Google+ Beathearts: 05.2011


Gil Scott-Heron - A BBC originals documentary (2004)

Just stumbled upon this great documentary on Gil Scott-Heron in Daz-I-Kue's twitter flow. It's an excellent insight to the man's life, music and contribution to society.

"Originally aired on the BBC in 2004, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: A Film About Gil Scott-Heron features contributions from disciples such as Chuck D and Mos Def as well as music from his career stretching back over 20 albums to the early ’70s.

Gil Scott-Heron (April 1st, 1949 - May 27th, 2011) is an American poet, musician, and author known primarily for his late 1960s and early 1970s work as a spoken word soul performer and his collaborative work with musician Brian Jackson.

His collaborative efforts with Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues and soul music, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. The music of these albums, most notably Pieces of a Man and Winter in America in the early 1970s, influenced and helped engender later African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul. Scott-Heron’s recording work is often associated with black militant activism and has received much critical acclaim for one of his most well-known compositions “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. On his influence, a music writer later noted that “Scott-Heron’s unique proto-rap style influenced a generation of hip-hop artists."
(Shouts: 13thfloorgrowingold &RBGzRapFreeStyleChan)


Tribute: Gil Scott Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011)

Saturday morning and we just got word that another beautiful creative soul has passed on. Gil Scott Heron was of course a huge inspiration for us and many of the artist we cover here at Beathearts. Or as Chuck D just put it on Twitter:

"RIP GSH..and we do what we do and how we do because of you. And to those that don't know tip your hat with a hand over your heart & recognize."

One of the most most beautiful Gil Scott Heron tributes we've found is put together by the Polish vinyl only blog Soul-jazz.

"Sometimes less means more and that is why the second part Soul-jazz tribute podcast series lasts for not even half an hour and presents less knows and less revolutionary side of mister Scott-Heron. The lack of most popular works like The Bottle or Revolution Will Not Be Televised is compensated by six unique and so different compositions found in the output of this magnificent artist. Your attention should be attracted by this year’s published My Cloud; one of many excellent examples showing cooperation between Gil Scott-Heron and Malcolm Cecil.


Morning Thoughts (Arista, 1981)
A Prayer For Everybody/To Be Free (Arista, 1978)
Offering (TVT Records, 1975)
A Lovely Day (TVT Records, 1976)
My Cloud (XL Recordings, 2010)
Spirits Past (TVT Records, 1994)

Another brilliant Heron tribute is from JJ's Smoking sessions over at Six Million Steps. Six Million Steps are a London-based collective of DJ's, record collectors, and enthusiasts of soulful black dance music that put out top notch mixtapes, live sessions and podcasts.

Download: JJ's Smoking session - Gil Scott Heron


A Sign Of The Ages
I Think I'll Call It Morning
Lady Day and John Coltrane
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Home Is Where The Hatred Is
The Bottle
Ain't No Such Thing As Superman
Angola Louisiana
Madison Avenue
Inner City Blues
Race Track In France
B Movie
It's Your World

Gil Scott Heron we salute you. R.I.P.


Beathearts flavor of the month: BusCrates 16-Bit Ensemble

“It came from being a DJ, not having a car, and taking crates of records on the bus.”

With an alias as dope as his beats, Buscrates a.k.a. Orlando Marshall is our Beathearts flavour of the month. Great name, great beats from this DJ/producer from Pittsburgh's East End. Teaming up with Iman Williams, Fayth Hope, Velben, Tahir Jahi, he puts out magic under the Buscrates 16-bit Ensemble moniker. Earlier accomplishments is among others an album from the earlier mentioned Iman Williams.

What first caught our attention was his stunning refix of french nusoul singer Meemee Nelzy - Comme Un Lotus (below). For some reason the last weeks there have been tunes, remixes and beats popping up from all over the place from the man. Funky, deep, futuristic soul, just the way we like it.

Meemee Nelzy - Comme Un Lotus (BusCrates 16-bit remix)

Buscrates & Tahir Jahi - Fast Food (Biggie-Sized)

Fayth Hope - Truly Deeply Madly (BusCrates 16-bit remix)

With tracks as these we have very high expectations of what's to come. While waiting for an album we've put togheter a lil' collection of some of the amazing tracks we picked up from Buscrates lately. Enjoy!
J-Live - Listening (BusCrates 16-bit remix)
Meemee Nelzy - Comme Un Lotus (Buscrates 16-bit remix)
Q-tip - Work it out (BusCrates 2nd remix)
Buscrates 16-bit Ensemble - For the people
BusCrates 16-bit Ensemble - Jokers
BusCrates 16-bit Ensemble - Stepping stones
BusCrates 16-bit Ensemble - Fast food (Biggie-sized)

As a bonus here's a ringtone (!) he put together for Locallytoned:
Download: BusCrates - Glockenspiel tone


Slakah the beatchild - Daily commute music

Can't believe we missed out on the latest beat tape (Vol.4) from Slakah! It appearantly dropped about a month ago via Slakah's twitter flow @beatchild. Genious, smooth and funky productions as always and available for free download. The perfect soundtrack for the daily subway commute. Check it while it's still available.

