Listen to Six Degrees of D’Angelo on Rhythm Lab Radio

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In honor of the 20th anniversary of D’Angelo’s groundbreaking album “Voodoo” and the upcoming documentary “Devil’s Pie: D’Angelo,” Rhythm Lab Radio adapts the concept of six degrees of Kevin Bacon and applies it to “Voodoo.”

Rhythm Lab Radio not only featured artists that influenced D’Angelo’s 2000 magnum opus, but we dug into the album’s credits and explored the work of all the people who were involved in the making of “Voodoo”, including singers, writers, engineers and musicians. During this process, we learned how these individuals help turned “Voodoo” into a classic and how these individuals were connected to some amazing diverse artists from the past and the present you wouldn’t expect.

Photo credit: Mary Ellen Matthews / courtesy of RCA

Besides the obvious contributors like Angie Stone, Raphael Saadiq and Questlove of The Roots, we wanted to highlight other contributors who aren’t household names like engineers Russell “The Dragon” Elevado and Tom Coyne and Roots member James Poyser, who played a huge role in crafting the album.

Russell “The Dragon” Elevado won a Grammy award for his work recording and mixing “Voodoo.” He also played a role in the use of vintage sounds and equipment that can be heard throughout the album. But Elevado’s works goes way beyond his work on D’Angelo’s second album. He has worked on albums for artists from Al Green to Common to Alicia Keys to Roberta Flack. What surprised me the most is that he worked on Blackalicious fantastic album “Blazing Arrow,” including my favorite song “Make You Feel That Way.”

Then there is the mastering engineer Tom Coyne, who worked on almost every track on “Voodoo.” Coyne was a highly respected engineer who worked on a plethora of albums from artists like Adele, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Metallica, Amy Winehouse and others. He won a Grammy for his work on one of Adele’s biggest songs, “Hello.”

He even worked on one of my favorite Brand Nubian tracks from 1998 “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head.” We also featured one of our favorites Amy Winehouse tune “In My Bed” from the album “Frank,” which Coyne also engineered. Unfortunately, he passed away back in 2017 at the age of 62.

Then there is Roots member James Poyser, who was a composer for many songs on “Voodoo” including “Chicken Grease.” He also worked on Lauryn Hill’s classic “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” Snoh Aalegra’s 2014 album “There Will Be Sunshine,” and a Rhythm Lab Radio favorite “Tropical Girl” from Vikter Duplaix. He even played organ on Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor,” which we played in the second hour of the show.

Take a listen to the entire show below and check out the playlist

Playlist

HOUR 1

D’Angelo – “The Line”
Prince – “Do Me, Baby”
Raphael Saadiq – “Still Ray”
Roberta Flack – “Feel Like Makin’ Love”
Gene McDaniels – “It’s a Lonely Town (Lonely Without You)”
Blackalicious – “Make You Feel That Way”
Erykah Badu – “Kiss Me On My Back”
Kamasi Washington – “Truth”
Roy Hargrove – “Poetry” feat. Q-Tip & Erykah Badu
Brand Nubians – “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head”
Nas – “Daughters”
The Carters – “LOVEHAPPY”
Snoh Aalegra – “Paradise”
Vikter Duplaix – “Tropical Girl”

HOUR 2

D’Angelo – “Greatdaynamornin’ / Booty”
Angie Stone – “Brotha”
J Dilla – “So Far To Go” feat. D’Angelo and Common
The Roots – “Act Too (Love of My Life)”
Lauryn Hill – “Ex Factor”
Big Punisher – “It’s So Hard” feat. Donell Jones
The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”
Digable Planets – “Jettin’”
Amy Winehouse – “In My Bed”
Method Man & Redman – “Da Rockwilder”
Charlie Hunter Quartet – “Creole”

You can catch the documentary “Devil’s Pie: D’Angelo” at Milwaukee’s Oriental Theatre on Feb. 27 as part of Milwaukee Film’s Black Lens Black History Month programming.

