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Listening To: Chocolate Deluxe by Gravity Movement

Listening To: Chocolate Deluxe by Gravity Movement

#ToddyAwards2017: Albums

#ToddyAwards2017: Albums

This was an awesome year in music for me. Boom Bap Hip-Hop seemed to see the start of a resurgence, I got to experience new artists like Sabrina Claudio, Niia and Snoh Aalegra, and I got to branch out and try out some new artists in different genres like AURORA, Dope Lemon and Glass Animals. But even though I branched out a bit, Hip-Hop and Indie Soul still populated my favorite albums. Most of the folks on this list are repeaters, but newcomer Sabrina Claudio took that top spot.

The Mini Documentary: How J Dilla Humanized His MPC3000

The Mini Documentary: How J Dilla Humanized His MPC3000

There’s a halo of reverence around J Dilla, a producer and beatmaker from Detroit who made some of the most fascinating and influential beats in Hip-Hop history. Before his early death in 2006, J Dilla worked with countless artists and producers – from Erykah Badu and Janet Jackson to Busta Rhymes and Madlib – and developed an off-kilter style of rhythm and sampling that transcended the machine he used to create music, the Akai Midi Production Center, otherwise known as the MPC.

— Taken from Vox Youtube

Latest Mix: Prototype of Nu-Soul 55

Latest Mix: Prototype of Nu-Soul 55

You Should Be Listening to Sabrina Claudio

You Should Be Listening to Sabrina Claudio

I don’t want to jinx anything, but it’s starting to feel like soul music is coming back. After R&B’s over-exposed obsession with Trapp music, there seems to be some young up and coming vocalists who are pulling their style back from the fringes and producing nice, melodic, modern soul music that both young and older heads can enjoy. Artists like H.E.R.BOSCOSnoh AalegraSoia and more are quietly seeding music that captures the feel of vintage soul but wraps that sound in a nice, shiny, new package. The latest artist that’s captured my ears is Miami songstress Sabrina Claudio. One of my twitter connects sent me a link to her recently released project, About Time, which feels so fresh, yet harkens back to the style I use to love in the 90’s. Yet another emerging creative from the Soundcloud Revolution, Ms. Claudio’s previous EP “Confidently Los” is just as soulful and impactful. You need to add her to your list of “Must Listens”.

The Background Flow 45

The Background Flow 45

Prototype of Nu-Soul 54

Prototype of Nu-Soul 54

You Should Be #Listening To Niia

You Should Be #Listening To Niia

It’s been hard to find good modern ‘soul’ music, that isn’t filled with trap beats and mumble rap guest rappers. I nearly missed Niia’s “I” project in a sea of noise on iTunes. But then I heard her sultry voice on the self-destructive single “Hurt You First” and I was hooked. The 2017 album sounds incredibly mature with a lot of mellow styling, yet feels fresh and modern at the same time.

A Moonchild Documentary On The Making of Their Album, Voyager

A Moonchild Documentary On The Making of Their Album, Voyager

Apparently I’ve Been Doing It Wrong! How To Make Rap Music In 2017.

Apparently I’ve Been Doing It Wrong! How To Make Rap Music In 2017.