Category archive: Soul

Chris McClenney Soulection White Label 014
28.01.15

Surely one of the our personal favorites out of the Soulection camp, is young Chris McClenney from Maryland.

Mark Morrison couldn’t even predict the return of this muti-instrumentalist Mack, but damn it’s good to hear White Label 14 pumping through the speakers. Lately Chris McClenney has been on a roll with his production and singing. Paying homage to the legendary D’Angelo and perhaps friendly winking to Jordan Rakei, this release is SOUL to the fullest.

And just you thought a free download of this white label release was about as good as it can get…you get slapped in the face with his amazingly dope remix of “Distant Love” by Abhi/Dijon!

Snakehips Gone Syd the Kyd
21.01.15

Now normally I’m not that big on Snakehips, but the first few second into their new track “Gone” with Syd the Kyd and I was hooked!

You all know Syd from the magnificent music she makes with her band The Internet from Los Angeles, but lately she has been collaborating with up and coming electronic producers such as Snakehips and Kaytranada. She sings about begin ruffied and women that go up and down the strip pole. She’s definitely in another zone this girl!

Unfortunately no info on where to purchase this joint yet, but rest assure we will keep you informed once we know more. In the meanwhile put this on repeat, seriously.

Naomi Bowler Midnight
19.01.15

Today I first heard the delightful voice of Noami Bowler from New York. Her latest song “Midnight” is that good stuff you want to hear in your car when you’re on a late night drive.

I can honestly say I’m hooked on Naomi Bowler. Not only thanks to her crystal clear vocals, but also the perfectly balanced production from fellow New Yorker DrewsThatDude. This right here should be on repeat and oh yeah I’m gonna need a download of this. Hope Noami’s ‘Paradise’ EP (entirely produced by DrewsThatDude) will be out shortly.

Oh and let me speak on the artwork for the EP for second. Simply sexy and classy…I like it! Can’t wait to hear more pleasantness out of NY soon. Naomi Bowler on Soundcloud

Emmavie I Hope We Never Break Up
14.01.15

24-year-old Emmavie is a singer from the city of London, who had worked with Alfa Mist on their previous “Epoch” EP.

For this reason I never would have guessed Emmavie produces herself as well. And with great skill I might add. Just take a listen to “I Hope We Never Break Up” featuring Ego Ella May. The track was premiered over at our Soulbounce fam (go butta) and is fingerlickin’ soul drippin’. The two work really well together vocally and I love those harmonies.

Now Emmavie has a show in London on February 8th, where she will be performing this and other material she’s been working on. Get your tickets here and make sure you follow both Emmavie and Ego Ella May on Soundcloud!

Kerem Akdag Expressive
13.01.15

The Turkish delight, Kerem Akdag, has been steadily becoming one of our favorites. He released some pretty dope stuff on Darker Than Wax and is about to return with a Soulful House album.

This deeply soulful journey is entitled, Expressive, and trust me when I say Kerem Akdag is that guy to watch. Silky smooth vocals combined with downtempo House rhythms makes this album unquestionably cool. It’s jazzy, full of Soul and has grooves like a motherf*cker.

It’s an honor to premiere the title track, so get ready to catch that groove and press repeat. On this release you will find seven tracks plus two remixes from upcoming House producer Nachtbraker from Amsterdam. Look for Expressive to drop January 20th on the British Apparel Music imprint.

Kerem Akdag on Soundcloud

El. Train Control Miki Rose
07.01.15

Today brotha El. Train from London drops the track “Control” featuring the enchanting Miki Rose out of Los Angeles.

The past few months we’ve been closely involved with Miki, because we’re really feeling her style. When El. Train hit her up to lace some vocals for his upcoming “Somewhere Between” EP, we didn’t expect this to happen though. This song has quickly become my personal favorite song from Miki Rose in a short amount of time and I’m very sure it will become an all time favorite of yours too!

British/Jamaican singer Danderson is the other vocalist on this project and Brasstracks collaborates too. On the remix duty we find two Dutch producers, who are no strangers to us. Jengibeats turns Control into something totally different, but in a good way. And I trust that Rotterdam funksta Trian Kayhatu brings his funkiest stuff to the table as well. Unfortunately we haven’t heard all the tracks, but we will soon. Lastly JNTHN STEIN delivers the 3rd and final remix for this project bringing this release full circle.

