October 30, 2010

SLE Presents: Soundscape Radio! Episode 12

I apologies for the delay. An emergency took me away from getting the show up, and out to you last week. All is well though, so thanks for your patience and enjoy this episode.

Playing God!

Gregory Isaacs - Conversation
Nikki Grier - I Need Some Help
Jason James & Rodney Hazard - Better As You
1773 - That One (Tall Black Guy rmx)
Amanda Diva - Manchild
Kaana Ellie & The Remedies - Reflections
Miguel Atwood Ferguson - Deliver The Word ft. Aloe Blacc
Boombaptist - Coolout (instrumental)
Letherette - Dance Brace (instrumental)
Talib Kweli - Eat to Live
Daru Jones - The Block pt2 ft. Prophecy
Bellaruche - Bobby
Tekitha - Ghetto Serenade ft RZA
Donell Jones - The Finer Things in Life
Olivier DaySoul - Just a Song
RoddyRod - Let The Rain Fall ft Nicholas Ryan Gant
Benny Tones - On My Way (Feat. Mara Tk)
80’s Babies - Wait a Minute ft Midflex & Famsquadilliana

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October 29, 2010

WrittenHouse - Cigarette Smoke (Video)

I'm a fan of the Philly based crew WrittenHouse. I've featured one of their joints, "Time's Tickin'" on episode 9 of WSLE Soundscape Radio. The above video is their debut from their forthcoming album, While You Were Sleeping. From all what I've heard thus far from the group and knowing their setbacks with having their studio robbed, the album is gonna prove how they've overcome adversity. Follow them on twitter and reverbnation to stay up to date with the group.  

October 27, 2010

La Melodia - Give It Up (Video)

This joint straight knocks! A dope vibe from emcee Melodee and producer INT, together known as La Melodia. They dropped their official video for "Give It Up" some three weeks ago, and the 7 song album, Electronic Love back in early September. I'm just getting put on to them, so here's another project I need to add to my "must cop" list. Stream the album via the link below, and just get ready to bang out!


Jayanti - Girl From Mars (Video)

Jayanti's sweet vocals and her alluring look puts me in the mind of Teedra Moses and Nadine Charles.  Despite that, I'm feeling this playful yet somewhat sexy joint from the Rotterdam songstress. {RAM}


October 26, 2010

Tamara Wellons - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Video)

I get a little upset when I now come across an artist whose been doing their thing  years prior the current. With that said, allow me to introduce Tamara Wellons. She is one dope singer! House singer to be specific, but not limited to the genre. The Ivor, Virginia native is an exciting vocalist who is surely deserving of every success to come her path. Making her debut in 2003 with Introducing... and following her sophomore release, Life Is (2008), the singer, wife and mother of 3 has been working diligently to put out a new project entitled Songs For Janie which is inspired by Zora Neal Hurston's - “Their Eyes Were Watching God.”  

As many may know, the toughest of obstacles for an independent artist is attaining financing for their projects. Knowing this, Tamara is kindly reaching out to us for support to bring the project to fruition. Every little bit helps so please contribute via here. Until then, peep an exclusive behind the scenes look at Tamara Wellons compelling cover of Nirvana's - Smells Like Teen Spirit in the video above. Enjoy it, and get to know more about Tamara Wellons via her sites. 


Dwele - Watch Me

A product of boredom! I'm impressed. W.ANTS, W.ORLD, W.OMEN in stores now.


Beady Belle - Hindsight

Here's what's poppin' in my ears as of recent. Just a few joints I came across while surfing the web today.


October 15, 2010

Olivier Daysoul - Mr. Saint Louis EP

Having made appearances this year on Onra's - Long Distance, Trek Life's - Everything Changed Nothing, and friend and producer, Oddisee's - Odd Spring album, Olivier Daysoul returns strong on the scene with a new sound ready to make his place amongst the greats in soul music. I personally got to know Olivier Daysoul late last year, and thank God for that cause dude's first album was a great start for me. 08's Kilowatt was a very groovy galactic soul record that presented a psychedelic singer on the rise. Now on his new project Mr. Saint Louis EP, Olivier, as said switches up the vibe to a more modern style showing his versatility and songwriting craft. This is just a sample of what he's been working on so stay tuned. Peep the first release from the EP below, then head on over to his bandcamp pg & cop the full EP. The first 1000 downloads will be free, after that it will change to a pay what you want deal.

