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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!


Jan 20
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jan 21
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







2.  Terrace Martin Velvet Portraits







3.  Tony Minnvielle Into Something Volume 2









4.  James Tillman Silk Noise Reflex






5.  Josef Leimberg Astral Progressions







6.  Zo!SkyBreak
















8.  Solange A Seat At The Table









9.  Corinne Bailey Rae The Heart Speaks In Whispers









10.  H.E.R. H.E.R. Vol.1







11.  I,Ced What Are We Looking For








12.  Tweet Charlene








13.  Phonte & Eric Roberson Tigallero









14.  Greg Dean The Greg Dean Project









15.  Jordan Rakei Cloak








16.  Robert Glasper Experiment ArtScience









17.  Ashleigh Smith Sun Kissed








18.  Butcher Brown Virginia Noir



19.  Nx Worries Yes Lawd!








20.  Aaron Camper Blow


21.  Anderson Paak Malibu









22.  Kindred The Family Soul Legacy Of Love








23.  Frank Mccomb SoulMate Another Love Story








24.  Gregory Porter Take Me To The Alley








25.  RC & The Gritz The Feel








26.  Childish Gambino Awaken My Love









27.  Musiq Soulchild Life On Earth








28  The Hue .Auror







29.  Chantae Cann Journey To Golden









30.  BJ The Chicago Kid In My Mind








31. Kandace Springs Soul Eyes







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…-thank/id1173106678








34.  De La Soul and the Anonymous Nobody…/id1114903637





35.  Madison McFerrin Finding Foundations vol 


36.  The Sheshen Flames & Figures








37.  Lindsey Webster Back To Your Heart








38.  Anthony Valadez Fade Away









39.  Soia H.O.I.P.








40.  Kaytranada 99.9%








41.  Yuna Chapters








42.  Common Black America Again








43.  Cecelia Stalin The Love EP







44.  Collective Peace Introducing Collective Peace









45.  NAO For All We Know









46. DJ Kemit Together






47.Tall Black Guy Let’s Take A Trip








48.  Rapsody Crown 







49. Christie Dashiell Time All Mine









50.  NoName Telefone


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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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