The initial kick of spring makes March a very special month. Originally it was the very first month of the Roman calendar and it sort of makes sense that a year should begin as a season of new life begins too. March also symbolizes a kind of reigniting of the hearts and consciousness of humankind that concentrates mainly in explosive expression, which leads us back to our monthly discoveries from the world of newly released music. Let’s take a look back at what has been put out there over this period. By the means of a selection of fresh releases, well-curated mixtapes and special treats, we bring you another musical wrap-up.
The third month of 2018 has given an abundance of fire albums to hip hop fans. Bishop Nehru dropped his highly-anticipated MF Doom and Kaytranada produced album Elevators: Act I & II. The undergroup hip-hop group Czarface (made up of Wu-Tang Clan member Inspectah Deck, MC Esoteric and producer 7L) released another action-filled album Czarface meets Metal Face with the addition of MF Doom. Royce da 5’9″ and DJ Premier teamed up once again for PRhyme 2 and from Cali to Detroit, MED and Guilty Simpson deliver a 10 track EP Loyalty to get us ready for the album dropping later this year. Also seven years after his solo debut, Phonte (former Little Brother member) returns with his sophomore album, No News Is Good News. So yeah and The Weeknd says hello to darkness, his old friend on his new EP ‘My Dear Melancholy,’, add some unexpected single collabos from Sting & Shaggy, Tuxedo & Zapp, Q-Tip & Demi Lovato(!) and Jean Grae & her fiancé Quelle Chris spread the love on their new project ‘Everything’s fine’. To top it all off, Orquesta Akokán brings mambo into the 21st Century under the wings of the legendary Brooklyn-based label Daptone Records and one of London’s best kept secrets, UK Jazz duo Blue Lab Beats, drop their debut album ‘XOVER’ towards the end of the month. Only to name a few… Man…
On that note, just go ahead & march on in. March Discoveries playlist for all of the above & then some.
Kicking things off, we jump into an uplifting Afro-oriented journey with Hollands own Lucas Benjamin. Old and new music by artists from all over the world with an Afro-feel.
Lucas Benjamin – Afrosphere (2018)
All vinyl mix by Ben Luhnman digging up delicious soul instrumentals / vocals with an emphasis on breaks and funk beats. Bust a move, freestyle, uprock / toprock to these delicious grooves. disco, modern soul, jazz funk, house & more.
Soul Cool Records – Ben Luhrman Funky Uprock Breaks
In a city that’s birthed Motown, J Dilla and Underground Resistance, Waajeed embraces the positive energy that’s thrown his way and reciprocates two-fold. In a rare recorded soulful/deep-house mix, he samples some of that attitude across a joyous one hour.
Stamp The Wax – Waajeed
Lexis heads up Montreal-based music website MIMS, highlighting forgotten treasures and future classics from around the world. Set recorded live on March 4th in Montreal at the Agora de la Danse (Edifice Wilder) as part of the 24 Hours of Vinyl annual Montreal edition of the Nuit Blanche programming.
Music Is My Sanctuary – Lexis – 24 Hours Of Vinyl Montreal
This months top discovery is all about fresh perspective on something so familiar as the We Got It From Here album, the last piece by one of our favorite rap groups. Honoring A Tribe Called Quest, New York’s own DJ Surrup delivered an admirable “slowed and throwed” remix album for those of us, who can never get enough of those Tribe sounds.