Monday, April 13, 2009

Smart Music Mondays, Volume Seis.

This week, DJ Rahdu is back again bringing the hotness.

BLS Podcast: Sound Waves
1. Lootpack - Crate Diggin'
2. Rapper Big Pooh - Rear View Mirror
3. Keelay & Zaire; Tunji - Addicts for Real
4. OlivierDaySoul - Brain
5. OlivierDaySoul - Breathe
6. Choklate - To Whom It May Concern
7. Q-Tip - We Fight/We Love
8. Black Milk - Dreams
9. Ab & Daru - A Work in Progress
10. PPP - Pigeonhole
11. I.N.T. - Do You Want It?
12. Kan Kick - C'Mon Love, Let's Dance
13. 3582 - Vanessa from Venezuela
14. Kero One - Bossa Soundcheck
15. Vikter Duplaix - Tropical Girl
16. Victor Davies - Brother
17. Tuomo - Firsts
18. The Brand New Heavies - I Just Realized
19. Chin Chin - Go There With You
20. Lisa Shaw - Honey
21. Durojaiye Versatile - Stay and Enjoy Life
22. MoO - Spacetravelin
23. Yellowtail; Jeni Fujita - Flow
24. Salah Ananse; Zynzelay - Wonder
25. The Rurals - Steps
26. DJ Jazzy Jeff; Erro - Rock With You (Osunlade Dub)

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The Foreign Exchange - Connected
As cliché as it sounds, music does have the ability to bring people of various background and ethnicities together. Think not? Witness Connected, the debut album from the Foreign Exchange. North Carolina-raised MC Phonte, one-third of Little Brother, and Dutch producer Nicolay formed the duo and crafted the ethereally lush hip-hop album without ever meeting face-to-face. Using the marvels of modern technology, the group traded verses and tracks over the Internet. The result is anything but mechanical. Nicolay crafts soulful, intricate backdrops that draw comparisons to producers Pete Rock and Kanye West. On the appropriately titled "Nic's Groove," the producer crafts a pitch-perfect midtempo track over which Phonte and Little Brother cohort Big Pooh trade verses. Phonte also enlists a host of upcoming artists to guest on the set. The group's MC teams with newcomer Median on the emotional "Be Alright." While Median holds his own, Phonte is in full command with a personal lyric about dealing with the ups and downs of everyday life. Meanwhile, "Sincere," which features R&B songstress YahZarah, will have listeners falling in love with hip-hop and each other all over again. With guest shots from up and comers Critically Acclaimed on the churchy, organ-driven "Hustle, Hustle," and neo-soul songstress Yahzarah contemplating lost love over the melancholy vocal harmonies of "Sincere," Connected finds Nicolay and his multi-talented counterpart uniting artists from different genres under a united theme of good music.Connected is a prime example of the power of good music uniting different worlds. Maybe our elected officials could take a page out of the book of the Foreign Exchange.

Take my word - it's dope... that's my musical two cents for the week.


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