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14
Jan
10

DJ Shadow – Freeform, All-Vinyl DJ Set – October 31, 2009 in Los Angeles

DJ Shadow

Well, I’ll be damned.

I haven’t seen this mix by the everlasting Joshua “DJ Shadow” Davis, a personal favorite of mine, posted anywhere besides my local torrent community. So it’s only right I share this special live mix with everyone.

Shadow spun this particular blend of musical beauty last Halloween night at LA’s Legendary Park Plaza for KCRW’s Masquerade Ball. He rocked his now famous sampling technique amid pinpoint scratching and nifty mixing for his set, which clocked in at a little under two hours.

Oh, did I mention he played Serato-free? To you newjacks out there, this means he lugged crate upon crate busting at the seams with vinyl (gasp!) to represent with two turntables and a sampler like few can these days, for the true school.

I’d much rather have been scoping pretty ladies to DJ Shadow’s tune’s then whatever lame dime-a-dozen DJ played where I was that night, but at least I can envision what it would have been like to be there thanks to whoever recorded this.

Shouts to the generous folks of ****.cd (what, you thought I’d give my secrets away? You crazy, homes) for seeding this torrent, Enjoy!

Download: DJ Shadow – Freeform, All-Vinyl DJ Set – October 31, 2009 in Los Angeles

09
Jan
10

Writers Build: The Best Non-Hip-Hop Albums of 2009

The Best Non-Hip-Hop Albums of 2009

Gramatically-incorrect, but who cares?!

We’ ain’t done just yet, Writers Build is still in full effect!

And you probably thought all I listened to was hip-hop.. Ha! Gotcha.

In between spinning Mos Def and Raekwon this year, me and my homie Jaap van der Doelen (of The Rap Up and Maasland FM fame) took some time to expand our horizons beyond the realm of rap. What we found were some extremely great projects by a gang of non-hip-hoppers.

Our lists cover many typesof music, including R&B, pop, reggae, soul, dubstep, jazz, rock and even afro-funk (yes, I may have made that genre up, but it’s true). Check these out when you’re not in the mood for neck-snapping beats or lyrical onslaughts.

Click the covers or links to support the artists, Enjoy!

Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement

Dom

1. Mayer Hawthorne – A Strange Arrangement [MP3 Download]

2. Michael Jackson – This Is It [MP3 Download]

3. Melanie Fiona – The Bridge [MP3 Download]

4. Matisyahu – Light [MP3 Download]

5. Alicia Keys – The Element of Freedom [MP3 Download]

6. Shafiq Husayn – Shafiq En’ A-Free-Ka

7. The Kickdrums – Just A Game

8. Chrisette Michele – Epiphany [MP3 Download]

9. Ryan Leslie – Ryan Leslie [MP3 Download]

10. John Mayer – Battle Studies [MP3 Download]

11. Norah Jones – The Fall [MP3 Download]

12. J Rawls & John Robinson present Jay Are – The 1960’s Jazz Revolution Again [MP3 Download]

13. Maxwell – Blacksummers’night [MP3 Download]

14. Serani – No Games [MP3 Download]

15. Whitney Houson – I Look To You [MP3 Download]

16. Trey Songz – Ready [MP3 Download]

17. Flaming Lips – Embryonic [MP3 Download]

18. Leona Lewis – Echo [MP3 Download]

19. Keith Jarrett Trio – Yesterdays [MP3 Download]

20. Bibio – Ambivalence Avenue [MP3 Download]

Honorable Mention: Zero 7 – Yeah Ghost [MP3 Download]

Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Inspiration Information Vol 3

Jaap

1. Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics – Inspiration Information, Vol. 3 [MP3 Download]

2. De Staat – Wait For Evolution

3. Arctic Monkeys – Humbug

4. Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s You [MP3 Download]

5. Dub Colossus – A Town Called Addis [MP3 Download]

We’ve come a long way in the Writers Build segment, we’ve got a couple more posts left before we’re done. Stay tuned!

08
Jan
10

DJ Heat – Late Night With The Roots (Mixtape)

Late Night With The Roots (Mixtape)

Questo & Black keep their vision to the sky, the rest have their eyes on the road. Fitting.

I’ve been a long-time, outspoken fan and critic of the Legendary Roots Crew. When they became the house band for Fallon’s new gig after Def Jam put so much time into marketing their CDs (#sarcasm), I was ecstatic that they’re hard work was finally recognized on a larger scale. Plus, after raiding the OkayPlayer store yesterday during its 50% discount sale, it’s only right I post this.

The generous DJ Heat recently compiled all of The Roots’ live renditions to date with guests of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Performances include Q-Tip, Public Enemy, Mos Def, Luda, Ghost, Rae, and, well you can read the tracklist for yourself. It showcases the Philly band’s single “How I Got Over” in its pure form, plus that Clipse set is damn near phenomenal.

