Mara Hruby: From Her Eyes, From The Heart | Interview

The name Mara Hruby flows off your tongue like a beautiful melody, so it’s only fitting that she chose music as her career. Starting early — singing in class and listening to music constantly at home with family - it was her natural path. Read more

Red Bull Music Academy - Various Assets - Not For Sale | Stream x Free Download

During the Red Bull Music Academy in between guest lectures and various other extra curricular a whole heap of music is made by people from all across the world.

Over two cycles that last two weeks each, people come together from corners of the globe to create music with other like minded people, including singers, producers, instrumentalists and DJ's. Obviously, this leaves the homies at Red Bull Music Academy with quite a full vault of tracks.

As is customary, they have released the sonic happenings of the most recent academy which was held in Madrid at the end of 2011, in the form of their Various Assets- Not For Sale: A Selection Of Tunes Recorded At The Red Bull Music Academy Madrid 2011 compilation.

We already hipped you to the Jesse Boykins III and Gora Sou collaboration, but with this release you get a whopping 34 more tracks.Read more

Jesse Boykins III - "B4 The Night Is Thru" (Dir. by Dr Woo) | Music Video

The singing nomad know as Jesse Boykins III finally drops off the long awaited official video for "B4 The Night Is Thru" the Machinedrum produced lead single from his forthcoming album Love Apparatus. Watch the very dope Dr. Woo directed video after the jump.Read more

Jesse Boykins III - "The Perfect Blues" [Demo Version] | New Music

To say the very least... this song is Soul perfection to the ears. Recorded in Madrid, Spain late last year, the track entitled "The Perfect Blues" is also set to feature on Jesse Boykins III's forthcoming joint project with MeLo-X  ZULU GURU. If this is the "demo" version then I can't wait to listen to the finished product. Read how the track came together below...Read more

The Internet: Syd The Kyd & Matt Martian talk DIY generation, Odd Future & Twitter culture | Interview

The conversation had with a musically inquisitive, 20-something friend from Italy shortly before writing this feature [scrutinous but open minded, we regularly harass each other for musical recommendations]:

Have you listened to The Internet’s new album Purple Naked Ladies?
No, never heard of them.
Give it a listen.
I will.
Best songs on it are “Cunt” and “Cocaine.”
Love it already.

Welcome to The Internet... Read more

Jesse Boykins III x Nike x The Romantic Movement - Custom Destroyer Jacket | Style

Following on from his Always On campaign with Nike, friend of the SoulCulture La Familia singer, songwriter and producer Jesse Boykins III linked up with the good folks over at Nike SportsWear to craft his very own custom fitted Destroyer Jacket. Read more

Jesse Boykins III - "Zoner [Demo]" | Music Video

SC certified dope star in the making Jesse Boykins III recently hit Europe for his “Way Of A Wayfarer” Euro Tour and while in Berlin he decided to shoot a video for his "Zoner [Demo]". The visuals shot and directed by the very talented Dr Woo (and edited in my living room yesterday), perfectly compliment the vulnerability and intensity of the song produced by Andreea Pavel & Jesse Boykins III.Read more

Jesse Boykins III - "Light To Dark" | Music Video

SoulCulture La Familia Jesse Boykins III & Joshua Kissi of Street Etiquette join forces to create the visuals for the official video for "Light To Dark" produced by Gold Panda which is taken from the nomadic soul singer's latest EP release Way Of A Wayfarer (which you can download here). The beautiful visuals created by Jesse & Joshua with help from Sam Sneed of We Are Not Pilgrims, Ali of A noble Savage and Cleon Grey is set in NYC sets the scene for a Wayfarer on his journey to find his true self fueled by Love. Watch the video below.

Song Lyrics :
The Afflictions I have witnessed has me on edge,
with a memory of a nightmare, a nightmare I blend,
in with realism though I've chizzled the dreams in which I web.
Where can I catch the falling hearts to help me make amends,

Learning forgiveness , holding on to the climate, til its ready to Reign.

The absent minded take the lead, driven blinded by what they don't need, Zealous query for themselves , endless worry on everyone else.
I see things different light towards the dark, culture creator I make it with my heart.

Sinden feat. Jesse Boykins III - "High Demand" | New Music

On his Radio 1 show last week, Gilles Peterson dropped this mellow new track from British DJ, remixer and producer Sinden [who I believe also co-produced this addictive remix of Santigold's "Find A Way" from her debut album Santogold], featuring the floaty vocals of Brooklyn-based world soul traveller Jesse Boykins III over a breezy bounce with spacious synths. Take a listen below, and look out for remixes from Brenmar and Luckybeard on the way.

