Raheem DeVaughn – Freedom Fighter

Leave it to the hardest working man in R&B to take a break from Grammy nominations and give us a soundtrack to parallel the current economic and political climate of the world. Most of these songs are old but that’s whats cool about Raheem DeVaughn, he has been making timeless, poignant, conscious soul music from day one of his career. What’s more impressive is that it’s all so good that you can’t help but listen to what he’s saying. Marvin has to be looking down smiling.

Download this mixtape and support Raheem’s movement. I can’t think of a better artist to spend your music budget on.    

DTMD – MAKIN’ DOLLAS the album

It’s been a minute and I’m guessing a lot of blood sweat and tears since DTMD dropped their breakout mixtape The Basics. The DMV duo have finally made it official with the release of their debut LP “Makin’  Dollas”. As their name suggests, DTMD’s sound is rooted in an era of hop-hop that has been mostly abandoned by newer artists. I hate when people classify some rap as “real” hip-hop based on how it sounds, suggesting that newer acts don’t deserve to be included in the genre so I won’t do that here. This is just good music. Take a listen and buy a copy or Dunc and Toine will have to change their name.      

Take Off Your Cool w/ Sonnymoon

I try not to post what everyone else is posting but sometimes the need to co-sign to dopeness trumps the desire to be unique.  If you frequent Nu-Soul/Hip-Hop blogs or are a seeker of fresh, new music like I am you’ve probably already heard of the Boston based electronic/experimental soul duo Sonnymoon and immediately downloaded purchased their “Golden Age” EP which you can find hereGills or Wings is my personal favorite but their cover of Drake’s Houstalantavegas that was removed from the EP’s tracklist for obvious reasons will go down as what put this pair on. The little nod to 3-Stacks & Norah Jones in the beginning of the vid is cool. Anna’s airy vocals over Dane’s simple yet hypnotic sounds are a musical match made in heaven. Can’t wait to hear more from them.      

Let’s Get Together

Prince probably listens to Prince on his IPod. When he’s not there’s a good chance he’s bumping J*DaVeY.  Many have tried but none have come as close to channeling the electrofunk-sexpop poetry of “The Purple One” as this LA duo.  If my opinion isn’t good enough for you, maybe the personal invite that the insanely selective Prince extended to the group to open for him in Vegas will make you a believer. I saw them open for The Foreign Exchange in D.C. last year and I was hooked. Click the link to listen and download Boudoir Synema: The Great Mistapes  from the groups bandcamp page for (DRUMROLL) Free.99. If that’s not enough, cop the double disk ‘The Beauty in Distortion/The Land of the Lost” and add some heat to your collection.