These dudes (and ladies) can rap and rap and rap some more. Funky Four Plus One More’s “Rappin and Rocking the House” is one of my very favorites from the disco rap genre.
NYC-based producer Cousin Cole put together this “blizzard-themed selection last night for buildingbeats, an awesome NYC nonprofit.”
Another one of my top 10 songs of 2014 is “Do It” by Tuxedo, a collaboration between Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One.
Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & the Trinity’s absolutely sublime psychedelic 1968 cover of Donovan’s folk-pop hit “Season of the Witch” gets a respectful yet groovy redux from producer/DJ/multi-instrumentalist The Pied Piper.
Kokayi has long been one of my favorite artists. He ended 2014 with “Part Of It,” one of 365 daily compositions.
“Electricity,” the pioneering debut single from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, is one of my favorite synth pop records.
Chuck D. from Public Enemy is a living legend. And joining forces with De La Soul in this sick track “The People.”
Capitan Futuro has commissioned producer Tom Drummond for a world funk remix of “Oye Mami Ft Pedro Santana” to get the right dance floor moving.
One guilty pleasure I will confess to is Elton John, specifically pre-1975 Elton John and Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.
Ghanaian recording artist Rocky Dawuni comes hard on “African Thriller,” an Afro-pop / dancehall hybrid primed for the dance floor.