GOAPELE!!!! The Oakland songstress is back with a little ditty so catchy, you’ll be singing and nodding your head long after it’s stopped playing. The track was co-written by Estelle and produced by Keith Harris and serves as something to tide us over while we wait on her new album Strong As Glass. What’s not to love about Goapele? She’s one of the most completest packages in all the realm. Wise up.
Have you ever listened to a song and on the first listen it reached out of the speakers and grabbed you by your inner essence? Regardless if you say yes or no, you will now want to press play on the track below here. Mackenzie is a singer/song writer from Los Angeles, California and after listening to only two songs from him I feel confident in stating that he is AMAZING. “Sweet Communion” begins stripped down and melodic and builds slowly into something both poetic and grandiose. Produced by Monte Neuble and Tim Stewart and written by Mackenzie this is not going to leave your listening device anytime soon.
Low Leaf brings us “Rise Up” from the Fresh Selects offering AKASHAALAY which drops on April 29th. See what she has to say about the song she wrote, produced, and plays all the instruments on.
“‘Rise Up’ is a vibratory message of restoration and empowerment to the collective Filipino psyche. In an effort to de-colonize, cleanse, and heal the wounds of history & recent natural disasters – the time is ripe now, more than ever, for the Filipino spirit to be reborn in full form. As the divine generation, our ancestors that have lived and died for us to co-create our culture through music & art are speaking through us, and guiding our hearts to a new awakening. So, people of the world – how we gonna rise up?” – Low Leaf.
Bribane, Australia native Jordan Rakei teamed up with producer Esta for this demo track, “All For Something”. PLEASE don’t be an idiot your entire life and go check this guy out. He is putting out some really good feeling stuff.
Christon Gray (W.L.A.K.) will be releasing his album School Of Roses via Collision Records on March 25th. For the first single from the album Christon calls on fellow W.L.A.K. alumni Swoope to provide the rap vocals. After you check out the track, click on the video below and see some bhind the scenes footage of the making of School Of Roses and specifically this track. Enjoy the creation process with the guys working on the track, taking it from idea to end product.
In 2012 Cody ChesnuTT released Landing On A Hundred, in 2014 he is releasing some b-sides from the album. This little number features Bluesman Gary Clark Jr. and I would not be upset if these two decided to record a whole album together. They compliment each other perfectly. “Gunpowder On The Letter” is equal parts country, blues, rock, and soul. Or as I like to call it CountrySoul RockinBlues…..trademarked…..anyway enjoy…
For the first track from Lee Fields & The Expressions’ record Emma Jean, they take on JJ Cale’s “Magnolia”. They knock it out of the park too. Mr. Fields embodies the sound and feel of a generation every artist and their mother wishes to emulate today. It’s as effortless as breathing to Lee and the Expressions. Be watching out for The Truth And Soul Records release coming soon.
Pete Rock is more than qualified to put together a tribute mix to everyone’s favorite vibraphone player. He is one of the most sampled musicians in the history of hip-hop music. In fact without Roy Ayers, the hip-hop music industry would sound much different indeed. Pete throws together a brilliant array of Roy’s fingerprints on the music industry. You can also purchase a Pete Rock vs Roy Ayers t-shirt by clicking here
On March 6th, Brenda Nicole Moorer is releasing her EP For Lovers And Believers. To hold us over until then she dropped her first video from the album for “Bloom”. Directed by Nim Ben-Reuven, who also edited, shot and designed the video. Download the track by clicking below
Mara Hruby from Oakland, California is approaching the release date for her upcoming EP Archaic Rapture which will be dropping on March 18th. Her smooth voice effortlessly draws out emotions held deep in the soul on her first single from the project “Cry Me A River”, not to be confused with J.T.’s song of the same title, however not exactly the same nature. Since 2010 she has been making waves and now those waves are set to turn tidal.