Dude it's HOT in Miami. That temperature right there is in the SHADE (and don't even mention the humidity...). Now switch up what I mean when I say hot, and add an intro like this...

From the drummer sampled by Madlib and Yesterdays New Quintet... From the
band that backed DJ Shadow... Four years in the making, The Heliocentrics' debut
album is finally complete. Out There is here.

...And their latest single being amped up with lyrics from Percee P and MF Doom lets you know that Stone Throw's The Heliocentrics are hot.

Jazz has always mingled with hip hop (Guru's Jazzmatazz, Digable Planets, De La Soul, Tribe...) but The Heliocentrics manage to do it without samples (albeit they have some spoken word samples) and quirky English garden references (Doodle Bug? Really? Still one of my favorite albums from the 90's though...). Told you before, will you just listen this time?

MP3: Distant Star (feat. Percee P and MF Doooooooooom) (YSI)

And in the same spirit as Ray's Classic Album spotlight posts, you MUST have The Digable Planets' Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space) in your music collection. It still sounds great and gets everyone in a good mood. Add dominoes and some beers and...'re set.

MP3: Nickel Bags (YSI)
MP3: Where I'm From (YSI)

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