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Makaya McCraven reimagines Gil Scott-Heron and we paid tribute to J Dilla

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In this episode of Rhythm Lab Radio, we celebrate the life of J Dilla, who would have turned 46 years old on Feb. 7. Unfortunately, he passed away due to complications with Lupus in 2006. We highlighted his remixes, productions, and music that he sampled.

Then we talked to beat scientist and drummer Makaya McCraven about his new project “We’re New Here.” The project re-imagines Gil Scott-Heron’s final album “I’m New Here.” We also played new music from 070 Shake, Seu Jorge & Roge, Obongjayar, Moses Sumney, Sotomayor, Sa-Roc and more!

J Dilla | Photo courtesy of Stones Throw Records

From the press release:

On “We’re New Again” those original sessions now have a complete new context, using samples collected from McCraven’s improvised live sessions with new wave Chicago jazz musicians and vintage samples taken from his musician parents’ recordings. It’s a musical situation that reconnects Scott-Heron with his hometown of Chicago, and a lineage of jazz and the blues that perfectly compliments his voice.

Tracklisting

HOUR 1

Tarika Blue – “Dreamflower”
Gil Scott-Heron – “On Coming From A Broken Home Pt. 1”
Seu Jorge & Roge – “Sarava”
Jay Dee – “Rico Suave Bossa Nova”
Stan Getz – “Luiz Bonfa – “Saudade Vem Correndo” feat. Maria Toledo
Obongjayar – “God’s Own Children”
Gil Scott-Heron, Makaya McCraven – “Me and The Devil”
Gil Scott-Heron, Makaya McCraven – “The Crutch”
Gil Scott-Heron, Makaya McCraven – “I’ll Take Care of You”
Moses Sumney – “Cut Me”
Asgeir – “Turn Gold to Sand”
Khruangbin & Leon Bridges – “Midnight”
Macy Gray – “I Try (Jay Dee Remix)”

HOUR 2

Rene Costy – “Scrabble”
Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats – “So.Incredible.pkg”
070 Shake – “The Pines”
Sa-Roc – “Hand of God”
Sotomayor – “Ella”
Four Tet – “As Serious as Your Life (Jay Dee Remix)”
Jaylib – “The Red”
Jay Dee – “Think Twice”
Brand New Heavies – “Tip Sometimes (Ummah Remix)”
Black Star – “Little Brother”
Manzel – “Midnight Theme (Dopebrother Remix)”
J Dilla – “Won’t Do”
10cc – “The Worst Band In The World”
Dorothy Ashby – “Django”
Miguel Atwood-Fergueson & Carlos Ninos – “Find A Way”

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Listen to the spiritual jazz of Shabaka and The Ancestors

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In this episode of Rhythm Lab Radio, we featured new music from Jeff Parker, Shabaka and the Ancestors, Little Dragon, Foreign Beggars, sir Was, POLICA, Squarepusher, Zebra Katz, Om Unit and more.

We also played brand new music from the project The Leonard Simpson Duo (Detroit’s Guilty Simpson and New Zealand producer Leonard Charles).

Shabaka and the Ancestors | photo credit: Lee-Roy Jason

If you listen to Rhythm Lab Radio regularly, you know we are a huge fan of the amazing jazz scene going on in London especially the music of Shabaka Hutchings. Hutchings has to be one of the hardest-working jazz musicians out there now.

He is the artist behind some of the amazing jazz groups coming out of the UK including Sons of Kemet and the groundbreaking The Comet is Coming. Now, Shabaka is set to release a new album from his other project Shabaka and the Ancestors on the iconic jazz label Impulse! Over 50 years, Impulse! has been home to amazing artists like Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, Max Roach, Ray Charles, Alice Coltrane, Keith Jarrett, Charles Mingus, Sun Ra and Pharoah Sanders.

Shabaka & the Ancestors will released their second album “We Are Sent Here By History” on March 13 and we featured the first single “Go My Heart, Go To Heaven.”

