Joy Denalane – Maureen

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Born and raised in Berlin as the daughter of a German mother and a South African father, Joy Maureen Denalane has sung lyrics in various languages, including English and German as well as the South African languages Xhosa and Shangan. Although her stylish vocals and sounds are clearly influenced by artists ranging from Letta Mbulu to Lauryn Hill, her inspiration to do music, period, originates from hip-hop, especially that of female firebrands Salt-N-Pepa and Roxanne Shanté, which began seeping into Germany in the late ’80s.

“MAUREEN” is a skilful blend of all the elements that made Joy”s previous two albums (“Mamani” and “Born & Raised”) so unique: clear, direct and yet complex lyrics which strike the balance between being lyrical on one hand and effortlessly cool on the other, strong tracks and outstanding production which lies somewhere between modern soul, powerful funk and impressive hip-hop beats.

For more info and buy check: www.joydenalane.com

Tracklist

01. No More
02. Free
03. Time To Make a Change
04. Should Have Never (ft. Bilal)
05. Still Im a Woman
06. Where Do We Go
07. Picture Me
08. Steppin Up
09. Save a Little Love
10. Happiness
11. Roses
12. Roses
13. You Are Not The Only One
14. Chemical

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D’Angelo Albums!

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Michael Eugene Archer (born February 11, 1974), better known by his stage name D’Angelo, is an American R&B and neo soul singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is known for his production and songwriting talents as much as for his vocal abilities, and often draws comparisons to his influences, Marvin Gaye, and Prince. D’Angelo was one of the most influential artists during the rise of the neo-soul movement.

R&B vocalist, recording artist, composer, and producer. Formed group Michael Archer and Precise at age 16 and began writing original songs; won, along with rest of group, amateur contest at Harlem’s Apollo Theater three times; signed to EMI label at age 19; wrote and produced song “U Will Know” for Jason’s Lyric soundtrack; released Brown Sugar, 1995; released Voodoo, 2000.

1995 – Brown Sugar
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Tracklist

01. Brown Sugar
02. Alright
03. Jonz in My Bonz
04. Me and Those Dreamin’ Eyes of Mine
05. Shit, Damn, Motherfucker
06. Smooth
07. Cruisin’
08. When We Get By
09. Lady
10. Higher

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2000 – Live at the Jazz Cafe
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Tracklist

01. Me & Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine
02. Can’t Hide Love
03. Cruisin’
04. Shit, Damn, Motherfucker
05. Lady
06. Brown Sugar
07. Heaven Must Be Like This

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2000 – Voodoo
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Tracklist

01. Playa Playa
02. Devil’s Pie
03. Left & Right
04. The Line
05. Send It On
06. Chicken Grease
07. One Mo Gin
08. The Root
09. Spanish Joint
10. Feel Like Makin’ Love
11. Greatdayindamornin’ Booty
12. Untitled (How Does It Feel)
13. Africa

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2010 – Interpretations-Remakes
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Tracklist

01. Heaven Must Be Like This (Ohio Players)
02. Feel Like Making Love (Roberta Flack)
03. Cruisin’ (Smokey Robinson)
04. Your Precious Love (Feat. Erykah Badu) (Marvin Gaye & Tammie Terrell)
05. Girl You Need A Change Of Mind (Eddie Kendricks)
06. She’s Always In My Hair (Prince)
07. Can’t Hide Love (Earth, Wind & Fire)
08. I’m So Glad You’re Mine (Al Green)
09. Feel Like Making Love (LIVE) (Roberta Flack)
10. Sweet Sticky Thing (Ohio Players)
11. Give Me Your Love (Curtis Mayfield)
12. Cruisin’ (LIVE) (Smokey Robinson)
13. Use Me (Bill Withers)
14. Everybody Loves The Sunshine (Roy Ayers)
15. Superman Lover (Johnny Guitar Watson)

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Omar – Sing (If You Want It)

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Sing (If You Want It) is the sixth album by British neo-soul singer Omar, released in April 2006 on Omar’s own Ether label. Sing (If You Want It) was produced by Omar and his brother, Scratch Professer, and features guest appearances from long-time Omar fans Stevie Wonder and Angie Stone, as well as rapper Common and British artists Estelle and Rodney P.

Omar’s enviable career – which has seen him sell over half a million records – including his worldwide hit “There’s Nothing Like This”, in 1992, which captured the imagination of soul fans the world over; Stevie Wonder declared himself a fan on first hearing it, and vowed to work with him. His list of collaborators include Erykah Badu and legendary Motown producers Leon Ware and Lamont Dozier. Robert Luis summarises: “Omar is just a hugely influential and talented artist, and importantly he has always been respected by fellow musicians, which is proved by all the people queuing up to collaborate with him.”

