Artist of the Week
If Kaytranada’s debut album, 99.9%, was full of the trepidation that comes with trying out new styles to see which one fits, BUBBA sees the Haitian-Canadian producer in a much more cohesive mode. This record feels like a disco mix, with tracks flipping seamlessly into each other, and the guests are picked less for celebrity value and more for their compatibility with Kaytranada’s sound.
10% featuring Kali Uchis is a highlight, with a sizzling West End Records loop and Kali’s lyrics demanding comeuppance (“You keep on taking from me but where’s my 10%? / You keep on taking from me, I wonder where you went”), while The Worst In Me with Tinashe bounces along with an irresistably rubbery bass and a catchy hook giving the track what was once called ‘crossover potential’. Eight9fly and Ari PenSmith give Vex Oh an Afrobeats feel, while Go DJ sees SiR delivering slick verses over a J Dilla-esque beat, but these sounds all feel perfectly natural.
The sound design throughout is what we’ve come to expect: popping percussion, synths that melt like butter and a healthy dose of sidechain to make everything bump. Sprinkled around BUBBA are instrumental passages that keep the record flowing in characterful fashion, whether it be the shimmering electric piano and breakbeat vibes of DO IT or Scared To Death’s filter work which brings back memories of vintage French house, but Kaytranada has (mostly) struck such a balance that his production talents still shine through on the vocal tracks.
The one unfortunate misstep is the Pharrell-featuring Midsection, which takes a promising groove then derails it with a tacky hook that feels cut and pasted into the track. But this is a rare bum note in a record that’s packed with goodies and effortlessly cool.
Amin Payne aka Teymori delivers finest Westcoast vibes on “The G-Funk Tape”.
Inspired by the 90’s subgenre of Westcoast rap, Amin Payne created a 9-track project, filled with bouncy basslines, talk boxes and high-pitched portamento synths. The main intention behind this tape was pay to homage to G-Funk music, but at the same time, the Australia based producer wanted to create a soundtrack for his fellow dancers. “The G-Funk Tape” features contributions by the 10tendo, OJ KUSH, Unda, Cazeaux O.S.L.O & Azriel, Billy Hoyle and First Touch.
Free Nationals, best known as Anderson .Paak’s backing band, have released their long-awaited debut album.
The self-titled project was announced in early 2018 during an interview with Triple J, and was expected to arrive sometime before 2019. It wasn't until last month when the band—consisting of guitarist Jose Rios, keyboardist Ron Tnava Avant, bassist Kelsey Gonzales, and drummer Callum Connor—announced the album’s release date.
“The real reason it delayed was because of our rigorous touring schedule,” the group tweeted along with the album’s cover art and tracklist.
The group’s self-titled LP is comprised of 13 tracks. Guests featured on the project include Paak, Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, J.I.D, The Internet’s Syd, Kali Uchis, T.I. and the late Mac Miller, among others.
More than 10 years after his latest album Let It Rain, the “This Is How We Do It” singer Montell Jordan is back with his 8th album entitled Masterpeace. On this new project, he worked with artists such as Crystal Nicole or Lecrae who is featured on the LP’s lead single “When I’m Around You“. It’s available now on all digital platforms!
This Minneapolis, Minnesota (via Natchez, Mississippi) soul man cut his teeth in the Time but bounced before the band signed with Warner Bros. His tough voice has the same grain and range as that of Otis Redding. Like that master, Alexander O'Neal was comfortable with pumping dancefloor burners and slinky couch-cuddlers. He's certainly the best singer Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have ever produced, and the strength of his material and his robust voice can be heard on releases including the hot new 2019 release "Think Of Who Loves You" available now on iTunes and other digital platforms online.
"Wear My Shoes" is the latest single from Temu's long awaited album, "Relic of the Mothership" dropping Dec 15th courtesy of Sleepers Recordz.
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Jacquees has said time and time again that he hands down the king of his genre, and to no avail, most decided to not listen to him. In dedication of his status, he drops a project to prove what he set out to do.
He grabs features from TK Kravitz, Tory Lanez, Quavo, Young Thug, Lil Keed, and more, but stays at the focal point to prove to the consumers who is king. Despite his competitors even being on his project, it seems like he has accomplished much of what his intentions are.
