Saidah Baba Talibah Wakes up the Genre with a (S)cream

Saidah Baba Talibah (twitter/facebook) has released the video to her single (S)Cream. Which is also the name of her debut album, that was released two weeks ago. She brings a welcome change, and realness to the genre.  She is an artist that uses real instruments to compliment her infinitely ranged voice.  The reason that I say that she wakes up the genre, is that she isn’t afraid of the electric guitar. For some reason, if we hear an electric guitar we are turned off.  If you do that, in this case, then you are really missing out on what she has to share with you.

The range in her talent can be really realized, when looking at the power of “(S)Cream”, then the subtleness of “High”, and finally the warm and inviting “”Good Morning Baby”.  Again, don’t be afraid of real instruments, and miss something great.  Let Saidah Baba Talibah be your guide to this new world.  As I listen to her music, her album is hooking me with each song. It’s like getting a little sweet in one bite, and a little spicy in the next.

Black Porcelain gives us “Butterflies” Remixed

Ever get the feeling that there is a whole other world of Soul music to love, but you don’t know where to start?  Well, I have found my start.  Her name is Black Porcelain aka Carol Mashigo (Twitter/Facebook/YouTube).  She is a singer/songwriter born in Soweto.  Previously she released her EP “TheInBetween”.  The hit of that EP was “Butterflies”, which very popular in Europe.  WIth the help of DJ Zinhle, they remixed the song and the reach of the song grew even more.


Butterflies (DJ Zinhle Remix) by BlackPorcelain

What entrances me about her voice, is that on the remixed “Butterflies”, is that the up tempo vibe doesn’t over power her voice.  She is able to convey her silky subtle vocals, and not get lost within the music.  For me that’s a real show of talent, and teamwork in the studio.  To help give you some insight into her in the studio, check out the video below.


Musinah releasing “Gone” 2XEP on 7/20

Muhsinah is going to give her loyal fans a double dose of her tomorrow.  On July 20th, is when she will release her double EP “Gone”, for free to the world.  This is her way of saying thank you, for her winning a contest to open for Jennifer Hudson in Aruba (video interview below).  I’ve been a fan of her for a few years now and don’t think that she gets enough press for her glorious talent and business savvy.  To signup for the notification of EP, just head over to her Facebook page, and “Like” her page.  Pretty easy.


Muhsinah in Aruba from Muhsinah on Vimeo.

Ayah and DJ Jazzy Jeff are “Back For More”

Ayah & DJ Jazzy Jeff have teamed up again, for the “Back for More” album.  The dynamic duo of the genre are back for very memorable versions of classics, and also originals.  They also teamed up with James Poyser, Pete Kuzma and Démien DeSandies to help craft this album into a very unique sound. With thirteen tracks of loveliness, with the best price of FREE, this can’t be beat.  This must be the summer of fan appreciation, with all the great projects that are being made available.

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Teedra Moses “Luxurious Undergrind” Mixtape

Teedra Moses has released “Luxurious Undergrind” Mixtape, a quality project that will help you get into your chill mood do, for the weekend.  Besides the great music that is encapsulated in this mixtape, it also is a tie in for her the show On Ustream, that she is starring.  Joining her is Vanessa James, Mara Melendez.  They can be seen every Thursday 10pm-11pm EST.

 

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Dessy Di Lauro asks “Why You Raggin’?”

Dessy Di Lauro has released her first video for, her 2nd album “Jumpin N Jivin’ Live @ The Swing House”.  The video “Why You Raggin'” is the visualization of the song, which won Hollywood Media In MusicAward for Best R&B/Soul Song.  The style of the music and video are from the combination of James Johnson, Cab Calloway, a bit of R&B and a helping of funk.

 

Zo! blesses fans with ….Just Visiting Three EP

Ok, I’m grown man doing the happy dance.  Yup, I just admitted that.  Zo! has released …Just Visiting Three upon the world. If you have been follow Soulified, you know that we all are huge fans of Zo.  This release just reinforces that feeling.  Being the third in a series, it just keeps getting better.  It brings some great versions of  Steely Dan’s “Black Cow”, Nina Vidal’s “Driving” sung by Sy Smith, and a a few other gems that will make you want and beg for more. Even more impressive than the songs, are the artists that he works with on this project.  Along with the aforementioned Sy Smith, there is Erro, Phonte, Jeanne Jolly and Nicholas Ryan Gant.  Have I mentioned that this is Free? With so much bad music out there, it refreshing, welcome and great that this quality of an project can be found at any price.

 

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Kawan Debose is “Exposed” Mixtape

Kawan Debose has released his new mixtape “Exposed”.  This is his first project after his album “Vintage Soul”, which was released in 2009.  Kawan is in a special class that wears three hats, as writer, producer, and thankfully singer.  On this mixtape, there is a great collection of songs, that will show you his talents of all three.

There are a few songs that standout to me.  First would be his version of Adore You, by Prince.  Not many people can pull off a Prince song, but Kawan does it well. Second would be “Rolling In the Deep”, which has been a song made popular by Adele on her album “21”.  he is able to added a additional depth and emotion to it that, wasn’t present before.  Most importantly, the song “Crazy”, which is from “Vintage Soul”. It really shows his range.

Now all these great songs are packaged nicely, and available to you for FREE.  So, you have no reason not to pick this up and enjoy what Kawan Debose has to offer you. You will be surprised and pleased.

 

 

Laura J “Illuminates” us with her voice

Stumbled upon this Soul/Gospel artist, Laura J (twitter, Facebook) that has blown my away. It’s very fitting that I find someone, on Sunday, who is breathing new life into Gospel.  From listening to the first song on her site “Illuminate”, which also is the album title, I was hooked.  It’s a very upbeat, song that will energize you, and makes you feel that Laura J is speaking directly to you.

She released her debut album “Illuminate” this past spring.  There are 16 tracks which will captivate, motivate and just entrance you in her experience. I hope to have a review up soon.  One thing that I can really feel from her music, is that she loves what she does.  Check out her site, follow her on twitter and watch the video.  I think that you will be happy you did.


Raheem Devaugh released “Heemy Taught Me”

One of the most prolific mixtape artists out there has dropped a new one.  Well new to me.  It was released in early April.  This mixtape is made up of his favorite slow jams.  So, if you are looking to create the mood, this is what you need to get.

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1. Gently
2. Breathe
3. Text Messages
4. Garden Of Luv
5. Mo Betta
6. Prototype
7. Believe
8. Customer
9. B.O.B.
10. Calling Me
11. Can’t Be Friends (Remix)
12. Bedroom
13. Desire
14. Some Kind Of Way
15. Closer (Won’t Be Long)
16. XO

Let The Love Come from Arinmaya

I think that it is very fitting that the lovely Arinmaya is the first artist that I spotlight on my return on Soulified.  She was the last artist that was interviewed and spotlighted in January.  She has been busy in that time, and is bringing us goodies and treats.  She is getting ready to release her 2nd album “Let The Love Come”, which is an acoustic album.  It is being released June 14th, and you can pre-order it now.

This album consists of nine songs that truly let you hear, feel and embrace the emotion that she releases from her voice.  Also you get the bonus of hearing Nick Cassarino.  He performs on many of the songs.  With the two of them bringing there talents together, the listener should be humbled.  One of my favorites of the album is  “Love’s In Need Of Love Today”, which is awesome version of Stevie Wonder’s song.  I could go on and on gushing over each song, but in that time you could have listen to some of it by now. So, head over and check it out and pre-order.

 

 

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