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
Hi Soulsters! Check out the video for Janelle Monae’s new single, “Yoga”. Now, she’s singing about my favorite thing to do, so I will give her a pass on that. The song carries the “ATL sound”…which I’m not too crazy about but I love her artistry. It looks like she is going in a more mainstream direction. What do you think of this?
“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
Hariet by Dangerfeel Newbies is a brilliant concept album inspired by the story of Mr. Dangerfield Newby, one of five African-Americans of the John Brown party. I love music that entertains, inspires as well as teaches listeners something of value. Dangerfeel Newbies is based out of Atlanta, GA and consists of Jamal Ahmad, (DJ) Mark Angel (DJ) and Darren Wagner (DJ, Keyboardist, Musician).
Hariet’s sound encompasses so many genres such as House, Soul, Funk, Jazz and a little Hip-Hop and it all flows together effortlessly. When Hariet opens with the smooth jazz feel of“Hariet’s Theme” and goes right into the groovin’, “You Make Me Something” featuring Lamaj, you know you are about to embark on a wonderful wave of music. Songs like, “Shine” featuring Mashan Da’Lyric, and “Swinging with the New Jacks” are so melodically refreshing and uplifting. They both either make you want to dance or nod your head to the rhythms in appreciation. The world renowned vocalist and jazz artist, Julie Dexter is also featured in “I’ve Got To Live My Life”. A lovely song about making a change, her voice and the track just take you away. It’s just beautiful.
If you haven’t heard of them yet or you have and haven’t had the chance to check this album out, please just do it. You will love this album. It should serve as a collector’s item for all of the real music heads out there. By the way, take the time to research the rich history of Mr. Dangerfield Newby and his story. This is a perfect example of music entertaining us and bringing somewhat obscure information about our history to the forefront. Check out Hariet and let them know what you think!
Dangerfeel Newbies, Hariet is now available on iTunes
Dangerfeel Newbies Official Website
Dangerfeel Newbies, “Shine”
Dangerfeel Newbies, “Always With Me”
So while on hiatus I’ve been on YouTube following my favorite web series, Black and Sexy TV’s, “That Guy”. Let me tell you this series has me on the edge of my seat literally! It follows the every day ‘hood adventures of best friends, Judah (as seen through his camcorder), Deon, and Mike along with a supporting cast of colorful and real characters that round out this playful and engaging series. This is an independent production written, directed and produced by the super talented Jeanine Daniels, who also plays Deon. I have fallen in love with this show and can’t wait to tune in every week. The season finale aired last week and boy was it a doozey!
While watching this series along with many of the others (“Roomieloverfriends”, “Hello Cupid”, “Yellow“) that Black and Sexy TV offers (for free I might add), the music lover in me just couldn’t help but find myself groovin’ to the music that plays throughout each episode. I mean, the music is really off the chain and accompanies the scenes so well. If I’m not mistaken, I believe Ms. Daniels also has a hand in choosing the songs that will be in the show…if I read the credits correctly. Well she definitely knows music, what’s hot and how it can frame a scene. Many of the songs highlighted throughout the series serves as a platform for incredibly talented independent artists to have their music heard on the popular YouTube channel. Black & Sexy TV is giving these artists much needed exposure and love which I can certainly appreciate.
Now they have released free downloadable mix tapes for their series’ in the past and this current release is the second for “That Guy”; it’s also the best one so far. It has a mix of Soul, R&B as well as Hip Hop. I was so happy they decided to put out a soundtrack to this particular episode. These songs are bangin’ and I’m sure there was a high demand for the music from the fans this go round. Songs like, “Love Love” by Belvi, “Slip Away” by illCamille, “Cravings” by GTW and Befang, and “Crusin’ Down LaBrea” also by Belvi are my standout favorites on this offering. Just real chill and laid back sounds and vibes. Love it!
You can find the free downloads for the “That Guy” Mixtape, Vol. 2 here as well as free music downloads for their other shows. Good music and it’s FREE! Is that awesome or what?
Check out the Black and Sexy TV channel on Youtube here. The season finale is available here. This episode is $3, however, it’s 45 minutes long and if you are a fan of the show, it’s definitely worth that and more. Support these folks and what they are trying to do with independent film and music!
Love Love by Belvi
Upcoming Fall Releases (that I am sooo looking forward to!)
The Foreign Exchange – Love In Flying Colors – Release Date: Sept. 24th. Nicolay and Phonte are back with their fourth studio album release since 2010’s “Authenticity”. I absolutely love this team and the story behind how these two joined forces and became the dynamic group they are today. Their combination of Soul, Hip Hop, R&B and Alternative Rock, leaves room for everyone to enjoy their music. FE fans know that Nicolay’s undeniably infectious tracks, and Phonte’s smooth vocals, never disappoint. There will be guest features as well on this album (which is expected with The Foreign Exchange experience). I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us with “Love in Flying Colors”. The awesome promotional trailers for the album as seen on their website, wets the appetite for what is sure to be another FE banger! From what I’ve heard so far, I know this album will be in constant rotation on my iPod for MONTHS.
Amel Larrieux – Ice Cream Everyday – Release Date: Oct. 1st. We haven’t heard from this lovely songbird in six years, so when she released her single “Afraid” this summer, I was extremely happy to hear new music from her. If the lead single is any indication, “Ice Cream Everyday” promises to be a wonderful collection of Soul and R&B that we have missed since Ms. Larrieux stepped away from the scene. We all missed her, and we welcome her back with open arms.
Slakah The Beatchild – Love Movement Vol. 2 – Release Date: TBD – Now, I have been anticipating this album ever since I heard his previous 2008 release of the vibilicious (is that a word??) “Love Movement Vol. 1”, along with all of Slakah’s fans, I have been waiting impatiently for the follow-up to that masterpiece of beats, rhymes and rhythms. Well according to Slakah, it is on its way! Yayy! We just don’t know exactly when yet, but possibly this fall. Hopefully it will see the light of day REAL soon. In the meantime, I will just continue to vibe to Vol. 1 and the great “Something Forever” until he blesses us with Vol. 2. I will continue to wait…(sigh)