This month, discover the humorous and unconventional style of Blowsom with his album "1901 - PART II". Then delve into the sound system and DUB universe of George Palmer with his album "Working Man". Try your hand at the hypnotic sounds of DJ Cinéma Quartier Latin with his EP "Portrait". Then enjoy the versatile style of Bleu with his album "Redhead". Also discover the ethio jazz style of Akalé Wubé, who paid tribute to Manu Dibango on the album "Anbessa". Let yourself be carried away by the combination of electronic rhythms, electric saturation and acoustic warmth of "Class of 89", a collaboration between Philippe Cohen Solal and Keziah Jones. And last but not least, get your hands on the must-have of US rap with Xzibit's legendary "Man vs Machine" album, the collector project of the month!
Xzibit, the talented rapper from Detroit, has dazzled the hip-hop world with his hard-hitting lyrical style and distinctive voice. Beginning with underground mixtapes, he quickly gained notoriety with his debut album "At the Speed of Life". His success intensified with "Restless", thanks to the Dr. Dre-produced hit "X". Famous for his role as host of the TV show "Pimp My Ride", Xzibit has managed to combine a musical career with a media presence. Over the years, he has released several successful albums, consolidating his reputation as an accomplished and charismatic artist in the music industry and beyond.
"Man vs. Machine" is Xzibit's fourth studio album, released on October 1, 2002. It includes collaborations with major artists such as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, M.O.P, and Nate Dogg, and was produced by Rick Rock, Bink, Rockwilder, Erick Sermon, DJ Premier, and Dr Dre. It debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, sold over 156,000 copies in its first week, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. This legendary album is now available in an exclusive limited edition of blue and red marble vinyl records to celebrate its 20th anniversary, with three bonus tracks.
With his debut EP, DJ Cinéma Quartier Latin creates an enchanting symphony, where hypnotic rhythms dance with the stars and melodies caress your soul. This EP is a true sonic phenomenon that envelops you in an aura of mystery and magic. Dare to lose yourself in this intoxicating labyrinth of sounds, and let yourself be carried away to uncharted musical territories between deep house and electro.
In the spring of 1989, Philippe Cohen Solal met Keziah Jones, who sang and played the guitar in front of a Parisian café. Over thirty years later, these two friends present "Class Of 89," a four-song EP that blends their respective influences, combining electronic beats, electric saturations, and acoustic warmth. Recorded at Substudioz, with the help of beatmaker and sound engineer Marc "Babylotion" Damblé, the project embodies the camaraderie and liberating creativity of their friendship. From the infectious joy of "Give Thanks & Praises" to the reimagined afro-beat of "Liberation, Elevation," "Class of 89" transports us to a musical universe steeped in friendship and freedom.
Bleu is an acclaimed versatile artist, recognized for his talents as a songwriter, producer, and recording artist. He has collaborated with stars like Demi Lovato, Big Freedia, Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez, and K-Pop idols, releasing six albums under Columbia Records. Currently, he works closely with major record labels, film/TV studios, and showrunners. Redhead evokes the nostalgia of passionate days filled with crunchy harmony-guitar leads and captivating sing-along melodies, along with infectious choruses.
BLOWSOM, the unconventional musician, faced numerous challenges, including a guitar teacher's arrest and rejections from record labels. Undeterred, he turned to the internet to learn various instruments and started his own label, 1901 Records. His EPs, 1901 - PART I and upcoming 1901 - PART II, showcase his unique style, combining humor, irony, and sincerity. Despite initial hesitancy, BLOWSOM's music has won over audiences, media outlets, and streaming platforms with its authenticity. Mixing French and English, he freely expresses his emotions, capturing the essence of life's ups and downs, ultimately embracing the beauty in both success and failure.
George Palmer, a young artist from the DUB and sound system scene, gained early recognition for his captivating live performances. He collaborated with the international label Irie Ites Records to produce his debut album titled "Working Man," consisting of 10 tracks, including two collaborations with renowned singers LION D from Italy and SOLO BANTON from England. The album features compositions from notable artists such as Sly & Robbie (Jamaica), Jammy's (Jamaica), Naram (New Zealand), Med Tone (Israel), and Irie Ites (France), giving it a significant scope. George Palmer's dynamic performances with Irie Ites Sound at various European festivals during the summer delighted fans.
In December 2013, Alain Pilot and his show "Bande Passante" on RFI celebrated Manu Dibango's 80th birthday by organizing a special program with Akalé Wubé, ambassadors of Ethio-Jazz. The band performed live renditions of Manu Dibango's 1970s tracks, "African Pop Session" and "Ekedi," with the saxophonist himself joining in. A strong bond developed, and Akalé Wubé paid tribute to Dibango by composing "Anbessa." They collaborated on several occasions on stage. Under Manu Dibango's guidance, the group recorded five other lesser-known pieces from the saxophonist's repertoire, but unfortunately, he passed away before completing the last solos in 2020. In honor of their friendship, Akalé Wubé released the album "Anbessa," performing all the tracks on vinyl record.