NEW YORK: Pete Rock & DJ Center: Brooklyn Terrace – Sat, 1.26.13

Legendary hip-hop DJ and producer Pete Rock and Brooklyn’s own DJ Center will bring the house down this weekend in BK. Part of Center’s monthly Sky High residency, Pete Rock will guest DJ at Brooklyn Terrace’s Indoor Sky Lounge, spinning classic Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul, R&B, Latin and Reggae vibes. What’s sure to be a grand time, the party starts at 9pm, Saturday, January 26. Tickets $10. For more info, visit Push The Fader.

Pete Rock & DJ Center, Sat. Jan 26, 2013 - Sky Terrace, Brooklyn, NY

Tickets: $10
[Via Push The Fader]

New Music Monday: Osunlade – ‘Deep Soul’ [Download]

Osunlade - 'Deep Soul' [download]

Musician and producer Osunlade shares Deep Soul, a new mix of soulful house grooves. As label head of Yoruba Records, the St. Louis-native says that their mission is “simple; to create good music that elevates humanity and expands the soul.” And that he definitely does. You can download Deep Soul here.

Deep Soul Tracklist:
01. Nikki O “Choose To Believe”
02. Reggie Dokes “I Wear The Mask”
03. Soul Phiction “Touch From The Past”
04. Tyra “Run To ME”
05. Dj Koze “I Want To Sleep”
06. Rotary Assembly “Feedback”
07. Larry Heard “Missing You”
08. Tim Toh “ One”
09. Joe Claussell “Mafungo”
10. Rick Wilhite “Ruby Nights”
11. Osunlade “Africa”
12. SoSo Deep “Unconditional”
13. 3 Chairs “3 Chairs Theme”
14. Oveous Maximus “I Apologize” (Atjazz Remix)
15. Kevin Reynolds “Afrik”
16. Afefe Iku “Outer”
17. Theo Parrish “I Can’t Take It”
18. Basic Soul Unit “Black The Nation”
19. Harmony Funk “Always Be Around”
20. Mystery Girl “It’s A Shame”
21. Zander VT “Dig Your Own Rave”
22. ? “II”
23. Reggie Dokes “Chicago Pimp”
24. Kink “Blueprint”

[via GiantStep]

My Top DJ Podcast, Single and Remix Album of Summer 2012

Summer may be officially over tomorrow but that’s no reason to stop grooving on through the Fall. Thus, here I’ve compiled my top three DJ music releases to include a favorite single, podcast and remix album. These are musicians I consistently keep tabs on for guaranteed dope projects. So press play or download or purchase, but most importantly — get your groove on!

Onra (photo/Mikael Colombu)

Onra (Paris, FR) | Hip-Hop/Soul/Electro

“Hold Tight” feat. Chuck Inglish

This version features label mate Chuck Inglish of rap group The Cool Kids, but the original appears on Onra’s latest EP Deep In The Night (Fool’s Gold Records). DITN has been in constant rotation around here since it dropped in early June.


DJ Spinna (photo/Red Bull Music Academy)

DJ Spinna (Brooklyn, NY) | Soulful House | Journey Mix (Mid Summer 2012)

I’ve had the privilege of being on the dance floor during one of Spinna’s set three times in the last three years, and each time I leave with a big-ass smile on my face as well as sweaty clothes on my back. His mixes touches my soul. You can thank me later for this one!

1. Love Is So Nice (Reelsoul RMX) – Dj Roland Clark presents Urban Soul
2. I Still Love You (Pablo Martinez RMX) – Andrea Martin
3. Faith (Dj Spinna Galactic Soul RMX) – Groove Addix feat Annette Taylor
4. Downtown – Kerri Chandler
5. Don’t You Want My Love (Sean McCabe Need My Dub) – Dajae
6. Smile (Joey Negro Mix) – Mistura
7. We Need His Power (Dj Spen Instrumental) – Marlon D & Mena Keys
8. Superewoman (K2 Re-Edit) – Quincy Jones
9. Guitar Groove – Yusuke Hiraoka
10. Somebody That I Used To Know (Reelsoul Mix) – Gotye
11. Rain – Kerri Chandler
12. Rain (Atjazz RMX) – Kerri Chandler
13. Linda (Da Capo Touch) – Ralf Gum feat Oluhle
14. What We Gonna Do – Sia & Ribatone
15. The Roof Leak – Dj Fale
16. Awukhu Muzi (Shelter Edit) – Busi Mhlongo
17. All In My Head (Mark Francis Edit) – Avery Sunshine
18. B-Piper – Wyze, Joy Halliday
19. Kissing You (Josh Milan RMX) – Miranda Nicole
20. Lost Tapes (Feel Mix) – Needs
21. Living My Dream (Zepherin Saint Tribe RMX) – Local Instruments

