Teresa Jenee- Electric Yellow

Revisit and rediscover Teresa Jenee's stunning 2012 album Electric Yellow

ShunGu- All I Do EP

Belgian beatmaker ShunGu and independent record label Cosmic Compositions release the brand new instrumental EP, All I Do

Ill Camille- Touche video

West coast emcee Ill Camille drops a live new video for the track "Touche "

Radius- Time Travel is Real (A Prelude to Japan)

Producer/DJ Radius celebrates his life as a traveling man with his latest release, Time Travel is Real (A Prelude to Japan).

Def Dee- Deja Vu (album)

Read our review of Def Dee's latest full length project, the Deja Vu LP.

The Hurt Project- The Shady Bear Sessions (single/EP)

Listen as the band The Hurt Project blend classic and contemporary blues with their newly released "The Shady Bear Sessions" single/EP.

ADaD- In Search of The UNSEEN: ADaD x Madlib

A brand new set of dope beats and razor sharp rhymes from Chi-town wordsmith ADaD on the recently released In Search of the UNSEEN... project.

D.A.C. Beats- Beach Mu$ic EP

Listen to producer/beatmaker D.A.C Beats' newly released instrumental project, the Beach Mu$ic EP.

Hezekiah- Can I Live

Soulful new single from Hezekiah's upcoming album Dreams Don't Chase Themselves

Ju-Ar- Day Out (album)

Check out the new Day Out instrumental project from producer/beatmaker Ju-Ar.

Qwill & The Soul Review- Ghost

Enjoy this brand new bluesy soul single from Qwill & The Soul Review

Midnight Runners- Free single!

Download a free copy of the new single "Nights of Pleasure" from duo's upcoming EP Odyssey

NEW RELEASE | Various Artists- Omega Supreme Records Presents: Is This The Future? vol. 1

Flashy boogie-funk and dance-floor driven grooves take center stage on this latest release from Omega Supreme Records. Each track is filled with shimmering keyboard leads and stocky drum-machine based rhythms, which gives the entire set an authentic 80's club funk feel. This first volume in the ...Is This The Future? series spotlights some really dazzling work from the Mofunk Records roster, which includes rising modern-funk whiz kids Moniquea, XL Middleton, Eddy Funkster and Diamond Ortiz. The entire selection is a super solid dose of Mtume/Kashif inspired synth-funk for fans of post-disco soul and R&B. Standouts include "F-Zero"', "Bumpin", "Racin' To The End", "Can't Let You Go" and the cover of the Cherrelle classic "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On". 

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VIDEO | Tryezz- The Quest Continues/Cooler Side

From the single "The Quest Continues/Cooler Side"

LIVE45's | Donny Goines- Psalm 51:5

Acting as the audio companion to his recently issued "Psalm 51:5" audio/visual art collection, NYC emcee Donny Goines shares an introspective track that shares the same name as the mixed-medium art piece.

VIDEO | Yamin Semali- Land of Passion

From the album "Yen Dollar Music, vol 2: Senior Dues

LIVE45's | JVNTG- Sweetest

JVNTG puts together a trippy piece of soul on this new "Sweetest" instrumental. Reworking a classic track from the one and only Lauryn Hill, JVNTG takes the chilled out feel of the original and expands it into a really wavy, electronica-tinged area. Dig the sounds.

AKTR- I'm in Love Again (Side B)

AKTR drops another batch of outstanding tracks with his most recent project I'm in Love Again (Side B). Standing as a continuation of the cosmic sounding boom-bap instrumentals drafted on I'm in Love Again (Side A) (which landed back in August), this 9 track selection displays AKTR's forte for making dusty vinyl samples feel like newly laid down electro soul arrangements. Standouts include "Streamline", "Get it Up", the sparkling jazz number "Nightchaser", and the bubbling synthesizer-funk gem "Sunday Video City".

