::GET FAMILIAR:: WONDALAND RECORDS

Friday, April 17, 2015
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::GET FAMILIAR:: WONDALAND RECORDS
by Daniel Harris
From left to right: Roman GianArthur, St. Beauty, Jidenna, Janelle Monáe and Deep Cotton
Something wonderful is happening in music. A renaissance of sorts. The people are speaking and they are calling for an overhaul of what has long been accepted as the norm. With the recent release and acclaim of albums like "Black Messiah," "To Pimp A Butterfly," and "2014 Forrest Hill Drive," music lovers are declaring that the Top 40 sound and celebrity worship isn't enough. Artists are almost required to be just that: artists!

When she hit the scene in 2007, Janelle Monáe's statement was loud and clear; She was here to make her music, her way. She would not let the industry or the public determine the direction of her art or her person. (as one Twitter user recently found out the hard way!) Since that time, she has enjoyed much success in her career. Additionally, she has become an inspiration, specifically to little girls, the world over.

Janelle's global success has afforded her the opportunity to reach back and help a community of artists who share her determination and drive to produce art and not succumb to the pressures and rigors of industry. What started as a gathering of minds and talent, The Wondaland Arts Society brought together artists with immense musical and visionary strengths. As a record label, Janelle Monáe and Wondaland Records seek to revolutionize the future of music, art and culture.

Although Wondaland Records' roster is small, it does not reflect their abilities. Roman GianArthur, St. Beauty, Jidenna and Deep Cotton each bring a high level of personal style, a unique sound and a genius approach to music. When these individual elements are brought together, the Wondaland collective is set to change how music, art and creativity are viewed in pop culture.

In February of this year, Wondaland Records began what is hoped to be a long standing partnership with music legend LA Reid and Epic Records. Reid says of Wondaland Records, "The collective talent of the Wondaland artists is awe-inspiring. I haven't personally witnessed a collective that sounds and looks this special in quite a while."

Want to get even MORE familiar with Wondaland Records? Check out the videos for "Yoga," and "Classic Man." Also, be on the look out for Wondaland's compilation EP, Eephus, which will be released this May.
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::GET FAMILIAR:: CHARLES BRADLEY

Friday, April 3, 2015
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::GET FAMILIAR:: CHARLES BRADLEY
by Daniel Harris



My love for Daptone Records and what they do for music is neither a secret nor does it know an end. Co-founders Gabriel Roth and Neil Sugarman have taken an almost extinct genre and breathed life into music and the artists making the music. Charles Bradley's emergence on the music scene is a testament to Roth and Sugarman's ability to spot raw and untapped talent.

Charles Bradley's career in music reads much like a novel or screenplay. As a teen, Bradley ran away from home in search of a better life for himself. After many cold nights sleeping on the streets and subways of New York, Bradley joined Job Corp and trained to become a chef. It was here where
Charles overcame a fear to discover his true calling.

Co-workers often mentioned that Charles favored the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Through encouragement (and being literally pushed onto the stage) Charles began performing with friends and fellow co-workers. However, at the onset of the war in Vietnam, Charles' band was drafted and his hopes of stardom seemed to have vanished.
After living in places like upstate New York, Seattle, Alaska and Canada, Bradley moved to California in a continued search for a better life. He worked odd-jobs and took small singing gigs to support himself, never finding his break. For the next 20 years, Charles continued searching in California until he was asked to return to New York. Fate, it seemed, would finally intervene to give Charles his chance.
 
While in New York, Charles performed as a James Brown impersonator in local Brooklyn nightclubs under the moniker "Black Velvet." During one fateful performance, Daptone Records co-founder Gabriel Roth discovered the talent that is Charles Bradley. Finally, Mr. Bradley had found his big break.
Charles' raspy voice, incomparable style and no nonsense, straightforward lyrics are a true reflection of who he is. He is a man with lots of pain, love and life experiences. Daptone Records' analog recording style and deep appreciation for the Soul genre and sound make this label the perfect medium for Charles Bradley.
 