DJ Spinna


Maryland-bred, BK-based production duo The Stuyvesants (photo by Ashley Posey/The Stark Life)

The Stuyvesants (Brooklyn, NY) R&B/Hip-Hop/Soul | The Stuyvesants: Remixes

Based in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, this production duo of Algorythm and Flwrpt crafted re-mixes to some of the hottest R&B/hip-hop joints of the mid-90’s. Think: Camp Lo’s “Luchini”, 702’s “Steelo” and Ginuwine’s “Same Ol’ G.” In a word: #Loveliness

My Top Music Releases for April, May & June; shortlist of good stuff

Parisian beatmaker Onra’s latest EP “Deep In The Night”


With tons of new projects forthcoming and lots of dope music in my ear right now, I just realized I haven’t posted my favorite “new music” list since the beginning of April. For those who might of missed ’em, here’s JanuaryFebruary and March –but the list is a short roundup highlighting my top LPs, EPs, singles, and mixtapes released throughout the month. Whether for deep lyrical content or strong production aspects, there were plenty who got play on my iPod.

Nonetheless, here’s a shortlist of my favorite releases that dropped from April 1 to June 30 of this year. In order of the most recent.



▪    Atlantic Connection, LOVE ARCHITECT (electro/soul/downtempo)

*   Emeli Sandé, OUR VERSION OF EVENTS (pop/soul) #BritishSoul

▪    Esthero, “Never Gonna Let You Go” (electro/pop) [single]

▪    HouseShoes, LET IT GO (underground hip-hop)

▪    Jarrard Anthony, READY TO LIVE (R&B/soul) #uplifting

▪    Lakecia Benjamin, RETOX (soulful/funky/jazzy)

▪    Liquideep, Alone [EP] (soulful house)

▪    Lissat & Voltaxx vs. Marc Fisher feat. Vanessa Ekpenyong, “Heat of the Night (Deep Disco remix)” (house) [single]

*   Onra, Deep in the Night [EP] (electro/hip-hop) #dopeness

▪    Rocco Careri & Arturo Macchiavelli feat. Vanee, “Rock With You” [Michael Jackson cover] (soulful house) [single]

▪    Tamia, “Beautiful Surprise” (R&B/soul) [single] | video provided by Singersroom



*   B.o.B, STRANGE CLOUDS (pop/hip-hop) | 15 tracks/10 features #StillLikey

*   Columbia Nights, Dawn | Dusk EP (neo soul) #sosmooth

*   Karmin, HELLO (pop) #ultrapop #guiltypopleasure

▪    Mary Mary, GO GET IT (Music from the TV series) (contemporary gospel)

*   Miguel Migs feat. Meshell Ndegeocello “Tonight” (R&B/deep house) [single]

▪    Monophonics, IN YOUR BRAIN (soulful/heavyfunk/60’s rock)

*   Rebecca Ferguson, HEAVEN [U.S. RELEASE] (pop) #BritishSoul

*   Scissor Sisters, MAGIC HOUR (electro-pop-dance)

*   Tank, THIS IS HOW I FEEL (R&B) #warning #pantieswilldrop

*   The Hood Internet, MIXTAPE V.6 (hip-hop/electro) #crazymashups #FREEdownload



*   Alabama Shakes, BOYS & GIRLS (rock/blues/soul) #lovelovelove

▪    Bassnectar, VAVA BOOM (dubstep)

▪    Blockhead, INTERLUDES AFTER MIDNIGHT (trip-hop) #instrumentals

▪    Bonnie Raitt, SLIPSTREAM (blues/country/rock)

*   Jamiroquai, ROCK DUST LIGHT STAR [U.S. Release] (pop/rock/dance) #nearly two years after its European release. Can we at least get a U.S. tour? #justsayin

▪    Photek, DJ-KICKS (drum n bass/downtempo/deep house)

▪    SWV, I MISSED US (Soul/R&B) | Sisters With Voices are back!

▪    The Black Seeds, DUST AND DIRT (pop/rock/reggae)

▪    Yuna, YUNA (indie pop/rock/folk)


Bonus track: Matisyahu “Sunshine” [re-worked, pop version of 2010 single]