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Mama Hold My Hand

Right, so after all of the issues with the ‘fake leak’, we now have all of the legitimate information regarding the new Aloe Blacc album, Good Things. Above is the official cover and after the jump is the official tracklist and a few words from the man himself. Below is a rough version of my favourite track from the album, Mama Hold My Hand. Hopefully they haven’t changed the final cut much, because this is still one of my favourite songs of 2010.

“My purpose for music is positive social change,” says Orange County, California native Aloe Blacc. “Even if the music itself does not explicitly express anything that may signify positive social change, the product of the music will.” He is speaking in general terms regarding his career, but more specifically about the circumstances surrounding his upcoming album, Good Things, co-written by the versatile vocalist and songwriter in conjunction with the in-house production team at Truth & Soul Records.

Good Things marks a shift in methodology from personal to political for Aloe, who refers to the project as his report on present conditions—joblessness, homeless, the misappropriation of wealth, pillaging of resources, and a universal lack of compassion from the capitalism at-large under which we all function, but some struggle to survive. Song titles such as “You Make Me Smile” and “Miss Fortune,” coupled with airy, ethereal production from Truth & Soul’s Leon Michels and Jeff Silverman mask a foreboding undercurrent in which Aloe crafts lyrics both thoughtful and thought-provoking. Nowhere is this more evident than on lead single, “I Need a Dollar”—commissioned by HBO as the theme music for the series How to Make It in America—because ultimately, that is how to make it in America.

The first-generation American offspring of Panamanian parents, Aloe has become what writer and activist Amiri Baraka (nee Leroi Jones) once said of John Coltrane. He is a singular “scope of feeling…a more fixed traveler” who has found cohesion in art and life. The path from his 2006 debut, the multi-genre Shine Through, to Good Things is akin to the maturation of Marvin Gaye between That’s the Way Love Is and the What’s Going On masterwork that followed. Aloe has never purported to be any heir to Gaye, but musically, Good Things and What’s Going On are companion pieces as both albums establish a character for the artists that sets them apart from the sea of performers making very vivid and discernible—yet normative and conformist—statements about who they are and what they do. Good Things is a definitive declaration that places Aloe directly in the framework of modern soul.  

At the heart of this musical character is a recession-age Robin Hood, whose goal is to sell and profit from his wares with hope of freeing the less fortunate from the capitalist system that serves as both their oppressor and his motivation. A 2001 graduate of the University of Southern California, Aloe credits a myriad of influences—transcendentalist scholars Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, French existentialism, Oprah Winfrey, Tavis Smiley, Cornel West—with leading him from the inner streams of consciousness he possessed as an MC early in his career, to a more disciplined approach to songwriting, and now, the desire to affect change and induce compassion by way of his own success. It is his grand scheme, which, not coincidentally, is also the name of his backing band (The Grand Scheme). The key is compromise and understanding the power of popular art. Aloe is willing to put the gloves on and engage in the marketplace. Good things lie ahead.
– Ronnie Reese

Album artwork by Aloe Blacc

Track List:
01. I Need A Dollar 
02. Green Lights  
03. Hey Brother 
04. Miss Fortune   
05. Life So Hard  
06. Take Me Back  
07. Femme Fatale
08. Loving You Is Killing Me     
09. Good Things  
10. You Make Me Smile    
11. If I     
12. Mama Hold My Hand    
13. Politician (Reprise)    

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Best A64 by a country mile.Jamie Lidell is a genius.

Best A64 by a country mile.

Jamie Lidell is a genius.

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Love this guy and this song is one of the Summer jams of 2010. Not the greatest video in the worl

Love this guy and this song is one of the Summer jams of 2010. Not the greatest video in the world though. Cee-Lo and B.O.B. must have been busy or something?

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Huge line-up.Huge video.Huge song.Groove on.

Huge line-up.
Huge video.
Huge song.

Groove on.

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Summertime: The Mixtape

Presented by UNDRCRWN, is an exceptional mix of classic summer tunes perfect for anyone that likes good music. Mixed by DJ Jazzy Jeff and Mick Boogie, you won’t be able find a better Summer mixtape than this. Tracklist after the jump.


