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Archive for January, 2014

Sly5thAve (Brooklyn) On The Main Ingredient February 4th!

Sly5thAve caught a lot of people’s attention last year (including mine) with a series of instrumental covers of select hit records (Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe, Suit & Tie and Home On We’re Going Home, below, along with several others) featuring the somewhat mysterious (at least to me at the time) ClubCasa Chamber Orchestra. Further light was shed during my interview with Denitia and Sene in November and now Sly himself will join me in the studio to talk about those and his debut Jazz album “Akuma” which is coming out on February 11th. You can stream “Deme” which features Denitia on vocals below as well.


About Sly5thAve:

A musician is but a man and his story, and Sly5thAve tells tales of the multifarious African-American legacy. From his roots in the Mother Land to the foundation he’s laid on the New York City streets, the Nigerian jazz musician with a penchant for soulful reincarnations has transformed his heritage into a symphonic odyssey. His creative spin on the institutions of jazz has brought him into the hustle of everyday music making, beginning in nightclubs and dive bars and flying onward to the stage with Prince and the New Power Generation. As his work ascends on the pillar of night’s brow, he’s evolved from a novice player with a horn to an insightful composer drafting life’s chronicle.

Originally from Austin, TX, Sly5thAve (aka Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II) began his musical musings on the saxophone at the age of 11. His inspiration developed early in the enclaves of his church, where he often hung around after hours to play on the drum set, sing in the choir, or tinker with a lone piano’s keys. Self-taught, self-driven, and self-determined, Sly5thAve went onto study music at the University of North Texas, performing with numerous ensembles and earning feature roles on recordings like the Grammy-nominated “Lab 2009” with the One O’Clock Lab Band under the direction of Mr. Steve Wiest.

It was jazz first for Sly5thAve, who toted his passion to the East Coast where he spent a few years navigating the underground music circuit. More recently, an interest in his African origins brought him to new place in his career, and led him on a voyage home to Nigeria to honor his grandmother’s passing. The first wife of a town chief, his grandmother’s funeral entailed a week’s worth of music, masquerades, and the camaraderie of neighboring villages, a nonstop celebration reflecting the tenacity and range of Sly5thAve’s own sensibilities. It was that bravura that he decided to incorporate into his own art as he began to makes plans for his debut.

With the release of Akuma, his first album as a solo artist, Sly5thAve premieres a 12-track collective of dynamic jazz stories. It’s the reverberations of a tribesman echoing through a syncopated oral history, and an expression of the simplicity found in a grateful life. Produced by Brad Williams, Sly5thAve’s kind of jazz blends the slave dance of New Orleans, the Afro-beat of Fela Kuti, and the funk panache of James Brown with his own personal flair. He describes it like a Tarantino movie: the juxtaposition of volatility, surprise and ranging emotions. Songs like “Security” express frenzy, crowds, and the rush of a moment, while the spirit of his ancestors can be heard in a soloist’s resonance during “Prelude.” Other tracks such as “Road to Abuja” bring to life the trudge, march, and melodic banter of one’s final procession.

Time has been quite telling for Sly5thAve, and he intends to continue capitalizing on the day’s graces as he has in the past. To date, along with touring with Prince, he has had the chance to perform and/or record with a variety of great musicians such as Gladys Knight, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, James Carter, Keith Anderson, Sasha Allen, Charles Perry, Darrell Green, Wynton Marsalis, Maceo Parker, Jason Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Delfayo Marsalis, Brad Leali, Shelley Carrol, Quamon Fowler, Sene, Denitia, Phil Lassiter, Homeboy Sandman, Blu, Freddie Gibbs, Stockton Helbing, and Rob Lewis. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, where, in addition to releasing Akuma, he is working on other various horn performance pursuits. He is a resident musician/producer at The Clubhouse.

All said, for Sly5thAve, the playing field remains wide open.

