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Tuesday Reviewsday: A soul inspired Christmas, Dr. Dre goes orchestral and looking back at the Pharcyde




Cover art for Sly5thAve's new album, The Invisible Man: An Orchestral Tribute to Dr. Dre
Cover art for Sly5thAve's new album, The Invisible Man: An Orchestral Tribute to Dr. Dre

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Music supervisor Morgan Rhodes offers her take on new and some newly re-issued music. On tap this week, selections from Timothy Bloom & V. Bozeman, Sly5thAve and the Pharcyde. 

Christmas Time on the Black Hand Side
Artists: Timothy Bloom & V. Bozeman

Something old, something new as two of the best and brightest contemporary soul talents collaborate to present Christmas music with a twist. 

Timothy Bloom, a two-time Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter, joins with V. Bozeman, the soul singer best known for her recurring role as Veronica on Fox's Empire, to create -a five-track EP that blends some holiday classics like "Baby It’s Cold Outside," with the new track "Mistletoe Hanging."

The Invisible Man: An Orchestral Tribute to Dr. Dre
Artist: Sly5thAve 

Sylvester Onyejiaka, better known as Sly5thAve, is the musician behind the ensemble re-arrangement of Dr. Dre's most famous productions. Largely instrumental, the album captures and reinterprets the melody and groove of Dr. Dre. 

Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde (25th Anniversary Edition)
Artist: The Pharcyde

It may be hard to believe, but more than 25 years ago the unusual LA-based rap group, the Pharcyde, exploded on the scene. The album, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde, is now considered a classic, and this year it's been re-released with bonus material. To listen to it again, is to be reminded of how special this album is.