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First Listen: The Brand New Heavies are "Wired Up"
(September 20, 2019) Longevity in the music industry certainly speaks to the perseverance of the artist, especially through the high tech changes that dominate the new millennium. Incognito and The Brand New Heavies (TBNH) are two pioneering musical ensembles that created a special era in the eighties and nineties called acid jazz – fusing elements of urban influenced genres. The good news is that both of them are still cranking out those joyous vibes from yesteryear today.
First Listen: Christopher Holland and Katy Shotter create something "Fantastic"
(September 20, 2019) Fans of the rock group Squeeze or of British TV certainly know the name Jools Holland. Fewer, particularly here in the US, know his talented brother, English keyboard player, singer and songwriter Christopher Holland. As part of the Jools Holland, Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Chris has played with such soul legends as Al Green, Solomon Burke and Mavis Staples.
First Listen: New artist Day Kornegay is "Automatic"
(September 20, 2019) Day Kornegay’s musical journey was inspired by singing in church, continued with studies at NYC’s famed LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, then in short time expanded to studio recording for major labels, tours around the world singing onstage with famed celebrities.
The young talent breaks out with his debut EP and a sound that is both classic and up to date. We’re completely digging the upbeat first single, “Automatic,” a cool blend of New Jack Swing and modern R&B that is an infectious as it is danceable.
First Listen: David Porter relives a classic with Sarah Grace
(September 18, 2019) When it comes to musical legends, they don’t get much bigger than David Porter. The renowned songwriter and producer is a cornerstone of historic Stax Records. His songs, many co-written by fellow legend Isaac Hayes, drove Stax to the top of the charts and provided us with the soundtrack for many of our lives.
First Listen: The Ashton Jones Project funks it up on "Wah Wah"
(September 18, 2019) I always tell people who pine for something a grittier and less digital that there are artists out there capable of providing the sound that they want. Case in point is the outfit whose song is featured in this First Listen, The Ashton Jones Project. Their single “Wah Wah” has both feet planted firmly and welded into the analog world. Yes, that’s an electric guitar and piano that you hear. Yes, those are real drums and that horn section would do Tower of Power proud.
Incognito to release new album feat. Maysa, Phil Perry and more
(September 18, 2019) British acid jazz band Incognito release their new album ‘Tomorrow’s New Dream’ on November 8th 2019, and have announced a huge homecoming London show at Indigo at The O2 on December 4th 2019, marking an incredible 40 years since their formation.
First Listen: Yola is stunning on "Faraway Look"
(September 17, 2019) We’re not sure how you would classify UK singer and songwriter Yola, so we won’t try. We’ll just listen instead. Yola had spent much of the last decade as a background singer for such artists as The Chemical Brothers and Iggy Azalea, but she was born to move to the front of the stage.
First Listen: Lillo Thomas returns with a drink or two
(September 17, 2019) Lillo Thomas, like all people, has lived a life comprised of many chapters. The major difference is that as an athlete and singer, Thomas’ successes and setbacks play out in the public sphere. Thomas’ originally came to the public’s attention as a world class track athlete. Thomas set a world record in the 200 meters at age 16, qualified for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, and likely would have won a gold medal. However, a car accident ended his Olympic dreams.
Happy 80th birthday to the 5th Dimension's Lamonte McLemore
He is a true Renaissance Man, who has made a name for himself in sports, music and photography. And today he turns 80. Happy birthday to the legendary Lamonte McLemore.
First Listen: Tamaraebi knocks on "Heaven's Gate"
(September 16, 2019) Affecting and evocative, with all the intensity of a prayer yet the fervor of an R&B torch ballad, it's hard to ignore Tamaraebi's latest single, "Heaven's Gate." Penned and performed by the Nigerian-born musical prodigy (he recently scored a publishing deal with the iconic Sony/ATV), his style is distinctive yet familiar, combining a falsetto reminiscent of Maxwell and the carnality/spiritual meld of an early Prince as he conveys the heaven and hell of serial monogamy, feeding his physical desires with many even as his heart and soul endure the hol