SAT SEPTEMBER 21, 2013
STRO ELLIOT LIVE ON SOUL CIRCLE RADIO
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Stro Elliot is a musical mixologist. As a child of military parents, he travelled the world amarinating in a record collection that spanned from jazz greats like Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, and Herbie Hancock, to funk/soul luminaries like Stevie Wonder, Funkadelic, Quincy Jones and Prince. Studying trumpet, piano, and then drums, Stro became a skilled multi-instrumentalist, even as he began to explore the world of hip hop, drawn to the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, The Pharcyde, and Ice Cube.
Stro began his production career while studying music at the University of Northern Colorado. As a founding member of critically-acclaimed hip hop group The Procussions, Stro produced their debut single, “All That It Takes,” which hit the top ten on CMJ's national hip hop chart. Riding this wave of attention, Stro moved with the group to LA, gaining praise for his uniquely varied beatwork on their independent debut, As Iron Sharpens Iron, and his live session drums and Rhodes piano on their improvised EP, Up All Night.
When The Procussions were chosen to spearhead the relaunch of classic hip hop imprint, Rawkus Records, Stro received even further critical acclaim for his production work on their major label debut, 5 Sparrows For 2 Cents. Invited to tour with childhood heroes like A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, and The Roots, Stro found his fusion of hip hop, soul, and jazz-fusion gaining praise from tastemakers and fellow producers like J Rocc (Beat Junkies), DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Lefto, and Maseo (De La Soul).
Even while touring the globe with and keeping The Procussions supplied with beats, Stro found time to work with a wide range of respected independent hip hop artists including Lightheaded, Ohmega Watts, Braille, and Sharlok Poems (of LA Symphony). When, in 2007, The Procussions took an indefinite hiatus Stro continued producing, providing production for artists such as Wrekonize (of ¡Mayday!), One Block Radius, and Phonte. He has also brought his talents and experience as a writer, arranger, and vocalist to multiple collaborations with his former Procussions bandmate, Mr J. Medeiros.
Stro has continued to push his boundaries, providing soundtracks for work by filmmaker Hilton Carter's short film, Victor, and animation series, Lessons. He continues to receive praise from for his unique blends of live instrumentation, samples, and programming as showcased on The Procussions' self-titled return album, due to be released September 24, 2013.
SAT JULY 6, 2013
HOUSE SHOES LIVE ON SOUL CIRCLE RADIO
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Detroit Hip-Hop’s Ambassador to the World, Michael “House Shoes” Buchanan has been an integral part of the long burgeoning Motown resurgence. Just ask anyone coming out of Detroit to confirm this.
House Shoes, a resident DJ at the hip-hop staple St. Andrews Hall, Detroit MI, from 1994-2004 has had personal influence over a full generation of well respected emcees, producers, and then-future DJs. Four-time winner of the “Best Hip Hop DJ” in Detroit, he has used his platform to expose some of the best and brightest talent his city has had to offer.
As a DJ, ‘Shoes has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, and Australia with artists Guilty Simpson, Illa J, Exile, Aloe Blacc, Percee P, Phat Kat, Slum Village and Elzhi, to name a few, as well as on his own, gaining the respect of acts far outside the scope of Detroit hip-hop. House Shoes also performed as tour DJ on Mayer Hawthorne & The County’s Spring 2010 16-city headlining U.S. tour.
As a producer, ‘Shoes has worked with the late and revered J Dilla and Big Proof, Black Milk, Danny Brown, Guilty Simpson, Roc Marciano, Chino XL, Invincible, Finale, MED, Nottz, Alchemist, Big Tone, Oh No, Elzhi, El Da Sensai(Artifacts), Black Spade, Now On(Mayer Hawthorne), and Moe Dirdee, among others.
