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Madeleine Chartrand “Ani Kuni” (2nd Class Citizen edit)

For those that do not know, Madeleine Chartland’s “Ani Kuni” is an awesome psych, pop hit from the early 70’s. Chartland took a Native American song or chant and give it the psych, glam rock treatment.
Now in 2016 Brighton producer 2econd Class Citizen has given the track a new re-edit, but I would call this more of a remix. It’s not just taken elements and extended them, he has added a whole new feel to the track and it sounds fantastic! It’s up for download now and all yours for free, check it out and the rest of Mr Citizens back catalogue while you’re at it.

Paul & The Tall Trees – Our Love In The Light

paulStaten Island is both close enough to New York City and far enough away to make it easily the most exotic of the 5 boroughs. Rza from WuTang Clan attributes the uniqueness of the Wu to it’s Hip Hop contemporaries at the time to just that dynamic. Growing up on an island that is neighbours with the capital of the world, but has no bridges to it, no trains or tunnels, only a ferry, turns out to be the perfect recipe to give a New York band a unique take on the energy of the city.
Paul Schalda, the bandleader, singer and songwriter of is from Staten Island. One part of a crazily talented musical family, Paul’s music seems to embody the unexpected overlap of The Band’s Americana, Ian MacKaye’s unhinged emotion, Otis Redding’s raw, warm soul, and the doo-wop melodies his father, Bill Schalda Sr. (a member of Brooklyn vocal group, The Montereys) raised him on.
On Paul & The Tall Trees’ debut album “Our Love In The Light” you hear the sum of his experiences. This singular sound is helped by the fact that his father, William Schalda, Sr., and brother, Will Schalda Jr., play on and inspire the record. The album was written entirely by Paul, and produced by another Staten Island native, Thomas Brenneck of Charles Bradley, Menahan Street Band, and Budos Band fame. The combination of the two gives the record an amazing sonic range, from the powerhouse rocker Crack Of Down to the ethereal western vibes of She Comes Around . Paul pens a tune about the forever changing conviction of a man in love on Once In A While , and ironically The Little Bit Of Sunshine, is a story about Paul giving up on a career in music. One thing you hear in Schalda s music, no matter which song, is that the road hasn t been easy. His voice can be hauntingly harsh, yet hopeful and tender, raucous and gravelly one moment, smooth and intimate the next. Even though he is being compared to the famous groups and musicians mentioned above, he can only call it Rock and Roll and be humbled. ‘I’m very lucky to be able to do this,’ Schalda says. ‘And I’m extremely happy. Especially for my father. He worked hard for his sons and this record.’
“Our Love In The Light” is out now on Big Crown Records and it is awesome! Have a listen, you won’t be disappointed.

Mutant Wildlife – Transmutation EP

mutantMutant Wildlife are a instrumental, deep funk, soul band with a psychedelic edge coming straight put of Amsterdam. Taking their influences from obscure soul and funk bands of late 60’s, early 70’s they bring the real, raw soul into the modern age.
“Transmutation” is their brand new EP featuring 5 tracks of instrumental heat and some super nice art work to boot!
Available now in digital form via bandcamp and their is a 2 track 7″ version available direct from the bands website. If you love your funk, soul with a slightly darker twist, then you need this EP!

Brookzill! – Let’s Go

The brand new single from Prince Paul, Ladybug Mecca, Don Newkirk and Rodrigo Brandão aka Brookzill! “Let’s Go”, is here with a dope new video. Fusing New York hip hop with Brazilian sounds, the track is taken from their full length album “Throwback to the Future”.

Sadat X – Da Hustle Don’t Stop

Check out the new video from Brand Nubian vet Sadat X with a little help from Fokis and Ed OG. The track is taken from Sadat’s brand new album “Agua” out now on Tommy Boy Records.

Strange U – Bullet Proof Mustache

Brand new Strange U! Yes the first offering from Strange U’s forthcoming album on High Focus Records, “Bullet Proof Mustache” feature Lee Scott and as you’d expect, its a banger. This just makes us super eager for the album to drop!

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