Each of the 18-tracks brings something new to the table, and there’s no denying the talent in store for Quee. Take a listen above on Spotify, and below on your favorite stream platform.
The new project follows Jacquees’ Certified RIAA Platinum debut album, 4275, which featured the hit singles “B.E.D.” and “You.”
We had to wait three years, but Gallant's sophomore effort is finally here. This time around, the 27-year-old singer wanted to make a throwback album. He wanted to bring back the synths and runs of early 2000's R&B and everything about Sweet Insomnia gives you that sweet nostalgia. "I wanted it to feel like a shoebox you kept under your bed full of Polaroid," he told Complex. However, when we got teasers for this project in the form of three singles ("Compromise," "Sleep On It," "Sharpest Edges"), it was clear that Gallant was keeping things fresh.
While the cover art and some of the instrumentals might aim to evoke a dark aesthetic, Gallant's vocals are too warm for Sweet Insomnia to be anything but incredibly pleasant. His voice is stretched to all of its dazzling extremes on this album and he reminds us that he has one of the sharpest falsettos in the game. The only features on the project come from fellow R&B powerhouses, 6LACK and Sabrina Claudio, the latter of whom is currently accompanied by Gallant on tour.
'Little Ghost' marks the return of LA-based trio Moonchild with their fourth album to date. Led by first single "Too Much to Ask", the release sees multi-instrumentalists Amber Navran, Max Bryk, and Andris Mattson channel boundless sonic energy as they explore some of the most personal aspects of human relationships. With a unique style of soul and new-school jazz that has cemented their spot in the LA music scene, Moonchild continue to intertwine lyrical concepts with expansive glistening melodies, harmonies and irresistible interludes. Taking its name from the most emotional of celestial bodies (in the eyes of the band), 'Little Ghost' follows the widely-praised 'Voyager' , 'Please Rewind'  and 'Be Free'  which were shown love by DJs like Gilles Peterson, Don Letts and Huey Morgan (BBC 6Music) to Jamie Cullum (BBC Radio 2), Jamz Supernova (BBC 1XTRA) and Anthony Valadez (KCRW) alongside Jazz FM who named the band Soul Act Of The Year 2018. The releases garnered press and line praise from The Fader, Echoes Magazine, Saint Heron, Kick Mag, KCRW and Okayplayer and racked up 8.5+ million streams Spotify for 'Voyager''s "Cure" and 4.5 million streams Spotify for "The List" - for which the video has also reached 7+ million views YouTube - taken from the same LP. Moonchild have collaborated and toured with highly-respected names in the soul-jazz crowd including Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, India.Arie, Leela James, The Internet, and built up a host of iconic supporters from Robert Glasper (who collaborated with Navran on his latest release with R+R=Now) and Laura Mvula to James Poyser, Jazzy Jeff, Jose James, 9th Wonder and Tyler, The Creator.
Summer Walker's 'Over It' Earns Biggest Streaming Week Ever for an R&B Album by a Woman
Summer Walker’s slow-groove R&B sounds like it was conceived in the parking lot of an Atlanta strip club. Slow and sultry, it shifts from anger to love to frustration in a heartbeat, like she’s both the angel and the devil on your shoulder. The 23-year-old Atlanta singer hardly does interviews, and when she does, it’s like she’s being held against her will, mumbling with an emotionless stare and her hood up. That shyness disappears on records, where her voice is big yet gentle, and the tales pour out.
At her best, Summer Walker’s stories play out like a telenovela. On “Me,” a moody track in the middle of her debut album, Over It, she’s heartbroken and unsure how to react, so she runs through her options: not care, or be petty and send him a single-word text. Instead, she checks her purse, then the trunk of her car, and pulls out a gun. “I would never shoot you, baby/Maybe just wave it around,” she sings in a sweet but defeated tone. It’s relatable melodrama for some, maybe a cautionary tale for others.
