Zaki Ibrahim’s Debut Album Eclectica (Episodes In Purple) + US Tour

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Born in Vancouver, BC and raised between South Africa and Canada’s West Coast, Zaki Ibrahim spent her life moving between two culturally diverse worlds, culminating in her debut album, Eclectica (Episodes In Purple). Her music is captivating and vibrant, thick with poetics and steeped in a delicious mixture of earnest emotion and social commentary.

In addition to collaborating with famed DJ/producer King Britt on “Money,” Zaki worked with Nick Holder on “Love/Like.” Zaki explains that on “Love/Like” she, “wanted a different sound and the harmonies somehow reminded me of water. I had never worked with water instruments before, like a Rainstick and the Udu, and it brought an ancestral/tribal tinge to the song.”

Expect the unexpected as Zaki begins her US tour June 9th.

US Tour Dates
Jun 9 The Social – Orlando, FL
Jun 10 Orpheum – Tampa, FL
Jun 11 Revolution – Ft Lauderdale, FL
Jun 12 Jack Rabbits. – Jacksonville, FL
Jun 13 The Music Farm – Charleston, SC
Jun 14 The Soapbox Laundro-lounge – Wilmington, NC
Jun 17 The Quarter – Baltimore, MD
Jun 19 The Wonder – Bar Ashbury Park, NJ

Free download: “Love-Like”

MC Busdriver: Not Your “Least Favorite Rapper”

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Los Angeles emcee Busdriver follows up 2007′s RoadKillOvercoat with Jhelli Beam (out June 9). On Jhelli Beam, Busdriver’s legendary breath-defying flow teeters precariously on top of samples of classical music, jazz drumming and proggy guitar parts, without ever losing sight of the electronic music that helped define his sound on RoadKillOvercoat.

The legendary underground battle rapper Nocando guests on the classically witty Busdriver track “Least Favorite Rapper,” while Islands’ precocious Nick Thorburn’s influence can be heard on an almost ELO-flavored song “Happy Insider.”  Jhelli Beam is mindfully engaging and physically palpable at the same time – a wholly unique take on what an underground hip hop album should be.

“Least Favorite Rapper”
“Me-Time”

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The Latin Project Composes Musica De La Noche

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British producers Jez Colin and Matt Cooper of The Latin Project fuse together deep house, broken beat and hip hop with Afro polyrhythms and vocals on their second full-length, Musica De La Noche (out on June 23).

With brand new songs and a collection of remixes from A-List producers like Shawn Lee, Supreme Beings Of Leisure, Static Revenger and Morgan Page, Colin says, “some of our most dynamic work over the last few years has emerged from collaborations with other artists in our community such as Bebel Gilberto (“Aganju”) and Incognito.” Vocalists Freddie Crespo (erstwhile percussionist and vocalist for Tito Puente), Debi Nova (also heard performing with Sergio Mendez, Mark Ronson and Ricky Martin) and Guadelupian Joel Virgil still pop at the top of the mix with a few additions to the lineup.

The Latin Project’s first album, Nueva Musica, rose to #1 on the Billboard dance chart, won the IDMA Award for Best Latin Dance Song and garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Remix Single.

More info on Musica De La Noche

Nickodemus’ Sophomore Album Sun People + Free MP3

esl151cover300After his debut Endangered Species, Nickodemus unleashes his second solo album, Sun People. Inspired by sunny days and good people, the album mixes positive dance music from all over the globe including Guinea, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Romania, India, Turkey, United Kingdon & his hometown Brooklyn, NYC!

Some of the original Endangered Species cast returns for Sun People, including Jay Rodriguez, Quantic, Hector “Tempo” Alomar & The Candela Allstars, Zeb, Nappy G & Real Live Show. New additions to the signature Nickodemus sound on Sun People include Guinean born singer Ismael Kouyate, Indian classical & pop singer Falu, Richard Shepherd of Radio Mundial, Brazilian born singer Liliana of the band Maracatu, the versatile voice of Nuriya, members of Taraf de Haidouks, and The New York Gypsy Allstars.

Free download: “2 Sips & Magic” feat The New York Gypsy Allstars

More info on Sun People (out June 16)

Ancient Astronauts Serve Up Heart Of The Future Mixtape

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With the release of We Are To Answer (out June 9th on ESL Music), Ancient Astronauts have prepared a mixtape for your summer activities in the sun.

From old school hip hop classics, to new school beats, the mix skips in and out of genres, lacing hints of reggae with thick slabs of funk.

More on We Are To Answer

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Heart Of The Future Tracklist