To Be Graced – Steve Taylor (AUDIO SINGLE)

Steve Taylor takes us on an acoustic guitarist’s journey drenched in gratitude and melancholy in ‘To Be Graced’ the first single from his long anticipated ‘The Land Of Milk And Honey LP’ to be released on SomeOthaShip Connect, this July.

The bittersweet, strong-yet-bloodied tone of his songwriting choices lends depth to the complex chordal structures he explores on his instrument and when the mellotron-ed string section sweeps in…forget about it, the mood is undeniable.

Steve’s high tenor is steady and somber, merging Brazilian jazz, folk, and rock with minimalist finesse – letting the melody of the piece breathe easy.

To sum it all up, if Neil Young, James Taylor, Thom Yorke, Morrissey, Carole King and Sade went all gene splice crazy…you’d have To Be Graced, by Steve Taylor.

 

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Declaime X Kan Kick – CAKE BOSS (AUDIO SINGLE)

Sounds like Kan Kick and Declaime have been in the kitchen cookin’ up some goodies that’ll definitely give you a sweet tooth…
Cake boss goes straight for the gut but without all the high fructose corn syrup…
Produced by the man Kan Kick, also known as Kan ZuluKan The Man, and many other fonk aliases..but one thing’s for sure: there is only one Kan Kick…and this joint here kicks like a whole afternoon of kungfu…might need a little foot surgery after this one…and to add to it…we have Dr.Stokley the Fonk Monk also known in some of the last true hip hop circles as Declaime the Poet
Declaime always has something serious to say…and man…does he say it!!…all I have to say is these two together are a combination unmatched…
I heard through the grapevine that a full Kan Kick & Dudley Perkins album is in the works. ..no rap…all singing…that should be very funky as well as very interesting…keeping fingers crossed!

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No Mas Mayate- Declaime (prod. By Chris Keys)

“Oh yeah, that N*gga gotta go

He ain’t worthy to breathe no mo’

No matter what he’s done imma let him know

This is reality, just like one of them TV shows

That N**ga gotta go 

That N**ga gotta go fa sho’…”

Declaime

Hey Now.

We gonna touch upon some heavy content here.

Today we bring you, The N-word.

Some intellectuals have publicly defended this epithet as an expression of power, one that enables them to move forward from the mind-numbing horror of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, otherwise known as The Maafa (a KiSwahili term for disaster, terrible occurrence or great tragedy), or deeper still, The African Holocaust.

Others have seen it as common sense that these justifications have come about through centuries of  being forced to answer to the N-word, with death or torture being the the promised outcome for all who sought out to name themselves during slavery, or even the Jim Crow era.

Declaime shares his views with us on ‘No Mas Mayate‘ (N**ga No More in mexican slang), a searing new audio single from his forthcoming Southside Story LP due to release this year on Someothaship Connect – exclusively on vinyl.

This piece opens up and ends with chopped and screwed soundbites from Dick Gregory shedding light on the N-Word over Chris Keys’ film noir-esque original instrumentation, laden with sullen vibraphones, overdriven harpsichords and muted jazz guitars sounding like a sample from the 60’s.

Declaime enters into the soundscape with the sole purpose of blasting the N-Word off into oblivion in a manner so clever, you’d think he’d gone ratchet. But as the song continues, he makes his intentions clear by cutting himself from the N-Word; being unable to utter it by manually muting his voice marks its symbolic death, as well as the end of the track.

A closer look into his verse structure reveals heavy traces of the legendary  Langston Hughes, The Watts Prophets and The Last Poets – a most needed trifecta  for these present times indeed.

Listen to this joint twice; the second go round is even more profound.

peace.

Soldier Story – Wildchild Ft. Aloe Blacc (produced by Shashu)

 

 

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Following the release of his recent album, T.G.I.F.(Thank God It’s Funky), legendary Lootpack member and SomeothaShip artist Wildchild teams up with California soul superstar Aloe Blacc for “Soldier Story”, a powerful anthem of fatherhood and dedication to his son Miles “Baby Boogaloo” Brown and to the next generation of young black men.

As well as Aloe Blacc, T.G.I.F.(Thank God It’s Funky) features J-Ro (Alkaholiks), Medusa, Jamie Lidell, Steve Arrington, Chalice and is mainly produced by Georgia Anne Muldrow and DJ Shashu.

To all those out there trying to raise sons…keep your head up and your heart wide.

It’s a crazy world out there.