But Walker’s detail is just as rich in the moments that come directly before she reaches her breaking point. “Playing Games” addresses the lame dudes that continue to take her passion for granted, only showing affection in private and refusing to acknowledge their relationship on Instagram. The A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie-assisted “Stretch You Out” shows that frustration beginning to bubble over. “You never wanna clean up/And you talk to me like shit/And you handle me too rough/And, at the end of the day you got the nerve to bring up that bitch,” she sings. Like much of Over It, both tracks feature production from her current love interest and executive producer London on da Track (“Drunk Dialing...LODT” is dedicated to him), who energizes her lovestruck ballads for the social media era with his signature ATL bounce.
Occasionally she steers into blander territory, like the well-written but sleepy “Fun Girl,” but a rotating collection of R&B’s most toxic crooners keeps the energy level high. On “Like It,” Walker is infatuated, while Atlanta’s 6LACK only has sex on his mind. She blames herself for her failed relationships on “Just Might,” her duet with PARTYNEXTDOOR (“I just might be a ho”), while the OVO signee plays the cheating boyfriend with every excuse. The pettiness reaches an apex on “I’ll Kill You,” when she vows “I’ll go to hell or jail about you boy” next to Jhené Aiko, like the final scene of a twisted revenge thriller.
Like many of her current R&B peers, Walker is working through her obsession with ’90s R&B. “Body” flips 702’s “Get It Together,” and “Come Thru,” both samples and features Usher. Otherwise, her writing is irresistibly fresh. Whether she has on love goggles or is shaking up her boyfriend by pointing a gun at him—out of love, of course—it’s part of what makes Summer Walker feel like a real person, making the real misguided decisions that happen when you’re over it, or telling yourself that you are.
Sinead Harnett makes her official debut.
At long last, Sinead Harnett has rolled out her debut album, delivering on her Lessons In Love creation.
The new effort finishes up with 12 tracks that include the previously-released "Leo Bear" and the Gallant-assisted "Pulling Away."
“The more I love, the more I learn about its magic, its importance and its lessons,” Harnett last told Complex in August. “In every song, there is a lesson. But most importantly, in every song, there is love. I never planned the way this album would take shape and I didn’t know the title or concept until I’d chosen the songs. Up until now, I hadn’t even realized what my purpose is as a writer. But now, standing in front of this project I see that I’ve done everything out of love.”
Grammy Award-winning musician, songwriter, and producer Raphael Saadiq is back with Jimmy Lee, his first album in eight years, to be released August 23 on Columbia Records. Jimmy Lee is a deeply personal, musically ambitious work inspired by his brother’s struggles with addiction that explores the razor’s edge people walk as they pursue pleasure that leads to pain — an incisive and empathetic work from a master at the peak of his art. Jimmy Lee was self-produced by Raphael Saadiq and recorded at Blakeslee Recording Co. in North Hollywood. The album features contributions from Brook D’Leau, Kendrick Lamar, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad.
With her third full-length, Wide Nose Full Lips, SuCh supplies several levels of soulful genius and a more confident observation on life
For a soul stylist who once make a dent on a nationwide scale with American Idol, SuCh has already achieved a remarkable career under her own terms in the independent music world. Whether penning her intense insights surrounding real life on her first two CD’s, Stretch Marks and Trial and Error, or spinning a moving perspective of Paul McCartney’s, “Maybe I’m Amazed,” this Denver, Colorado native shares her vulnerable heart without hesitation.
No wonder her upcoming release is suitably entitled Wide Nose Full Lips, a confirmation of the singer/songwriter’s confidence that has matured artistically. For starters, two of SuCh’s previous singles are on tap. The intimate romantic thrills of “Beyond Dark” connects to the quiet storm zone and her spot-on remake of John Legend’s breakthrough hit, “Ordinary People,” showcases her vocal range and articulation. Other highlights on Wide Nose Full Lips include the title track, SuCh’s illustration of what beautiful sounds and looks like, a spoken word collaboration, “Melanin,” featuring Kerrie Joy and the retro U.K. soul up-tempo jam, “The Real Thing.”
Her third full-length Wide Nose Full Lips is available now. In the meantime, check out the samples for SuCh’s latest project through most digital outlets.
