Summer Tunes for Black Music Month, Part 2

News and Notes with Ed Gordon continues its three-part series of reports on what magazine editors, music industry executives and independent critics think will be the hottest sounds of the summer. This week, independent and small-label record company executives talk about music that shouldn't be overlooked.

Cover for the Lina CD 'The Innner Beauty Movement'
Hidden Beach Records

Lina: The Inner Beauty Movement

Roger Patton of Hidden Beach Recordings touts the smooth-and-easy stylings of R&B singer Lina. It's her second CD and the first for Hidden Beach, a small but well-respected label based in Santa Monica, Calif.

Cover for the Perceptionists' CD 'Black Dialogue'
Definitive Jux Records

The Perceptionists: Black Dialogue

El Producto, founder and musical director of Definitive Jux Records, is looking for 2005 to be a breakout year for The Perceptionists.

Cover for the Beres Hammond CD 'Love Has No Boundaries'
VP Records

Beres Hammond: Love Has No Boundaries

VP Records is known as a pioneer in the reggae music industry. Co-president Randy Chin is a big fan of the "don of lover's rock reggae," Beres Hammond.

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