Download: Slakah the beatchild - Beat tape Vol.4

Slakah the beatchild - How to forgive

Slakah the beatchild - More than


A Tribe Called Quest - Tribute part.II

In response to our A Tribe Called Quest tribute the other week we got this great 60-track mixtape from a Tribe-head in Toronto, DJ M-Rock. Check it out!

Download: M-Rock - The best of A Tribe Called Quest


  1. M-Rock’s Intro
  2. Girls, Girls, Girls *
  3. Award Tour
  4. Glamour And Glitz
  5. Danger – Blahzay Blahzay ^^
  6. Get It Together – The Beastie Boys*
  7. Oh My God
  8. Oh My God (Remix)
  9. We Can Get Down
  10. Get Down (Q-Tip Remix) – Craig Mack *
  11. Find My Way
  12. Breathe & Stop
  13. Hot Sex
  14. La Schmoove **
  15. True Fuschnick
  16. Scenario ft. Leaders of The New School
  17. Scenario (Remix) ft. Leaders of The New School
  18. Steve Biko
  19. Can I Kick It (Live at the Apollo)
  20. Buggin’ Out
  21. Check the Rhime
  22. 1nce Again
  23. Jazz
  24. Soul by the Pound – Common ^^
  25. Jazz (Remix)
  26. Gangsta Bitch – Apache %
  27. Extra Abstract Skillz – Mad Skillz ft. Extra P *
  28. Ill Vibe – Busta Rhymes *
  29. All the Way Live *
  30. Undisputed Champs – Del The Funky Homosapien ft. Pep Love *
  31. Body Rock – Mos Def ft. Tash *
  32. The Chase Pt 1
  33. Baby Phife’s Return ft. Consequence
  34. Excursions
  35. Push It Along
  36. Footprints
  37. Artical – Whitey Don **
  38. I Left My Wallet In El Segundo
  39. Luck of Lucien
  40. What
  41. Let’s Organize – Organized Konfusion *
  42. A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays – De La Soul ft. Vinia Mojica*
  43. Saturdays (What yo life can truly be) – De La Soul ft. Dres, Vinia Mojica ^
  44. Doin’ Our Own Dang – Jungle Brothers ft. Queen Latifah, Moni Love ^
  45. Groove Is In The Heart – Deee-Lite *
  46. Vivrant Thing
  47. Let’s Ride
  48. Electric Relaxation
  49. Mystic Brew -Ronnie Foster ^*
  50. Smiling Billy Suite Pt 2 – The Heath Brothers ^*
  51. One Love – Nas *
  52. Get A Hold
  53. Bonita Applebum
  54. Bonita Applebum (Remix)
  55. Between the Sheets – Isley Brothers
  56. Like It Like That
  57. Lyrics To Go
  58. Verses From the Abstract ft. Vinia Mojica, Ron Carter
  59. Word Play
  60. Ital – The Roots *

Mayer Hawthorne - The covers EP

Friday the 13th bring us smoking news from the Stonesthrow crew. A great collection of retro covers to get the weekend started. Have a great one!


Mayer Hawthorne has been talking for a while about releasing a free collection of cover songs for the web, and today he did just that via his Twitter account. The collection is called Impressions and the download link is below, followed by Mayer's track by track descriptions.

DOWNLOAD: Mayer Hawthorne - The Covers EP

1. Work To Do
This one features my live band, The County: Quentin Joseph on drums, Topher Mohr on guitar, Quincy McCrary on piano, and Joe Abrams on bass. It was recorded live in a radio station studio somewhere during our Winter 2010 US tour. The tapes recently surfaced, but nobody can remember exactly where we were. The song is originally by The Isley Brothers, and that’s the only version I was familiar with until we started playing it in our live shows and people would come up to us and say “hey, loved your cover of Average White Band!”.

2. Don’t Turn The Lights On
My favorite track from Chromeo’s latest LP. On the surface it’s an electro-funk, dance floor filler, but underneath is a brilliant love ballad with lyrics that reminded me of something from Tyrone Davis. Dave1 (of Chromeo) told me the song is about a guy who falls in love with a ghost, so I wanted my version to have an eerie, ghostly feel to it. Quincy McCrary played the creepy piano solo at the end.

3. You’ve Got The Makings Of A Lover
Textbook Northern Soul from a little known Dallas, Texas group called The Festivals. I was digging for records in NY with my homey DJ Kurse, and the shopkeeper played the 45 in the store. Both of us immediately ran up to the counter and said “yo! what is THAT?!”. The original version was recorded in the late 60s, and the mix isn’t very good. I wanted a version that I could bump. Quentin Joseph played the drums and we recorded them at Sam Beaubien’s studio in Detroit. That’s Sam playing the trumpet as well.

4. Fantasy Girl
This song was written and composed by an amazing man from Pasadena named Steve Salazar. He was born with a heart condition and passed away at the young age of 27. Before he died he recorded one incredible album of demos in the mid-70s with a band called Shorty’s Portion. Peanut Butter Wolf found a copy of the album and I loved it so much that he gave it to me (thanks Wolf!). The vinyl had a handwritten note tucked in the sleeve that was addressed to anyone who could help the band with management, a record deal, radio airplay, etc. I’d estimate there were less than 300 copies pressed. That’s my Dad playing pedal steel guitar and Topher Mohr shredding the guitar solo on my version.

5. Little Person
Jon Brion is not from this planet. He penned this song for the soundtrack to Charlie Kaufman’s film “Synecdoche, NY”. I didn’t get the film at all, but I really got the soundtrack. The original has only female vocal and piano, but I always heard a larger arrangement. Hubert Alexander played some of the piano and I did everything else.

6. Mr. Blue Sky
This one also features my band, The County, and was recorded live, in one take, in a tiny makeshift tent, at a festival in Dour, Belgium.


Beathearts rewind #19: Erick Sermon

I still can't believe I missed out when the legendary EPMD passed through town earlier this year. To make up for that negligence this week's Beathearts rewind is an ode to the green eye bandit, beat maker and rhymesayer extraordinaire, Erick Sermon. We picked out three Sermon gems that always put a smile on our faces and our heads nodding.

First up, my favourite track from the amazing Business as Usual album from 1992. For some reason Manslaughter was the first track I heard from the album. I believe it was also the first track I heard sampling the unmistakeble Strange games and things from Love Unlimited Orchestra.

EPMD - Manslaughter (1992)

The second track is Sermon's genious remix of Redman's Rockafella track. It took me a while to hunt this 12 inch down back in the day but ever since I found it in Shibuya, Tokyo I keep coming back to that amazing instrumental. Hypnotic!

Redman - Rockafella (Erick Sermon remix) (1994)

For the third track, I thought I'd pick one of the many collaboration tracks he's put out over the years. Since New Jack Swing and GUY were a big part of my musical upbringing I had to go with Welcome ft. Aaron Hall and Keith Murray from the great 1995 promo EP also featuring the Bomdigi remix and Do your thing.

Erick Sermon ft. Aaron Hall & Keith Murray - Welcome (1995)

Real happy with our triple selections above I just realized that I can't let you go without the tune that is probably my all time most frequently played Sermon instrumental. No doubt he has put out more memorable lyrics but the beat is still bangin!

Erick Sermon - Stay real (1993)


Soulparlor - Evoluzion/noiz u love

Finally an album from German DJ/producer collective Soulparlor: Frank Jensen, Frank Lotz and Tobias Müller. The album is entitled Evoluzion (noiz u love backwards) and it's long overdue after 15 years on the scene, a thick pile of 12 inches, remixes as well as a magical (from what we hear) residency at YouMoveNothingIfYouDon'tMoveYourself in Mainz, Germany.

The new album features a whole bunch of collaborations from Beathearts favourites: Guest vocalists featured include Cecilia Stalin (Koop), Jacob And The Appleblossom (Wagner Love), Colonel Red, Oddisee, Replife, Stan Smith and others. Bonus remixes are delivered from longtime collaborators from West London and beyond including legends of the underground such as Afronaut, Daz-I-Kue (Bugz In The Attic), Dego (4hero/2000black), MdCL, Pure P (Raw Fusion), Souled and Tokyo Dawn's funk maestro Opolopo.

Soulparlor ft Jacob & the appleblossom - Nothing ever changes

The first single and video (above) is the smooth late night track Nothing ever changes. Another track we're especially excited about though is the remix of Bang Illy from Sweden's finest: Pure P & Melo. Check a preview of the track below.

Soulparlor ft. Oddisee - Bang Illy (Pure P & Melo remix)

Soulparlor - Evoluzion is released on Tokyo Down Records on June 3rd


Beathearts rewind #18: A Vibe Called Quest

With all the controversy surrounding the upcoming A Tribe Called Quest documentary (due for release on July 8th?) we thought it was appropriate to rewind the good old Tribe vibe. In 2008 DJ SP put together what in our headphones still is the best Tribe mixtape ever compiled. The tunes are there of course but this is a MIXtape in the true essence of the word. Nothing fancy just a brilliant selection skillfully put together. Enjoy folks!

DJ SP - A vibe called quest (download here)