One of my favorite English Soul singers has released her seventh album, titled “Water for the Soul”. This album has a definite Reggae vibe and thats due in part to Damian Marley helping produce the album. The album will be available on Friday July 31st, but is available to stream on YouTube now.
The video for the single “Baltimore” was posted on Prince’s twitter account @Prince3EG. It’s powerful song that was released in May, before the tribute concert “Rally 4 Peace”, and is dedicated to the protests that followed the death of Freddie Gray.
After a long hiatus, I’m bringing the site back to regular updates. It will be a more streamlined and simplified layout. Still no ads, and the focus is mostly on those new artists that aren’t getting the exposure they deserve.
I’ll also be doing pieces on the genre and certain aspects of technology and how it affects the music. You really don’t see music sites, giving information on what streaming service might be best for you, or who has the best collection of music you like on that service. Like for example, do you still buy your favorite artist music if are paying for a streaming service? Are you a streaming only music lover, or do you have a deep catalog of bought music?
Tess Henley has released the video for her single Wonderland, her same titled EP. Very refreshing and perfect for this lazy Sunday.
Black Porcelain has released her truly independent self finance album. We first wrote about her in 2011 when she released a remix of Butterflies. Then in 2012 when she released the video of “Today Is the Day”. To this day I still love this song. Which listening to “Invincible Summer”, I was very happy to hear it as the first track. Kind of a feeling of being at home, and put me in comfortable place with this new material.
As I said the first song is “Today is the Day”. It’s a very deceptive song. It’s the most upbeat positive “Get the Hell Out” song I have every heard. The simple yet effective piano keeps the song very light and positive. Most other singers in the genre would and have made this subject more dark than it should be. That’s why for me it’s very refreshing to get her take on this type of song. Also the horns arrangement on the song is excellent.
The next two tracks “Aching Head” and “Hot Pink” continue the strong start of the album. With “Aching Head”, the bass guitar plays big part in establishing the tempo of the song. Which could be taken as a drinkers anthem. lol. In the song “Hot Pink”, her voice really stands out and takes over the song. In doing so, you realize something. That the first three songs are not similar at all, and Black Porcelain’s voice handles each distinctly and masterfully. You don’t notice her voice strain, or reach areas where she is uncomfortable.
The album continues with song after song that describes her on her Journey. Each song is a glimpse into that journey and her life, which makes this album very personal and meaningful. This album has many reasons why I love independent artists. I feel that each fan, album purchase and “like” helps that artist accomplish their dreams, which is repaid by more music for the fans.
The lovely and talented Conya Doss has released her newest project upon the world. It’s been about a year and a half since her last release “Blu Transition”. She has crafted her sixth album with the same Soul, inspired writing, and great voice that has been pillars in all her music. From her debut album of “A Poem About Ms. Doss” to “Pocketful of Purpose”, they all exhibit a genuine and solid sound. This wonderful music is even intensified, with her being a teacher in Cleveland. That shows a a dedication to both that is early seen.
The album doesn’t disappoint in any way. If you are old fan or this is your first time learning her name, you will have much to appreciate and love in this album. Some my favorites of this album are “Paradise”, “Don’t Change” and “Lost”. For the first two, you can listen to “Paradise” and watch her first video release from the album, “Don’t Change”.
You can learn more about Conya Doss and also purchase the CD version of the album right from her site. You can support an artist greatly, by purchasing directly from the artist. If you are looking for the digital version, check out iTunes.
South African artist BlackProcelain has released the first single “Today is the Day“, to her upcoming debut album “Invincible Summer”. I first was exposed to her wonderful voice from her second EP “TheInBetween“, last year. From that point I was hooked. With the new single, it reminds me that Soul from outside U.S., feels so refreshing and provides a unique take on the genre. This song provides you with the most positive “break-up” song that I’ve heard. It has a lot to say about the process, but in a very light meaningful way. As you watch the video of her getting ready, it provides a perfect transition with the lyrics of the song. Very Nice.
Nakia Henry has released a great video for the song “Transition 3rd Cycle”. It’s a variation/remix of “Transition” from her 2009 album “Remember Me”. It’s nice to see an artist keep working son a song, and see it grow and evolve from it’s original form. Check out the video, and let her (@nakiasaid) know your thoughts.
Maysa has released her latest album “Motions of Love” last week that is already holding the #1 spot on the R&B charts for iTunes. This being her 9th solo album, I feel it’s one of her best. I’ve been a fan of hers since the album “All My Life“, which was released in 2000. I have been a willing captive of her voice, style and beauty since then. With this latest album, it seems that has a more Neo Soul or relaxed Soul feel than previous albums. I love it. Her first single to be released is “Have Sweet Dreams”. It was co-written by Stevie Wonder. Which is a huge deal by it self. Listening to the song, you can definitely hear where Stevie Wonder left his mark on the song. You can listen to the song below, but please don’t stop there. The whole album needs to be heard to appreciate the complete, total experience Maysa is offering to you.
I’ve always had a secret love affair with Tracy Cruz’s music. From the her first release in 2005 of “Illuminate Love” EP (that’s very hard to find), then on to her lovely “Feel’osophy” in three years later. Now that love grows with her new album “Universoul Symphony”, but I can’t keep it a secret any more. When her music and I first met, I thought it was too good for me. lol. It wasn’t until “Feel’osophy”, that I really understood her music and could appreciate the “Illuminate Love” EP better. Here is a video of her describing the creation of the new album, which gives you a very intimate look at her, her music and life.
Her new album is the best that I have heard her yet. The best way for me to describe it, is as an uncomplicated spacial rhythm that wraps you in the blanket of her unyielding ranged voice, that holds you from “Soundation” to “Struggle Reprise“. Just beautiful. My two favorite songs of the album has to be “Electricity” and “Love’s Galaxy“. I think that “Love’s Galaxy” really showcases her voice and spot on production that’s contained on the album. There is a whole feel to the album, that blends greatly with the whole Universoul and galaxy environment Tracy sets up.
Nakia Henry, an artist who I have come to love her music, has released a video for her remixed song Transition. It’s from her debut album “Remember Me”. It’s a song of life, struggle, and change. Very beautiful, and will give you insight to her and her music. Take a listen, and check out the album. You’ll enjoy the discovery.
The wonderfully positive artist Avery*Sunshine, is one of the first Soul artists to move her music, talent, and vision to the mobile space. She has released her Avery*Sunshine App on the Apple AppStore and Android App Store. It gives the fan and possible fan a free peek into her world. With sections for the Shows, News, Photos & Videos and of course the music. The music is the main reason the app exists. You can play seven of her recent songs, which you have control over the playing of each song. I know that sounds weird, but with some apps the music streams over, and you don’t have those options. I do see this as being a new trend for artists, to help reach their fans and extend their fan base. Other artists are getting into the trend also. Check out Bjork’s recent entry into the mobile space. I’m hoping the soul artists are able to strip and embrace this idea.
Akello Light has dropped another EP for us to sample. Another collection of laid back music, featuring beautiful women. Not a bad combination. Here is what Akello Light describes it. “Jazzy, laid-back hip-hop beats mixed with lost tales of love are the main ingredients within this musical adventure. South Carolina producer Obsidian Blue and North Carolina creative artist Akello Light give you a late-night dream to expand your thoughts to. Inhale and Exhale!”