SonnyBoy: The Barfly Theory Release Party

SonnyBoy combines the key elements of black music over the last 50 years: from bebop to hip-hop, jazz to pop, mixed with a heavy dose of pure soul and layered with some very funk-driven rock’n'roll. The Barfly Theory has a more contemporary twist on the soulful sounds of previous SonnyBoy efforts and expresses messages of love, hate and empowerment, coupled with that ever prevalent Sonnyboy sense of humor!

Preview this track from the album: a little “Hey Ya” energy and some Cee-Lo vocal stylings make “Shake That Thing” one of those rare songs that crosses over from rock to hip-hop and back.

SonnyBoy – “Shake That Thing”

Don’t miss the release party at Joe’s Pub in NYC, on Friday October 8th: buy tickets here. The Barfly Theory will be available on the same day.

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Sixteen F**king Years of G-Stone Recordings Out Now + MP3

G-Stone Recordings has been at the forefront of the European electronic music scene for 16 years. Sixteen F**king Years Of G-Stone Recordings gathers the complete artist roster of G-Stone and specialists for every kind of beat: turntable masters Urbs and DJ DSL bring Hip Hop and comedy to the table, while the productions of G-Stone founders Peter Kruder & Richard Dorfmeister (Kruder & Dorfmeister, Peace Orchestra and Tosca), Rodney Hunter and Makossa & Megablast contain every nuance of dance beats from techno and house to cosmic funk, not to mention an impressive mastery of all the dance-floor-exotica from Africa, Brazil and the rest of Latin America.

To celebrate the occasion, K&D will embark on a North American tour in mid-October – check dates here. Giant Step Presents the NYC event at the Best Buy Theater (formerly known as Nokia Theater) with performances by K&D, MC Earl Zinger, Ras MC T- Weed, and special guest Nickodemus. It’s the first Kruder & Dorfmeister show in 9 years, so expect October 12th to be an epic night. Get tickets at

Tosca – “Rosa (Rodney Hunter Remix)” [MP3]

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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.