The Urban Music Scene
Lorenzo Ferguson keeps to his triennial +FE Music release schedule with his fourth album for the label, issued after a documentary about the third one, other original music for film and television -- including pitch-perfect contributions to the satirical Sherman's Showcase -- and abundant collaborative work. From the title all the way down, FourFront has a composition like that of SunStorm, ManMade, and SkyBreak. Decked out with feel-good love and it-could-be-love songs tidily arranged over a sturdy post-disco/pre-new jack swing foundation, it similarly features a shifting cast of guest vocalists known and new to Zo! sessions. Among the familiar, most prominent is touring partner Carmen Rodgers on two highlights that sparkle. Also in the mix is Phonte, of course, either tightening the material in the background or duetting with one of the compatible new associates, Madison McFerrin, who elsewhere powers a delightfully featherlight if poignant bossa nova diversion. Ferguson continues to make incremental refinements and progressions, remarkably keeping it direct and replayable while adding detail and handling the bulk of the instrumentation on a level that verges on virtuosic. Whether written by the leader or the collaborators, the same can be said of the lyrics. Even the simplest romantic sentiments contain bright moments that stick out, like when Devin Morrison softly consoles that he'll "kick a silly freestyle, just to see you smile," or when Sy Smith bats her eyelashes with "I can see in your reflection that it's time to break the glass," signaling that she wants more than friendship. Strong finales have run throughout the Zo! discography, and there's another one here in "Step Up Front," a deep Afro-Latin house groove as high-spirited as anything by Masters at Work-related projects like Nuyorican Soul and Elements of Life. Moreover, it and the two preceding tracks add up to the finest three-track stretch on any Zo! LP. Ahead of the finish is "Crash," flirty machine soul fronted by Smith with discreet nods to Sly & the Family Stone, Shalamar, and Teena Marie. The succeeding penultimate number is the zigzagging slow jam "Sweat," which with Stokley's feverish hospitality can be heard as an answer song of acceptance.
The wait is over! Grammy award songwriter Johnta Austin is back with his new single “Love Angel”. You may be familiar with his name as he’s written for everyone from Mary J. Blige (“Be Without You”), Tyrese (“Sweet Lady”) and Mariah Carey (“We Belong Together”).
We’ve had a chance to broadcast his talents as solo artists over the years through demos and various singles he’s released, including the 2006 fan-favorite “Turn It Up,”. He was gearing up to release “Ocean Drive” in the late 2000’s before the project eventually got shelved.
He’s now signed a label deal with Empire and released his new project “Love, Sex & Religion” available now.
The posthumous Mac Miller tracks keep surfacing as of late. Following the release of the Metro Boomin-produced single “Real” just yesterday, Anderson .Paak‘s band Free National and their “Time” single marks the first official posthumous single from the late rapper. The track also features Kali Uchis and made its premiere on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio show.
.Paak announced the single by sharing the single’s artwork on social media along with the caption, “6/12 be ready.” The duo were close and .Paak even paid tribute to Miller during his Coachella set. “One hand in the air for my brother, I miss him so much,” he said as he performed their shard track “Dang!”
Free Nationals are gearing up for their debut album, would should be landing soon. On the other-hand, Miller’s final album Swimming was released in August 2018 and garnered a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rap album.
The APX are releasing their highly anticipated self-titled sophomore album Amplified Experiment! Detroit native singer/songwriter Erika Dawn alongside her prodigy multi talented husband Dee Rhodes are an Atlanta based electro funk/soul duo collectively known as The APX.
Amplified Experiment encores the duo's sound with a 2020 approach, fueled with the influence of the finest traditional 80’s & 90’s style funk, house, & soul.
Including the previously released single Jupiter, Amplified Experiment includes a completely self-produced and masterfully crafted collection of brand new songs that will make you dance, make love, relax or all of the above!
Amplified Experiment is a breath taking catalyst, ushered in by Erika Dawn's soul stirring, nostalgic power-house vocals, accompanied by Dee Rhodes' heart-pounding, adrenaline injected, soulful soundtrack.
"Amplified Experiment is our journey further into the world of funk," says Dee Rhodes, "You'll really get to experience different sides of Erika's vocal abilities while gauging the range of styles our production can go.
For the past two years, we have been working very hard on this album and it is really special to us!"
