Tru Thoughts Issues New Quantic, Kinny, Stonephace And More For 10th Anniversary

With a slew of product in the pipeline, Brighton’s Tru Thoughts Recordings are coming through with goodies from Quantic, Kinny, Stonephace and more, celebrating their 10th anniversary as an independent label.

Shot by the legendary B+ in Columbia, Quantic’s new video documents the conception of his upcoming album, Tradition In Transition.

Free MP3 Download (from the new Tru Thoughts Shapes Compilation):
“Don’t Joke With A Hungry Mother” by Spanky Wilson & The Quantic Soul Orchestra vs. Lanu (right-click, save as)

Read More & Watch New Videos From Kinny & Stoneface

The UK’s Esser Woos America

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With a knife-sharp sense of style, lyrical wit and bombastic production skills, Esser’s forward-thinking, explosively catchy electronic pop songs come from a distinctly British standpoint, flush with undercurrents of ska and dubstep.

The 23-year-old UK native’s debut album Braveface comes out August 11 in the US.  A limited edition 300 copy vinyl pressing of the first single “I Love You,” complete with a handmade letter-pressed jacket and a neck-snapping remix from the legendary Prince Paul, will be available May 26th on Chocolate Industries.

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Ancient Astronauts Explore New Territory On We Are To Answer + MP3 Download

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Marking a foray into new frontiers of D.C.’s ESL Music, Ancient Astronauts‘ debut We Are To Answer is a melting pot of funk, dub reggae, and pure unadulterated hip hop. Featuring vocal collaborations with Bootie Brown and Imani of legendary hip hop group the Pharcyde, Azeem, Tippa Irie, Bajka, Phat Old Mamas, Ulf Stricker, Raashan Ahmad and Entropik, it’s a block rockin’, boom-bappin’ sonic tour-de-force.

Their very name, Ancient Astronauts, implies a mash-up of the distant past and the far future; traits exemplified in their melding of genres with forward-thinking flair and production technique. The artists behind Switchstance Recordings, Kabanjak and Dogu hail from Cologne, Germany…via outer space! Coy with their true origins, the duo can only confirm that they returned to planet Earth in 2001 after traveling the musical cosmos for thousands of years.

“I Came Running”

Click here to download “I Came Running” and stream more tracks from the album.

K’NAAN’s Video For “T.I.A” Directed By NABIL

The opening track to K’NAAN’s socially conscious Troubadour (A&M/Octone), “T.I.A.” now has a stunning collage of visual effects to enhance its message. Directed by NABIL (the man responsible for Kanye’s “Welcome To Heartbreak” video), the partially animated clip depicts K’NAAN in a Made In Africa t-shirt, against a highly stylized backdrop of traditional garb, AK’s, handguns, grassland savannas, head sculptures and a kaleidescope of flag colors and currency from the motherland. This is Africa.

More info, streams and videos here.

Márcio Local Says, ”Don Day Don Dree Don Don”: Adventures In Samba Soul + Free MP3 Download

With Márcio Local Says, ”Don Day Don Dree Don Don”: Adventures In Samba Soul (out now on Luaka Bop), he stands at the crossroads of two great traditions in modern Brazilian music: one foot in samba (the heavily percussive Afro-Brazilian dance music that took its modern form in the early twentieth century) and the other in soul.
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