► RA Sessions: Howling – Stole The Night / X-Machina

shockwebpic_rasessionshowlingFrank Wiedemann of Âme [Innervisions] and Ry X have teamed up again and are now making music together as Howling. This time their collaboration has been released on Monkeytown Records x Counter Records and their new release Sacred Ground has the potential to be one of the best releases of 2015.

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Ice Cube & Hank Shocklee Talk Making ‘AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted’

shockwebpic_amerikkkasmost25anniversaryIce Cube’s album ‘AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted’ just celebrated it’s 25th anniversary and Complex published an interview with Ice Cube and our own Hank Shocklee discussing the making of the album and its 25-Year Legacy. They talk about the recording process, keeping the west coast bounce, the similarities between N.W.A and Public Enemy and the albums importance then and now.

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Ways To Fix The Music Crisis: How Tech Can Help Save The Industry

shockwebpic_musicscrisisandhowtofixitWe all know that the recent digital era has transformed the way we listen to, buy and release music but did you know that the next few years may be crucial in defining the future of the industry and how the music makers and companies that profit from music get paid?

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The Rise Of Wakaliwood: Uganda’s Thriving Action Cinema Scene

shockwebpic_riseofwakaliwoodA town in Uganda is becoming an emerging place for independent action and kung fu inspired movies done DIY style. Ramon Film Productions is one of the crews heading up this new wave of Ugandan action cinema, check out this profile from Vice that reminds us you don’t need a bunch of fancy equipment to get creative, just your imagination and some hustle.

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► Sylvan Esso – H.S.K.T

shockwebpic_sylvanesso_hsktNew video from Durham, North Carolina based duo Sylvan Esso for their self-titled album. Directed by Adam Heathcott and Sara Padgett Heathcott.

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► The KVB – Fields

shockwebpic_thekvb_fieldsNew music from The KVB with a mood matching, dark lo-fi visual. Taken from the album ‘Mirror Being’ out June 1st via Invada Records.

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► Skepta – Shutdown

shockwebpic_skepta_shutdownNew fire from Skepta, produced by Skepta & Ragz Originale.

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► Human Machine – Polymorphism

shockwebpic_humanmachine_polymorphismOff their debut release the Black Mechanism EP, comes this rorschach test themed video for Human Machine’s Polymorphism.

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► Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

shockwebpic_alabamashakessoundandcolorAlabama Shakes is back on the scene proving that their debut album was no fluke – check out the Stanley Kubrick inspired video directed by James Frost for Sound and Color, off the powerful new album by the same name.

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The Noise And How To Bring It: Hank Shocklee Interviewed By The Quietus

shockwebpic_hankshockleequietusIn case you missed it, music writer John Tatlock had an in depth conversation with Hank for the outstanding UK music magazine The Quietus. Here is an excerpt…

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