Tye Felix Huggins's blog

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    Nov 20
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Instrumental Funk and Hip-Hop Of 2013

On this Saturday night’s edition of the After Hours we’ll be listening to some of my favorite instrumental funk and hip-hop to have come out this year. I’ll be starting off with some funk-rock fusion courtesy of Orgone, Springdale Quartet, Analog Attention and Suffer Like G Did. We’ll also be listening to some heavy soul-funk courtesy of The Gene Dudley Group from their new album Saturday Shifting. “The debut album, Saturday Shifting, was recorded in a cupboard in Muswell Hill, North London, and features the man himself [Gene Dudley] on trumpet, saxophone, drums, bass, guitar and piano. On a couple of occasions, though, Gene had to budge over to allow fellow musicians Ewan Whyte and Tom Jackson to fit in a play a solo or two, but other than that, everything you hear on this album comes from the mind, mouth, fingers and heart of Mr. Gene Dudley Esq.”

In the second hour of the show we’ll be listening to some great instrumental hip-hop featuring Bristol based DJ & producer Sam Fergusson AKA Frenic. We’ll be checking out the album he released earlier this week: Back To The Beat Tape--"an incredible beat tape of 15 instrumental hip-hop tracks cooked up in old school boom bap manner with a bunch of soul, funk and jazz samples.” We’ll also hear from RJD2, Tab & Anitek, Suplington, Joomanji, Nightmares On Wax and The Stuyvesants. Stream it live November 16th 10pm-12am right here on KRUU radio.

  • Tue
    Nov 12
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    Nov 14
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Afro-Beat, Brass & Swing of 2013

On this Tuesday's edition of That Righteous Jive we'll be listening to some great afro-funk, brass and swing--all from albums released this year.

I'll be starting off with the self-titled debut album from Cherimoya: a five-piece "apocalyptic funk" outfit from Portland, Oregon. "Combining elements of classic soul with dark funk, rock and afro-beat, Cherimoya's music is the perfect soundtrack to a post-apocalyptic dance party."

After that we'll be checking out debut albums from both Brass Knuckle Brass Band (a New Orleans-style street funk group from Australia) and Pitchblak Brass Band (a ten-piece band from Brooklyn that blends together hip-hop, jazz, funk and rock).

Last, but not least, we'll be listening to some swing featuring the debut album from Smerins Anti-Social ClubPrimordial Cordial. We'll also hear from Jazzlight and Smoking Time Jazz Club. Stream it live November 12th, 5-6pm CST right here on KRUU radio.

  • Sat
    Nov 09
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    Nov 13
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Afro-Beat and Downtempo/Trip-hop of 2013

In the first half of this Saturday night’s edition of The After Hours, we’ll be listening to some of my favorite afro-beat based jazz-funk to have been released this year. I’ll be featuring Bosq Of Whiskey Barons, but we’ll also hear from Jungle Fire and Ikebe Shakedown.

In the second hour of the show we’ll be listening to some of my favorite downtempo and trip-hop to have been released this year. I’ll be featuring Suplington and Anitek, but we’ll also hear from RJD2Joomanji, The Stuyvesants, Skeewiff and Odjbox. Stream it live November 8th, 10pm-12am CST right here on KRUU. 

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    Nov 05
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    Nov 07
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    Nov 10
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Neo Soul, Hip-Hop and Acid Jazz of 2013

On today’s edition of That Righteous Jive we’ll be listening to some great neo-soul, hip-hop and acid jazz. I’ll be featuring Joomanji, a project began by producer Jona Christian, drummer Amir Oosman and pianist Bob Finucane. They blend together smooth jazz, soul, hip-hop and R&B into a unique sound all their own. “Our productions consist of live recordings of the instrumentalists in our collective (Drums, Rhodes, Sax, Trumpet, Bass) mixed intermittently with vinyl sample chops. The resulting music is a fusion of crisp instrumental sound and that vintage vinyl vibe that so many of us hip-hop heads have grown to love.” We’ll be listening to some of my favorite tracks from their second album Manj, which they released earlier this year.

I’ll also be featuring The Brothers Nylon, a collaboration between the Rufolo brothers from New York and multi-instrumentalist and producer Shawn Lee in the UK [along with Ben Greenslade-Stanton (trombone) and Matt Boose (trumpet)]. They worked together to create cinematic acid jazz, filled with spacious funk-rock landscapes and eastern influences such as tabla, sitar and flute. The result is some of the most awesome, experimental, genre-bending music I’ve heard all year. We’ll be listening to their self-titled debut album, which they released last September.

On top of that we’ve got The Stuyvesants, SouleanceNeo Soul Acid Jazz Collective, Odjbox & Pierre, ClassicBeatz, Springdale Quarter and Wally Clark of Gummy Soul--all from albums released this year. Stream it live November 5th 5-6pm CST right here on KRUU radio.

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    Nov 02
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    Nov 06
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Gypsy Jazz and Ragtime Funk On The After Hours

We’ll be listening to some gypsy jazz in the first hour of tonight’s edition of The After Hours. I’ll be starting off with the originator: Django Reinhardt (left), but we’ll also hear from some contemporary acts such as Squirrel Nut Zippers, Andrew Bird’s Bowl Of Fire and The Blue Vipers Of Brooklyn.

