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Zebda – Essence Ordinaire (CD) (1998) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

1998, France, Zebda , , , 05.01.2017

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Zebda – Le Bruit Et L’odeur (CD) (1995) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

1995, France, Zebda , , , 05.01.2017

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Miles Davis & Robert Glasper – Everything’s Beautiful (CD) (2016) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

2016, Robert Glasper Experiment , , , 13.12.2016

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Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love! (CD) (2016) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

2016, Childish Gambino , , 12.12.2016

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Childish Gambino – Because The Internet (CD) (2013) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

2013, Childish Gambino , , 12.12.2016

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Childish Gambino – Camp (CD) (2011) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

2011, Childish Gambino , , 12.12.2016

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New Kingdom – Mexico Or Bust (CDS) (1996) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

1996, New Kingdom , , , , 06.11.2016

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Die Antwoord – Mount Ninji And Da Nice Time Kid (CD) (2016) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

2016, Die Antwoord , , 18.09.2016

Mount Ninji And Da Nice Time Kid

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Banks & Steelz – Anything But Words (CD) (2016) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

2016, RZA , , , 26.08.2016

Banks & Steelz - Anything But Words

Banks & Steelz is the collaborative effort between American musician Paul Banks (Interpol) and American rapper RZA (Wu-Tang Clan).

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Carl Hancock Rux – Rux Revue (CD) (1999) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

1999, Carl Hancock Rux , , 23.08.2016

Carl Hancock Rux - Rux Revue

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Travis Barker – Give The Drummer Some (CD) (2011) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

2011, Travis Barker , , 14.06.2016

Travis Barker - Give The Drummer Some

Travis Barker is a member of punk rock group Blink-182, and he released hip-hop/rock album.

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Travis Barker – Give The Drummer Some (Deluxe Edition CD) (2011) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

2011, Travis Barker , , 14.06.2016

Travis Barker - Give The Drummer Some (Deluxe Edition)

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Michael Franti & Spearhead – Soulrocker (CD) (2016) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

2016, Michael Franti, Spearhead , , , 12.06.2016

Michael Franti - Soulrocker

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Michael Franti & Spearhead – Yell Fire! (CD) (2006) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

2006, Michael Franti, Spearhead , , , 12.06.2016

Yell Fire!

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Michael Franti – Love Kamikaze: The Lost Sex Singles & Collectors’ Remixes (CD) (2005) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

2005, Michael Franti , , , 12.06.2016

Michael Franti & Spearhead - Love Kamikaze The Lost Sex Singles & Collectors' Remixes

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Michael Franti & Spearhead – Everyone Deserves Music (CD) (2003) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

2003, Michael Franti, Spearhead , , , 12.06.2016

Everyone Deserves Music

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Michael Franti – Songs From The Front Porch: An Acoustic Collection (CD) (2002) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

2002, Michael Franti , , , , 12.06.2016

Franti, Michael - Songs from the Front Porch

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Michael Franti & Spearhead – Stay Human (CD) (2001) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

2001, Michael Franti, Spearhead , , , 12.06.2016

Michael Franti & Spearhead - Stay Human

An album of two levels: The level that makes the first impression is the radio phone-in show that Michael Franti chose to use as a conceptual framework in which these 13 new songs are embedded. The drama that unfolds during that radio show (supported by liner notes at the front of the CD booklet) centers on a death penalty case. The events documented in those segments sound all too familiar in their gruesomeness, so it becomes compelling to check the booklet to see if these are indeed authentic recordings of a broadcast or staged ones as part of the album’s two-level concept (and only a short remark near the end of the booklet gives the answer to that). The impressive impact of that scenario is rounded off by quotes in the booklet from various activists and musicians who oppose the death penalty (with names ranging from Bono to Jello Biafra). The second level of the album provides a contrast to all that on a musical level — the actual songs being predominantly based in the elegance of early-’70s soul music — although Franti makes sure to get a resolute message across in the lyrics, and there are plenty of contemporary sound elements in the arrangements to keep this from becoming a purely “retro” album. However, both the styles and the lyrics do hark back to 30 years ago, when black music regularly sounded this elegant and lyrically aware. As it often was then, this album’s message is essentially one of tolerance as the key to all kinds of solutions (as the title track, “Stay Human,” puts it: “All the freaky people make the beauty of the world”), paired with militant resolve to spread that message, especially on songs like “Rock the Nation” and “Listener Supported. Most of the songs are actually pretty laid-back (underlining the anti-violence stance of the lyrics). That in itself would be nothing new for a Spearhead album, but the crisp production this time around (the best yet on a Spearhead album) steers clear of a certain dull monotony that weighed down the previous albums. The elegance and lightness of touch results in highlights such as “We Don’t Mind” and “Do Ya Love.” As usual with Spearhead, rapping remains just one of the parts of the musical picture, and indeed, after all the heavy-duty militancy that hip-hop brought to bear on black music in the past 20 years, hearing this album raises the question of how much has actually been achieved, when in 2001 a new album can feel contemporary although the sound and feelings expressed are very close to what they were like 30 years back. That possibly gives Franti a kind of outsider position, and some people might well deride this album’s “hippy ideals,” but it is a very valid and entertaining attempt at furthering social awareness on the strength of the most satisfying Spearhead songs yet.

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Push Button Objects – Ghetto Blaster (CD) (2003) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

2003, Push Button Objects , , , 26.05.2016

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Coolbone – Brass-Hop (CD) (1997) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

1997, Coolbone , , , , 19.05.2015
Coolbone - Brass-Hop

Perhaps it’s not surprising that a New Orleans musical collective would latch onto the idea of fusing a brass band with hip-hop, but Coolbone’s debut album Brass-Hop is startling nevertheless. Using gritty New Orleans R&B, jazz and funk as a foundation, the group works elements of urban soul and hip-hop into their music, creating a truly eclectic and infectious album. Theoretically, such juxtapositions shouldn’t work, and occasionally the group don’t quite fulfill their ambitions, but at its best, Coolbone is utterly modern, creative and funky soul.

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