Soul singer Noel Gourdin’s husky baritone proves wide and rangy enough to encompass both poles of the relationship thing on tunes “Low Down” and “Lovin’ Up,” two collaborations with producer Regi Myrix taken from an anticipated EP that will be released later in the summer.
“Lovin’ Up” is an expression of the sweet feel of discovery, while “Low Down” is a tale that explores the harsh light of discovery. “Lovin’ Up,” is a mid-tempo track that uses the opening bass line riff from Michael Jackson’s classic “Can’t Help It” as a the jumping off point before transforming into a bouncy track where that bass line - along with some kicking drums and feathery keyboard - serve as the foundation. Gourdin’s mature baritone caresses lyrics that express his good that has come his way in the form of the lady in his life. He has no plans to give the love that he feels to anyone else.
Gourdin gives us something totally different on “Low Down,” a soulful number about a man who realizes that after all of the ways that he tried to let his woman know that the love fires were cooling, his choice to slip out is going to have consequences. Those consequences will leave him labeled as a “low down dirty…” Gourdin displays his range on this number, moving from that distinctive gravelly baritone to an angelic high tenor, as he tries to explain what led him to stray and try to state his case for reconciliation.
Gourdin acknowledges that the lyrics for “Low Down” were torn from the headlines of personal experience. “After listening to the instrumental music for “Low Down”, I first gravitated to the last 4 bars of the Hook sequence. It was most definitely saying something to me, and it said, "I'm a Low, a Low-Down dirty shame". I got out of a long-term relationship last year, and most of these lyrics are from a personal space and are extremely heartfelt and real.”
D Mills aka Danny Mills is a Los Angeles-based Music Producer, artist, and session player. Mills is also the Great Great Grandson of the late great Bessie Smith. Mills started learning music at the age of 16. At that point he decided music was what he was going to be doing for the rest of his life. It was in high school where he met Dr. Gayle Serdan and learned how to play piano. As a kid he was introduced to all types of music from hip hop and r&b to jazz and rock. "I took piano class because I wanted to be a music producer. I knew that if I learned piano I could compose anything that popped in my head". While learning he was introduced to improvised music like blues and jazz. "The fact that you could improvise and play what you felt in a song really intrigued me". After High School D.Mills learned first hand about playing live. Later on Mills taught himself how to play bass and guitar to add to his repertoire. Since learning he has played all over the world with major and indie artist. He has also had the opportunity to write and record songs with some of the best in the industry. Mills displays his skill and love for music in his debut album "The Recital". Make sure you check out the newly released sophomore album entitled "Agape".
Take a white knuckle ride through the eyes and mind of Princess Freesia laying all of her anxieties, insecurities and innermost mental health battles bare to an emotional, haunting and heartfelt musical soundtrack by Soulpersona who weaves soul, raregroove and jazz funk arrangements into the complex narrative.
Life is a game as is the life of an independent musician. The album was made in a minimal studio, which is essentially a spare room in their flat. It was recorded and composed using only headphones so as not to wake the neighbours baby. The album was funded by their supporters through crowdfunding where they managed to reach (and exceed) their target in just 28 days.
The new Soulpersona & Princess Freesia album 'The Game' is available now and it's a must have!
You have been patient for the past 12 years, you were right ! The JB’s are finally launching their new project ! Same atmosphere, new originals, The JB’s are ready to make the world funky again.
Joe Buhdha presents Terri Walker
"OK" is the Second Single from The EP Break Out.
The first single, Breakout received great radio support from Alexander Nut, Don Letts, Mista Jam, Toddla T, Disorda, Ras Kwame, just to name a but a few.
Terri and Joe come again with this sweet soul track!
“When you listen to your heart even though itʼs been torn apart youʼll be ok”
Terri gives a sermon over a heavy funk track with a crazy bassline, big horns, big drums, rhodes and funky guitar. Straight boogie flavours.
The release comprises an alternative rap version featuring UK Hip Hop legend TY, kicking off proceedings.
OK Available on all major Digital outlets (April 26th)
Joe Buhdha presents Terri Walker
Breakout E.P (May 24th)
Rob and Frank from Cool Million (Many times Featured artist on OneLuvFM) are back with their newest single, a dance collaboration with James D-Train that should get you moving on the dance floor. “Stronger” has an old school funky dance vibe and a great melody to go along with it.
