Tye Felix Huggins's blog

  • Sat
    May 17
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    May 14
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Trip-Hop & Breakbeat Jazz featuring Hugo Kant

On tonight's edition of The After Hours we'll be listening to some great jazzy sample-based and breakbeat-laced trip-hop. I'll be featuring Hugo Kant, a producer/multi-instrumentalist from France. We'll hear some of my favorite tracks from his upcoming second album: The Point Of No Return, which comes out June 9.

On top of that we've got Boogie Belgique, ProleteRHexsagon, Question, Erik Jackson, Mr. Scruff and Anitek. Stream it live May 17 10pm-12am CDT right here on KRUU radio.

  • Tue
    May 13
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    May 14
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Swing of 2013

On today's edition of That Righteous Jive I'll be playing for you three of my favorite swing albums of 2013.

The first is the self-titled debut album by Bella Donna, a quartet from Springfield, MO. Together the play a fantastic blend of gypsy jazz, swing & folk. "Bella Donna is a jazz ensemble influenced by the Ozarks. The creak of tree limbs in the winter, the summer sounds of cicadas, and the rolling hills off highway 65 have helped influence their sound to create what they like to call "Ozark Jazz".

Secondly, we've got Jelly Doll Circus by Hippocampus Jass Gang, a seven-piece string ensemble from Montpellier, France. They play a mix of both traditional New Orleans-style and gyspy jazz, along with a nice heaping of folk and blues. This is their third album together.

Last, but certainly not least, we've got Jump, Jive & Wail by Louis Louis Louis, a quartet from Leeds, UK. "Playing classic swing, jump-jive, ska and red-hot rhythm & blues, Louis Louis Louis are guarenteed to get your feet tapping and your legs flapping! You can expect to hear thumping slap bass, honking saxophone, raucous four-part vocal harmonies and a driving piano boogie." They named their group after three of their main influences: Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan and Louis Prima.

Stream it live May 13, 5-6pm CDT right here on KRUU radio. 

  • Sat
    May 10
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    May 14
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(Mostly Instrumental) Hip-Hop Featuring Shawn Lee

On this Saturday night's edition of The After Hours we'll be listening to some great sample-based and breakbeat laced hip-hop (mostly instrumental). I'll be featuring producer and multi-instrumentalist Shawn Lee's new album: Golden Age Against The Machine, which he released last week.

Shawn calls his new album "A living audio love letter to the Golden Age of hip-hop," for Shawn this spans the early 80s to mid-90s, before copyright law would drastically change the producers ability to freely sample and forever change the direction of the music. Lee says "sample-based production effected him deeply. It permeated the how and what of his musical performances. The sonic qualities of his productions, the arrangements and his drumming, in fact his whole approach." On Golden Age, he pays tribute to the sample-based music he loved, without ever actually using any samples. Instead (in his usual one-man-band style) he creates "everything from scratch, this includes every one note stab, lick and drum beat. Every little nugget a production in its own right." The results are quite enjoyable and I'll be playing for you some of my favorite tracks. 

On top of that we've got Marc Mac's Visioneers, Question, The Sound Defects, ClassicBeatz, Red Martina, AlgorhythmsDafuniks, Gummy SoulProleteR and A Tribe Called Quest. Stream it live May 10th, 10pm-12am CDT right here on KRUU radio.

  • Tue
    Apr 29
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    Apr 30
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Duke Ellington Retrospective

                             

Today is the birthday to one of my personal heroes: Duke Ellington. No one faced adversity and bigotry with as much class, grace and elegance as The Duke. On today's edition of That Righteous Jive I'll be playing some of my favorite songs and compositions by Ellington. Stream it live April 29, 5-6pm CDT right here on KRUU radio.