Tracklist

01. Lift Off
02. Sing (If You Want It)
03. Be A Man (feat. JC Bentley)
04. Kiss It Right
05. Get It Together
06. Your Mess
07. All For Me (feat. Angie Stone)
08. It’s So…
09. Gimme Sum (Rap Version) (feat. Ashman, Canitbe, Common, Rodney P)
10. Feeling You (feat. Stevie Wonder)
11. Lay It Down (feat. Estelle)
12. I Want It
13. Stylin’ (feat. Angie Stone)
14. Ghana Emotion
15. Gimme Sum (Vocal Version) (feat. Common)

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Ntjam Rosie – Elle

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For her new album, Ntjam Rosie approaches a more jazz orientated direction compared to her first record “ATOUBA”. This time she found inspiration in artists like George Duke, Stevie Wonder, Patrice Rushen, Syreeta and Miriam Makeba. Artists who operate in the fields of soul, jazz and combine elements of Brazilian and African rhythms. The album breathes a late seventies sound with catchy hooks and fine sing along choruses.

For more info and buy check: www.ntjamrosie.com

Tracklist

01. Morning Glow
02. In Need
03. Space Of You
04. Serre Sa Main
05. Again & Again
06. Elle Part I
07. Roof Over My Heart
08. L’Amour (feat. Esperanzah)
09. In Your Hands
10. Elle Part II
11. Here

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Carlitta Durand – Nostalgic Nights

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Carlitta Durand, mostly know for his appearance on Little Brother and The Foreign Exchange albums has just released this free EP named “Nostalgic Nights” featuring productions from Brooklyn producer Jay Sentine, France’s Swan Dito, San Diego’s Abjo and Doug & Patty and M1 Platoon producer, Vaughn Garcia, enjoy!

for more info check: myspace.com/missdurand

Tracklist

01. Nostalgic Nights
02. Carl
03. Sweet July
04. Forrest Gump
05. Peace
06. Occupied
07. 23rd Floor
08. Lucky Star

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The Foreign Exchange – Authenticity

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“Authenticity” is the 3rd full-length from indie-soul duo The Foreign Exchange. Picking up where their 2008 Grammy-nominated “Leave It All Behind” set left off, “Authenticity” is the group’s most diverse work to date, with a tight, 11-track song cycle spanning the duo’s trademark brand of lush electronic soul, to stripped down acoustic pieces that recall the heyday of 70′s singer-songwriter driven folk. Featuring guest appearances from longtime contributors YahZarah, Darien Brockington, Zo! and Median, and also relative newcomers Chantae Cann and Jesse Boykins III.

for more info and buy check: www.theforeignexchangemusic.com

Tracklist

01. The Last Fall
02. Authenticity
03. Eyes To The Sky
04. All Roads
05. Fight For Love
06. Maybe She’ll Dream Of Me
07. Don’t Wait
08. Make Me A Fool
09. Everything Must Go
10. Laughing At Your Plans
11. This City Ain’t The Same Without You

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Leon King – The Digital Church

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Leon King  is British talent championed by Tyler Askew and soon to release an EP on Tyler’s My Favourite Things imprint. If you’re pining for an original UK artist to further the soul sound after Lewis Taylor then Leon could well be your man…These seven tracks cradle the listener into his world and sound. “Remedy” is the opening jam on a hip-hop beat, which unfolds immediately strong soulful vibes. In the 2nd tune “Lizard-Lude”, Leon’s vocal talent is already on display, accompanied by gentle bass and guitar chords. “ You’ll Never Know” is a very fine piece of contemporary Soul, winking an eye to R’n’B. “Fazed” is a romantic, heartfelt wail. The E.P. ends with 2 rather deep, soulful grooves. “Knowingness”, is a very fine, production floating on a gentle breeze. Whereas, “The Digital Church” is a very harmonious, elevating song, some kind of testament of what’s to come out of Leon King’s music. We believe there’s a bright future ahead of him as long as he sticks to his weapons: Soul and Inspiration.

for more info and buy check: www.arision.ithinkmusic.com

little preview (the quality is so bad):