His latest offering, Victim of Love, finds Bradley moving past "heartache and pain" and moving toward "the promise of hope." A good message to have considering he is now a soul sensation and finally living his dream.
 
Charles Bradley's story is not uncommon. Many artists struggle when trying to find their moment. However, at 66 and having struggled for most of his life, Charles is a true testament of never giving up, no matter the odds.
 
Get even more familiar with Charles Bradley, follow him on Twitter and like him on Facebook

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::GET FAMILIAR:: #HAPPYSOUNDSLIKE THESE 10 SONGS

Friday, March 20, 2015
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::GET FAMILIAR:: #HAPPYSOUNDSLIKE THESE 10 SONGS
by Daniel Harris



Today (March 20th) is International Day of Happiness. This day was started by the United Nations to show that "progress should be about increasing human happiness and wellbeing, not just growing the economy." You may remember during last year's celebration, Pharrell Williams' smash hit, "Happy" was played for 24hrs straight.

To celebrate this year, the UN is inviting people to take part in the #HappySoundsLike campaign. This campaign uses the power of music to inspire people and hopes for a better tomorrow. Artists like John Legend and James Blunt have joined in this effort.

Naturally, we had to hit you with a list of what #HappySoundsLike to us. Check out these 10 songs:




Now it's your turn! Hit us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and let us know what #HappySoundsLike to you!
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::GET FAMILIAR:: 5 ARTISTS THAT COULD HELP SAVE JAZZ

Friday, March 13, 2015
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::GET FAMILIAR:: 5 ARTISTS THAT COULD HELP SAVE JAZZ
by Daniel Harris


Jazz is declining in popularity among American listeners, according to Nielsen's 2014 Year-End Report. In fact, Jazz albums on all formats fell to an all time low of 2%. That equals to 5.2 million jazz albums sold by all jazz artists.

"5.2 million? What's the problem" some of you are probably saying. Well, consider this: The Jazz Line reports that in the last two months of 2014, Taylor Swift sold nearly 4 million copies of her album 1989. 4 MILLION! Therein lies the problem. One popular artist has sold almost the equivalent of an entire genre.

Jazz is, without a doubt, America's genre. So the news of its decline in popularity should be troubling.   Music discovery is at the core of what we do here at TheSoulcialista. Often times, it takes finding one great artist to spawn finding other artists. Here are five Jazz artists who we feel are great starting points to discovering Jazz and helping to save it from obscurity.


Derrick Hodge
Best known for his work with Common and Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge is a widely respected bassist, producer and composer. While the elements of Jazz are ever present in his own work, Derrick Hodge brings a refreshing and innovative approach to the genre. His album, Live Today, brings together all of his experience in multiple genres and fuses them together, turning them into a masterful offering that both embodies the spirit of Jazz artists who have come before him and embraces a new wave of sound without boarders.






Vertical Current
Individually, the members of Vertical Current have performed with artists ranging from Tye Tribbett to Earth, Wind and Fire. Collectively, they bring together the appeal of Pop, the soul and movement of Gospel and the charm of Jazz to create a truly unique experience. Their most recent album, Bright Side of Midnight, is a perfect example of their distinctive blend. Much more than a collection of Jazz songs, Bright Side of Midnight seeks to inspire listeners to "outlast the darkness" and "race toward the light."


Gregory Porter

With is unmistakable baritone voice, Gregory Porter represents an element of Jazz not traditionally recognized, the vocal element. As a singer, songwriter and actor, Porter brings to the genre an overwhelming sense of vitality, life and honesty. His latest album, Liquid Spirit, showcases his mastery of the Jazz genre while adding elements of Gospel, Blues and R&B into the mix.


Christian Scott
Scott is a gifted and talented young musician who fuses the traditional elements of Jazz with some very impeccable new school flavor. A product of New Orleans, Christian is described as being very driven and "Jazz's young style god." His passion for his culture, his heritage and his craft are very evident on each of his 8 studio albums.

