On Valentine’s Day, Syracuse-based hip-hop band Sophistafunk released Real Vibration, their newest collection of material, featuring seven high-quality cuts as well as their seven corresponding instrumentals. The trio, made up of keyboardist/bassist Adam Gold, drummer Emanuel Washington, and MC Jack Brown, have made a name for themselves in a live music scene that appreciates–though often doesn’t heavily feature–hip-hop by taking an eclectic approach to their music. Explains Brown, “Our style blends funk, soul, and jam music with East Coast hip-hop flows, which are known for wordplay, rhyme schemes, and lyricism. The music is about similar themes as Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Talib Kweli, and Rage Against the Machine, among others, and hopefully it inpires more people to get down with the message of peace and unity.”The group has kept busy over the past few years touring with funk and jam bands like The Motet, Orgone, EOTO and Dumpstaphunk, among others, helping cement themselves as a sort of “hip-hop band for the jam fan.” As Brown explains, “You know, back in the day on the northeast scene, you always had hip hop artists collaborating with the jam bands and funky musicians of the era. I think it’s because the positive, conscious message of underground hip hop has always resonated with the psychedelic music community. For example, there were groups like Granola Funk Express that spawned on the festival circuit and carried the torch for both movements. [Adam Gold] was a teenager going to the Wetlands in NYC around this time. Through the years over there you’d have The Roots playing downstairs, or Soulive, and so many others laying the foundation for what we now consider ‘jam,’ ‘live EDM,’ and ‘neo-soul’. Remember, the so-called ‘genres’ that people buy on the internet are not born independently. This was all happening at the same time, often in the same rooms, on the live music scene, which was – and still is – a living, breathing organism.”Real Vibration perfectly embodies Brown’s assessment of Sophistafunk’s unique sound, featuring seven tracks worth of blunt-ride beats and Internet-age paranoia and resistance. Funky protest track “Translucent” offers itself as a “musical solution to mass pollution,” with Brown delivering biting bars that evoke the style of heady underground MCs like Atmosphere‘s Slug. “This Life” sees Brown shine some light on the outfit’s musical DNA–part funk and jam, part beats and bars–as he proclaims “I love live music” over a 90s-style back beat.The socially conscious “No More War” dips into the chaotic paranoia of our social media society, as sparse funk interspersed with digital fills mirrors the chaos of today’s world, before well-placed horns bolster the song’s “we gotta love each other” refrain.“Make Em Clap” continues on the album’s conscious themes, as Brown proclaims, “I’m not a rapper, I’m an activist”–though lines like “esoteric eloquence/Still I stay relevant” show that there’s room for him to be a bit of both.“Duke of Errl” tells the saga of “dabs,” sampling sound bytes of TV news PSA’s warning parents about the perils of marijuana concentrates. Toking-up is far from an unusual topic in hip-hop, but few artists have hit the relatively new wax trend head-on like Sophistafunk does on this track. They approach the topic with equal parts enjoyment for its pros and restrained caution for its cons, with extra pep added by layered horn fills courtesy of Andy Frasco & The U.N.‘s Ernie Chang. Brown even earns extra “heady points” shouting out The Lot (“You can find me on Shakedown Street”).The album rounds out with title track “Real Vibration,” a slow jam laden with enthrallingly spacey synths. It serves as an appropriate coda for the LP: laid-back vibes, mindful rhymes, and THC-infused good times. Take a dab and press play. This is one session you definitely want to get down on.
In addition to the new airlines at Rijeka Airport, there will also be new airlines from 2018: Condor and Transavia, and a significant increase in the route for Eindhoven by Transavia has been announced (an increase of over 300%)Photo: Rijeka Airport Photo: Rijeka Airport Stickers promoting Kvarner were affixed to a Eurowings aircraft flying from Dusseldorf to Gran Canaria, Budapest, Zurich, London, Hamburg, Dresden, Lanzarote, Pristina, Berlin, Manchester, Newcastle and Rome.A Eurowings aircraft with Kvarner features will promote Kvarner until November 15, 2019. This year, Rijeka Airport achieved all historical records. Thus, the turnover of over 180 thousand passengers and over 5 thousand operations was realized. For the next season, 3 new airlines have already been confirmed – TUI at the destinations of Manchester and London, Volotea at the destination for Marseille, and Lufthansa at the destination for Munich.
Press Association Norwich have suspended striker Lewis Grabban after he left the team hotel without permission ahead of their Capital One Cup victory at Rotherham, according to reports. The 27-year-old, who has been the subject of three unsuccessful bids from former club Bournemouth, was not in the matchday 18 at New York Stadium and reports surfaced that the player had left the team hotel and made his own way home after being told he would start on the bench. The Canaries are now said – by a number of national newspapers – to have acted by suspending Grabban, telling him to stay away from the club, as his exit from Carrow Road appears to be drawing closer. His walk-out was not confirmed by boss Alex Neil, but he vowed to resolve any issues while refusing to weaken the club’s stance on the fee Bournemouth will have to pay for the striker. “I don’t have any issues with any player. He might have an issue but I’ll quickly fix it,” Neil said after the 2-1 win at Rotherham. “There won’t be any shedding of light. Any sort of thing that happens behind closed doors stays there and that has always been the case and that will remain the case. “As far as I am concerned Lewis Grabban is a Norwich player, bottom line, that is it. Every player has got a price, but they have to a valuation we think the player is at, not what they think the player is valued at. “We have rejected three bids from Bournemouth and the bids we have received were not anywhere near the valuation of our player. “Until we get to a stage where the bids are acceptable then Lewis Grabban remains a Norwich player.” The Barclays Premier League club were unavailable for comment when asked by Press Association Sport on Wednesday night.