Category archive: Soul

BJ the Chicago Kid In My Mind
25.02.16

Been meaning to check out BJ the Chicago Kid‘s new “In My Mind” album. Like most music nowadays it never made it out of my inbox though due to a lack of time and interest.

Luckily the homey Blue told me about this one amazing track titled “Turnin’ Me Up” on the new album released on Motown. He was sure I was gonna love it and guess what this indeed is the the tune. It doesn’t happen often I get something handed to me on a silver platter. So when it does I need to give credit where credit is due.

The rest of BJ the Chicago Kid’s album is what you would expect from a modern-day R&B release. Features from Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper and Big K.R.I.T. Very major controlled by a major. All but for the very last cut of the album. That one is straight butta and sounds more like a modern day D’Angelo track.

Black Gold Logo
15.02.16

Sometimes life is so simple. You find a place you love, an environment you feel at ease and almost call home. That’s the place I visit at least once a week and it’s called Black Gold. Besides one of the best coffee’s in town, they offer a nice selection of vinyl records as well.

When I was asked to play some records last weekend for their Saturday Sessions, I said yes immediately. Now those that know me, know I don’t call myself a DJ, nor do I have any desire to be one. I do however have a lot of records I never get to play out. So I thought to myself what better to get some of these beauties a spin, while bringing a smile to people’s ears at the same time.

I love spreading good music that is not often played, so all in all I think we can say missions accomplished. Brought black gold only and whipped out some 45’s, I had never played before. Kept it soulful with a touch of Jazz, like I always do. Really hope you enjoy part 1 and who knows we might upload the rest in the weeks to come.

Get acquainted to Black Gold by taking a look at their Facebook page!

We Are King
06.02.16

In a far far away fairytale wonderland there once lived three queens named Amber, Anita and Paris. They were better known as KING, a super trio that filled the world with joyful sounds of bliss. Their rich vocal harmonies and warm synth textures are as comfortable as a big warm fluffy pillow on a cold winters night.

Their “The Story” EP came out 5 years ago, but after half a decade of waiting it can now finally put a big smile on our and your faces. We happily present to you their long-awaited debut album titled “We Are King“. Everything on here has been self-produced and the album is also self-released. With songs like “Red Eye”, these ladies from Los Angeles are definitely right back in our top 5 list of favorite artists to listen to.

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Inkswel
13.12.15

Former b-boy Inkswel brought us a ton of funky music made in Australia. Not too long ago Jules Habib decided to try his luck in Germany and moved to Berlin.

He’s connected with the Rush Hour crew and is getting ready to release his forthcoming debut album on BBE. The album, titled “Unity 4 Utopia” will be released (in January) on vinyl through Oye Records as well. The track “Outerspace Connection” is the first single to drop and it features none other than Steve Spacek & Harvey Sutherland.

Catch a cosmic vibration and pre-order Inkswel’s album right here!

APSD
30.11.15

APSD is the collaboration between Melbourne long time producers Amin Payne and Sean Deans. They both work non stop – as a part of the respected Melbourne music scene – on bridging the gap between Boogie, Beats, Disco and Future House sounds.

Their debut, “Digital Dust“, album will be released tomorrow on Hot Shot Records. It features guest collaborations from Cazeaux O.S.L.O., Miles Bonny, Rikki Gooch, Azteka and Joe Dukie (Fat Freddy’s Drop). We are thrilled to officially premiere APSD’s track “Homegrown”, which we’d like to describe as the perfect remedy for the bleak European winter weather we’re having at the moment.

Mike Lundy
29.11.15

Back in June we came across Honolulu-based record label, Aloha Got Soul, who has finally re-released Mike Lundy‘s holy grail “The Rhythm Of Life” album.

