November 14, 2009

Here we go again. Another blog about me receiving an email from someone about submitting their artist for BLS LOL While, I’m not opposed to being expose to something fresh and new, I am not in anyway a person that scouts out music for BLS. I usually come across an artist that I’m feeling or that I know that I’m feeling and go from there. Even though I have been receiving these emails, I must say some have been good and some mediocre. Now, when I received the email from Jules Gilchrist stating that London,UK artist Izzi Dunn would like to be featured, I was skeptical. Not because of the artist herself, mostly because of the title of her new single Tits and Ass. Pause. Not to mention her sophomore album (haven’t heard the first) Cries and Smiles is being released on Idunnit Music (Label name sounds Ghetto), definitely made me think twice about whether I should give the artist’s music a listen. However, I must say, I couldn’t deny the fact that the music was not what I suspected. It gave me a vibe familiar of Bembe Segue and Mark de Clive-Lowe. According to Izzi‘s bio, Tits and Assexpertly and bravely derails the sexism and hypocrisy that many take for granted”. Interesting. I also learned that Izzi is a cellist who has played for the likes of Mark Ronson, Gorillaz, Chaka Khan and Soul II Soul which is even more interesting. Izzi Dunn‘s album Cries and Smiles will be released soon but no specific date has been given. I just say, BLS Fans and Fam, check out the video and stream the music for yourself and let me know what you think. I don’t think it’s bad at all.

Izzi Dunn’s Website

Izzi Dunn’s Myspace

Izzi DunnTits and Ass

Izzi Dunn Tits and Ass video

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