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10. BEYOND 2012 – DAM FUNK

Long name huh? LOL However, you will be surprise to know that he is one of the many producers still alive who actually play an instrument. Bus Crates 16-Bit Ensemble is hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is definitely in need of more ears. Bus Crates started out djing and producing some years ago. He is constantly working on music and elevating his sound. Even though he doesn’t claim to be a pianist, much of his music heavily consist of Moog Little Phatty and Wurlitzer 200a electric piano. He also uses Ableton Live 7 LE, percussion instruments, MPC 2000XL and vinyl which certifies him a gear junkie, in my opinion. Bus Crates is heavily influenced by Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Les McCann. Crates also draws inspiration from artist such as J Dilla (R.I.P) and DJ Spinna. In a world field with wanna be producers who get shine, Bus Crates seems to keep his head above water. So far, Bus Crates is staying on the grind and is not collaborating with a gang of people (YET) so he is definitely a producer that artists should want to work with soon.

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Bus Crates 7″ EP Available Here

Bus Crates 16-Bit Ensemble-No.10 (Moogies Discovery)

Bus Crates 16-Bit Ensemble– Broken Pencils

Iman Williams
is about to drop another project called The Planetarium EP along with working on her first album entitled Stupid Human Tricks,which you should hear very,very, soon. In the mean time, check out this joint Not 4 U from The Long Journey Back to Reality Pt. Deux remixed by Applejac.

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Iman Williams Reverbnation

Iman Williams- Not 4 U (remixed by Applejac)

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For as long as I’ve been living in Atlanta,GA, I’ve noticed a pattern in want to be hipster/alternative artists; yet, out of all that catastrophe, I’ve found an artist who is very
much a sleeper and needs to be the center of attention. Dezaray Dawn, an R&B/Electro/Broken-beat singer, born in Germany and a certified army brat, is a talented individual and deserves recognition. She would consider herself to be a self-described gypsy being that she has soared the different parts of the world during half of her lifetime. With that being said, it shows how diverse Dezaray‘s music happens to be. Much like myself, Dezaray is an MTV baby. She grew up emulating artist she viewed on her tv screen such as Prince,Michael Jackson (R.I.P), and Madonna. However, she notes Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, and Natalie Cole as inspirations. It doesn’t surprise me that Dezaray is a versatile artist considering the fact that her cousin is Anthony David, as are Sean Stockman of Boyz II Men and TamekaTinyCottle of X-Scape, who are all different in their right. Dezaray‘s sound is a sound that is sort of familiar, taking you to a place of Soul II Soul, Loose Ends, and Fertile Ground. At this moment, Dezaray is on the verge releasing her EP Chameleon. The Chameleon EP consists of songs like “Can’t Look Away“and self-title track “Chameleon” which are both my favorite and also, in my opinion, tell the story of what the artist is dealing with in life. Dezaray currently sings background with me every now and then and she has a very melodic voice and I am happy to say that we collaborate together. Dezaray and I talk frequently and she is more than excited to let the world hear what she has to offer. Hopefully, the world is ready for her and the message that she is sent to give. I am.

Dezaray Dawn on Twitter

Dezaray Dawn– “Chameleon”

Dezaray Dawn– “Can’t Look Down”

The down-to-earth songstress Brittany Bosco is back and she is preparing for her re-release of Spectrum Ep and her debut album Black. Brittany and Come Up Kids took the liberty of releasing a track for our listening pleasure. Unfortunately, this song did not make it on the re-release, good thing for us though 😉

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Brittany BoscoLemonade

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This young L.A. funkstress never ceases to amaze me. She has worked with the likes of Sa-Ra to Erykah Badu and you can catch her on the new Mos Def project “Ecstatic“. Somehow, there was an mp3 leak from the Georgia Anne Muldrow song library and as much as I enjoy purchasing good music, nothing wrong with a little freebie every now and then. Check it out and Enjoy!

Georgia Anne MuldrowE.S.P.

