New Release: 3:33 – ‘The First Thousand Days’ + Free Album Download


In preparation for their November album, Live From The Grove, 3:33 has released a special project entitled The First Thousand Days, which is dope enough to really just be its own full length project.

Described as intensely experiential, 3:33 aims to take the listener on an exploration of existence itself with this project. You might compare it to the soundtrack to your favorite RPG, riddled with the cinematic landscape of mystery and haunting secret worlds. “On this journey, you will encounter, hooded figures, invisible trap doors opening and snapping shut. You will find yourself in the midst of a drum circle and watch your inner being twisting, bending in half, head banging, folding into itself and finally blossoming with relief.” It’s not a game. While the digital release is free, the group has also made a limited edition run of 100 cassette tapes they’re selling on Bandcamp.

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Captain Planet Releases ‘The Ningané EP’ + MP3


With tracks appearing on HBO’s Entourage and CBS’s CSI: NY off his 2009 Speakin’ Nuyorican EP, Los Angeles based DJ/producer Captain Planet isn’t for the birds. In anticipation of his debut full length album, Cookin’ Gumbo (out September), the eclectic musician brings us The Ningané EP on June 28th. Journey through Afro-Latin sounds from Congo to Brazil to Portugal and get ready to set the dancefloor ablaze. You can even get a head start with the free “Dame Agua” download below!

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New Release: ‘Patagonia Music Collective, Volume 3′

The Patagonia Music Collective series is the brainchild of Patagonia, an environmentally conscious apparel company. One June 22, they released Volume 3 to continue their tradition of supporting grassroots environmental organizations through artist donations of exclusive tracks. The collective also added a nice touch by allowing individual musicians to choose the organization that will receive the proceeds from their track.

Like previous editions, Volume 3 includes unreleased material from both mainstay and emerging artists. The tracks are available at $.99 each or $9.99 for the entire compilation on iTunes. Patagonia also shows their good taste in music with the artist roster: featuring Best New Artist Grammy Award winner, Esperanza Spalding, as well as Daniel Bernard Roumain and Medeski Martin & Wood, amongst several others. You can sample the tracks on their site – now go out and support!

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Chris Read – “Classic Material” Hip Hop Mix Series

Classic Material is a movement. Boasting seventeen contributors with some of the UK’s finest DJ talent, Classic Material celebrates “30+ years of recorded rap music through a series of events, exhibitions, mixtape releases and more.” Each month focuses on paying tribute to a defining era or year in hip hop’s history via “music, design, photography and film.”

Record collector, former BBC 1Xtra resident DJ, and hip hop historian of sorts, Chris Read functions as the curator of the Classic Material mix series. All the mixes are streamable online and free for download. June saw the 8th edition of the series, focusing on the hip hop of 1994. Stream and download below.

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Maya Azucena’s Cry Love out Tomorrow on iTunes + NYC Release Show

Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Maya Azucena releases Cry Love tomorrow, June 24th, on iTunes. You can stream the first single, “Cry Love,” below.

Maya Azucena will play a special headline performance at New York City’s Highline Ballroom that evening with the physical album and official, physical release slated for September 13th. Attendees will be able to purchase the physical copy before it hits stores exclusively at her New York release event.

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