Yesterday we informed you of the upcoming release of Ledisi’s 4th Studio Album Turn Me Loose. Since then I’m even more excited about it b/c I listened to a few snippets @ her site and I’m already in love w/ it. Growth is apparent! The album sounds as fabulous as she looks! To prove it to you we wanted to present you with the new single for you to hear it yourself.

Goin’ Thru Changes

The CD/DVD set is now available for preorder @ Amazon so order now!

Bassist Michael Olatuja’s new album Speak is available now! You may have heard of him, he’s only played with Terence Blanchard, Patti Austin, Lisa Stansfield, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, and Gretchen Parlato to name a few. It’s filled with great soulful vibes plus a name I haven’t heard in years, Teri Walker. Terri blesses the track Little Sister in her signature style and leaves the track smoking. Features also include Ty and the recently departed Lynden David Hall.

Michael Olatuja – Little Sister feat Terri Walker

New music by Kev Brown, Random Joints, hit the web last week for online downloads at only $7.99. My favorite is The Hennessy Joint which recalls some of the butter production that made me fall in love with Kev Brown back in the day. Check Moovmnt to hear Lord Help Me and check out the video for Random Joints below. Pick up the album and support the real hip hop

Kev Brown – The Hennessy Joint feat Kenn Starr, Wayna, Raheem Devaughn, Eric Roberson and Dre King

San Diego based hip-hop group Deep Rooted returns with the track “From the Heart” off their recent, self-titled release. The group of producer Mr. Brady, rapper Johaz, vocalist Just Brea, and DJ Artistic blend a nu-soul feel with hip-hop production to forge a unique sound. In “From the Heart” the beat is straight-ahead, but synth riffs make the time go by in the most soulful way. Meanwhile, singer Just Brea helps create an old school hook that is too in the pocket to not bop your head to. Guest artist, and rising hip-hop star Blu comes in for a verse and his flow mixes right into the Deep Rooted recipe. Look for the self-titled D.E.E.P. R.O.O.T.E.D. out online and in stores everywhere via Clear Label Records

Deep Rooted – From the Heart feat. Blu

Flaunting one of the groups’ most immediate attributes, “Soul,” from Crown City Rockers’ upcoming album The Day After Forever is a perfect primer as to where the Bay Area group’s collective head is at. Over a driving, Bobby Byrd influenced drum track with overlayed jazz chords, emcee Rashaan Ahmad spits tongue twisting rhymes aimed at starting the party. The beat keeps it rough while the rhymes are smooth as an Adidas track suit, and if you close your eyes you can virtually see the hands in the air. The Day After Forever will be out September 29th on Gold Dust. Look for the group’s spectacular live show coming to a city near you soon afterwards

Crown City Rockers – Soul

This is the first single taken from the upcoming Nicolay album “City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya“, in stores September 15 on Foreign Exchange Music/HBD. Music by Nicolay/Lyrics and vocal arrangement by Phonte Coleman All lead and background vocals by Carlitta Durand

Nicolay – Lose Your Way feat Carlitta Durand
Nine years & some change ago, the Indie Soul scene was introduced to a fire cracker of a voice by the name of Ledisi. Living up to her name which means “to bring forth”; she presented us with her 1st studio album Soulsinger: The Revival, that did just that… it brought us “undergrounders” forth in droves.
Wrapped up in this 17 track album were powerful vocals that commanded your mood to just chill. Not a serene kinda chill though, more of a grown & sexy kinda “let’s drink a glass of Cabernet and unwind” kinda chill. She applied a perfect balance of soul and jazz with her own spin to it. The jazz instrumentation accompanied by her [now signature] scatting made it a very entertaining body of work.

As the time draws near for the release of her 4th studio album; Turn Me Loose, [dropping 18th of August] I thought I’d remind ya’ll of where she’s coming from, because she evidently comes with something greater each time! Here’s a lil sum’n sum’n from the B side of Soulsinger, the side I killed over and over and over…

I Want’cha Babe

Please don’t make the same mistake! This BK spitter/graphic designer has just made leaps into my fave emcees list! Here are a few joints for you to listen to, to make you believers as well. Also check out his myspace page and peep the joint, Jump, with Jesse Boykins III.
His album, Gorgeous Killer drops next month and you can pre-order it now, I have.

