Hi Soulsters! I came across this song a couple of months ago on MTV Jams and I am so hooked. This is on repeat here and I just wanted to share it with you all! Miloh Smith’s, “Pretty Dirty”, has a cool vibe and the video takes you on an ethereal journey along with the track. Miloh’s vocals are one with the track as it blends soul with a touch of hip hop. Love this!
Miloh Smith is an indie artist out of Atlanta, GA. You can check out her official website below. Let her know how you feel about “Pretty Dirty”. Are you feelin’ it?
Miloh Smith Official Website
What do you get when you come across an artist that has the sound of 70’s, 80s, and 90s R&B Soul with beautiful melodies and smooth vocals? You get an artist named Joonie with a masterpiece of a sophomore album called, “Contrast”.
Calvin “Joonie” Gary, Jr. is a singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and producer based out of Los Angeles, CA. He is also a multi-instrumentalist who plays most of the instruments on his latest album.
“Contrast” is the ultimate love album. Songs like “Wish Her The Best (Delilah, Part 2)”, “No Tears” are songs about ending a relationship, however, they are written with such love and care that you can’t help but feel good when listening to them. If someone were to leave you, you would want them to think and feel this way about you at the end of it all. Joonie is such a gifted songwriter that he places the listener right in the midst of what he is singing about. “For You”, “Far Away”, “Official” and “Life’s Better” are a few of the many standouts of the album.
The vocal arrangements, instrumentation and production on “Contrast” are tight and effortless. This album has such a lovely sound and vibe to it that you can’t help but reminisce about the songs of the old days. Songs that actually have song structure and nuances that are missing in today’s music. Joonie is a true artist along the lines of Prince in that he produces, writes and arranges his own music. You should really check this album out and spread the word! This music deserves to be heard. Check out the music below and let us know what you think!
“Contrast” is available on iTunes and on his official website here and here.
Music Video: “For You” by Joonie
“Far Away” by Joonie
“It’s a pity that if someone who has a really profoundly potent art to share chooses not to or doesn’t fit into this very thin slice of what’s desirable and marketable, chances are the public will never get a chance to hear what they’re doing”.
~Esperanza Spalding, Jazz bassist, Cellist and Singer
“As musicians and artists, it’s important we have an environment – and I guess when I say environment, I really mean the industry, that really nurtures these gifts. Oftentimes, the machine can overlook the need to take care of the people who produce the sounds that have a lot to do with the health and well-being of society.”
~ Lauryn Hill, Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Producer
“I hope to refine music, study it, try to find some area that I can unlock. I don’t quite know how to explain it but it’s there. These can’t be the only notes in the world, there’s got to be other notes some place, in some dimension, between the cracks on the piano keys.”
~Marvin Gaye, Singer, Songwriter, and Musician
Hey Soulsters! For this week’s Old School Saturday feature, we would like to honor, producer, arranger, instrumentalist, Quincy Jones’ birthday today. Since it’s Saturday, we thought is would be cool to remember Quincy Jones’ dance track, “Razzamatazz” featuring R&B and Jazz vocalist Patti Austin from the Grammy winning album, “The Dude” (1981).
House duo Masters at Work consisting of “Little” Louie Vega and Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez later released their House remix to this song in 2001 called, “Like a Butterfly (You Send Me)” with vocals from the great Patti Austin as well. Check it out below and get your dance on!
“The true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers.
~ Roy Ayers, Soul, Funk, Jazz Composer and Vibraphone Player
Hey Soulsters! We wanted to share with you our Old School Saturday pick for this week. All time great, Stevie Wonder’s, “Contusion”. This piece was introduced to the world in 1976 on his Songs in The Key of Life album. It’s not real popular as far as radio spins go, however, Stevie Wonder fans all over the world know and love this classic. He is currently performing it on his tour. Check out the original version from the album and his most recent performance of the song during his tour below.
Great isn’t it? Share your thoughts of this classic! Also if you have any artists or songs that you would like to see featured on Old School Saturday, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
“It’s always been a gift with me, hearing music the way I do. I don’t know where it comes from, it’s just there and I don’t question it“.
~ Miles Davis, Musician, Trumpeter, Composer
Eric Roberson is back with a video for his latest single off of his The Box album, “I’m Not Trying To Keep Score No More”. There are some of your favorite underground soul artists making cameos here. Can you spot them all? Check it out below. Enjoy!