Thunderheist – Jerk It

Interesting video from new Big Dada Records signee, Thunderheist, directed by That-Go. I don’t know if I could hold a rooster like that.


via Joy Engine

The Foreign Exchange – Leave It All Behind

After four years, Nicolay and Phonte finally drop another album together as The Foreign Exchange. This time, only two tracks have a few seconds of emceeing. The rest is soulful crooning by Phonte and friends over electronic-tinged production. I’ve seen some people who aren’t that into the concept, but for me its been one of my favorite albums this year.

The album comes in a great double CD digipak. The second CD is made up of instrumentals. The black & white scheme lends well to the music, I think. And the photo cover works to convey the albums theme of losing and gaining love. All artwork was done by the Kompleks Creative Group.

I also want to mention the promo videos, which are simply recorded IM messages, taken from the fact that Phonte and Nicolay made the whole album through IM. And if you look close at the video you’ll notice that one of the user’s icons is the cover of Herbie Hancock’s Speak Like A Child, which is clearly the inspiration for the cover of the first Foreign Exchange album, Connected. Neat.

The Foreign Exchange
Komplex Creative Inc.

Jason Jagel – 73 Sunshine

I am very tempted to buy this art book of Jason Jagel’s work on Stones Throw. Very, very tempted… Also comes with a vinyl EP of Madlib tracks.

Count Bass D – Robbed Without A Pistol

I’m not sure how I missed this. Maybe it was too under-the-radar for the already-under-the-radar blogs I subscribe to? I don’t know. But back in September Count Bass D posted an album of instrumentals on his blog (he has a blog?) for free. I’ve been craving new Count for a while, so this is great. His new album, L7, is set to drop this month on 1320 Records. I’m still confused on the release date, unfortunately.

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Count Bass D

Andrew Meza – Waiting On Annie Clark Mix

I’m always glad when a new BTS Radio mix shows up. Haven’t heard much from Meza in a while, so…. MP3 is available here. And of course, the mix comes with some new LCP United work.

BTS Radio
Andrew Meza
LCP United

Jay Smooth – Free Radiohead Revolution

An interesting Current.TV pod on how consumers get their music these days. I agree with most of it. Physically leaving your home and going to a local store to purchase music is a much more satisfying experience than sitting in front of a computer and clicking “download”. But that seems to be where the industry is heading unfortunately.

Obama On Hip-Hop

I’m all for a president that listens to Jay Z and Kanye West…