July 31, 2010
The Meltdown Mix:
A soothing soundtrack to relax the mind, or even better - set the mood for you and that special someone.
Rachel Claudio - Water
Nuwamba - Take Me Away
JimiJames - Get Undressed
PPP - Sanctuary ft. Coultrain & Jamila Raegan
Stone Mecca - A Walk
Kindred The Family Soul - Contentment
Commentary b/w Jazzed Solace - Love
Blaze - Loverman
Tone Trezure - Don’t Hang Up The Phone
N’dambi - The One
Jeanette Berry - Love Stomped
Trizonna McClendon - Giddy ft Malik Yusef
Geno Young - Crazy
Commentary b/w Pharcyde - She Said (Jay Dee rmx instrumental)
JD Green Soul - Last Night f/ Smoke E. Digglera
Dorian Wright - Distance
Lizz Fields - Oasis
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July 27, 2010
When I first started this blog, indie soul songstess, Conya Doss was one of my first post (see here). This beautiful sister has been off the seen for the past 2 years, but this should come as no surprise to long time fans as this is routine of Ms. Doss since her debut in 2002. Now she returns with her 5th album, Blu Transition dropping in September. "What We Gon' Do" is the first single from the album, and it's a nice uptempo, funky bass line gem tackling relationships the way Ms. Doss does best. If your new to Conya Doss, I suggest you get to know her. Start here to catch up.
Conya Doss - What We Gon' Do
Reppin' the UK - singer, songwriter Nadine Charles gives us a track from her unnamed forthcoming album. "Kisses in The Morning" has a chill groove laced with Nadines' sweet angelic voice, which one can either lounge to or get up and move to. As for the video... pretty girl with beautiful features, nice sunny day, but what's up with the Reindeer? Oh well, the song still gets my cosign. Get your copy for free here. Check out more from Nadine via her myspace below.
July 24, 2010
A little over a month to go, but I'm sure it will be well worth the wait. Ski Beatz' - 24 Hour Karate School dropping Sept 7th.
July 23, 2010
On my ride to check out the Theophilus London show out here in Tampa this past Wednesday, I equipped my ipod with the eclectic vibe of Black Spade's – Build & Destroy Mixtape. 2008's To Serve With Love was in my opinion one of the best albums of that year "serving" souled out hip hop to old and new fans such as myself. With Build & Destroy being his first mixtape ever, he's done exceptionally well showcasing his varied styles, his passion for diversity and uniqueness in his sound and art. Stoney Rock as he is also known will delight the eccentric listener with stories of disdain for the b.s in music and entertainment and the reputations built around it, the strength of life and love and of course, just straight up hard hitting lyrics and beats. Peep the track below then go download the mixtape following.
Black Spade - Presence of You Ft Seymour Liberty
Get Union LA, Trackstar The DJ & The Smoking Section Present Black Spade – Build & Destroy Mixtape here.
July 20, 2010
Louisville, Kentucky: A new voice in soul music is stirring up. Youthful and rich in tone, JD Green Soul fills your audio space with a sweet classically trained voice that personifies the elements of all things funky, jazzy and soulful. My introduction to JD came via a twitter following sometime last week. I held off for a minute before giving her work a good listen, but today, I am pleased to say my ears have been gently kissed by this graceful singer, poet and musician. Her 16 track debut, Diurnal Movements is a beautiful body of work touching on love, life, fun times and free spiritedness. Peep the gospel infused, soul inspired "Make it New" below. It's just a taste of many great tracks off her album.
July 16, 2010
Hitclub Entertainment and Wizkid Music artist, Joonie joins me to speak about his experiences in the music business and his debut album, Acoustic Love.
Ken Ross ft Alexia Blakley - I’m Still
Daru ft Aischa & Black Spade - I Want You Pt 2
Marsha Ambrosius ft Little Brother - Sunshine
DJ Day ft Aloe Blacc - Closer
HR Visions Ad b/w The Stuyvesaints - Pookie
Commentary b/w 4D1
Joonie - So Fly
Blu ft Miguel - First Things First
Jimi James - Bitchin
Electric Wire Hustle - Perception
IFE - Aim To Please
PPP ft Zeno - Fever
Jada Avenue - Sustenance
Commentary b/w LL Cool J (Pink Cookies Easy Moe B rmx)
Renee Neufville - Everything
Peter Hadar - Watermelon (Nicolay rmx)
DJ Center ft. Zaki Ibrahim - Yes!
Get it on Podomatic or Mixcloud.
July 12, 2010
Just came across this video today via Facebook. Taken from the 80's Babies album, Sonic Music out now on itunes. Tall Black Guy laces us with a mellow chill mode groove that locks you in from beginning to end. Emcees Dee Jackson and Kazi The Blak add their soothed out lyrics while vocalists Allegra Dolores bring the soulful hook to make this track just right. No glitz, no glamour - just 100% pure organic hip hop. Check another joint from the album below. Thanks Chaka B.
80's Babies - Technology ft Chaka B
I've seen this cover before on bandcamp a few months ago, but just never payed much attention to it. However, over the weekend I got an email from someone in the artist's camp regarding his music. Calvin Gary, Jr. aka Joonie is a singer, songwriter, arranger and musician, specializing in Soul, R&B and Popular Music. He has written for and collaborated with Ruben Studdard, Elliot Yamin, Nappy Roots, Angie Stone and Mos Def (unreleased).
Joonie's debut album, Acoustic Love is out now, and minus a few tracks that's more suited toward today's radio playlist is a solid piece of work. Acoustic Love showcases the full reach of Joonie's musicianship which I truly appreciate in an artist. The gentle keys of "Just The Way You Are" make for pleasant listening and "Delilah" will have you swaying from left to right with its mid tempo groove. Check the cut below to start, then continue on to hear more of the album here.
