Monday, August 22, 2016

SK is the Prince of Zamunda

"Exact science when the beat drops"

     Following "Motivated", Soul King drops the second single from his upcoming The Diaspora album, entitled "Prince of Zamunda." The smooth production by Dirty Diggs inspires a laid-back, deliberate flow from SK, reflecting on the search for true love. "The song is inspired by the movie Coming to America and my life as a foreigner searching for a queen," SK explained to me. "It's about being dope in your own mind, being fly mentally." Check out the video and song below and stay tuned for future singles and the full length project which is slated for January 2017. And if you missed it, check out my in depth interview with SK which covers his career from his earliest experience with hip-hop to his work with the Likwit Crew and Barbershop MCs up to his more recent solo work and philosophy on music.

Dead Frequencies: A Tribute to the Soundscapes of Jack Devo


     I know that the readers of Bring That Beat Back enjoyed (and miss) the many excellent write ups Jack Devo contributed to this blog, as well as sharing, like myself, a feeling of gratitude to him for fathering this site and creating an outlet for so much great music and information. But aside from his fantastic writing which eloquently conveyed a true passion and love of music, Jack is also a beat maker himself and I felt it was long overdue that I use the very site he created to shine a spotlight on some of my favourite Devo beats. From surreal and sublimely beautiful compositions, like "Lowlands" to the dark, sinister ambient soundscapes found on Dead Frequencies II, to the pulsing electronica on Intention Jack has covered a lot of ground sonically and continues to produce to this day. Please take the time to check out a few selections and if you enjoy them, check out his Bandcamp and Soundcloud pages. While he has (hopefully temporarily) retired from writing on this site, he still uses music as a medium for expression and you're missing out if you haven't checked out his work.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Release Aki Kharmicel

     Check out the first episode of Hurt Speaks, a series of videos which, much like his Ask Aki series with Prince Sefa-Boakye, sees Aki giving his unique perspective on various topics. Stay tuned for updates on Akbar's next projects, D.A.M.E. (Destroying All My Enemies) and Hurt&Pain, and be sure to check out his set on DJ Third Rail of Masters of the Universe's Third Degree Burns Mixshow (Aki's set begins at about the 3 hour mark) on which he debuts some tracks from D.A.M.E.

      Aki also posted a new track from his upcoming Hurt&Pain album on his SoundCloud, another cry against police brutality and corruption: