Bloc Party: Tulips (Club Version) (Minotaur Shock remix)

When Bloc Party came out with their debut album Silent Alarm back in 2005, the band literally changed my life. Not only was the album absolutely incredible, but also it was the first time that I saw a black man (someone that looked like me) performing and creating memorable songs in the predominately white indie…

Soviet Soviet: Further

The continuous gloomy and rainy weather has put me into a post-punk mood. I have been listening to Bloc Party and The Twilight Sad hour after hour. I finally got a chance to check out Italian post-punk band Soviet Soviet who have been in the news recently due to Trump’s travel ban. The band’s music…

The Roots: Push Up Ya Lighter

I have been working on a laid-back hip-hop playlist for some time now. I’ve been wanting to do this for years and finally have the time to do so. The Roots have proven to be the complete embodiment of chill hip hop with their mellow beats and easygoing sound. They do have songs where they completely…

Balance and Composure: Spinning

“Light We Made” was one of my favorite albums of 2016. Balance and Composure completely revamped their sound and went for a more melodic sound without any shouted vocals. The band did retain its melancholy leanings and delivered one of the best albums of their career. “Spinning” is one of the best songs from the record…

Sunday Soul: Smokey Robinson and The Miracles – I Like It Like That

For this Sunday Soul song, I bring you the incomparable Smokey Robinson and The Miracles. Smokey has become synonymous with the smooth Motown sound and churned out hit after hit during the 50s and 60s. One of his best songs is “I Like It Like That,” which has an upbeat and laidback sound and features Smokey’s…

Peter Tosh: The Poor Man Feel It

I have always thought Peter Tosh was on the same level as Bob Marley. His music was both political and innovative and helped to draw in fans to the reggae genre. Tosh has an insurmountable list of memorable songs including “Poor Man Feel It.” This track has Tosh singing about the hardships that poor people…

Sunday Soul: Sly and the Family Stone – Just Like a Baby

“There’s a Riot Goin’ On” is the album I always return to whenever I want to listen to Sly and the Family Stone. The album’s dark and somber tone was written during a period when the country was at war with itself. The civil rights movement was coming to end and the people were trying…

Talib Kweli- Colors of You

Talib Kweli has had a career that has always flown under the radar. From his excellent collaborative albums with Mos Def and Hi-Tek, he has consistently released thought-provoking albums. “Colors of You” is a track that was produced by J. Dilla and has Talib flowing along with the laid-back beat. Check it out.  

Bobby Timmons: Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen

Bobby Timmons is one of the most underrated jazz pianists in the genre. His songs vary in nature with many being equal parts upbeat and melancholy. His output was phenomenal and he helped to create many jazz standards that have been covered extensively over the years. “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” is a somber track…

Dark Dark Dark: Daydreaming

Dark Dark Dark’s “Daydreaming” is a fantastic track from their second studio album “Wild Go.” Vocalist Nona Marie Invie’s voice literally soars over the gentle piano playing throughout the song. Her wonderful voice ropes you in and keeps you wanting to hear more and more of it. Check it out.

Deerhunter: Never Stops

Deerhunter’s “Microcastle” album is one of the best albums from the band. It is an experimental record that is equal parts dream pop and art rock. The album moves along at a quick but measured pace that makes it an instantly replayable album. The record has many great songs but the standout song is “Never…

Can’t Swim: Molly’s Desk

Can’t Swim are releasing their debut album “Fail You Again” next week and it is shaping up to be a standout record. “Molly’s Desk” is one of the songs from the album with its heavy and aggressive sound. Check it out.