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There are not many independent artists at this moment that can say they sold 18,000 copies of their first release, digital and physical. When speaking of an artist like this, who comes to mind is R&B/Soul singer Havana. Havana has definitely blossomed in many ways. She has reached a new height in her music in such areas as verbally,mentally, and musically. I had the pleasure of speaking with the southern California bred songstress and I must say, she was as bubbly and humble as I expected. Havana discusses her feelings of the mainstream record industry, family, music, life goals, and reality. Per Havana, all of her music talks of the struggles she faced when dealing with her parents who are both trying to recover from drug addiction. While most people would still be in a state of coping and trying to find themselves during such a devastating time with a family member, Havana seemed to be fine and non-affected by the situation.
I commended her for that. It was living with her grandmother and keeping a positive mind frame which allowed her to fight against a future of turmoil and anguish. While speaking with Havana, we talked about the success of her 2005 debut release L.I.F.E. I wanted to know if there was a strategy to what she presented to the world that got the attention of so many people. According to her, there was no strategy. There were times when she did not know if she would even pursue her career in music because she was dedicated to family. Family meaning, her devoted husband and career partner Khadji and their three adorable children. However, Havana managed to find the strength and balance to complete her project. The L.I.F.E (Living In Fearless Emotion) album consisted of production by Detroit producer Waajeed (Slum Village, PPP, Tiombe Lockhart) and Nicolay (Foreign Exchange). The critically acclaimed L.I.F.E received good vibrations from many bloggers,music critics,etc. L.I.F.E also caught the attention of companies such as MTV, NBC, Scion, and Adidas which resulted in her receiving licensing deals. I wanted to know more about Havana and who inspired her to be on the musical journey she is on today. Havana mentioned names such as Mary J. Blige who you can definitely gather from her storytelling of hardships. When asked about a producer she would really like to work with, Havana‘s answer was Raphael Saadiq. She mentioned that opening up for Raphael Saadiq sparked her interest and she would love to be able to sit in the studio with him. Among other performers, Havana has opened for Dwele, Slum Village, Adriana Evans, Rebirth, and S1 from Strange Fruit Project. Now that she has spread a taste of her musical craft, Havana is about to release her sophomore album, Entervention. Entervention will be an album that is somewhat in a different light from Havana‘s debut album. This album has a new production sound that is more 80’s electronic and R&B feel with more lyrics that are very direct and to the point. Entervention features production from Brooke D’Leau (J*Davey), GB (Sound in Color), and The Honor Roll (Trackademicks/1O.A.K). I expressed my excitement for her new release and wanted to know her long time goals…this is what she had to say: ” I will be in this industry [music] for a long time”. Well, with the way things are going, there’s nothing holding her back.

Havana “It Ain’t New”

Havana “Shoulda Walked Away”

Foreign Exchange: TAWIAH

April 29, 2009

Over the years, Europe has produced some of the most talented artists. When you think of Europe soul, you think instantly of Soul II Soul,Heatwave,and Amy Winehouse; to name a few. However, when I think of an inspiring act from the soul genre to follow from Europe, I think of Beverly Tawiah. She goes by the moniker TAWIAH and she is a dope singer hailing from London,UK. Tawiah is a very corky and interesting soul singer. She possesses so much soul yet her lyrics and music are fun. Although she is not well known in the States,Tawiah is no stranger to exposure and notoriety. She has worked and performed with big names in the UK such as producer Mark Ronson and Mark De Clive-Lowe. Tawiah gives praises to her inspirations such Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, D’Angelo, and Erykah Badu. The 20 something year old singer/songwriter released her Ep In Jodi’s Bedroom and has turned heads in the underground and is a must have. With comical and Cameo sounding songs like “Another One” and the electro-soul sounding “Broken Hearted“, you’d wish this six song EP wouldn’t leave you hanging. I’m sure there is an album in the making. For now, we’ll just have to chill and enjoy the rhythm’s and sounds of what’s offered.

Listen to TAWIAH music here