Sinden feat. Jesse Boykins III - "High Demand" (Radio Rip):

Jesse Boykins III - "I Can't Stay" | Music Video

Jesse Boykins III unveils the video for the Gold Panda produced opening track of his Way Of A Wayfarer EP, released for free download in June earlier this year, as the nomadic soul singer hits the streets with itchy feet in the colourful video shot by David Laven & Gregory Stefano for Cooler Than Menthol and edited by Dr. Woo.

“The more you learn who you are as an individual, the more you are able to sense who really values your love & that’s why I couldn’t stay.” –-Jesse Boykins III

Jesse Boykins III - "B4 The Night Is Thru" (Syd The Kyd Remix) | New Music

It's been a hot minute since Jesse Boykins III dropped off the addictive first single from the forthcoming Love Apparatus album "B4 The Night Is Thru" (listen to the original here), but today the single gets a remix treatment courtesy of the Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All DJ/producer/singer Syd The Kyd who delivers a dreamy head nodder of a soundscape for JB3's vocals to blissfully float through. Click play below and put on repeat.

Listen To: Jesse Boykins III - "B4 The Night Is Thru" (Syd The Kyd Remix) | Download

Props: GFCNY

MeLo-X x Jesse Boykins III x MoRuf x Chris Turner - "Change Of Heart" (sampler freestyle) [Video]

As we draw closer to the 11.1.11 (1st November 2011) release of Zulu Guru the collaborative EP from SoulCulture La Familia MeLo-X and Jesse Boykins III, we are given a second look at what we can expect from the project. Following the Afta-1 collaboration "Black Orpheus" Jesse and MeLo join forces with MoRuf and Chris Turner and let us hear a live freestlye of what we can expect from the forthcoming "Change Of Heart". Click play below.

MeLo-X x Jesse Boykins III x MoRuf x Chris Turner - "Change Of Heart" (sampler freestyle)

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Jesse Boykins III x MeLo-X x Afta-1 - "Black Orpheus (sampler freestyle)" [Video]

Three of SoulCulture's favourite artists came together a short while ago to create some magic. Jesse Boykins III, MeLo-X and Afta-1 hooked up in Schwaza Headquarters in New York while writing for Zulu Guru and give us a sneak peek at "Black Orpheus" which may appear on Jesse and MeLo forthcoming collaborative EP Zulu Guru which will be revealed soon. Take a peek at the greatness in the making below.

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Jesse Boykins III x The Weeknd - "B4 The Weeknd Is Thru" | Free Download

The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.” - Marcel Duchamp
With that quote tattooed on your mind, take a listen to this very dope blend/vocal collage by Jesse Boykins III of his single "B4 The Night Is Thru" and The Weeknd's "The Knowing". The results are nothing less than amazing. Click play.

Listen To: Jesse Boykins III x The Weeknd - "B4 The Weeknd Is Thru" | Download

The Love Apparatus is coming! #Schwaza!

MeLo-X: Be The God Of Your Destiny | Interview

Mustafa, better known as MeLo-X, hails from Brooklyn, New York “by way of Jamaica.”

An emcee, DJ, music producer and laptop musician, all we know of him so far is what he’s chosen to share with us through his music; mixtapes the likes of More Merch and Mustafa The GodKing: Rise of the Merch Album (his two most recent releases) as well as a multitude of remixes.

Although growing up listening to a lot of Hip Hop, the likes of Nas, Biggie Smalls and Tupac, his taste became more eclectic with the rise of MTV - “I started listening to Nirvana, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Oasis...”; evident in his music today. There was no particular moment through which his love for music grew; it was more the fact that he grew up surrounded by it.
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Jesse Boykins III - "Back Home (Mermaids & Dragons)" | Official Music Video

From his recent six-track EP Way Of A Wayfarer, Jesse Boykins III unveils his [in my opinion] best video yet. Directed by Dr. Woo, the visuals for "Back Home (Mermaids & Dragons)" energetically compiles footage of the Brooklyn-based soul singer on his recent travels, set to Jesse's homeward bound reflections over Gold Panda's production.

Look out for his new album Love Apparatus... coming soon.

"Like a procession you walk together towards your god-self. You are the way and the wayfarers"
--Kahlil Gibran