“Stronger” comes out on April 26
Born and bred in Brighton byan equally artistic mother, IYAMAH found her community in her city's diverse music scene and was inspired to write her own songs. She now cites Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and Amy Winehouse as inspirations to her raw Neo-Soul sound. Being immersed in Brighton’s club scene as an adolescent led her to write top-lines for drum 'n' bass features, later guesting on the track 'Senses' by heavyweights My Nu Leng which she performed at Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and SW4.
Following on from her singles ‘Cryptic Love’ and ‘Silver Over Gold’, her debut EP cements IYAMAH as one of the UK’s hottest new exports. With Maverick Sabre, Sam Wills, Charlie Perry and Tom Guy on the credits, ‘Truth EP.1’ is a project where its richness is evoked without being overproduced or too polished carried by strong melodies and IYAMAH’s honeyed tone.
Rahsaan Patterson is back with his first single in 7 years, entitled “Sent from Heaven.”
This will be his Shanachie Records Debut, with his new album slated for May.
Rahsaan Patterson fuses the worlds of R&B, funk, jazz, gospel and electronica, has always kept his fans on the edge of their seats. His visionary spirit, coupled with his buttery smooth and flawless soul drenched tenor, has garnered Rahsaan, a unique space in the R&B world.
On May 17th, Shanachie Entertainment will release Heroes & Gods, which further cements Patterson‘s place as one of the most impressive voices in modern R&B. “I have always felt my path is my path,” explains Rahsaan. “When everything is aligned, that is when it will be my time to shine brighter.”
The arrival of Heroes & Gods is a testament to the fact that Rahsaan Patterson is right on time and his time is now!
ABOUT SUMMER WALKER
In a swiftly growing city full of newcomers, Atlanta native Summer Walker has been making her mark with the raw, soulful energy that R&B devotees live for. Pulling inspiration from artists like Amy Winehouse, Erykah Badu and Jimi Hendrix, Walker explores new melodies and showcases moody vibes through piano, guitar and captivating vocal execution. She was first introduced to audiences in 2018 with the release of her first single Session 32, followed by her debut album Last Day of Summer, which includes Girls Need Love and Karma. The album was well-received by fans and media alike, with HotNewHipHop praising it as "a beautifully comprehensive summary of the range that characterized the singer-songwriter and instrumentalist."
Most recently, Walker released her new EP CLEAR, along with a remix of Girls Need Love featuring Drake, catapulting her onto her first #1 slot on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
March 2019 marks the release of ‘Rising Up’, the vibrant new single from Tony Momrelle, one of the most powerful voices in UK Soul. Ahead of a full album release two months later, ‘Rising Up’ is a high-impact number full of syncopation, brass stabs and stylish melodies, set to inspire and motivate listeners with its uplifting message and positive vibes. Tony says: “Rising up is a song about shaking off the old and embracing the new, letting go of things, situations & even people that may hold you back. It’s a song for the soul, a song of self realisation.” The single is aptly named as it is also the debut release on Tony’s new record label Vibe45 Records, which will release the single and subsequent album under a distribution deal with AWAL.
Sometimes the making of music can be uplifting. At other times it can simply be entertaining. Yet in the case of “Future Love”, the brand new release from writer, producer and guitarist extraordinaire Emmanuel “U-Nam” Abiteboul the activity has been nothing short of cathartic.
From the debris of a complicated divorce that occurred in Autumn of 2018, this musical trendsetter with nine Top30 Billboard hits to his name has used the creative process to purge the emotions and relieve the tensions that for a while hung heavily upon him. Not only that, with the title “Future Love” he is making a bold statement as to what might come next, a message that particularly resonates through the zesty title cut which also happens to be the first single serviced to radio.
Indeed with eleven of his own compositions plus two sublimely selected covers “Future Love" shines with an optimism for the future that U-Nam clearly has.
That said, far from being guilty of self-indulgence, he remains totally focussed on the detail that invariably makes U-Nam’s music special. This extends to the way he deploys live drums throughout and real strings for songs such as “Changes” and the dazzling “Good Old Days” that come courtesy of Maria Grig on violin and viola.