Olivier Daysoul - Labor






October 14, 2010

Roddy Rod - Cuba After Market 2

What makes a producer great? The fact that he can stretch his sound and make music that shows his range and appreciation for other types of music. DJ Roddy Rod of the Low Budget Crew has taken the sounds of Cuba and made an interesting fusion of hip hop, dub and electronic latin dance flavors. Had I not known it was Roddy Rod, I would've easily mistaken the vibe for that of a UK producer. I bought this project sound unheard in addition to not having part 1, but I do have 08's Blunt Park Sessions which is straight up hip hop. After a few listens I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome of this album. Peep two bangers from the project below then head on over to itunes & support the album.

Roddy Rod - Let The Rain Fall ft Nicholas Ryan Gant

Roddy Rod - Semi-Queasy

Cutlass Reid - Synthesizer (Freestyle) Video

A few months back I received an email regarding an emcee from Norfolk, Virginia named Cutlass Reid. I'd never heard of him, so I was cautious considering some of the nonsense I regularly get. So I decided to click the link to the video and what  showcased was an honest reenactment of scenes from the classic movie Friday while Cutlass spat fire hunger darts to show his commitment to this rap ish. I was impressed! Unfortunately, I failed to post the video then and had forgotten about dude, but thankfully I was reminded of him two days ago with another email for his new video. Check this quick gem Cutlass kicks over Outkast's "Synthesizer." Sun does not disappoint! His "One Day At A Time" mixtape is in the finishing stages, so keep watch for my dude.


October 12, 2010

We Plug Good Music Presents: A Prelude To The Future

Another project I had sent to my inbox to post is the 25 track compilation A Prelude To The Future from We Plug Good Music.  This record is a worthy addition to any music lovers collection. Not only is it good sonically, but also the lyrics are well penned to match the vibe. Emerging artists from all parts of the world feature on this project and all add their uniqueness to make it the success that is. From producers Ivan Ice & Remot to artists NAIRA & Emay who I've heard of before to new names such as Midian, Bez, Moxie Black and Faro Z - they all bring forth talent that deserves their just due. Hit play on the two below then cop your free download of the album here.

Waje - To The Top (pro. by Remot)

Ossie - Ungrateful (feat. Chloe Fiducia)

October 11, 2010

SWEDE:ART - Emotional Colors Remixes

I totally forgot I had this to post. New Tokyo Dawn Records project, SWEDE:ART - Emotional Colors Remixes is 14 interesting remixes to Swede:art's highly successful boombap album 'Emotional Colors'. Most of the artists and producers on here are new to me with the exception of B. Bravo, Pursuit Grooves, Black Spade and Devonwho, but the project is a good mix of electronic grooves, ambient vibes, house and hip hop flavor. The CD of the project releases on Oct 21st, but the mp3 format is available now for purchase via here. Check out two of my favs below.

Embrace The Chill ft. Pursuit Grooves & Comfort Fit (Matt Flores rmx)

Linguistics ft. Stray - Sam lRl rmx

October 9, 2010

Simeon of The Primeridian - Dance 4 Ever ft Shev Rock...Tall Black Guy rmx (Video)

Tall Black Guy is one of my favorite upcoming producers that understands the craft  of making good music. Along with some new visuals this remix gives the original a power boost. Like Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's "Summertime," this joint will definitely get the summertime spin for years to come.  

