Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Watch: Outlook Festival 2013 Video Highlights Will Make You Want To Go

We want to go to Outlook Festival!!! Take one look at the 2013 highlights video that has just been posted to YouTube and it's easy to see why!! America, time to step up your game.......

Special Thanks: Outlook Festival for putting together one of the year's best festivals

Monday, November 25, 2013

Music Mondays: Download a New Nightmares on Wax Mix at Clash Magazine and See Them Live at El Rey Theatre on 11/30!

Before we go see Nightmares on Wax bring their live band to the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles this week, mastermind DJ E.A.S.E has just dropped this dope mix for Clash Magazine, which you can grab as a free download! Featuring all the trademark, funk, soul, hip-hop and reggae overtones you could ask for - this is the perfect way to start your Thanksgiving week!

Nightmares on Wax Clash Magazine Mix Free Download HERE

N.O.W. Clash Magazine Mix Tracklist:

1. Willie Lindo - Midnight
2. Joao Donato - Me Deixa
3. Nana Vasconcelos - You Don't Want To Know (Tu Nem Quer Saber)
4. Guts - Didn't I
5. Nightmares On Wax - No Fuss
6. Sa-Ra - Hollywood
7. Roy Ayers - We Live In Brooklyn (Sasso Re-Edit)
8. Cadik - Viva la All Soundz
9. The Aggrovators - Small Axe Dub
10. Robert Glasper Experiment - Black Radio ft. Yasiin Bey (Pete Rock Remix)
11. Tall Black Boy - The Dark Streets
12. Tranquility Bass - Cantamilla
13. Nickodemus - Baila Tu Manera (Whiskey Barons Remix)

Special Thanks: Nightmares on Wax, Clash Magazine, Music Mondays and Thanksgiving Week

Monday, November 18, 2013

Music Mondays: Machinedrum Makes His BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix Debut Available as Free Download

Love hip-hop? Drum & bass? House music? We thought so. Now mix them all up and you've got one helluva new Essential Mix courtesy of Upperhands' favorite, Machinedrum! This one has been on repeat for the last 2 days and shows no gins of leaving our stereo any time soon.

Listen & Download Machinedrum's debut Essential Mix session by clicking the Soundcloud link:

Special Thanks: Machinedrum, BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix series for always being on point, Bob Marley and Bonobo's new "Late Night Tales" mix

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Essential Free Download: Tosca "In My Brain (Richard Dorfmeister Vs. MDLA Unreleased Extended Version)"

It's been a long time since Tosca (Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Huber) have brought their stunning stage show back to the United States. So in advance of their upcoming mini-tour, the duo have just dropped a special unreleased Richard Dorfmeister Vs MDLA free download of single, "In My Brian." Featuring plenty of that smooth Tosca production coupled with a particularly groovy house beat, this gem is sure to warm you up on those cold winter nights.

Special Thanks: Tosca, Richard Dorfmeister, Ruper Huber, G-Stone Recordings and Zappos

Monday, November 11, 2013

Music Mondays: Jay-Z & Kanye West Live "Ni**as In Paris" Music Video is a Total Trip

How did I never see this? After dropping some seriously ill karaoke stylings this past weekend to Jay-Z & Kanye West's now classic, "Ni**as In Paris" off their acclaimed collaboration album, "Watch the Throne," I decided to see if there was ever an official music video. Well there was (66 million views and counting) and it was filmed when the duo performed the track in Paris....now get ready to trip out!

Special Thanks: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Flume and hip-hop Mondays

Sunday, November 10, 2013

WU TANG CLAN : 20th Anniversary of the release of "Enter The Wu Tang : 36 Chambers"

I remember it like it was yesterday.
November 10th, 1994....
The day I became a Hip Hop nerd ; by accident.
I'm a little white kid from Long Island, New York, 
wet behind the ears to all of the classic music that is being created around me.
I used to pop my blank cassette tapes into the tape player and just hit the 
"record/play" button then go do my homework or go outside and play some street hockey, 
rewind the tape, and listen to all the songs I caught. 
I usually timed it around Funkmaster Flex's show on HOT 97, 
or sometimes caught DJ Red Alert's show, which both showcased 
the finest in golden era Hip Hop. 
On this one day, I heard something so abstract and raw that I was flabbergasted that 
Hip Hop could go into this world ...  and it changed my life forever.
The song was, "C.R.E.A.M.".
To this day I can not put my finger on what part of the song it was that caught my ear.
Was it the piano sample? Was it the low bass tones?
Or was it Method Man's chorus, "Cash Rules Everything Around Me, 
C.R.E.A.M. Get the Money, Dollar Dollar Bill Y'all".
I rewound that part of my radio recorded mixtape so many times 
I broke the fucking thing within a week.
This song, album, group, movement, art was so different than anything I had ever heard before
that I knew it was now time for me to do some research.
Time to go buy the compact disc, "Enter the Wu Tang : 36 Chambers".
The ret my friends... is history.

On this day 20 years ago, 9 teenagers : 
the RZA, GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, U God, Masta Killah, Raekwon,
 Ghostface Killah and the Method Man (Sorry Cappadonna)
from the projects of Staten Island, New York
changed music forever. 
I could sit here and talk about Wu Tang for hours and pages upon pages, but I would not want 
to bore you with my feelings and opinions, because truthfully, we have all 
been moved by Wu Tang Clan in one way or another. 
In honor of Enter The Wu Tang, I give you the Wu Tang Clan Youtube Playlist 
of over 200 classic Wu Tang Clan songs from every group and solo studio album,
plus remixes, singles and freestyles.
So throw up your W's... sit back... roll up some Wu 
and reminisce / pay homage to those we call...
The Wu Tang Clan. 