Tracklisting

HOUR 1

Shabaka and the Ancestors – “Go My Heart, Go To Heaven”
Jeff Parker – “Gnarciss”
The Stepkids – “The Art of Forgetting”
Evan Geesman – “ROSEBERG”
Peyton – “Tell Me” feat. Steve Lacy
Nicolas Godin – “We Forgot Love” feat. Kadhja Bonet
POLICA – “TATA”
Saturn Never Sleeps – “Hearts on Fire”
OTHERLiine, George FitzGerald & Lil Silva – “Hates Me”
Foreign Beggars – “Glow” feat. Greentea Peng
Gabriel Garzon-Montano – “Bombo Fabrika Remix” feat. Little Simz
Joly Mare & Stephen Bruner – “Vulnerable People”
sir Was – “Letter”
David McCallum – “The Edge”

HOUR 2

Roni Size – “Heroes”
Squarepusher – “Oberlove”
Om Unit – “Long Summer”
Waajeed – “Lotta Bounce”
Black Jazz Consortium – “Energies Collide” feat. Ceri B
Arandel -“Prelude No. 2 in C Minor” feat. Petra Haden
Sebastien Tellier – “La Ritournelle (Mr. Dan’s Mix)”
Soul II Soul – “Get A Life”
Little Dragon – “Hold On”
The Leonard Simpson Duo – “My Inspiration”
Foreign Beggars – “Lay You Down” feat. Liam Bailey
KAYTRANADA – “What You Need” feat. Charlotte Day Wilson
Zebra Katz – “IN IN IN”
Nate Mercereau – “There You Are”

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Listen to new music from Frank Ocean and Solange collaborator John Carroll Kirby

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On this episode of Rhythm Lab Radio, we featured new music from Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela, Rosalia, Celeste, young rapper Rae Kahlil (Netflix’s “Rhythm & Flow”) and more.

We celebrated the 20th anniversary of D’Angelo’s groundbreaking album “Voodoo.” We also play classic cuts from Teena Marie and Leon Haywood and an amazing cover of Radiohead’s “Everything In Its Right Place” by Osunlade.

Listen to the show and view the tracklisting below.

John Carroll Kirby
John Carroll Kirby |Photo credit: Eddie Chacon / Stones Throw Records

We also played new music from John Carroll Kirby’s forthcoming debut album “The Garden,” which is set to release this Spring on Stones Throw Records.

Kirby is a go-to collaborator for artists ranging from experimental auteurs Bat for Lashes and Connan Mockasin to pop stars Harry Styles and Kali Uchis, and R&B innovators Solange and Frank Ocean. “My Garden” is a collection of songs written, recorded and produced entirely by Kirby.

We played his first single “Blueberry Beads.”

From John: “The song starts the album off upbeat, drawing inspiration from Japanese computer jazzer Yoshio Suzuki … I’m trying to find the depth in being playful, the humanity in technology. I recorded the piano with iPhone voice memos and the flutes are samples instead of a real player. Imagine late ’60s Herbie Hancock played by Sophia, the humanoid AI.”

Tracklisting

HOUR 1

D’Angelo – “Untitled (How Does It Feel)”
Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela – “We’ve Landed”
Afro Social Club – “Archfoe”
Sault – “Living in America”
Daniel T. – “Gravura”
James Reese & The Progressions – “Let’s Go (It’s Summertime)”
Scrimshire – “The Socials” feat. Soothsayers
Mourning [A] Blkstar – “Hold Me”
Yandhi – “Just One Look”
Rosalia – “Juro Que”
QUIN – “Sticky Situation”
Sango & Xavier Omar – “Sweet Holy Honey”
John Carroll Kirby – “Blueberry Beads”

HOUR 2

Osunlade – “Everything In It’s Right Place” feat. Erro
Celeste – “Stop The Flame”
Teena Marie – “Portuguese Love”
Leon Haywood – “I Wanna Do Something Freaky To You”
Werkha – “The Key”
sweetestcape – “High For Heads”
Sotomayor – “Meneate pa mi”
Monogem – “Soy Lo Que Soy”
Rae Khalil – “Firefly”
Cards & Sita – “All Over Me”
MJ Cole – “Cray Love”
Skream – “Under The City Lights” feat. Sam Frank
Roman GianArthur – “Real Love, No Shade”
Flying Lotus – “See Thru You”

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Listen to new music from TOKiMONSTA, Mac Miller, Thundercat, KAYTRANADA and more

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In this episode of Rhythm Lab Radio, we featured new music from The Seshen, Kassa Overall, Chicago’s NNAMDI, Mac Miller, King Krule, Thundercat, BenjiFlow, TOKiMONSTA, the team-up of Khruangbin and Leon Bridges and more.

