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  • Like Water For Chocolate Like Water For Chocolate Quick View

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    Like Water For Chocolate

    Common spent the '90s carrying the Native Tongues torch through an era dominated by gangsta rap, earning a sizable underground following. Positive-minded alternative rap came back into vogue by the new millennium, and Common managed to land with major label MCA for 2000's Like Water for Chocolate. The album established him as a leading figure of alternative rap's second generation, not just because of the best promotion he'd ever had, but also because it was his great musical leap forward, building on the strides of One Day It'll All Make Sense. There's production work by the Roots' ?uestlove, neo-soul auteur D'Angelo, the Soulquarians, and DJ Premier. But the vast majority of the album was handled by Slum Village's Jay Dee, and his thick, mellow, soul- and jazz-inflected sonics make Like Water for Chocolate one of the richest-sounding albums of the new underground movement. Common isn't always a master technician on the mic, but it hardly matters when the music serves his deeply spiritual vision and smooth-flowing raps so effectively. The singles The Light and The 6th Sense are quintessential Common, uplifting and thoughtful, and helped bring him a whole new audience. They're well complemented by the slinky, jazzy funk and lush neo-soul ballads that make up the record. Not everything is sweetness and utopia, either; Common sends up his own progressive image on A Film Called (Pimp), which features a hilarious guest appearance by MC Lyte, and spins a gripping first-person tale of revenge on the streets on Payback Is a Grandmother (though the tougher Dooinit feels a bit forced). The album could have been trimmed a bit to keep its momentum going, but on the whole, Like Water for Chocolate is a major statement from an artist whose true importance was just coming into focus.

    - Steve Huey (All Music)
    1. Time Travelin' (A Tribute to Fela)
    2. Heat

    3. Cold Blooded
    4. Dooinit

    5. The Light
    6. Funky for You
    7. The Questions
    8. Time Travelin' Reprise
    9. The 6th Sense
    10. A Film Called (Pimp)
    11. Nag Champa (Afrodisiac for the World)
    12. Thelonius
    13. Payback Is a Grandmother
    14. Geto Heaven, Pt. 2
    15. A Song for Assata
    16. Pops Rap III...All My Children
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    Get Lifted

    Import

    Printed Innersleeves


    John Legend rose to fame in the mid noughties, after making a name for himself as guest musician for Lauryn Hill, Slum Village and Kanye West among others. When Kanye started his own label G.O.O.D. (Getting Out Our Dreams), Get Lifted would be the first release to see the light.


    Resembling a style made popular in the '70s by Sly & The Family Stone, Curtis Mayfield, Quincy Jones and Bill Withers, Legend knows his chops and delivers an all-time classic R&B album ready for the new millennium.


    Original vinyl copies of Get Lifted fetch top dollar, which makes a reissue of this title more than welcome for Soul and Hip Hop fans.

    LP1
    1. Prelude
    2. Let's Get Lifted
    3. Used To Love U Alright
    4. She Don't Have To Know
    5. Number One (featuring Kanye West)
    6. I Can Change (featuring Snoop Dogg)


    LP2
    1. Ordinary People Stay With You
    2. Let's Get Lifted Again
    3. So High
    4. Refuge (When It's Cold Outside)
    5. It Don't Have To Change (featuring The Stephens Family)
    6. Live It Up (featuring Miri Ben-Ari)

    John Legend
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    Daft Club

    Daft Club is 2003 collection of remixes and other rarities primarily of material from Daft Punk's 2001 album Discovery and one cut from 1997's Homework. All tracks were originally available on the official Daft Club website. Access to the site was granted through a special membership card found in physical copies of the original Discovery album CD release. Features remixes from the likes of The Neptunes, Cosmo Vitelli, Basement Jaxx, Boris Dlugosh, Jesse & Crabbe, Demon, Laidback Luke, Slum Village and Gonzales.
    LP1
    1. Ouverture
    2. Aerodynamic (Daft Punk Remix)
    3. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (The Neptunes Remix)
    4. Face To Face (Comso Vitelli Remix)
    5. Phoenix (Basement Jaxx Remix)
    6. Digital Love (Boris Dlugosh Remix)


    LP2
    1. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Jesse & Crabbe Remix)
    2. Face To Face (Demon Remix)
    3. Crescendolls (Laidback Luke Remix)
    4. Aerodynamic (Slum Village Remix)
    5. Too Long (Gonzales Version)

    Daft Punk
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    Fever

    Detroit's rap scene just wouldn't be the same today without the presence, influence and dedication of Motor City pioneer Black Milk. For the last 2 decades, he has been a vital producing and rapping force who has put in work with the likes of Slum Village, J-Dilla, Royce da 5'9 and Danny Brown just to name a few. Black's resume also expands way past the Midwest - do your homework.


    This month Black Milk gifts fans with a heavy project that touches on the sad state of affairs around the world. No topic was off limits on this release.


    "It's a lot of shit going on in the world right now," the Detroit veteran told DJBooth about the LP. "The title FEVER is based off the hot and high temperatures that we're seeing with all of the different social issues that's happening right now. I'm speaking on some of those topics and expressing how I'm maneuvering through this era that we're in right now."