Tracklist

01. Remedy
02. Lizard Lude
03. You’ll Never Know
04. Faze
05. Fazed Outtro
06. Knowingness
07. The Digital Church

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Noñameko – Goddess Vol.1

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Goddess makes a coherent statement about the ups and downs of life, consequences of our choices, love and relationships and it’s all wrapped up in a slightly surrealistic sometimes retro-istic genre-crossing gift wrap. Producers: Kankick, Mr. Rourke, Von Pea, Obsidian Blue, Steel Town Sounds, Caledon , and Dawu. Recorded by Rome at Gooney Tunes studio and mastered by Jay Soul “The Groove Architect”.

for more info and buy check: myspace.com/503206719
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Tracklist

01. What You Do
02. Brotha
03. Full Moon
04. Goddes (feat. Sole Profit)
05. Short Story (Mary Jo)
06. Dream
07. Solomon
08. Know Yourself
09. When Will I Learn

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Andreya Triana – Lost Where I Belong

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The widely hyped debut album from Ninja Tune’s latest rising star, Andreya Triana, Lost Where I Belong is a jazzy, noir-ish soul album that gives a full introduction to a vocal talent who’s previously worked with Flying Lotus, Theo Parrish and Mr Scruff, among others. The production and arrangements here ooze class (if, indeed, class can be a commodity that lends itself to the act of oozing) and that’s surely thanks to Bonobo’s Simon Green who man’s the controls on Lost Where I Belong. You may recall Triana gracing the latest Bonobo LP, supplying vocals to several tracks on the Black Sands tracklist, and the results on that occasion proved that these two certainly know how to bring the best out of one another. This time around, the musical accompaniment is considerably more subdued and organic, leaving Triana’s arresting vocal to take the central role. ‘Draw The Stars’ sets the scene with its ethereal plucked strings and woody rhythms, calling upon a flourish of orchestration when the moment comes. The remainder of the album is similarly well poised and resourceful, capturing a glazed over, downbeat feel that adds a little extra muscle and nuance to what might otherwise have come perilously close to a Morcheeba-esque exercise in trip-hop easy listening. Triana’s talents as a vocalist are what really come through clearest on this release though, and she proves suitably spellbinding whether she’s fronting uptempo, edgy soul numbers like ‘A Town Called Obsolete’ or the haunting chamber-folk of closer ‘X’.

for more info and buy: ninjatune.net/andreyatriana

Tracklist

01. Draw The Stars
02. Lost Where i Belong
03. A Town Called Obsolete
04. Darker Than Blue
05. Dyadreamers
06. Far Closer
07. Something In The Silence
08. Up In Fire
09. X

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Muhsinah – Day.Break 2.0

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Gripping vocals, inspired wordplay and thoughtful composition are just 3 of the elements that remain constant throughout day.break 2.0. Entirely self-produced, day.break 2.0 is in a sense a heartfelt homage to this young women’s inspirations and in another, a whimsical and revealing voyage down the road less traveled. Often times snatching inspiration out of the air, this classically trained pianist employs a limitless assortment of sonic elements to complete her hip hop inspired, soul experiments. With songs like “Discovery”, “Gogh” and “Only and Always” Muhsinah’s knack for evoking the head-nod seems almost intrinsic; all the while, delivering uniquely dynamic, stirring and technically superior vocals in songs like “Outsource” and “NetKnot”. Muhsinah’s overall choice of words and expressions leave her hovering between that of a “self-indulgent flower-child” and “post-modern idealist”. Whether conventional or unconventional in inception, Muhsinah’s music always seems to fall perfectly to the more palatable side of experimental. Unabashedly honest in so many ways, Muhsinah’s makes it clear that although the road less travel looks a bit un-kept and may present some dangers, it is assuredly the most fun path to tread.

Tracklist

01. A.M.
02. Construction
03. Discovery
04. One Again
05. Gogh
06. Outsource
07. Mine
08. Psychloan
09. Yiy
10. NetKnot
11. Millions
12. Only & Always
13. Bonus 1
14. Bonus 2

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Kissey Asplund – Plethora

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Plethora is the debut album from Swedish soul sensation Kissey Asplund, and is a genre-defying journey through jazz, hip-hop, electronic soul, all with a fresh future twist. Kissey takes us through a range of day to day stories of love lost and found, friendships betrayed, relationships on the rocks and even astral travelling. The album was entirely produced by Paris based hip-hop collective Papa Jazz Crew, and is a unique combination of future electronic soul beats and sweet jazz vocals.

for more info and buy check: myspace.com/kisseyasplund

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Tracklist

01. Still The Baddest
02. Beam Me Up
03. Caos
04. You & I
05. Entrapped
06. Fuss’n'fight
07. Hit Me With Medication
08. 6am
09. Another Glass
10. Syntax Error
11. Phone Call
12. Work It Out
13. With You
14. I’m Out!!!