It is this latter number that finds rising sax star Andrey Chmut playing a part and Chmut is also around to lend a hand with “Stick to It” that seems guaranteed to invigorate even the most tired of dancing feet. Elsewhere “Artbeat” is a feel good tune of immense proportions which includes Mattias Roos on Rhodes plus Dwayne “Smitty” Smith on bass while when U-Nam eases down the tempo for the mellifluous “My Joy” it is anchored by Alex Al on bass, Michael White on Drums, Valeriy Stepanov on keys and Kim Hansen on B3 to name a few.
Truth to tell this cooling of the mood proves to be only temporary as U-Nam utilizes the intensely rhythmic “A Change of Heart” to hit a high octane home run and although he keeps things fizzing with the wonderfully shuffling groove of “Before You Leave”, it is with “El Fuego” that he not only lights a Latin fire but also pays homage to his South European roots and ancestry.
Of course U-Nam is renowned for his penchant in breathing new life into some of the greatest soul songs ever made and here he is at it again, first with the Luther Vandross blockbuster “Get It Right” where the rap of the original is stripped away to leave Tim Owens and Kim Chandler on vocals to offer subtle support to U-Nam’s centre stage performance on guitar. Owens and Chandler also comes up big for U-Nam’s explosive take on the Katreese & Jerry Barnes composition “Never Knew Love” that was a hit in 1984 for Eumir Deodato yet truth to tell it is with U-Nam’s own compositions that “Future Love” really ignites.
Take for example the freewheeling “Every Time I Think of You” that is an authentic slice of west coast smooth jazz or the sunshine filled remix of “Is That So?” that was first released as a single in 2018. It is just the sort of infectious number that U-Nam, with his instantly recognizable guitar sound, seems able to effortlessly deliver and, much like the entire album, is at the very heart of the best in smooth jazz.
“Future Love” the album is due for release on Valentine’s Day (02/14/2019) while the title track will be going for adds on 02/18/2019.
Renowned in the music industry as an incredible singer and instrumentalist, Mike Mayfield has played in front of huge crowds alongside artists such as Emeli Sandé, Leona Lewis and Rita Ora.
With his unique soulful vocals and astonishing guitar playing, Mike has been in high demand as a session musician, but his focus now is on producing exciting original material.
Mike has come a long way from his early days busking on the streets of Brighton and playing with local bands. In the decade since he moved to London, he's collaborated with soul legend Betty Wright, played alongside Jessie J, Joss Stone, Ellie Goulding and Jamie Cullum, and performed on many major TV shows in the UK and US.
Having worked with some of the world’s biggest artists and the teams who support them, Mike is now channeling those experiences into his own artistry.
A talented modern soul artist, Mike cites John Mayer, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers and Emily King as his major influences.
Listen to the EP on your preferred platform here: http://smarturl.it/hardup
Emily King is a known entity in the music scene — she signed her first major record deal way back in 2004 — but superstar success has eluded her. Some notable singles here and there — 2015's album and title track Switch most recently — but with Scenery, she makes a statement.
Scenery reflects a decision to leave her NYC hometown for the rich greenery and wildlife of the Catskills. The move was a scary one for the self-described non-risk-taker, but one she felt necessary to grow both as person and artist.
Opening track "Remind Me" mines her trademark sound — notes of R&B and pop — to grand effect. "Teach You" shifts to a jazzy pop mood, playful and tender at once; South Asian percussive sounds underscore "Can't Hold Me"; the acoustic jazz of "Caliche" is a mindful meditation on love; "2nd Guess" gives off an '80s pop groove and the gospel-inspired ballad of "Running" is both reflective in its ruminations of self-determination.
King's whisper smooth vocals are welcoming and ensure the 12-track project holds together. Scenery comes ever-so-close to its intended level of sublime, yet plays things on the safe side: pleasant, powerful, precise. It waves over listening with its earnestness — soothing the consciousness rather than expanding it. It's a clear articulation of King's mastery and intent; Scenery is musically sound, entrancing and implores that you take a look.
