One of my most anicipated albums of the year is J-Live's "Around The Sun" which we so far heard some terrific singles from. Now the album is out and can be purchased (and stream) from its Bandcamp page or iTunes. It seems that this is a digital release only, which is very unfortunate, since I can't find any pre-order links at UGHH or Fat Beats. I really hope they eventually will give it the release it deserves because this is a tight album no doubt; there are a couple of filler tracks, and a track or two that isn't all that special. But overall this is very good, J-Live ges it in as usual, and as with his clever writing you know you'll need to hear this several times before you really catch up (as recently happened to me with Pharoahe Monch's excellent "PSTD" outing just recently). Tanya Morgan makes inspired performances, and the same goes for Homeboy Sandman and Boog Brown. Complementing J-Live's impeccable writing talents and cuts, his gripping voice and flow, is an array of ill producers who've given 'Live classics to work on before. I'm talking about the talents of DJ Spinna ("Equionox)", Illastrate ("The Fun Razor Remix"), Oddisee ("Money Burns", "Worlds Apart""), DJ Nu-Mark ("Walk LIke"), Audible Doctor ("Hang On High"), PJ Katz ("City to the City") with the rest of songs produced by That Guy With The Glasses himself. So be sure to check this one out, if you're a J-Live fan I sincerely doubt you are not going to feel strong about this one as well. TURN IT UP!! (Remember that the emberded player below start as track 11; just rewind to track one or click here if it doesn't work at all).
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