  • Tue
    Apr 22
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    Apr 23
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Trip-Hop and Downtempo Electronica of 2014

On this Tuesday's edition of That Righteous Jive we'll be listening to some of my favorite trip-hop and downtempo electronica to have been released so far this year. On the roster we've got: Tycho, Moderator, Boogie Belgique, Kognitif, Broke For Free, Akshin Alizadeh, Mr. Scruff, Moodymann, L'Orange, Skeewiff, ZamaliQuestion and Erik Jackson. Stream it live April 22, 5-6pm CDT right here on KRUU radio.

 

  • Tue
    Apr 15
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    Apr 16
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Jazz & Funk of 2014

Today is a good day. Why? Because today is the release date for two albums I've been highly anticipating for a while now.

The first is by Stanton Moore, a Louisiana-born drummer, probably best know for his work with the New Orleans funk group Galactic. Today he released his fifth solo album: Conversations--his first ever straight-ahead jazz trio album. On Conversations Stanton takes a step back from his usual funky affair, so he can explore and experiment with "the subtely of swing and improvisation" adding that his new LP is both "a return to my roots and a reinvention".

The second is by Ikebe Shakedown (pronounced ee-KAY-bay), a seven piece afro-funk group based out of Brooklyn. I was blown away by their 2011 s/t debut LP, and today they finally released their second full length album: Stone By Stone. The band says their sophomore release "is a much more layered and arranged album. The self-titled debut captured the raw energy of us playing live and the new record is much more of a studio effort. Psychedelic textures weave in and out of the grooves while the horn section offers an explosive response. The songs are heavy and danceable and show our moodier, more melodic side." 

On today's edition of That Righteous Jive we'll be checking out some of my favorite tracks from both Conversations and Stone By Stone. On top of that we've got DopeGems, Euro Cinema and Mike Dillon--all from albums released this year. Stream it live Tuesday April 15th, 5-6pm CDT right here on KRUU radio.

  • Sat
    Apr 05
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  • Wed
    Apr 09
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Jazz On The After Hours

On tonight's edition of The After Hours we'll be listening to some of the albums that made me fall in love with jazz. I'll be featuring Duke Ellington and Count Basie, but we'll also hear from Coleman Hawkins & Ben WebsterStanton MooreArt Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Kermit Ruffins, plus a whole lot more! Stream it live April 5th, 10pm-12am CDT right here on KRUU radio.

I got some more new jazz, funk, rock and electro-swing to play for you on today's edition of That Righteous Jive. 

I'll be featuring Boogie Belgique, a producer from Belgium who mixes together swing and hip-hop. We'll be checking out the new LP he released yesterday: Nightwalker (Vol. 2).

We'll also hear singles from upcoming albums by The Black KeysStanton MooreThe Mighty Sceptres and Ikebe Shakedown.

On top of that we've got Mike Dillon's Band (from the album he released today Band Of Outsiders), Rock Candy Funk PartyThe Souljazz Orchestra and Moodymann--all from albums released this year. Stream it live April 1st, 5-6pm CDT right here on KRUU radio.

  • Sat
    Mar 29
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  • Wed
    Apr 02
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Jazz & Swing Inspired Electronica

Acid jazz, trip-hop, electro-swing and funky breaks... sounds like another fine time on The After Hours.

Tune in tonight for some great jazz and swing inspired electronica and hip-hop (all instrumental), courtesy of Erik Jackson, Boogie Belgique, Parov StelarAkshin Alizadeh, Moderator, 9Lazy9 plus a whole lot more.

Stream it live March 29, 10pm-12am CDT right here on KRUU radio. 

  • Sat
    Mar 22
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  • Wed
    Mar 26
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Downtempo Trip-Hop Featuring Erik Jackson

 

On tonight's edition of The After Hours we'll be listening to some great jazzy downtempo trip-hop, featuring Florida-based producer Erik Jackson. We'll hear some of my favorite tracks from across his discography. 

On top of that we've got Anitek, Kognitif, DJ Shadow, Groove Cereal, and Tor. Stream it live March 22, 10pm-12am CDT right here on KRUU radio.

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