Two self-produced 10” limited vinyl issues have also been released on Do-Over Records, backed by Flying Lotus, and All-City Records, respectively, and are already rare pieces. Most recently, he produced tracks on Danny Brown’s ‘XXX’ and Quelle’s ‘Shotgun and Sleek Rifle’ albums. His debut long-player “Let It Go”, and its pre-cursor “The Time EP”, are now available worldwide on Tres Records.
Currently he lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Constantly Dj’ing at events and parties from LA to Europe to Australia, Shoes’ is revered as a world class producer and DJ.
SAT FEB 2, 2013
ADRIAN YOUNGE (VENICE DAWN) LIVE ON SOUL CIRCLE RADIO
Adrian Younge is the next generation of soul music. A self-taught musician and recording engineer who has dedicated his life to the study of classic soul music, Younge finds himself at the center of a new soul renaissance with a vision for pushing the boundaries of the music itself.
The story begins in 1998 as the budding hip-hop producer found himself confined by the limitations of the MPC. He began teaching himself how to play various instruments so he could fully realize his vision. First it was keyboards, then drums, sax, guitar, and bass. Fascinated with the sounds of Italian soundtracks by the likes of Ennio Morricone, Younge begins work on the soundtrack to the fictional film Venice Dawn, recording the album intermittently over the course of the next year. What developed was a sound equal parts Morricone and Air. Self-released in 2000, the moody, synth-drenched album was entirely composed, arranged, played, and recorded by Younge.
Eight years later in 2008, Younge would find himself at the center of the Black Dynamite zeitgeist. Instrumental in the film’s development, Younge not only edited the film, but also composed the original score, which was hailed as a modern blaxploitation masterpiece for authentically capturing the cinematic soul of the 1970s, from Isaac Hayes to Curtis Mayfield. Adrian Younge solidified himself as a force to be reckoned with and soon went to work writing music for the forthcoming Black Dynamite cartoon series on Adult Swim.
For his current solo project, Younge envisioned a new sound that would revisit his earlier, more baroque instrumental work of Venice Dawn and mesh it with the deep, gritty soul of Black Dynamite, eventually deciding to bring everything full circle by releasing the material under the moniker Venice Dawn. This new LP, titled Something About April, is a heavy, dark mix of psychedelic soul and cinematic instrumentals with hip-hop aesthetics, touching on influences from Morricone to King Crimson, Portishead to the Flamingos, Wu-Tang to Otis Redding.
Younge, who is signed with Wax Poetics Records, is currently writing and recording material for his next project, a Delfonics album with William Hart, founding singer of the legendary soul group.
SAT DEC 29, 2012
TITA LIMA (BRASIL) LIVE ON SOUL CIRCLE RADIO
Singer and composer Tita Lima was brought up in a musical family in Brazil. Her grandmother mentored her on piano, and she later learned bass from her father, a veteran of the '70s era Brazilian rock band Os Mutantes. As Lima became more proficient on bass, she began playing with local musicians in São Paulo. She cut her teeth singing and playing with artists such as Bocato, João Donato, and Luz de Carolinebefore relocating to Los Angeles. Studying at L.A.'s Musician's Institute offered Lima inroads to the city's bustling, vibrant community of world musicians. As she fixed her sights on recording a debut solo record, Lima saw the potential in taking the best from both of her worlds. She returned to Brazil to record guitars, bass, voice, and horns. The drums and percussion were recorded in L.A. via the internet. After putting the finishing touches on the project, titled 11:11, Lima found that labels were uninterested in her mix of samba, bossa nova, hip-hop and dub, calling the sound "too jazzy" and unmarketable. Determined to see her project through, Lima began pushing the record herself. The single "A Conta do Samba" was included on the compilation Brownswood Bubblers put out by the Brownswood Recordings label, drawing the attention of European audiences to Lima's unique style and sound. As more people became interested in the music, the more people wanted to see her perform. And so, surrounded by veteran sidemen from both L.A. and Brazil (whose playing credits include Celia Cruz, Keb' Mo', Airto Moreira, Sergio Mendes, and more) Lima performs at festivals throughout the states and Europe.