Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Turntable Tuesdays: Ri33Z: F00tWoRk FAvAriT3s V0l.02

If you caught that banger of a Footwork tune from Ri33Z on yesterday and love that, i'm sure you're going to like this mix that he compiled of some of his favorite Footwork tunes. Be sure to give a "LIKE" to his Facebook artist page where he has a treat waiting for you. Enjoy!

Shade Cobain: Young Man (Vampire)

Here's a brand new hot 16 uploaded hours ago by Shade Cobain. I don't mean an emcee spitting a verse. I mean a talented producer knocking out bangin' beats on the 16 pads. He promises to have a lot more heat to be released in 2015. Here's your first teaser of what's to come, and you can also check his previous releases on Bandcamp. Enjoy!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Pacman: Some Assembly Required

If you are in the Houston area and have attended any of the Underground Merger sets, then you have heard my homie Pacman rock the mic. Being in Hip-Hop for as long as I have, Pacman is an artist I would happily pass the torch to, to keep the culture alive. To see him perform live, he's the definition of an MC. He can surely move the crowd.

Follow him on Soundcloud, grab the new album titled Some Assembly Required, and keep posted for upcoming shows by him. Big ups to Calamity for handling the production.


A massive shout out of appreciation goes to Ri33Z who hit me on Soundcloud and sent me a few of his tunes to spin. I'm a huge fan of Footwork and bass music, and this guy nails it proper. He sent a message stating that he recently relocated to Denver, Colorado, so if you're a reader in that area, give him some local support and attend his live DJ sets. For my readers worldwide, you know what time it is on the support tip. $$$

Inami: Constant Craving (Saint Evo's Lounge Remix)

Happy Monday! For our early morning riser, we present you with the sounds of Kenyan artist Inami, a stable member of the Celsius Degree Entertainment label also based in Kenya. From my understanding, Inami is a well celebrated artist in her native land. Overcoming being partially deaf and honing her musical talents through her father, her start was with an eclectic band called The Musketeers. After the eventual breakup of the band, she called House music her home because it was the only genre that combined her different musical elements.

"Constant Craving" has been remixed by DJ/producer Saint Evo, a sound described by me as lounge meets afro-house meets late 1980s dance. This track is featured on a special remix project called Re-Incarnation of her Debut EP, Little Lost. The music is what the label defines as Equatorial House, and the plan is to spearhead a new movement to stretch the limits of House music and to put Kenya as a place on the map for the genre. In celebrating Inami's debut, CDE is letting fans download the Re-Incarnation EP for free. Visit their website for more info of upcoming releases by artists in their impressive catalog.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

George Avramidis: Rain Song (ft. Evlampia Tsireli)

The winter chill has set in once again here in Houston, thanks to two days of rain that helped to bring in the cold wind. There are a few of us who don't mind taking some time out to relax and hear the rain against window panes and rooftops. It gets sweeter when you add the sounds of jazz trumpeter George Avramidis to your playlist. "Rain Song" is a nice, soothing instrumental track taken from his Protocol album released in 2013. Get this track as a free download to get a taste, then purchase the whole album to add to your music collection.

Darker Than Wax: Kitchen Music (A X'mas Mini Compilation)

Via Darker Than Wax: We wanted to build the concept of this mini compilation around the 'kitchen', as it is very often regarded as the 'soul' of the house where a large portion of daily activities take place. Whether it's preparing food, grabbing a quick snack from the fridge, or simply having a coffee with a mate over an extended countertop, its function does seep quite deeply into how we live. So for this holiday season (if you are having one), we thought it's rather appropriate to curate and share with you a collection of music from our artists and affiliates - A compilation that would hopefully provide and enhance the environment for those who might be preparing that festive feed for loved ones and friends.

After all, music is that one true universal language that injects positivity and good energy.

Big shouts to Darker Than Wax for their roster of artists. Several of my mixes and live DJ sets have tunes blended in for your enjoyment. The following tune by Giorgio Oehlers is in my recent mix titled Soulstice.