Special Thanks to : Public Enemy, Organized Konfusion and Ultramagnetic MC's for paving the way for Wu Tang Clan to be the group they were and to the RZA for locking himself in his Staten Island basement for 6 months with only Ramen noodle, Weed, Angel Dust, Soul records, Kung Fu samples and a beat machine in order to record all of Enter the Wu Tang.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

New Music Premiere: Med & Blu "The Buzz" Featuring Mayer Hawthorne, Dam-Funk and Produced by Madlib

Well this fresh Madlib-produced jam just came across our ears and what a line-up on it! Med & Blu team up with Mayer Hawthorne and Dam-Funk to tear up an extra soulful Madlib beat - marking the very first time all of these cats have been on the same track together!

Take a listen below and pick up "The Buzz EP" :

Special Thanks: Stones Throw and soulful hip-hop

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

New Music Tuesdays: Free Download of Jabru "Glass Floor (VIP Mix) on XLR8R

Recently we featured the stunning Solid Steel Radio mix from Tom Middleton's new label, Sound of the Cosmos. One of Mr. Middleton's signees is, Jabru, who is mixing booming bass with some class jungle breakbeats on this special VIP mix of first label single, "Glass Floor."

Our friends over at XLR8R have the FREE DOWNLOAD for you to cop right HERE

File Under: Bass, Drum & Bass, Jungle

Special Thanks: Tom Middleton and the Sound of the Cosmos label crew, Jabru, XLR8R, New Music Tuesdays, Etherwood, Submotion Orchestra, Gentleman's Dub Club and the 49ers' WR Michale Crabtree returning to practice for the stretch run

Friday, November 1, 2013

UPPERHANDS 10 : Monthly Drum and Bass Mix

Drum and Bass Mix

Recorded in October of 2013 by UPPERHANDS

Good for all occasions....  Play at a high volume, Preferably in a residential area.

They're Baaaack! Robert Glasper Experiment : Black Radio 2

Dropping another stellar installment of the Black Radio series,
Robert Glasper Experiment brings you only the finest in Jazz and Jazz - Hop:
Black Radio 2

Robert Glasper has spent his life studying the Jazz and Hip Hop world and has 
recently written and produced some of the best Jazz - Hop in recent history.
 Robert Glasper Experiment holds weight in both genres because of his seemless
integration of the two art forms in a way that puts him in a class of his own.
Whether it's jazz bassist Christian McBride, Norah Jones or Jill Scott, 
or MF Doom, Common, Mos Def or Snoop Dogg, Robert Glasper 
is almost always featuring amazing artists on each of his songs.

For a taste of Robert Glasper Experiment, check out the videos below.

Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Mos Def
"Stakes Is High" LIVE

1 hour Robert Glasper Experiment LIVE 
@ iTunes Festival 2011

Below you can find brand new singles from the Black Radio album!
GO cop it now!

 Robert Glasper Experiment 
"I Stand Alone" Ft. Common

 Robert Glasper Experiment 
"Calls" Ft. Jill Scott

Robert Glasper Experiment
"Let it Ride" Ft. Norah Jones

Black Radio 2 Tracklist:
1.       Baby Tonight (Black Radio Intro)
2.       I Stand Alone featuring Common and Patrick Stump
3.       What Are We Doing featuring Brandy
4.       Calls featuring Jill Scott
5.       No Worries featuring Dwele
6.       Trust featuring Marsha Ambrosius
7.       Yet To Find featuring Anthony Hamilton
8.       You Own Me featuring Faith Evans
9.       Let It Ride featuring Norah Jones
10.   Persevere featuring Snoop Dogg and  Lupe Fiasco
11.   Somebody Else featuring Emeli Sandé
12.   Jesus Children of America featuring Lalah Hathaway and Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Special Thanks to : Jazz, Hip Hop and nothing else.

Return of the Boom Bap - New Stones Throw artist : Jonwayne

 The Marion Morrison Mixtape Cassette

Every once in a while, some new Hip Hop artist catches my ear and flips
the whole Hip Hop game over like a box of 
Rice Krispies getting dumped into an empty bowl of flavor. 

Stones Throw and Peanut Butter Wolf have discovered one of the newest 
emcees that will change the way underground hip hop is produced, written and directed.
Jonwayne is like that stoner you knew in college who has kinda heavy, 
but was extremely knowledgeable about things that were extremely interesting. 
Jonwayne's flow has Aesop Rock like wit and insight, while dabs of Earl Sweatshirt or Tyler the Creator come from his ability to get dark with his lyrics yet still keep you thinking.
 Jonwayne's style combined with gully basement beats, makes the Marion Morrison mixtape a 
sure fire banger for anyone who is down with the realness.

 In a creative way that only Stones Throw could come up with, 
Jonwayne released Three Volumes of mixtapes which were sold and 
packaged in the Stones Throw store as cassette tapes.

Jonwayne - Cassette 1

Jonwayne - Cassette 2

 You can still cop the 2nd and 3rd cassette tape from the Stones Throw web-store.

Click below to go to Stones Throw Website to purchase the cassette 
and or download the entire mixtape 
for free.

Jonwayne - Cassette 3

Jonwayne - Marion Morrison Mixtape

 Just released this past week are two fresh singles
 from Jonwayne's new album,
Rap Album One

If you are in the Los Angeles area and would like to see Jonwayne open for GZA
@ the Echoplex on November 7th, 2013,
Go to StonesThrow.com to get tickets 

Special Thanks to : Stones Throw, Peanut Butter Wolf, Captain Murphy, Emcees from California.