I apologize for the delay between posts, my bad, but let’s get to the music! Petijee on the Humble Grooves imprint just dropped a new full-length album Soul Paper Scissors, and it is dope! The Slovakian beatmaker layers and arranges some dope jazz samples over some great piano. One of the guest features includes the soul man Miles Bonny, and that track is fire! Go get this album!
I am still on the UK soul tip, that scene is really pumping out some dope releases that are really pushing the bounds. Salute out of Brighton is one of these cats, his voice is so smooth. I have been listening to this cover of Rihanna’s Work and I can honestly say, I enjoy his version much more. Salute’s next release One More Chance has a more uptempo production but his voice still shines. Go check him out!
Lately, I have been giving all the attention to the UK songstress, but I am not going to discriminate. The males have been hustling as well to bring some dope soul to your ears. Tom Bailey, based out of London, just dropped musical medley bomb yesterday. He combines the sounds of D’Angelo and Prince. Tom Bailey’s voice is on point, just go listen to the track.
The new and upcoming UK songstress Nao dropped a new single, Girlfriend and she is ready to drop her debut album For All We Know. The album should be dropping at the end of July. Nao’s sound is reminiscent of some classic 90s RnB mixed with some current updated electro rhythms. Nao’s voice is always on point and I can’t wait for the album.
It has been a minute, but the music keeps flowing with some real gems being discovered. Space Captain is a soul collective out of New York, they can be characterized by dope musicians arranging some creative musical landscapes while vocalist Maralisa Simmons-Cook drops some smooth vocals. In late February, the group dropped an EP called In Memory, and it is a real heater. Cop the new EP, Space Captain will not disappoint.
The UK Rnb Soul is back in effect, NAO the UK songstress just dropped her new single Fool To Love on the Little Tokyo Imprint. The production style reminds me of some classic 90s Rnb, and NAO’s voice is on point, it is like a modern Brandy, Monica Hybrid. I can’t wait to hear more from NAO, go check this track out!!
Miles Bonny is back! The classic jazzy soul is oozing out from his newest single Way. He links up with the Australian singer Shhor, and they create a real gem. Both their voices are on point and matches perfectly with Miles Bonny’s Flugelhorn. If this is a sign for more things to come from Mr. Bonny, 2016 is going to be a fantastic year. Check it out!
It was the 16th anniversary of the ground breaking single Untitled by the illustrious D’Angelo. I think that single and the album Voodoo solidified D’Angelo as the King of Neo-Soul, I think many critics and naysayers weren’t fully sold on his Brown Sugar album to fully give him the title. After Voodoo, they were all silenced. To honour such an impactful single and album, Bj The Chicago Kid, dropped a mini EP covering a few songs from the album. His renditions bring you back to the original while giving it his own sound. Go listen it!
The New Year brings on both optimism on the upcoming year and reflection on the past year. I am going back through some of the releases that I may have missed or overlooked and give them a proper chance. Sipprell, the songstress out of the UK, dropped her new EP Letter D in the middle of November. I have a showcased a few of her singles, but completely missed the EP. Her voice is on point on every track, while the EP is more refined than her previous acoustic releases, it doesn’t take away from the rawness behind the release. Grab this EP, you won’t regret it!
Courtnie, the New York based LA resident, doesn’t have too many tracks to her name but makes up for it with her shear vocal talent. She is one of the smoothest vocalists in the game, her voice flows effortlessly over different production arrangements. Courtnie just dropped the first single off her new EP Nebula and the anticipation for the other tracks to drop is building. In the meantime, keep listening to the tracks she has. Highly Recommended!