My Kinda House Vol. 1

This is the first downloadable mix I’ve made in quite a while. This is also a “Best of 2013″ of sorts; all tracks were released in 2013. Please share directly with a friend who you think would like it and let them know you were thinking about them. Thanks.

Track List
01 – Lone – Airglow fires
02 – Disclosure – Defeated No More featuring Edward Macfarlane
03 – Moon Boots – Love Strong
04 – Falty DL – Kenny Rolls One
05 – DJ Koze – Ich schreib’ dir ein Buch 2013
06 – Rudimental – Spoons featuring MNEK & Syron
07 – Titeknots – Wordy
08 – The Soft – Uncanny Valley (Bam Spacey’s Bare Minimum Mix)
09 – MNEK – White Noise (Full Crate & FS Green Remix)
10 – Ashley Beedle – Saturday (Let Me See You)
11 – Jai Paul – Track 5
12 – Drake – Too Much featuring Sampha (Jessie Andrews & Jason Burns Remix)
13 – Zaki Ibrahim, Kid Fonque & DJ Whisky – Be
14 – Black Orange Juice – Started In Paris
15 – Nora En Pure – Come With Me
16 – Todd Terje – Strandbar (Samba Version)
17 – Dan Electro – Lead Me On

Kiah Victoria (NYC) In The Studio for Episode #238 (January 28, 2014)

Photos from Kiah Victoria‘s interview and guest DJ set on last night’s The Main Ingredient.

My Set
milosh – jetlag (milosh.bandcamp.com)
astronote – nidyu (freshzik.bandcamp.com)
the hics – russian dolls (sqemusic.com)
m+o – lift up featuring chance the rapper (hellomiloandotis.bandcamp.com)
jolly mare & stephen bruner – vulnerable people featuring rudi zygadlo (rbma.bandcamp.com)
james vincent mcmorrow – post tropical (vagrant.com)
rumpistol – a town (rump-recordings.dk)
kris bowers – wake the neighbors (concordmusicgroup.com)
zara mcfarlane – her eyes (brownswoodrecordings.com)

Kiah Victoria In Studio Interview
kiah victoria – gravitate (kiahvictoria.bandcamp.com)
kiah victoria aurora (kiahvictoria.bandcamp.com)
db2 – meant to be featuring kiah victoria (soundcloud.com/dbdos)
kiah victoria – breathing is too easy (kiahvictoria.bandcamp.com)

Kiah Picks The Tracks
jon lucien – soul chant (rca)
outkast – prototype (la’face)
discovery – so insane (xlrecordings.com)
kanye west – touch the sky (roc-a-fella/def jam)
michael jackson – baby be mine (epic)
washed out – feel it all around (mexican summer)
billie holiday – god bless the child (sony)
james blake – retrograde (polydor)
mariah carey, brian mcknight – whenever you call (columbia)
kendrick lamar – money trees (aftermath/interscope)

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 jonolivermusic.com. 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.

Kiah Victoria (NYC) On The Main Ingredient January 28th!

Kiah Victoria, who’s excellent Gravitate EP, has been featured heavily on the show in recent weeks, will come to the studio next week to talk about her music and also share some tracks from her personal collection.

About Kiah Victoria :

Blending intimate vocal performance with the obscure synthetic textures of alt-R&B producer Toulouse, Kiah emerges from the great city of New York. Having garnered the attention of NYC’s Broadway stages- starring in The Lion King as young Nala at age ten, MTV, and now the world renowned Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University, the powerhouse songstress is steadily building on her young career. After singing her way into a feature in Jay Z’s “Picasso Baby”, Kiah released her sophomore EP Gravitate, which is now available for your enjoyment on Spotify and iTunes.

