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Archive for October, 2013

Song of the Day: “Deion’s House” by Black Milk

Black Milk (Detroit) released his album No Poison No Paradise two weeks ago (October 15th) on Fat Beats.

Tanya Morgan (Brooklyn) On The Main Ingredient November 5th!

I’m excited to welcome Tanya Morgan (who’s music no stranger to The Main Ingredient or this site) to the EVR studio next week to talk about their new album Rubber Souls. Listen to and download the opening track from the album below then listen to the interview live Monday night/Tuesday morning 11/5.

About Tanya Morgan:

Tanya Morgan is a rap group.  More than that, they’re a great rap group as evidenced by the acclaim they’ve received from the likes of Billboard, Vibe, SPIN, XXL Magazine, XLR8R, Los Angeles Times, The Onion, NY Magazine and a bevy of other press outlets who have praised the group throughout the duration of their career.  ”Tanya Morgan are like the sons of De La Soul — soulful, stressed, effortlessly smart flows, intricate production, the whole package,” says SPIN Music Editor Charles Aaron.

Hailing from both Brooklyn and Cincinnati, Tanya Morgan formed on the message boards of in 2003 when Donwill, Ilyas Nashid and Von Pea were all solo artists trading demos and beat tapes.  The three MCs decided to collaborate for a one-off project and settled on the name Tanya Morgan – an inside joke to trick hip-hop crate-diggers and sample-searchers into thinking the record was an old-school soul singer.  After their debut album, Moonlighting, was endorsed by the likes of ?uestlove in 2006 and was received enthusiastically by fans, Tanya Morgan decided to keep working together and keep the name.  In the wake of Moonlighting’s critical success, the group released its follow-up, 2009’s Brooklynati which saw the group reach more fans and beguile more journalists as it was widely regarded as one of the year’s best hip hop releases.

Since Brooklynati, the group has reformed with Ilyas moving on to focus on his solo material and video production while Von Pea and Donwill continue to tour as Tanya Morgan, supporting the group’s classic material as well as the members’ first solo releases: Donwill’s Don Cusack In High Fidelity and Von Pea’s Pea’s Gotta Have It, both released in 2010.

September 24, 2013 will mark the release of their third album, Rubber Souls, produced by 6th Sense (B.o.B., Outasight, Talib Kweli, Mickey Factz, Homeboy Sandman, The Lonely Island, etc.). Having recorded the whole project together (as opposed to individually as they have in the past), handing the production reins to an outsider, and adding a stable of musicians with whom to collaborate, Tanya Morgan shook up the entire recording process with Rubber Souls.  “This album shows us stepping out of our comfort zone to great results,” explains Von Pea.  “[I]t brought out a new type of chemistry in our music.”  Instrumentally ambitious, Rubber Souls is about expansion. Challenging both artists and musicians, producer 6th Sense gives his interpretation of the Tanya Morgan sound – “[t]he result in an album that will satisfy long time fans and shock non-believers,” adds Donwill.

Song of the Day: “All I Could Do” by Oscar Key Sung

This is the first publicly available track from the EP Oscar Key Sung (Melbourne) will release in February 2014.

ClassicBeatz (Brooklyn) In The Studio for Episode #225 (October 29, 2013)

Photo by Sixteenstone and aptly captioned “The awkward end of show pose.”

Photos from ClassicBeatz‘ interview on last night’s The Main Ingredient.

My Set
lord echo – put it in my head featuring mara tk (
robert glasper experiment – i stand alone featuring common & patrick stump (
proh mic – i like (
gender infinity – highlife time (
olaf stuut – siren (
sandra st. victor – what have we learned pt. 1 (
diggs duke – sweat like sieves (

The Interview
classicbeatz – the 5th layer (
classicbeatz – my fire featuring diggs duke & big rube (
classicbeatz – think of you featuring sixteenstone (

ClassicBeatz Picks The Tracks
cool breeze – watch for the hook (organized noize/a+m)
outkast – mainstream (la’face)
outkast – in due time featuring cee-lo (la’face)
mobb deep – give up the goods (just step) featuring big noyd (loud/rca)
common – heat featuring j dilla/jay dee (geffen)
bilal – reminisce featuring mos def & common (interscope)
erykah badu – cleva (motown)
cool breeze – tenn points (organized noize/a&m)
outkast – 13th floor/growing old (la’face)

The Main Ingredient is a weekly radio show covering brand new soulful underground music from around the world, featuring as in-studio interviews with the artists making it. New episodes can be found Wednesdays at noon at The show began in May 2009 as a weekly broadcast from East Village Radio’s storefront studio on 1st Ave. & 1st St. in NYC and continued there until EVR closed it doors in May 2014. This episode is from the East Village Radio Archives.

Song of the Day: “Siren” by Olaf Stuut

Olaf Stuut (Amsterdam) released his Siren EP last week (10/22) on Atomnation.

