Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Producer, musician, video-director & vibes king MMYYKK one of the WRZDS of astralblak fka ZULUZULUU releases the meditative, soulful salute to Queens with "Nala". "Nala" will be the first track from MMYYKK's upcoming new project, it follows two EP's from 2016 Love (In Syththesis) and Astralbeats Vol. 2.
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Minneapolis ZULUZULUU changed their name to Astralblak.
AFROPUNK PREMIERE: HYPNOTIC SINGLE ‘DUES’ MARKS NEW FOCUS FOR ELECTRO-SOUL COLLECTIVE ASTRALBLAK
Electrosoul collective ZULUZULUU has never pulled punches, and their re-emergence as astralblak finds the band pushing their sonic limits, while holding themselves accountable. The song matches a retro synth beat to one of the band’s tightest hooks. Melting synths fill out open spaces beneath a massive beat. As for the name change, it came as the result of soul searching about cultural appropriation and being true to their message as a band. By Nathan Leigh,Afro-Punk
"The main reason for the name change was a matter of authenticity and accountability. Being that none of us is directly related to the actual Zulu tribe of South Africa, we collectively decided that changing the name would be the most respectful course of action. astralblak is universal as in connecting with the universe, it is all encompassing in its narrative of blackness and highlights the diversity in all of our individual experiences as artists and members of the unified diaspora".- astralblak (formerly ZULUZULUU)
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Los Angeles producer MAST - aka Tim Conley - pays homage to the significant history of Thelonious Monk. MAST is a veteran of Los Angeles beats scene, and on the upcoming Thelonious Sphere Monk, MAST tackles 15 Monk compositions including the acclaimed "Round Midnight", "Blue Monk", and "Straight No Chaser", as well as more obscure titles like "Misterioso", "Pannonica", and "Bemsha Swing". Thelonious Sphere Monk arrives on January 26th on World Galaxy / Alpha Pup Records.
MAST ft. Makaya McCraven, Dan Rosenboom and Gavin Templeton -"Nutty"-mp3
Minneapolis Izell Pyramid follows up his excellent Priestcraft EP with a clever interpretation by Andrew Broder of "Soul Now".
Izell Pyramid -"Soul Now"-(Andrew Broder Remix)-mp3
Friday, January 12, 2018
TDE's Jay Rock returns with a banger with assist from Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake,"King's Dead" from the Black Panther soundtrack and Jay Rock's new record.
Jay Rock ft. Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake -"King's Dead"-mp3