In Rotation, Volume 20 – December, 2008

The last of 2008, here for you….

In Rotation: Volume 20, December 2008.
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01 – Yogi featuring Briohny Thomas – Sumthin (Original Mix) [myspace]
02 – Joey Negro Presents The Sunburst Band – Our Lives Are Shaped [myspace]
03 – Jazzanova – Let Me Show Ya Featuring Paul Randolph [purchase]
04 – Ben Westbeech – Get Silly [myspace]
05 – Eric Campbell Presents K’Alyn – Fall In & Out of Love [site]
06 – Liquid Spirits – If You Don’t Love Me Ft Phonte [site]
07 – K-SON – That’s Music [cd baby]
08 – Jazzanova – Lucky Girl Featuring Paul Randolph [purchase]
09 – Flowriders – Matter [site]
10 – The Rurals – Brand New Day [site]
11 – Foreign Exchange – Valediction [site]
12 – Jean Baylor – Made To Love You [site]

Mellow house by Yogi featuring Brihonny Thomas and The Sunburst Band starts this whole thing off nicely. I absolutely love those two tracks. It also stands to reason that Jazzanova’s Of All The Things is one of my favorite albums of the year, which is why Let Me Show You follows up so nicely. Thanks to Jazzanova, I was also introduced to Paul Westbeech which is why I had to pick up Welcome to the Best Years of Your Life. Get Silly is a great track that sets it off nicely – and I’m still marinating on the album.

Thanks to the greatness of Twitter (check here if you want to find out what I do everyday), I was introduced to Eric Campbell and was greatful to receive his blesssing for Fall In An Out Of Love, an outstanding track with vocals by K. Alyn.
Look forward to hearing more from him in 2009, and getting to know the guy better. Liquid Spirits’ new CD Music features tracks with Leon Ware and Phonte, and puts me in the mindset of Quintessence which is why I like the track, If You Don’t Love Me.

K-SON’s That’s Music is a solid track that prompted me to go to CD Baby and pick up his CD. It stands to reason that I also appreciate Jazzanova’s Lucky Girl which is an absolutely jazzy solid track. The Flowriders’ Matter is a nice neo-soul track which prompted me to get both their CDs, so check them out. I then end the goodness with The Rural’s Brand New Day, Foreign Exchange’s Valedictorian, and a track from Jean Baylor (formerly of Zhane), Made To Love You.

As usual, take a listen to the podcast for more info. Special thanks to Foundation Media, Ariel Publicity, Soulbounce, and Macedonia. Take it light.



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In Rotation, Volume 18 – August, 2008

As you know, Mr. Fresh has been dropping Sunday Soundtracks for some time now which has been a solid mainstay for every Sunday for me as well as many other fans. Since I’ve been busy with Old School Wednesdays it’s not easy to find time to drop my In Rotations. When I was finally able to find the time, it became more challenging to try to find a slot to be able to provide the podcast as there are so many great ones being dropped on the regular. In fact, I believe at last count I listen to about 10 every week. Mr. Fresh has changed his schedule for his Sunday Soundtracks to every two weeks, which enables me (with his blessing, of course) to be able to drop my In Rotations once every two weeks Sundays. Without further ado….

In Rotation: Volume 18, August 2008.
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01 – Ivana Santilli – Hollywood (Nothing Over U) [info]
02 – Reel People – Upside featuring Darien [purchase]
03 – Maya Azucena – This Time [site | hi-perspective | purchase]
04 – Incognito – Happy People [purchase]
05 – Robin Thicke – Magic [video | purchase]
06 – Dionne Farris – Every Day [myspace]
07 – Jah-C feat. Cavalier – Soul Banger [video | purchase]
08 – J*DaVeY – Slooow [purchase]
09 – Naked Music – Sticky Situation [purchase]
10 – Peter Hadar – Laugh Together [myspace]
11 – Keelay & Zaire – Alright With Me feat. D Minor and Phonte of Little Brother [myspace]
12 – Coultrain – Green [myspace]
13 – Plantlife – Got 2 Find A Better Way [myspace]
14 – Solar Kollektiv Orchestra – Atlantic Radio [purchase]
15 – Argentina – Stolen Identity [myspace | purchase]

Ivana’s Hollywood is one of the tracks from the anticipated LP TO.NY. As I’ve mentioned before, Reel People’s Seven Ways to Wonder is one of my favorite albums so far this year, and Upside is one of the great summer songs that’s been rotating lately. The same can also be said by This Time, a track from Hi-Perpective’s Expansions LP with vocals by Maya Azucena. Incognito’s Happy People with vocals by Tony Momrelle is followed by Robin Thicke’s Magic, from his upcoming LP Something Else.

I’m a fan of Dionne Farris and had to wait for a long time for a successor to the album Wild Seed, Wild Flower. The album Signs of Life is a nice edition to my catalog. I’m hoping to see her this year. If it’s any indication by the track Soul Banger, Jah-C will be one to watch this year. I’ll be on the lookout of more from him.

The tracks Slooow by J*Davey, Sticky Situaton by Naked Music, and Laugh Together by Peter Hadar give me more of the mellow
groove that is definitely my weakness, as you can see. This is followed by Keelay and Zaire’s track Alright With Me with rhymology by D Minor and Phonte, an absolutely solid track. I don’t think I can say enough about Coultrain’s track Green, from his LP The Adventures of Seymour Liberty which is in heavy rotation and is in the running for one of my favorite albums of the year. I’m still rockin’ Plantlife’s Time Traveller of course, and I’m antipating more from Solar Kollektiv Orchestra, which will be a nice surprise if Atlantic Radio is any indication. I then end this with of my favorite instrumentals of this year, Stolen Identity’s Argentina.

