SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS:CLASS IN SESSION VOL.4
Class In Session is a series of selections to provide the most sophisticated black music around the globe!
Last year, in September we released the 3rd volume selecting some hot pieces by prominent artists like Van Hunt,Dwele,DJ Cam,The Roots,The Stuyvesants among others.
After five months we are back with the 4th installment and we suggest you to take note and update your own music collection with this brand new gathering of supa-classy masterpieces hanging in the balance between hip-hop,jazz and soulful sonorities.
Now let the music speaks!
YELLOWTAIL FEAT. SARAH WHITE – DARK SOUL (NEO TOKYO EDIT)
Japanese native and Brooklyn based producer Yellowtail is a valid choice if you are fans of downtempo,broken beat and future soul music. Like other mastermind DJs/producers like Jazzanova,Domu,4Hero and Benji B , Hiro Awanohara aka Yellowtail impressed us with his remarkable and sophisticated approach to music. One of the most renowned “music selector” like Giles Peterson included Yellowtail music on his acclaimed first installment of Brownswood Bubble series and today we spread Yellowtail’s last effort titled Darksoul dropped last month via Campus Music Recordings. Mr. Yellow recruited the eclectic,warm and eargasmic voice of Sarah White. Don’t sleep on it!
PHANTOM THRETT – WONDERFOOL (PRODCUED BY LOOP.HOLES)
We met Michael Adame aka Phantom Thrett last year in March, when we reviewed his top-notch project Broken Winter. The talented California singer/songwriter/rapper joined his skills with beatmaking collective Loop.Holes cooking a tasteful work that oozes mellow beats. If you miss the superlative project, we give you the chance to hear something appealing and classy titled Wonderfool. We also recommend you the collaboration with Waju for the tune titled Look Of Love ,the downtempo joint with Repeated Measures called Andromeda’s Not Far Away and the collabo with prodcuer IAMNOBODI and Los Angeles artist KR for the joint Dearly Beloved.
MOONCHILD – BE FREE (DJ JAZZY JEFF AND JAMES POYSER REMIX)
Moonchild‘s music is the perfect example how a balanced blend of smooth jazz and neo-soul can sound so intimate and refined. During these years we exposed Moonchild works on several neo-soul and jazz selections like So Soulful,Jazz On Da Block,Da Jazz Season and Creole Love Call. The talented group earned postive reviews with their debut masterpiece Be Free and with the sophomore album Please Rewind they confirm their enticing production. Here you are something for demanding audience, it’s a remix version of Be Free handled by veteran producers James Poyser and DJ Jazzy Jeff (recently involved into Dayne Jordan project. Make sure you to check out In Progress)
MARK de CLIVE LOWE FEAT. OVASOUL 7 – EVERYTHING
Musician.composer and producer Mark de Clive-Lowe appeared on a lot of selections: The Block Is Hot,Stay Mellow 3,Da Groove. In September 2013 we also paid tribute to Mark with the selection Masters At Work alongside masterminds like Richard Earnshaw,Positive Flow,Kan Sano,Liquid Spirits among others. Last year the multi-talented artist dropped the eclectic refined project titled Church exploring afro-beat,jazz,future soul but today we stay focus on the project titled Renegades released in 2011 via U.K label Tru Thoughts. Press play and enjoy yourself listening to the track titled Everything with the collaboration of Los Angeles singer Ovasoul 7 (we met him on Groovin’ Errday and Songs In A Mellow Mood).
KADHJA BONET – LATENIGHT MUNCHIES (PRODUCED BY RJ AND MARK MAXWELL)
Sit back and relax beacuse Los Angeles songstress Kadhja Bonet is ready to make your mind & soul floating with her supa-smooth tune titled Latenight Munchies. The track is included on Red Bull Music Academy – Various Assets Tokyo 2014 and it’s produced by Berlin based producer RJ and australian Mark Maxwell.
I.N.T FEAT. MAR – CHRISTMAS LADY
Back in 2011 when dutch DJ/producer/beatmaker and emcee Percy Samidjono aka I.N.T dropped the project Christmas Wonderland Volume 2 . In order to spolight the talent of this interesting artist we selected the sterling production of Christmas Lady enhanced with the eargasmic voice of stellar dutch performer Mar (make sure you to check out his impressive masterpieces Form,Seeing Her Naked and Conversations With Her)
INNOSPHERE – RUN TO THE SUN
Put together Nina Rae’s musical background imbued with Motown and jazz standards and the infinite talent of multi-instrumentalist,composer and producer Kenny Keys and here you are the sophisticated music by Innosphere. Their opus titled Shine represents a must have for everyone who loves soulful hip-hop beats flecked with jazzy and nu-soul sonorities. Frankly we consider Shine by Innosphere one of the best album of the last decade and to celebrate the fantastic work we chose the superb tune titled Run To The Sun. Innosphere appeared on neo-soul selection Groove Easy. Make sure you to purchase the project via iTunes
GENO YOUNG – THROW YO HANDS (ODE TO RESPONSIBLE HIP-HOP)
Singer, songwriter and producer Geno Young is the genius able to cook a brilliant masterpiece like Ghetto Symphony a neo-soul album released in 2004. We look at this great opus with the same reverence of classic albums like Baduizm,Voodoo,Who Is Jill Scott?,Luvanmusiq.All songs included on Ghetto Symphony are of high quality and so smooth.We selected many joints by Geno Young included on several selections like The Urban Theme,Strictly A Vibe Thang and Stay Mellow 2. Now it’s time for pleasure so press play and listen to Throw Yo Hands (Ode To Responsible Hip-Hop)
ERIC LAU FEAT. RAHEL – I’M FINE
U.K producer Eric Lau delighted our audience with his remarkable and sumptuous productions included on On Deck and Masters At Work , we also spotlighted his quality projects Love Call EP and One Of Many. Today we selected the epic jazzy sound of the track titled I’m Fine. It’s a simply amazing collaboration with U.K singer/songwriter Rahel Dessalegne (she worked alongside prominent artists like Mark de Clive-Lowe,Georgia Anne Muldrow) who unveils a vocal prowess that caress your soul. This finely crafted tune is included on Brownswood Bubblers compilation.
ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE – WATERS
New Zeland outfit Electric Wire Hustle consisting of trained instrumentalists and beatmakers Mara TK,Myele Manzanza and Taay Ninh hit the music scene like an earthquake in 2010 with their groundbreaking self-titled album. The excellent album oozes avant-garde sonorities as you can see peeping out the visual of Perception. We selected their classy gem titled Waters. Last year Electric Wire Hustle dropped the EP If These Are The Last Days