Download link and track list below. Shout to 2DB and Heather for the heads up. Artwork by Shake. Oh, and props to the only whiteboy in the group, bassist Owen Biddle, for holding it down for us soulful yet melanin-deficit brothas, Enjoy!

DownloadDJ Heat – Late Night With The Roots (Mixtape)

Track List:

1. The Roots – How I Got Over (Live)
2. Ludacris – I Do It For Hip Hop / Last Of A Dying Breed (Live)
3. Mos Def – Casa Bey (Live)
4. Beastie Boys – So Whatcha Want (Live)
5. Black Star – History (Live)
6. Snoop Dogg – I Wanna Rock (Live)
7. Ghostface – Baby f. Raheem DeVauaghn (Live)
8. Wale – Pretty Girls (Live)
9. Raekwon – Catalina (Live)
10. 50 Cent – Baby By Me / Do You Think About Me (Live)
11. Clipse – Popular Demand f. Black Thought (Live)
12. Clipse – Grindin’ f. Black Thought (Live)
13. Q-Tip – Barely In Love (Live)
14. Goodie Mob – Soul Food (Live)
15. Public Enemy – Bring the Noise (Live)

03
Jan
10

Hold the Throne Presents Writers Build: The Best Instrumental Albums of 2009

The Best Instrumental Albums of 2009

Movin’ right along in our Writers Build segment, let’s break down the Best Instrumental Albums of 2009.

Contributors this time around are:

Jaap van der Doelen, The Rap Up Contributing Writer & Host of WildStyle FM on Maasland FM

Trav Glave, of Wake Your Daughter Up & Bloggerhouse

The musicians noted here range from full-bands to production crews to one-man beat-making gurus. Whether widely-available to purchase on Amazon and iTunes or pushed on blogs or Bandcamp for free.99, the quality is evident from the jump. Enough of my yappin’, let’s get into the picks.

Click the covers or titles to purchase or download, Enjoy!

Writers Build: The Best Instrumental Albums of 2009

El Michels Affair - 37th Chamber

Dom

1. El Michels Affair – Enter the 37th Chamber  [MP3 Download] (Cosigned by Jaap)

2. 14KT – Nowalataz LP

3. Exile – Radio

4. Paul White – The Strange Dreams of Paul White [MP3 Download]

5. Nicolay – City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya [MP3 Download]

6. Oh No – Dr. No’s Ethiopium [MP3 Download]

7. Madlib – Beat Konducta Vol. 5-6: A Tribute To Dilla [MP3 Download] (Cosigned by Jaap)

8. Diego Bernal – For Corners

9. Blazo – Alone Journey

10. Dert – Talk Strange (A Beat Tape Inspired by Bjork) [Shout to Crate Kings for the link]

11. Eligh – Gandalf’s Beat Machine Level 3

12. Kan Kick – Beautiful: Opus of Love Deeper Than Flesh

13. Blockhead – The Music Scene [MP3 Download]

14. Kid Hum – Fossel Fuel

15. Blueprint – Sign Language

16. Nheap – Skymotion

17. Shano – A Butterfly In Boston

18. Inf – The Go Round [MP3 Download]

19. Batsauce – Spy vs. Spy [Shout to Trav for the link]

20. Lambent – Smoothness Extract [MP3 Download]

21. Oddisee – Odd Summer / Odd Autumn [Shout to OkayPlayer for the links]

22. Sound Scientists – Instrumentally Sound [Shout to HipHopProduction for the link]

23. RJD2 – Tin Foil Hat EP

24. Samiyam – Man vs. Machine

25. K-Def – Beats from the 90’s Vol 2

Honorable MentionsCrust & Grimes – Bleezy Listening, Esoteric – Saving Seamus Ryan (Instrumentals), The Herbaliser Band – Session 2 [MP3 Download]

Diego Bernal - For Corners

Trav Glave

1. Diego Bernal – For Corners

2. Blueprint – Sign Language

3. Exile – Radio

4. Kid Hum – Fossel Fuel

5. Batsauce – Spy vs. Spy

6. Hippo – Father Funk Mother Salsa Son Flava

7. 14KT – Nowalataz LP

8. Apollo Brown – Make Do

9. Damu & Y Society – Travel At Your Own Pace Instrumentals

10. Blu – Open [Shout to the homies at TSS for the link]

11. Oh No – Dr. No’s Ethiopium [MP3 Download]

12. Kan Kick – Beautiful: Opus of Love Deeper Than Flesh

13. K-Def – Beats from the 90’s Vol 2

14. Lateef Dameer – Dairy of a Ballad Drummer

15. RCA Miles High – Da Beat Tape

16. Alex Stange – The 45 Project

17. Blockhead – The Music Scene [MP3 Download]

18. Big Quarters (Brandon Allday & Medium Zach) – Zip Disks Break

19. Sound Scientists – Instrumentally Sound

20. Es Nine – Light of Day Instrumentals

24
Dec
09

Hold the Throne Presents – A Very Special Christmix

NYC Christmas

I want to wish a very Merry Christmas (to the Christians, of course) and a Happy Holidays to all my friends and readers.

