Linear B June 2021 chart

Linear-B

1. Linear B – Finding Rainbows EP (Rainbow tipi)
2. Da Le Havana – Everything Changes (Different Age Remix) (Stereo Production)
3. Steve Bug & Cle – Together (Josh Wink Interpretation) (Rejected)
4. Saytek – Goya (Live) (Cubism)
5. Sam Paganini – Labyrinth (Jam)
6. Robert Hood – Shadows (EPM Music)
7. Tenzella – The LWC (Snatch! Records)
8. Karol Melinger – Because (M. Rodriguez Remix) (Marktek Records)
9. Tenzella & Inafekt – Groove Tool (Circus Recordings)
10. IPSE DIXIT – Feel The Bassline (Bunkaball Records)

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Tommy Boy Music Acquired for $100 Million

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New York-based independent music company Reservoir has acquired influential hip-hop and electronic record label Tommy Boy Music for $100 million. In addition to various business activities, Reservoir represents a multitude of recorded music through Chrysalis Records and Philly Groove Records and manages artists through its ventures with Blue Raincoat Music and Big Life Management.

According to Reservoir, the deal comprises 6,000+ masters including Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise,” House of Pain’s “Jump Around” and Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force’s “Planet Rock.”

Tommy Boy’s impact on electronic music is huge. The label founded by Tom Silverman in 1918 (Disclosure: Silverman published Dance Music Report, a trade magazine I worked at back in the day. During my tenure, I never met or spoke with Silverman) released iconic albums by LFO, Coldcut and 808 State, as well as releases by Latin freestyle acts TKA, K7 and Information Society.

A representative for Reservoir has told Variety that the new label ownership will bring the De La Soul catalog to streaming platforms after a few false starts. “We have already reached out to De La Soul and will work together to bring the catalog and the music back to the fans.”

The groundbreaking New York rap trio has objected to their music being made available on streaming services because per a contract they signed as teens only 10 percent of the revenue generated from the music streams would go to them.

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Kevin Hedge Shares His Musical Inspirations

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New York City-based DJ/producer Kevin Hedge has helped play a big role in pushing house music forward as half of the songwriting/production team Blaze. Together with partner Josh Milan, they’ve written dance floor gems such as De’Lacy’s “Hideaway,” collaborated with Louie Vega, Barbara Tucker and Jody Watley, and remixed Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson and Beyoncé.

Hedge is formidable behind the decks, playing alongside Timmy Regisford at Club Shelter NYC and helming the ROOTS NYC parties at meatpacking club Cielo alongside Vega back when those influential clubs were open.

After taking a 10-year hiatus from producing, Hedge, who became president and co-owner of West End Records in 2002, returned last month with “Reach For The Stars,” a soulful, uplifting collaboration with Rick Galactik for Quantize Recordings. With hopefully more new music on the horizon, we checked in with Hedge to learn about his vast musical inspirations. Continue Reading

Yeti Mind Tricks June 2021 Chart

Yeti Mind Tricks

1. Rob Strobe – Sunday Hoax (Complexed Records)
2. Jay Little – Optimism (Close Contact)
3. Elyas – The Get Down (Motech)
4. Hertz Collision & Gene Richards Jr. – Hood Thang (Truncate records)
5. Kai Van Dongen – We Will Chat (EI8HT)
6. Ken Ishii – Dive (Tronic)
7. Ben Sims – Xotunc (EPM Music)
8. Michael Klein, Gene Richard Jr – Lockjaw Mix A (BLK DRP)
9. Charly Schaller feat. Dani DeLion – Queen of the Night (Radio Slave Remix) (HE.SHE.THEY.)
10. Staren – Cortex (Counter Pulse)

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