LIVE45's | S0ul Unreal- RightOnTime

S0ul Unreal re-edits a soulful, house-music flavored classic from the duo Zhane' into a great bit of dancefloor soul. Really diggin the rollerskating-jam vibe flowing from this one. Dig the sounds.

NEW RELEASE | Offbeatninja- Late.Night.Bump$

Offbeatninja always comes up with hypnotic new sounds to keep fans of easy-going, late-night hip hop instrumentals satisfied, and his latest release is no exception. On his newly dropped beattape, entitled Late.Night.Bump$Offbeatninja lays out a bundle of thick, soul & jazz infused instrumentals that more than live up to the albums title. Standouts included the disco inflected "Glo", the smokey jazz club slow burner "ginTama", "IluvHer", and the catchy neo-soul re-edits "Klapp Klapp [OBN edit]" and "Mxwell". 

NEW RELEASE | Ashlyn- My Time

Here is a great set from a singer by the name of Ashlyn Carr, whose vocals have a graceful and classic sound that really meshes well with the album's smooth soul production. For her debut project, Ashlyn touches on a wide range of issues related to being in love, navigating the in's and out's of being in a relationship, and living life in general. One of Carr's greatest strengths as a singer is her ability to steer through a song's heavier subject matter with a sort of composed worldliness- a talent that you would expect to hear from a singer with a lot more years and life experiences under her belt.  And while My Time definitely showcases a more mature and sophisticated style right from the start, Ashlyn's rich voice and classy delivery makes everything  feel natural and effortless. A solid debut from a talented young vocalist. Standouts include the album's lead single "The Trill", the bluesy sounding "Crown", the uplifting hip-hop/soul number "Good Days" (featuring King Ace), and my personal favorite "Gold Pieces".

NEW RELEASE |Ahwlee- F8~

Here's some deep and somewhat spiritual sounding instrumental work from Ahwlee. What initially looks and feels like a pretty straight-forward beat-tape almost immediately gives way to a meditative remix/refix project as classic hip-hop and R&B verses are given warm, 70's-style jazz-funk canvases to shine against. Ahwlee uses warm keyboards, thumping drum kits, and bubbling basslines to interconnect each cut, making the transition from a Floetry & Mos Def remix ("Closer[Tighter]") into a Bad Azz & Snoop Dogg remix ("Elastic_Step[Vigor]") feel unbelievably natural. With F8~Ahwlee seems to easily create 16 tracks of really inventive, and supremely dope head-nod music for hip-hop and jazz music fans to get into. Standouts include "Closer[Tighter]", "HoFbrew", "Psalm_Trees", "Pz_mom.[Al's_jawn]" and "Soulist*".
* ...Now I know she's not everyone's cup of tea, but I really dig Yummy Bingham. And you have no idea how much I wish she would work with cat's like Ahwlee

LIVE45's | Element Rhymes- Dead Presidents Again

Newly released single from Inglewood, CA wordsmith Element Rhymes

VIDEO | Bilal- West Side Girl (Live @ The Breeding Ground

From the album A Love Surreal

LIVE45's | Stu Bangas- Something About You

Newly leaked head bangin' track from Stu Bangas soon-to-be released album Straight Death 3

NEW RELEASE | Lucille Ghatti- Mess In My Head

Singer Lucille Ghatti has constructed an instantly inviting collection of songs on her newly released Mess In My Head album. For this latest offering, the young singer/songwriter perfectly complements her steamy (and often tongue-in-cheek) vocals with  a string of stripped-down-but-still-atmospheric productions that bring out the best in Ghatti's warm tone and intimate style of singing. The result is an easy-flowing 7 track opus that deserves to held in the same esteem as other acclaimed "alternative R&B" acts making waves today. Standout tracks include "Extra Highs", "Mess In My Head" and "Reaching".

LIVE45's | Gas-Lab- Monday Collage

New (?) music from Buenos Aires based beatmaker and multi-instrumentalist Gas-Lab.