Kabanjak is one half of the block-rockin’ German hip-hop production and DJ duo Ancient Astronauts, and ESL Music’s newest unique artist signing. With a deep passion for music dating back to a childhood fixated on watching faded footage of Jimi Hendrix performing guitar pyrotechnics, Kabanjak has spent decades honing his skills as a musician, producer, remixer, and DJ. Now he is ready to present his own musical vision with his debut solo album
Tree of Mystery!
Kabanjak not only tackles much of Tree of Mystery’s live instrumentation, including guitars, bass, keys, kalimba, flute, and melodica but also teams up with various other vocal and instrumental talents: Steady collaborator Ulf Stricker provides snapping live drum rhythms, Canadian DMC champion and Juno Award winner DJ Brace provides cuts and scratches, poet Azeem (who also appeared on last years debut Ancient Astronauts album We Are To Answer) drops conscious rhymes, and Sitali (from Thievery Corporation’s live show) and Rykarda Parasol provide soulful incantations.
With its broad spectrum of haunting melodies, rough riddims, and solid arrangements, spanning from downbeat to hip-hop to dub reggae, Kabanjak lets Tree of Mystery dig its roots deep into the musical underground and grow its branches right up into the sky!
Tree Of Mystery is released November 2, 2010 on ESL Music
1. Lullaby of Leaves 2. Blind Lights 3. Evaflow 4. Don’t Worry (feat.Sitali) 5. High Priest 6. Follow the Storm 7. The Man Who Spoke Flames 8. Rhythm (feat. Azeem) 9. Rubicon 10. Baby, Don’t You Know? (feat. Rykarda Parasol) 11. I Don’t Want to Work Today 12. I Am a Tree
(VP RECORDS, NEW YORK) - VP Records recording artist Capleton gears up to fire his brand of reggae music to the masses across the U.S., and is taking label mate Romain Virgo and dancehall star Munga Honorable as opening acts for his headlining U.S. tour. The legendary reggae star and Virgo, a rising singing sensation, both released new albums this year, and now they are taking those new sounds to the fans. (See tour dates below).
Capleton, known to fans as the "Fireman," saw the release of his latest album, I-Ternal Fire, from VP Records in July 2010. Capleton is known for his fierce delivery of spiritual and socially-conscious lyrics, and this collection of work is no different. Comprising of 15 tracks, I-Ternal Fire offers the uncompromising declarations that have characterized Capleton's lyrics for the past two decades.
Romain Virgo, the reigning singing sensation from Jamaica, saw the release of his self-titled debut album in June 2010, also on the VP imprint. The talented singer/songwriter rose to fame after winning the 2007 Digicel Rising Star competition in Jamaica. He provides smooth vocals and heartfelt lyrics on this debut effort, in addition to penning all 15 songs.
Dumi RIGHT and Cadence Proudly Present: "Legitimate Raw"
Upon first hearing about the crew Alternate Reality, one might assume that they are a new to the scene. That is far from the case however. While the group may be a new construct, both the members are seasoned purveyors of hip hop with substance.
Dumi RIGHT was introduced to audiences in the early 90's as a member of Zimbabwe Legit -- the pioneering crew widely regarded as the first African hip hop group to gain international recognition. At the same time, Cadence was making a name for himself as an MC, DJ and producer; as one half of the highly respected indie hip hop duo Raw Produce, and then later as a solo artist. Their paths converged on a number of occasions over the course of the last decade, with collaborations on various projects that most notably include: Zimbabwe Legit - House of Stone, Cadence - Creative Commerce and O.U.O - of unknown origin.
Now Dumi RIGHT and Cadence have joined forces as Alternate Reality and are proud to present Legitimate Raw - a limited edition vinyl EP (ONLY 300 hand-numbered copies), which introduces listeners to the group, while also providing several exclusive songs and remixes from their respective catalogs.
Legitimate Raw finds Cadence and Dumi RIGHT serving up insightful and incisive lyrics, coupled with richly textured beats to deliver their unique brand of artistry to the masses. The release features production work by Cadence, Saint and Lord Lamont (Khz Productions), and guest appearances by hip hop luminaries YZ, Chubb Rock and Prince Po (Organized Konfusion), as well as underground favorites C Rayz Walz, Breez Evahflowin' and Vast Aire.
The exclusive vinyl EP can be ordered for $25 plus appropriate shipping and handling. As a bonus, purchase also includes an immediate digital download of the 8 tracks in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other high fidelity format you could possibly desire. Note: The digital download is ONLY available with purchase of the vinyl EP and cannot be bought separately.
Legitimate Raw is the next step in the musical lineage of two artists who have already crafted an impressive catalog of releases, working alongside an A-list cast of hip hop veterans and respected independent artists. This release will give listeners an exclusive window into the creative mind state of these longtime denizens of the underground, giving the people what they have been asking for.
Product will begin shipping on October 4th, but you can begin placing pre-orders now.
Alternate Side: 1. Legitimate Raw — Alternate Reality* 2.What They Want — Dumi RIGHT feat. Breez Evahflowin’ and C Rayz Walz** 3. For a Reason — Cadence* 4. Definition of a Great Mind — Alternate Reality feat. YZ*
Reality Side: 1. Get A Grip — Alternate Reality** 2. Fast Talk — Alternate Reality*** 3. Wake ‘Em Up (Remix) — Dumi RIGHT feat. Vast Aire and Chubb Rock* 4. No Can Do (Remix) — Cadence feat. Prince Po*
* produced by Cadence ** produced by Saint *** produced by Lord Lamont
Big B Streams Entire New Album 'Good Times & Bad Advice' Online
Big B is currently streaming his entire new album "Good Times & Bad Advice" online at http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/7. The album lands in stores this week through Suburban Noize Records and features guest appearances by Everlast, Cisco Adler (Shwayze, Whitestarr), Glasses Malone, Pepper, and Unwritten Law’s Scott Russo.
BIG B has become known for his raw and honest style, blending together elements of hip-hop, alternative rock, country and even a laid-back reggae vibe. ‘Good Times & Bad Advice’ sees the Las Vegas rebel build upon the success of his smash previous effort ‘American Underdog’. Big B’s new video for the song “Before I Leave This Place” featuring Everlast can be viewed online HERE.
Big B is currently on tour with Kottonmouth Kings, Blaze, and Australian hip-hop outfit Bliss N’ Eso until September 24th and will be performing at EPICENTER Twenty Ten alongside Eminem, Blink-182 and a reunited House of Pain on September 25th.
BIG B TOUR DATES: Sep 15 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill Sep 16 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Zoo Sep 17 - Pontiac, MI - Clutch Cargos Sep 18 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues Sep 19 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Sep 20 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's Sep 21 - Milwaukee, WI - The Eagles Club Sep 22 - Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze Sep 23 - Fargo, ND - The Venue at Playmaker's Sep 24 - Sioux Falls, SD - Nutty's North Oudoors Sep 25 - Fontana, CA - EPICENTER Twenty Ten (Big B Only)