Single You Out: Benjamin Miles – Wolves & Sheep (ft. Britney Stoney)

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I featured Benjamin Miles a couple of years when he and his compadres dropped an album called Bottles & Bones under the group name Of Mice and Musicians.  I love that album and to this day I play it occasionally (even though I always have a ton of music to listen to).  Now he’s back with a new album entitled, The Wishing Tree.  Miles’ is really a peoples’ emcee.  He focuses on real world issues and problems and doesn’t get caught in the phony bravado that prevails in hip hop these days.   I chose to feature Wolves & Sheep because that’s a track the relates to us all.  We all have to keep a close eye on those around us and sometimes we have to guess if they are are there to help or harm.   It doesn’t hurt that the production is top notch.

Single You Out: Benjamin Miles & Eddie Logix – The Beat Goes On

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It’s a good day when I get some new tunes from my man, Benjamin Miles.   It’s been a minute since we have heard from Miles but he offers us some break thru bars with his new cut, The Beat Goes On, offered in conjunction with producer, Eddie Logix.

Hopefully this song is part of a bigger project as the duo really works well together.  The beat by Logix makes you drift away while the words from Miles gives you something to ponder on your journey.

To build a life takes commitment / You could crush it in just an instant 

Of Mice And Musicians – Bottles & Bones (2012)

Artist: Of Mice And Musicians

Album: Bottles and Bones

Source: Artist

Track listing:

  1. Living Right
  2. Magic Johnson Swanson
  3. Black Key
  4. Sorry My Mom Called
  5. Chicken Legs And Deviled Eggs
  6. Faces
  7. Raw Shack
  8. Don’t Hate
  9. No Pen When I Write
  10. Logic and the Lion
  11. Sound of Falling Down
  12. Hello, Father
  13. Ain’t Done Yet

Note:

I became familiar with Benjamin Miles when he hit me off with his collaborative release with Eddie Logix last year, Play It Forward. I was really impressed with his skill and his sincerity. I felt a lot of emotion and introspection in his lyrics.

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Passalacqua – Zebehazy Summer (2011)

Artist: Passalacqua (Mister x Blaksmith)

Album: Zebehazy Summer

Source: Artist

Tracklisting:

1. Better Made
2. Lovers Leap
3. Rapraprapraprap Pt. 1
4. Ms. Washington (Bridge Card Hustle)
5. Sirens
6. Beverly and Duane
7. High Anxiety (ft. Ben Miles)
8. Rapraprapraprap Pt. 2
9. Sunset City
10. Own Thing

Note:

I must admit, I was not expecting a Passalacqua full length this year. As many of you know, I reviewed their sensational, self titled release earlier this year.   That release is a hard one to top and it took me a while to give Zebehazy Summer enough spins to appropriately differentiate the two.  The main difference is in the production.  Dr. B produced their first release and I thought it had a more straight forward hip hop appeal.  Erno the Inferno really brings the funk and soul out in the tracks.   It took me a moment to digest this new flavor.  But with that being said…Mister and Blaksmith take this new style and really lay claim to each track.

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Benjamin Miles & Eddie Logix – Play It Forward (2011)

Artist: Eddie Logix x Benjamin Miles

Album: Play It Forward

Source: Artist

Tracklisting:

1. Begin The World
2. Meaningful Work
3. In Sickness And Health
4. My Mind
5. Stay
6. Tree House
7. Good Right Now
8. Pay That Tab
9. BTW
10. Play It Forward

Note:

This is one of those albums that somehow found it’s way to me and I eventually listened to…and subsequently loved.  The note that came with the album was that the producer, Eddie Logix, found beats that perfectly fit the emcee, Benjamin Miles.  And you know what?  You can tell.   Each track relates to a different part of Benjamin Miles personality to the point the album has an autobiographical feel to it.

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