ajoyo - chocot’
Stand up and take notice, it's time to dance as Ajoyo drops the next single from their upcoming self-titled debut. Chocot' is classic afrobeat with a slinky line from organ player Can Olgun and emotive sax from Yacine Boulares. Get lost in this one folks, stream it right now over here and grab a copy for the road right here. The full LP drops on April 21, and the preorder is up right now.
Soul Brother Greg Hester
The new Greg Hester record - Soul Brother Where Art Thou? - is getting praise from all corners as the funkiest groove of the year. With many of the J.B.s performing and amazing vocal performances from the likes of Kevn Kinney, Chris Unck, John Popper and more, it's not a surprise. Check it right here, and please do tell your friends.
X-Jazz is coming
Here's one for all of the European Ropeadopers - XJAZZ is coming up fast and Lars Bartkuhn will be bring his delicate and precise vision of jazz to the stage on May 7th. The lineup is amazing, including Mark de Clive-Lowe, Jose James, and many many more. Check on Lars right here, and get your tickets over here. If you haven't heard Lars Bartkuhn's Passion Dance Orchestra you should head over here and dig in. It is sublime.
Kuf Knotz - A POSITIVE LIGHT
Large UP to our long time Ropeadope alum and messenger of love and light, Kuf Knotz. A Positive Light hits everywhere today, and Kuf is hitting the road to spread the word. New York, check it this Friday night, Philly get ready for the hometown throwdown on Saturday, and RVA prepare yourselves for Kuf with Sam Reed on Monday the 30 th. Spring is here, get out and celebrate. Dig the new record, out today!
NYC Love Affair - Adam Smale
Three times dope / #3Xd
We're bringing it to the streets with three solid shows next month. First up is the Ropeadope/Jellowstone triple play at Art Of Cool Festival - Sidewalk Chalk, Butcher Brown, and Snarky Puppy heat up the Durham Armory on April 27th. Then it's straight up I-95 to The Brooklyn Bowl for MK Groove Orchestra, CCCO, and Kuf Knotz on April 27th. Top off the week with Karikatura and Butcher Brown at Arlene's Grocery on April 30. We'll be hitting all three, will you?
A Positive Light
It's been eight years since Philly MC Kuf Knotz landed at Ropeadope with The Burndown Allstars, and we've always been fans of his upbeat, world embracing style. And now, Kuf returns once more with his peaceful and progressive opus - A Positive Light. Kuf follows his own path, pushing Hip-Hop where he wants it to go. Dig the first single, Get Free, and preorder the full album right here. If you're plugged in to Itunes, you can preorder, rate and review right here and support Kuf on his path.
Exorcism (Nat Osborn Band)
Soul Brother Where Art Thou?
After 7 years of hard work and careful selection our resident soul man Greg Hester has delivered his tribute to James Brown. The tracks were laid down by Mr. Brown's band themselves - Keith Jenkins, Danny Ray, Waldo Weathers, Mousey Thompson, Ron Laster, Fred Thomas, Fred Wesley and more - and you can hear that signature groove all the way through. The guests are diverse - John Popper, Col Bruce Hampton, Raul Malo, Ivan Neville, Shana Morrison, Chris Unck, Kevn Kinney, and Jimmy Hall all deliver their unique take on the classic songs, as Greg Hester guides them duet style. This is an Augusta GA native and his friends paying full homage to the Godfather of Soul, and it's HOT. Dig in right here for the first few tracks and get your copy.
March 31 marks the return of Ropeadope Alum Ben Rubin AKA Benny Cha Cha (dred scott), this time with his long time partner in creation Marilyn Carino as the critically acclaimed duo of MUDVILLE. Their new single, Someone Else, was written for and featured in a new film of the same name (Ben wrote the score). Start here and here to get up with Mudville, check the film over here, and stay tuned for early listening of the single next week.