“Solomon Vaughn aka Boonie Mayfield has never culled “a little bit of this, a little bit of that” as an attitude in his creations. From his lush studio instrumentation to the committed, experimental shamelessness of his raps and beats, Boonie has always explored music-making unapologetically, at the risk of radically revising his sound despite its reception on each new occasion. And so he has come thus far with an adventurous, high-flying model of producing music. He transcends genres; he twists and turns styles, always searching for every possible creative edge, no matter how elusive that may prove to be. He has released singles, EP’s, mixtapes and albums, stylistically diverse between them, but always with one common goal in mind – being the best he can be…by his own standards, and means.
Portland’s teenage producer sensation Quickly Quickly self-titled Vol. 1 is an amazing collection of many soulfully melodic conversations with some of the greats in Jazz, R&B, and Soul.
This week’s STERYO Play features music from: Phora, Decap, iamsu!, Chairman Maf, SOHN, Dojo Cuts, David Douglas, Lack of Afro and many more.
“Harmonies is the new long player from underground super-producer Lord Echo. The new album solidifies his already distinctive mutations of reggae and rock steady with disco, African soul, techno and spiritual jazz. In other words, the Lord has returned from the wilderness with a bounty for his followers. Eat of the bread of life and enjoy access to his crazy World of Sound.”
‘22.02.85’ is the new album from Bastien Keb. Initially conceived as a concept album about a stripper lost in the city (like a straight-to-video follow up to Showgirls), ‘22.02.85’ has a distinctly nocturnal edge to it. The city at night, lost in a crowd, abandoned petrol stations, empty kebab shops, broken florescent lights. Like a half-forgotten dream, familiar yet unnerving.
A guitarist first and foremost, Keb also plays trumpet, bass, drums, piano, flute and more – many borrowed donated or found instruments.
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. 🙂
“There are a few terms that get thrown around loosely, two of which are legend and retro-soul. One of these fits Lee Fields hand and glove, one of these doesn’t fit at all. Very few people in music have both earned the status of legendary and continue to solidify it. 50 years in the game and only getting better, gaining more fans, and evolving his sound on each album, Lee is in fact a Living Legend. This brings us to the misuse of the term “retro-soul” when talking about Mr. Fields. You don’t have to look far to find a younger generation emulating the essence and styles of an era the’ve only experienced through music and movies. It seems unfair to tag Lee with a term that implies imitation when he is part of the generation that actually defined the genre. Plain and simple, this is not that. “Special Night” is a masterclass in soul music past and present.”
It’s FRIDAY – New York based Budo Kiba Label launched Khüdósoul in 2016 and I just recently discovered this. I had to remind myself I was not living in 2025 – pretty ahead of its time sonically. Features lead single Low Maintenance with Flamingosis.
“Massive jazzy vibes from Austrians producers Mono:Massive and Philanthrope joining forces on this LP for Radio Juicy called Monothrope. The collaboration on this project is a revelation, you’ll recognize the sweet and familiar vibes from both artists and something new, like a spark in the middle of the night. Their joint effort brought life to a captivating album, from start to end it will transport you and you’ll be left wanting for more. This is a unique release that we feel privileged to present to you. Enjoy and let it flow.”
Engelwood’s Hotel Wood is 12 tracks of real warmth and relaxation. Listening to this is like being poolside with a Pina Colada.