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Vinyl Fridays: Our Analog Journey Through Sound

One of our writers, Hayling, explains how he and his select group of friends are keeping the spirit of vinyl alive, as well as developing an in depth understanding to what they’re listening to.

Shirley Scott – Superstition (1973) (Audio)

In a male dominated genre, Shirley Scott is a force behind the organ, and her album ‘Superstition’ might be the funkiest of them all.

David Axelrod – Seriously Deep (1975)

David Axelrod is an extremely unique musician, and this 1975 album is unlike any other Axelrod album for many reasons.

Fela Kuti and Africa 70 in Berlin (1976) (Video)

Fela performs “Cross Examination” in this excellent quality video, which also shows the magnificence of Africa 70 and Fela’s dancers.

The Art of Emory Douglas

Emory Douglas’ art is truly one of a kind. Created in the 60’s, but ever so relevant today, his design is nothing less than revolutionary.

Isaac Hayes – Bumpy’s Lament (Multiple Versions) (1971)

Legendary musician Isaac Hayes is revisited as he creates one of the greatest soundtracks of all time.

George Duke / Common – Break My Heart (1974/2007)

Taking a brief look at the intersection of two talent artists at their most exploratory.

McCoy Tyner – Today and Tomorrow (1963) (Audio)

Jazz legend McCoy Tyner has had an illustrious career. Here is a earlier recording from Tyner as a frontman when he was a youthful 23 years old.

Pharoah Sanders – Love In Us All (Audio) (1973)

The iconic Pharoah Sanders displays his free form style and his melodic style as ‘Love In Us All’ is a whirlwind of jazz sub-genre.

Artist Profile: Cordell Ross (illadelphsouL)

The face behind this particular piece, and the artwork for Georgia Anne Muldrow’s album entitled ‘Early’ is the one and only Cordell Ross, also known as (illadelphsouL).

30 Artist Interpretations of Nina Simone

Nina Simone music is truly one of a kind, and her aura is an inspiration to artists all over the world.

Common / Joe Bataan – Play Your Cards Right feat. Bilal (1972/2006)

Hip-hop has taught me more about music than I could ever imagine. Today’s lesson comes courtesy of Common and Karriem Riggins.

Joe Bataan – The Bottle (La Botella) (Multiple Versions)

A must-listen as Joe Bataan pays tribute to Gil Scott-Heron by doing his version of The Bottle.

Columbia Nights – Stormy Weather (Audio)

The art of covering is a complicated endeavor. It has the ability to alienate fans of the original artists, whilst creating a concrete standard of comparison. Most importantly, it demands an artist to be innovative using a product that already exists.