Love Elodie Rama’s voice, and this track. Here is the new 20syl remix of Rama’s single “City of Hope” — in love. The track will make its home on Rama’s upcoming EP which will be released in the best month possible – October. This track makes me excited for the EP.Read More »
Following singles from the project like “The Vibe” featuring Oddisee and Hassaan Mackey, which I have been playing consistently since hearing, producer Audible Doctor, is finally releasing his new EP The Summer Tape – the perfect name for the project.
The EP which is the second of Audible Doctor’s ‘Seasons’ series, features collaborations from some of your favorites: Oddisee, Hassaan Mackey, Guilty Simpson, Chaundon, Davenport Grimes, and more and is produced entirely by Audible Doctor himself. The cassette exclusive features an exclusive track featuring Del The Funky Homosapien, and Homeboy Sandman.Read More »
I just had a conversation about James Fauntleroy and how, I’m not much of a fan of his singing voice — I know his writing game is crazy, but, yeah. With this song, I really like his voice – funny how that works. That being said, here is new music from Terrace Martin from his upcoming release 3ChordFold. The start studded LP features collaborations with: Musiq Soulchild, Kendrick Lamar, AB-Soul, Wiz Khalifa, Problem, and more, and will be entering stores August 13th.
Following other singles from the LP, Martin is releasing his new single “No Wrong, No Right” featuring Fauntleroy and Robert Glasper and it’s lovely. The song details how in relationships and issues that will occur how hard it is for people to say they are wrong. As well as how men sometimes have a hard time saying they are right – in fear of the backlash that will come from their lady.
The track will be available for pre-order next Tuesday, but until then – listen to the stream below. Can’t wait to hear the LP, I’ve been loving every track released so far.Read More »
Definitely feeling this track. This is the new single from Denver bred MC Proxy, in the form of “The Lean.” The track which features singer Rio, and production from Symbolyc One aka S1 (from one of my favorite groups ever Strange Fruit Project) is one of the first singles from Proxy’s upcoming release Magnificent. I will make sure to keep you posted on Proxy’s upcoming release — if this is any indication of what we can expect from the project – it’d be smart to keep an eye out.Read More »
After hearing Robin Hannibal’s work with songstress Louie, I became instantly interested in what else she had coming out. If you’re familiar with Hannibal’s music, you know that he doesn’t just work with anyone. He’s tight – he is the producer for Quadron (he’s in Quadron) as well as Boom Clap Bachelors, and he’s tight. Anyway, here are the new visuals from Louie’s single “Female Sensitivity” which was produced by Hannibal. I already liked the track, but watching the video made me fall deeper in love with the song. Great capture – and has this whole happy/summer vibe.
If you don’t have the single, get that here from Bandcamp. Also, make sure to check out “Dirty Secrets” I love that song.Read More »
One of my favorite artists, Kendra Morris is gearing up to release her sophomore LP Mockingbird, which will be a covers project of some of our favorite tracks. The LP is currently available for streaming purposes on KCRW which you can check out here.
From the release, Morris is giving fans her latest visual installment for her cover of The Rolling Stones classic track “Miss You.” The video is directed by Marc McAndrews, and the video takes viewers on a granny cronies night on the town. Cute video. Check it below and make sure to listen to the stream. Make sure to get Kendra’s Mockingbird, next Tuesday out via Wax Poetics.Read More »
Yesterday, Michigan based producer Sango, released his first official LP North, and it’s lovely. North comes after 10 unofficial releases and shows Sango’s sound changing up a little.
Sango’s North brings forth a new sound, one that pulls from soul, rnb, future bass, hip hop and broken beat fusing them together with seamless vocals chops and grooves. North features collaborations from a diverse group of artists like Australia’s Ta-ku, cinematic downtempo producer Atu, nu-soul singer JMSN, story-telling rapper WALDO, newcomer vocalist Brea and Dpat who produced ‘Remember You’ for Wiz Khalifa and The Weeknd.
Following major worldwide support for his refixes, EP’s and beat tapes from the likes of Brownswood’s Gilles Peterson, KCRW’s Aaron Byrd, and Noisey (VICE) to name a few, Sango is poised to elevate the definition of what “future” music is.
10+ casual releases later, North combines the best of Sango over the last few years into one seamless musical journey. North is a love story of two people, on a journey, who find better things in themselves when they are with each other. North in Hebrew as noted visually in the album art [that Sango designed himself], representing a sense of “heaven” or “glory” are symbolic to Sango, as he sees everything he does an artist for the greater glory, the greater good, as something bigger than himself.
