Track: Mons Vi — American C.R.E.A.M.

Brooklyn based music collective Mons Vi use basics from several music genres to capture the pulsing intensity of New York City along with the confusion of life in the digital age.

Track: Amana Melomé – Lock and Key (Contributed by K. Nikki)

My appreciation for jazzy vocals and lofty tones has been growing for the last couple of months due in part to music like this.

Soul/Jazz artist Amana Melome has released her lead single off her dually titled EP called Lock and Key, a track reminiscent of such artists as Corinne Bailey, Norah Jones and a little Estelle. As soon as the beat started, my body caught it, teleporting me to back to the 90’s for 3 minutes as I executed my best “Carlton Dance”. Not proud to admit that, but the point is the beat, wrapped in the sultry harmony of Amana, takes ahold of you, brings you on a funky, soulful ride through the clouds, and drops you back to the ground waiting for the next venture. Can’t wait to go on another voyage, i.e. patiently waiting for the EP.

– Contributed by @KNikkiMB

Track: J.O. – The Letter/The Last Song

A very talented artist, J.O. of the steam-gaining Neighburrrhood stands out on the double sided “The Letter/The Last Song”.  From Chattanooga, J.O. breaks listeners off with a 2 for 1 that starts off as what struck me at first listen was something that would be more at home in an episode of Def Poetry jam than on the pages of NHWWW.  J.O.’s sole description of the effort only states “Through pain, comes poetry,” and that is all that was needed.  After “The Letter” concludes, “The Last Song” begins.  J.O. switches from the intense spoken word backed by jazzy pianos to an equally stinging ballad of sorts.  Truly a piece of art, “The Letter/The Last Song” is a beautiful, well orchestrated, attack that left me agonizing on the edge of my seat.

Album: Pragmatic Theory Presents – Horizions

I was skimming through submissions and came across this one and as like DAMN!  This is WELL worth the download, sounds like Dilla meets the new AGE if you like to just chill out listen to beats you definitely won’t be disappointed @trillgatesbeats

Horizons’ includes some of the most talented beat makers from around the globe, featuring tracks from :
B.Lewis, Opal Block, Dead Horse Beats, Fresh Kils, Chief, Prozak Morris, BoomBaptist, Ta-ku, iLLingsworth, Sir Froderick, Ackryte, Dailon, Blap Deli, Amin Payne, BlackSmith, S.F.T, Weirddough, Twit One, Wun Two, Bugseed, Jewbei, Question, Robot Orchestra, Miles Bonny, Rhythum, Keor Meteor, Psymun, Es-k, Six Fingerz, Snubluck, Abnormal, Ben Bada Boom, Constrobuz, Brock Berrigan, Melodiesinfonie, Handbook, Knowsum, DJ Sapien, ShainCaw & Haan808.

This release is completely free. We hope you listen, download & enjoy.

Track: Owour Arunga and Dadabass – Black as They Come

Owuor Arunga is based in Seattle, Washington.  His music is inspired by his Kenyan origins and a kinetic global view formed by apprenticeships, playing and performing with great musicians all over the world.  He is currently touring with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in support of their album “The Heist” and is responsible for the innovative and catchy horns in chart-topping hit “Can’t Hold Us”.  Arunga is also an invigorating and dynamic presence on stage, known for his remarkable live shows.  Dadabass, recognized for her social consciousness and ability to tackle the weighty issues of today, is a fearless, challenging and inspirational individual.

Video: The Wheeler Boys – Common Ground EP/Documentary



What happens when you mix 33 Southern musicians of all genres, ages, races and backgrounds inside a world-class recording studio in Atlanta for 5 days?  You get a glimpse into the future of musical appreciation and hybrid sounds to come.  Common Ground is a musical experiment, masterminded by Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Recording artists The Wheeler Boys.  The short documentary and 5 song EP takes viewers inside the creative process behind what used to be considered mismatched musical collaborations. The film lets the viewer sample the different flavors of the Southern music scene, offering a behind the scenes montage of each day’s recording. The Common Ground EP is available for download below.  Both the EP and the short film showcase how the musicians found creative inspiration together as one using the common ground of music. None of the five songs fit comfortably into one genre yet the result is still great music.