FREE MIXTAPE DOWNLOAD! – THEOPHILUS LONDON.

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Recommended to me via Myspace from the man who mixed it himself, Machinedrum [myspace]. Who you’re looking at up there is Theophilus London, an MC from Brooklyn who I don’t know a damn thing about except he rhymes on this mixtape that is mostly playful and imaginative. Kind of like a Kanye you’d want to be around except he might be smart instead of just clever. Definitely worth listening to.

TRACKLIST:

1.] Jam!

2.] Blindfolded

3.] Future Times

4.] Die 4 You

5.] Late Night Operation

6.] One For Me Freestyle

7.] Epitome

8.] Night Ridin’

9.] Star Scream

10.] Leader Of the New School

11.] Invisible Man

12.] superbad

13.] Rest Of ‘Em

14.] Call Tyrone

15.] The Blues

16. Forever Begins

17.] Ber Ber Der Dant

18.] Ultra Violet

19.] DVRC

20.] Stranger In Moscow

 

Blessed By the Free Music Gods.

Quickly and unrelated to much else: I really, really like the international news broadcasts that come on the public access channels in my area [5 Day News and India’s CNN are great]. A few years ago I found DW-TV, a German program and earlier today they played some European R&B that was kind of good. Too bad it was just background music to a feature about interior design.

Today I happened upon a few free records and a bunch cassette tape singles outside of my local Rasputin. Two of the records have blank labels on them. Who knows what could be on them? One of them is a Romey Rome, 8 Ball and MJG single and the other one has “UNKNOWN BUT SICK!!” written onto one of the blank labels. I couldn’t pass them up.

The list of cassette singles is as follows:

“Make Your Move For Love” – The Rainbow Girls

Mary Jane’s Last Dance” –  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

“Love Like This” – Grover Washington, Jr.

“Skin I’m In” – Cameo

“Scream/Childhood” – Michael Jackson

“Strawberry 23” – Tevin Campbell

“Slyde” – Cameo

“Everytime My Heart Beats” – Riff

“What You Don’t Know” – Expose

“Too Much Information” – Duran Duran

“Go For Yours” – Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam Full Force

“Wonderwall” – Oasis

Compilations:

Sweet Sound ’88

Amazing Greats

Misc:

Scary Sound Effects – Kid Rhino

FREE MIXTAPE DOWNLOAD! – TANYA MORGAN.

DJ SOUL PRESENTS TANYA MORGAN IS A RAP GROUP

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TRACKLIST:

1. Dirt Weed (Intro)
2. Waiting For You (produced by suburb)
3. You Should Know feat. Naledge of Kidz In The Hall
4. Shake It Off feat Kam Moye & Torae (produced by brizzo)
5. Got Fans (produced by Eric Lau)
6. So Sweet
7. Walk My Way (produced by aeon)
8. Killa Tape Interlude
9. Stay Tuned
10. She Moved Outta Cincy (08 Mix)
11. Four Men feat. Kay (produced by Dj Cozmos & King Midas)
12. Golden feat. Elucid
13. Hello Brooklyn feat. Jay-Z & Lil Wayne (Von Pea Remix)
14. Go To Get It feat. Median
15. Che Tanya (produced by cj)
16. Brazilian Wax
17. Bathtub (Interlude)
18. Come Here Shawty feat. Ink Floyd (produced by h/r)
19. Kim & Cookie Interlude
20. Take The W (produced by 88 keys)
21. Bout To Be Some (produced by khrysis)
22. You May Die Now Interlude
23. Tanya Morgan Is A Rap Group
24. And You Say feat. Che Grand

I realize this is dated in internet time, but there are still people who missed it. Cheers to you few.

Orlando Julius – SUPER AFRO SOUL.

I dropped some bucks on this album quite some time ago and went into the whole listening experience with some extremely narrow expectations based solely on the album’s title, the cover and a picture of Orlando Julius sitting with James Brown on the inside. Upon first listen, I found myself disappointed due to my perceived the lack of “soul” in the music. The James Brown threw me off.

Jagua Nana – Orlando Julius & His Modern Aces

Ise Owo – Orlando Julius and His Modern Aces

This album immediately registers more as Afrobeat than any form of soul on my radar. I have to confess that my World Music cache is quite unimpressive. To be perfect honest, besides the random gems/jams in my catalogue, the only African musician that I am really familiar with is Fela Kuti. With that in mind I thought it might be helpful for me to use Kuti as a comparison specimen until I began to deconstruct what I was actually listening to and realized that I was being too literal for my own enjoyment.

My ear looks to recognize genre from an American perspective and I think I sometimes miss the nuances and just focus on the traditional, polyrhythmic percussion whose roots are traced back to West Africa. This album was released in 1966 in Lagos, Nigeria five years after both Nigeria and Ghana were granted their independence from Britain. Literally, what you’re hearing is liberation music but technically what you are hearing is the lovechild of two different influences.

The first is a branch of Nigerian music called Highlife, supposedly West Africa’s first popular music genre. This genre is most identifiable by it’s guitar-based sound that Africanizes the European-influenced society bands and military marching bands. The next influence comes from the traditional worship music which incorporated ‘kokoma’ beats. An anecdote about Orlando Julius paints him following priests and worshippers around to their performances to observe and later mimic their music.

In 1964, Julius formed the Modern Aces and released their first single “Jagua Nana” the following year. When the soul from the States began invading the airwaves acts like Smokey Robinson, Otis Redding and the rosters of influential labels like Motown, Atlantic and Stax began being incorporated into Julius’ sound.

Overall, it’s an interesting listen with mild echoes of recognizable elements of American soul music but is obviously more closely linked with more traditional West African sounds. Definitely worth a listen.