Lover’s Winter, Volume 1: Longing

Howdy listeners and B-Soulers,

Hope everything has been well in your worlds. I’m trying something a little differently this time around by dropping a mixtape, devoted to warming you up for the rest of the holiday and the upcoming new year. This series is entitled “Lover’s Winter” and it’s strictly for the lovers out there. So, open your ears and immerse into total ecstasy.

Merry Christmas! Vol. 2 is coming up next…all old school music heads need to get onto this one and the ones that will follow! Good listening.

Tracklisting:

1. “Velas” – Quincy Jones
2. “Take All The Time You Need” – Roy Ayers Ubiquity
3. “All I Need Is You” – Switch
4. “Firefly” – The Temptations
5. “I’d Rather Be With You” – Terry Callier
6. “Wishful Thinking” – Patrice Rushen
7. “Can You Feel What I’m Saying?” – Minnie Riperton
8. “Turnin’ Me On” – Teena Marie
9. “Don’t Turn Around” – Black Ivory
10. “Cry Of A Dreamer” – The Sylvers
11. “‘Tis Your Kind Of Music” – Graham Central Station
12. “I Really Love You” – Roy Ayers Ubiquity
13. “Come My Way” – Rene & Angela
14. “Pay Back Is A Dog” – The Stylistics
15. “I Wish It Would Rain” – Mayer Hawthorne
16. “In The Rain” – The Dramatics
17. “Moist” – Janet Jackson
18. “You Move Me” – Cassandra Wilson

*Mixtape produced, curated, and mixed by Brandon Ousley*

Listen Here: http://www.spreaker.com/user/5161424/lover_s_winter_volume_1_longing

Musician FunkKid preps new music for November, talks music aspirations

Funkkid
Photo courtesy: http://www.reverbnation.com/funkkidmusic

Above, is an edited interview I conducted with producer and musician David Ford (commonly known as “FunkKid.” During this interview, he discusses his music career, musical influences, life, and the challenges of being an independent artist.

It is known that there is a lack of authenticity in the musical landscape today. Artists and producers are typically manufactured and image-driven for popularity and fame. However, there is a newcomer who plans to blow away the competition with his distinctive style and unique skills.

David Ford, commonly known as “FunkKid,” is on a mission to bring back quality music on the radio and in the ears of many around the world with his upcoming album, “BlacksandBeats(Baba Loves Kat).”

“My main goal is to make music that people can feel in their soul … feel in their hearts,” David Ford says. “I just don’t want to make a beat someone can dance to. I want people to feel something.”

Ford considers his upcoming album, “BlacksandBeats(Baba Loves Kat)” to be a true labor of love. With its unique fusion of hip-hop beats, smooth soul, jazz, and electro, the album will be a culmination of Ford’s masterful musicianship and production styles. He also says that this upcoming album emulates music he grew up to admire, with his own originality to match.

“My main influences for doing music are Prince, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Dr. Dre,” he says. “I was influenced by a lot of different people for this project, so there are going to be a lot of sounds on this project.”

The 24-year-old producer was born in Virginia, but his family moved to Washington, D.C., when he was younger. Ford grew up with a heavy musical influence, ranging from Motown to jazz music. He cites his grandfather as one of his biggest influences as a child, as he introduced him to music through his diverse record collection.

“My grandfather was a jazz musician … he was a drummer,” he says. “My grandfather raised me on Motown. In the household that I grew up in, it was hard for me not to get into music because there was always vinyl laying around.”

Ford has also undergone challenges to distribute his music to the masses. As a producer, he has experienced difficulties in being able to gain exposure and become known as a serious musician. With the booming impact of social network sites, such as Myspace, Twitter, and Facebook, Ford says that he found a way to challenge expectancies that people had toward his music and exceeded them all.

“I have had a hard time trying to get my music out there, as far as the online thing,” he says. “The thing is you have to stick with it, you have to be original … you have to be who you are. All I know is I’m going to throw my stuff out there, and do my best to promote it.”

In addition to being a producer, Ford says that he plans to expand his production talents onto other aspiring artists, and possibly start his own distribution company. With his new album, “BlacksandBeats(Baba Loves Kat),” being released via Bandcamp in November, there is one thing for certain: the “FunkKid” has no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Check out FunkKid’s music at these sites:
http://www.reverbnation.com/funkkidmusic
http://www.youtube.com/user/funkkidmusic301

Album Round-up: Prince’s Come

Greetings people,

We’re taking it back to 1994, with the release of Come, the thirteenth album in Prince’s long and varied career. We are going bonkers on this one. One of P’s most underrated, yet greatest moments on wax. We are going all out with this podcast, which features co-host Jesse Jenkins (as formerly known as EyeJester7 on prince.org) and Henry Cooper. Prince and music lovers, get in on this one. More to come soon…Enjoy, share, and comment! Thanks so much.

