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.
Download Here Cafe Bohome EP (449 downloads)
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!”
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.
…Just Visiting Three [Download not found]
…Just Visiting Two ...Just Visiting Too (622 downloads)
…Just Visiting One Just Visiting... (841 downloads)
Terrace stated the EP is inspired by Marvin Gaye’s critically acclaimed 1978 album of the same name, “Here, My Dear” which showcases the raw & varying emotions of love in a Hip Hop form, On this project Terrace blends his live instrumentation and production with new Hip Hop elements with some dope feature’s like Snoop Dog, Kurupt, Charlie Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, and U-N-I- just to name a few. I’ve had this album on repeat since I got it and can safely say it’s a breath of fresh air as well as a masterpiece. Every track on the album is dope and gives you a little bit of everything. Great production, lyrics, content, vocals, comedy, and structure. Even the interludes on the album are nice where they showcase Devi Dev keeping it very real as her and Terrace chop it up about various love/ relationship related questions over samples of Marvin Gaye’s original version of this up to date album. I can relate to everything they chop it up about as I’m sure you all will like “turkey burgers and good sex.” hahaha
And just when you think the album is dope you have the 3 in 1 video that showcase’s 2 of the best songs off the album in a short film format that tells Terrace’s situation with serious and funny moment’s starting from the end and rewinding all the way to the beginning like one of my favorite movies “Memento.” Big ups to Aplusfilmz for putting it all together.
“Love Prelude and Thing For You”
Here, My Dear (583 downloads)
4 out of 5 Cartons
Got my hands on the new Usher EP “Versus” set for release August 24th, 2010 so thought I’d bless my Soulified folks with a little preview of the album as well as my thoughts on it. For those that don’t know what an “EP” is it stands for Extended Play which is pretty much a short album that usually has 3 to 5 songs. Versus has 5 songs if you exclude “There Goes My Baby” which was on Raymond VS Raymond and the “Someone to Love remix” which is Just Beiber’s song.
My first thought of this album when I first heard it was coming out just 4 months after Usher’s 6th studio album Raymond Vs Raymond was that these tracks were the tracks that didn’t make the cut. Especially knowing that production for this album took place during 2008 to 2010. If that is the case I couldn’t tell at all because every song on this album is pretty dope. The singles “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” featuring Pitbull,was released for the mainstream audiences, and “Hot Tottie” featuring Jay-Z was released for the urban audience but that shit isn’t urban to me at all. I mean yeah Jay-Z is on it but the song to me is boo boo. For one who the hell drinks hot tottie? Or for that matter who know’s what a hot tottie consist of? lol Of all drinks he could describe a woman as he choose that. And didn’t even spell it right (Toddy). lol
“Lingerie” is probably my favorite track on the EP. It has a grown ass, sexy up tempo vibe that goes into a dope Michael Jackson type vibe every time its about to go into the hook. And I happen to be a “freak for sexy lingerie.” hahaha Anyways enjoy the preview and download’s and make sure to get the album. Oh and here’s the “There Goes My Baby” video for those that havn’t seen it and love this track as much as I do. Not so much loving the video though. Usher seems to be feeling up on the concrete wall he’s singing against more then the love interest in the video. There not feeling or grown and sexy in it at all. What do yall think?
01. Love Em All
02. DJ Got Us Falling In Love (Feat. Pitbull)
03. Hot Tottie (Feat. Jay-Z)
04. Lay You Down
06. There Goes My Baby
07. Get In My Car (Feat. Bun B)
08. Somebody To Love (Remix) (Feat. Justin Bieber)
01. Love Em All[audio:01-usher-love_em_all.mp3]
04. Lay You Down[audio:04-usher-lay_you_down.mp3]
05. Lingerie[audio: 05-usher-lingerie.mp3]
07. Get In My Car (Feat. Bun B)[audio: 07-usher-get_in_my_car_(feat._bun_b).mp3]
09. Stranger[audio: 09-usher-stranger.mp3]
Download: Hot Tottie (Feat. Jay-Z) (318 downloads)
4 out of 5 Cartons