Wicked Jazz Connection is a project of the Amsterdam-based platform Wicked Jazz Sounds. The project’s name is really about just that: connections. Bridging from one side to the other, this EP is a travel thru many musical styles, countries and influences, with The Pharcyde’s own Bootie Brown along for the ride (the hiphop inflected “Patience”), as well as Philly poetress Ursula Rucker (on the afrobeat-influenced “Hurricane”)
Other lead vocals are by Berenice van Leer and Norman Kapoyos, the latter also produced the EP along with Baraka G. & Leroy Rey.
The Proov is a Dutch rap group that started in 1996, considered one of the premier groups in the first wave of hip hop from The Netherlands.
Now we are releasing their first demo EP 'Speaker Room' from 1997 in the digital world for the first time. Sold back then in a run of 100 cassettes, it got them a record deal which resulted in an EP and a full-length album (both titled "Traditions", after the song featured on this EP, but not containing the song itself) and success in the form of two years touring, lots of press/media coverage and creating the track to the video for the Nike campaign relating to UEFA Euro 2000.
In the meantime the 4-track master disappeared and was lost for 18+ years, but was found when original member Leroy Rey was moving his studio. The songs are newly mixed & mastered by Leroy himself, but with the demo charm kept intact, to still approach that original vintage feel the cassette had.
Firmly rooted in Native Tongues aesthetics, this EP shows the band in already prime form, creatively connecting the old school with the new, taking cues from acts like Organized Konfusion ("Loose Cannon") and Common ("Mind Is Wealth") in the process, while never lose sight of their own unique outlook on the rap game ca. 1997.
"Speaker Room" is a little treasure, recommended to fans of that true school mid-to-late 90's hip hop sound.
Fresh off their Bossa Nova - infused J Dilla/Maurice White tribute on 7-inch vinyl, Les Cooles De Ville returns with their first EP on wax and digital formats. Collecting their songs from 2015 and 2016, the Amsterdam based outfit showcases their travel and explorations into their own unique euro-centric sound.
Based on the principles of the Native Tongues and the Soulquarians they craft soulful, laidback and jazzy hip-hop evoking feelings of summer sunsets, small gatherings of people, Soul-food and inner- city living. It’s easy to hear the influences of early De la Soul and Common on some of their songs, while others would fit in the LA beat scene of Flying Lotus or in the more introspective landscape of Nujabes.
“Smile” has been recently released as single, gettin’ airplay in Germany as well as France and added by several DJ’s globally to their playlist.
Overall a pleasant listening experience for the moments you need a more subtle but still energetic soundtrack to your life.