Song of the Day: “My Fire” by ClassicBeatz

ClassicBeatz (Brooklyn) released his new album Rumors of Royalty today. This track features the unlikely and magical combination or Diggs Duke and Big Rube from the Dungeon Family.

ClassicBeatz (Brooklyn) On The Main Ingredient October 29th!

Jason Minnis aka ClassicBeatz first got on my radar with his excellent “In The Currency of Love” track (below) which was featured on Tokyo Dawn’s The Heart Volume 2 compilation in 2011. His newest studio album “Rumors of Royalty” will be in stores Monday and he’ll joining me in the East Village Radio studio that night to talk about it and share some of the music that influences him.

About ClassicBeatz:

Jason Minnis aka ClassicBeatz is a producer/pianist/songwriter from Bedstuy Brooklyn by way of St.Petersburg Florida. Musically, his releases range from afrobeat, hip hop and acoustic jazz to funk and classical music. In addition to his solo projects he is the lead member of the instrumental duo Nicholas Kopernicus.

Oscar Key Sung (Melbourne) In The Studio for Episode #224 (October 22, 2013)

Photos from Oscar Key Sung‘s interview on last night’s The Main Ingredient.

My Set
classicbeatz – my fire featuring diggs duke & big rube (
botany – quatic (
robert glasper experiment – let it ride featuring norah jones (
black milk – deion’s house (fat beats)
the internet – matt’s apartment (
mark de clive-lowe – hot music (
tendts – i met a girl (
the range – everything but (
four tet – unicorn (text)

The Interview
oscar + martin – recognise (twobrightlakes)
oscar key sung – all i think about (part 1) (
charles murdoch – dekire featuring oscar key sung (
oscar key sung – it’s coming (
oscar key sung – all i could do (forthcoming)

Oscar Picks The Tracks
daft punk – the son of flynn (walt disney)
veracom – thug love (
jacques green – another girl (
omar s – rewind (fxhe)
martin king – game over featuring spleen (
shlohmo – bo peep (do u right) featuring jeremih (
knxledge – loavhorts (
solange – losing you (terrible)
midnight express – danger zone (peoples potential unlimited)
laurie anderson – o superman (for massanet) (warner brothers)
arvo part – part: cantus in memory of benjamin britton (ecm)

The Main Ingredient is a weekly radio show covering brand new soulful underground music from around the world, featuring as in-studio interviews with the artists making it. New episodes can be found Wednesdays at noon at The show began in May 2009 as a weekly broadcast from East Village Radio’s storefront studio on 1st Ave. & 1st St. in NYC and continued there until EVR closed it doors in May 2014. This episode is from the East Village Radio Archives.

Oscar Key Sung (Melbourne) On The Main Ingredient October 22nd!

Regular listeners will know Oscar as half of Oscar + Martin from from my Best Albums of 2011 list and and Best Songs of 2011 show or from Hiatus Kaiyote playing the song below during their interview. He is town for CMJ and will join me in the studio tonight! Listen to and free EVR mobile apps at midnight Monday night/Tuesday morning.

About Oscar Key Sung:

At 23 years of age, Melbourne-based singer / songwriter / producer Oscar Key Sung has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the most prodigious new talents in Australia’s vibrant indie music landscape.

Since exploding out of the scene-defining Two Bright Lakes community as one half of Oscar + Martin in 2010, Oscar has received international acclaim for his refreshingly spacious productions, buoyant performances, and a sumptuous voice that harkens back to a classic lineage of heart-on-sleeve r ‘n’ b frontmen.

A seasoned performer across a wealth of festivals such as Falls, Meredith, Sugar Mountain, Melbourne Music Week and coveted support slots with St Vincent, Four Tet, Metronomy and Gotye, Oscar spent the majority of 2012 in the studio; working on his debut album under his Key Sung moniker, whilst also managing a quick succession of eps with his positive hip-hop duo Brothers Hand Mirror.

Bringing in 2013 with perhaps his biggest breakthrough yet, Key Sung was handpicked by Mercury Music Prize-nominated mc Ghostpoet and Brooklyn-based artist MeLo-X to produce their debut release as MELOGHOST, ‘WecanWORKitout’. Quickly receiving over 44,000 plays and with further collaborations in the pipeline, Oscar’s latest single ‘WIMLTM’ recently clocked 15900 plays with no associated promotional backing or performances.

Now receiving further spins and the tastemaking praise of BBC Radio 6 programmer Gilles Peterson, Oscar Key Sung is now set to bring his starling story to the international stage with two promotional singles “It’s Coming’ and ‘Sure Thing’ already receiving Triple J rotation and a US tour planned for late 2013 before his debut EP is released in early 2014.

Song of the Day: “I’m Kid” by Weep.

Weep. posted this track to his/her soundcloud (as a free download) August 31st. Anyone know more about this producer? The vocal samples are really well chosen.

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