Nujabes – Spiritual State

Spiritual State is the third studio album by Nujabes, released posthumously as a follow-up to Modal Soul in 2005. The album was incomplete upon Nujabes’ death in February 2010, inspiring those close to him to see it finished. Spiritual State was released in Japan on December 3, 2011 and February 2012 in the United States.

Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 – Star Stuff

Chaz Bundick meets The Mattson 2 “Star Stuff” is the kind of record that only comes about every once in a blue moon. It slips into existence by the merest margins at the very edge of universal consciousness and then expands to fill a vacuum that we didn’t know needed filling until it appeared full right before us.

Nomis – Chapters

“In a time where America appears to be divided more than ever, it would sometimes seem as if the people as a whole have absolutely nothing in common. But the one thing that all creeds and colors can relate to is hardship. All cultures and social economic groups can feel a kinship in the reality that there is no escaping tribulation. While some focus solely on the trial, Nomis offers us an alternative. A reminder that its always darkest before the dawn. A mantra professing that our past choices and current predicaments do not define our future. A slogan we can all latch on to. “When it hurts and its doomed for disaster, Our story ain’t done time to write a new chapter.””

Jonah Levine Collective – Attention Deficit

“West coast jazz music is alive and well, with many entities in the movement breaking open doors with magnetic force and luminous brilliance. From Kamasi Washington to Terrace Martin and Esperanza Spalding to Miguel Atwood Ferguson, the west coast is bubbling with new energy in the jazz idiom. The voices creating the next wave of timeless music is here and the melting pot of composers leading the charge continues to expand by the year.”

STERYO Play 56

This week’s STERYO Play features music from: Yussef Kamaal, Luke Christopher, Chingo Bling, Kap G feat. Chris Brown, Khudosoul, Pete Rock, Brock Berrigan, Dem Atlas, Chris McClenney and many more.
STERYO Play is a hand selected playlist comprised of deep cuts from jazz, hip hop, electronic, and world music made available every Monday. STERYO Play is *All-human selection and algorithm-free. 🙂

Vic Spencer – The Ghost of Living

Chicago’s Vic Spencer reminds us to never ghost ride this life. Finally someone breaks away from Trap-like music (no disrespect). The Ghost of Living is metaphorical – some of these bars are hard to break through, you’ll need a mental chainsaw. Two things: One of the best lyrical albums I’ve heard in a long time and one of the best produced (beats) albums. This combination is rare in our time. #Beautiful.

Kabanjak – The Dooza Tapes, Vol. 1

“The Dooza Tapes Vol. 1 is a Kabanjak album in the tradition of those beloved old beat cassettes, presenting tracks and tunes which have come together over the last eight years. Whenever the Dooza strikes, there is bound to be a dirty, funky and dope sonic result. Instead of bricks and mortar structures, Dooza builds heavy grooves with a strong foundation in Hip Hop. “

Throwback: Incredible Bongo Band – Bongo Rock

#THROWBACKTHURSDAY Incredible Bongo Band’s Bongo Rock birthed Hip Hop, just ask DJ Kool Herc who was inspired by the Apache breakbeat and used it at his parties in the late 70s. This album has been sampled hundreds, if not thousands of times by countless modern day musicians. Just one example, In a Gadda Da Vida was notoriously sampled on “Hip Hop Is Dead” by Nas.