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Sounds of Summer Madness


The Sounds of Summer Madness

In this issue, we aim to glorify the art of music and the sounds that inspire, encourage and excite us here at TAoN.  As such, we have compiled a NOISEMAKER list of just a few vibes that got rotation this summer, even as we fade into fall, including some new treats including De La Soul’s The Anonymous Nobody and Art Science by The Robert Glasper Experiment.


De La Soul Is Dead 25th Anniversary Tribute Photo

First off, we mark the return of one of Hip Hop’s most beloved groups, De La Soul.  After 28 years of artful and social relevance, Posdnus, Trugoy and Mase are still plugging away reaching for new heights of music culture.


This time around, they stay clear of samples incorporating a troupe of live instruments and musicians.  On top of that, they infuse a serious ensemble of guest artist such as Jill Scott, Usher, Snoop Dogg, 2Chainz, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Little Dragon, Pete Rock, Estelle, Ro Marciano, Justin Hawkins (The Darkness), and Damon Alburn of the Gorillaz.  Awkwardly ambitious as only De La Soul can master, the album represents a consortium of sounds from deep synths, piano and guitar, to layered horns and rock riffs that offers the audience a multi-flavored assortment of adult themed bubble-gum with long lasting chew and resonance.   Not bad for an independently released project funded via Kickstarter raising over $600,000 donated from a little over 11,000 fans. Shockingly, the first $101,000 came in through the campaign in only nine hours. “Kickstarter backers backed the entire album… all these anonymous people, and you don’t know their faces, helped us make this album.” According to Pos.  He adds that “People say all the time, nobody can do this no more.  You can’t do this.  Nobody can save hip hop. We’re like yeah, we’re that nobody.”


“The importance is the music. It’s the process.  It’s the vision of what we’re trying to do here opposed to who the stars are on the record.  We’re just people doing something cool, we’re not concerned about everything else.  We’re really trying to do something impressive, innovative and just different.” Says Dave.   “Put your fucking hands up and your phones and cameras down!  I mean, when do people enjoy shit anymore?  All we wanna do is capture, capture, capture!” In fact, during a live show in Lisbon, Mase screams at a fan in the front row with her camera phone… “Put your damn phone down and your hands up!”

This isn’t just a new De La Soul album.  It’s a De La Orchestration assembled in part by the love of the fans and constructed to reciprocate that anonymous love by the band. They say hip hop is dead and there is no more love in the house.  In fact, the truth is that you simply need to look harder and search deeper.  This album will make you cry, laugh and remember what made you like hip hop in the first place.  Hip hop nor De La Soul is dead, And The Anonymous Nobody has already charted #1 in Billboard Rap charts.

by ASK

The Robert Glasper Experiment


Robert Glasper Experiment has released “Find You,” the powerful first single from the groundbreaking, GRAMMY-winning band’s new album ArtScience (Blue Note). The eclectic album finds the Experiment getting down to its essence, with each of the band members—keyboardist Robert Glasper, saxophonist and vocalist Casey Benjamin, bassist Derrick Hodge, and drummer Mark Colenburg—delivering the vocals and sharing in the production and songwriting on the album. On ArtScience, the Experiment sounds like a bit of everything that’s vibrant and challenging and great about music woven into a billowing fabric of jazz, funk, soul, rock, hip-hop, blues, disco, electronic, and pop.

Last year Glasper reconvened his acclaimed acoustic trio for the GRAMMY-nominated album Covered, which was recorded live at Capitol Studios with bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid. Glasper has also scored Don Cheadle’s Miles Ahead film, reinterpreted the Miles Davis catalog on Everything Is Beautiful, played keys all over albums from Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly to Anderson .Paak’sMalibu to Maxwell’s blackSUMMERS’night, and is currently collaborating on forthcoming albums from Herbie Hancock, Common, and Mac Miller.


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In this 2nd installment of the trilogy album series, Black Summer’s NightMaxwell returns with his silky smooth vocals and rhythms in a cohesive form which connects similarities to his 1996 Embrya, an underwater, elliptical adaptation of sensuality and birth, via lusty, Latin undertones.  Instead, this album reminds me of a classic Donna Summer LP, no pun intended but takes a derived detour through retrospection and intimacy.  A huge departure from the 1st installment that possessed heavy bass intonations, layered with funky eccentric chords and smoky textures.  This Black Summer’s Night offers a less aquatic, lighter electronic approach utilizing minimalism to communicate his vice ridden themes and regrets about love and lost desires.

Although critics and the public reviews are not exactly favoring, there is an honesty and subtlety that one can appreciate during an overbearing season of social and political hypocrisy and lovelessness.  More emotional than pensive, this LP is romantic and perfect for a couples retreat, a steamy bubble bath, bonfire beach walk, or quite frankly, a quiet night alone designed for internal reflections.

by ASK

Check out the song and video “Lake By The Ocean” Here.

The Queens of KINGKING of QUEENS ReviewKING of QUEENS Review

These young ladies are incredibly talented and their unique sound is apparent.  Couldn’t keep my fingers off of the play button.  I’m sure you will experience the same phenom.  Pure beauty and grace personified in their music.  Check out the self titled album entitled KING.

Twins Paris and Amber Strother and musical sister Anita Bias are KING.

