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]
 

Jperiod.com/wakeup

Paper Tongues’ “Trinity” – iTunes Single of the Week

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Paper Tongues‘ “Trinity” is Single of the Week on iTunes right now, go get your free download here. The self-titled album is out now, available for download right here.

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Strut Records Presents Mulatu Steps Ahead

Mulatu Astastke is a giant of Ethiopian music. He is the inventor of Ethio-jazz.  His work has inspired many imitations, many admirers, and a whole new generation of fans.  His music veers from the sublime tezetas to the most foot stomping funk.

His relevance in today’s music scene is evident in the music of the artists he influences, as well as his own new music. Enjoy the album preview: five streaming tracks and a download from Mulatu Steps Ahead by Mulatu Astastke on Strut Records: listen here.

Mulatu Astastke – “Green Africa”
[get free MP3 here]
 

Mulatu Steps Ahead will be released on March 30th on Strut Records.

Video from Mulatu Astastke’s performances will be featured in the DVD boxset from VTech/Mochilla, Timeless, also to be released on March 30th.

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Everything in Time by DJ Center Available Now

bluecover_grey_new.inddEverything in Time is a global soul record bringing back a low-end theory and warmth thatʼs been absent in music as of late. Itʼs a record for a generation raised on a foundation of hip hop and jazz, but grown with a broader musical palate. Itʼs roots music without being reggae, and soul music without being a throw back to the past.

As the songs unfold on Everything in Time, youʼre enveloped in lush piano chords, warm bass lines, boom-bap drum patterns, flying tambourines, and soaring horns. The guests DJ Center chose for his album are the perfect marriage to every song. The record features everyone from favorites like Oddisee and Zaki Ibrahim to the up-and-coming Gretchen Parlato (whoʼs worked with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding) and Samia Farah (whoʼs dub reggae and jazz vocal styles give her a rare, distinctive sound).

The icing on the cake is the remix of “Tout Passe” (CD only) contributed by the incredibly talented Waajeed of The Platinum Pied Pipers. The underlying essence of this record is timeless music. Listen unhurriedly, as all great things happen in time.

“In A Song” ft. Middle Child (Download MP3)
 

“Center’s Groove”
 

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Nikki & Rich Looking for the Next Best Thing

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Introducing Nikki & Rich, a soulful collaboration between a couple… of good people.

If you like what you’re hearing, grab a free download of their single “Next Best Thing” from iTunes Discovery Download before this week is over.

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