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Homecut – No Freedom Without Sacrifice

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This album is the creative brainchild of Testament alongside a guest list including Soweto Kinch (Mercury Music Prize nominee), >Corinne Bailey Rae (Grammy Winner), J-Live (Rawkus / BBE), Andreya Triana (Flying Lotus / Bonobo), John Ellis (Cinematic Orchestra), kidKANEVIL (Statless) and Ty (Mercury Music Prize Nominee). An album with too many highlights to mention – from the futuristic soul of ‘Participant’ to the highlife hip hop of ‘Harmony’ and lead single ‘I Don’t Even Know’, this is a record bursting with invention, ideas and real music.

for more info and buy: myspace.com/homecut

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Tracklist

01. No Freedom Without Sacrifice
02. Participant
03. I Don’t Even Know feat. Corinne Bailey Rae & Soweto Kinch
04. Innovators (Nostalgically Speaking)
05. City Song
06. Not Far To Go
07. Ecclesiasters 3:11
08. Time Difference feat. J-Live
09. Ykte feat. Leesun
10. Night At The Fair
11. Bring It All Together
12. Harmony
13. Breakdown feat. Andreya Triana
14. All For Now

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Robert Strauss – Odyssey Man EP

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The concept of the ‘Odyssey Man EP’ was first conceived by Robert Strauss in 2006 as a way to bridge from abstract, spacey hip-hop, and beat-oriented experimental music to more song-based and melodically structures. He wanted to transfer this sound and vibe from the streets to a more mainstream urban, soul, r&b audience and he took his talent on a three-years odyssey to get the fusion and feelings just right. Its result is a truly soulful ep, which features the gifts of Ayah, Leroy Burgess and Richie Henessey.

for more info and buy: www.robertstrauss.com

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Tracklist

01. Odyssey Man feat. Ayah
02. Love & Self Respect feat. Leroy Burgess
03. True Lies feat. Richie Henessey
04. Odyssey Man (Instrumental)
05. Love & Self Respect (Instrumental)
06. True Lies (Instrumental)

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Zo! – Sunstorm

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“SunStorm” is the latest album from Detroit-area born, DC-area based producer/multi-instrumentalist Zo!  Best known for his 2008 collaboration with Phonte on the cult classic “Zo and Tigallo Love the 80′s” as well as his work on The Foreign Exchange’s Grammy-nominated LP, “Leave It All Behind,” ‘SunStorm” is an extensive 12-track set that shows the ever-expanding range and depth of Zo! and the entire Foreign Exchange Music family.
Indie soul siren and American Idol vocalist Sy Smith serves up a slice of 70′s soul on the breezy “Greatest Weapon Of All Time,” and Lady Alma, a Philly veteran and stalwart of the UK house scene, takes it to the dance floor on the frenetic “Free Your Mind.” The album’s lead single, “This Could Be The Night,” features Darien Brockington, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Eric Roberson, and Rapper Big Pooh of Little Brother over a thumping two-step groove specifically intended for the ‘steppers’ of Zo’s native Detroit. Another highlight is the Phonte-assisted “Flight Of The Blackbyrd,” Zo’s heartfelt homage to the 70′s jazz/funk fusion of The Mizell Bros. and George Duke.

for more info and buy: www.theforeignexchangemusic.com

Tracklist

01. Greater Than The Sun feat. Phonte
02. Greatest Weapon Of All Time feat. Sy Smith
03. Say How You Feel feat. Phonte & Carlitta Durand
04. For Leslie
05. Be Your Man feat. Darien Brockington
06. Free Your Mind feat. Lady Alma
07. SunStorm feat. YahZarah
08. If I Could Tell You No feat. Jesse Boykins III
09. This Could Be The Night feat. Eric Roberson, Darien Brockington & Rapper Big Pooh
10. Flight Of The Blackbyrd feat. Phonte
11. All Is Well With Love feat. Chantae Cann
12. Make Luv 2 Me feat. Monica Blaire

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Miles Bonny – Incense And Wine

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Slow rolling moody soul sounds from Miles Bonny – a mix of relaxed beatcraft that’s rich in hypnotic atmosphere! Beats, bass and keys flavor the sound, with Miles’ vocals laid down as part of the overall atmosphere as much as the driving force of the tunes, and makes for an interesting blend of danceable keys & synth soul to more of a headphones head nodding experience. Titles include “Spiritual Nutrition”, “Do You”, “Blue And Green”, “Satisfy”, “Never Be The Same”, “Joy”, “Shouts Out”, “Aggressively Calm”, “Marion Truth”.

