Archive for category R & B
Last week I started a Ja Rule Pandora station and I have been touring through the Hip Hop Top 40 from m early 20′s. Today’s selection has been a constant presence on the channel during my time at work. It still causes me to bounce with the light and bubbly beat, plus you are treated the vocal stylings of the very underrated Ashanti.
There was a time when she was a legitimate rival to Beyoncé, J-Lo, and Mariah Carey. She may have fallen from the bright lights but her style stills holds to this day. Fat Joe is not all-time great in my opinion, but the jam was a favorite of mine at the time and it will force me to always remember the ring leader of The Terror Squad.
Hope you’re having a great Throwback Thursday!
After taking SWSX by storm Emily Bell fans are anxiously waiting for the release of In Technicolor. The Lone Star State songstress is full of both sophisticated soul and strutting rock ’n’ roll. Her eclectic background of musical theater, R&B, and rock has coagulated to form an elemental force that takes over the stage, all the while making it look effortless.
In Technicolor, Bell‘s debut album, has nine tracks laid through Delta blues, ‘60s rock, girl-group glam and Motown power. With John Evans, her producer, co-writer, guitarist and partner, Bell has crafted the “here I am” statement she’s been working toward for years. She likes to call it “technicolor rock ‘n’ soul.”
I have selected three tracks from the upcoming release that I found insatiable. Bell called to me like a siren today and her sassy tone brings out my inner ‘smart-ass kid’ and this kid loves Fridays.
“When I listen to a song, colors and scenery flood through my head,” Bell explains. “Music and imagery and visualization are so tied together. That’s why music is so powerful. I hope that when people listen to my music, they get an intense, visceral experience.”
- Daily Downloads (Emily Bell, Hallelujah the Hills, and more) (largeheartedboy.com)
Man I am so sorry I’m late on this but if you didn’t get your hands on the four tracks Scolla released back in January and February then here is your chance to hear some new tracks that are so nice that they owned Twitter for a couple of weeks before SXSW.
Late Friday night Scolla shot me a couple tweets to check up and make sure that we were doing alright out here on the left side of the country. After exchanging some pleasantries he let me know that he is finishing up some more projects and getting ready to tour this Summer. If you didn’t know he was a featured artist at SXSW, marking his third year at the festival.
This music blogger has been sucked into the 8tracks.com world. For the last three weeks I have been addicted to listening to anything and everything that comes up on the mixtape site. I enjoy services like Pandora and Slacker, I have yet to try Spotify, but I feel like 8tracks allows listeners to connect with other music lovers rather than a logarithm that predicts what they might like. The mixes I have found on the site a so case specific that I challenge anyone to find a playlist on the site that isn’t perfect for your current mood.
It is Monday and I am having a tough time staying focused at work. We received some crazy news last night from the President. Still not sure how I feel about it, but I definitely know that I have witnessed something memorable.
Speaking of memorable, I can’t stop thinking about Jill Scott. Back in the middle of April she premiered the new video for “Shame” the first single off her upcoming album The Light of the Sun. To say that I have been anxiously awaiting something new from her is an understatement. She has officially posted an expected date for the album’s release, June 28th. PRE-ORDER NOW
Has it really been two weeks since my last post?? I can hardly believe it myself, but that is what happens when March Madness hits. Last week I was on the road visiting Greeley, Colo. for the Big Sky men’s basketball championship. If you were lucky you could see me on ESPN2 handing out t-shirts. I then moved on to Portland, Ore. later in the week for the Big Sky women’s basketball tournament. Then this week brought on the beginning of the NCAA tournament. Needless to say basketball has been front and center in my life since you last heard from me.
Today is Valentine’s Day and I would be remiss if I didn’t put something up on the blog. At first I had an idea of writing an anti-Valentine’s post, but honestly no one really hates the holiday. They just end up hating it certain years, or even decades. Eventually we all end up finding someone we love and this holiday will no longer be the albatross hanging around our necks. Instead of creating a list of songs that fit V-day, I thought I would recommend five love songs and let you decide if they fit your Valentine’s Day. I have made some small recommendations and these comments should be a nice road map as to which song I have selected for you and your situation.
Sometimes we need a smooth jam to fill the void that we are feeling. After last week’s build up to the New Year’s Eve, I got burnt out on up-tempo club jams. I needed something to pull me in and relax my mind, rather than urging me to get up and dance.
James Blake’s “Wilhelm Scream” caught my attention this week and has been a great distraction from the real world. His self titled EP will be out February 7th, but it turns out that most of the album has leaked. The sample below is from a live performance on BBC Radio 1.