Definitely feeling this LP, I think I have listened to “Here With Me” “Trust Me” “All Of You” and “Until Saturday” several times.Read More »
Late post, but better late than never. Whenever I see the name Tensei, I am confident that I will hear something great, as they consistently put out great music. This track, is no different. The soulful song “Alright” is one of the first tastes of what can be expected from the new collaborative EP from the Chicago based production duo, and the group The Ones made up of Yaw and Khari Lemuel, as well as MC Adad. The video directed by Adad shows singer Yaw and his girlfriend getting into an argument after a window shopping gone wrong. After text messages going back and forth, the end summation of the text conversations with the couple ends with them finding what’s important, as Yaw goes to meet his friends and the words of the song flash on the screen.
Definitely excited to hear the EP, should be tight- I always like Tensei collaborations with Yaw like on “For The Love” from their EP One, which dropped last year (listen here). Until then, make sure to listen to the stream here.
With his LP †Priscilla† slated to be rereleased in the beautiful month of October (my birthday) Los Angeles based producer/singer JMSN is giving fans his latest visual treatment for the standout track, “Love & Pain.” The video directed by frequent collaborator Stephen Mallet (directed ‘Jameson’) plays the title bringing together children playing and blazing fires and fading moments of affection.Make sure to stay on the lookout for the re-released album, coming in October. But until then listen to producer Ta-Ku’s super cool remix of the track here and visit his SoundCloud here.Read More »
After releasing videos for tracks like “Spread Love” and “Evolution” from his new project Colour de Grey, ocne-third of Diamond District, Uptown XO is releasing his first single “Finding My Way.” For the track produced by A.B. The Pro, XO gets introspective detailing stories from his childhood to the battle for his soul. For the video, XO takes viewers to his terrain of DC.
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“Lost errything in life and had to start all over / I had to cope with the pain, now I can’t stay sober.”
In high school, I was voted most likely to have her own talk show. I was a baby Oprah in the sense, of a big personality and a big reading list. To ensure that I lived up to my nickname of Eoprah, I started emulating Oprah with her legendary Oprah’s Book List. That being said, with this title came me answering a lot of questions about what books people should check out. I’ve done this huge book list once which you can view here, now I am doing another one here with everything on my list currently. Also, in the next few post, I am giving some reviews of books that I have recently read that I suggest.
- Tiny beautiful things: Advice on Love & LIfe from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
- Subliminal by Leonard Mlodinow
- The memory of love by Aminatta Forna
- The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan
- The Essential Jung by Anthony Storr
- Ghandi an Autobiography
- Maya Angelou – The Heart of A Woman
- The defining decade by Meg Jay
- What are we by Peter Nathanial Malae
- The unique mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
- On black sisters street by Chika Unigwe
- Revenge wears prada by Lauren Weisberger
- The five people you meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
- Kafka was the rage
- City of God by E.L Doctorow
- Buddhism in Daily Life by Nina Van Gorkom
- The five starter sessions
- Laugh if you like: ain’t a damn thing funny by Lurma Rackley
- The queen of Harlem by Brian Keith Jackson
- Ghana must go
- The freelancers bible by Sara Horowitz
- Gathering of waters by Bernice McFadden
- I know this much is true by Wally Lamb
- How to lie with statistics by Daniel Huff
- The no asshole Rule by Robert Sutton Continue Reading
Ever since getting exposed to Friends with their project Manifest, which penned the single “I’m His Girl”–which is my song, I have become a fan of the group which makes me excited that they are putting out new music. That being said, while cruising on one of my favorite spaces on the web, Gorilla vs. Bear, I discovered this new track “The Way” from band member Samantha Urbani. Frequent Solange collaborator, Dev Hynes, helped with this track. The single will be out soon via Lucky Number Music.
Source: Gorilla Vs. Bear
This is pretty tight. Here is new music from the duo The Rub comprised of DJ Eleven and DJ Ayres. The duo who released their debut EP last month, selected some of their favorite producers – Trackademiks, So Shifty, XXXChange, Michna and Marco Polo for this track. ”Feel You” is the first leak from The Rub’s upcoming Remix EP, and for the track they collaborated with Lil Fame and Misun, this track is dope.
