SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: AVANT-GARDE (SOPHISTICATED SONORITIES)
Howdy scratchers, today we delight your ears with an incredible selection of the most impressive refined and avant-garde music.
SOULIVE FEAT. BLACK THOUGHT – CLAP
On da neo-soul selection Neo-Soul Perspective we met Soulive , a masterful experimental group able to blend jazz,soul,hip-hop,r&b as well as rock in order to satisfy a wide range of audience! We selected the groovy hip-hop supa-soulful joint titled Clap with one of the most influential rapper of the international hip-hop scene, Black Thought! Make sure ya to check out Soulive album titled Next.
PLATINUM PIED PIPERS FEAT. TIOMBE LOCKHART – I GOT YOU
Waajeed and Saadiq show ya their own concept of high quality “mood-music”. Yessir, the perfect combo between smooth soul and soulful urban hip-hop beats is the main ingredient of Platinum Pied Pipers‘s recipe. Their masterpiece Triple P , released under Ubiquity Records is something that deserves a special spot in your record collection and we pay tribute to this fantastic duo selecting the superlative gem titled I Got You featuring Atlanta singer Tiombe Lockhart. You can taste Platinum Pied Pipers’s music on Neo-Soul Fever,Book Of Rhymes and So Soulful. The voice of Tiombe Lockhart will enchant you on jazz selection Giant Steps.
MORPHEGROUND – GREEN DOLLAR BILL
Italian producer Morpheground dropped in 2013 the project titled DejaVu. The work consists of 16 hot revisitations of great pieces by Busta Rhymes,R.Kelly,Alicia Keys,Mos Def and the list goes on. Well, we have to admit the dude got class and interesting prowess creating gorgeous remixes as you can see with his mellow and groovy treatment remix of Little Man by Swedish alternative group Little Dragon, re-arranged with the track titled Green Dollar Bill. Check out also Morpheground’s instrumental project titled Enfuse
LIZZ FIELDS – ALL MY MISTAKES
Rare talent and sultry vocal skills for an artist that comes straight from Philly! We are talking about avant-garde singer,songwriter Lizz Fields and for this occasion we focus on her sumptuous and ear-catching opus titled By Day By Night. It’s Lizz’s debut album and if you love complex beats & tight bass lines , maybe this is a project that you can’t miss. Now pick up your headphones and enjoy the jazzy,soulful and eclectic sound of All My Mistakes. If you wanna another injection of Lizz Fields’s music , don’t hesitate to grab the selections North Of The Sunset and Stay Mellow Vol. 3
KING BRITT FEAT. VICKI MILES – THE REASON
DJs like Vikter Duplaix,DJ Spinna and King Britt surely represent a compelling choice of avant-garde sound! King James Britt is the perfect example of excellence delivering during his long career a wide array of genres , experimenting house, hip-hop, broken beat, nu-jazz, funk and afro-tech sonorities! We blow the dust off King Britt’s 1997 record When the Funk Hits The Fun , selecting the track titled The Reason. For this track King Britt used the sample of Lowdown by Boz Scaggs and recruited the warm and delectable voice of Vicki Miles. King Britt appeared on Jazz Is The Keyword
FERTILE GROUND – TAKE ME HIGHER (WAIWAN REMIX)
In 2000 Nu-Jazz avant-garde collective Fertile Ground released a compilation of their remixed gems titled Remixed. The result is a sonic experience through soulful electronic music,future jazz,deep house handled by talented producers like Kaidi Tatham,Jazztronik (appear on Neo-Soul Conversation) and Wai Wan. U.K trained remixer Wai Wan , revisits the track titled Take Me Higher creating a dreamy,deep and sophisticated sound. We met Wai Wan on jazz selection Rhapsody In Blue.
DJ JAZZY JEFF FEAT. VEE – BROKEN DREAMZ
Hip-Hop mogul , DJ Jazzy Jeff turns the beat down with his The Soul Mixtape released in 2005. Sit back and relax with the elegant track titled Broken Dreamz featuring Valvin Roane, the man behind the masterpiece The Revelation Is Now Televised. Vee appeared on neo-soul selection Elevate Your Soul and For The Sake Of Neo-Soul . Currently DJ Jazzy Jeff is working side by side with rapper Dayne Jordan (check out his productions for All About The Art and I Want It All)
DJ CAM FEAT. CAMEO – LOVE JUNKEE
Parisian avant-garde producer Laurent Daumail aka DJ Cam unleashed the album Soulshine in 2001, a delicious explosion of future jazz,hip-hop and electronic. Taste the sound of DJ Cam’s classic joint titled Love Junkee featuring elctro-funk band Cameo. We met DJ Cam on Class In Session Vol. 3.
AMBERSUNSHOWER – LOOK AROUND MY WINDOW (PRODUCED BY UPTIGHT)
Walter T.Smith by Ambersunshower represents one of our favourite album, rich of experimental and alternative sounds! In order to highlight Ambersunshower exquisite music we spin a jazzy joint titled look Around My Window produced by Uptight a production team composed by Rodney Hunter and Werner Geier. Don’t forget to check out Da Jazz Hunters and The Remix Session Vol.5 if you wanna mo’ Ambersunshower music!
ALISON CROCKETT – NAPPY (WAIWAN REMIX)
We conclude this selection of avant-garde music with another remix handled by WaiWan! This time he put his skilful hands on a 2003 record by neo-soul singer Alison Crockett : On Becoming A Woman. The spoken word supa-soulful joint titled Nappy wisely re-arranged by WaiWan will hit your soul! Alison Crockett appeared on jazz selections In A Jazz Mood and Novo Piano
Avant-Garde is available via Mixcloud