Gotta Go (produced by DJ Spinna)

Untucked Nunchucks (produced by Ski Beatz)

Hanging On feat P.Casso & Print

As promised, I’m back with the review of Ms. Muldrow’s tribute to the Ancestors; Umsindo which drops July 28th, yup, that’s tomorrow! A cohesive album that reminded me of the era when there was gusto in a woman’s voice. A time when you heard the words, but you felt the soul. A soul that lives throughout this body of work, and stays true to the name and definition of the album… Umsindo… “sound” in the Zulu language.

With 24 noteworthy tracks it’s easy to speak about the album as a whole. It has a “let’s kick it and listen to some good music, and maybe have a jam session” kind of vibe [a la Fonky Day]. You don’t have to be solely paying attention to the album to hear it. It reaches out to you even if you’re fully engaged in conversation. The instruments used to manipulate each song grab your attention. The words, you can’t help but hear em. It’s like you’re going about life being productive and you hear something profound, the good thing is you’re able to hit rewind to see what exactly she said.

“Walk in happiness & don’t let it go , even if this world grows cold… You got it, complete & whole, you’ll be fine cuz you’ve got soul” Words to live by, sum’n to motivate you thru the day. Words like that you’ll hear in Generation/You Got It. Jina Langu Ni Afrika (My Name Is Afrika) and Idlozi are just two of the tracks that would appeal to any dancer because of the drumming. Accompanying her singing &/chanting are the drums. Growing, swelling, then fading as it subtly controls your every move [and repeat].

To keep on her constant path to enlightenment and education she speaks truth & life into John De Conqueror, Uhuru Flight, and Caracas. She speaks of past struggles, current battles and the hope of moving forward over ill intricate loops, sounds, and beats. Voicing her opinion in ways that may piss off some; she flows ever so sickly as she switches between rapping and singing to get the desired effect… to get your attention.

Ms. Muldrow delivered with the reverberation that is Umsindo. The stellar production that can be found in anything Muldrow touches is clearly on display in this her 3rd studio album. The beautifully written personal invitation into her world via E.S.P and Roses is such a testament.

For the aforementioned reasons Pink Bubblegum gives Umsindo 6.5 out of 7 Head Nods.

Head Nod Scale
1=Don’t waste your time like I did mine.
2=Waste your time like I did mine but I dare you to disagree.
3=Well, there was the single.
4=If it were a hand in spades there’s “two and a possible”.
5=It’s a “good” album. Meaning at least 3 or 4 solid songs.
6=Really Good Project. Has the “Rewind Factor” more than once.
7=The number of completion. Great Album. Instant Classic.

I found this groovy little pill at our affiliate, Nu-Soul Magazine’s dope dope site. I haven’t listened yet but the track list already kicked off my high. Come and get you some’a this fix, it’ll get you high. Here’s a list of the stimulants… we don’t mess w/ depressants, strictly uppers baby!

AURAL FIXATION by RedLight + DJ AudioMoe
1 :: Git Steppin :: Hi-Tek
2 :: Touch Me Wit Ur Handz (Featuring Chinah Blac) :: DJ Jazzy Jeff
3 :: Keep Your Head Up :: Laurnea
4 :: Stoplayin :: Musiq
5 :: So Good (Dirty) Electrik Red
6 :: Virtual Insanity (Peace of Mind Mix) :: Jamiroquai
7 :: Run To The Sun :: N*E*R*D
8 :: Why Just Be Friends :: Joe
9 :: Come See Me:: Vikter Duplaix
10 :: U Know What’s Up :: Donell Jones
11 :: : If I :: Justin Timberlake feat TI
12 :: :: You’re Not My Girl :: Ryan Leslie
13 :: Liztomania (Classixx Remix) :: Phoenix
14 :: What’s Done Is Done :: Marina Chello
15 :: Paris (Aeroplane Remix) :: Friendly Fires
16 :: Constant Surprises :: Little dragon
17 :: popular too (HAKmix) :: Jimi James
18 :: You Know What :: N*E*R*D
19 :: Walking On A Dream :: Empire of the Sun
20 :: Horizon (Aaron Jerome 2/4 Mix) :: Roy Davis Jr (feat. Terry Dexter)
21 :: Hang Around :: Ben Westbeech
22 :: Golden Boys :: Res
23 :: Red Light Special :: TLC
Download link HERE