As usual, take a listen to the podcast for more info. Special thanks to Foundation Media, Ariel Publicity, Mr. Fresh, and Macedonia. Take it light.



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In Rotation, Volume 17 – End Of May, 2008

Paving the way into summertime……

In Rotation: Volume 17, May 2008.
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01 – Joey Negro Presents The Sunburst Band – Survivin’ [purchase]
02 – Incognito – I’ve Been Waiting [video | purchase]
03 – Sy Smith – Spies [site | purchase]
04 – Plantlife – Sumthin About Her [myspace]
05 – Estelle featuring Cee-Lo – Pretty Please (Love Me) [myspace]
06 – Reel People – Perfect Sky featuring Joy Rose [purchase]
07 – Jimmy Abney – Hello [myspace | purchase]
08 – Lina – Feel The Love [myspace | purchase]
09 – Miles Bonny – Closer Love [myspace]
10 – Duo Live featuring Angie Stone – Summer Stacks [myspace]
11 – Peter Hadar – Painted [myspace | soulbounce]
12 – Algebra – No Idea [myspace]
13 – Lalah Hathaway – Breathe [site | purchase]
14 – Jennie Laws – Heavenly [site and podcast | download]

The first track, Survivin’, is from Joey Negro’s Sunburst Band’s new LP Movers and The Shakers. As I mentioned to a friend of mine, this may very well be a summer anthem of mine. As I am a longtime fan of Maysa and Incognito, this track is a much-anticipated release, and the video only underscores my love for this track.

Plantlife’s Sumthin’ About Her is one of the tracks from their second album, Time Traveller. As Voxefx stated, “Jamiroquai + Outkast + Jamie Lidell + Deelite sprinkled with Prince, Bootsy Collins, George Clinton and Rick James.” Estelle’s duet with Cee-Lo, Pretty Please (Love Me) is from her new LP, Shine, followed by one of my personal favorites so far this year, Perfect Sky by Reel People, with vocals by Joy Rose. Jimmy Abney’s Hello is from his new CD Return to Forever, released off of Osunlade’s Yoruba Records.

Lina’s Feel The Love is another great track from her third album Morning Star, followed by trumpeter/DJ/vocalist Miles Bonny’s Closer Love off of the EP of the same name. Duo Live’s track, Summer Stacks features vocals by Angie Stone. Peter Hadar’s Painted is the first single off of the upcoming album, Well Dressed for the Art Show which is available next month. Algebra’s No Idea, is a single off of her current album Purpose. Lalah Hathaway’s Breathe off her new LP, Self Portait, is followed by a solid track from a new artist from Toronto you should be on the lookout for, Jennie Laws. Her new EP is available now – check on her webiste link above for more info.

As usual, take a listen to the podcast for more info. Special thanks to Foundation Media, Ariel Publicity, Aaron Berkowitz, and Macedonia. Take it light.

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In Rotation, Volume 15 – February, 2008

Let’s do this.

In Rotation: Volume 15, February 2008.
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01- Ralf Gum featuring Monique Bingham – Kissing Strangers – [purchase]
02- Alix Alvarez featuring Nate James – Not To Mention –
[purchase]
03- Chris Ballin – Full-Time Lover [more info below]
04- Reel People feat. Tony Momrelle & Imaani – Amazing
[video | info]
05- Simbad featuring Rob Li – Here We Stand [purchase]
06- 410 Pharaohs – Real Fresh – [video]
07- Donn – All The Beauty [info | purchase]
08- Samantha James – Right Now
09- Stacy Epps – Floatin’ [download]
10- Beady Belle with India.Arie– Self-Fulfilling [purchase]
11- Vaceo – Room For All [purchase]
12- Albright – Tainted [purchase | video]
13- Caron Wheeler – Still Running [info/purchase]
14- Jean Grae & 9th Wonder – Love Thirst (Clean) [info]
15- Kia El Amin – Creative [info]

The blend is kicked off with two dance/house tracks – one with Ralf Gum w/Monique Bingham and another from Alix Alvarez with Nate James. I have got to say that I’ve been graced with more house music…more GOOD house music….than I have for a while. Chris Ballin- whose voice should sound familiar to you (Beneath The Surface should ring a bell)- comes forward with a track from Do It Right called Full Time Lover. Reel People march right out of the gate with a tune from their just-released Seven Ways To Wonder CD entitled Amazing.

Simbad then comes forward with Rob Li with Here We Stand, which brings us to a nice hip-hop track from the 410 Pharoahs entitled Real Fresh which I’m definitely feeling. This is followed by a track from DJ Junior’s Excursions CD, entitled All The Beauty by Donn. Samantha James keeps it flowing with another track from Rise entitled Right Now, bringing us to Stacy Epps (Madvillain anyone?) with Floatin’.

I don’t think I can say enough about Beady Belle. Her Belvedere CD is not to be missed. India.Arie is graced on the upifiting track Self-Fulfilling. Rainbow Soul keeps it flowing with Vaceo’s Room For All, flowing right into Albright’s great reworking of a track we remember from back in the day, Tainted (Love).

Former D-Influence members Kwame Kwaten and Steve Marten
deliver the goods with the D’Vas After Hours CD, which has a stellar track with lead vocals from no other than Caron Wheeler called Still Running. Finishing up the podcast on a great note is Jean Graw & 9th Wonder with Love Thirst and Kia El Amin’s track Creative from DC Soul In The Cut’s album Share A Moment of Love.

As usual, take a listen to the podcast for more info. Special thanks to Foundation Media for keepin’ me aware of good music, particularly the 410 Pharoahs and Jean Grae. Take it light.

More info:

Do It RightChris Ballin
“Full-Time Lover” (mp3)
from “Do It Right”
(The Intimate Music Group)


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