In the second half of the show I’ll be featuring Billy Martin’s Wicked Knee, a brass quartet consisting of trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, tuba player Marcus Rojas, trumpeter Steven Bernstein, and led by drummer Billy Martin (of Medeski, Martin & Wood fame). Martin describes Wicked Knee as “ragtime funk”, saying their sound “is cathartic, heart-based and primarily intended for situations that invite people to let go, throw down, get down and have fun. And we add avant-garde interludes as release and tension.” We’ll be listening to some of my favorite tracks from their first full album, Heels Over Head, which they released earlier this year, as well as the self-titled EP that they released last year.

On top of that we’ve got Springdale Quartet, Rock Candy Funk Party and Funkle Sam--all from albums released this year. Stream it live 10pm-12am CDT right here on KRUU radio.

On this Tuesday's edition of That Righteous Jive we'll be listening to some of my favorite Jazz/R&B to have come out this year, featuring Jason Minnis aka ClassicBeatz and Nick Radford aka Frootful

Jason Minnis is a pianist and producer currently residing in Brooklyn. His debut album Ntale's Groove was "an instrumental project attempting to trace Jason’s African roots through music." Yesterday Minnis released his second album as ClasicBeatz: Rumors of Royalty, which he describes as "an album that links my American roots to the African diaspora." We'll be listening to some of my favorite tracks from both of Minnis' albums, along with some of his work playing with guitarist Seon Gomez as Nicholas Kopernicus

Nick Radford is a jazz guitarist from the UK and a self-described "throwback chump", who lists 50's and 60’s soul, jazz, funk, latin, ska and R&B as some of his many musical influences. We'll be listening to the album he released earlier this year Heavyweight, along with a couple tracks from his debut album Colours. Stream it live October 29th 5-6pm CDT right here on KRUU radio.

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    Oct 26
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    Oct 30
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Jazz+Funk & Trip-Hop On The After Hours

On the first of half of this Saturday night’s edition of The After Hours we’ll be listening to some jazz+funk featuring Redtenbacher’s Funkestra, a six-piece jazz- funk group led by Austrian bassist and composer Stephan Redtenbacher (left). We’ll be checking out some of my favorite tracks from their new album Dr. Hypenstein, which comes out later this year. We’ll also be hearing from Soul Sugar, a soul-funk quartet led by Parisian organist Guillaume Metenier (right).

In the second hour of the show we’ll be listening to some trip-hop featuring DJ Frane, an instrumental hip-hop\electronic music producer from LA. We’ll be checking out the album he released earlier this year, Hi Dusty Stranger. We’ll also be listening to some seriously funky breaks courtesy of DJ Woodo. On top of that we’ve got Aaron Jerome, Inverse Cinematics, and DJ Nas’D. Stream it live October 26th 10pm-12am CDT right here on KRUU radio.

We’ll be kickin it back with some classic hip-hop on today’s edition of That Righteous Jive. Atmosphere, Mos Def, De La Soul, The Roots, Dilated Peoples, A Tribe Called Quest, Blackalicious, 4th Avenue Jones, Scarface and whole lot more. Stream it live 5-6pm CDT right here on KRUU radio.

Nearly a century after its heyday, swing is making a comeback and once again bringing feet down to the floor. DJs from all across the world are re-inventing the genre by mixing and mashing it with elements of hip-hop, house and EDM. So brush off your dancing shoes and grab your favorite gal, because on this Tuesday’s edition of That Righteous Jive we’ll be listening some of my favorite electro-swing albums.

I’ll be featuring Goldfish, an electronic duo from South Africa that mixes together swing and house. We’ll be checking out the album they released last week: Three Second Memory. We'll also hear from Boogie Belgique, Skeewiff and TrickJazz, all off of albums released this year. On top of that we've got Kormac, Nicolas Repac, and Lazlo. Stream it live October 15th, 5-6pm CDT right here on KRUU radio

Jason "ClassicBeatz" Minnis (left) is a pianist and producer currently residing in Brooklyn. Later this month he’ll be releasing his second album as ClassicBeatz: Rumors of Royalty.

"Rumors of Royalty is an album that links my American roots to the African diaspora. Gospel, Miami bass, Hip hop, New Orleans Bounce, Soul and R&B have had a major impact on my life. As a native of St. Petersburg, Florida and a long time resident of Brooklyn, NY, I wanted this album to reflect these influences."

On this Saturday night’s edition of The After Hours we’ll be by listening to the single Minnis recently released from Rumors of Royalty, “The Boom Bap (feat. Daily & Black Spade)”, along with some tracks from his last album, Ntale’s Groove. We’ll also hear him playing with guitarist Seon Gomez as Nicholas Kopernicus, from their album Audiocentric.

On top of that we’ve got a whole lot more great laidback jazzy hip-hop courtesy of DJ Krush, 9 Lazy 9, Question, The Sound Defects, TM Juke, Gramatik, Think Twice & David Ryshpan, Abstrakt Idea, and Boogie Belgique. Stream it live October 12th 10pm-12am CDT right here on KRUU radio.

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