Some RnB Albums you need in your life…

March 15th, 2011

How this guy slipped under my radar I am not 100% sure…His name is Anthony David. His music reminds me of Eric Roberson/Dwele but on a more chilled out vibe. Copped both of his album last night (The Red Clay Chronicles and As Above So Below both avaliable on Itunes) and I am really impressed. Perfect laid back music to work to…sounds even better now the sun is making regular apperences! Thanks to Coxhead for the heads up on this!

Anthony David “4Evermore” feat. Algebra & Phonte Official Video from As Above So Below, seriously good RnB!

Also need to mention Marsha Ambrosius’s album “Late Nights and Early Mornings“. Her first solo release after the split of Floetry, this album also fits the “nice RnB” tag definatly worth an hour of your time!

Aloe Blacc

March 13th, 2011

Aloe BlaccAccording to Wikipedia this guy has been active within the music industry since 1995, it is now 2011 – so why has it taken me so long to discover this guy!

Looks like it wasn’t until 2010 that things started to get really going Aloe. The reason I stumbled across him was that Bluey Robinson covered “I Need a Dollar” on his mixtape which was released last year…I didn’t realise this was a cover until I did some Googling last week and discovered Aloe was the man behind this record. From this I checked out his album “Good Thing”, safe to say I am highly impressed with this album well worth checking out

Professor Green

March 13th, 2011

Can’t lie when he first came out I thought he was a bit of a prick, but his music and personality have grown on me now safe to say I am a fan. I’ve been watching his YouTube Video Diaries from his tour and general antics over the past few months, and they are actually lol funny…for me anyway! You can watch them here http://www.youtube.com/user/professorgreentv.

I actually bought his album towards the end of last year and had it on rotation for a good few weeks. Just shows you should never judge an artist on first impression!

Latest YouTube Video…. This features his first single off the 2nd album (I think) the strings on this sound epic!

Tracks of my years

March 6th, 2011

I’m a big Ken Bruce fan, no denying that. Radio 2 is the daily listen in the office! One of the features that stand out is “Tracks of my years”. This is where a different person each week picks two tracks daily that have special meaning to them or just stand out for them!

So these are my tracks of my years all in one post, and a short description as to why they are in here! There are so many more I could include but these are the first ten that came into my head, so we will go with these…

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Ben l’Oncle Soul

March 5th, 2011

Bit of hunting around the web and I find myself coming across this guy. Only thing I know about him so far is he is french and he reminds me of Plan B/Raphael Saddiq cross. Really soulful vibe to his music and anything sung in a different language be it French/Spanish/Latin sounds alot better than English, no idea why, it just does?

http://www.myspace.com/oncleben

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March 5th, 2011

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Jessie J – “Who you are”… My Thoughts

March 3rd, 2011

Jessie J - Who you areSince January last year I have been waiting for this album to drop. Well it is now in my possession and it is totally not what I expected and if I am honest I’m a little disappointed. It might be that my first sightings of her were stripped back/acoustic versions that results in this album feeling a bit too complicated and over produced in places.

Since the start of the year the whole industry has been hyping about Jessie J. How she is the truth and a shinning star for the UK. Maybe with the disposable nature of the industry in 2011 that this album got rushed through production to make the most of the hype. Bringing the release date at the peak of a wave, was always going to be a good idea for the exec’s.

I’m not doubting her song writing ability or the quality of her voice just the whole “Who you are” project just seems a little rushed and the production has yet to win me over, which for me is a massive part of an album. Obviously this is just me looking in as an outsider, at the end of the day this is the music business and it’s about making money.

For me the two lead singles stand out from the rest of the album, which all follows a similar theme. Do it like a dude is so damn random compared the rest of the album (this was written for Rihanna originally, this is obvious when it sits with the other material on the album). Other tracks that stand out as possible singles are Abracadabra, Who’s Laughing Now nothing else leaps out at me after a couple of listens.

I’d still give the album a 7/10, just something about it that doesn’t quite sit well with me….maybe it will grow on me! Price tag will easily be my Top 10 singles of the year…if the album makes it into my Top 10 is another question!

J Dilla – Donuts

February 26th, 2011

Arguably one of the best, if not the best Instrumental albums out there! I could listen to this for days on repeat so damn Soulful…

Dilla - Donuts

Alex Mills

February 24th, 2011

Further to my post regarding Wretch 32’s new video featuring Alex Mills, who I rate highly here is an interview and performance from her. She has one of those voices I could to listen to repeatedly for hours!

Also you can download a free album (I Am She) of her music here < It's sick music for free!!

Wretch 32 ft Alex Mills – Anniversary (Fall In Love Again)

February 24th, 2011

Nothing makes me happier than a UK MC/Rapper on a slow beat especially when it is Wretch 32 . Check out his early mixtape Teacher Training Day for more examples, I’m not one of these people to start rating Wretch because he was on MTV’s and BBC’s people to watch in 2011 he’s been in my music collection since 2008.

It’s really nice to watch Wretch receiving the success he deserves, lyrically he is one of the best in the U.K and he is smashing the charts without compromising his sound massively! Of his latest tracks (Traktor/Unorthodox) to drop this is easily my favourite, also love the concept of the video so simple, no gimmicks – it just odes the job!

P.s. I also rate Alex Mills massively check out her A64 from last year