Thunderball’s 12 Mile High gets remixed by Ursula 1000, Thomas Blondet & Second Sky, Zeb, Enea and more. This will be one of the most exciting releases of the year. Listen to the whole release now on Soundcloud.

Producer Alex Gimeno (Ursula 1000) is back with another collection of swingin’ electro breaks. For Mondo Beyondo, Ursula 1000 seems to be returning a bit to his retro-roots, while still continuing to evolve. Check out the linked free download featuring the vocals of Isabelle Antena.

-Bill

Richard Dorfmeister presents this collection of classic tunes that exposes the DNA of the G-Stone sound. Not to be missed.

-Bill

Second Sky Discusses The Art of Influence

-Bill

Nicola Conte teams up with arranger Magnus Lindgren for Love and Revolution. There’s less emphasis here on Bossa Nova than on Conte’s past releases; instead focusing on Jazz and Soul. Clearly, Conte and Lindgren have taken a very 1960s approach to everything about this album, even including a cover of Scarborough Fair by Simon and Garfunkel. While Conte’s first album “Jet Sounds” holds a high place in my personal list of all time favorites, and an upset from any subsequent releases is unlikely, but Love and Revolution is a welcome new step in Mr. Conte’s musical evolution.

Quality home-grown funk from Washington, DC. Preview the album now at Juno.

-Bill

The Art of Influence is a journey into the mind of songwriter, Billy Medina, as he translates experience and emotion into sonic worlds of introspection and discovery. Bassist, Wes DiIorio, and drummer/producer, Bill Lascek-Speakman, set the scene with lush soundscapes, dusty hip-hop beats and dynamic musical passages.

While rooted in trip-hop and dub, The Art of Influence pulls inspiration from the past, present, future, and a variety of international influences. The opening track, “Dragonfly,” begins like the morning sun rising over the river Ganges. “Under the Line” harkens back to 1970s soul, while the instrumental “Sundowner” draws upon strong afrobeat rhythms, suggesting the notion of a crowded street scene or packed dance floor. Deeper into the album, “A Hundred Million Sounds” features sitarist Harry Payuta, whose ability to seamlessly meld Indian classical music with Western sensibility adds a new layer to the band’s already eclectic sound.

-Bill

Second Sky’s first official music video for “Too Far”, Directed by Ryan Mast / Meteor Tower Films. The album “The Art of Influence” will be released this Tuesday, May 24, 2011 on Rhythm and Culture Music.

-Bill

So many people work from home these days. Why not have a backyard office pod?

-Melissa

Ocote Soul Sounds returns with Taurus on May 31st. The album sees the band reaching new levels as the they continue their explorations into atmospheric Afro-Latin funk. This is wonderful Music. Available for pre-order at Amazon.

-Bill

Craig Wedren, former singer of DC post-hardcore-glam outfit Shudder to Think has just released a new single entitled “Are We” that takes his approach to songwriting and arranging to epic new levels. Check it out now on iTunes.

-Bill

Are you ready for the summer? Here’s a release that’s a great soundtrack for those summer parties! Solo Moderna’s Sonido Pouble EP will be released on May 20th from UrbanWorld Records. Here, Solo Moderna blends elements of Ska, Latin, Balkan sounds and more into something uniquely funky and quirky… be prepared to move.

-Bill

I adore this photo on The Selby. I scored a set of four tulip chairs last year and have been loving them ever since. 
-Melissa

I adore this photo on The Selby. I scored a set of four tulip chairs last year and have been loving them ever since. 

-Melissa

United Steelworkers Union Building

Pittsburgh, PA

Curtis & Davis Architects, 1963

Bowmar Avenue Elementary School

Vicksburg, MS

N. W. Overstreet & Associates, 1939