Category archive: Soul

Ruby Wood
24.04.15

It’s no secret I fall in love with female vocalists on a regular basis. Nai Palm, Alex Isley, Alina Baraz and a lot more. Recently I fell back in love with Ruby Wood of Submotion Orchestra.

She thought today was the perfect day to share a little something something to celebrate the sunny weather. The track “Off My Mind” was produced by Niall Lavelle and written by Ruby Wood. One of the gems that made me fall in love with her amazing voice was “2L84U” of Submotion Orchestra’s ‘Alium’ album. It was released last year on Ninja Tune and In case you weren’t a fan yet, we suggest you head over to Ruby Wood’s Soundcloud page and check this beautiful lady out.

Oh if you hurry, you can snag a limited free download here.

Eclectic Blue Sunshine
20.04.15

A couple of months ago this mysterious track called “Sunshine” was released by Eclectic Blue. I thought to myself is this the name of a band, a person or a project? Since there was so little info, I kinda forgot about this track.

Fast-forward to now, we know that this soulful piece of good music was written by Jae London. Lee Hogans was responsible for the laidback production and LOVEchild Chris Turner from New York is the responsible for the vocal arrangements and voice. I really love the incredible ‘Saadiq-esque’ delivery and got a super exclusive new track of this project in my inbox yesterday. Seem like ‘The Moment’ to write a little piece on the site.

Now an album is scheduled to release this Summer, but it might take a little longer to drop. Definitely this year though! To clear things up Jae London and Chris Turner are Eclectic Blue. Their first single is up for grabs on iTunes and I suggest you keep your ears out for the album.

Allie Remedy
17.04.15

Been finding a lot of Soul music this week and of course that’s what Moovmnt has always been about. Music with a Soul element!

Toronto-based soul singer Allie is far from ordinary…this is one thing that is for sure. She’s collaborated with producers such as Elaquent and Sweater Beats and is well on her way to greatness. During the Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp in Montreal, she recorded a wonderful new song entitled “Remedy” together with Nick Wisdom (1/2 of Potatohead People).

There’s been word of an EP coming out, but no info is available at this point. We at Moovmnt are definitely looking forward to hearing more music from Allie, but for now enjoy this free download.

Alex Isley La Brea
14.04.15

Not that long ago I came across the name Alex Isley and gave her music a quick listen. Yesterday I re-discovered this creature of pure beauty.

Daughter of Ernie Isley (yes of the Isley Brothers) was destined to be a musical greatness if you ask me. She discovered her passion for performing at an early age and it is no wonder she decided to pursue a career as a musician. Alex Isley majored in Jazz Studies at UCLA and during her college years, she began writing songs, drawing from her own life experiences. She wrote most of what would later become her first self-written and produced debut EP, “The Love/Art Memoirs“, which was released back in 2012. She also collaborated on Brandon Williams’ album and that’s how I rediscovered this pretty songbird.

Her latest song “La Brea” was named after La Brea Ave. (pronounced ‘Luh-BRAY-yuh’) in Los Angeles and was clearly inspired by the lovely ladies of KING. Breathtaking music that will be on Alex’s upcoming “Luxury” project, set to release later this Spring. Purchase the single on iTunes and be amazed…truly!

Nafsi
12.04.15

Those who have been following us for a while, might remember Faraji Heritage Experiment‘s “A/R/T” project from 2012.

The Bandcamp demo was a mere taste of greater things to come and the time for this coming is upon us. The Moroccan composer is back on the set with a brand new project, entitled “Nafsi“, which means soul or being in Swahili. Hussein Ibn Faraji discovered his grandfather’s name was not Arabic, but Swahili. This inspired him to bring together musicians of various backgrounds and have them use swahili nicknames. The same way Herbie Hancock and other Jazz men did back in in the seventies.

It also might be the best fusion of contemporary Jazz-Funk and Soul on one album albums to come out this year! Much respect to Cosmonostro for releasing this April 20th and for giving us the opportunity to premiere this amazing “Ode To Wattstax” track. Pre-orders available here!

