Hot off the heels of a recent feature on Okay Player, URB Alum, Erica Olsen, otherwise known as DJ Eko has shared her most recent outing– Soultronica Vol 3.
Just what was needed to close out the office night, this mix sent us out floating and into the ether. Despite the ‘airy-ness’ of the mix, there is a lot going on here, as she has put together a multi-layered effort with her track selection that feels like the ebb and flow of inhaling the world and exhaling art. While some would dismiss this mix effort as one of the many Valentine’s season mixes that have dropped as of late, there is a penetrating vision displayed here that pushes it over the top of that pile and making it more than just …
Above, stream the first single from Zodiac’s forthcoming self-titled EP, “Come” featuring Jesse Boykins III. The EP, coming September 24th digitally with vinyl release to follow on October 8th, gives Zodiac (pseudonym of producer Jeremy Rose) the opportunity to shine following a storm of controversy after an exposé was published outlining his (unfairly uncredited) contributions to The Weeknd’s finest mixtape “House of Balloons.” Through five tracks, listeners are shown why exactly The Fader was correct in saying Zodiac was one of the producers set to change the sound of rap in 2012. After the jump, you can listen to a preview of the whole EP, to be released via Jacques Greene’s label Vase.
Bay Area rhythm section The Park (backing band for BIG K.R.I.T., Freddie Gibbs, Alice Russell, Jesse Boykins III and more), unveil the first video for their new three song release “These Are The Days.” Set over a grinding synth-based groove and featuring vocoder and a cinematic guitar jam, the track is a funk-drenched take on life in the U.S. right now. The video echoes the song with a kaleidoscope of visuals featuring working people, classic lyrical themes such as “Let It Be” and “Things Fall Apart“, California sunsets, and the theme of cherishing right now because “these are the days.”
Red Bull Music Academy presents New York City to the SF Bay: JAZZ January 25th at Yoshi’s.
The GARY BARTZ Project
with featured guests
BILAL & ALOE BLACC
Jill Newman Productions
Grammy Award winning jazz saxophonist Gary Bartz began making waves on the jazz scene during its prime in New York City and never slowed down. Mr. Bartz was formally trained at Julliard; however, it’s the time alongside jazz greats like Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and McCoy Tyner that has placed him as a legend in the game. R&B icon, Bilal, serves as featured vocalist for the Gary Bartz Project, and for this special night only, soul sensation and 2006 RBMA Participant, Aloe Blacc, will join them on stage.
From the effervescent depths of electronica and bass comes this pulsating remix of Jesse Boykins III’s “B4 The Night Is Thru”. What began as velvety rhythmic intoxication got the flip at the hands of Knifeshow, transforming into an addictive blend of well-executed DJing and production.