J. Period & John Legend & The Roots Announce The Official Wake Up! Radio Mixtape + MP3

J. Period made a mix of The Roots and John Legend re-imagining of old classics called Wake Up! The full J. Period mixtape, Wake Up Radio, will be available in late November with an all-star cast of hip-hop/R&B heavyweights, plus exclusive remixes, album outtakes, and personal interviews with John Legend, Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, and Black Thought. The first single, now a free download, is J. Period’s remix of “Our Generation” featuring the hip-hop pioneers Pete Rock & CL Smooth.

The Roots & John Legend – “My Generation” (J. Period Remix feat. Pete Rock & CL Smooth) [Download from J.Period]


Bilal: Airtight’s Revenge Out Today

There are a lot of great new releases today, but possibly the best one is Bilal‘s Airtight Revenge. Back after years of obstacles with record labels, his new album is a beautiful departure from the ‘neo-soul’ box which seemed to form around him before. The sound on Airtight’s Revenge is still soul, and very new, but it’s way out of any box we would have imagined.

If you don’t believe that Bilal is magic, here are Questlove, Erykah Badu and Janelle Monáe to explain it to you, their official endorsements. After the jump, watch each of their respective videos by Plug Research and learn how Bilal helped shape the sound of these artists.

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DJ Spinna & BBE Soundsystem: Strange Games & Funky Things Vol 5

DJ Spinna & BBE Soundsytem present the 5th volume in the first legitimate and longest running rare groove mix tape series in the world.  Strange Games & Funky Things Volume 5 is described by Gilles Peterson as the best ever rare groove compilation series of all time.

This series, which was conceived by BBE founder Peter Adarkwah in the summer of 1997, compiles the best of 70′s soul, 80′s rare groove, and 90′s mass market hip hop.  The fifth volume is mixed by one of the best of all beat masters, DJ Spinna.  It is a much more worldy mix than the other volumes, featuring a wide variety of artists from the multi-platinum selling War to Sugar Hill Records’ founder, Sylvia.  The compilation even includes world music underground icons like C.K. Mann and Francisco Aguabella.

Disc One (of two) of Strange Games & Funky Things Volume 5, mixed by DJ Spinna.  Grab yourself a copy of the full compilation for the second, unmixed half.

Mark Ronson: “The Bike Song” Video

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Here’s a third video from Mark Ronson & The Business Int’l‘s upcoming album Record Collection, to be released September 28th. Savour the end of your summer with the “The Bike Song.”

The Electrolightz Remix Yvette Rovira + MP3

The Electrolightz are at it again, and now, with the help of newcomer Yvette Rovira.  The well-known pop-electro-hip-hop group have been on a popular remix streak with Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” and “Bad Romance,” Mary J Blige’s “I Am”, La Roux’s “Bulletproof”, and now Yvette Rovira’s “Let’s Go Out Tonight”.  With a bit of the Electrolightz energy and spunk, the party anthem “Let’s Go Out Tonight” from her self-titled album Yvette Rovira becomes a real club banger to keep you out ’til the sun comes up.

Working with producer Rob Mounsey (Rihanna, Mary J. Blige), emerging artist Yvette Rovira has strong musical talents flavored with Latin-inspired percussion, funk and old-school R&B references, all sung with a distinctive power and passion.

Yvette Rovira – Let’s Go Out Tonight (Electrolightz Remix) [MP3]