The Main Ingredient Radio Show – Episode #237 (January 21, 2014)

The Main Ingredient Radio Show – Episode #237 (January 21, 2014)
the impressions – we’re a winner (abc)
damu the fudgemunk – next in line (y society remix instro 2012 update) (redefinitionrecords.com)
bucie – easy to love featuring heavy-k (demor)
kenny dope – i got rhythm featuring raheem devaughn (kenny dope 10th anniversary remix) (dope wax)
rain dog – cloven (projectmooncircle.com)
soosh – too soon (fLako remix) (upmyalley.net)
mo kolours – mike black (mokolours.bandcamp.com)
patchworks – walkin (edr)
mos def – ms. fat booty (louis futon remix) (soundcloud.com/louisfuton)
the hics – cold air (sqemusic.com)
liquid agents vs sade – give it up featuring carol c (soundcloud.com/carolc)
sleepin’ giant – sunshine (firstwordrecords.com)
kris bowers – forget-er (concord jazz)
louis baker, kid smpl, orlando volcano, and branko – threshold (rbma.bandcamp.com)
wilkinson – too close (catching flies remix) (soundcloud.com/catchingfliesmusic)
wax roof – growing (waxroofmusic.com)
jay 5ive & kromestar – wishful thinking (om unit remix) (omunit.bandcamp.com)
elaquent – the official (urbnet.com)
fourtet – etc (nov 2000) (@fourtet)
blossom – lost ground (projectmooncircle.com)
paper tiger – resistance (wahwah45s.com)
feadz & kito – wettex (cashmere cat remix) (ed banger / because)
fka twigs – water me (theyoungturks.co.uk)
oddisee – invisible walls (mellomusicgroup.com)
m&o – the joy (hellomiloandotis.bandcamp.com)
naia – waiting (soundcloud.com/alternativevice)
king – in the meantime (weareking.com)

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 jonolivermusic.com. 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.

I Love Vinyl Radio, Episode 16 with Carol C

I Love Vinyl Radio, Episode 16 with Carol C (of Si*Sé) is up and available to stream.

I Love Vinyl Radio, Episode 16 with Carol C of Si*Sé by I Love Vinyl on Mixcloud

The Main Ingredient Radio Show – Episode #236 (January 14, 2014)

The Main Ingredient Radio Show – Episode #236 (January 14, 2014)
brenk sinatra – undecided+longassintro (soundcloud.com/brenksinatra)
diggs duke – cause i love you (brownswoodrecordings.com)
the rooks – twister (soundcloud.com/therooksband)
james vincent mcmorrow – gold (vagrant.com)
eric roberson – she went away (freddie joachim remix) (soundcloud.com/melloworangemusic)
tek nalo g – eyeee want to see snowflakes fall (teknalog.bandcamp.com)
tenorio jr. – nebulosa (turbojazz edit) (soundcloud.com/turbojazz)
banks – warm water (snakehips remix) (hernameisbanks.com)
milosh – skipping (milosh.bandcamp.com)
gang colours – led by example (brownswoodrecordings.com)
the hics – tangle (sqemusic.com)
kiah victoria – breathing is too easy (kiahvictoria.bandcamp.com)
atoms for peace – judge jury and executioner (xlrecordings.com)
julian edwardes – mudslide (emufucka remix) (fremdtunes.com)
paper tiger – expensive samurai (wahwah45s.com)
wildlight – oh love (marley carroll remix) (soundcloud.com/jumpsuit-records)
lianne la havas – elusive (fLako remix) (soundcloud.com/liannelahavas)
blu & nottz – end of the world featuring rashad (coalminerecords.com)
night logic – unkleness (projectmooncircle.com)
gregory porter – free (bluenote.com)
kenautis smith & black spade – march madness featuring ari lourdes (allnaturalhiphop.com)
blue in green – big band theory (cold busted)
mfp – confest (beatsforchange.bandcamp.com)
turner brothers – running in the rain (sun sound re-edit) (ubiquityrecords.com)
ephemerals – six days a week (ephemerals.bandcamp.com)
annalove & louis baker – wide open (rbma.bandcamp.com)
shigeto – safe in here (ghostly.com)
bobbi humphrey – please set me at ease (blue note)
seawind – i need your love (a&m)

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 jonolivermusic.com. 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.