It is our pleasure to premiere the first track and be able to provide a free download as well! The EP comes out January 11th and will be the first release on Shimmy Records. It was created as a way to spotlight some of El. Train’s favorite artists as he looks to incorporate original vocals into his productions. Dropping soon..

Brandon Williams XII
02.01.15

Believe it or not our first post of 2015 is about something I missed. Eversince we discovered Brandon Williams, we have been waiting for his breathtaking album, entitled “XII“, to drop. Can’t remember how often I asked him about it, but today I came to discover it was released mid November.

In hindsight Brandon Williams album would have been in our top 5 list of favorite albums of 2014. Brandon has had the privilege to produce many successful songs for other artists and thought it was time for him to debut his work as a producer and musician. The Detroit musician has built meaningful relationships with extablised artists and on asked a lot of them to lend a helping hand on XII.

Special guests on this album include Don Blackman (RIP), Bernard Wright, Frank McComb, Robert Glasper, Karriem Riggins, Amp Fiddler, Geno Young, Derrick Hodge, Jean Baylor (of Zhane), Pharoahe Monch, Choklate, Casey Benjamin, Moonchild, Deborah Bond, Jesse Boykins III and more.

The way Brandon Williams flawlessly blends that Detroit Soul sound with modern day Jazz is simply wonderful and refreshing. Don’t even think twice and buy this album…it’s well worth your money, trust me!

Nick Price The Christmas Song Chestnuts Roasting
24.12.14

It’s been way too long since we have heard anything from the ultra talented Soul singer Nick Price.

We caught up with him and right before the holidays he thought he’d get back in the studio with the fellas from Moonchild. The outcome is “The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting). Now if this doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, I don’t know what will. Of course Christmas is about giving, so enjoy this free download!

Nick’s debut song “Naked Souls” has been getting love from so many people from around the world and we truly hope Nick will take it next level next year. We wish him and one and all a delightful Christmas with loads of beautiful music and good times. Merry Christmas!

Juan Cristobal So Beautiful Precious
16.12.14

With Usher’s 8701 as a reference, Juan Cristobal started creating his 90′s/00′s R&B-inspired craft that he blends with future sounds in this present day of age.

His two year in-the-making ‘Precious’ album celebrates the musical journey that he started ten years ago. Long before being known as Juan Cristobal. Today, he decides to put music aside to fulfill other life projects he now has. Precious is his debut and at the same time last album that he will release on Christmas as the very first and last gift to his fans thanking them for their enduring support.

We are happy to exclusively premiere “So Beautiful” featuring Andre DePriest. So enjoy and ho ho ho head on over the Cosmonostro Bandcamp page for some presents in the form of a pre-order. Oh before I forget the good people from Cosmonostro are giving away this free wall paper to keep the holiday spirit alive.

D'Angelo and The Vanguard Black Messiah
15.12.14

On the weekend I was having fun selling some records at a records in Amsterdam, when I ran into Seravince who told me that D’Angelo‘s new album was finally dropping in cooperation with The Vanguard.

I didn’t really think much of it, but decided to check it out anyway and here’s what I think of the “Black Messiah” album. First of all when you keep your fans waiting for such a long time it’s almost impossible to live up to all those expectations. Rest assure this album is not mind-blowing. Sure it features Q-Tip, ?uestlove, Pino Palladino and James Gadson, but in all honesty it has a couple of great songs on it I can really relate to. If this was any other artist I would probably be a little bit more excited, but in this case I can only say this is something worth listening to.

True die-hard fans, who have been yearning for a decade and a half, might be overjoyed and will love it either way. I can dig that Black Messiah is not about one man, but about a feeling that collectivly we can all be charismatic leaders. I hope a lot of people buy this record, but in the time D’Angelo was absent he has gained a lot of worthy competition.

For me two songs stood out and deserve some attention. First of all please give “Really Love” a good listen. It brings joy to my ears as does the closing track “Another Life”. Make sure you visit iTunes and give Black Messiah a chance.