November 24, 2014
RnB/Soul veteran songstress Faith Evans released her latest music video titled Fragile in conjunction with her seventh studio album release Incomparable!
Fragile is a soulful love song with a classic Doo Wop sound that make you wanna break into a two-step! I like the song because it's upbeat and I have an infinite love for classic soul and the tune shows Faith Evans versatility as a songstress!
To bring the visuals of Fragile to life, photographer extraordinaire Derek Blanks directed the music video featuring Faith Evans (the First Lady) and actor Pooch Hall (as Faith's husband, Mr. President). The music video takes place during the 1960's and shows Mr. President and his wife as a team , but Faith becomes suspicious of her husband's fidelity as the president's secretary becomes too close for comfort!
To find out if Faith intuition was right or her mind was playing tricks on her, check out the new music video below courtesy of Vevo! Also, I will review Faith's latest album soon and share more of my favorite songs from the album!
FYI: To all my Tri-State music lovies, Faith Evans will be performing in Philly on November 28 at WDAS Holiday Jam featuring Jill Scott, Ledisi, Joe and Kem. For more info, check out Faith's website!
November 18, 2014
New Soul/RnB album of the week: Lowercase Letters self-titled debut album + new music video- Open Blinds
Hell my Soul You Knowers and welcome to another week of new Soul/R&B album release pick of the week! I got a great album for you from Lowercase Letters! Hailing from Washington D.C. the indie Soul/R&B rock group release their self-titled album yesterday and I'm feeling it!
The ten track debut album is a mixture of various genres topped of with songstress/songwriter Alphie's luminous vocals! I have no problem listening to this album straight through and because of that, it get's my Soulapproval! A few songs that I instantly liked are; Can't Won't Rush (the airy rock soul song with a hint of reggae) Dutchie & Hook Up Fee Remix (soundtrack for a smoke session, or few), The Bird Song (a jazz tune featuring Alfie dreamy vocals) and Unattainable (Rock + Soul in unison). If you love unique music that divulges into various genres of soul, rock rnb and jazz, Lowercase Letter is what you need in your life!
Preview and purchase the band's self titled album via their Bandcamp site (don't forget to listen to my suggested songs)!
Also, view the band's new music video for their debut single Open Blinds below courtesy of YouTube and watch Alphie getting her Peeping Tomasina on!
November 11, 2014
British singer/songwriter and producer Siji released his long awaited EP titled Sunchild (formerly Home Grown). The five track EP incorporates Afro Beat, Soul and R&B sounds inspired numerous trips to his ancestral home, Lagos Nigeria!
I shared most of the Siji singles from the EP on previous posts (including the remixes), but two more singles were not released until today and I finally got a chance to listen to them (the uptempo Afro beat track You Put a Smile On My Heart & the soulful track Remain). I can honestly say that I can listen to Sunchild EP straight through, but I instantly feel in love with Remain! The soulful love song instantly grabs you from the beginning of Siji's signature high note and caress your ears to the end...
Listen to Sunchild in it's entirety below (courtesy of Bandcamp) and purchase the EP so you can blast the tracks in your car or share with your friends!
Having sung background for various big name musicians such as Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu and Luther Vandross, songwriter Karen Bernod is now in the forefront with her latest album #Plantingseeds!
The fifteen track album is a mixture of soul, funk, jazz and R&B! One of my favorite songs is the soulful positive track Inspire. The soulful funk track drop some knowledge about life and living your life to the fullest! One of my favorite lyrics from Inspire is when Karen quotes her mother wise words: "Momma always told me to choose selective and surround myself around people who inspire me...".
Karen, thank you for this tune, you inspired me! Check out Inspire below courtesy of Soundcloud and cop Karen's album #Plantingseeds via iTunes!
November 6, 2014
Sacramento California native Jazz/R&B vocalist Shayna Steele remade Fiona's Apple Grammy nominated tune Paper Bag from her 1999 album with the long Guniess World Book winning album title/poem "When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight and He'll Win the Whole Thing 'fore He Enters the Ring There's No Body to Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might so When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand and Remember That Depth Is the Greatest of Heights and If You Know Where You Stand, Then You Know Where to Land and If You Fall It Won't Matter, Cuz You'll Know That You're Right" (or When the Pawn... for short Thanks Wiki)!
Before I go any further, I have to admit I heart Fiona! I love her eccentricity, her music and have been a fan of her since her first album Tidal (which I borrowed from a friend and never gave back..).
Shayna Steele personalized Paper Bag with jazz and her soulful vocals. If you did not know the history of the track you would think Shayna wrote the song (such ability makes it a good remake)! Paper Bag is the first single from Shayna's upcoming sophomore album titled Rise (featuring fellow Jazz musicians Marcus Miller and Eric Harland).
Listen to Shayna Steel's Paper Bag featuring jazz musician Christian McBride on bass and share your thoughts on the track in the comments below!