Easy Ain’t Living


It was a slow day yesterday in all the best ways. Leftovers from the feast on Thursday, friends stopping through to share light and being, and great music playing in the back. Mr. Oakland was digging this mix I did a couple weeks ago, so here it is. Several of the artists are definitely worth mentioning and following up on as they are relatively newly arrived. I can’t get enough of Charles Bradley’s album “No Time For Dreaming” released on the Daptone record label. The fact that he is back by the Menahan Street Band just solidifies this release as one of the best soul records of the last year. The Stepkids are from LA and do so well at incorporating all kinds of influences into their sound. Teebs is a beatmaker, and his latest “Collection 01” has me cooking, cleaning and paying the rent all day, every day. SBTRKT’s album easily gets into my top 10 from 2011. There are plenty more nuggets for the ears to get into, so press play and enjoy your day.


Easy Ain’t Living

Since Our Last Goodbye – Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band
B4 the Night is Thru – Jesse Boykins III
Cook, Clean, Pay The Rent (New House Version) – Teebs
La La – The Stepkids
Come Live With Me – Dorothy Ashby
Fragment Zero….And I Kept Dubbin (Album Version) – Kenneth Bager feat Gisli
Youth – Black Uhuru/Paul “Groucho” Smykle
Burial Tonight – Tenastelin
Brixton – Oddisee
Heatwave – SBTRKT
Treats – Cubic Zirconia
1940 (AmpLive Remix) – The Submarines
Go! – Madlib The Beat Konducta ft. Gulity Simpson
Grand Theft Auto – Nicolay & Kay
Life In Marvelous Times – Mos Def
FWD – Nosaj Thing
Certified Air Raid Material – edIT
This Is Dilla’s World – J Dilla
Snow Birds – Mike Slott
Jump Up In the Air and Stay There – Erykah Badu, Lil Wayne & Bilal
Sheared Box – Portishead
Three Days (Elmore Judd Mix) – Hardkandy
Lovin’ You, Baby – Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band
The Suite Theme – Maxwell
Thug – Maniac
Alicia – Mala

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