The Main Ingredient Radio Show Episode #235 (January 7, 2014)

The Main Ingredient Radio Show Episode #235 (January 7, 2014)
the procussions – virginia wolf (theprocussions.bandcamp.com)
stepkids – symmetry (stonesthrow.com)
dj koze – ich schreib’ dir ein buch 2013 (pamparecords.com)
!!! (chk chk chk) – one girl / one boy (warp.net)
abigail wyles – mantra (mtarecords.co.uk)
the twilite tone – do it properly (soundcloud.com/thetwilitetone)
tanya morgan – for real (imprint180.com)
diggs duke – is it love? featuring vaughan octavia (brownswoodrecordings.com)
b.j. smith – umi says (nunorthernsoul.co.uk)
jose james – sword + gun featuring hindi zahra (bluenote.com)
okapii – don’t mind the rain (gsmusic.wordpress.com)
falty dl – kenny rolls one (ninjatune.net)
omar – simplify (freestylerecords.co.uk)
charliered – lovely (tristate inventory)
columbia nights – as we are (brother spanky’s upper room remix) (recordbreakin.com)
zaki ibrahim, kid fonque, dj whisky – be (atjazz.co.uk)
dan electro – lead me on (soulab.com)
todd terje – strandbar (samba version) (olsen)
the hics – lines (sqemusic.com)
sohn – bloodflows (4ad.com)
kenautis smith + black spade – look around featuring ari lourdes + demetrius upchurch (allnaturalhiphop.com)
booker t – sound the alarm featuring mayer hawthorne (concordmusicgroup.com/labels/stax)
ephemerals – things (part 1) (ephemerals.bandcamp.com)
shortcircles – sometimes things are exactly as they seem (plugresearch.com)
alice russell – i loved you (tru-thoughts.co.uk)

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 jonolivermusic.com. 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.

Webisode

On my last (Best Songs of 2013) radio show I mentioned doing a “webisode” of the songs that I didn’t get to play, but after going back the list (before I whittled it down 3-4 times), I decided there was so much I wanted to still play that I decided to do “The Best Songs of 2013 – Part 2″ next week instead. There will be some themed, downloadable 2013 mixes coming soon as well!

Here are my favorite albums of 2013 in alphabetical order. The spotify playlist at the bottom includes my favorite tracks from each release.

