I was just searching through some blogs, and noticed Cradle Orchestra - 'Velvet Ballads'. I was about to download it just because I thought the cover was dope, but then saw the features and was pretty surprised. Black Thought, CL Smooth, O.C., Rakaa Iriscience, Talib Kweli, Nieve and Aloe Blacc. Wow.
I was reading up on them, and their "a Japanese Jazz/Hip Hop band which mixes live orchestral instrumentation with the flows of underground rappers." Valvet Ballads is fantastic, so I have to