Cuisine Done Wright ft Deborah Bond

On October, 17th beginning at 8pm, be sure to tune in to www.ustream.tv/channel/cuisine-done-wright as The Fabulous Aniesia & Chef Mark Wright bring you into their world of food and soul music. This premier edition will feature musical guest Deborah Bond out of Washington, D.C. Eli's Cheescake out of Chicago will be the feature to get your taste buds stewing, DJ Sikwidityo will be on the 1's and 2's keeping, and Deborah will be talking about her new project in addition to providing some soulful, funk filled tunes. For more details about the show check here.

SLE Presents: Soundscape Radio! Episode 11

Mr. Wells continues to bring you that good vibe on this episode. Filling your ears with the sounds of great new music and past gems.

Root Soul - On & On ft Shea Soul
Twin Cities - Raincloud ft Shea Soul
Teedra Moses - Caught Up
Phantom Lover - Subtle ft Jesse Boykins III
TeLuv - Forplay
Midian - Heartbeat
Benny Tones - Nevermind ft. Mara TK
Sinitus Tempo - Prosperity (instrumental)
9th Wonder - Shots ft Sean Price & Big Dho
Yo La Tengo - Here To Fall (Pete Rock rmx)
Soweto Kinch - Escape ft Eska
Choklate - Sun’s Out Choklate - Overdose
J.S.O.U.L - Tell Me. ft Carol Riddick
Ntjam Rosie - In Need

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October 7, 2010

Gregory Porter - Illusions (Video)

Via my inbox comes an amazing new discovery from jazz/soul pianist and vocalist Gregory Porter. This smooth crooning baritone from Brooklyn N.Y is no newcomer to the world of music. A well studied artist of the late Nat King Cole, Gregory has performed on stages from the US to Russia and on national television shows such as “Late Night with David Letterman,” “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” and “The Today Show.” He's been said to be our next great jazz singer by Soulmattersmag.com, and after listening to the above track "Illusions" I truly understand why. His latest release Water is available now. I suggest you give it a listen!.  

October 6, 2010

Erik Rico & Marc Mac - Destiny (Video)

I first heard this song about 2 weeks ago and I've been patiently waiting for it to release. Thankfully the duo of Erik Rico and Marc Mac will be dropping their Direct Soul EP on Oct 24, 2010. The tune overall is a refreshing blend of keys, guitar, drum programming and an assortment of other instruments layered by the great vocals of Erik Rico. You can stream the 4 song EP via their bandcamp page for now. But you're going to want to cop this on the 24th, so make sure to mark your calendar. 

Skyzoo & Illmind - Speakers On Blast (Video)

Skyzoo delivers with his crafty lyrics and Illmind bring the 808's just right on the lead track "Speakers On Blast" from their now available Live From The Tape Deck. The Duck Down East Coast Tour featuring Skyzoo, Pharoahe Monch, Buckshot, Sean Price and more is set to begin in Tampa on Monday, October 11 @ Club Empire. I'll be in the house mos def. Check here for tour dates in your area.  

Nikki Grier - I Need Some Help

She's a pretty face no doubt, but she also has a sensuously dope voice too. Most may not know of Nikki Grier on the strength of her own, but had you heard this joint, then you're likely to remember her. Since her introduction back in 06' to Dr. Dre she's gone on to work with and write or co-write tracks for 50 Cent, Eminem, Ginuwine, Busta Rhymes and a host of others. She's currently gearing up to release her Soulgasm Vol. 6 which launched back in September. For the next 12 weeks, she'll be putting out one song every two weeks. Below is the latest, "I Need Some Help." Make sure to check her out on FB and Twitter to keep abreast. 

Nikki Grier - I Need Some Help






October 4, 2010

Michah James - Lightskinned (Video)

Came across this cat today just surfing around the web. Checked out his video, which I thought was pretty funny and it took me back to the early nineties when there was fun and originality in videos. I don't know much about Michah James, aside from he represents LA and his mixtape, Agoraphobia has some pretty dope joints on it and dudes flow is ill too. Looking at him, you wouldn't think that, but as they say "Don't judge a book by its cover." Give the joint "Dreams" below a listen, then head on over to his bandcamp page and cop the album at no charge.

Michah James - Dreams ft. Bobby & Free Speech