-feel

 

 

 

 

 

 

26.  Childish Gambino Awaken My Love

cg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27.  Musiq Soulchild Life On Earth
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/life-on-earth-deluxe-edition/id1092199350

life-on-earth

 

 

 

 

 

 

28  The Hue .Auror

https://thehue.bandcamp.com/album/aurora-deluxe-version

thehue

 

 

 

 

 

29.  Chantae Cann Journey To Golden

https://chantaecann.bandcamp.com/album/journey-to-golden

cann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30.  BJ The Chicago Kid In My Mind

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/in-my-mind/id1076040237

bjtck1

 

 

 

 

 

 

31. Kandace Springs Soul Eyes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/soul-eyes/id1106995915

andace

 

 

 

 

 

32.  Jesse Boykins III Bartholomew

This one is so hot that it is no longer available for download……

33.  A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here – Than You 4 Your Service
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/we-got-it-from-here…-thank/id1173106678

a-tribe-called-quest-we-got-it-from-here-thank-you-4-your-service-1478899602-640x640

a-tribe-called-quest

 

 

 

 

 

34.  De La Soul and the Anonymous Nobody

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/and-the-anonymous-nobody…/id1114903637

de-la-soul

 

 

 

35.  Madison McFerrin Finding Foundations vol 

 

36.  The Sheshen Flames & Figures

https://theseshen.bandcamp.com/

the-sheshen

 

 

 

 

 

 

37.  Lindsey Webster Back To Your Heart
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/back-to-your-heart/id1157057922

lwebster

 

 

 

 

 

 

38.  Anthony Valadez Fade Away
https://anthonyvaladez.bandcamp.com/album/fade-away

antval

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39.  Soia H.O.I.P.

https://recordbreakin.bandcamp.com/album/h-i-o-p

soiamusic

 

 

 

 

 

 

40.  Kaytranada 99.9%

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/99.9/id1092026376

99-9

 

 

 

 

 

 

41.  Yuna Chapters

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/chapters-deluxe/id1086213833

yuna-chapters-album-review-compressed

 

 

 

 

 

 

42.  Common Black America Again

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/black-america-again/id1163929261

common-black-america-again-album-cover-art

 

 

 

 

 

 

43.  Cecelia Stalin The Love EP
https://ccstalin.bandcamp.com/album/the-love-ep

cece

 

 

 

 

 

44.  Collective Peace Introducing Collective Peace

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/introducing-collective-peace/id1087529391

collective-peace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

45.  NAO For All We Know

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/for-all-we-know/id1114767580

nao-for-all-we-know

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

46. DJ Kemit Together
https://honeycombmusic.bandcamp.com/album/together-ep

dj-kemit

 

 

 

 

47.Tall Black Guy Let’s Take A Trip

https://tallblackguy.bandcamp.com/album/lets-take-a-trip

tall-black-guy-lets-take-a-trip

 

 

 

 

 

 

48.  Rapsody Crown 

rapsody

 

 

 

 

 

49. Christie Dashiell Time All Mine

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/time-all-mine/id1159499155

christie-dashiel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50.  NoName Telefone
https://nonameraps.bandcamp.com/releases

noname

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Android Applications: Spytic Parental Controls for Cell Phones – Syncios Manager for iOS – Android

iPhone Spy Stay Homeowners of iPhones could check and recover erased data from their gadgets quickly and easily using the BrickHouse iPhone Traveler Stick. This product is one of many more powerful datarecovery instruments provided by BrickHouse. It’s likewise pretty economical at only under $150. Consumers ought to not be unaware that device can be a restoration product, not really a real time tracking solution. In order to make use of the information which means the dog owner should literally fix the device towards the iPhone to begin with reading and downloading.

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