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Hip Hop

Shaolin Jazz's Nancy from Shaolin is modern and exquisite

The brainchild of accomplished DJs Gerald Watson and DJ 2-Tone Jones, Shaolin Jazz is a fresh look at the sounds of the Wu, mixing their signature flow with chill and jazzhop. Their latest release, Nancy from Shaolin, is a real treat. Starting off with a wonderful chillhop intro and title track, the album hits high points on “Special” and “My M.E.T.H.O.D”.

Aside from making great music, Shaolin Jazz seems committed to celebrating the aesthetics of the Wu, holding a unique film series screening classics like Shogun Assassin. The Next screening is May 29th, 6-10pm at Songbyrd. No cover.

Hoping for more releases, and for this group to put DC on the chillhop map.

-Mike Dranove


Sabri brings his multifaceted soul to Elsewhere on 05.25

The lyric “Steppin’ on your toes I’m a big brown man” is just one way in which Sam Sundos conveys his personality through his solo project, Sabri. That declaration comes from his latest release, “FUCK IT MAN,” which, notwithstanding the harsh title, is a smooth, dreamy soul track built on a plodding, stretched hip hop beat. But don’t try to put this man in a box: the Brooklyn-based singer has proven his versatility through his first single “Oh, Honey,” a poppier, piano driven tune with a George Michael feel to it, and “Hot Tub,” probably his most mature track, featuring a timeless soul melody, and an arrangement enriched by brass and funky guitar and electric piano licks reminiscent of the glorious Motown years. Sabri's ever-changing sound serves as a reflection on his identity through his work; he has described his music as “a celebration of identity and an embrace of modern culture and technology.” You can catch him live at Elsewhere on May 25th. - Lily Crandall


Femdot “Ryu"

Femdot has released a new single, “Ryu” from his forthcoming debut LP, Dalecreme 2. The LP will be released via Closed Session on June 6th, and will feature contributions from Shawnee Dez, Sherren Olivia, CRLCRRLL, Johari Noelle, and Jack Redd.

Femdot will be performing at Lollapalooza on Saturday, August 4th.


Skooda Chose "Mutant"

Local emcee Skooda Chose has teamed up with Cleveland-Based producer M. Stacks to release a new 8 track EP called “Mutant”. The EP has a throwback feel, and features a ton of great samples. My favorite track is “Karaoke” which features a great looping soul sample.


Sen Morimoto How It Is Video

Sen Morimoto has released the video for “How It Is” from his debut EP, Cannonball!, which was released today, May18th, via 88rising and Sooper Records. The amazing video was created by Low-Moon Productions.

You can catch Sen Morimoto at Empty Bottle with Kaina and Qari on May 26th.


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