The long awaited third LP from Bay Area hip-hoppers Foreign Legion seems to have had its release delayed more times than Sting’s sperm but is (allegedly) now due in April 2010. And Crown City Rockers Rashaan Ahmad will be making appearance…In the meantime check below links for the latest ‘memo’ from Turner…
It’s chill or be chilled time as J-Boogie has a fiddle with trippy hippie breaks merchant Spaceflight Orchestra’s downtempo track Step One. It ambles along dreamily enough incorporating a sizeable dub-like bass line absent from the original, some highly agreeable vocals from a vocalist who, as luck would have it, happens to be named Alma The Dreamer and something a bit more iffy that might best be described ‘nu-jazzy’ gilding. It’s all a bit like one of those dozing-in-the-middle-of-a-summer’s-day-reveries, albeit one where you can’t quite achieve a deeper slumber because that annoying intro to Herbie Hancock’s Watermelon Man keeps going round in your head.
The One & Nines do super-tight old school RnB and I don’t mean as in ‘before Timbaland’ – I mean as in ‘before funk’. Consequently if you’re down with those Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings slow-ies you might want to check them out. Admittedly those with a thirst for a more syncopated rhythm section might not feel fully slaked by the end of the EP (although Anything You Got and Tears Fall hint at something a bit more northern soul-like) but singer ‘Miss’ Vera Sousa’s sweet vocals ought to soothe your pain. New EP and 7” out now. Check press release after links for more info… Listen to The One & Nines EP The One & Nines – Myspace
(PRESS RELEASE) The One & Nines are a rhythm & blues band based out of Jersey City. The band’s style and influences come from a wide range of American music, but what is most apparent is the sound of the great rock & roll and soul music of the 50’s & 60’s. The band takes many of it’s cues from artists such as Otis Redding, Bo Diddley, and Irma Thomas, to name only a few, but brings that sound to the current times with class and excitement. They use the music that came before not as retro-shtick but as a vehicle to communicate their own messages. The bands repertoire is a combination of original music and their versions of half-forgotten blues and soul classics. They currently perform several times per month in the Northern New Jersey / New York area. The shows are built from that raw, in-the-moment rock & roll energy and gospel-soul spirit that make a performance memorable. Because of this they have been steadily building a buzz throughout the small clubs and bars they regularly perform at.
Currently, the band has finished their first EP and 7″ single that are now available. They recently have gotten air-play on Felix Hernandez’ legendary Rhythm Revue show on WBGO 88.3FM out of Newark, NJ.
“The One & Nines deftly navigated these shores of the deep, muddy river of American music with a high-level of musicianship and a ragged edge that enchanced the authenticity and genuine appreciation of the tradition they intently revived. The crowd cheered as the autumn teetered towards icy, but the One & Nines formed a hermetically sealed dome around the stage and we were in a back roads juke joint with a broken air conditioner and moonshine whiskey, sweaty and joyously dancing to songs about love—fullfillment, lust & heart break to be sure—but love, nonetheless. They aren’t just students of this material, they aren’t just well-versed in the nuances of these songs. They FEEL this music. THESE CATS CAN PLAY!!!”