Vibe to this hour-and-a-half long Very Special Christmix while you’re drankin’ eggnog, opening presents, eating everything in sight, and spending time with the ones you love. There’s a lil’ somethin’ for all tastes in this mix – from classics and traditional to jazzy, funkin’ and hip-hoppin’ – so play it anywhere you go this season.

I compiled the mix myself, so I guess shouts to me? Nah, shouts to the artists for giving me the inspiration and allowing me to feel the spirit, Enjoy!

Download: Hold the Throne Presents – A Very Special Christmix

1. Al Green – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
2. Bing Crosby – Frosty The Snowman
3. Burl Ives – Holly Jolly Christmas
4.Charles Brown – Please Come Home For Christmas
5.Chet Baker – We Three Kings
6.Chipmunks – The Chipmunk Song
7. Diana Ross & The Supremes – Silver Bells
8. Dinah Washington – Silent Night
9. Donny Hathaway – This Christmas
10. Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby
11. Ella Fitzgerald – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
12. Etta James – Merry Christmas Baby
13. Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby – The Christmas Song
14. Frank Sinatra – The Bells of Christmas (Greensleeves) [w-Tina, Nancy & Frank Sinatra Jr.]
15. Jackson 5 – Santa Clause Is Comin’ To Town
16. Jackson 5 – I Saw Mommy Kissin’ Santa Claus
17. Judy Garland – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
18. Mannheim Steamroller Piano Tribute Players – Carol f the Bells
19. Mariah Carey – O Holy Night
20. Marvin Gaye – I Want To Come Home For Christmas
21. Nat King Cole – O Come All Ye Faithful
22. Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime
23. Peggy Lee – Happy Holiday
24. The Ronettes – Sleigh Ride
25. Run-DMC – Christmas In Hollis
26. Stevie Wonder – Ave Maria
27. Stevie Wonder – What Christmas Means To Me
28. Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24
29. Vanessa Williams – What Child Is This? (Live)

(If anyone is unfamiliar with .Rar files, feel free to hit me up)

24
Dec
09

Russel Fong & DJ Matt Cali – The Little X-Mas Tape

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It was tough to hold off on posting this beauty of a mix by crate digger Russel Fong and DJ Matt Cali, but I promised myself I’d wait ’til Christmas Eve. Lucky for y’all, it’s here!

Both Russel and Matt have a knack for splicing old school treats with modern flavor, which is evident on this holiday-themed mix. Listen as Stevie Wonder’s “What Christmas Means To Me” and Run-DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis” flow between cheerful samples and jingling bells. Also featured on the tape are jams from Marvin Gaye, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys and more.

As Matt explains it:

Russel and I were on the phone together discussing some upcoming themes for new mixtapes and we both expressed are displeasure with corny holiday music. Russel mentioned he had some good old school jams and I had a couple of favorites myself so I fired up the turntables and there you have it.” Russel adds, “We just wanted to keep it short and sweet and play some good holiday jams.” 

Well, they certainly put together an impressive mix. Shouts to both of the fellas for the heads up, click the covers or download link below and spin it for some holiday goodness. Enjoy!

Back Cover

Download: Russel Fong & DJ Matt Cali – The Little X-Mas Tape

22
Dec
09

Keelay ft. The Park & Nate Mercereau – Some Kind Of Seasons Greeting

Some Kind of Seasons Greeting

Whoa now!

Here’s a holiday treat from the homie Keelay (of production duo Keelay & Zaire) in the form of “Some Kind of Seasons Greeting,” a 12-minute instrumental mix featuring musicians The Park & Nate Mercereau. I’ll let Kee explain it:

I just wanted to get this collection of Music/Beats out to everybody as a seasons greetings, something to vibe to as you do whatever it is you do at this time of the holidays. All of the music below was created by myself, and some of the most amazing musicians I know, The Park and Nate Mercereau. We all have a couple projects coming together very soon and this is just a little sample of what it is going to sound like.

This will help you keep it funky & soulful during the holidays. Shout to my good friend Reyn & Co. at Potholes In My Blog for the heads up, Enjoy!

Download: Keelay ft. The Park & Nate Mercereau – Some Kind Of Seasons Greeting [Mediafire Link]





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