One of his most recent albums, Christian aTunde Adjuah is an album with deep meaning for Christian. This album represents the artist in his most complete state. Christian went on a journey that would see him add "aTunde Adjuah," connecting him to his African heritage and beginning a legacy of his own. The 2 disc album captures the emotion, trials and joys of Christian's journey.


Joel Holmes
Baltimore may not be the first city you think of when it comes to Jazz. However, legends like Cab Calloway and Billie Holiday have called The Charm City home at one point.

Joel Holmes is an accomplished pianist, composer and product of both the Baltimore School for The Performing Arts and the Peabody Conservatory, two of Baltimore's most prestigious performing arts schools. As a result of his education and his raw talent, Holmes has literally traveled the world becoming an ambassador for Jazz. His traditional approach demonstrates his classical training. However, there is an undeniable since of soul and passion that comes from a deep love and appreciation for the genre when listening to his music.
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::EDITORIAL:: ROBIN THICKE AND PHARRELL WILLIAMS TRIED TO BLUR THE LINES BETWEEN APPRECIATION AND INFRINGEMENT

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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::EDITORIAL::ROBIN THICKE AND PHARRELL WILLIAMS TRIED TO BLUR THE LINES BETWEEN APPRECIATION AND INFRINGEMENT
by Daniel Harris




"Blurred Lines"
by Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams is one of the best selling singles of all times. Given the current state of music sales today, that is saying a lot. It was nominated for a number of awards, including a Grammy, in 2014. Love it or hate it, there was no escaping its infectious and danceable sound. (You know you two-stepped to it at your uncle's cookout.)

In between all of that two-stepping, similarities and comparisons were drawn between "Blurred Lines" and soul legend Marvin Gaye's 1971 hit "Got To Give It Up." Truthfully, you don't have to be a headphone junkie to draw the same comparison. In fact, Marvin Gaye's estate felt that the 2013 hit single sounded a LOT like Gaye's song, so much that they felt it infringed upon his intellectual property.

Naturally, a lawsuit was brought against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke. They both recognize the similarities in both songs. In fact, Williams admits that he "channeled that late 70s feeling" when he co-wrote the song.  However, both artists maintain that they did not copy Gaye's music. This past Tuesday, a Los Angeles jury decided in favor of the Gaye family and awarded them $7.3 million in damages.

Howard E. King, who represented Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams in this matter, is "reviewing the decision" and will consider their options. That's lawyer talk for he's going to appeal this decision. He believes that this decision sets a "horrible precedent" for music and creativity" for other artists. Seriously, any fool could hear that these two songs sound very similar.

Mr. King is being very dramatic in his statement about music and creativity. There is a fine line between drawing inspiration from an artist or genre and outright copying their work(s).

Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk," which is currently No. 1 on the Billboard charts (and could possibly be No. 1 to get on your nerves by the end of this year) takes heavy cues from artists like Morris Day, Zapp and Roger. It's an homage to 80s Funk and Pop.

When Raphael Saddiq reinvented his sound and gave us The Way I See It and Stone Rollin, it was clear that he drew inspiration from 50s and 60s Soul and Rock and Roll. Saddiq even used analog recording techniques to enhance that experience.

Daptone Records draws inspiration from 60s and 70s Soul. Their studio and recording method is a reminder if days gone by. Their artist roster would remind any music fan of the Stax and Motown era.

Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city and the more recent B4.DA.$$ by Joey Bada$$ are both examples of Hip Hop's Golden Era being brought back to life by an appreciation from a younger generation.

I could go on and on. The point is, the aforementioned artists understood the line between appreciation and infringement. What Pharrell and Robin attempted to get away with was blurring that line under the guise of inspiration.

While Mr. King may have taken his dramatic cues from an 80s soap opera, rest assure, those artists who know and respect the line, those who do not attempt to cross that line, are perfectly safe to create free from fear of reprisal.

I'm sure if Mr. King were representing Pharrell versus the Coca Cola Corporation and this clear rip off of "Happy," he'd change his tune.

