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Thundercat

Thundercat

Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner spent the last part of the new millennium’s first decade becoming the go-to bassist for practically every artist in black vanguard music. His nimble, syncopated, groove-heavy basslines were heard on albums by Erykah BaduSa-RaFlying Lotus, and others. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Bruner had the fortune of being part of a music family. His father, Ronald Bruner Sr., was an accomplished drummer, working with artists like Diana Rossthe Temptations, and Gladys Knight.Bruner‘s older brother, Ronald Jr., a Grammy-winning drummer, has worked with esteemed artists such as Kenny Garrett and Stanley Clarke.Bruner‘s first major work came as a teenager, still in high school, when he joined Ronald as part of the L.A.-based punk band Suicidal Tendencies, replacing Robert Trujillo, who moved on to play with Metallica. At live shows, the young Bruner displayed flair and dexterity, playing some ofTrujillo‘s three-finger riffs with just his thumb. Possessing a kinship and interest in the L.A.-led movement of genre-mixing black music, Bruner began collaborating with some of its foremost creators. His basswork on “The Cell” was, perhaps, the standout musicianship on Badu‘s New Amerykah, Pt. 1. He’s also appeared on J*Davey‘s version of Frank Zappa‘s “Dirty Love,” Sa-Ra‘s “Love Czars,” Shafiq Husayn‘s “Cheeba,” and Bilal‘s “Levels,” and even collaborated with bass legend Bootsy Collins on Snoop Dogg‘s “We Rest n Cali,” among dozens of other cuts. During that time, he performed live with conductor Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, who leads the Suite for Ma Dukes orchestra, a contemporary ensemble revisiting J Dilla‘s Donuts. His most prolific and fruit-bearing music relation has been with DJ/producer/instrumentalist Flying Lotus, for whom he provided both bass and vocals for 2010’s CosmogrammaLotus then served as executive producer for Bruner‘s 2011 debut, The Golden Age of Apocalypse, which he released under his Thundercat moniker on Brainfeeder. Golden Age received considerable acclaim, notably for Bruner‘s acrobatic bass and his repurposed take on ’70s-inspired fusion from George Dukeand Jaco Pastorius, the bassist to whom he’s most compared.

His latest album entitled “Golden Age Of Apocalypse” is available now

 

 

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Ursula Rucker

Ursula Rucker

Rucker’s emotion in her work and words, has led some critics to compare her to celebrated writers like Sonia Sanchez and Nikki Giovanni, describing them as “powerful”. Coincidentally, when Ntozake Shange was unable to supply The Roots with a spoken word contribution for their second album Do You Want More?!!?!!, they called on Rucker to do it instead. The Unlocking led to subsequent invitations to close The Roots follow-up albums Iladelph Halflife and the certified gold record Things Fall Apart.   In numerous reviews, many critics proclaim the value of Rucker’s work with The Roots, 4hero and other groups. Rucker has had reviews in, URBVibeXXLThe Philadelphia Inquirer, and Straight No Chaser. Rucker has also performed her work at an array of venues, universities and festivals. Among these venues include the Montreal Jazz Festival, the 1999 Winter Music Conference, a performance at Drexel University and the 2005 Amnesty International Australia Freedom Festival[3] which aimed to raise aware of Amnesty’s global “Stop Violence against Women” campaign.

Rucker has toured with Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Sylk 130, and 4Hero in the United States and internationally in Europe. Rucker also has provided a single “Soon for Unbound”, which was off a benefit album for convict Mumia Abu-Jamal. Andy Puleston at bbc.co.uk writes in his review of her album Supa SistaUrsula’s vocals… is a silken delivery, that like Michael Franti, demonstrates that a quiet word in the ear can speak volumes above the microphone rant. Paul Sullivan also of bbc.co.uk says in his review of her album Silver or LeadUrsula’s velvety voice…manages to both mollify and add a sinister dimension to the harshness of her subject matter.

www.ursularucker.com 

Ursula currently has a new cd entitled “She Said” click here to purchase it:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/she-said/id407881140 

 

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Slakah the Beatchild

Slakah the Beatchild

Byram Joseph, a.k.a Slakah the Beatchild; a highly sought after performing producer who has produced for Canadian artists Justin Nozuka, Drake, Glenn Lewis, Divine Brown, Ayah, Ebrahim and Melanie Durrant. He was nominated for a JUNO Award for his work as a producer with artists Shad, Ebrahim & Arabesque. In 2009 he was awarded a JUNO Award for the Divine Brown album Love Chronicles. Member of hiphop duo the mighty “Art of Fresh”, solo artist and creator of “The Slakadeliqs”.

