Immigrants move to the United States in pursuit of the “American Dream.” No matter where they come from, they must acquire a document that opens a gateway to these opportunities. “American Visa” encapsulates the transformation experienced by Prohaize as he moved from his home country of Ghana, Africa to the United States. The audio canvas that Prohaize vocalizes on includes interpolated samples of Bobby McFerrin’s “Say Ladeo,” M.I.A.’s “Hussel,” Tracy Chapman’s “Mountain O’ Things,” and Diana Ross’ “Love Hangover.”
Nation Ruckus is one of the hottest Montreal-based hip-hop collective. With their unique take on classic beats, with inspirations ranging from Beastie Boys, The Roots, and Outkast, the group has built a unique alternative blend of clever rhymes and hard-hitting grooves.
Pleather’s remix of Hello stands in stark contrast to the original version of the track. With an emotional chord progression it feels more like an 80s love ballad than a club anthem. The minimal breakdowns highlight the vocals of Christina Milian and Lil Wayne, while the vintage percussion hits and arpeggiated bassline further contribute to a sound that will take you back in time.
Pittsburgh’s queen S.BOO prepares for the release of her second mixtape titled “Struggle to Riches” with the freestyle “Ready or Not”. Paying homage to The Fugees, S.BOO puts her own twist on the track with her gritty rendition of this classic. The long awaited mixtape is scheduled to drop early March 2013.
“Love is Gonna Lift You Up”, a cover of one of his favourite Bobby Womack songs had started out as an edit, but after a Sunday lunch with label boss Herve, the two decided to take the track back into the studio alongside a brand new original vocalist, in an effort to revamp the song in magnificent ways.
The result is just that – a funky disco-house anthem set to move the dance floor as one of his most remarkable songs to date.
Anyone familiar with Mop Mop will already know that their refined style has already lend them a unique place somewhere between the worlds of jazz, funk, Latin and the Italian Postmodern style allowed the band to enter the international film business as part of Woody Allen’s “To Rome With Love” movie soundtrack. But with this latest LP Isle Of Magic, Mop Mop digs even deeper to bring us one of their most engaging and organic records yet.
Mop Mop’s fourth studio album has come together over the course of a couple of years where producer Andrea Benini has been searching for new directions with the band. Collaborations in the album include funk legend Fred Wesley, Trinidad-born poet/singer Anthony Joseph and Finnish-Egyptian vocalist Sara Sayed. Over fifteen musicians were involved during the production of the album, including Andrea Benini’s co-arranger Alex Trebo on piano, Pasquale Mirra on vibraphone and marimba, Guglielmo Pagnozzi on clarinette and flute, Johannes Schleiermacher (Bajka, Radio Citizen, Woima Collective) on baritone sax, Lorenzo Ternelli and Salvatore Lauriola on bass and Danilo Mineo on percussions — just to name a few.
Isle Of Magic contains 13 tracks of pure voodoo jazz, Caribbean flavors, Afro-funk, exotic rhythms and soul music. The album has been recorded between Germany and Italy with the use of vintage analog equipment to achieve a sound with all the warm qualities of vintage analog tape recordings; sessions have been recorded during the period March/ August 2011.
Isle Of Magic is an imaginary land populated by musicians who spend their time fishing, cooking, playing and practicing voodoo rites at night. The whole album represents the soundtrack of this imaginary life.