"A classically-trained jazz musician, Sofia Rubina spans the soul, jazz, and house genres, playing to audiences in the US, Europe and East Asia, from dusty clubs to intimate dinner settings, large festivals to opera houses and on television. No matter the musical genre she makes music that touches the heart, moves the body and soothes the soul."
Jakarta Dreams (feat. Dira, Tompi, Petra, Rega) (In support of the Roslin Orphanage in west Timor Indonesia)
This song by Incognito featuring Indonesian artists Dira Sugandi, Tompi, Petra Sihombing, Rega Dauna with additional backing vocals from Nurul Rahayu Purnamasari, Henry Gasperz, Stefani Anindya and Joy Rose is written and produced by Richard Bull who also played several instruments and myself.
This would not have been possible without the of support of Peter and Dewi Gontha and the Java Jazz team, Prajna Murdaya, My London studio partner Ian Ingram, Andre Supryanata for the use of his wonderful studio in Jakarta Sumber Ria Mix Suite. Chantal Etheve for the cover artwork. Engineers Mo Hausler, Simon Cotsworth. The Splash Blue team Ravi Chidambaram, Julian Fontenell and David Ranalli. Craig Evens, Stephen King and the team at Believe Digital. All our friends who assisted and my Incognito band members. What we are doing is only a small thing, the real heroes here are the orphans themselves and two of the most inspiring people on the planet Budi and Peggy, the founders of The Roslin Orphanage. To all our friends world-wide, we look forward to your support for this worthy cause. Peace and much love... Bluey
British singer Mahalia’s debut album ’Love And Compromise’ follows a plethora of impressive projects such as ‘Diary Of Me’ and ‘Seasons’, and with an experimental soundscape - tinged with heart-break, lessons learned the hard way, newly gained self-confidence and much more – the rise of this young Leicester-born R&B singer continues.
Opening with ‘Hide Out’, which begins with a snippet of a 1982 interview with singer Eartha Kitt, where she discusses love and compromise, is the perfect introduction to the defiant spirit encapsulated within the album.
From here, the carefree, upbeat tones of hit single ‘I Wish I Missed My Ex’ take over, as her smooth, smiling voice brings forth a celebration of moving on from the one that wasn’t “the one”.
The summery afrobeats-tinged collaboration with Burna Boy is an early highlight, one that touches the topic of trust packaged within a bop. Flirtatious yet self-assured ‘Good Company’ comes with the message that it’s okay to say no if you’re not in the mood for fooling around – something Mahalia makes known through her catchy yet impactful lyrics: “I like the kind of guy who’ll wait for it, because I want to be good company...”
The 21-year-old – who has been signed since was 13, releasing music since 2015 - found her voice a long time ago, despite struggling to get there, in fact almost quitting music in 2017.
But the online popularity of ‘Sober’ gave her the confidence to keep going and it’s only been upwards and onwards since then. Her sound is impressive, but the fact she has continued to hone it, growing sonically and lyrically is most noteworthy; managing to effortlessly keep the momentum going through the 13 tracks of her latest production.
Mahalia’s unique voice and well-earned confidence in herself shines through particularly on tracks such as the infectious ‘Do Not Disturb’ or the feel-good ‘Regular People’ featuring Hamzaa and Lucky Daye – which becomes the second highlight.
There are some lulls within the otherwise gripping production, as the memory of (still well-made) tracks such as ‘Karma’ and ‘Richie’ fade, but these moments of less captivating music pass by quickly with brilliance taking over once again.
A collection of varying sounds, ‘Love And Compromise’ is a clear reflection of Mahalia’s eclectic taste in music , featuring mid-noughties R&B ‘He's Mine’, the vocally dynamic ‘Consistency, the confessional Ella Mai collaboration ‘What You Did’ all within the same offering; drawing audiences with differing tastes in music easily with no tactical pull involved.
After several sonic twists and turns, final track ‘Square 1’, brings it back to her signature R&B sound- as it humorously tackles the familiar scenario of “going in circles” in a relationship that clearly didn’t work out the first time - bringing ‘Love And Compromise’ to an end with a strong finish.
At the end of this journey, we’re left not only with a playlist you’re itching to put on repeat, but also with the a much-needed notion of an inspirational woman made much stronger- much more in love with herself- by the trials and tribulations of her life.