In Rotation, Volume 35 – This Here Music

In Rotation, Volume 35 – This Here Music

On tap: Piranahhead and Diviniti with Carmen, Yakul, Zilo, Liana, Greentea Peng, Tasha Angela, Jonti with Steve Lacy, Ty amd Speech, Kindness and Bahamadia, Terrace with Robert, 9th Wonder, and Kamasi Washington, Free Nationals with Benny, BOSCO, and ALex Isley.

In Rotation, Volume 35 – This Here Music

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Tracklisting:

01 – Pirahnahead and Diviniti – The Beauty Of Life feat. Carmen Rodgers
02 – Yakul – Streetlight
03 – Zilo – Into The Sun
04 – Master Soul Boy – Inside
05 – Lianne La Havas – Read My Mind
06 – Greentea Peng – Sane
07 – Tasha Angela – Lost In Nostalgia
08 – Benny Sings – Summertude
09 – Jonti – Scrood (feat. Steve Lacy)
10 – Ty – This Here Music (feat. Speech) (Explicit)
11 – Kindness – Something Like A War (feat. Bahamadia)
12 – Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder and Kamasi Washington (feat. Phoelix) – Sleepless Nights
13 – Free Nationals feat. Benny Sings – Apartment
14 – BOSCO – Cruel
15 – Alex Isley – Road To You

It’s been a while, but there is still good music out there that needs to be represented. I presented the first tack, The Beauty Of Life, because it is one that has stayed in rotation and is a great track from Hide & Seek, a compilation by Foreign Exchange. The UK group Yakul is represented here, as is IS’s Zilo, from the album Gorgeous. Master Soul Boy’s track Inside, was put in my ears by Todd Big La Kelley, the Liana track was placed in my ear by Jeff, and the Tasha track was sent to me by J Brotherlove. Benny Sings and Jonti accompanied with Steve Lacy is followed up by the UK rapper Ty with Speech from the group Arrested Development. Ty passed on 7 May 2020, the same day as Andre Harrell. THat was a tragic day in soul and hip hop music, and he will be missed.

I had to follow up Ty wit a track from Kindness featuring Bahamadia, who I can never get enough of. This is followed up by the thoughtful track from Terrace and the crew, and great track from the Free Nationals with a little help from Benny Sings. I finish it off with BOSCO (very underrated), and Alex Isley. Thank you fo allowing me to wet my feet. Special, special, special thanks to J Brotherlove, Jeff, KB, and Todd Big La Kelley, ,Big ups to Grant Love, Chris Christopher, Nikki, Macedonia, and Arnold. Your feedback is always encouraged. Take it light.

Harrell Tribute: Uptown, Volume 2

Harrell Tribute: Uptown, Volume 2

Uptown, the second wave. Guy, Father MC, Christopher WIlliams, <JB, FInesse an Synquis, Heavy D and the Boyz, Soul 4 Real, Groove B Chill, Al B Sure, Horace Brown, Jeff Redd, Jodeci.

Harrell Tribute: Uptown, Volume 2

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Tracklisting:

01 Guy – Groove Me
02 Father MC – I’ll Do 4 U
03 Christopher Williams – Every Little Thing U Do
04 Mary J Blige – Real Love
05 Finesse and Synquis – Soul Sistas
05 Guy – Round And Round
06 Heavy D and the Boyz – More Bounce
07 Soul 4 Real – Every Little Thing I Do
08 Mary J. Blige – Be Happy
09 Guy – Teddy’s Jam 2
10 Groove B Chill – Where Were You
11 FInesse and Synquis – I’ll Be There
12 Christopher Williams – All I See
13 Al B Sure – Ooh This Love Is So
14 Horace Brown and Faith Evans – How Can We Stop
15 Jeff Redd – Love High

16 Jodeci – Lately

So nice, I had to do it twice. For this one, I try to ensure that the I cover all of the bases, and comcemtrate on tracks that have special meanings to some of the peoeple that I know who were serious fans of Uptown.

I believe I could have used Father MC’s “Lisa Baby”, but I didn’t have enough room, and I had to drop the classic “I’ll Do For U” with Mary J. Blige. Heavy D and The Boyz’ “More Bounce” was a request from Theresa which I had never listened to. It’s a great track and compliments the tracks around it well, case in point Finesse and Synquis’ “Soul Sista” which keeps the momentum going.

I always enjoy instrumentls, and “Teddys Jam 2” is classic. It’s followed by what I onsider two of the most forgotten hip hop/new jack swing track, “Whee Were You” and “I’ll Be There” which Special thanks to Sharon and Grroove who taught me about Groove B Chill. THe last tracks slow ou down a but and end with Jodeci’s rendition of the Stevie Wonder classic, “Lately”.

Special, special, special thanks to Theresa, T Grundy, Gene “Groove” Allen, KB, Grnt Love, Chris Christopher, Nikki, Macedonia, and Arnold. Your feedback is always encouraged. Take it light.

Harrell Tribute: Uptown, Volume 1

Harrell Tribute: Uptown, Volume 1

Uptown in full effect. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Father MC, Heavy D and the Boyz, Jeff Redd, Groove B Chill, Guy, Little Shawn, Mary J, Soul 4 Real, Christopher Williams, Guy, Little Shawn, Horae Brown, Al B Sure, Jodeci.

Uptown in full effect. Harrell Tribute: Uptown, Volume 1
 

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Tracklisting:

01 Dr. Jekktl and Mr. Hyde – Genius Rap
02 Father MC – Treat THem Like You Want To Be Treated
03 Heavy D and the Boyz – Somebody For Me
04 Jeff Redd – You Called And Told Me
05 Groove B Chill – Hip Hop Music 06 Guy – I Like
07 Mary J.. Blige – You Remind Me
08 Soul 4 Real – Candy Rain
09 Christopher Wolliams – Dreamin’
10 Guy – Teddy’s Jam
11 Little Shawn ft. Notorious B.I.G. – Dom Perignon
12 Horace Brown – Things We Do For Love
13 Al B Sure – Nite and Day
14 Jodeci – Come And Talk To M
15 Mary J. Blige – Love No Limit
16 Guy – Let’s Chill
17 Jodeci – Forever My Lady

Andre Harrell, the head of Uptown Records, is gone but definitely not forgotten. In his stead, he helped launch the careers of Guy, Mary J. Blige, Heavy D and The Boyz, amd Jodeci. However, these tracks hold a significance. If you can remember at least half of these tracks, then I am sure you can remember where you were when these tracks came out. FOr myself, I can remember being in Lincoln, Nebraska on a project, listening to Mary J. Blige’s “What’s THe 411” and hearing Love No Limit for the first time, causing me to walk around a neighborhood several times listening to track several times. And yes, there are definitely more examples.

I am very grateful for Theresa, T Grundy, Garfield, Eric, Jeffrey, and the onle and only Gene “Groove” Allen. Your feedback is always encouraged. Take it light.