 

Slakah the Beatchild’s fresh and unique solo material caught the attention of the legendary BBE label in Europe (J-Dilla, Wil.i.Am, Pete Rock & Dj Jazzy Jeff). He released a solo album entitled “Soul Movement Vol.I”, the first installment of many. This album was met with international critical acclaim. Videos from this album get considerable play on BETJ, VH1 Soul, MTV, MuchMusic and MuchVibe.

In addition to this project, he formed the house-hop group Art of Fresh with long time friend D.O., a Guinness World Record holder for longest freestyle. In 2008 they released an album entitled “Back to the Earth” which earned a 4 star review in Eye Weekly and Charted at #1 on the National College Charts. The group made URB’s Next 1000 list. They have videos in rotation on MuchMusic, have appeared on MTV Live and have had MySpace and YouTube features. The Art of Fresh continue to build on their solid fan base and entertain crowds across the globe.

The Beatchild recently formed “The Slakadeliqs”. Inspired by classic rock, reggae and pop influences such as: Tingsek, Neil Young, The Guess Who, The Zombies, The B-52’s, UB40, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, The Beatles and Lenny Kravitz. The unconventional sound of The Slakadeliqs highlights Byram’s musical diversity. The Beatchild keeps us listening. From his hiphop/soul that he is most famous for to an eclectic, thoughtful sound that touches the hearts of his listeners individually. The Beatchild is truly an old-soul.

http://beatchild.wordpress.com/

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Alison Carney

Alison Carney

The last time singer/songwriter Alison Carney released a project was in 2007….wait….2007? Four years later, she is inviting us all into a new musical world which was clearly years in the making. alisonWonderland, her new project, is an introduction to the singer’s idea of HONEST music.

So, inquiring minds want to know: is it a mixtape or an LP? Call it what you will…a Mix P, an L-Tape…who cares? Just make sure you check it out, cause its amazing and its FREE! With sounds borrowed from some of the most respected producers in the industry (Diplo, Benzi, J Dilla, and Flying Lotus to name a few) and new creations by some of her favorite homegrown phenoms (j.laine, T.FOX, into the electronically delightful…only two of the DOPEST MCs in land)

Balls to the walls, japanese candy in hand….Download it. Love it. Take it in…welcome to alisonWonderland: a fantasy world created to help you find your reality.credits

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Carol Riddick

Carol Riddick

Carol Riddick is no stranger to the music industry, she has featured with R & B artists like Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, Kindred Norman Brown and Jeff Bradshaw her unique vocal delivery was evident on the platinum-selling CD title track “Soul Star”, as she was having with Musiq Soulchild Carol was a background singer for Jill Scott, along with Vivian Green before going out on their own her unique vocal delivery was evident on the platinum-selling title track “Soul Star”, as she was having with Musiq Soulchild

Now, moving from background to foreground Carol has made some artistic progress with some of the best producers in the game, such as James Poyser and Anthony Bell and other heavy Hitters coming through each track

After partnering with Axis Music Group a PhilAdelphia-based record company, Carol spent most of 2005 writing material for her project on Carol creatively tip her debut album What some consider to be a huge undertaking for an artist came naturally to Carol who co-produced and co-wrote most songs on “Moments Like This “While the money her lyrics Carol drew inspiration from her loving family and an unyielding desire to live their dreams Musically it was imperative to deliver a fantastic live sound Carol’s love for the Philly International and Motown recordings she grew up to be reflected in” Moments Like This “carrying on the tradition of music that moves people album is laced with live instruments and pure soulfula song, it’s a music for the adults and sexy Highlights include a song dedicated to his daughter, entitled “All I Want to Be (Krystal)” women’s anthem “Brown Eyed Girl” and the hit single “You Better not hurt me”

” I am committed to writing, provide positive music that people can draw inspiration from, it is my hope that listeners will feel the songs as strongly as I do and make them a regular part of their listening experience I poured my heart and soul of this music and I hope it touches everyone who hears it with the same intensity ”

Carol does sound rich smooth melodies reminiscent of Gamble and Huff days from Philadelphia International Records and Motown.

www.carolriddick.net 

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