Let us know what you think. Comment below with your thoughts or hit us on Facebook and Twitter.
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::HEADPHONE JUNKIE:: HEZEKIAH REMINDS US THAT "DREAMS DON'T CHASE THEMSELVES"

Monday, February 9, 2015
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::HEADPHONE JUNKIE:: HEZEKIAH REMINDS US THAT "DREAMS DON'T CHASE THEMSELVES"
 
  
Hezekiah is a name that most headphone junkies are familiar with. Whether it's through previous albums like Hurry Up and Wait or I Predict A Riot or through his work with artists like Bilal, Eric Roberson and Zap Mama, Hezekiah has made a name for himself as a premier producer, emcee, musician and singer.
 
Preparing to release his fourth album, Dreams Don't Chase Themselves, Hezekiah proves that his title choice is much more than an idiom that just sounded good. This album is the fruit of hard work and dedication rarely seen in today's music scene.

During an album preview last year, Hezekiah said, "People think things come easy. They don't come easy, they come from hard work and dedication." This album definitely puts that into practice. Hezekiah is responsible for the albums production and writing and there are no other emcees on this album. Both are a first for Hezekiah. In addition, this album is his first album without a record label and all of the perks that tend to come with having a label backing. Not a problem for Hezekiah though.

Dreams Don't Chase Themselves is true, honest and transparent. Hezekiah isn't preoccupied with throwing songs together for the sake of making a deadline or trying to sound like what's hot to ensure Top 40 spins (although, that wouldn't be a terrible idea). Dreams Don't Chase Themselves has its own voice, its own style, something this is missing from present day Hip Hop.

 This album shows that Hezekiah was determined to create a true work of art and not just another rap album. Songs like "Don't Get In Your Way," "Lets Network," and "Hologram Dreams" all have a vibe, lyrically and musically, that is reminiscent of sitting and learning from an older sibling or trusted friend. Dreams Don't Chase Themselves is nearly 60 minutes of "real talk." And in this current era of "I don't give a f***," it is really good to see that someone does, both about his music and his audience.

Dreams Don't Chase Themselves will be available Tuesday, February 10th and it should be something that every headphone junkie adds to their collection.

Track List
1. Sweet Dreams (Intro)
2. Fake It 
3. Coming Back Is Harder 
4. Lets Network
5. Don't Get In Your Way
6. Once You Pick It Up 
7. Can I Live
8. Bad Bitches  
9. Hologram Dreams ft Range Da Messenga
10. Spirit Moves Through All Things
11. Love Is Gone  
12. Sweet Dreams (outro)

 
 
 
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::GET FAMILIAR:: ANTIBALAS

Friday, February 6, 2015
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::GET FAMILIAR:: ANTIBALAS
by Daniel Harris


Widely regarded as the creator and originator of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti's fusion of funk, Nigerian and Ghanian music, jazz, highlife and vocals, has led the genre to become one of the most creative and original forms of music. More than just good music to get the people moving, Fela's Afrobeat was charged with spiritual and political messages that challenged European imperialism, colonialism and a corrupt Nigerian government.

Today, being a group that recreates the Afrobeat sound is a tall order. Unlike most genres, Afrobeat is a powerful weapon that challenges the status quo. It is not enough to just stop short of reproducing Afrobeat's sound, artists must also carry its message. Antibalas' recreation of Afrobeat carries both its unique, unforgettable sound and its powerful message.

New York isn't probably the first place that comes to mind when it comes to Afrobeat. However, in 1998, Martín Perna put together a group of likeminded musicians who all shared a love and passion for Afrobeat. With his group now solidified to 11 members, Perna and Antibalas began playing at clubs, street festivals, block parties and public parks.

Over the years, this group has proven that they are much more than a cover band. Rightfully so, with its heavy hitting rhythms, masterful horn arrangements and thought provoking lyrics, Afrobeat should not be covered or used merely to entertain. Antibalas has worked to be seen more as disciples of the genre.

Using the structure of the genre as a foundation, Antibalas adds elements of dub, Afro-Cuban and improvisation to create something that is truly there own. What they haven't changed about the genre is its power to affect change and cause listeners to think deeper about the world around them. Songs like "Dirty Money" and "Si, Se Puede" showcase Antibalas' socially conscious side.

