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.    

Daley – Those Who Wait

Can classic sounds also be a breath of fresh air? Download UK soul singer Daley’s “Those Who Wait” mixtape after checking out the clips below then decide for yourself. Daley’s foundation is clearly rooted in contemporary R&B which is generally not my taste but his sound and exceptional songwriting makes this EP more than worth a few listens for me.  He’s worked with Angie Stone, Estelle and Gorillaz and covered artists from Maxwell to Madonna.

This duet with Marsha Ambrosius might have replaced Cee-lo and Melanie Fiona as the best one I’ve heard in recent memory.

Not sure how this didn’t make the mixtape.

The Stuyvesants

If you’re a regular visitor to this blog and have some good sense, you’ve probably already made yourself familiar with the fantastically free mixes of Darien Victor Birks on his music and design blog flwrpt. He’s been hard at work with his friend Allan Cole who you may know better as DC’s 2009 Red Bull Big Tune champ, Algorythm. The two have joined forces as “The Stuyvesants”, a design and music duo paying homage to their shared place of residence.  They’ve released a FREE 25 instrumental and design project titled “Brooklyn’s Finest” that I’ve had on repeat since the day it dropped. It’s absolutely a must have for the summer. I’m hoping we’ll get more visuals from this project, the tracks definitely evoke some imagery. I’ve imagined them as sort of a day in the life of a Brooklynite but that’s just me. Check out “Panty Dropper” below and paint your own picture. Better yet, make a movie ; ) 

flwrpt Mix – Sample Food

Much to the delight of my IPod, Designer/Soul Aficionado/Music Mixologist DVB is back with another one via his flwrpt blog.  If the cover art doesnt get you amp’d for the warm weather, you’ll be ready by the 1 minute mark. Click the pic for the download link.

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.