Marvin Gaye – “What’s Going On” (@Motown / 2019)
This is powerful! Marvin Gaye’s classic 1971 slice of social commentary has been given a new video treatment, combining the soul legend’s heartfelt vocals from yesteryear with present day images of police brutality, political protest and human tragedy.
Show Tyme ft. Pharoahe Monch – “T.Y.L.A. – Remix” (@ShowTyme710 / 2019)
True-school Hip-Hop flavour meets strong soulful vibes on this remix lifted from New Jersey vocalist Show Tyme’s “Love Truth” project.
Terri Walker ft. Ty – “OK” (@TheRealMzWalker / 2019)
Rousing, life-affirming, funk-fuelled soul off the talented London-based vocalist’s Joe Buhdha-assisted EP “Breakout”.
An eclectic blend of flavours from the longstanding UK deejay, ranging from melodic drum & bass (“Make Moves”) and stripped-down space-age jazz (“Casey Freqz”), to broken-beat boom-bap (“Enquiring Minds”) and future-shock soul (“Shum Shum”).
This is a journey into sound….
Terri Walker ft. Rodney P – “Breakout” (@TheRealMzWalker / 2018)
This is something a little different to the usual Hip-Hop steez featured here on Old To The New. But when a tune is this heavy, it deserves all the support it gets.
Soulful vocalist Terri Walker showcases her Jamaican influences on this reggae-flavoured track produced by Nottingham’s mighty Joe Buhdha, with UK Hip-Hop pioneer Rodney P on-hand to deliver some lively Riddim Killa vibes.
Lookout for Terri’s new EP dropping early 2019.
Indianapolis producer Maja7th celebrates the musical genius of soul icon Marvin Gaye with this superbly-crafted release, an uplifting, creative blend of lush samples, polished beats and live instrumentation.
Russian music man DJ Mel pulls together an addictive selection of synthesized soul and feel-good funk with an electro thump.
Mo&Grazz – “Defiant (You Can’t Break Me)” (@MoGrazz / 2017)
Soulful vocals, rolling beats and deft cuts from Philadelphia-raised vocalist Monique Harcum and Belgian turntable legend DJ Grazzhoppa’s collaborative album “Defiant”.
Mo&Grazz “Defiant (You Can’t Break Me)” (@MoGrazz / 2017)
Organic, Hip-Hop-influenced soul from husband-and-wife duo DJ Grazzhoppa and Monique Harcum’s forthcoming album “Defiant”.
Australia’s brilliant DJ Sheep makes a welcome return to the mix game with this collection of funky jewels found during a number of diggin’ missions across the globe.
California’s DJ Epik pulls together a quality selection of funky mid-to-late 70s gems from the likes of The Headhunters, Ohio Players, Brass Construction and more.
Dusty funk nuggets from the crates of Germany’s DJ Scientist.
Diggin’ In The Crates affiliate DJ Manipulator drops an eclectic mix of psychedelic vibes and funky flavours.
The UK’s Spin Doctor pays homage to the musical genius of Prince with this strictly-vinyl mix of purple classics.
Nottingham’s mighty P Brothers drop a sublime selection of vintage soulful science from the likes of Eddie Kendricks, Bobby Byrd, Milton Wright and more.
The UK’s DJ Matman drops something for the Valentine’s Day crew with this soulful mix featuring the likes of Jodeci, Leon Haywood, Roy Ayers and more.
Mix-king Doo Wop returns with another batch of smoothed-out classics from the likes of Keni Burke, Entouch, Michael Jackson and more.
The always-impressive deejay-slash-producer Kenny Dope digs into the Kay-Dee store catalogue for this lengthy mix of funk, soul and Hip-Hop.
Regular visitors to this blog may find it hard to believe that I don’t listen to Hip-Hop all of the time. With that being said, California’s Teena Marie is my favourite female vocalist of all-time.
After discovering her music as a young kid back in the 80s I was hooked by that incredible voice and have continued to be captivated by the soul icon ever since, from albums like “It Must Be Magic” and “Starchild” up to her more recent output such as “Sapphire” and “Congo Square”.
So when I stumbled across this new tribute mix to the former Rick James protege by Philadelphia’s Kil, it had to be posted.
RIP Teena Marie.
Redefining the term “Hip-Hop soul”, Oklahoma artist Sean C. Johnson seamlessly mixes gospel, R&B and rap on this autobiographical project, which ranges from the mellow optimism of the smoothed-out “Mountains” to the boom-bap thump and thoughtful wordplay of “Magic And Kareem”.