Link to podcast: http://archive.org/details/AlbumRound-upPrincesCome

Article about “The Second Coming” unreleased film: http://www.waxpoetics.com/features/articles/the-second-coming

Complete Purple Rain Script: http://corky.net/scripts/purpleRain.html

In Memory of Marvin…Happy Birthday (1939-1984)

Marvin Gaye was more than just an artist. Marvin Gaye was truly an one-of-a-kind revolutionary who spoke to the people and for the people, in more ways than one. His music will transcend generations, color lines, and all barriers forever. May his legacy live on forever!

Happy March Listening!

Hello fellow supporters,

I am back with a new post and I have to make this one declaration, before I begin: what a month March has been! With all of the crazy detours and stressing demands that certain months bring, there is no doubt that music is one of the greatest therapeutic manevuers man has ever encountered. Throughout the past month, I have been so immersed into certain albums that have proven to offer some new perspective and dimensions in my experience as a “musicologist.” There’s nothing quite like immersing yourself into the rewarding pleasures of musical gems, as when you put on the headphones, there is another world that you’re transported into. With that in mind, I wanted to give a small flashback to my album playlist of March 2012. Please comment, follow and most of all, ENJOY! Here it goes…


Anita Baker – Compositions (1990)

There is something remarkable that must be said about this severely-underrated album from the Detroit native. One thing that always strikes me is how Baker chose to use a live rhythm band, instead of the generic drum machines and synthesizer-driven productions that seemed to grow in stature during this period in the R&B landscape. I guess that is why this album doesn’t sound as dated as some of her previous outings. It has become my favorite album from Baker as well. In fact, this is the closest she came to a full out jazz affair.
(Key cuts: “Talk To Me,” “Perfect Love Affair,” “Fairy Tales,” “No One To Blame,” “Love You To The Letter”)


Common – Electric Circus (2002)

I just recently got back into this album, for the simple reason I plan on doing an upcoming podcast on it. Upon listening to it, an urge of fear came onto me, for the simple reason I didn’t know how much its sound was going to weigh on me this time around. Nonetheless, my love for it grew even higher and I picked up some things that I hadn’t in the past. To me, this was/is Com’s artistic peak. Many have scorned it and some have praised it, but I still put this in the top rank as my favorite Com album.
(Key cuts: “New Wave,” “Come Close,” “Star *69,” “Between Me, You, and Liberation,” “I Got A Right Ta,” “Heaven Somewhere,” “Jimi Was A Rock Star”)


The Roots – Phrenology (2002)

In their flawless output of work, I still debate over whether this or Illadelph Halflife is the quintessential Roots album. Along with Common’s Electric Circus, I just recently got back into this album for the sake of an upcoming podcast on it, and I was quite moved and sometimes, unmoved by some of it. The second half of this album is just musical heaven and I still consider it to be one of Black Thought’s finest moments on wax. It is a huge ambitious opus that always has something to offer for everyone. I can never complain about that. A true headphone masterpiece!
(Key Tracks: “Rock You,” “Thought @ Work,” “Seed 2.0,” “Break You Off,” “Water,” “Complexity”)


The Original 7ven – Condensate (2011)

Before anyone ask: yes, these are the original members of the legendary 80s funk ensemble, The Time. I still consider them to be The Time, but Prince owns their name and wouldn’t allow them to use it for this project. On the music side of things, there is nothing to worry about. This is a Time and Minneapolis Sound record, in the traditional sense, but Morris Day and the guys are venturing into other territory on this record. Even though there were cringeworthy moments, where they are trying to be young at heart and cater to a younger audience (#Trendin), they are still locked in the groove and the funk is alive. I’m still knocking myself in the head for not cracking the album open shortly after getting as a Christmas gift last year. One of 2011’s undervalued triumphs!
(Key tracks: “Cadillac,” “Strawberry Lake,” “Role Play,” “If I Was Yo Man,” “Faithful”)


Esperanza Spalding – Radio Music Society (2012)

I have never given Esperanza Spalding a chance. Everytime I would see her during a televised performance, I would want to turn the channel, for the simple reason that her presence didn’t grab me. Yet, her musical chops as a bass virtuoso can never be denied. This new album is my first real Esperanza encounter and it was solid for the most part. Despite what the title and album cover hints at, this is no mainstream, please everyone, pop-influenced record. This record stays true to Esperanza’s acoustic jazz roots, but it has a heady soul influence and warm, intimate groove throughout that astounded me. Esperanza has gotten me big time and I enjoy it.
(Key Tracks: “Radio Song,” “Black Gold,” “Cinammon Tree,” “Crowned & Kissed,” “I Can’t Help It”)

There is so much more rewarding stuff I was listening to during the month of March, but these are some musical moments that stick out much more to me. My ears and soul were definitely on a musical run during March and there is so much more to come during the month of April, so stay tuned…