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Amber Navran of Moonchild Drops "Speak Up", Chats With Talk Easy Radio

By JR on 1:50 PM

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Amber Navran's distinct sound shines a remarkable ray of light in the world of music with beautiful harmonies that are soothing for the soul. As the lead singer of "Moonchild" Amber encourages us to find the happiness within on her solo EP "Speak Up". Amber came on the Talk Easy show to discuss her musical influences, performing with Stevie Wonder, and what it looks like to be a working musician in 2017. Enjoy a deeper look into a movement of music which conveys extreme positivity and love as the Moonchild sound forges new possibilities in the path of neo-Soul.

Saxophonist Sly5thave Plays 15 min. Cover Of Dr. Dre's "Let Me Ride"

By JR on 11:08 AM

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As a rising talent on the progressive label Tru Thoughts, Sly5thAve gets soulful with singer Jimetta Rose to expand upon the beauty of Dr. Dre's "Let Me Ride". With 15 minutes of pure pleasure in their new arrangement, this ensemble celebrate the laid-back vibe of this definitive West Coast Hip Hop classic.

Dr. Dre illustration by Evgeny Parfenov

A Tribe Called Quest Cover Wax Poetics' Hardcover Special Edition Book

By JR on 6:01 AM

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"SPECIAL EDITION HARDCOVER REPRESS! Issue 65 of our favorite music mag takes an in-depth look into the work of pioneering NY hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest with a 21-page(!) feature that includes an oral history with OG founding members Q-Tip, Phife Dawg (in his final interview), Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi (as well as “5th member” and iconic engineer Bob Power), plus rare photos and pics from Ali Shaheed's personal collection.


Sharing covers is none other than David Bowie (RIP), a music legend that really needs no introduction. WaxPo explores Bowie's time in Philly while recording David Live and Young Americans, in addition to a 4-page Bowie timeline and a 5-page interview with Steve Shapiro, famed Bowie photographer. Also includes features on the Northern Soul scene, Timmy Thomas, Esperanza Spalding, Anderson .Paak and more." - Turntable Lab

Boogie Funk Producer E. Live Drops Rod Temperton Tribute 7" Single


Don't get caught slippin' when in the presence of this funky sound and instead get your body moving as E. Live puts it down. Star Creature Universal Vibrations continue to promote excellence in modern Boogie with the release of "Catch You Slippin'" b/w "Master Blaster" by E. Live. Featuring singer Baskerville Jones, "Catch You Slippin'" is joyful dance at it's best while the thump of "Master Blaster" is funky as an 80's Mtume groove.



Japanese Band BimBamBoom Blend Rock & Funk On "Shinzo BakuBaku"

By JR on 6:38 AM

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Bounce with Japanese Funk outfit BimBamBoom as they blend classic influences for the energetic party of "Shinzo BakuBaku". From The JB's to The FatBack Band, The Bar-Kays and more, BimBamBoom draw from timeless sounds and put their stamp on it by cranking the adrenaline up another level. In a cool combination of Rock guitar, female vocals and raw Funk, "Shinzo BakuBaku" walks the line between joyful and edgy in a good time of modern fusion.

Onyx Get Rowdy On Unreleased Song "Fight" From 1995


You'll be luckily if you walk away with a black eye and broken nose as Onyx turn up the heat in '95 on "Fight". The Slam continues in one of the best songs about throwing your hands that Hip Hop has seen yet. Enjoy the energy as Sticky, Fredro and Sonee pulverize and beat your speaker into submission on this rare track from the forthcoming "Cold Case Files Vol. 3".

Rare '69 Blues-Rock LP by Moloch, Reissued For Stax 60th Anniversary

By JR on 3:26 PM

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"Moloch’s self-titled album is an outlier in the Stax catalog with its combination of rock, hard blues, psychedelic acid-washed guitar solos, and blue eyed soul. But despite the band members’ abbreviated time together, Moloch remain influential in the Blues world, and, even more so in Memphis lore. In his liner notes, Bob Mehr writes, "the legacy of the band is bigger than a single song.

Over the decades, the LP became a totem for guitarists and blues seekers alike, for whom Moloch remains godhead.” Mehr goes on to praise the band’s late guitarist, Lee Baker, declaring that "Baker’s work continues to exert a profound influence on a generation of Memphis guitar players. The Moloch LP served as a touchstone for the North Mississippi Allstars’ Luther Dickinson and the Hold Steady’s Steve Selvidge, among other acolytes.”


