Childhood Cassettes looks at the tapes we listened to as young rapscallions. Today’s edition is all about Roberta Flack (and friends). It’s been just over a year since the last edition and today’s follows a similar theme. Most of the music I was exposed to came courtesy of my dad and his car mixtapes. One of them featured Roberta Flack and some extras, but I’ve left…

Jakarta’s 12th dubplate is Moroccan / Israeli singer and producer J.Lamotta’s The Conscious Tree. This album is the epitome of musical and cultural blending. J.Lamotta is of Moroccan and Israeli descent. She sings and produces her own music. She lives in Berlin and her new album, The Conscious Tree, welds jazz, soul, and hip hop together in all its earthen glory. The intro opens with the…

To celebrate Thelonious Monk’s 100th birthday, we take a look at five samples from the iconic jazz pianist. He was a trailblazer with his improv style, wide-ranging melodic shifts, and trademark fashions. Thelonious Monk was born on this day in 1917. We have been blessed to have had him in our presence, physically and musically. In commemoration of this, we have compiled a list of…

We’re on a Vulfpeck tip, so join us in celebrating their latest single called Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh. Vulfpeck have an uncanny knack of making the simple sound exquisite. Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh is a cut off their upcoming album and features frequent collaborator Charles Jones, whose velvety smooth vocals marry up beautifully with the band’s instrumentation. It sounds like the new…

Mashup maestro Amerigo Gazaway previews his latest project, melding the raps of Common and iconic music of Stevie Wonder. This is A Common Wonder. Fela Soul. Yasiin Gaye. Bizarre Tribe: A Quest to The Pharcyde. The Trill Is Gone. There’s no debating Amerigo Gazaway’s emphatic talent when it comes to combining artists of different eras and now he has a new project up his sleeve….

We’re back with 15 more e-digging channels and playlists. We’ve had a lot of traffic for our two posts on e-digging (The Top 26 Places For “Online Crate Digging” and 21 Ways to Become the MacGyver of E-Digging) so we thought, why not add some more to the list? Below is a list of 15 e-digging channels and playlists on YouTube. No doubt there’ll be some broken links among…

This Prince mix was made exclusively for the 11th annual Soul Slam in San Francisco. I can’t believe it’s been a year since Prince passed away. Time really does fly. DJs King Most and Proof put together this mix of covers, remixes, classics and rarities for the Soul Slam event in San Fran and they came nice with it.

London soul singer MALIKA just wants to be free on new single, “Run”. We’ve been blessed with some burgeoning talent in our inbox this week. MALIKA is a singer-songwriter from London and Run blends heavy percussion with beautiful vocals in a song about breaking away from an unfulfilling life. The track will feature on her upcoming debut EP Songs About C, due out later this year….