We also play the first single from “We’re New Here,” which is a reimagining of Gil Scott-Heron’s final album “I’m New Here” release 10 years ago by Chicago’s Makaya McCraven.

TOKiMONSTA
BethanyVargas TOKiMONSTA | Photo credit: BethanyVargas

Tracklisting

HOUR 1

Charles Mingus – “Open Letter to Duke”
Gil Scott-Heron, Makaya McCraven – “Where Did The Night Go”
Ashley Henry – “Battle” feat. Binker Golding & Moses Boyd
The Seshen – “Don’t Answer”
Kassa Overall – “Show Me A Prison” feat. J. Hoard & Angela Davis
King Krule – “(Don’t Let The Dragon” Draag On
Mac Miller – “Everybody”
Ama Lou – “This Town”
NNAMDI – “Wasted”
Khruangbin & Leon Bridges – “C-Side”
Masego – “Navajo”
Ben LaMar Gay – “Swim Swim”
Oscar Jerome – “Lizard Street”
Vagabon – “Please Don’t Leave The Table”
Kindness – “Hard to Believe” feat. Jazmine Sullivan

HOUR 2

Mick Jenkins – “Angles”
TOKiMONSTA – “Fried For The Night” feat. Earthgang
Dorian Concept – “Toe Games Made Her Giggle”
Proto Moro – “The 63”
J-Felix – “Mind Up (Werkha Remix)” feat. Andrew Ashsong
Thundercat – “Black Qualls” feat. Steve Lacy and Steve Arrington
James Pants – “Crystal Lite” feat. Deon Davis
De La Soul – “Relax (Dehab Remix)”
KAYTRANADA – “Taste” feat. VanJess
070 Shake – “Daydreamin’”
Martyn – “Little Things”
Thavius Beck – “Ain’t Nothin”
Bufi – La Cumbia De Las Frecuencias”
BenjiFlow – “Can’t Lose”
J Dilla – “Lightworks”

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Listen to Rhythm Lab Radio’s 2020 artists to watch special

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It is time for us at Rhythm Lab Radio to peer into our crystal ball to see what artists will break big in 2020.

In this episode of Rhythm Lab Radio, we featured artists to keep on your radar in 2020. We featured tracks from Glasgow’s Joesef, Kassa Overall, Celeste, Ambar Lucid, VanJess, BenjiFlow, Audrey, Arlo Parks, Bakar, Cleo Sol, Terrell Hines, Rema, Moses Boyd and more.

Kassa Overall, Celeste, Rema, Ambar Lucid

Tracklisting

HOUR 1

Kassa Overall – “Show Me A Prison feat. J Hoard & Angela Davis
Ambar Lucid – “A letter to my younger self”
Madison McFerrin – “No Room”
Joesef – “Don’t Give In”
Celeste – “Coco Blood”
Greentea Peng – “Mr. Sun (miss da sun)”
Swsh – “How You Feel”
Sunni Colon – “Technicolor”
Kllo – “Candid”
April + Vista – “Every Void”
070 Shake – “Under The Moon”
Luke Marzec – “Will We Ever Carry On”
Ama Lou – “Tried Up”
Akinyemi – “dust calling”
Arlo Parks – “Cola”
Bakar – “Hell n Back”

HOUR 2

Moses Boyd – “The Balance”
BenjiFlow – “Can’t Lose”
Koffee – “Toast”
Rema – “Lady”
Terrell Hines – “Get Up”
Georgia – “Started Out”
TSHA – “Me You”
Jonah Mutono – “Circulation”
VanJess – “Through Enough” feat. GoldLink
Kojey Radical – “Hours”
Joy Crookes – “Mother May I Sleep with Danger”
Hope Tala – “Lovestained”
Cleo Sol – “Miles Song”
Audrey – “Paper”
Baby Rose – “Borderline”

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Listen to Rhythm Lab Radio’s best songs of 2019 part two

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In this episode of Rhythm Lab Radio, we concluded our best songs of 2019 with part two. We featured favorites from Kassa Overall, Kelsey Lu, Hope Tala, Shafiq Husayn, Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble, EARTHGANG, Jidenna, MorMor, Nicole Bus, Sampa The Great, Rapsody, Danny Brown, Kojey Radical, Mahalia, Steve Lacy, Flying Lotus and more.

