First Listen: Alexander O'Neal, Christopher Williams and Gregg Jackson give us "Roses"
(September 28, 2020) Mark “Return of the Mack” Morrison might be considered a one-hit wonder by many listeners in the States. The distinctive hip-hop R&B crooner has remained a prolific artist and producer, however, over the last two decades. Following a number of impactful single releases in Europe, the artist has recently shifted his focus to running a label, Mack Life Records.
First Listen: DBJ says "A Change Must Come"
(September 28, 2020) With the unjust killings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor still fresh on our minds and the recent passing of civil rights icon and “good, necessary trouble” ambassador Rep. John Lewis leaving a void almost impossible to fill, artists all over are turning up the volume with new music to get their frustrations out and to galvanize listeners to make necessary change. Now more than ever, as political and social unrest reaches a fever pitch, the use of the protest song has become our North Star.
Today In Music History: Curtis Mayfield triumphs over paralysis with "New World Order"
September 27, 1996: Curtis Mayfield triumphs over paralysis with his final album, New World Order
He is undoubtedly one of the most important artists of the second half of the twentieth century, and the King of Conscious Soul. Curtis Mayfield pulled few punches in his thoughtful, insightful soul music in the 60s and 70s, addressing issues of race, class and justice while at the same time delivering the grooves.
First Listen: Chance Hayden and Sarah Clarke feel the "Comedown"
(September 27, 2020) Delivering a track that is both melodic and a bit retro, guitarist Chance Hayden brings vocalist Sarah Clarke along for the ride on his latest single, "The Comedown," his lead single from his forthcoming sophomore project, Grab and Go.
First Listen: Rahbi has found his "Weekend Lover"
(September 25, 2020) The year 2020 is a time for artists to address the serious social issues of the day. But it’s also a good time for some fun and sexy music. And Atlanta based soul man Rahbi gives us a 1980s era blue light in the basement slow jam with “Weekend Lover.”
First Listen: Tony, Toni, Tone's Elijah Baker finds something "Special" with Park Avenue
(September 24, 2020) Soul music fans know the name Elijah Baker, Jr. for his role as a founding member and bassist of the legendary act Tony, Toni, Tone. But he has also established a career as a sought-after musician and producer for such acts as Alicia Keys and Lucy Pearl.
Elijah has a new project with a bunch of established Oakland East Bay musicians called Park Avenue, and the group’s first single is a cool nighttime jam that pays homage to great women around the world while captivating with its mellow groove.
Alexi Paraschos song turns into accidental "COVID Wedding" anthem
By Alexi Paraschos
First Listen: Ingram Street wants out of "The Friend Zone"
(September 24, 2020) Brothers Woody and Minquel Ingram have specialized in redefining what we see as throwback or old school. Those terms bring to mind the stuff we grooved to in the 1960s or 70s, but the siblings who comprise the Ohio based duo Ingram Street find their musical inspiration from a later era.
First Listen: Bootsy funks it up with George Benson and Brian Culbertson
(September 23, 2020) Few people know more about funk music than Bootsy Collins. He got an early education by being a bass player in James Brown’s band. He then became a key part of the free-wheeling P-Funk family as the leader of Bootsy’s Rubber Band, where his funky dance anthems, romantic ballads kept dance floors crowded. Bootsy was among the funk pioneers who seeded the ground for hip-hop.
First Listen: Brennan Williams brings a Stevie classic forward on "Black Man"
(September 22, 2020) Two seminal events in black history occurred in 1976. Negro History Week became Black History Month in February of that year, and Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life was released in the fall of that year. That legendary album went on to dominate a year that included works by The Isley Brothers, Parliament, The Commodores, Steely Dan, Earth, Wind & Fire, Fleetwood Mac, Linda Rondstadt, and Billy Joel, just to name of few.