Gilles Peterson Presents: Brownswood Bubblers Three
Brownswood Recordings
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Brownswood Recordings, the London-based indie label of Gilles Peterson has just released their third installment in the Brownswood Bubblers series…simply put—a must have for any lover of music.

From jazzy lounge to hip hop, classic funk, with Latin touches, Brownswood Bubblers Three favorite titles include “Prayers For Angry Young Men” by Charlie Dark & Roger Robinson, “Something Important” by Jukes, “A Place To Go” by DJ Day, “Morning Light” by Rozzi Daime, and “Floatin” by Stacy Epps.

Check out a few of my favs in the featured jukebox above.

Solange: “I Decided” Remixes
Music World Entertainment/Geffen Records
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While the sister of Beyonce definitely needs an attitude adjustment, we’ll accept her latest offering of remixes of her hit single “I Decided” as a peace offering for that nastiness she unfairly and quite wrongly hurled at an unsuspecting news anchor last week.

This incredible set of dance-floor oriented remixes “I Decided,” featuries the masterful work of King Britt, Mr. Mig, Philip Charles, Azza, and Lost Daze.

For all my house music lovers and gym rats looking for good beats to keep you going—look no further.

Nikka Costa: Pebble to a Pearl
Go Funk Yourself Records in conjunction with Stax Records
In Stores October 14

She’s back!

Nikka Costa has always seemed to thrive on a certain sense of freedom. It’s no wonder, that when Nikka set out to create a record on her own terms and as an independent artist finally free of major label confines, she has made her boldest and most passionate record yet. Over 14 days at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, Nikka created Pebble to a Pearl — a quintessential collection of soul, blues, funk & pop infused tracks which marks Nikka’s triumphant return onto the scene this Fall. Nikka will release the album on her own Go Funk Yourself Records in conjunction with Stax Records. Growing up as legendary producer Don Costa’s (Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra) daughter, Nikka Costa broke on the scene in the early 2000’s with an intuitive sensibility for the soulful sound that has kept her place as a forerunner among the new breed of soul singers. During this time, she toured with Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Coldplay and Beck, recorded with Mark Ronson, was nominated for an MTV Music Award and had hit singles in Europe. Known for her dynamic and energetic live performances, Nikka’s voice and presence has often been compared with Janis Joplin, Chaka Khan and Sly Stone.

Astonishingly, with this record, Nikka comes into her most empowering work of genre defying genius yet. Pebble to a Pearl may be perhaps the most honest of these albums to date, blending sounds and textures in an undefined concoction that speaks as profoundly to a discriminating musician’s ear as it does to the casual listener. The album was produced by Justin Stanley (Jamie Lidell, Beck) as an analog recording on two inch tape, with Nikka and the band recorded the songs live in the studio, giving it a truly organic feel. Joining Nikka on the record is legendary drummer James Gadson (Al Green, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder), Grammy Award winning songwriter and keyboardist James Poyser (Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Al Green), as well as extraordinary guitarists Jason Falkner (Beck, Air, Paul McCartney) and Chris Bruce (George Clinton/Parliament, Meshell Ndegeocello, Betty Lavette).

Tour Dates

8/30 Aspen Jazz Festival (Bob Dylan, Ziggy Marley-Confirmed) Aspen, CO
10/3 El Rey Los Angeles, CA
10/4 The Independent San Fran, CA
10/6 Club Sound Salt Lake City, UT
10/7 Bluebird Denver, CO
10/8 Record Bar Kansas City, MO
10/14 Culture Room Ft. Lauderdale, FL
10/15 The Social Orlando, FL
10/16 The Loft Atlanta, GA
10/17 Late Night With Conan O’Brien Performance New York, NY
10/19 Recher Theater Baltimore, MD
10/20 Webster Hall New York, NY
10/21 World Café Live Philadelphia, PA
10/23 Showcase Live Boston, MA
10/28 Park West Chicago, IL
10/29 The Rave Milwaukee, WI
10/30 Varsity Minneapolis, MN

The Roy Hargrove Quintet
Groovin’ High/Emarcy Records
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Strictly for the jazz lovers.

Discovered by Wynton Marsalis who heard him perform at his high school, Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Hargrove recorded his first solo album in 1990, Diamond in the Rough, on Novus/RCA. He recorded four more with the label before signing with Verve, where he recorded several top-tier albums (including With the Tenors of Our Time with various tenor saxophonists and the Grammy Award-winning Habana with his Afro-Cuban band Crisol). In addition to critically acclaimed classic jazz albums, Hargrove also experimented with a contemporary jazz band, The RH Factor, which applies elements of hip-hop, funk, soul and gospel music into the rarefied jazz mix.

“Being a musician is a gift,” says Hargrove, who is arguably the hardest working and most active musician in the jazz world – whether he’s on tour with his quintet or RH Factor bands, regularly fronting his big band at the Jazz Gallery in New York, or doing guest appearances at concerts ranging from the May 2008 hip-hop-meets-jazz summit in Paris with legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter and French rapper MC Solaar to a June 2008 celebration of Hank Jones’ 90th birthday at the JVC Jazz Festival in New York.

As for Earfood, his maiden voyage on Groovin’High/Emarcy, Hargrove says with pride, “I wanted to make music that lasts awhile, to make an album that people can enjoy for a lot longer than one month.” He adds in his liners, “I hope the pleasure in listening to the results is commensurate with the pleasure we had during the process.”