The reissue of Moloch is part of a wide-ranging, year-long initiative, celebrating Stax Records’ 60th anniversary. The cross-label collaboration between Concord Music Group and Rhino Entertainment will highlight the hits, deep cuts and rare tracks from the Memphis label’s heyday of the '60s and ‘70s." - Concord Records

Singer Sarah Elizabeth Charles Explores The Mind & Soul On "Zombie"

By JR on 2:57 PM

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Find a nice escape from it all and a new focus as the music of singer Sarah Elizabeth Charles serves to break the tension gained from life's complexities. In an exploration of the mind, this progressive leader of music makes the focus of the mind her inspiration for the adrenaline rush of "Zombie". From her fall 2017 album "Free Of Form" out now on Ropeadope Records which features the version of the song with backing instrumentation.


Arranged & Performed by Sarah Elizabeth Charles
Written by Dolores Mary O’Riordan
Directed by Ferrari Xavi
Styled by Mia Wright-Ross
Hair & Make-up by Stephen Hudson

LTD Publisher: WARNER-TAMERLANE PUB. OBO WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC
All Rights Reserved

Recorded at Electrik Indigo Sound
Mixed by Jesse Fischer & Mastered by Alex DeTurk

Artist: www.sarahelizabethcharles.com
Label: www.ropeadope.com
Management: www.musiqhausonline.com

Baritone Tiplove's Rare 1990 Album "Livin' Foul" Reissued Digitally


All hell iz breakin' loose as Baritone and Tiplove pump the bass and treble for 1990 on their highly sought-after album "Livin' Foul". Originally released in 1990 in USA as rare cassette only release, only 100-150 pieces remain in existence but thanks to Spotify we can enjoy this Golden Era Hip Hop flavor.

Artwork – Phill Stromann*
Co-producer – Scott Herzog
Mastered By – Howie Weinberg
Mixed By – Phill Most Chill, Scott Herzog, Scott Herzog
Other [Constructive Criticism & Artistic Input On All Cuts] – Scratchmaster Rob
Producer, Written-By, Arranged By – Phill Most Chill
Remastered By [For Vinyl] – Dj Reflux
Scratches – D.J. Severe, Papa Do Chill, Phill Most Chill

Kool & The Gang - "Open Sesame" (Rock Cover by Guitarist Josh Koller)

By JR on 9:31 AM

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Feel the electrified energy of Josh Koller who is here to put on spell on you with a new take on an all-time classic of 70's Funk and Soul. This killer arrangement of "Open Sesame" takes the joyful vibe of Kool & The Gang's horn section and transforms it into an exciting Rock affair.


Revisiting the timeless Funk and Soul sound which Kool & The Gang's label is known for, DJ Spinna is here to make you boogie on down and celebrate with his "De Lite Dance Delights" mixtape. Now available on CD at Juno Records.

Roy Ayers Keyboardist James Mason Reissued With Rare Tracks For 2017

By JR on 7:07 AM

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Bounce to the carefree vibe of Roy Ayers guitarist/keyboardist James Mason who brings a moment of love and happiness to remember in the ''Rhythm Of Life''. This 1977 gem of Jazz/Funk/Soul fusion receives a special reissue in the 2017 limited-edition 7" double pack by Dynamite Records. The 'Sweet Power Your Embrace' collection highlights the best of the '77 album plus offers rare alternate versions of some songs. Enjoy a collectors item that is sure to bring good vibes to your stereo for years to come.



The version of 'Sweet Power Your Embrace'' is taken from the incredibly rare 7 inch promo only issue. On the flipside is a different version of the club floor dancer ''Free'' which features a heavy bongo workout . The 45 second slab on this package features two tracks featuring the vocals from Clarice Taylor on ' I've Got My Eyes On You'' and the superb 'Slick City' which were both never commercially released as a 45 before.



WKCR's Rare Funk & Soul Authority: Across 110th St. w/Danny Rudder

By JR on 1:09 PM

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I dug back in my cassette tapes to uncover another collection of Across 110th Street radio show recordings. Next to Stretch & Bob, this is my 2nd favorite show that used to air on 90's WKCR FM radio during the mid-90's. Host Danny Rudder with occasional guests Chairman Mao and Ricky Powell set the tone for the weekend lounge, spinning rare Funk and Soul gems each Saturday.

For the crew's unique personalities and strong affinity for Hip Hop, this made for a rare groove show like none other I've heard since. Kick back and enjoy the buttery flaves as Columbia University of New York gets groovy.

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