Are You Feeling This (10/31/08): Coldplay/Jay-Z, Nneka, Crown City Rockers

Lots of songs never make it to the radio that are getting lots of attention online.  Live tracks, sanctioned and unsanctioned remixes, mash-ups, overlooked gems by unsigned artists.  Every week on “Are You Feeling This,” we invite you to hear what the buzz is all about.  You tell us what you think.  Vote in the Are You Feeling This poll, leave a comment, send us an e-mail.

The winner of last week’s “Are You Feeling This” listener poll …. Honeyhoney “Little Toy Gun.”

This week on “Are You Feeling This”: A first listen to something brand new from the Bay Area’s Crown City Rockers; a new version of Coldplay’s “Lost” featuring Jay-Z; and something from an artist brought to our attention by our own DJ Tarik, Nigerian-born Nneka, whose debut album was released to little attention earlier this year.

Take a listen below and let us know what you think by voting in the “Are You Feeling This” listener poll.

Crown City Rockers – Body Rock

Nneka – Heartbeat

Coldplay – Lost+ (feat. Jay-Z)


Global Music With a Concience…Sound Travels

In keeping with the theme of the month here at the station, I thought what better way to end the month’s Sound Travels with a special edition of conscious music from around the world. The mix was harder for all the particularities of building a groove around a theme or purpose, but I got it good and laid it down. As ever, the mix is from all over and I have re-posted it here so you can listen, re-listed and get down anytime you wanna hear that sound.

Sound Travels – Global With A Conscience


1. Midnite : “Love The Life You Live” – Midnite … I’ll go out on a limb and say Midite, who hails from the Virgin Islands, is one of the most important, active reggae acts in the world. Fronted by the Vaughn brothers, Ron and Benjamin, these cats make album at a fine clip of two or three a year and rock crowds into a trance with heavy vibes. Their manners are all roots reggae and spirituality so deep that their inity with positive messages is inspiredby humanity, consciousness and divinity.

2. Massukos : “Bumping” – Bumping … These Cats are Lusophonic, which really means they speak Portuguese, and they represent a positive face for music from Mozambique, a former Portuguese colony on the the Southeast side of Africa. What this cut is about is anyone’s guess but it makes me feel positive. Tribal and contemporary, these cats are often referred to as the Buena Vista Social Club of Mozambique for good reason…good in any season.

3. Bonga : “Muadikine” – Angola 72 … Another favorite here, Angolan born Bonga, knows how to work a guitar and on this cut it’s evident. What is harder to guess is that he was an Olympic-class runner for Angola back in the day. That was before he took up music, as a way to work for civil rights and equality in his native country through music. He’s a legend in Angola for his positive themes though unknown here…prepare for your initiation.

4. SoulJazz Orchestra : “Fredom No Go Die” Freedom No Go Die … I’ll tell y’all now, I ain’t ever gonna be sick of the afrobeat-inspired motif that’s been simmering globally and manifested by bands like Antibalas, Kokolo, Nomo and this band here– The Souljazz Orchestra. The tune is of course Fela-esque, positive and funky-fresh.

5. Curumin : “Esperanca” – Japanpopshow … This cat is one of my favorite Brazilian performers. Curumin does a bit of alot with dub, hip hop, and samba-funk in the mix. This cut is a slow, fredom inspired cut that bubbles with funkiness and is from his most excellent and very new album Japanpopshow, which is out now on the hip hoplabel Quannum Projects.

6. African Simba : “Alternative Power” – Jahtarian Dubbers vol.1 … An excellent offering from a crew making digital dub and Stepped-out dancehall. The Milwaukee connection is surprising as the Mil-Town legend Ras Amerlock does a lot of work for Jahtarian. The tune is a righteous cut from the gruff cry of dancehall unknown; African Simba.

7. Daara J : “Esperanza” – Boomerang …From the third release of Senegal’s Daara J come a cut of positivity from a group that generally represents themselves as positive African Hip Hop. Some of the best from West-Africa.

Halloween Top 5: Songs We Love That Creep Us Out

or: Top 5 Artists You Love That You Wouldn’t Want to Meet In An Dark Alley

Thursday afternoon, Scott Mullins joined Marcus at the end of his shift and they shared a Halloween-themed Top 5.

