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I really love this idea. No artists release live albums anymore really. Live albums capture the emotion on stage and if they adlib on stage or anything. It also never shows how the fans react to the music they hear. So I respect this mixtape. Not only for that reason but because it’s really damn good.

Mega, Hailmegatron.net

After 3 volumes of their Soul Movement mixtape series, Australia’s Cee & Bekah drops their album of all the original tracks from those tapes. This joint highlights the best of Cee & Bekah and is definitely a must download. They are offering the album up for free download on their Bandcamp, while giving you the option to donate. All donations will go directly to Ovarian Cancer Research.

Kevin Nottingham, kevinnottingham.com

Long time WYDU Spotlight Artists, Cee & Bekah, come with a dope compilation of all their original material from their first three mixtapes. I’ve always been a big supporter of these recent Canadian transplants (from the ‘land down under’) and of course this is a must for those of you that have enjoyed their previous original efforts. Bekah has a voice that is sultry and beautiful and Cee drops rhymes like a real emcee should. Definitely worth the check out….

Travis Glave, Bloggerhouse.net

About The Movement Fam

Brian Eno once said "It's not the destination that matters. It's the change of scene." Toronto transplants The Movement Fam never had to hear the message; they live it every day. The Melbourne natives sold practically everything they owned last year and moved themselves to Toronto in search of the dream of sharing their "Soul Hop" music with the world. The Movement Fam is a conglomerate of two acts: Cee & Bekah and solo act Notion. Cee and Notion are brothers on stage and in real life, while Cee and Bekah turned a onetime romantic attachment into a vibrant act blending Bekah's soulful vocals with the poetic yet powerful rhymes of Cee. As The Movement Fam, they draw from the collective material from both acts; taking turns at the foot of the stage and backing each other up along the way. Just like family.

Cee displays the lyrical finesse of a young Kanye West and the whip-smart style of Common, while Bekah lights up the mic with voice that's been compared to Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige. Notion's rhyming style is darker and more complex, seemingly wringing rhythm from the tales he tells in song in the style of J. Cole and Talib Kweli. On stage the threesome are a teeming mass of energy, feeding off one another in a synthesis of style and sound. It's the divergent blend of soul and hip-hop that causes club goers to stop and pay attention. Bekah's voice is like a tidal force that is the perfect counter to Cee's cacophony of rhyme, while Notion is the wandering minstrel who’s found a modern vibe for his story-telling style. And the trio isn’t just about words. Cee and Bekah bring their musicianship to the fold in the form of their guitar and keyboard skills, respectively, while Notion’s production chops on Logic and the Akai MPK have been expanding exponentially, eventuating into one of the most distinctive sounds in modern music.

The Movement Fam moved half a world away from home to find a market for their fresh sound. The hip-hop movement in Australia is starkly homogeneous; anyone who deviates from the prescribed sound of the lone youth radio network doesn't get heard, but north of the equator The Movement Fam have found a world of opportunity. Aside from finding a label, Cee, Bekah and Notion have already worked with a plethora of artists since crossing the Pacific. Collaborators include Emilio Rojas, Illmind, Skyzoo, Copywrite and Hezekiah (among others). Bekah has even done vocal work for Ras Kass. The Movement Fam has momentum; the sort that is made from hard work, talent and not a little luck.

The Movement Fam does not engage in diffuse theatrics in their writing. The music allows practically unfettered access into the lives of Cee, Bekah and Notion with no filters. They rap and sing what they live, and they live what they rap and sing. It is this essential element of humanity that attracted each of them to music in the first place, and continues to drive the vibrant style and sound of the The Movement Fam. It’s difficult to think of a more dedicated crew on the Indie scene. Not many artists have the courage to sell up their lives and move half a world away from family, friends and places they have known. It is this blend of courage, honesty and pure talent that destines The Movement Fam for greatness.

All you have to do is listen to the music. Cee & Bekah’s The Soul Movement Originals show off their distinctive “Soul Hop” blend, displaying a vibrant energy and creative tension that jumps out of the speakers and grabs you by the ears. Notion’s On The Corner Of Notion & 9th (a tribute to 9th Wonder), shows his stylistic flexibility as an artist over slick 9th Wonder beats, while his future projects will showcase his production abilities. It is hard not to get drawn in by the energy. Fans of hip-hop and soul will be enthralled with the beats, rhymes and sounds of The Movement Fam. It’s safe to say that even those who don’t normally tune in to hip-hop are going to find a lot to like with this crew.

The future looks bright. Individually and collectively, The Movement Fam has a lot going on. There are no less than five EPs in some stage of development between Cee & Bekah and Notion. At the edge of the musical horizon are full length albums; projects that will come to fruition in the next couple of years as The Movement Fam continue to build a following. This isn’t the sort of crew you hear once and forget; The Movement Fam is the sort of artists you expect to see on the GRAMMYs one day. Cee, Bekah and Notion believe it’s possible. You will too once you open your ears to The Movement Fam.

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