Most recently, Antibalas is the band behind Broadway's "Fela," a musical that dives deep into the life of Fela Kuti. Antibalas has established itself as a band that respects the tradition of Afrobeat while bringing their own flavor to the genre. This is a band that people should definitely be familiar with.


Get even more familiar with Antibalas and see them live on tour with Zap Mama!


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::GET FAMILIAR:: MIDIAN

Friday, January 30, 2015
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::GET FAMILIAR:: MIDIAN
By: Nakera Lee

 

Powerful, Rhythmic, Diverse, and Simply Breathtaking is a modest array of characteristics to describe groundbreaking artists such as Midian. It is not often you find an artist which the ability and skill to transcend the masses with such a relatable appeal. 

Over the years, the music industry has lost its spark and the quality of artistic expression has become heavily contrived. The industry has created a false reality of what music really is and has forced many artists to follow the trend. What the music industry lacks today is a LEADER and here it stands with Midian. As the saying goes: 

"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way."- John Maxwell

Music began for Midian earlier than she recognized and soon became the niche of her life. Oftentimes as a little girl imagining herself as one of the greats; Etta James one day and the incomparable Aretha Franklin the next, Midian most certainly set forth down a path destined for musical longevity. Battling back and forth with herself, Midian convinced herself that she was not a singer. I think many others would beg to differ. 



Much to her surprise, when she vocally trumped a professionally-trained friend dropping vocals that left many breathless, it was that waking moment as Midian recalls that she realized she was in fact a singer. 

Just a few short years later, the industry is introduced to a new music leader, Midian, through her new singles "Bitter" and "Too Bad" from her new EP Midian. With a Joss Stone feel meshed with the rustic vibrato of her robust tone captivating the ear, you are instantly hauled in craving more. Midian's single instantly took success landing placement in VH1's Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. 

"I think music has evolved over the years; anything goes now. People just appreciate good music."- Midian 

Grateful and very appreciative for the success of her lasted EP, Midian continues to record and has promised to take her time and nurture her music. Passionate about the artistic work that she produces Midian states, "I want to take my time with my work. That's something that's really important to me and something that we're lacking; the artist that really focuses on the integrity of the music and make a cohesive project that makes sense."  

To categorize or place Midian into one bracket or genre would simply be unwarranted. Its obvious through her intense vocal ability and trained craft that her artistry will most certainly be the talk of the industry for a while now. No better time than the present to #GetFamiliar. 

Be sure to Soucialize with Midian on Twitter and be sure to Get Familiar with her new EP Midian


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::HEADPHONE JUNKIE:: JEFF BRADSHAW- "ALL TIME LOVE" FT ROBERT GLASPER, ERIC ROBERSON & TWEET

Saturday, January 24, 2015
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::HEADPHONE JUNKIE:: JEFF BRADSHAW- "ALL TIME LOVE" FT. ROBERT GLASPER, ERIC ROBERSON & TWEET


We have good news for all lovers of music, more specifically, live music. Jeff Bradshaw has announced the release of his forthcoming Home LP. To give fans a taste of what to expect from his new album, Jeff Bradshaw and Shanachie Entertainment have released "All Time Love," the first single from the album. This smooth, soulful and jazzy track features Robert Glasper, Eric Roberson and Tweet and it is a perfect introduction for what's to come on Bradshaw's new album. On a personal note: It is extremely great to hear Tweet again.

The Home LP will be in stores and digital music stores in March 31st.


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::GET FAMILIAR 2015 ARTIST WATCH

Friday, January 23, 2015
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::GET FAMILIAR:: 2015 ARTIST WATCH
List Compiled by Gypsy Soul Team Members: Nakera Lee and Daniel Harris




#GetFamiliar is much more than a headline to us. We see it as a duty. With so much of today's music being relegated to Top 40 playlists and flavor of the month tunes, our goal is to get you familiar with artists who may not fit the Pop mold but are just as, if not more, deserving of you attention.


