The time is near for a new Jose James LP and the man with the baritone voice delivers another winner. "While You Were Sleeping" is just one of several LPs slated for release. Indeed there's quite a bit of quality Soul, Jazz and Electronic music out right now. There's a little something for everyone to get your eargasm on.
Fatima Yellow Memories Out Now Eric Lau Love Call EP Out Now Jose James While You Were Sleeping June 12th DJ Vadim Dubcathcer Out Now Tayler McFerrin Early Riser EP June 3rd
It's not too early to peek at the tasty new gems to kick off the new year. Let's start with Brownswood recording artist Zara McFarlane. Her 2011 debut "Until Tomorrow" featured a superb collection of compositions that showcased a beautiful voice and a jazz vocalist to keep an eye on. Her follow-up lp, "If You Knew Her" picks up right where she left off as evidenced by the lead single "Angie La La". Look for this release on Jan. 20th. Here's a few others to look for:
Electric Conversation - Out now
As summer turns to fall there a number of fall releases that will brighten your mood. I'm especially excited about the long awaited new lp from Sandra St Victor entitled "Oya's Daughter" drop on September 24th. Plus the entire disc is produced by Mark DeClive Lowe. Excited yet? I thought so. That's not all, here's a few others to keep your eye on:
Amel LArrieux - Ice Cream Everyday Oct. 6th Steve Arrington - Higher Out Now Res - Refried Mac Oct 15th Derrick Hodge - Live Today Out Now David Murray - Be My Monster Love Out Now
We haven't even reached Christmas and there's plenty of new music to look forward to in 2013. We're looking forward to Bilal's new release on Purpose Music in Feburary. There's a mixtape available on Bilal's Facebook page that should keep you going until it drops. There's plenty more that will grab attention as well.
Navasha Daya Rebirthed Above Ground Out now
Carlitta Durand I'll be Gorgeous When I Die Dec. 24th
There's plenty of musical treats to savor in the month of October. There's the mellow madness of Flying Lotus, The cosmic grooves of Aybee's latest "Worlds" and the double lp release of Karriem Riggins "Alone Together". Here's a few more that merit your attention.
Anthony David - Love Out Loud - Nov. 13th
Mint Condition - Music @ The Speed of Light - Out now
Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes - Out now
Meshell Negeochello - Pour Une Ame Souveraine - Out now
Karriem Riggins - Alone Together - October 23rd
Funkommunity - Chequered Thoughts - Out now
Hiatus Kaiyote - Tawk Tomahawk - Out Now
Robert Glasper - Black Radio Remixed - Out now
We're nearing the first quarter of 2012, Robert Glasper's "Black Radio" is in heavy rotation, Gregory Potter's follow up to "Water" is a winner and we're days away from Madlib's "Seeds" which features an entire album sung by Geaorgia Anne Muldrow. Oh, I can't forget "Step Like A Giant" by Cecilia Stalin, a superb record. Here's more to look forward to:
Incognito - Surreal - March 27th
Madlib - Seeds March 27th
Theesatisfaction - awE naturalE - March 27th
Part Time Heroes - Lightfalls - Out Now.
Sy Smith - Fast and Curious - Out Now.
Oh yeah, there's so much to add here because the grooves just keep on coming. I've been slacking a bit but I promise to do better, starting now. Plenty of hot joints for the month of November and here are a few of them.
MeShell Ndegeocello Weather Out now Georgia Anne Muldrow Owed To Mama Rickie Out now Mark De Clive Lowe Renegades Out now J*Davey New Designer Drug Nov. 22th
As we kick off 2011 there several records to keep your eye on, especially the new Reel People release "Golden Lady". Their first two releases "Second Guess" and "Seven Ways To Wonder" are essential to any lover of soulful dance music and this one is no exception. "Golden Lady" features appearances by Darien, Tony Momrelle and Choklate and it drops on January 24th. Also look out for the following:
Deborah Jordan What You See Out now. Opolopo Voltage Controlled Feelings Out now Danay Suarez The Havana Cultura Sessions Out now Maddslinky Take A Chance Out now. Talib Kweli Gutter Rainbows Coming Soon
We all gave Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings last release "100 Days and 100 Nights" repeated listens and thought that it can't get better than this. Yes it can! Their new release "I Learned The Hard Way" is every bit as good if not better. The band is one of the tightest around and Sharon Jones has a voice to be reckoned with. This one is a no-brainer so add it to your shopping list along with the others.
