Latest Mix: Prototype of Nu-Soul 55

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A little late on the post for this one. Apologies.

Tracklist

Moonchild – Think Back
Sabrina Claudio – Natural
The Do Yo Thangs – Under Your Nose
Beya Likhari – Letter
Amber Navran – He’s Been Gone
Children of Zeus – Still Standing
BOSCO – Free
Melodiesinfonie + Djemeia –  Peaceyea
Mimi Amina – Ana
Daniel Caesar + H.E.R. – Best Part
Smokey Robinson – Quite Storm (DJ Tony Lane ReWork)
Space Captain – Sycamore
Jonny Faith – Dapple City
Melodiesinfonie +  Christian Crow –  Tuk Rueh
HOMESHAKE – Khmlwugh
Ewonee + Sunday . Can’t Be
Micki Miller – In The Mornin’ (Dedicated To Bert)

You Should Be Listening to
Sabrina Claudio

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I don’t want to jinx anything, but it’s starting to feel like soul music is coming back. After R&B’s over-exposed obsession with Trapp music, there seems to be some young up and coming vocalists who are pulling their style back from the fringes and producing nice, melodic, modern soul music that both young and older heads can enjoy. Artists like H.E.R.BOSCOSnoh AalegraSoia and more are quietly seeding music that captures the feel of vintage soul but wraps that sound in a nice, shiny, new package. The latest artist that’s captured my ears is Miami songstress Sabrina Claudio. One of my twitter connects sent me a link to her recently released project, About Time, which feels so fresh, yet harkens back to the style I use to love in the 90’s. Yet another emerging creative from the Soundcloud Revolution, Ms. Claudio’s previous EP “Confidently Los” is just as soulful and impactful. You need to add her to your list of “Must Listens”.


Prototype of Nu-Soul 54

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Tracklist

BOSCO – Flowers
Alex Isley – La Brea
Niia – Hurt You First
Glass Animals – Gooey
Soft Glas – Sky in the Lake
Rippy Austin +  Nate P – Never Say Never
Cleo Fire + Anubis Black
Tyler, The Creator + Estelle  – Garden Shed
BADBADNOTGOOD + Charlotte Day Wilson – In Your Eyes
Amandla Stenberg – Let My Baby Stay
MoZaic + Skyzoo – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me
The Pollyseeds + Robert Glasper & Terrace Martin – Funny How Time Flies
ZuluZuluu – Stakes Is High
A Common Wonder – I Was Made To Love H.E.R.

You Should Be #Listening To Niia

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It’s been hard to find good modern ‘soul’ music, that isn’t filled with trap beats and mumble rap guest rappers. I nearly missed Niia’s “I” project in a sea of noise on iTunes. But then I heard her sultry voice on the self-destructive single “Hurt You First” and I was hooked. The 2017 album sounds incredibly mature with a lot of mellow styling, yet feels fresh and modern at the same time.



 

Prodigy Pontificates On The Creation of Mobb Deep’s, The Infamous

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I pulled out The Infamous earlier this week. I had totally forgotten how iconic that album was. Even in 1995 when there were incredible releases by Raekwon (Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…), The Pharcyde (Labcabincalifornia), Old Dirty (Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version) and others… Mobb Deep’s sophomore album still stood out. They established themselves the standard for East Coast ‘grimy’ Hip-Hop. You could even say they were the Right Coast answer to West Coast’s ‘gangsta‘ trend. Best believe, if you don’t have Shook Ones Pt. II or Survival of The Fittest on your tops tracks of ’95.. something is seriously wrong with you. Peep this episode of Mass Appeal’s ‘Open Space’.

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Catching Feelings: Beya Likhari

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It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for female soul singers. I’ve always thought that most male singers sound a little whiny. But artists like Soia, Snoh Aalegra, EmmavieEgo Ella MayAlina Baraz and others sound like heaven to my ears. My latest phonetic crush is Baltimore songbird Beya Likhari. First heard her voice on a couple of J.Robb produced cuts featured on the excellent  Soulection compilation Promise Once MoreStaying away from the dozen of Beyonce clones who try to sound like they’re singing in church, Beya lets her vocal sound naturally unique.

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Playlist of The Moment: The Roots

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Calling The Roots just a Hip-Hop Band is not giving them their proper due. Hip-Hop Crew.. Late Night Television House Band.. Jazz/Funk-inspired Soul Group.. They wear a lot of hats. And sure, we know about the percussionist-extraordinaire Questlove and Black Thought (arguably on of the GREATEST EMCEES in the game), but the band is more than that. The Roots are BIG. With almost a dozen members (the latter few added for the late night gig with Jimmy Fallon), the Philly-based collective is just as comfortable selling out arenas as they are in the middle of a Cipher. This huge 28 track playlist is my tribute to how much I love these Soulquarians.

Latest Mix: Prototype of Nu-Soul 51

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Tracklist

  1. PJ Morton + Pell – Claustrophobic
  2. Elle Olsun – Crying Over You
  3. Brandy – What About Us (KMB Remix)
  4. Jordan Rakei – Midnight Mischief
  5. Homeshake – Call Me Up
  6. Children Of Zeus – I Can’t Wait
  7. Mac Ayres – Easy (First Cut)
  8. Zillanova – The Fader
  9. The PLAYlist featuring Glenn Lewis – 1995
  10. Aston Grey Project + Chanel – Can’t Get Enough
  11. Witch Prophet – Wish I Knew
  12. HXNS – Chill With Me
  13. Ravyn Lenae – Free Room (J.Robb Remix)
  14. Martin J. Ballou + SHRLT – Decisions
  15. Kimbra – Settle Down (M-Phazes Remix)