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

New Soul EP release of the week: Siji - Sunchild

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! 

Soul + Wisdom: Listen to Karen Bernod's latest soulful track - Inspire

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

New music: Shayna Steele Souful Jazz remake of Fiona Apple's - Paper Bag

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! 

November 4, 2014

New RnB/Soul album release of the week: Teyana Taylor- VII (Deluxe Edition) + Request video teaser

Hello Soul You Knower's and Happy November! Usually, I will have a few albums to preview but this week proved minimal in the New Soul/RnB album releases! But fret not, you know I got you! I picked a album worthy of to talk about and listen to! Let's get started....

Harlem native, G.O.O.D. music rapper and songstress Teyana Taylor finally (yeah I said it) released her debut album VII (Deluxe Version). The fourteen track Soul/R&B music album (the original album contains 12 songs) contains features from a few top rappers (Pusha T, Yo Gotti, and Fabolous) and Teyana's bestie Chris Brown! Honestly I can listen to the whole album but a few tracks get my stamp of Soulapproval; the uptempo R&B track Do Not Disturb (featuring Chris Brown), the reggae infused track Put Your Love On Me, the apologetic ballad Sorry, the soulful track It Could Just Be Love and the sultry 90's R&B vibe Request! VII shows the grown and soulful side of Teyana Taylor! If you are a true R&B/Soul music lover and don't mind a little bit of rap, this album is for you..

Speaking of Request, Teyana recently released a music video teaser for the track via Vevo! The one minute and thirty second video shows Teyana's getting her sultry and sensual on in various scenes rocking a blonde tress! Click on the VII album cover to preview (and buy) Teyana's music and check out the Request teaser video!