                                                                                                        1. Kelela
When it comes the core of music, many of us music lovers tend to dissect more than just the body of work that an artist produces. In 2013, this Washington, D.C. native Kelela scratched the surface of the industry with her EP Cut For Me. In 2014, tracks such as “Bank Head,” “Cut For Me,” and “The High” allowed Kelela to emerge in the industry with her soulful and sultry vocals impacting the entertainment industry and introducing a new melodic sound.

Singer-songwriter, Kelela, began singing Jazz standards at local cafes after transferring from Montgomery College to American University. With many years of musical experience under her belt, Kelela has traveled coast to coast to strengthen her craft and build a name for artistry. With countless tour dates, international and local, Kelela has kept the music coming; being featured on a track with Bok Bok entitled “Melba’s Call” from his new EP. With more music in the works, 2015 will definitely see more of Kelela in tour and through musical production. The industry has just caught a glimpse of Kelela and her music and with tracks such as Enemy and Go All Night, this is most certainly just the beginning.



                               2. Sampha
Oftentimes, we listen to artists that have been in the industry for quite sometime and we do not realize that the great body of work that is created comes from a team of creative minds. After following an artist for quite sometime and just recently realizing that one of his pieces of work was aided by the amazing Sampha the only reaction that I had was ‘AMAZING.’ Many music-mavens may have heard of Sampha as he was featured on the track “Too Much” with Drake and this was not the beginning of his artistry. Sampha released his singles, “Too Much,” and “Happens” in November 2013. Following the release of those tracks, Sampha released his debut EP Dual in July 2013.

Playing the behind the scenes role for quite some time, Sampha was instrumental in the musical works “What You Won’t Do for Love,” by Jessie Ward and Lil Silva’s “Salient Sarah.”  His most recent EP Sundanza released in early 2014 helped to catch the attention of many and helped to land him as one of the featured Coachella artists of 2015.

With more music scheduled for release in 2015, Sampha is most certainly one of the talented artists to watch.


3. Brittney Wright
When her first album, The Beginning, was released 5 years ago, those who listened immediately knew that Brittney Wright was beginning an incredible career. Not just a Gospel artist, Brittney's voice and skill transcends being put in such a box. Though her music is filled with soul stirring, uplifting lyrics and melodies, Brittney shows amazing depth in her style and delivery. The Beginning was not only a great way to showcase her talent, it also sent a clear message that Gospel, as we know it, has changed for the better.

In her latest offering, Fight 4 U,which was released on New Year's Day, Brittney combines incredible introspective lyrics with her unique style. From its onset, Fight 4 U proves to be much more than just another album. It's an album that is transparent, honest, hopeful and sincere. 

With this amazing release and shows to follow, Brittney Wright is definitely an artist to watch in 2015.



4. Tuxedo
Tuxedo is Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One. Two Grammy nominated artists who have collaborated to bring some serious funk back to music. Think Prince, Morris Day, Zapp and Roger and Shalamar. Yes, THAT serious! What started off as an exchange of mixtapes in 2006 morphed into a virtually mysterious Internet release in 2013. The Tuxedo EP is just three songs but each song is proof positive that Tuxedo brings the funk. Let's not be fooled, the "Tuxedo EP" is much more than a trip down memory lane. While they may borrow the 80s Funk and R&B vibe, Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One are still able to give listeners a true sense of who they are as artists.

This year, the duo will release their first full length album, Tuxedo. This album is shaping up to be one hell of an experience. With a March 3rd release, and a ton of tour dates to follow, Tuxedo (both the album and group) are set to take over summer. Tuxedo is available now for pre-order on iTunes.




5. The Hue
This is no pet project. This is not an attempt by "the suits" to try and create the next big thing. The Hue is an organic and genuine collaboration between two of Houston's finest group, H.I.S.D. and Radio Galaxy. Both groups possess out of this world abilities and both groups seem to create on a cosmic plane far beyond comprehension. For these groups to join forces and share their immense talents with each other and the world is truly something special.

