Category archive: Soul

Queen Magic
06.10.14

Melbourne, Australia is home of many talented musicians. Our latest discovery is from down under and goes by the name of Queen Magic aka Nick Mulhall.

Nick is a multi-talented instrumentalist who also sings. He met photographer Charlie Brophy by chance recently through a mutual friend and they hit it off right away. Queen Magic’s silky debut song is entitled “I Don’t Want” and it embodies what Nick enjoys in life. Both musically and visually. The song is lush with smooth synths and is perfect to enjoy on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Nice and mellow, mellow…right on.

Head on over to Queen Magic’s Bandcamp and scoop up a free download!

Häzel TFOX Cover
03.10.14

Last week I came across this compilation on 5 Finger Discount Records. The name of the comp was “Bearded Beats Vol 2: Beardstrumentals” and I heard this dope track from Häzel & TFOX on there.

This morning another song from the duo popped up on Soundcloud, so I decided to stream both in the post. The brotha Häzel from Paris needs no introduction. He’s like the Large Professor of this time…slept on and underappreciated. TFOX is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Woodbridge, Virginia who we hadn’t heard of before. Honestly the two work well together, so perhaps in the future we’ll hear more from these fellas.

Until then kick back and enjoy “The Room” and “Things You Do” to the fullest!

The Foreign Exchange Moovmnt's Favs Mix
26.09.14

Next Saturday The Foreign Exchange (Phonte & Nicolay) will be performing in Amsterdam. We thought it would be an awesome idea to squeeze all of our favorite FE related songs into one 50 minute mix.

In our opinion this mix is a great introduction for anyone to get to know The Foreign Exchange. At the same time it’s a recap for the die-hard fans, who’ve been enjoying their music for a decade. Grab a free download of ‘The Foreign Exchange Moovmnt’s Favs Mix‘ or just enjoy it on Soundcloud.

FYI…The Foreign Exchange will be performing at People’s Place (Amsterdam) October 4th, 2014. We’ll be hosting the event so don’t be shy and come enjoy some incredible music with us. There’s still some tickets left, so get yours right now!

Alina Baraz & Galimatias Urban Flora
25.09.14

By now you must be well aware of the fact that Danish producer Galimatias is one of our favorite producers. Admitted the list is long, but still c’mon son. Together with 20 year old miss Alina Baraz from Ohio, he’s been making music/magic for a while now. Rarely do musicians compliment one and other, but in this case it’s a match made in heaven.

Their new song “Fantasy” is just as described. It’s nothing short from a tiny miracle that flows fluently through your earholes like the sweetest whisper imaginable. At first sonicly playful and fairytalelike, but when the song comes to maturity so does the sound. Simply put an amazing work of art of Alina Baraz and Galimatias’ forthcoming ‘Urban Flora‘ EP (which I’m already in love with). Oh and Matias, please start sending it over bruh.

Penthouse Penthouse Besides EP
24.09.14

So lately I’ve been discovering a lot of new artists from all over the globe. The duo Penthouse Penthouse from Los Angeles is one of them.

The name Mike Parvizi has been poppin’ up a lot lately and so I started connecting the dots, when it comes to who’s friends with who. And which people collaborate with one and other. Together with Preston James from TeamSupreme, Mike is Penthouse Penthouse. Mike is a bass player and allround music head, while Preston is a trained keyboardist/vocalist and playback engineer who graduated from Chapman University’s Conservatory of Music.

Last week they released their new EP entitled “Besides“, which was written and recorded in Downtown Los Angeles. Our favorite Penthouse Penthouse track is “Last Stop” featuring JNTHN STEIN, but to be honest the entire release is straight fire! Oh and that joint with Stwo is a good runner up if you ask us.

diggs duke the upper hand other grand illusions
27.08.14

Diggs Duke is getting ready to release “The Upper Hand & Other Grand Illusions“. An EP that follows up his “Offering For Anxious” album that came out on Brownswood last year.

We’ve had the pleasure of seeing Diggs Duke perform a few years ago and it became very clear he’s a true musician. He hails from Washington, where he intimately crafted a small collection of tracks, which tell stories about courtship and intimate interactions. On the EP tracks such as “Forever Love Is Tainted” (produced by Jelani Brooks) sound both rough, yet very heartfelt. Definitely one of the best songs on here together with “The Pinnacle“. A song that brings about happiness with ever note.

Duke is a star at blending Hip Hop and Soul rhythms with jazzy grooves and he is a master at keeping it simple. It’s almost like your reading some of his personal notes. Lyrics are very recognizable and simple plus most songs are short and straight to the point. The EP will be out September 1st and look for the 12″ vinyl at all quality records shops around the world.

Submotion Orchestra 2L84U
18.08.14

Submotion Orchestra is a 7 piece band from the United Kingdom. For those that don’t know, they play a fusion of bass heavy Electronica, Jazz and Soul music and a whole lot more. And they play it quite well.

They’ve received worldwide recognition and have played festivals around the world. Following their previous two albums, Finest Hour and Fragments, Submotion Orchestra return with “Alium“, which will be released on Counter Records on November 3rd.

The album was written over two years in the remote Welsh countryside and miss Ruby Wood’s vocals sound nothing short from angelic. On the song “2L84U” she simply sounds amazing and more good news. It’s a free download! Pre-orders are available (2xLP vinyl, CD & MP3) via Ninja Tune for you early birds.

Jordan Rakei Groove Curse EP Soul Has No Tempo
15.08.14

Jordan Rakei‘s long-awaited sophomore “Groove Curse” EP has released today on Soul Has No Tempo and what a wonderful piece of work this is.

His modern take on Soul music (with a dash of Reggae) makes this multi-instrumentalist one of kind. Simply put, that Groove Curse EP sounds super refreshing. I mean who doesn’t love that raw, warm sounding Fender-infused vibe? The first single “Street Light” was off the hook, but ‘She told me add the bassline’…are you kidding me? Man what a freakin’ tune right there! And “A Tribe Called Government” with those drums? Let it be know that this fellow from Brisbane has made it to the top Soul artists in our lil’ book. Right up there with D’Angelo, Bilal and Musiq.

We urge you to purchase Jordan Rakei’s Groove Curse EP, for the simple fact that we think it’s well worth buying.

Bilal Sirens II Adrian Younge Ali Shaheed Muhammad
14.08.14

The homey Bilal has returned, this time with the help of Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest).

Mr. Oliver’s new song “Sirens II” sounds majesticly marvelous and might just be his best work we’ve ever heard. So much emotion was poured into this track that my goosebumps are getting the shivers. Must have heard this little slice of heaven at least 10 times by now and still this gets better and better! Let Bilal take you away on what might just be one of the most exciting new musical adventures you’ll experience this year.

Not much is known about future projects, but perhaps next week on his birthday Bilal will share some insight.

Galimatias Ocean Floor Kisses
12.08.14

Galimatias from Denmark has been one of those producers, who I’ve actually stalked to see what’s up with his upcoming project.

He told me quite recently that he is working on finishing a new EP with a female vocalist. And most likely “Ocean Floor Kisses” is the first track of this soon to be released EP. Wonderland chords on some Final Fantasy ish and Alina Baraz‘s vocals chopped to bits. Marvelous groove and just imagine how incredible the rest of this EP is going to sound.

More info soon, but for now just follow Galimatias on Soundcloud and share with your friends.