Summer Tunes for Black Music Month, Part 2We continue our three-part series of reports on the sounds of summer 2005 — this week, independent and small-label record company executives talk about music that shouldn't be overlooked.
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.
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.
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.
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.