Marco Polo brings a 90s rap aesthetic to “Feel You,” enlisting Lil Fame from M.O.P. to add some Brooklyn grime to complement Misun’s smoky singing. German dancehall dons So Shifty (Mad Decent) lift the Natalie Storm feature “Dutty Gyal” to high energy carnival Soca levels, while XXXChange (T&A) keeps the electro feel of the original track but raves it out. Oakland’s Trackademiks (Fools Gold) smooths things out with his “Black & White” remix, delivering notes of 80s R&B and Bay slaps. Michna’s (Ghostly International) “At Night” remix is deep and lo-fi, like Afrika Bambaata scoring a Michael Mann film.
Listen to the stream below, and download the EP for free here. The Remix EP will be released July 30th btw.Read More »
It’s good to have friends who understand your taste in music, and can expose you to artists who you aren’t familiar. That’s what my friend Mareesa did with EarthGang, who went to her school Hampton. The Atlanta based duo made of Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot, just released their new project Shallow Graves for Toys, ten days ago and its a lot less dark than I’d assume given the title. What comes across with just a first listen of this project is complete and clear ideas, as well as pretty tight production. Specific highlights so far come in the form of “Momma’s Callin” “Ultra Rare” and “Jesus is Black.”
Listen to the stream below, and download the album here.Read More »
After my gushing post of Algebra Blessett’s new song “Nobody But You” I am confident that everyone realizes my massive musical crush on Ms. Blessett and how excited I am that she is finally putting out new music. In between the time of releasing her new album, Algebra is giving fans a treat with the extended version of her 2011 mixtape Dessert Before Dinner. The mixtape is executively produced by Calvin & Hobbs and just lovely. The hip-hop elements in this project are tight from the scratches in “ButterfliesHairdosGoodSongsAndShoes” and “NeverLeaveIBelieveYou” to the playful banter of Eric B & Rakim’s classic “I Ain’t No Joke” with “IAin’tNoJoke.” Of the project Algebra wrote on her Facebook Fan Page:
Hey everybody, I want to thank all of you for being so patient in between my albums so I am offering my Mix CD “Dessert B4 Dinner” to you for FREE!!! For all of you that got it already I added new music with songs never heard before. Enjoy, let me know what you think, and be ready for my new album “RECOVERY” this fall.
All you have to do to get the project for free is follow the three step prompt on her Fanpage here. Can’t wait for her album to drop this fall. Until then, make sure you check out my interview with her from a few years ago too here. Also, check out her performing my favorite song by her “What Happened?” Love this song.Read More »
If you aren’t familiar with Jermaine Hardsoul (Jermaine Mobley) by name, you’ve heard his work. Hardsoul, lent his hand to some great music – one of my personal favorites Musiq Soulchild’s “Previouscats” , Lloyd Banks “Addicted” and Lalah Hathaway’s “Oh No” just to name a few. Jermaine is also responsible for Eric Roberson’s “Summertime Anthem” featuring Chubb Rock. Now, hooking up with Roberson again for a smooth track that is overly relatable. The vocal performance by the two, as well as the sample makes for a great track. The song will be making its home on Hardsoul’s upcoming album. I can’t wait to hear what else he has coming.Read More »
Everyone who knows me, knows that The Isley Brothers are my favorite group of all time. I commonly refer to Ron Isley as my sugar daddy, or boo. I even was a fan of The Isley Brothers through the whole R.Kelly, “Contagious” “Busted” and Body Kiss era. I am woman enough to admit that I do all the voices and theatrics of both “Contagious” and “Busted.”
That being said, tomorrow, Ron joins artists like Mayer Hawthrone and will be releasing his new solo album This Song Is For You. For the song, Isley hooks up with Kem – who he is currently on tour with alongside Frankie Beverly and Maze, and creates a smooth track about his lady being his favorite thing. The song is okay, I don’t know how I feel about Ron mentioning Twitter though.
Make sure however, to purchase the album tomorrow, or listen to the Itunes stream here.
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Anytime New York based producer/MC Melo-X releases anything new – my hopes are high. Melo-X has in my opinion, been one of the most consistent artists these last few years. And not only has he been consistently putting out music – it’s actually all good (people can be consistent with stuff that sucks) given projects like: More Merch, Inside The Mind of Melo, Inside The Mind of Melo 2, Blacksummer’snight Instrumental EP, and countless collaborations.
Following suit with the good material, Melo-X releases his new single/visuals for “Handle It” from his new project GOD:HiFi. The video which was produced by Paul Jung plays with the idea of taking a sonic journey through space and time. The video pays homage to the Sci-Fi classics by Jean-Luc Godard. The video is also said to combine La Nouvelle Vague with Hip-Hop.
If you still don’t have Melo-X’s GOD: HiFi make sure to get that now, here.Read More »