Four cuts of this Hawaiian Soul gem were released earlier this year by way of two 7-inch vinyl records. The title track is by far the most amazing song on there, but wait till you get a load of “Love One Another“. You will discover many more wonderful finds on The Rhythm Of Life…trust me! Sadly the master tapes were lost in a fire many years ago, so the seal on Mike’s only personal copy was broken. After being remastered by Aloha Got Soul, it finally found it’s way into the world again after 35 years.

Read this interesting interview with Mike Lundy before you pick up a digital copy (which came out yesterday) or pre-order the vinyl.

Erykah Badu Hello
27.11.15

Miss Erykah Badu hasn’t released any new music for over half a decade, since her previous “New Amerykah Part Two” album.

The first lady of Nu Soul releases her a new mixtape, “But You Caint Use My Phone“, which is a reference to her song Tyrone. She recorded the project together with producer Zach Witnessin in Dallas and defines the genre as ‘TRap & B’. Each song on her mixtape makes reference to telephones and our reliance on staying inter-connected.

The verdict? Well lets be real this is not a new Badu album. It is what it is, a nice snack in between with “Hello” featuring Andre 3000 being the best thing on there. I really don’t hope Erykah is trying something that a younger generation has been doing a lot better for the past few years. My two cents is that anything miss Badu drops has the potential to be amazing as long as it comes from her heart. But You Caint Use My Phone is available exclusively on iTunes today. In case you’re interested be Cleva and act accordingly.

Moonlust EP
25.11.15

I have confessed to this before and will do so again. I’m a sucker for good looking women who make good music. Toronto-based vocalist A l l i e is easy on the eyes, but much more importantly she is even easier on the ears!

Her new “Moonlust” EP released today (on the full moon) and features some of Canada’s most delightful producers like Nick Wisdom, Elaquent and Da-P. Last week A l l i e released her new track ‘Tundra”, on which she tells the story of the inevitable end of an intense romance. Back in April we already wrote a little something on “Remedy” produced by Nicky Buckets.

Now both tracks produced by Elaquent are a doozy, but we thought you’d enjoy a low bitrate stream of “Keep On“. When it comes to my secret crush on A l l i e, I plead temporary insanity due to the Moonlust. All four tracks are available for purchase on Bandcamp in case you were wondering where to cop the EP.

The Internet Ego Death
13.11.15

At first The Internet was presented as Odd Future affiliates, but in 2015 it has become clear they are a distinct entity that deviates from most hit-seeking commercial R&B acts nowadays. The group’s nucleus is singer/songwriter/engineer Syd the Kyd and producer Matt Martians.

Back in 2011 the band made their debut with the tender ballad “Love Song – 1”. A few years, lots of experience and some releases later we all welcomed their debut full-length album titled “Ego Death“. This sounded very organic and featured Janelle Monáe, Vic Mensa and Kaytranada. The album debuted within the Top Ten of Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and hit the top half of the all-genre Billboard 200.

It’s safe to say that The Internet gave come a long way, but what matters most to us is that the music still sounds pure and beautiful. Two new bonus tracks of the Ego Death album were released today and both are sick. Right now “Missing You“, a romantic downtempo lovemaking jam, is on repeat. Check out both bonus tracks on iTunes and invest a few bucks in a musically flawless weekend.

FKJ Better Give U Up
13.11.15

At first I wasn’t sure what to think about an artist with a name like FKJ aka French Kiwi Juice, but it didn’t take long for me to turn into one of many thirsty FKJ lovers. Sure his sound is a tad slick and smooth, but I love that there is always a healthy dosis of Soul in this music.

Chances are that you have been living under a rock if you haven’t heard about FKJ. In case you haven’t let us be the first to introduce you to Vincent from the city of Paris. Two years ago he started releasing music online via Roche Musique. Some months ago he did a remix for Lianne La Havas’ song “Unstoppable” and who knows what else might come in 2016.

One thing I do know is that his forthcoming “French Kiwi Juice” album will release soon. And man with a single like “Better Give U Up” how can your curiosity not be triggered?