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This Simple Pleasure // Billie Black x Mura Masa

Obviously crazy about Mura Masa, I scouted for more tracks on his feed and stumbled upon this. Went completely gaga. 19 year old Billie Black is a Jazz Singer/Songwriter from London. Exposed to different varieties of music at an early age, this has sparked the plug and this young lady started making her own music. Listening to the likes of James Blake, Jessie Ware, Sampha and Kwabs, you can definitely hear their influences in her tracks.

She has two other songs up on her Soundcloud/BillieBlack, which are as equally addicting as this one! [I Don't Need Another Lover, I Waited For You]

She has upcoming shows on October 15 in Hoxton, Courtyard [London] and October 17 in Fleche, D’Or [Paris] so if you’re within the area go see here for me! [Ticket details here.]

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Lotus Eater // Mura Masa

Over a thousand reasons why I love Soulection and one of them is this, 18 year old beatmaker Alex Crossan better known as Mura Masa. Clearly this young talented lad has some mad skills. It took me about a dozen plays before I could even write down anything. He released two tracks [.. Girl] from his forthcoming mixtape Soundtrack to Death which will be out on the 17th of November.

Soulection welcomed him as an addition to their roster about a year ago when they posted up this track on their Soundcloud. Go completely mental on this! Excited to hear more from this one!

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Espa // Your Ghost

We recently featured songstress Espa’s Apartment 2f and the accompaning GIF video and now this incredible talent has given us another sneak peak into her upcoming EP, ‘150th and Broadway’, set for release on October 6th.

‘Your Ghost’ features rich, soulful vocals with accompanying down-tempo production from chart topping Shiftk3y and it’s a damn catchy tune that will stay with you all day.

Check out ‘Your Ghost’ below and follow Espa on: Twitter | Soundcloud | Official Website

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First Ear Radio 003 + Tha Yell0w R. Kel

Our third show, featuring a spotlight on some of Duncan Gerow’s classic mashups, a premiere of two beats from J1K’s new album and an incredible guest mix from Tha Yell0w R. Kel.

 

Listen back and grab the free download below, and keep an eye on Tha Yell0w R. Kel’s soundcloud to grab the mix seperately next week.

Tracklist //

Bipolar Sunshine ft. Goldlink – Future Part 1
Jay Prince – Polaroids (Chloe Martini Edit)
Bobbly Kang – Make You Feel
Larce Blake x SOUL_BRK – 2On Thotful
Little Simz – Starry Eyed
Khadisma – Problem Solving
Robert Glasper Experiment – Move Love (Sivey x Evil Needle Edit)
Duncan Gerow – Excuse Me (Jay-Z + Onra)
Duncan Gerow – It’s Not Right (Whitney Houston + Esta)
Duncan Gerow – Say My Name (Destinys Child + R Kelly + Donnel Lyle)
Maximus MMC – My Love Is The Shhh
Noi – Feeling Good
Blackbear – Playing Dead (SevnthWonder Remix)
Lennart Richer – Music Sounds Better
Case – Faded Pictures (Pyxis Edit)

** Yell0w Mix
Larce Blake – OurLove
Neck – I’ll Come Closer
BONHMCARTR – Cake
Sage the Gemini – Gas Pedal (ZAGOR REMIX)
Rae Sremmurd – No Type Acapella
Fonzworth Bentley – COLOURS
Chance – Lost (Tephlon x Larce Blake remix)
Dubbel Dutch – Like a Pro (maaaaadddd slooooowwwww)
Drippin – Stinkin Tool
Singularis – Like that
Sage the Gemini – Don’t You (Zuper Edit)
Ty $$ – Paranoid (Kutcorners x Marvel Remix)
Promnite feat Kid Sister – Can’t Get Enough (unreleased)
Wale feat Jeremih – The Body** Yell0w Mix

DJ Grumble – 4 Corners Slowed
J1k – Soul
J1k – Claire
Break ft. Fade – Hold Tight
Erykah Badu – On & On (Ruck P Remix)
Shy Girls – Under Attack (Telescope Thieves Edit)
Daniel Ceasar – Violet
Lafayette Ellis – Missing You Bae
Ari Lennox & DJ Grumble – Cold Outside
Lupe Fiasco – Kick Push (HISANOVA Remix)

 

 

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KOFI // Alan Mooney [Queen & Disco]

Our 2nd First Ear Radio Show reminded me how much I enjoy grooving to funky tracks, so here’s some disco fun for you to welcome the weekend. This is a track by one of Queen & Disco‘s Resident DJs Alan Mooney.

Aside from being a Resident DJ, he is also 1/5 of the Co-founders of the Ireland-based group Queen & Disco. It started as group of friends sharing their love for music. Genre did not matter, their main focus are tracks that people could get easily groove into. According to their Facebook page, they started throwing parties in May 2013 and have not stopped since then. They put together a great line-up of artists and play gigs around the UK. If you think this smooth disco track is all they’ve got then you definitely have to head over their Souncloud. They have this amazing Mix Series that will definitely put you on your feet and groove all night. The lastest podcast by Dr. Packer is packed with an hour long full of retro dancey vibe you just can’t resist.

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EasyMatt – Lean

17-year old EasyMatt is a native of a small town in California named Delano and although unheard of he is still new to the music scene but with his debut tape “Something Vol.1″ that he dropped early this week he displayed his talent as it is right now and it’s very promising. One of his stand out tracks for me “Lean” is incredible catchy with it’s vocal cuts, synths, hard hitting drums, and overall aesthetic with a great showcase for his future beats tendency. I am very curious with which direction he’ll take his next project in but till then make sure to listen to his “Something Vol.1″ tape here for yourself and keep your eye out for this young one I’m sure we’ll be hearing his name around more commonly real soon.

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Portishead – Roads (Kero One Remix)

Fans of trip-hop group Portishead will appreciate this remix of a song of which I think is an absolute masterpiece.

I consider anyone very brave to try and remix any song from Portishead but what Kero One has been able to achieve with this remix is brilliant. He keeps Beth Gibbons’ beautiful yet haunting vocals while dropping synths here and there, bringing new life to a song I still think is unfortunately underrated.

On his Soundcloud, Kero One explains why he chose to remix this song.

“Back in the 90’s, kids like myself would gravitate towards bands like Portishead, particularly when we wanted to take a break from hip hop. Since the drums were dirty and the sounds and singing were soulful, it gave us that familiar hiphop vibe while being something totally different.

Now, Portishead’s style and influence can be heard all over Soundcloud and modern music. 20 years later, its safe to say they were a legendary group who led the way for “trip hop”, fusing hiphop, electronic, and soul music in rare form. For Portishead’s 20 year anniversary, I wanted to re-feature their work with a remix of one of their quintessential tracks. Since the original version of “Roads” uses sparse instrumentation, I thought I could add a fuller dimension to the track while still allowing the lead vocalist – Beth Gibbons – to remain the focus. In the end, I hope this remix renews interest in Portishead among listeners who aren’t familiar with the sound they pioneered.”

If you aren’t familiar with Portishead, I think now is a perfect time to start. You’ll thank me later.