PARIS DJ’S / GRANT PHABAO & RACECAR “A Healthy Obsession With Pétanque”

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The new LP, from Grant Phabao & Racecar, is a blend of rap with funk, reggae, ska, afrofunk, jazz and soul instrumentals titled “A Healthy Obsession With Pétanque”. Feel good music all the way.

Grant Phabao and Racecar don’t need any introduction anymore. One being part the collective Paris DJ’S and the other being involved and collaborating on many projects (Sax Machine, Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra, Asagaya…) before you can start counting till three…
“C’est un exercice de styles” for both party like we say in France and the result is astonishing. The groove is the common factor on all the tracks. The goal is to release this project in September 2016 on a cd format and vinyl LP.

If you want to support a great cause and find your name on the booklet (or insert for the LP), or get yourself a collector t-shirt printed and illustrated by poster artist Ben Hito check the new crowdfunding campaign after this appetizer:

If you are diggin’good music this one cannot be missed in your collection if you ask me !

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ALFRED BANKS “A Beautiful Song” & “Bless You” (Prod by CZA)

Alfred Banks

Alfred Banks writes a heartfelt letter & reminisces on all the good & bad times he shared with his brother.

Born and raised in Uptown New Orleans Alfred Banks grew up with a love for two things, sneakers and rap. At an early age Alfred knew he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his mentor and older brother Orlandas Banks and make music just like him, all while rocking the hottest kicks around. His brother’s support and guidance kept Alfred afloat through all the hectic times in his life, but when Orlandas departed for the Marines, Alfred began to see an emotional disconnect in their relationship.

During the years without his brother by his side Alfred experienced some of the highest of highs and lowest of lows. Alfred’s talent and insane work ethic helped him bounce back from being homeless and landed him various co signs from outlets like Complex and Revolt. Alfred even worked his way onto his first national tour alongside his close friend Mickey Factz. But Orlandas wasn’t around to share these moments with his little brother because he committed suicide after battling schizophrenia. It was the worst day of Alfred’s life when he got the news, but he knew that no matter what Orlandas wanted him to fulfill his dreams.

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GERY MENDES “Not ready”

Gery Mendes Caminho

The road of life is never without trials and tribulations. Do we hold on to what is or are we willing to let go and embrace the unknown and be ready for change?
Welcome Gery Mendes; a Cape Verdean musician, poet, mc, actor, producer residing in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Not too long ago, he released his sophomore album entitled “Caminho”, a 12 track album which features “Memories” as the first single and “Not ready” as the second. To give you a new set of visuals he joined forces with Congolese filmmaker Bouba Dola for ” Not Ready”, a beautiful but simple video about life and the constant changes we encounter.

For all the bookers out there, if you searching for the next big thing for your festival look no further, Gery Mendes is the essence of a true artist. With his band or by himself for an acoustic set he will rock the house. He really deserve bigger stages to shared craft his music with a large audience.

15 APRIL – GROUNDS, ROTTERDAM (full band) with a video premiere of his 3rd single “Wonder”
24 APRIL – V11, ROTTERDAM (acoustic set)

For more info contact: Gery Mendes,

DOWNLOAD “Caminho” here

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Still sad about the death of one of my heroe. I had the chance to catch Phife Dawg and Tribe Called Quest during their last tour as a unit in Paris…It was legendary ! Too bad we won’t have the chance to hear “Muttymorphosis” his second album he was working on. I really hope that we at least will have the opportunity to hear the complete track “Nutshell” (produced by J. Dilla) because it leaves a taste of becoming an instant classic.

Trompetist Miles Bonny, who in my eyes is also one of the most underrated singer / producer out there and Busta Rhymes (check his Instagram) are paying tribute in their own way to Phife. Rest in power…

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