Colin Munroe Covers Prince + MP3

The producer we’ve all had our eyes on, Colin Munroe, is back with a bold move: releasing a cover of Prince‘s “I Would Die 4 U.” His 2008 mixtape Colin Munroe is the Unsung Hero left us wanting more, so the delayed full-length (Don’t Think Less of Me) is high up on our radar. Colin let this download out to his fans as a little reminder not to think less of him.

Colin Munroe – “I Would Die 4 U” [MP3]
 

Questlove and John Legend Talk About Their New Album Wake Up!

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There are plenty of reasons why we’re looking forward to the release of this upcoming collaboration, Wake Up!, but here are a few highlights as described by the musicians themselves. Find out how these soulful 70′s throwbacks and their political themes are more relevant than ever in 2010.

Incognito & Samples

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On their new album Transatlantic RPM, Incognito remakes a heavily-sampled classic, “Lowdown,” originally by Boz Scaggs. The remake is infused with the vocal soul power of Chaka Khan and Mario Biondi while preserving the hip-hop rhythms that sprouted from the original.

Boz Scaggs - original version of “Lowdown” (1976)

Whether you’re a hip-hop fan, producer, or just an educated listener, you’ll probably hear something familiar in this. The various layers of rhythm in the Boz Scaggs track have been sampled enough in old school hip-hop to qualify “Lowdown” as a break beat classic. Scaggs’ drums are easy enough to spot, but that flipped bassline produces a bit of a challenge in discovering samples.

Leave a comment with more sample knowledge and we’ll be your best friend.

Leaders of the New School – “The International Zone Coaster” (1991)

MF Doom – “Black Snake Root” (2003)

Blackstreet – “Booti Call” (1994)

Girl Talk – “Give Me A Beat” (2008)

Jesse Boykins III Covers “Closer” by Corinne Bailey Rae + MP3

A short while ago we brought you Corinne Bailey Rae’s seductive video for her song, “Closer,” off of her most recent album, The Sea. That’s why we’re excited about this new take on the song by soul singer and songwriter Jesse Boykins III. The Brooklyn based up-and-comer shows off his falsetto throughout the cover, which you can download at Soul Culture.

Also, if you’re a New Yorker or just in the area, you can catch Corinne Bailey Rae performing on The Beach at Governor’s Island on August 6th with Sondre Lerche.

“Closer” – Jesse Boykins III [MP3]