2:32 pm - January 5, 2017 Posted by DeeDee
Following on from 2013’s album The Man, his first for London based independent label Freestyle Records, 2017 sees his new long player further cement his enviable reputation, as did receiving his MBE for services to music at Buckingham Place, and featuring in Javon Princes‘ comedy series on BBC2 television. Love In Beats is Omars’ 8th studio album and may just be the most eclectic & varied to date.
Somewhat more electronic in it’s conception and sound than it’s predecessor, Love In Beats incorporates soul, Caribbean rhythms, an undercurrent of funk, with touches of zouk, a jazzy waltz, spoken word and also features collaborations with US soul legend Leon Ware, Blue Note pianist Robert Glasper, rapper Ty, Guadeloupe born singer Jean-Michele Rotin, and Uk soultress Natasha Watts, The Floacist and Mayra Andrade, the Cape Verdean born singer who lives and records in Paris.
Mainly recorded at his own Backayard Studio in South London his unique voice, multi -instrumental and production skills, together Omar and Scratch have brought forth a new collection that may just be the most beautifully formed and career defining album of all. Omar expands up on the inspiration, and the long running musical brotherhood which has forged this latest collection: ‘This is album is labour of love between myself and my Grammy award winning brother The Scratch Professer. Powerful songs over mesmerising beats in the evolution – that is omarmusic and Brothers sound, it is truly ‘Love in Beats’
Preview Love In Beats and get ready f 1.27.17… You can also pre-order…. Enjoy!
To listen to the preview click on the link below
The Mixtape is entitled #LetsTakeATripSA. This Mixtape is dope the track listing is as follows….
1 – Teeko – Love Will Be
2 – Killiam Shakespeare – THICKMISS
3 – Freddie Joachim – Cadillac
4 – Slot-A – Floss
5 – Tall Black Guy – Feat. Moonchild – I Will Never Know(TBGRemix)
6 – Eric Lau – Here Feat. (Rahel)
7 – Kenny Keys – Haze
8 – Kaidi Tatham – Mister Seahorse
9 – Dj Jazzy Jeff – Jazzy Jeff Bossa Nova
10 – Elaquent – Caviar Feat.(Octavio Santos & Goyama)
11 – Stro Elliot – Miles Funk
12 – Dego – Keep It Right Moving Feat. (Sharlene Hector)
13 – 14KT & AB – Forgotten
You can cop this Mixtape for FREE.99 courtesy of Tall Blackk Guy….Grab it now and vibe out! Enjoy!Read More
There is an amazing group of musicians in Dallas Texas. Among them is the very talented Frank Moka. Primarily known for his skills as a percussionist and Drummer Frank Moka is stepping up to the mic to deliver a powerful message not only to the conscious brothers and sisters, but one the masses need to hear.
This has got to be one of the most poignant songs out now….. What you gonna do when its nation time?/Get up off the gas…..The lyrics of this song could not be more real and definitely speaks to the climate in which we live. I encourage everyone to listen and receive then share the message. Music has the power to move people and people to change things. We look forward to hearing more from the brother Frank Moka….
The single is available on iTunes….Grab it!
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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!
Paradiso Noord, Tolhuistuin
GOAT Festival, North Goa
Islington Assembly Hall