1. Summertime Intro
2. Kool & The Gang: Summer Madness (Live Version)
3. Kool & The Gang: Summer Madness
4. Quincy Jones: Summer In The City
5. Ahmad: Back In The Day
6. Ice Cube: It Was A Good Day
7. Roy Ayers f/ Mary J Blige: Everybody Loves The Sunshine
8. Pharcyde: Passin’ Me By (Ffej Remix)
9. Jay-Z f/ Babyface: Sunshine
10. Ramsey Lewis: Sun Goddess
11. A Tribe Called Quest: Find A Way (Ffej String Edit)
12: Bush Babies f/ Mos Def: The Love Song
13. Jodeci: Get On Up
14. The Commodores: High On Sunshine
15. J Dilla f/ Dwele : Think Twice
16. Erick Sermon f/ Marvin Gaye: Music (Mick’s Marvapella Edit)
17. Bernard Wright: Who Do You Love
18. LL Cool J: Loungin’
19. A Tribe Called Quest: Hot Sex
20. Main Source: Live At The BBQ
21. Nuyorican Soul: Nautilus
22. Pharcyde & Sublime: Summertime
23. Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff: Summertime Remix
24. Michael Jackson: I Can’t Help It
25. De La Soul: Breakdawn
26. Musiq: Just Friends
27. Carl Thomas: Summer Rain
28. Faze-O: Riding High
29. Dionne Warwick: Walk On By
30. Skee-Lo: I Wish
31. Black Moon: Who Got The Props
32. Frankie Beverly and Maze: Before I Let Go
33. Nu Shooz: I Can’t Wait
34. Montell Jordan: This Is How We Do It
35: The Roots f/ George Benson: Breezin’
36: Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff: Time To Chill
37. Biggie: Can’t You See
38. James Brown: The Payback
39. En Vogue: My Lovin’
40. Bobby McFerrin: Sunshine Of My Life
41. Fifth Dimension: Let The Sun Shine In
42. Mos Def: Sunshine
43. Nine: Whatcha Want
44. Otis Redding: Sittin’ On The Dock
45. 2Pac: I Get Around (Mick’s String Edit)
46. Zapp: Computer Love (Terry’s Mirage On The Water Mix)
47. Seals And Croft: Summer Breeze
48. Jay-Z: Dear Summer
49. Weldon Irvine: Morning Sunrise

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Moody Tourguide

Here is a mix from my best mate, Thomas Wormald. Encapsulating the Summer vibes throughout with House, Soul, Hip-Hop and a bit of Jazz. 54 minutes of brilliant music. Tracklist after the jump.


“We hope that you will find our presentation, precise, bass heavy and just right.”


1976 - Ripperton
10.2 - The Mountain People
That Philosophy Track - Sasse & Phonogenic
Jet Age Circuit Rider - Tigerskin
Stay Down - Findling, Lihab
Besides - Oleg Poliakov
So Much - Surrealism
10.1 - The Mountain People
Dragons - Andreas Saag Featuring Ernesto
Midnight Marauders Guide - A Tribe Called Quest

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This Could Be The Night (Feat. Eric Roberson, Darien Brockington & Big Pooh)

One of my favourite Producers.
Two of my favourite Soul men.
One of my favourite Rappers.

The Foreign Exchange don’t make average music.

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How I Deal (Feat. Slum Village)

Best track off one of the stronger R&B albums from 2010.

Dwele never disappoints.

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Herbie Hancock - Don't Give Up (Feat. P!nk & John Legend)

A truly spectacular song.

One of the greatest artists of all time and one of the original music pioneers has just thrown everything up in the air for when it comes to picking an album of the year in 2010. This man has been ahead of his time for his entire career, and this album is no exception. Who would have ever thought you would hear P!nk and John Legend on a record together for Herbie Hancock? I know I didn’t.

This album is a MUST HAVE!

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Bilal - Free

Since the start of the year we’ve been hearing about a new Bilal album finally nearing release via Plug Research. While we don’t have the official first single yet, we do have this Nottz produced song “Free” (not on the album). Snippets of the song were floating around in the past, but here is the full, mixed, and mastered version of the track. Bilal’s first official album in 9 years, Airtight’s Revenge, will be out September 14th via Plug Research.


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