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Interview: RA Scion (of Common Market)

If someone asks me to name some lyrical talents, RA Scion is the one who comes in mind first. Together with producer Sabzi, he’s Common Market: the Seattle-based duo who released several albums and EP’s since 2005. It’s arguable if you like Blue Scholars (Geologic + Sabzi) or Common Market more, but there’s one thing we don’t have to argue about: RA Scion is good. Very good.
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Video: Digging with DJ Q-Bert

This is a new episode of Amoeba’s “What’s In My Bag”, an item where they follow a DJ who’s visiting the record store to buy some new vinyl. This time it’s with DJ Q-Bert, who picked some really interesting records. You can check the full list of DJ Q-Bert’s finds here.
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News: New music by Arts The Beatdoctor

After his timeless release Transitions and the sophomore release ‘Progressions EP’, Dutch producer Arts The Beatdoctor recently announced new projects. In february 2010 he will release a brand new EP. Later that year his second LP gets released as vinyl and MP3.
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Uncommon Approach: Delays, delays, delays…

Delays are a very frustrating part of running a record label (and being an artist). Sometimes delays can make me feel like I’m doing a really shitty job as the Owner of Uncommon Records, but they are part of life.
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Stream: The Heavy – No Time / In Time (Promo)

Ninja Tune blessed us with this promo for The Heavy’s new single ‘No Time’. Definitely check it out, we like it a lot. The extra (soulful) track ‘In Time’ is very good as well. You like it? Check out their album Great Vengeance and Furious Fire (2007) or stay tuned for their upcoming album ‘The House That Dirt Built’.
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Video: Thaione Davis – Commentary (New)

Brand new video by Thaione Davis of his track ‘Commentary’, taken from his upcoming 2010-release ‘Goodenough’. Description of the video: “The summation of all things conidered. Commentary is the closing track on the upcoming album ‘Goodenough’, which signifies Thaione’s stance on holding his ground. Stand firm. Stand strong. Big beat feel with abrasive delivery….signature Davis.”
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Article: Non Hip Hop Albums You Should Check Out [Pt. 3]

Some of the selections are challenging, and that’s a large part of why I like them. They don’t pander to the audience, they aren’t watered down with the populace in mind. They’re designed to challenge the both the listeners mind and heart; this is music to help you grow, live and learn.
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News: Us3 in Japan

After a tour through Europe earlier this year, Jazz/Hip Hop band is ready to take over Japan. They already did some shows in China, but on December 30th, 31st and January 2nd and 3rd Us3 will perform in the land of the rising sun as well.