HOUR 1

Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble – “The Colors That You Bring”
Kassa Overall – “What’s New With You”
Ashley Henry – “Colors”
Jaimie Branch – “Simple Silver Surfer”
Hemlock Ernst & Kenny Segal – “Bless The Fire”
Shafiq Husayn – “Cycles” feat. Hiatus Kaiyote
Brainstory – “Peter Pan”
Hope Tala – “Anywhere”
Cleo Sol – “One”
Kelsey Lu – “Poor Fake”
Luke Marzec – “Saturday Went by Too Fast”
Flying Lotus – “Burning Down The House” feat. George Clinton
Steve Lacy – “Lay Me Down”
BADBADNOTGOOD & Jonah Yano – “Key To Love (Is Understanding)”

HOUR 2

EARTHGANG – “Up”
Kojey Radical – “Can’t Go Back”
Anderson .Paak – “King James”
Rapsody – “Iman” feat. SID & JID
Danny Brown – “uknowwhatimsain?”
Sampa The Great – “Any Day” feat. Whosane
G&D – “Smile” feat. Latoiya Williams, Aloe Blacc and Ms Dezy
KAINA – “Green”
Jidenna – “Vaporiza”
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Giannis”
L’Orange & Jeremiah Jae – “Dead Battery”
Stormzy – “Crown”
Mahalia – “Hide Out”
Nicole Bus – “Rain”
MorMor – “Won’t Let You”
Teyana Taylor – “We Got Love”

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Listen to Rhythm Lab Radio’s best songs of 2019 – part one

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In this episode of Rhythm Lab Radio, we featured part one of two of our best songs of 2019 including music from Rosalia, GoldLink, Ama Lou, Moses Boyd, The Comet is Coming, Sudan Archives, Swindle, Channel Tres, Jamila Woods, Little Simz, Rema, Ari Lennox, Toro Y Moi, Raphael Saadiq, Faye Webster, Celeste and more.

HOUR 1

Kid Sister – “Long Way Back”
Moses Boyd – “Stranger Than Fiction”
The Comet is Coming – “Summon The Fire”
Soil & Pimp Sessions – “Phantom of Franklin Avenue”
Tyler, The Creator – “IGORS Theme”
Mourning [A] Blkstar – “Harlem River Drive OG”
Little Simz – “Selfish” feat. Cleo Sol
Vagabon – “Water Me Down”
Celeste – “Coco Blood”
Raphael Saadiq – “Kings Fall”
Mereba – “Black Truck”
YBN Cordae – “Thousand Words”
Klassik – “Active”
Sessa – “Flor do Real”

HOUR 2

Faye Webster – “Flowers” feat. Father
Velvet Negroni – “Wine Green”
Rema – “Dumebi”
Goldlink – “Zulu Screams” feat. Maleek Berry & Bibi Bourelly
The Bongo Hop – “L’Autre Quai”
Bishop Nehru & Brady Watt – “Enjoy The Ride” feat. Jon B.
Jamila Woods – “FRIDA”
Ari Lennox – “Break Me Off”
Ama Lou – “Northside”
Flume & Reo Cragun – “Levitate”
Sudan Archives – “Glorious”
KAYTRANADA – “Gray Area” feat. Mick Jenkins
Toro Y Moi – “Ordinary Pleasure”
Rosalia – “A Pale”
Channel Tres – “Raw Power”
TNGT – “First Body”
Swindle – “California” feat. Kojey Radical and Etta Bond

Check out the Spotify playlist below.