Georg Levin - Everything Must Change Out now. King Britt - The Intricate Beauty Out now. Little Brother - Left Back April 20th Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma May 4th
As I patiently waited for my Sade and Silhouette Brown albums to arrive, I received a surprise; a brand spanking new album by Adrianna Evans. For those soul music lovers who fiended for her 97 debut, you're going to love this one. "Walking with the night" is every bit as good as the first with some 70's flavored soul tunes that will have you, your mama and your grandmama head noddin'. Here's what else to look for:
Maysa Woman in Love Out now. Gil Scott-Heron I'm new here Out now. Georgia Anne Muldrow Kings Ballad Out now. Matthew Halsall Coulour You Out now. Soulpersona Soulacoaster Out now. Raheem DeVaughn The love and Masterpiece March 1st.
This has been such a great year for Futuristica with Emanative, Deborah Jordan, Jazz Chronicles and now Sun Circle. The pairing of Simon S and Deborah Jordan has resulted in sublime string laden downtempo music. With Deborah's vocals and Simon's production, you can't go wrong. Here's a list of other dope releases on the horizon:
Jose James BlackMagic Feb. 1st Sade Soldier of Love Feb 9th Silhouette Brown 2 Feb. 8th Four Tet There is Love in you Jan. 25th Build An Ark Love Out now Phlash and Friends Deep Electronic Sound Out now
October is providing lots of tasty musical treats so look for some dope releases to drop just about every week. We're looking forward to SA-RA member Shafiq Husayn's release "Shafiq En A-Free-Ka" and a couple of gems from Ubiquity: Shawn Lee & Clutchy Hopkins and Clonious. On the house tip, there is the new release from Opolopo entitled "Beyond Jipangu".
N'Dambi Pink Elephant Oct. 6th Me'Shell Ndegochello Devil's Halo Oct. 6th Clonious Between the dots Oct. 13th Shawn Lee & Clutchy Hopkins Fascinating Fingers Oct. 13th
Ok, obviously I've neglected this page for some time. Not on purpose of course but while editing the other pages it appears that one became the fall guy. I promise to do a better job, starting now with a bunch of wonderful upcoming must haves.
It's only fitting that I start with a new Guynamite release since the last time I updated this page was when Guy (Guynamite) Benton dropped his first ep. That one was dope as well as the second one and this one is no exception. Cool soulful vocals and funky nusoul grooves are the driving force behind this collection. Check it out and you'll understand where I'm coming from. Plus many more.....
Eric Roberson Music Fan First August 25th Kimberly Nicole The Yellow Brick Journey August 25th Jose James Black Magic October 26th 4Hero Extensions October 26th
Some of the upcoming releases I can't wait to get my hands on:
Domu presents Pete Simpson: Look A Little Further: There are 12"'s available to whet your appetite this album promises to be one of the biggest this year. Quality soul with an eighties feel to it. Pete Simpson is someone to watch out for. Great voice.
Zed Bias has been hard at work at the boards crafting some killer remixes. Somehow, he found time to create "Experiments With Biasonics Vol.1" on Sick Trumpet. Check out "Smile Within Feat. Fyza". Soulful and sublime!
Amp Fiddler now has a US release for Afro Strut. The US release features some new additions, including the remix of "If I don't" feat. Corrine Bailey Rae.
Guynamite feat. Selina Campbell: Those Eyes: High quality Broken soul from the Guynamite EP Vol.1
And also on Sick Trumpet, Michelle Amador returns with "Because Of You". Check out the Yoruba remix. Wicked!