Joonie - So Fly
Brooklyn's female producer, emcee and DJ, Pursuit Grooves keeps the real alive spinning some of the classics from the old school and the golden era.
"Here's a NG DJ mix I did in March of 2008 with some classic hip hop joints. PARENTAL DISCRETION!!!! A warning before you blast it at work. With tracks by Brand Nubian, Eric B & Rakim, Jaylib, Das EFX, D.O.C, Biggie, EPMD and more... DL here.
July 9, 2010
One of my favorite emcees has finally released some new music. Fans have been clamoring for a new joint for over a year now from Queens native, Pharoahe Monch. Well, the 1st single from his upcoming 3rd album, “W.A.R.” (We Are Renegades) is here for your listening pleasure. “Shine” features Mela Machinko and was produced by one of the golden era's greatest, Diamond D. The track takes me back to that raw feel of the 90's, and Pharoahe delivers society's insanity and his quest to "Shine" amidst it all through the complex wordplay he's known for. No set date yet on the release of the album, but it will drop this fall on the Duck Down Records.
Pharoahe Monch - Shine
This is my first time covering 25 year old Jesse Boykins III, but he's no newbie to me. I've known about him for about 2 years now, and his music without a doubt goes in. The Beauty Created (2008) was considered an instant classic featuring some of the best futuristic, jazzy soul production and Jesse's melodious toned voice. The featured video below shows a night out at Santos in NYC laced by what could possibly be a cut from JBIII for his third album. B4 The Night is Thru is the name of the vibe. Be prepared to get up and dance as the pulsing bass line takes you in. Check it out. Support JBIII.
Santos "Our Studio 54" NYC
"If you live in NYC and have been out on a Friday Night, you know Santos is where we usually end up. I like to look at it as the modern day Studio 54. Just Blaze on the 1's and 2's, Chad hooking it up with the tickets at the door, People hanging outside starting shit with the bouncers. A melting pot of all NYC'S many faces in one spot." The Black Apple © Saint - Jesse Boykins III
To purveyors of good soul music, the name Coultrain shouldn't raise a questionable eye. But for the rest of the world who has yet to catch on to this sensational artist - get ready! We've featured Coultrain several times on the blog (see here), and we're giving him shine again simply because we love his music and we realize that people are still sleeping. His 2008 debut "The Adventures of Seymour Liberty" (now available) introduced a sound reminiscent of the classics. When R&B had soul and not filled with the current crock of pop overload. Here's a gem from 2001 sent to me via his manager. Pay attention to Coultrain's voice - its youthful tone which leads us up to the strength his exhibits nearly a decade later.
Coultrain - I'll Be Around
Fresh of his March release, Kilawatt: V2 - Eric Lau readies fans for more great music. This 3 song ep comes as a charity project in benefit of Save The Children. Sample the goodness of Eric Lau and friends on this lush, head nodder entitled "See." Beautiful music all day folks. Get into it.
July 6, 2010
Zo! drops the visuals to his latest single from the upcoming SunStorm album. Eric Roberson, Darien Brockington and Rapper Big Pooh all body the track and the video to make it such a modern day classic. Make sure to support SunStorm when it drops on 7-27-10. You can download the single for free here.
July 4, 2010
A collection of tracks that held me down during my drive in the rain throughout Tampa.
Soundscape Radio Episode 4:
The Rainy Day Mix.
The Jacksons - Heartbreak Hotel
Michelle Shaprow - Back Down to Earth
Awon - Her
Eric Lau - One
Si*Se - Donde Esta
Muneshine - Believe Me
Maria Bentley - Fallouthematics
Finale & Spier 1200 - Family Portrait
Cee-Lo - Is It
Muhsinah - That Day
I - Ced ft Coultrain - Love Meaning
Beatchild, Ebrahim & Tingsek- War Within
Bashiri Asad - I am 1
Goapele - Milk N Honey
Joy Dennis - He Awaits Me
Eric Roberson - Tale of Two (Tall Black Dude rmx)
Innosphere - Everlasting Love
Erykah Badu - Gone Baby Gone
D'Angelo - Devil's Pie
GZA ft. Inspetah Deck & D'Angelo - Cold World
Full Crate & Mar - I Said
Raheem DeVaughn - Believe
Me'Shell NdegeOcello - Love you Down
Get it on Podomatic
July 3, 2010
Black Milk returns with another heat rock from his forthcoming project, Album of the Year dropping on September 14th. From the onset of the sirens to the kick of the drum, and the air horn flurries, Black goes ballistic over the intoxicating head nodder and takes no prisoners on "How Dare You." Black is coming with a vengeance on this one! I'm sure this won't be the last leak from the album, so I'd advise you to stay up with him via his twitter. Support the real!
Black Milk - How Dare You
July 2, 2010
Daru brings more heat our way. This time courtesy of his very dope Spirit & Soul-Hop Sampler 09. Luv4Art Media and Rest Films proudly present the new video for Nemiss "Heart in Tact (Neva)."
Chicago native, Nemiss is currently in the studio banging out joints for an upcoming EP to be released this Fall. She also has plans for a Nemiss EPK/DVD release as well, so keep an eye out for that. Peep the video below, and continue to support the ill artists and vibes that Daru continues to bring to us.
July 1, 2010
A mesmorizing performance from the sultry soul of Andreya Triana. This is the live concert version of Bonobo's, "Stay The Same" during their Roundhouse 2010 show courtesy of Andreya herself. The overall instrumentation of the set was beautifully arranged, and Andreya held the crowd in her gaze. The album, Black Sands is available now, and keep a watch for Andreya's debut, Lost Where I Belong dropping August 23rd in the UK & Sept 7th in the US on Ninjatune Records.