Exclusive Release: ‘Sonic Boom Vol. 4′ (Compiled by Maiya Norton)

 

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In partnership with Giant Step, resident compilation master Maiya Norton today serves the world up with the long-awaited Sonic Boom Vol. 4!

Vol. 4 features lots of go-to indie faves, including Iman Omari, MoRuf, BOSCO, Muhsinah, THEESatisfaction, Def Sound, Nikko Gray, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and Coultrain.

We’ve also got up-and-comers like Mndsgn, Jessica Newry, Shi Wisdom, Kalani Trinidad, JusMoni, Joya Mooi, and Byron The Aquarius showing us what they’re workin with.

Stand outs include spine-tingling opener “Prayed For” by Iman Omari, the breathy and sensual “Slippin” by BOSCO, the deliciously layered and melodic “Queen County” by THEESatisfaction, the soft and lulling “Beyond of You” by Joya Mooi, and the groovy “All In” by Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

While much of the collection showcases dug up gems and lesser known tracks, we are also proud to have Sonic Boom Vol. 4 be the place Muhsinah premiered the spirited “L.M.O.” (Giant Step Mix), a version of “Let Me Out” off her upcoming March album, Amazing.

Hit play already, and make your week that much better.

New Release: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – ‘Bulletproof Brass’

 

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble consists of eight brothers from the south side of Chicago. Raised in a musical family where they’d be woken at 6am before school for music practice, music truly runs through their blood. Having worked with numerous talents from De La Soul and Prince to The Gorrillaz and their father, legendary trumpet player for Sun-Ra, Phil Cohran, you guys are in for a real treat. Check out the preview for their Bulletproof Brass EP that just dropped and get lifted.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Bulletproof Brass Preview by ChoiceCuts

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GPWW 8/9/10: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Feature

Despite the bad weather which kept us off the rooftop, we were very grateful for Gilles Petersons secret performance at NYC Soho House on Sunday; he played a killer set and naturally got the crowd moving. If you too want to be included in the hippest swanky events, always featuring quality music, follow our tweets for exclusive event entrances, plus crafty art and vinyl contests. 

This week on GPWW, Gilles Peterson features the words and sounds of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Their interview reveals a lot about the group: from their introduction to brass instruments and what they’ve been through to what’s next for them as a band. The first part of the show is mostly old favorites interspersed with brand new music from artists like Nia Andrews and Marcos Valle.

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Gorillaz featuring Mos Def and Bobby Womack

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The first track from the new Gorillaz album has been released, and it features an incredible combination of Mos Def and Bobby Womack. The track, “Stylo” comes from the Gorillaz’ upcoming album Plastic Beach. Other artists featured on the new alblum include De La Soul, Little Dragon, Lou Reed, Snoop Dogg & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and more. Plastic Beach will be released on Parlophone on March 8th.

Gorillaz featuring Mos Def & Bobby Womack – “Stylo” from Plastic Beach (mp3)
 

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Pays Tribute

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The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble teamed up with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson in LA for this live event, which sold out quickly and brought support from artists like Aloe Blacc and Madlib. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson played viola and wrote this arrangement of “Scrabble” specifically for the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. It’s a jazz song by Rene Costy, which inspired Dilla to create one of his best-loved tracks.

The enthusiastic crowd of music lovers that packed their way into the Echoplex for this special show and were not disappointed by the magic they witnessed. Exclusive music, top quality sound, and a stunning performance. Thanks to VTech Music and Mochilla for the video.

J Dilla – “F#ck the Police”
 

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