for info and buy: milesbonny.com

Tracklist

01. Spiritual Nutrition
02. Do You
03. Words (I Love You)
04. Endless Possibilities
05. Blue And Green
06. Number 5
07. Satisfy
08. Never Be The Same
09. On Impulse
10. Green Chemical Lawns
11. Cans Ass City (Feel Sexy)
12. Something I Can Dance To
13. Joy
14. Shouts Out
15. Aggresively Calm
16. Marion Truth

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Aloe Blacc – Good Things

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Singer-rapper-musician Aloe Blacc first made a splash in the 1990s as part of the group Emanon with producer Exile. But since then, both have moved on, with Blacc taking to oddball hip-hop label Stones Throw. He worked heavily with brothers Oh No and Madlib to craft 2006′s Shine Through, which also marked Blacc’s proper debut. In the ensuing years, h caught the mainstream’s eye by providing the theme for HBO’s How to Make it in America. That track, “I Need a Dollar,” is also the lead single from his sophomore effort, Good Things, a blend of soul and funk with production from Truth & Soul and help from the Expressions and El Michels Affair.

Tracklist

01. I Need A Dollar
02. Good Things
03. Take Me Back
04. You Make Me Smile
05. Politician
06. If I
07. Momma Hold My Hand
08. Hey Brother
09. Femme Fatale
10. Green Lights
11. Miss Fortune
12. So Hard
13. Politician (Reprise)

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Neco Redd – No Discipline EP

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Neco Redd is a veteran singer and songwriter. She has toured with Kid Rock and Amp Fiddler of the legendary Parliament Funkadelic. Neco has pinned songs for diverse artists in the industry including “American Pimp” and “Fever” for Platinum Pied Pipers (PPP). She is currently completing her Songwriting project with her partner Nation and they together are known as Groverton Finch. She just released her debut project the NO Discipline EP which features emcees Finale and Fat Father and production by Tony Ozier, Chris Cobb, and Nick Speed of G-Unit. (spotted at bamalovesoul)

Tracklist

01. In The Name Of…
02. Nobody Wants U (feat Gorilla Funk Mob)
03. No Discipline
04. History (HIS- STORY)
05. Southern Lovin
06. When U Do What U Do
07. Until(Good Times) feat. Finale
08. Detroit City feat. Fat Father

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Full Crate & Mar – Conversations With Her EP

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Laidback beats, sparklingly atmospheric keys, hazy melodies and thick bass from Full Crate & Mar! It’s lovely, spacey and soulful sounding throughout — with Mar on vocals and Full Crate handling the productions. The standout gem “She Was Fly” is here in 2 versions, the main and a bonus versio with guest vocals by Eric Roberson — proving again why he’s one of our favorite soul vocalists if his generation. Other titles include “Aftersexin”, “I Said” and “Surreal Moments”.

Tracklist

01. She Was Fly
02. Aftersexin’
03. I Said
04. Surreal Moments
05. She Was Fly (feat. Eric Roberson)

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Jimetta Rose – The Barber’s Daughter

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The full length debut from Jimetta Rose — with spacey soul production and spiritually resonant lyrics — maid all the more rewarding thanks to warm, emotional vocals and deft vocal arrangements from Jimetta! We first heard Ms Rose providing a sweet vocal foil for Shafiq of Sa-Ra on his excellent En-A-Freeka — and she steps out wonderfully on The Barber’s Daughter. The spacey hip hop soul sound is akin to Georgia Anne Muldrow, but Jimetta has her own, perhaps more grounded and focused vibe than the astral atmosherics. Also like Georgia, she has a talent for arranging her vocals to lead, follow and respond to hypnotic effect . This set should be a harbinger for even more wonderful things to come — great set and likely to be one of our favorite independent soul efforts from the LA scene for a long time to come! Includes “Glory Us”, “Life Unfolds”, “Sweet Necessity”, “Revolution Out There”, “On My Own”, “Middow”, “Constellations”, “Drifting Far Away”, “So Easy” and more.

Tracklist

01. Intro (I Got A Dream)
02. Glory Us
03. Life Unfolds
04. Sweet Necessity
05. Revolution Out There
06. On My Own
07. Middow (Days Of Our Lives)
08. America (Revisited)
09. Constellations
10. Drifting Far Away
11. I Got God
12. So Easy
13. Outro (Heaven)

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