Much like her debut album, Moments of Clarity, Wayna‘s newest release, Higher Ground, displays a level of artistry that’s rarely found among the plethora of singers presently occupying the musical landscape.
Over Ground‘s 13 songs, the Ethiopian-born, D.C. area-raised Wayna manages to accomplish the often unmanageable task of coupling meaningful, decipherable lyrics with well produced and compelling tracks. Although not representative of the album’s overall subject matter, “Billie Club” captures this sentiment perfectly. With vocal and production assistance from Three Stars alumna Muhsinah.
One of the great things about Wayna is that while she can have a track like “Billie Club” on her album, with all of its potential explosiveness, she can also have “Mr. Duracell”, which is less about batteries and more about a device in which said brand could be used to power. She recognizes that as humans, we go through a range of emotions and, as a result, can’t stay in one feelings box for all times. Artists who understand this and have the tact to convey it in a way where their audience can relate it to their everyday lives will always have supporters. Wayna has done this, and with the help of a talented group of (local)producers(Kev Brown on “Not Gonna Go), has put out a noteworthy sophomore effort that deserves to be heard by all who consider themselves musically literate and love music by artists who strive to make a connection to their listeners that is more than superficial.full@WJacarlMelton
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Dj/Producer/Radio Journalist & Independent A&R Jay Scarlett has been collecting music since the age of 15. Mainly started collecting classic hip-hop from Run DMC to Nucleus then went on to expansive soulful recordings.
His soul interest developed into more of a broad spectrum of music from the early 90´s branching out into house and early Detroit music such as Mr. Fingers, Kevin Saunderson, Ten City then into more soulful house which lead back around to soul and hip hop.
Jay got involved in pirates & internet radio Pure DM back in 95 and went on to have residency’s at the Bass Clef (Blue Note), Jazz Café, rock Café & WKD in Camden, UK and developed musical ties with most of the UK music scene thru the jam sessions (one dj and band concept) that was one of the first sessions to incorporate this kind of interaction. ??
Jay’s first recordings were in 2000 for One Dot Zero Presentation & Book Sneaker Size Isn’t Everything, also contributed a composition for the first UK Global Hip Hop Album Collaboration
(Speaking in Tongues). Developing ties with Morgan Zarate & Steve Spacek in the early 90´s Jay became aided tour manager/Dj for the group Spacek/Sound system & later Touring in several countries around the world.
Presently residing in Munich Jay has several residencies as well as supporting a lot of the main international acts flowing thru Munich plus a Show on The Biggest Japanese/Worldwide Internet Station Samurai FM “Ampsoul Generation”. Which he uses to bridge the gap between bedroom novice producers and rising vocal artists in all scenes of present music.
In 2007 Jay Compiled & contributed a Track (love music) released on Beat Dimensions Vol 1 Compilation to critical acclaim Featuring artists that have now gone on to sign with legendary labels Warp as well as other outer national indie labels triggering a new perspective & focus on “The beat” generation also Reebok Lifestyles compilation 1 bringing together the best in established and up & coming artists from around the globe & Vol 2. Is on its way for circulation June July 2008. Now researching For L.A Label Poo Bah Compilation (Beat Bugz). & HMV Compilation Japan Also working on a self produced full-length album.
2 tracks from Jay’s playlist..
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Next week Dwele‘s new disc Sketches of a Man hits the streets, and in anticipation of this joyous occasion he’s taking us behind the scenes and giving us a taste of what we can expect on the CD. This EPK features Dwele chatting about his artistry, sharing what is different about Sketches compared to his previous releases (more hip hop!), winning a push up competition (against a female…SIDE-EYE!), clowning around and discussing his collabos with Common and Kanye West on their last albums. Selected sounds from Sketches of a Man can be heard playing as background music throughout the vid and stick around until the end to hear Dwele tickle the ivories and sing a little something.butta@ www.soulbounce.com