SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: CLASS IN SESSION VOL.6
Scratchtheblock.com is ready to offer to the listener a superb sonic trip with da brand new chapter of Class In Session series. Class In Session series started with the main aim to spread and promote what we consider gifted producers,musicians,DJs,singers and rappers.
LIQUID SPIRITS FEAT. PHONTE – IF YOU DON’T LOVE ME
If you are great fans of experimental groups such as The Foreign Exchange maybe you will appreciate the music performed by dutch collective Liquid Spirits. It’s the brainchild of bassist/producer Manuel Hugas and keyboardist Wiboud Burkens and together they worked on a new concept of music blending different genres with an eclectic approach and sense of rhythm. Influenced by A Tribe Called Quest, Marvin Gaye, Slum Village, Minnie Ripperton,Leon Ware, J.Dilla, Curtis Mayfield and Donny Hathaway, Liquid Spirits’s music takes shape from soul to hip-hop,from jazz to ambient. In 2008 Liquid Spirits dropped the mini opus Music EP, a 4 tracks project that boasts appearances from Leon Ware and Phonte Coleman.We selected for you the extra-refined If You Don’t Love Me ,an incredible masterpiece enhanced with the so fucking cool and solid bars spat by Little Brother former member Phonte “Tigallo” Coleman.
ROGIERS FEAT. BILAL – HOLLYWOOD STORY
Allow us to introduce the multi-talented artist that goes by the name of Rogièrs. We’re in front of a performer with a charming voice, expressive playing skills as well as genuine lyrical viewpoints.Singer,songwriter,producer,keyboardist..well….what more can we expect from an artist? Since he started his musical career, he worked as background vocalist for N’Dambi and Alicia Keys and collaborated with renowned artists such as Platinum Pied Pipers and Robert Glasper.Today we focus our attention on Life & Music: All Of It , a well-done and well-structured album where Mr.Rogièrs displays his boundless potential riding r&b,modern soul and hip-hop. Take your headphones to experience the beyond amazing collaboration alongside renowned neo-soul crooner Bilal Oliver. Ladies & gentleman this is the juicy soulful Hollywood Story. Make sure you to taste Bilal last opus called In Another Life
THE ROOTS – SILENT TREATMENT
The next track is a hip-hop milestone. We’re talking about Silent Treatment performed by legendary hip-hop group The Roots and included on their fantastic sophomore album Do You Want More?. In terms of production and lyrics , we can assert Do You Want More represents an icon and a landmark in the hip-hop game. Silent Treatment is a precious cut tinged with jazzy sonorities that takes the hip-hop music to another level.Enjoy yourself! Last year we selected an outstending remix version of Silent Treatment handled by Chris Karns for da jazz-hop selection Da Orchestra.
QUIET DAWN FEAT. ODDISEE – NEW DAWN
Parisian young and talented producer Quiet Dawn is definitely paving the way for his success with the release of the joint titled A New Dawn.The last effort is part of his debut solo project The First Day under U.K label First Word Records (Homecut,Tall Black Guy among others!!!).Well, we can assert A New Dawn represents a high quality song that can be considered as avant-garde music mainly for one reason: Quiet Dawn breaks the boundaries of genres creating an original instrumental where he put his entire knowledge made of a kaleidoscope of genres like broken beat,deep house,hip-hop,neo-soul and nu-jazz in order to enrapture sophisticated palates.On the lead single Quiet Dawn recruites one of the most renowned hip-hop emcee/producer Oddisee (who dropped this year The Good Fight).Peep out the official music video of the track!! To get familiar with Quiet Dawn music we recommend to taste the impressive remixes for Sarah Williams White’s Hum and Frameworks Calm The Still Night
JAMIROQUAI – EVERYDAY
Fonky fonky man Jay Kay and his band dominated the 90s music scene through a groundbreaking style where funk intertwines with acid jazz creating Jamiroquai distinguishing mark! In 1996 Jamiroquai released Travelling Without Moving ,a project that gave us timeless pieces like Cosmic Girl and Virtual Insanity. We chose the quiet jazzy elegant track called Everyday ! Damn, the bass line by the magnificent Stuart Zender will touch your senses..
GANG STARR – SHE KNOWZ WHAT SHE WANTZ
Back in da 1998 to select something really classy from Gang Starr third album Moment Of Truth. The downtempo jazz-hop joint called She Knowz What She Wantz is one of our fav thanks the tremendously gorgeous production finely handled by Preemo and Guru sampling a hot piece from the past. They blew the dust off the 1976 soul record Summertime by Philly ensemble MFSB to take advantage of the track called Sunnin’ and Funnin. Good times people,good times!
D.R.A.M. FEAT. SZA – CARETAKER
The Social Experiment released this year their debut project titled Surf,exciting the audience with an unconventional sound that represents a perfect and extra-cool mishmash of fusion jazz,neo-soul and underground hip-hop.The alternative group consists of Chance The Rapper,Kids These Days’s former members Donnie Trumpet and drummer Greg Landfair Jr.,producer/arranger/musician Peter Cottontale and Nate Fox.With appearances from well-known artists such as BJ The Chicago Kid,J.Cole,Big Sean,Erykah Badu as well as underground performers like Raury,Noname Gipsy , Surf satisfies eager-eared listener.Recently Virginia singer/rapper D.R.A.M.(pronounced drahm) dropped a new version of Caretaker(included on Surf) recruiting the amazing TDE’s St.Louis alternative r&b/neo-soul singer SZA.It’s like a match made in heaven, infact the skills of each artist melt together to guarantee a soothing sonic experience that makes skin shudder !!!The masterpiece is included on D.R.A.M. album Gahdamn! EP .
DJ SPINNA FEAT. OVASOUL 7 – SURELY
In 2011 legendary record label BBE, recruited worlds finest DJ’s Marc “Mr. Thing” Bowles and DJ Spinna to compile The Beat Generation mix for the 10th anniversary. Spinna and Mr.Thing select dope jams from several albums such as: Welcome 2 Detroit,PeteStrumentals,Re-Entry,The Magnificent among others.The compilation includes also a top-tier track produced by DJ Spinna entitled Surely and performed by Los Angeles songbird Ovasoul 7 who appeared on Class In Session 4 , Groovin Errday and Songs In A Mellow Mood
DEBORAH BOND – YOU ARE THE ONE (PRODUCED BY THIRD LOGIC)
Class,perfectionism and above all a huge talent to touch the heart strings with immeasurable vocal skills. We’re talking about singer/songwriter Deborah Bond who released in 2011 her outstanding sophomore album called Madame Palindrome. Ms.Bond music is a balanced blend of funk,jazz,r&b with an extreme attention to the power of words in order to reach the audience with her messages. Counting on the support of musicians/production team Third Logic, Deborah Bond delights our palate with the feel-good jam You Are The One (make sure you to check out the video).
CLASSIC BEATZ FEAT. SEXTEENSTONE – MS. MARY MACK
Producer,pianist and songwriter Jason Minnis aka Classic Beatz (also 1/2 of Nicholas Kopernicus alongside Seon Gomez) engaged our attention with his abilities to explore a vast range of genres: from hip-hop to soul,from afro-beat to funk. If you appreciate experimental artists that love to blur the line between genres don’t hesitate to get familiar with Classic Beatz Bandcamp page. We selected a compelling collaboration alongside Brooklyn singer Sonya Denise Freeman aka Sexteenstone who offered us a proof of her warm,vintage cool style. The track is called Ms. Mary Mack and it sounds classy,elegant, jagged with old school-esque soul.. The better way to listen to this joint? Take a glass of a well-aged whisky and relax your mind!
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