You've got GP! Out of Brownswood, North London, Gilles takes us back to the roots of dance music with breaks like the Jimmy Castor Bunch's "It's Just Begun." His classic-funk mix brought on a slew of listener requests, and Gilles is happy to oblige. Later Gilles is joined by the original, mighty Mala, who is declared the "Godfather of Dubstep". The man behind Deep Medi Records is in the mix and in conversation.
We've had an eye out for Chiddy Bang since we heard a bit of their upcoming album, The Opposite of Adults, and their fun video of the title track. This video "Sooner or Later" has a much heavier tone, shot entirely from the first person view of Chiddy, live in Nigeria. The message of this video calls for the Nigerian government to take responsibility for the poverty levels and the accompanying problems in the country ... sooner or later.
Check out Chiddy Bang's recent interview with The Couch Sessions here.
After years of almost total silence from Lauryn Hill, she finally opened up to NPR about her music, why she left the game, and where she's headed next. While her classic solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was groundbreaking in part because of her unique ability to sing over hooks she also rapped, she's focusing now on "opening up [her] range, really sing more." According to Lauryn, "Most people have never really heard me 'sing sing sing'... if I do record again, next time perhaps it will be in an expanded context." And for those have been missing Ms. Hill's voice, she's starting to perform again, including the Rock the Bells tour this summer. She told NPR, "I think it's just time [to perform more], I'm starting to get excited again."
"Drop" by The Pharcyde is arguably one of the greatest hip-hop videos ever made, not to mention all the Dilla-beat love. So when Skillz makes this confession about sleeping on Dilla and his tracks for "Runnin," "Drop," and "Something That Means Something" in his own 'Confessional' video series, we are truly getting a piece of hip-hop history.
We are excited for the release of Jyoti (aka Georgia Anne Muldrow)'s new album, Ocotea, which is scheduled to drop June 15, 2010 on SomeOthaShip Connect. We got the chance to sit down with this singer, songwriter, and producer extraordinaire and get the scoop on her artistry, spirituality, and experience as a new mom.
What's your favorite jazz album ever and why?
it's really hard for me to pick just one record that i love the most, what i tend to dig are ones that are drenched in the pursuit of higher consciousness, or are heavily rooted in the blackness of music...