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Listen to new music from KAYTRANADA, Stormzy, Atmosphere, Teyana Taylor and more

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In this episode of Rhythm Lab Radio, we featured new music from Teyana Taylor, Atmosphere, Kaytranada, 070 Shake, Free Nationals, Stormzy, Audrey, Zebra Katz, Werkha, DJ Shadow and more.

KAYTRANADA

Tracklisting

HOUR 1

Silk Rhodes – “Pains”
Brainstory – “Peter Pan”
Azymuth – “Melo do Dois Bicudos”
Suff Daddy – “Suffidigi”
Free Nationals – “Oslo” feat. Callum Connor & T. Nava
Atmosphere – “Lovely” feat. Nikki Jean
Alice Russell – “Heartbreaker”
The Internet – “Gabby”
Sault – “Why Why Why Why Why”
The Jones Girls – “Nights Over Egypt”
Stormzy – “One Second” feat. H.E.R.
Leyma – “Youtreatme” feat. Amyyoung
L’Eclair – “Taishi Koto Pt. 1
Fortunes. – “Energy”
KAYTRANADA – “What You Need” feat. Charlotte Day Wilson
Pote – “Fire For Fire” feat. Kojey Radical
Swarvy – “Do What I Do” feat. Versis

HOUR 2

J*Davey – “Queen of Wonderland” feat. Thundercat
Teyana Taylor – “We Got Love”
Layfullstop – “Cherries”
Catching Flies – “New Gods” feat. Jay Prince & Oscar Jerome
KAYTRANADA – “Gray Area” feat. Mick Jenkins
Audrey – “Comic Sans” feat. Jack Harlow
Zebra Katz – “Lousy”
Miles Bonny & B. Lewis – “Bottom To Top”
Werkha – “Generation X”
070 Shake – “Under The Moon”
slowthai – “Dead Leaves”
Mourning [A] Blkstar – “Gang Desire”
Stormzy – “Rainfall” feat. Tiana Major9
Fatima – “Do Better”
DJ Shadow – ‘Beauty, Power, Motion, Life, Work, Chaos, Law”
Emma-Jean Thackray – “Catford Bridge”

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Listen to a special acoustic session with Cautious Clay

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In this episode of Rhythm Lab Radio, we invited rising artist Cautious Clay for a special “From The Lab” acoustic session, which was recorded live at Milwaukee’s No Studios. No Studios is a creative space founded by Oscar-winner John Ridley (“12 Years A Slave.”)

Cautious Clay will be releasing his debut album in 2020.

We also featured new music from Black Jazz Consortium, Elliot Moss, TOKiMONSTA, DRAMA, SebastiAn, Tinashe and Kassa Overall who recently signed to Brownswood Recordings.

Listen to the full show below.

Cautious Clay with Rhythm Lab host Tarik Moody

HOUR 1

Kelan Philip Cohran & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – “Cuernavaca”
Scrimshire – “The Socials” feat. Soothsayers
Jazzz – “My Body”
Jonah Mutono – “Circulation”
Kassa Overall – “I Know You See Me” feat. J Hoard and Melanie Charles

-From The Lab Session w/ Cautious Clay-
Cautious Clay – “Call Me”
Cautious Clay – “Something For Nothing”
Cautious Clay – “Stolen Moments”

Elliot Moss – “Silver + Gold”

HOUR 2

TEKLIFE – “Took A While” feat. A.Fruit
Camo & Krooked – “Set It Off” feat. Jeru The Damaja
IRAH x Abstrakt Sonance – “Duppy Show”
Ikonika – “Primer”
DRAMA – “Gimme Gimme”
Black Jazz Consortium – “Energies Collide” feat. Ceri B
Roy Ayers – “Tarzan (Osunlade Yoruba Soul Mix)”
Ryan Hemsworth – “It’s A Tennessee Thang”
The Seshen – “Dive”
Kratos Himself – “Moonlight” feat. Deon Custom
TOKiMONSTA – “Love That Never”
SebastiAn – “Sober” feat. Bakar
Abra – “Novacane”
Katarra Parson – “Phoenix Rising”
Tinashe – “Save Room For Us” feat. MAKJ

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