Category archive: Soul

Nick Price Wander Lost EP
17.02.15

Wander Lost was born from a place of immense frustration. Nick Price had just spent six months in his newly adopted home, Los Angeles, and things weren’t happening the way he had planned. His work as a songwriter was suffering and as he tried to write in different idioms and for different voices, he strayed further from the obvious path. Which was to write for nobody else but Nick Price. At some point the levy broke and the scale tipped. Two days later his debut single “Naked Souls” was written. Upon first hearing it, I thought to myself this is something else. No dime a dozen track. No this was something truly magnificent. Of course the rest is history and now we find Nick Price on the verge of the release of his Wander Lost EP.

Let me do a quick review since the EP only contains six songs. The intro entitled, “Lunar Precipice“, is a heavenly harmony that sweeps you off your feet right away. Now what else can I say about “Naked Souls“? It’s undeniably one of the best Soul songs I’ve heard last year. Still listen to it on a regular basis and I’m shocked it recently passed 136,000 plays. Nick’s second single, “Cabin Built For Two“, finds him back on the romantic tip.
The most beautiful song on Wander Lost (for me) is “Cold“. What a personal and emotional ride…wow! It doesn’t shame me to admit this brought me to tears at least once (such an emotional sap). I almost broke the replay button on this one. Okay whipe your tears, for the vocal interlude, “Ain’t Got Nobody“, provides a quick moment of cheerfulness. Wait with lyrics like ‘I’m so sad and lonely’? I’m confused. Ah finally Nick treats us to some crisp drums, uplifting rhodes and soothing sax on the last cut called “Running Back”.

Thanks goes out to several key contributors. Andris Mattson and Max Byrk, producers and instrumentalists from the band Moonchild, helped shaping the sound of this EP. Another important contributor was Charlotte Ficek who made some incredible and inspiring artwork. Wander Lost is available on iTunes and please show Nick some love and support…he deserves it!

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Henry Wu Negotiate EP
16.02.15

Right before Valentine’s Day, sir Henry Wu from South London, released his “Negotiate” EP on Eglo’s daughter label, Ho Tep Records.

This is by far my favorite work from Henry Wu thus far and one of those few new records I am going to cop without thinking. Such an intensely deep and warm mature sound. Please have a listen to five wonderful soulful grooves that hover somewhere in between House and Soul music. Mo Kolours plays some additional synths on “Expensive Ghetto” and and on the prime cut “Just Negotiate” Simeon Jones delivers extra silky vocals. For those who find themselves turntable-less, no worries there is a digital version available on the Ho Tep Bandcamp page. Here you can also pick up the 12″ version or try your local record shop.

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ToolBox Miki Rose U&I
14.02.15

Good morning to all you lovers and haters. Rejoice on Valentine’s Day 2015 and receive this blessed gift!

Belgian producer ToolBox has been on our radar for quite some years now and when we heard he was working on something fresh and funky, we suggested he teamed up with the wonderful Miki Rose from Los Angeles. It took a little while, but all the pieces fell into place. We figured “U&I” would make the perfect Valentine’s gift from us to you. Even if it’s not a love story perse.

For those who are not familiar with ToolBox or Miki Rose, make sure you grab a free download and get hip to both. Miki is working on her debut solo EP, which is scheduled to drop on Darker Than Wax.

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Nick Price Wander Lost EP
12.02.15

Great news everyone! Nick Price is finally about to release his debut EP entitled “Wander Lost“.

Born in Toronto and groomed in LA, he endeavors to bring together the worlds of Jazz, R&B, and Soul under the same roof. Nick Price has spent the better part of his musical career thus far learning and trying to write music for someone else. Not one person in particular, but someone who isn’t Nick Price.

The turning point was when he wrote his debut song “Naked Souls” in just two days and it was immaculately beautiful. I’m so happy we picked up on Nick early and were able to premiere this amazing song. In under ten months this song was played almost 135,000 times, which is mind-blowing.

Feast your ears on this exclusive stream of another song of the Wander Lost EP, entitled “Running Back”. Pre-orders are available on iTunes and with every pre-order you automatically get a download of Naked Souls!

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K15 Mist
11.02.15

K15 is a familiar name. One that has been written about in the past on numerous occasions. This talented producer from London is about to release yet another record and it’s our pleasure to inform you about it.

After having released an amazing record on Kyle Hall’s Wild Oats label, K15 now gets ready to release his  3-track “Mist” EP on No Room For Air. The title track is simply amazing and deeply soulful. It almost sounds like Robert Glasper made gentle love to Amerie and recorded to tape!

Fun little fact is that this will be the debut release on Wild Oats’ sister label. Mist will be available from February 16th as a limited 7″ and you might want to pick this up sooner than later. It says these are sold out on the NRFA website, although Juno still has them in stock.

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Nxworries Anderson Paak Knxledge Suede
11.02.15

Many moons ago we were buggin’ out to Breezy Lovejoy’s refreshing music. Now a few years later Breezy goes by the name of Anderson Paak, a talented songwriter, drummer, producer and live performer.

He recently released his solo album “Venice” and together with Knxwledge, who’s currently working on an album for Stones Throw Records, he now answers to the name Nxworries. Their brand new track “Suede” is now available for stream on the Stones Throw Soundcloud page, so get ta steppin’. Oh and perhaps you remember hearing DTB some years ago produced by Anderson Paak and Keith Phelps. Nxworries if you haven’t, just make sure you check that out now!

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 Forever Pt. II
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!