Blacksmif – 23 Waist (Star Slinger Remix)

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Free Music From Quentin Harris

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American DJ/producer, Quentin Harris, is pretty prolific when it comes to making bootleg remixes. He has remixed everyone from Michael Jackson to Mavis Staples and is currently offering many of these remixes for free via his Soundcloud. There’s lots of music there and with Harris it’s sometimes a bit hit or miss, but there’s some good stuff to be found. When Harris is at his best he really delivers with his brand of soulful house. I’ve picked out his remixes of Mayer Hawthorne’s “Wine Glass Woman” and Jill Scott’s “Whatever” which you can listen to here, but you should stop by his site for yourself to see what grabs you. Remember it’s free!

‪Mo Kolours – Mike Black‬

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Mo Kolours is an exciting new artist that just recently came to my attention. He has released a few EPs and is getting ready to release his debut album in March.

Kolours, who plays percussion, sings and produces, is half English and half Mauritian and his music is influenced by people like Nina Simone, Lee Perry and Jimi Hendrix.  Interestingly, he also incorporates Sega music from Mauritania, all of which makes for an interesting musical cocktail indeed. So far, he has released a trilogy of EP’s on the  British label One-Handed Music, which mixed dub, soul, hip hop, electronica and Sega music among other things.

Driven by Mo’s percussion and some nice atmospheric synths “Mike Black” is an original and soulful little gem and a great appetizer for what’s coming in March. Check out the song below and view the trailer for the coming album as well.

‪Documentary: Undeniable – The Story Of The Independent Soul Music Movement

Here’s another interesting movie to look out for.

“Coined everything from “Indie Soul” to the “Honest Music Movement,” “Undeniable – The Story Of The Independent Soul Music Movement” traces the heretofore untold stories of artists and music lovers right from its late 1990s origins through the halcyon days of the mid-2000s to the lawless rule of today where throughout the collective goal is still to develop, maintain, and grow a space in the global cultural landscape for this multi-tentacle brand of “honest music.” In candid, digitally shot, in-person interviews with those who were there and those pressing the movement forward against impossible odds, “Undeniable” introduces a range of talented “newcomers” to the mainstream film-going audience. Director John C. Jointer uncovers former A-list veterans who found a second life through these new technologically driven models after being told they were too old or not the new major label prototype for the successful international pop star. “Undeniable” plans to juxtapose the plight of fresh young musicians who’ve never had a major label deal as well as those who were signed, shelved, but never saw an album release with those veterans now being represented by large independent labels like eOne, Malaco, Shanachie, and Stax/Concord, or at small indies like Dome, Stones Throw, Giant Steps, and Purpose Music Group. Their range in entering these new music identities complicating who gets to authentically call themselves an “indie artist” in a game where credibility is as elusive as it is key.  ”

If you want, you can support the documentary here

Movie: What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music

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Here’s an interesting looking movie to look out for next month. In celebration of its 15th anniversary, the Red Bull Music Academy is releasing a film highlighting the academy and exploring the challenges that a life in music can bring. The film was shot at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York by award-winning director Ralf Schmerberg. The film features artists like Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, James Murphy, Q-Tip and many more “talking about the ups and downs of a life devoted to music”.

The film will be available for free viewing and digital download at http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com from February 18.

Check out the trailer below.

Marvin Gaye Sings National Anthem 1983

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I’m not really much of a sports fan, but I noticed that the blogosphere was buzzing the other day about a performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” by trumpeter, Jesse McGuire, at a Panthers – 49érs football game during the weekend. Apparently, McGuire, who has played with the funk band Tower of Tower among others, is pretty famous for his renditions of that song which he has also performed for several American presidents.

Then I came across a clip from 1983 of Marvin Gaye performing the very same song at an NBA All-Star game. This is definitely the most soulful version of “The Star Spangled Banner” I’ve ever heard. Marvin, looking very smooth indeed, completely makes the song his own, transforming the American national anthem in to the kind of pleading soul ballad that he was famous for. Tragically, this was just one year before he died. Check out the performance below to see what you think.