In 2011 KING independently released their first EP to much acclaim; title track “The Story”, “Supernatural”, and “Hey” make up the 3-piece introduction to their carefully crafted dream-soul sound. Hours after the release, their EP had traveled far to music lovers and tastemakers alike, making new fans of many.

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KING’s eclectic sound is relatable yet not simply defined. Though they play with the boundaries of their many influences, throughout each song is the common thread of a certain soulful authenticity. The smooth vibe, intricate production, and harmonic style of their music evolved beautifully in their home studio, a product solely of the three women and a result of their Minneapolis and Los Angeles roots.

The women of KING (from left): Anita Bias, Paris Strother and Amber Strother.
The women of KING (from left): Anita Bias, Paris Strother and Amber Strother.

Paris produces KING’s songs, while Amber and Anita are the primary singers. The three work together on songwriting and arrangements to create their unique sound, garnering accolades in/onRolling StonePitchforkNPRBillboardThe New York Times, SPINThe FADERVultureThe Guardian and Glamour among others, as well as the 55th GRAMMY award for ‘Move Love’, their collaboration with Robert Glasper on his Best R&B Album ‘Black Radio’. KING have completed their long-awaited debut album and are excited to invite listeners further into their sonic kingdom; listen to their conversation on NPR’s All Things Considered about their music-making process for the new record, released February 5, 2016 on their independent label, KING Creative. (Taken from the website

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Gregory Porter

take me to the alley

Grammy Award winning Gregory Porter returns with his powerful voice and soulful sonic blues with Take Me To The Alley, his fourth full length studio album, and third composition on Blue Note records.  The distinction of  Nat King Cole and inflections of Bill Withers are mild comparisons to this man’s musical style.  It says a lot when an artist can make a profound impact on three generations of fans and listeners.  Again, Porter comes equipped with soul drenched, jazz inspired nuggets.  Nothing short of brilliance in an era of lost heroes and rebirth of legacy.  I know this because he is not only one of my favorite artists, he’s also my mother’s favorite new artist.  That says a lot more than any words can say.  Just listen…

by ASK

Check out the title track and live video “Take Me To The Alley” Here.



Kaytranada is a Haitian-Canadian born electronic music producer and DJ that has been taking the world by storm, one mix and production at a time.  Born Louis Kevin Celestin in 1992, the Port-au-Prince, Haiti native migrated to Montreal, Quebec and began DJing at the age of 14.  He began his career under the alias Kaytradamus in 2010 before changing his name to Kaytranada in 2012.  Since then, he has released a total of 13 projects and 41 remixes, touring more than 50 Canadian, American, European and Australian cities.

Kaytranada poses for a portrait at The Echoplex in Los Angeles, CA, USA, part of Red Bull Sound Select Presents 30 Days in LA, on 22 November, 2015.
Kaytranada poses for a portrait at The Echoplex in Los Angeles, CA, USA, part of Red Bull Sound Select Presents 30 Days in LA, on 22 November, 2015.

Since the age of 14, when he first began to DJ and the following year when his brother introduced him to music production software, his output has been relentless. As he explains, “after he showed me the basics, from that day on I couldn’t stop making beats,” pumping out a beat a day for the next couple of years and soon after self-releasing a series of EPs and beat tapes that quickly began to expand his reach. Official releases on HW&W and Jakarta Records soon spread his name like wildfire and some instant-classic remixes by the likes of Missy Elliot, Janet Jackson,TLC, Danny Brown and others have cemented his reputation and his sound; an undeniable swing of the drums comparable to Dilla’s, a signature soulful touch in the melodies, and a healthy dose of funky bass lines.


Remixing everything from “Rumble In The Jungle” featuring Fugees and A Tribe Called Quest to Erykah Badu’s “Love Of My Life” to producing Talib Kweli’s “Butterfly”, Kaytranada has made notable contributions for a gamete of talented artists including Beyonce, Andre 3000, Freddie Gibbs, The Internet, Pharell, M.I.A., Common, Azealia Banks, Rhianna, Mobb Deep, Robert Glasper, Jill Scott, Karriem Riggins, Chance The Rapper and more.   Most recently, his collaborations with Anderson Pak, including “Glowed Up” and The Internet’s “Girl” has garnered him monstrous worldwide attention, notwithstanding the release of his latest LP entitled 99.9% which has been receiving praise since it’s release in May 2016.

Kaytranada is special.  He mirrors a deep prodigy soul with a knack for quirky chord movements and uses electronic instruments as if he was playing a harmonica.  His production palette is colorful and isn’t afraid to have fun with his own unique injection of humor.  The boy is bad.  If you haven’t had a chance to check him out, the time is now.  He is on the rise of becoming one of the great musicians of the future, and has already proven his worth in the now.  Kaytranada is shifting paradigms like Dr. Strange alters perspectives.  Kaytranada is a magician of music.

Check out the Twin Peaks, David Lynch styled video “Glowed Up” featuring Anderson Pak, another burgeoning talent and MC who is definitely changing the hip hop paradigm.

by ASK


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The Joint (A Trilogy) – coming soon!

Get ready for the 3-part supa single The Joint {A Trilogy} featuring Artifacts, Sadat X, Brian Jackson and Sharriff Simmons.  Produced by Motion Picturez


Listen to “The Joint” part one ‘Broken Glass’


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