Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad – The Midnight Hour • Word Is Bond

A little over a couple of weeks ago, Adrian Younge and ATCQ’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad released one hell of an album called ‘The Midnight Hour’. Comprised of 20 tracks put together by a full orchestra and the two legends, this album pays homage and continues to have the continuous conversations from “yesterday’s jazz and funk pioneers.” Guest features includes Marsha Ambrosius, Ladybug Mecca (Digable Planets), Raphael Saadiq, Bilal, Questlove, Ceelo Green, and more.

Two things to take notice: this album was given birth back five years ago, but was put on hold due to Younge’s involvement working on the score for the hit Netflix series, Marvel’s Luke Cage. Also, the track “Questions” began as an Midnight Hour demo, but Kendrick Lamar heard it and wanted to use parts of it on his Grammy-winning “To Pimp A Butterfly” album. However, the track ended up on his 2016 compilation, untitled unmastered. as “untitled 06 | 06.30.2014”.

Support great music by purchasing it! Stream the album below.

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Top 5 Submission: Announcement • Word Is Bond

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first and foremost, we would like to tender our sincere apologies to everyone out there. As expected we pride ourselves on being able to provide a platform for underground talents that often get overlooked by the industry. Unfortunately things don’t go as planned and as much as we would like to lend our support,  things get a bit hectic as time goes. The truth is we get overwhelmed by the amount of submissions and it’s quite a uphill task trying to shed light on those that truly deserve it.

The aim of the Top 5 submissions was to curate a short list of acts that may have slipped under our radar and we did definitely catch more than enough gems for a minute. At the moment, this section will be closed for the rest of 2017 as we continue to find new ways to help up and coming indie acts. trust when we say that we will be back, bigger and deffer for 2018.

In the interim do check out some of our previous Top 5 Submissions HERE

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