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….

Samples include Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, and The Fugees. For JAY-Z’s first solo album since 2013, much was expected from 4:44 in the way of creativity. A lot had happened in his life in that time including the elevator bust-up and his alleged affair. No ID was brought in as the producer and 4:44 put his fans and social media in general into a foaming…

We’ve taken a look at Tha Alkaholiks’ “All Night” sampling Stevie Wonder’s “Too High”. Stevie features prominently in every producer’s music collection. That invariably leads to sampling once in a while – or a lot. “Too High”, from his 1976 classic Innervisions, has been sampled on at least 8 tracks WhoSampled can account for. The majority are from the world of hip hop but one…

Ashton James Brown interviewed the exciting jazz/hip hop quartet Sumochief and discussed their origins, their thoughts regarding London’s vibrant music scene and how music technology is incorporated into their creative process. The UK hip hop scene has an abundance of talent when it comes to emcees and producers, however live hip hop bands are few and far between. Sumochief are a London based four-piece whose…

Jackson 5’s Buttercup, a Stevie Wonder-produced track from their I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters compilation, is our Song For Sunday. I’ll level with you – I JUST heard this today (which is terrible considering how much of a Michael Jackson fan I am) and it blew me away. Recorded in 1973 during the Jackson 5’s Dancing Machine recording sessions, Buttercup is a gorgeous ballad about…

Stevie Wonder’s Too High is our Song for Sunday. Last year, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions with a mini retrospect on an iconic album. Just today, I had the pleasure of reading a similar article from Wax Poetics where the magazine spoke to Malcolm Cecil, synth lord and magician behind Innervision’s engineering. It was an arduous task choosing a song from such an…

Yesterdays New Quintet’s Don’t You Worry Bout A Thing (Medley) is our Song For Sunday. Back in 2001, a mysterious jazz band named Yesterdays New Quintet released their debut album Angles Without Edges to many a jazz/hip hop fan but the band harboured a little secret. All the instruments were coming from just one man: Madlib. The “group” have since gone through a wide range…

We interviewed hip hop duo Latyrx. A sixteen year gap between albums isn’t that common within the realms of hip hop but for Latyrx, the timing was perfect to drop their sophomore offering, The Second Album. We caught up with Lateef and discussed what the reasons for the “hiatus” and what we should expect from the album. Sampleface: Some of our readers might not have…

This is incredible. Stevie Wonder sang “I Wish” over the Funky Drummer break, spun by DJ Spinna. All that was missing from this majestic performance was Clyde Stubblefield playing out the Funky Drummer break himself, but we’ll make do with the record. On Sunday, DJ Spinna played at his yearly Legendary Wonder-Full Party in DC and Stevie Wonder graced the gig with his presence. If…

Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions was 40 years old on Saturday. Stevie Wonder’s classic period, from Music of My Mind in 1972 to the seminal Songs in the Key of Life in 1976, is defining not only to his career but music as a whole. To produce five albums in four years in such astounding quality is something most artists can only dream of in their whole…