Daily Archives: December 31, 2012

In 2012 We Said Goodbye

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Jimmy Castor Funk Pioneer

Johnny Otis Godfather of R&B

Etta James The Matriarch Of The Blues

Clare Fischer Master Arranger

Belita Woods Soul Singer

Don Cornelius Soul Train Founder

David Peaston R&B singer

Whitney Houston Pop Queen Actress

Dick Clark Media Mogul

MCA One third of pioneering rap group The Beastie Boys Film Director Activist

Ms. Melodie Member of Boogie Down Productions

Donald “Duck” Dunn Bass of Stax Records

I.G. Off NYC Underground Rap Star of the ’90’s

Chuck Brown King of Go-Go

Donna Summer Queen Of Disco

Faruq Z. Bey Detroit jazz innovator

Robin Gibb One-third of the Bee Gees

Fontella Bass “Rescue Me” singer

Jayne Cortez Master Poet Activist

Dave Brubeck Progressive Jazz Leader

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Kickmag’s 2012 Picks

THEESatisfaction –awe Naturale
High-tech Nubian poetry for the future of soul.

Nona Hendryx-Mutatis Mutandis
Hendryx’s latest funk party of Americana political truth.

The Coup-Sorry To Bother You
The Coup reinvents itself with irascible rock/rap to command your attention.

Esperanza Spalding-Radio Music Society
Spalding’s well-bred jazz/R&B mash.

Take 6-One
Take 6’s timeworn vocal harmonies elevate parts of the gospel canon with sublime arrangements.

Santigold-Master Of My Make Believe
Santigold adds more ruggedness to her errant ’80’s influenced pop.

Childish Gambino-Royalty
Gambino’s third mixtape is intelligent fun and progress with his muse.

Locksmith-Labyrinth
Heady rhymes from Bay Area battle king.

Nas-Life Is Good
A return to Nas’s classic street cinema

Incognito- Surreal
The UK’s favorite jazz/funk masters deliver another solid excursion.

Kendrick Lamar-Good Kid M.A.A.D City
The next wave of West Coast rap from the region’s number one commercial upstart.

Oddisee-People Hear What They See
Unpasteurized hip-hop from D.C.’s favorite underground emcee.

Meshell Ndegeocello-Pour une ame souveraine
A divine tribute to Nina Simone from R&B’s most prominent forerunner.

Robert Glasper-Black Radio
Black pop surveyed with smoothness and a superb cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

Flying Lotus-Until The Quiet Comes
Otherworldy electronica, lo-fi jazz and re-tooled New Wave.

Dwele-Greater Than One
Dwele’s self-contained R&B gets posher.

Miguel-Kaleidoscope Dream
A honest trip from a self-avowed R&B maverick.

Frank Ocean-Channel Orange
A brave debut from one of R&B’s new voices.

Hawthorne Headhunters-Myriad Of Now
Left-field soul from Coultrain and Black Spade.

Bad Brains-Into The Future
Standard speed reggae elixir from the punk hardcore kings.

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Rosevelt-Blessings Feat. Kokane & Brooke Jean

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West Coast rapper Rosevelt has company from Kokane and upcoming poet Brooke Jean to convey his “Blessings” from his Rock Bottom High album that is available for free download.

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