Here’s their list:

Top 5 Songs We Love That Creep Us Out

5. Dr. John “I Walk On Gilded Splinters”

4. Suzanne Vega/50 Center “Tom’s Diner” Mashup

3. The Jimmy Castor Bunch “Say Leroy (The Creature From The Black Lagoon Is Your Father)”

2. Willie Dixon & Koko Taylor “Insane Asylum”

1. The Stooges “I Just Wanna Be Your Dog”

Don’t Sleep On…

Just picked up Dub Gabriel’s new release, Anarchy & Alchemy– and have yet to put it down, s’on lock i-pod rocks blocks on my way to work these days. No surprise because I felt the same about the last release, 2005’s Bass Jihad. Both releases share an evident love of equal parts dub reggae, middle-eastern esoterics and pure bass. While Bass Jihad was almost entirely instrumental, this new release is all about collaboration and features a variety of artists, from singjay Juakali, to dubstep chanter Jah Dan, even Michael Stipe(yep, that one) make appearances on the album. Up and comers, 77 Klash see time on the dubstep dusted dirty south bounce of “Crooklyn Clouds.” Poetess Karen Gibson Rock, opens a conscious blast of lyrical Shakti fire on the aptly titled “Spirit Made Flesh;” all over an absolutely crucial revision of Lee Perry’s “Underground Root.” Even Yo Majesty, everybody’s favorite pint-sized razor-mouthed rapper, spits dirty verses on the club-weight cut “Pony Girl.”

On the whole, I like the attitude the album flexes, how it manages to be hard in an entirely interesting way. The dub bass meets Middle-Eastern crunk angle works well and with the right sound, that bass might just mmake you move. Peep these cuts yo!

Dub Gabriel feat. Karen Gibson Rock “Spirit Made Flesh”


Dub Gabriel feat. Jah Dan “Chasing The Paper”


Plus here’s the video for “Mash Out”

New Music Wednesday (10/29/08): Nabori, My Morning Jacket, Juliana Hatfield, The Revelations

For New Music Wednesday 10/29/08, we’ve got four brand new songs. My Morning Jacket, Juliana Hatfield,

Listen to the tracks below and then let us know what you think by voting for your favorite tune. We’ll announce the winner next week.

Juliana Hatfield – Now I’m Gone

Nabori – Guayacan

My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges

The Revelations – Heavy Metal (feat. Tre Williams)

Don’t Sleep On: Nneka!

It takes a lot and a  special artist to get me really excited. I mean a real special artist and that does not happen often. You have a better chance to win the lottery than tell me about artist that can get me excited.  Well, go claim your lottery winnings. The lovely and talented ladies at the blog Wrong Lips have just done that.  They have got me excited about this artist by the name of Nneka. Nneka was born in Warri, Nigeria in 1981 and later relocated to Germany.

Her influences reflect her younger days in Nigeria as well as her time in the western world as she names famous compatriot Fela Kuti and legend Bob Marley as well as contemporary rappers Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Mobb Deep and Lauryn Hill. After gaining experiences good and bad with several producers and artists, she finally met DJ and Hip Hop Beatmaker, DJ Farhot (Hit Spot Productions) and they are working together for 2 years now.

She embodies everything I like in music.  Blending genres without any effort.  Hip hop, soul, reggae,electronic, african, and even rock all come natural to her.  She has a new album called No Longer At Ease which is simply beautiful and has slipped into my top records of the year.  Check out the song “Heartbeat” and you will see why.  

Nneka – “Heartbeat” from her lates album No Longer At Ease

Nneka – “God of Mercy” from her album Victim of Truth

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Are You Feeling This: Bjork, Jazznova, Honeyhoney

Lots of songs come burdened with buzz.  Every week on “Are You Feeling This,” we invite you to hear what all the buzz is about.  You tell us what you think.  Vote in the poll, leave a comment, send us an e-mail.

The winner of last week’s “Are You Feeling This” listener poll …. Murs “Everything.”

This week on “Are You Feeling This”: Brand new stuff from the German electronic outfit Jazzanova; something from Venice, CA-based Honeyhoney’s debut album, and a brand new single from the always buzz-worthy Bjork, featuring Radiohead’s Thom York.

Take a listen below and let us know what you think by voting in the “Are You Feeling This” listener poll.

 Bjork – Nattura (feat. Thom York) Honeyhoney – Little Toy Gun  Jazzanova- Look What You’re Doin’ To Me (feat. Phonte)