Bells Atlas – Bells Atlas
Based In: Oakland
Label: Self-Released through bellsatlas.bandcamp.com
Release Date: June 18, 2013
More Info/Support | Listen on Spotify
Social: @BellsAtlas
My Favorite Tracks: Incessant Noise, Jyeah, Capable People
CharlieRED – MUSE.
Based In: NYC
Label: Tristate Inventory
Release Date: September 3, 2013
More Info/Support | Listen on Spotify
My Favorite Tracks: Smile To You, Lovely, Gotta be a God, Champion
denitia and sene. – his and hers.
Based In: Brooklyn
Label: Input
Release Date: March 19, 2013
More Info/Support | Listen on Spotify
My Favorite Tracks: lucy.loosie, trip.fall., she’s not the only one.
Diggs Duke – Offering For Anxious
Based In: Washington, DC
Label: Brownswood Recordings
Release Date: December 1, 2013
More Info/Support | Listen on Spotify
My Favorite Tracks: Is It Love?, Something In My Soul, Harsh Words With The Oracle
Disclosure – Settle
Based In: Reigate, Surrey, England
Label: PMR
Release Date: June 3, 2013
More Info/Support | Listen on Spotify
My Favorite Tracks: Latch, Second Chance, Tenderly
DJ Koze – Amygdala
Based In: Germany
Label: Pampa
Release Date: March 22, 2013
More Info/Support | Listen on Spotify
My Favorite Tracks: Ich schreib’ dir ein Buch 2013, Nices Wölkchen, Amygdala featuring Milosh
Falty DL – Hardcourage
Based In: NYC
Label: Ninja Tune
Release Date: January 18, 2013
More Info/Support | Listen on Spotify
My Favorite Tracks: Straight & Arrow, Kenny Rolls One, She Sleeps
Jai Paul – Jai Paul
Based In: London
Label: (Unauthorized Bootleg Release of Demos)
Release Date: April 13, 2013
Jai Paul Soundcloud
My Favorite Tracks: Track 7, Track 3, Track 5
Laura Mvula – Sing To The Moon
Based In: London
Label: RCA
Release Date: March 4, 2013
More Info/Support | Listen on Spotify
My Favorite Tracks: Diamonds, Green Garden, Make Me Lovely
Omar – The Man
Based In: London
Label: Freestyle Records
Release Date: June 24, 2013
More Info/Support | Listen on Spotify
My Favorite Tracks: Simplify, Come On Speak to Me, I Love Being With You
Quadron – Avalanche
Based In: Los Angeles (via Copenhagen/Hovedstaden, Denmark)
Label: Vested in Culture/Epic
Release Date: May 31, 2013
More Info/Support | Listen on Spotify
My Favorite Tracks: Favorite Star, Neverland, Hey Love
Rhye – Woman
Based In: Los Angeles/Toronto
Label: Polydor Ltd. UK
Release Date: March 5, 2013
More Info/Support | Listen on Spotify
My Favorite Tracks: Shed Some Blood, The Fall, Last Dance
Shortcircles – Between Waves
Based In: Oakland
Label: Plug Research
Release Date: July 2, 2013
More Info/Support | Listen on Spotify
My Favorite Tracks: Sometimes Things Are Exactly As They Seem, All I Can Be For You, Patience

Other Great Albums That Came Out This Year
Ainslie Wills (Melbourne) – You go your way, I’ll go mine
Alice Russell (Brighton, England) – To Dust
Alice Smith (NYC) – She
Amel Larrieux – Ice Cream Everyday
Atoms for Peace – Amok
Black Milk (Detroit) – No Poison No Paradise
Bonobo (Brooklyn/NYC) – The North Borders.
Booker T (Los Angeles) – Sound The Alarm
Charles Bradley – Victim Of Love
Chico Mann (Jersey City, NJ) – Magical Thinking
Ephemerals (London) – Nothin Is Easy
Eric Lau (London) – One of Many
Fat Freddy’s Drop (Wellington, New Zealand) – Blackbird
Gold Panda (UK) – Half Of Where You Live
Gregory Porter (NYC) – Liquid Spirit
James Blake (London) – Overgrown
Jesse Boykins III (Brooklyn/NYC) – P.O.P (Purpose or People)
Ladi6 (Auckland, New Zealand) – Automatic
Lady (Nicole Wray & Terri Walker) – Lady
Marley Carroll (Asheville, NC) – Sings
Milosh (Toronto) – Jetlag
Mop Mop (Andrea Benini) (Cesena, Italy) – Isle Of Magic
Myele Manzanza (Wellington, New Zealand) – One
Myron & E – Broadway
Osunlade (Santorini, Greece) – A Man With No Past Originating The Future
Raashan Ahmad (Oakland) – Ceremony
Sandra St. Victor – Oya’s Daughter
Shigeto (Detroit) – No Better Time Than Now
Skyzoo & Antman Wonder – An Ode To Reasonable Doubt
Sweatson Klank (Los Angeles) – You, Me, Temporary
Tanya Morgan (Brooklyn) – Rubber Souls
Thundercat (Los Angeles) – Apocalypse
Toro Y Moi (Berkeley) – Anything In Return
William Onyeabor – World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?
Yosi Horikawa (Japan) – Vapor

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