The guys from Brownswood have put together a new compilation album; Brownswood Electr*c will be available June 28th. In the international spirit of the World Cup season (shout out to the USA and England's move to the next round), it features some of today's most promising electronic artists from all over the globe, ranging from Estonia and Norway to Iceland. The Brownswood Electr*c album commemorates the music that occupies the grey areas, the sounds that blur the boundaries between so-called hip-hop, house, techno, and dubstep. This album, like every release, has the stamp of approval from Brownswood label owner and BBC Radio show host, Gilles Peterson. A sample of the tracks are streaming in the video above, and you can see the full track list after the jump.
If, for some reason, we decided to make a list of our favorite record labels, this group here would take up a bulk of that list. So Label Love is a perfectly appropriate name for this project.
Featuring Ubiquity, Fania, Plug Research, ESL Music, Now-Again, Tru Thoughts and Bastard Jazz, the free compilation highlights some of today's brightest musicians, as well as a hint of what's to come in the near future from these esteemed record labels.
Get the free compilation as a download via Label Love Worldwide Bandcamp.
Tracklisting after the jump:
We're ready for Dwele's W.orld W.ants W.omen, his follow-up album to Shadows of A Man to be released this Tuesday. Dwele explains, “W.W.W. is separated into three sections, representing different aspects of myself as an artist.”
"I Wish" is the second track on the album, naturally in the 'Wants' section, featuring duets with Raheem DeVaughn and David Banner. The album also features guest spots by Slum Village, DJ Quik, Kindra Parker and Monica Blaire & Lloyd Dwayne. We're feeling it. What do you think - must buy the new album on Tuesday?
Dwele - "I Wish"
The new album from legendary Philly hip-hop outfit The Roots, How I Got Over, hits stores everywhere tomorrow, June 22nd, but luckily you can preview the entire album on the group's MySpace right now. Or pick up your copy of How I Got Over online today.
Levi's Pioneer Sessions keeps rolling out more recreations of classic hits, this time with Giant Step favorite Raphael Saadiq covering "It's a Shame" by The Spinners, the legendary Detroit ensemble. When Tony! Toni! Toné!'s Raphael Saadiq went solo, his goal was to modernize R&B without cutting ties with its past, creating complex tunes that honored Motown while addressing issues of the day. You can get your copy of Raphael's cover of "It's a Shame" here.
Don't forget about our Central Park SummerStage show on July 17th, where Raphael Saadiq will be performing along with Aloe Blacc and special guests!
And while you're at it, check out behind-the-scenes footage of Raphael talking about his recreation of "It's a Shame" below.