It’s rare that I show so much love to a project that hasn’t even been released (only one other time to my recollection), but this here is a very special exception. The production duo known as Soulfinger came up with the idea to pay homage to the great songwriters from the Motown era. They had the brilliant idea to re-record some of the “b-side” cuts from that time, inviting a handful of today’s indie soul singers to contribute their vocal talents.
I took a listen to the snippets available on their website and I love the idea of current artists giving us that vintage sound. What makes this project great is that it will not be mass produced. There will only be a limited (and numbered) amount presented in the beautiful leather casing pictured above, and the only way to get it is to contribute to their Kickstarter campaign. Check out their Youtube page as well and please support this awesome project.
Please support this wonderful and necessary project!!!
So Much Love is the second album released from the soulful singer with the silky voice that can only be attributed to her Nigerian roots. This project brings together elements from a variety of musical genres to create a soulful, jazzy experience. If you’ve never heard Douye’ before believe me when I tell you that you are in for something sweet. You definitely should add this to your collection soul citizens. Get your copy here.
This morning at 11am EST, hip hop legends De La Soul released their entire catalog.. for FREE. To be honest it’s not the entire catalog because they didn’t release The Grind Date. They can’t give away EVERYTHING. You have until noon tomorrow to go get your downloads from their website. According to an article in Rolling Stone, Posdnuos states they decided to release their catalog because "It’s about allowing our fans who have been looking and trying to get a hold of our music to have access to it".
I’ve been a De La fan damn near my entire life so you know I’m like a kid in a candy store since receiving my downloads. In an effort to not let go of this feeling quite yet, I was inspired to present to you my top 5 De La Soul songs. I’m sure other fans may have their own top 5 and if this causes some debate, then that’s cool too:
1. Ooh (feat. RedMan) (Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump)
2. In The Woods (Buhloone Mindstate)
3. Breakadawn (Buhloone Mindstate)
4. Shopping Bags (She Got from You) (The Grind Date)
5. Buddy (feat. Jungle Brothers & Q-Tip) (3 Feet High and Rising)
by: DeWayne Alston
It’s been a little over a week since the Super Bowl and I’ve been mulling over this blog post for just as long. The following is my take on this year’s performances.
When I think back to past Super Bowls (I’ve seen a lot of them) what comes to mind is listening to artists that I don’t normally care to listen to giving sub-par performances on one of the biggest stages ever. Then there was the debacle that was Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake (social media will not let it die it seems). As a matter of fact, I can count on one hand how many halftime shows I actually enjoyed. Two. Beyonce’ and this years artist, Bruno Mars.
I must admit that I hadn’t listened to Bruno much prior to the Super Bowl. It’s not because of him perse, but my musical focus is on independent and underground artists and Bruno is neither. That being said, this guy KILLED it!!! He came out there with a full band and they had Met Life Stadium rockin’ for real. This brother has a stage presence and a showmanship that you just don’t see from mainstream artists these days. It certainly didn’t hurt that he managed to bring The Red Hot Chili Peppers out of hiding. They did their thing as well. Bruno Mars gained a bunch of new fans that day, including me.
Now I’m sure we all can agree that outside of the halftime show, the one thing that we look forward to is the singing of the national anthem. The most famous first verse in the history of music has made singers look like musical geniuses as well as pure fools out there. This year it was Renee Fleming. For those, like me, who don’t know who she is she is an opera singer. As far as her performance I didn’t care for it. She does have a strong voice though. You have to appreciate that. There are only two renditions of the National Anthem that I will ever like. We all know who sang those.
Which brings me to Queen Latifah and her rendition of “America The Beautiful”. With help from the New Jersey Youth Chorus, the Queen laid down a beautiful song. It was classy and uplifting. On a bit of a side note, I think this song would make for a better national anthem.