New Release: The Funk Ark – ‘From The Rooftops’ + MP3


DC-based world funk ensemble The Funk Ark has just released their debut album, From The Rooftops, and might we say that it’s quite uplifting. Drawing inspiration from African and Latin funk music of the 60′s and 70′s, The Funk Ark oozes a soulful vintage sound channeling Afrobeat and big band funk.

Keyboardist and songwriter Will Rast, well known for his work with the likes of Thievery Corporation and Ocote Soul Sounds, fronts the eight-piece band. The man is bringing it and taking listeners on a global funk journey that will have you melting into the dancefloor.

Catch The Funk Ark on tour this and next month!

The Funk Ark – “El Beasto” [MP3]

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Tour dates after the jump

Video: The Broken Orchestra – “Closer” ft. Anna Stott


Closer Animated Music Video The Broken Orchestra from Animated Yorkshire on Vimeo.

Jazzy and addictively melodic, UK-based band The Broken Orchestra releases their second single, “Closer,” with this playful animated video. Ana Stott lays down some amazing buttery vocals, taking you back to your favorite downtempo groove. Look out for opportunities to purchase this track around August.

We are very excited to hear what’s next from this band. Below are a couple other sweet tracks that will have you swooning over The Broken Orchestra in no time.

Over & Over (feat Natalie Gardiner) by The Broken Orchestra

Shibui by The Broken Orchestra

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New Tracks: ‘Red Hot + Rio 2′ Remixes by Abacus, Juan MacLean, CSS, Om’Mas Keith as Analog Genius, & More

Out now, the modern tribute to the late 60′s Brazilian Tropicália movement, Red Hot + Rio 2, receives select remix treatments from mashup king João Brasil, Sao Paolo’s Cansei de Ser Sexy, Juan MacLean, Didi Gutman of the Brazilian Girls and Hector Castillo (collaborating as Masa), Om’Mas Keith (under his Analog Genius moniker), and Toronto’s Abacus. While these remixes are currently reserved for our DJ community, you can stream most of the remixes on our jukebox along with the Abacus remix for Alice Smith & Aloe Blacc’s “Baby” on Urban Outfitters’ blog.

Look out for accompanying videos soon!

Forró In The Dark + Brazilian Girls + Angelique Kidjo – “Aquele Abraço” (Masa Remix)

More Streams and Remixes Tracklist

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Video: ‘Who is Roy Ayers?’ Trailer


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Roy Ayers is a truly prolific musician. His reach as an artist has been expansive and profound, from his timeless original pieces to the mass influence his music has had over hip hop and modern soul music. The Roy Ayers Project aims to tell the story of this incredible talent through documentary, performance, music, and interviews. Peep the trailer that dropped recently featuring Rich Medina, Questlove, DJ Premier, Ski Beatz, Andre Torres, Houseshoes, and Ndugu Chancler.

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Video: Exitmusic – “The Sea”


The Sea from EXITMUSIC on Vimeo.

New York City duo Exitmusic consists of Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church, who will be releasing their first EP, From Silence, on October 4th. The music is hauntingly beautiful ambient rock, with touches of Björk and The Kills. Brace yourself for the eerily captivating video for “The Sea” above – it evokes quite the mood.

Exitmusic will be playing a special residency at NYC’s Pianos this summer – don’t miss it!

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