Gearing up for their debut release, Aurora, The Hue has released two hard hitting singles. Both "Drive" and "Slick" feature the classic "boom-bap," head nodding sound that every Hip Hop head will appreciate along side The Hue's signature smooth, laid back vibe. If these tracks are any indication of what we can expect from Aurora, it is safe to say that Aurora will be on definite repeat.


6. brandon*
Imaginative and creative. Those are the two words that come to mind when thinking about the music and artistry of brandon*. A composer, musician and producer, brandon* does much more than "makes beats." There is art and precision to his approach. brandon* has a deep appreciation for music and successfully displays that appreciation in each and every production.

On May 18th, brandon* will release the third installment to his Dreamscape series. The first two installments have been nothing short of genius. Dreamscape is a perfect example of how free brandon* is. He masterfully blends elements of Hip Hop, Jazz and Bossa Nova, a combination that would come across very few minds and even fewer minds to execute.

With an extraordinary and ingenious approach to music and production, brandon* is definitely an artist to watch in 2015.

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::GET FAMILIAR:: BIANCA RAQUEL

Friday, January 16, 2015
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:: GET FAMILIAR:: BIANCA RAQUEL
By: Nakera Lee



WHAT IS SOUL? 

SOUL is the immaterial essence, animating principle, or actuating cause of an individual life. The spiritual principle embodied in human beings, all rational and spiritual beings or the universe. It is that gut feeling down under that elevates your creative being. The unspoken, yet felt stroke of a cord that rings from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet forcing you to succumb. Better yet, it's that unprecedented sound that warms your spirit, makes you question the conscious state of made, and ignites chance.  
BIANCA RAQUEL IS SOUL

For artists such as New York native Bianca Raquel soul is not only embodied in her sound, but embedded in her spirit. As a singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer Bianca Raquel's musicianship and skilled soul ability has transcended what many her age would have hoped to accomplish at this stage in their career. Creating a merger of R&B, Pop, Rock, and Soul may appear to be a challenge for some, especially in an industry where music is constantly revolutionizing and elevating; however, Bianca Raquel used that to drive her artistry.


As the saying, "Many try out, but only a few are chosen," Bianca was the youngest student to attend the Grammy Foundation's 1st Annual Grammy camp at the tender age of 13. Remaining tried and true to her artistry, Bianca credits her influences to the legends of music stemming from Radiohead to the amazing Stevie Wonder. 

The ability to separate your artistry from others entities in the industry is GREAT, but the ability to resonate a message is AMAZING. After realizing the importance of elevating ones craft and skill, Bianca had the privilege of attending the prestigious Berklee College School of Music. It was at Berklee College that Bianca was able to do some self analyzation in regards to her music and where she stood in the industry. 


Stating, "One thing I pride myself on is having the ability to never be boxed in or labeled as simply one thing or another. As an artist, I don't have to choose a genre, but simply juice every drop of creativity I possess and give the world something new."-Bianca Raquel

Carrying the throne of her father, the great world-renowned musical director and arranger Ray Chew, definitely let some huge shoes to fill, but Bianca has not fallen short.

GROWTH & MUSICAL PROGRESSION

In the summer of 2014, Bianca made her 1st major debut as a coproducer and writer of the track 'Turn It Up," which was featured on the box-office chart topping movie "Step Up: All In." In the Fall/Winter of 2014, Bianca headlined her own international tour taking the stage in cities such as Paris, Amsterdam, London, and Copenhagen. Currently preparing for her latest project #CvrART, Bianca Raquel is sparking a flame and igniting a movement. With tracks such as "Moments" and "Dear Summer…Our Season Is Over" riding the airwaves, it is apparent that Bianca's diversity in music and her creativity in sound cannot and will not be boxed it.



Long over due and much appreciated, the industry is taking heed and finally igniting artists that embody the essence of SOUL and it is time that we all #GetFamiliar.

Want to hear some great music by Bianca Raquel, check out her latest single "Dear Summer… Our Season Is Over". Don't forget to #Soulcialize with Bianca Raquel as well by following her on Instagram and Twitter.  







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