    -Mikey Fresh (Vibe.com)

    1. unVEil (feat. Sudie)
    2. But I Can Be (feat. Ab)
    3. Could It Be
    4. 2 Would Try (feat. Dwele)
    5. Laugh Now Cry Later
    6. True Lies
    7. eVE
    8. Drown
    9. Dive
    10. Foe Friend
    11. Will Remain
    12. You Like To Risk It All/ Things Will Never Be
    Black Milk
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    Head Sounds

    Karriem Riggins is best known as a jazz drummer and hip-hop producer for artists like Common, Slum Village, Talib Kweli and The Roots, but he doesn't categorize himself as anything but an artist. He advises younger musicians to do the same.
    You don't have to put yourself in a box...there's so many different ways to go, Riggins says. A student of late jazz bassist Ray Brown, he tours with another Brown protÉgÉ, Grammy Award winner Diana Krall. In 2011, he collaborated with former Beatle Paul McCartney in concert and on Kisses on the Bottom, McCartney's first studio release in five years. Names of some of the jazz artists he's backed reads like the genre's hall of fame - Hank Jones, Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, Donald Byrd and Ron Carter.


    But on his solo debut Alone Together, set for an October 23 release on Stones Throw Records (Vinyl and digital will be released in two-parts over summer and fall 2012), Riggins plants himself firmly as a hip-hop producer with a 34-track instrumental odyssey through nearly every influence on his career thus far. The project was inspired by much of the music he was creating while living in Los Angeles, and also by the love of his son and family.


    Now residing in his native Detroit, Riggins is back where it all began. I feel like I can really breath and stay inspired here, and I have room to set up my lab and be creative, he says. This is the rationale behind the title Alone Together, taken from a jazz standard written by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz that begin with the words, Alone together, above the crowd.


    Coming back to the machines, I feel like I can really express myself, Riggins says. This is the way that I express my rhythms.


    Machines, however, are just one way he expresses his rhythms. Midway through the album, the track Water is interrupted by a vocal snippet where the speaker places Riggins right at the intersection of hip-hop and jazz. Alone Together is that intersection; it's the jazz music he's played professionally since the age of 19, and it's crafting beats like Africa on an MPC5000 while touring throughout Eastern Europe and Russia.


    I need the balance, Riggins says, of working with the likes of Krall and McCartney, and also being able to go back to the studio and create hip-hop. Without that, I couldn't be who I am.


    Songs on Alone Together range from 14 seconds to a little over three minutes, and are the essence of man vs. machine. When Riggins channels Elvin Jones on the album's climax and tribute to his longtime friend, J Dilla the Greatest, his tools are a Gretsch drum kit, the Fender Rhodes and an MPC3000. As versed as he is in jazz and pop, the machines will always be at the root - until the next thing.


    There's always something new to figure out, he says. That's the blessing in it.

    1. Belle Isle Reprise
    2. daOOOOOH!!
    3. Tom Toms
    4. Because
    5. F-rd Jingle
    6. Boy Is Doin' It Right
    7. Summer Maddness S.A.
    8. Back In Brazil
    9. Live at Bert's
    10. No Way
    11. 6-4
    12. I Need Love
    13. K. Riffins
    14. Voyager/5000
    15. Bring That Beat Back (next time)
    16. Matador
    17. J Dilla The Greatest
    Karriem Riggins
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    Alone

    Karriem Riggins is best known as a jazz drummer and hip-hop producer for artists like Common, Slum Village, Talib Kweli and The Roots, but he doesn't categorize himself as anything but an artist. He advises younger musicians to do the same.


    You don't have to put yourself in a box...there's so many different ways to go, Riggins says. A student of late jazz bassist Ray Brown, he tours with another Brown protÉgÉ, Grammy Award winner Diana Krall. In 2011, he collaborated with former Beatle Paul McCartney in concert and on Kisses on the Bottom, McCartney's first studio release in five years. Names of some of the jazz artists he's backed reads like the genre's hall of fame - Hank Jones, Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, Donald Byrd and Ron Carter.


    But on his solo debut Alone Together, set for an October 23 release on Stones Throw Records (Vinyl and digital will be released in two-parts over summer and fall 2012), Riggins plants himself firmly as a hip-hop producer with a 34-track instrumental odyssey through nearly every influence on his career thus far. The project was inspired by much of the music he was creating while living in Los Angeles, and also by the love of his son and family.


    Now residing in his native Detroit, Riggins is back where it all began. I feel like I can really breath and stay inspired here, and I have room to set up my lab and be creative, he says. This is the rationale behind the title Alone Together, taken from a jazz standard written by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz that begin with the words, Alone together, above the crowd.


    Coming back to the machines, I feel like I can really express myself, Riggins says. This is the way that I express my rhythms.


    Machines, however, are just one way he expresses his rhythms. Midway through the album, the track Water is interrupted by a vocal snippet where the speaker places Riggins right at the intersection of hip-hop and jazz. Alone Together is that intersection; it's the jazz music he's played professionally since the age of 19, and it's crafting beats like Africa on an MPC5000 while touring throughout Eastern Europe and Russia.


    I need the balance, Riggins says, of working with the likes of Krall and McCartney, and also being able to go back to the studio and create hip-hop. Without that, I couldn't be who I am.


    Songs on Alone Together range from 14 seconds to a little over three minutes, and are the essence of man vs. machine. When Riggins channels Elvin Jones on the album's climax and tribute to his longtime friend, J Dilla the Greatest, his tools are a Gretsch drum kit, the Fender Rhodes and an MPC3000. As versed as he is in jazz and pop, the machines will always be at the root - until the next thing.


    There's always something new to figure out, he says. That's the blessing in it.

    1. Intro
    2. Round The Outside
    3. From Detroit/Belle Isle
    4. Moogy Foog It
    5. OOOOOAAAAA
    6. Stadium Rock
    7. Alto Flute
    8. Orbitz
    9. Up
    10. Forward Motion
    11. Esperanza
    12. Africa
    13. Harpsichord Session
    14. Water
    15. Double Trouble
    16. A7 Mix
    17. Ding Dong Bells
    Karriem Riggins
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