Hiatus Kaiyote
10.04.15

Yesterday I got super excited again. You may ask yourself why, but just let me reply with a brand new Hiatus Kaiyote song!!

Anything that comes out of Nai Palm‘s mouth sounds angelic really, but the new Hiatus Kaiyote track called “Shaolin Monk Motherfunk” in particular. Probably for the fact that I’ve been looking forward to hearing more material of the best album to come out this year. A lot of people might believe Kendrick Lamar is most likely to win this title. I think differently though. Ever since their debut album I’ve been a fanboy and from what I’ve heard so far this is going to be breathtaking.

Pay attention; “Choose Your Weapon” is set to release early May on Flying Buddha Records (Sony). It will be well worth your money, so please start pre-ordering on iTunes.

Workers Abraham Blue Something Else
22.03.15

Meet Workers, a duo from France, consisting of Be Dar (Paris) & Sear Cabe (Nantes). This weekend they unleashed their debut “Knowledges” EP onto the world and it’s dat crack.

The first and main song entitled “Something Else” features Abraham Blue from Antwerp and is on sum next level niceness. Straight vibin’ to this all the way to the bank and back. I guess we should feel lucky this weekend, since Workers are giving away this EP as a free download. You bet this just made our weekend fellas!

Keep your eyes on on Workers and watch out for Abraham Blue, because I’ve heard he is getting ready to drop something hot & heavy on a pretty big label.

Kirkis
19.03.15

The sensational group known as Kirkis is headed by bassist slash producer slash writer slash painter Matthew Kirkis. Good news…the band out of Melbourne uploaded some brand new material to their Soundcloud page entitled “Hypno“.

Such astounding and hypnotizing melodies lurk hidden inside these three minutes of wonderful. This perplex array of funkiness takes us on a psychedelic ride into a far galaxy, yet to be discovered by mankind.

I remember Kirkis was supposed to release his “Liverbleach” album on Eglo Records last year, but I think the release has been postponed. Still looking forward to hearing new material and who knows we might even be able to catch a performance next year.

Hiatus Kaiyote
04.03.15

We were one of the earliest adopters when it comes to Hiatus Kaiyote and proud of it. Back in 2012 it was immediately clear the band was something else. Not your average run of the mill type of hype at all.

The Melbourne-based Hiatus Kaiyote was picked up by a lot of music lovers in Los Angeles and they landed on the cover of Wax Poetics. Anything Nai Palm touches makes my soul quiver and I am smitten with her voice. The soul quartet have a new song online entitled “Breathing Underwater” and I can’t even begin to explain how happy this makes me. The single is an homage to the different examples of love and compassion in the world that are beyond the limitation of romance.

Their forthcoming album “Choose Your Weapon” might be our most highly anticipated release this year and is scheduled to drop on May 5th via Flying Buddha/Sony Music Masterworks. Buy this stunning song on iTunes!

Follow Hiatus Kaiyote on Soundcloud

Werk Space Moods Organic Cover
27.02.15

For the second instalment of our monthly Dutch producer series, ‘Werk Space’, we invited beatmaker Moods to the Red Bull Studios Amsterdam. Each month we invite a producer from the Netherlands to showcase his artistry and challenge him to work in an amazingly fruitful environment.

The Red Bull Studios Amsterdam is a state-of-the-art recording and production facility, where renowned and up-and-coming artists, are provided with everything they need in order to celebrate and create music!

Twenty-four-year-old Nick represents the city of Rotterdam, but is by his own admittance a true Zealander. Producing for over a decade now, Moods is probably one of the most talented producers coming out of the low lands. His forthcoming Sincere EP was released February 16 on 12-inch vinyl via Boogie Angst. Pre-orders are available here.
We invited the alluring SIAM from Ghent (Belgium) to lay down some amazing vocals and managed to record and mix everything within a day. Her jazzy style of singing fits perfectly on their newly created song entitled “Organic”.

Super excited to present the second piece of music spawned from this series. Early April all three tracks will be merged into one EP and released as a free download. Hopefully you will come to know, love and respect the many talented producers the Netherlands has to offer.

Artwork by Serena Indigo
Mixing & Mastering by Flixor