MoonGina: Silent Night (No Justice, No Peace)

As the situation with police brutality is getting worse, more and more people are getting outraged and in the streets protesting. In turn, many artists are having their say through their creations. One of those is MoonGina, a singer-songwriter who also dubs herself as a daydreamer, has released a heartfelt cry on her Soundcloud page. This is another one of those tunes that you would have to FEEL for yourself. Thanks to Jimetta Rose for the heads up! #blacklivesmatter

Millennium Jazz Music: Merry Christmas From MJM

I know it's now three days past, but it won't stop me from posting the gifts of music from labels who are thankful for you, the fans, for making it possible for their artists to do what they do. Here's another round of freebies from London based Millennium Jazz Music. Go here to grab the whole thing. Enjoy!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Harikiri: Natsu EP + Remixes

Thanks to a post on Soundcloud by production duo X&G (XIANMUSIC & GASZIA), it led me to a sweet EP titled Natsu by an artist named Harikiri who hails from London. This EP dropped in April of this year, but in the spirit of the holiday season, he's gifting it for a limited time. All you have to do is visit his Harikiri website, sign up for his newsletter, and the EP and remixes are free. This guy knows how to create some bangers. Further support would be helpful to him.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Urban Waves Records: Oh, Oh, Oh! [Compilation]

The gifts of music keep on coming. I got the heads up about this lovely compilation of artists from the Urban Waves Records family by way of Pawcut, one of the producers featured. As usual, make sure you show your love and support for these artists. That's the biggest form of thanks you can give them. Enjoy!

Amin Payne x Blaze: The Groove

Just a copy and paste of the message from the Laruche Records family:

In order to celebrate our 2 year anniversary and with that Christmas time, we thought that some gifts should be required. We always wanted (and will always want) to thank all the people who believe in our journey and show us any kind of support and love. We're glad to share with you guys, this special Christmas free download track, courtesy of our good homie Amin Payne and the French beatmaker Blaze, and hope you will appreciate it as much as we do! Enjoy your holidays and Merry Christmas fam! <3

Friday Flashback: Mr. Hermano: Free As The Morning Sun

Here's one of my favorite tunes that I like to put into my own "spirit music" category. "Free As The Morning Sun" is a cover that is the opening track to the album of the same name by Mr. Hermano, consisting of production duo Ben Mitchell & Chris Fitzgerald. The original was composed and produced by Carlos Santana under the pseudonym "Devadip" for his Oneness: Silver Dreams Golden Reality solo album released in 1979.

DJ Kool Emdee: Soulstice

The wintery season has hit us once again and many people have embraced this chilling cycle. I also took the time to welcome "Old Man Winter" by compiling a mix of soulful tunes to kick off this time of frigid temperatures and white blankets of frost. I hope the group by the same name doesn't mind me borrowing it.

Soulstice by Djkoolemdee on Mixcloud

Mozaic: Gold

Michigan based producer Mozaic has dropped some sweetness on us in celebration of the holiday season. Mo has several collaborative tunes with the likes of Rapper Big Pooh, J. Rawls, Young RJ, and other artists. Be sure to stop by his page to say thanks. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Expansions Collective: Christmas Freebies

As a thank you for listener support, the Expansions Collective record label and radio show is giving away a compilation of singles from their catalog in appreciation. To get this massive collection, all you have to do is give a "LIKE" on Facebook, then you will receive the link to download.

To add to the holiday cheer, Mecca:83 will be spinning some of his favorite tunes from 2014 on Christmas Day on Frission Radio from 8:00 pm - 9:00pm GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) [For the U.S.: 3:00 pm (EST); 2:00 pm (CST); 1:00 pm (MST); 12:00 pm (PST)]. Click here to find the exact time for your time zone. Check out archives from past shows on Mixcloud.


The Record Realm would like to wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday season. Let's all do our share to insure peace on a daily basis.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Spyder-D: I Hate Being Black

Annie is not the only person who can sing about the hard knock life. The legendary Spyder-D adds to the ranks of tunes from people of color who sing, rap, and do poetry about the struggles of black people in this country. His latest, "I Hate Being Black" is controversial from its title, but is not what you may be thinking. As the saying goes; "You can't judge a book by its cover". Which brings it to my next point of mentioning that Spyder-D has a book on sale now by the same title. You can purchase your copy at My Book Baby: I Hate Being Black.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Happy Birthday: Dynamite Dave Soul

The Record Realm wishes a blessed earthstrong to the one and only Dynamite Dave Soul, curator of WTDK Revolutionary Radio based in Atlanta. Not only is he a master of the mix, but he is one of the few in the culture who has stuck to using vinyl for his DJ sets. If you're ever in the Atlanta metro area, be sure to find out where he's spinning and have yourself a good time. For now, listen to one of his podcasts to give you a taste of what this tastemaker has to offer.