Lion Babe Light Up the Dancefloor with New Single “Where Do We Go” [FULL STREAM] @LionBabe @Jillonce @Astro_Raw


Evoking the spirit of throwback disco-era stalwarts like Diana Ross, Sister Sledge, and The S.O.S. Band, soulhead favorites Lion Babe just dropped a euphoric dancefloor banger that will have you shaking your moneymaker for days. Taken from their highly anticipated forthcoming debut long player Begin due out January 22nd, “Where Do We Go” is the latest offering in the duo’s impressive string of dazzling singles released this year. Read more of this post

Jess the Facts Drops Headnod-Inducing ‘Blue Hues of Science’ [ALBUM REVIEW + STREAM] @JesstheFacts


By Solomon Words | @sologeeohdee

Jess the Facts, a Boston native based in the City of Angels, has hit us over the head with his newest album Blue Hues of Science. Originally released last month, the 17-track album is a throwback to the cool boom-bap era of rap, when beats and rhymes mattered the most.  The seamless fusion of jazz, funk, soul, and ‘90s flavored hip-hop calls to mind A Tribe Called Quest and keeps the overall vibe of the album chill and relaxed. Read more of this post

Your Old Droog Delivers Cleverly Conceived New Track “Basketball & Seinfeld” [FULL STREAM] @YourOldDroog


By Solomon Words | @sologeeohdee

Following up his six-song EP The Nicest originally released back in July, the Brooklyn born, Ukrainian rhyme architect known as Your Old Droog (“Droog” meaning “friend” in Russian) has delivered his latest single “Basketball & Seinfeld.” The self-produced track with sampled hints of the Seinfeld theme song makes for a catchy single that’s sure to make head nods. Y.O.D. perfectly blends the two seemingly incongruous topics using witty metaphors of Seinfeld characters juxtaposed with past and present NBA ball players because #ballislife. Read more of this post

Mavis Staples & Joan Osborne Deliver Solid Soul in Atlanta [CONCERT REVIEW] @mavisstaples @joan_osborne


By Christopher A. Daniel@Journalistorian

After 65 years of making timeless music, Mavis Staples continues to polish her gift for making sure people feel good. The Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer hasn’t lost her touch for belting out empowering vocals that are like a combination of picket signs, cautionary tales and church sermons. The down-home Chicago native’s genre-blurring legacy is synonymous with delivering breathy, soul-stirring message songs one minute, followed by catchy inspirational tunes the next. Read more of this post

Take a Walk in Ravyn Lenae’s ‘Moon Shoes’ [FULL EP STREAM] @ravynlenae


Moon Shoes is the title of Ravyn Lenae‘s debut EP, which dropped recently. The Chicago songstress utilizes a jazzy and versatile voice to deliver sounds well beyond her years. At only 16 years young, it’s hard to believe how strong this young artist’s musical output is. Check out the 8-track Moon Shoes below.  Read more of this post

#LongPlayLove: Celebrating 15 Years of Erykah Badu’s ‘Mama’s Gun’ [FULL ALBUM STREAM] @fatbellybella


By Justin Chadwick | @justin_chadwick

Happy 15th Anniversary to Erykah Badu’s second album Mama’s Gun, originally released November 21, 2000.

Bold and ambitious is the artist who names her first formal creative offering to the world after a fictitious philosophy that bears her adopted surname. When Erykah Badu (born Erica Wright) released her magical debut album Baduizm at the age of 25 in February of 1997, the visionary singer-songwriter did precisely that, and a radiant new soul star was born. Accusations of hubris against the music gods be damned, Badu’s grand introduction proved to be a divinely inspired statement of purpose firmly rooted not in its creator’s ego or self-righteousness, but in a more universally accessible spirituality and bohemian-cool consciousness. The Dallas-bred Badu would echo her nonpartisan ethos years later during an interview with Vibe Magazine, stating that “I am not a feminist. I am not a Black liberalist, Republican, Democrat. I am not anything. I’m human. I support things that have good intent and that I feel I vibrate with, that I resonate with.” Read more of this post

Whose Version of “This Woman’s Work” is Best? Kate Bush’s or Maxwell’s [VIDEOS] @KateBushMusic @_MAXWELL_


The year was 2001 and every time you turned on urban A/C radio, all you heard was neo-soul. Artists like Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and of course, Maxwell, were tearing up the charts. In particular, the ladies certainly had a thing for the look and sound of Maxwell, who’s album Now represented some of the most thoughtful lyrics and best grooves of the time.

Four years earlier, during his 1997 MTV Unplugged appearance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Maxwell had wowed the crowd with a stirring tune called “This Woman’s Work.” The crooner’s studio version of the same song ultimately became the second single released from Now and charted an impressive number 16 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It features Max’s classic falsetto and still has the ladies swooning when he rips the song live. Read more of this post

Dave B Packs a Lyrical Punch with New ‘Punch Drunk’ Album [FULL STREAM] @davebspacedot


The young Seattle native Dave B is an up-and-coming talent to be reckoned with. You can hear the room for growth in his music, along with an already impressive mastery over his craft. His flows play a big part in his ability to trigger those nuanced emotional responses that really connect the listener to the music. Released recently (10/30/15), Punch Drunk hasn’t quite yet gained the traction it most definitely deserves. Nonetheless, the music doesn’t lie, and it feels at the moment that Dave B’s success is imminent. Read more of this post

Tinashe & Chance The Rapper Team Up with Snakehips on “All My Friends” [FULL VIDEO] @snakehipsuk @Tinashe @chancetherapper


Chance The Rapper and Tinashe have collaborated with London production duo Snakehips to bring you the new single “All My Friends.” The upbeat rhythm takes the listener for a ride as Chance and Tinashe grapple with a culture in which binge drinking and drug abuse are prerequisites for socializing. Check out the recently unveiled video for the track below. Read more of this post

soulhead Presents: Essential British Soul (Part 1) [VIDEOS]


By Michael A. Gonzales | @gonzomike

While soul music is an obvious product of America, its influence began spreading internationally ever since the first note was released in the 1950s. In England, the much beloved genre has inspired more than a few generations of singers, producers, and various scenes. The Brit fans loved every nuance of the music as they studied it closely, could tell you the b-side of obscure discs and interpreted those inspirations into their own brand of R&B. While the Brit soul genre has always been integrated since its inception, many of the Black bands added an extra layer of funk when they began adding elements of reggae, technology and a pop sensibility that pushed the sound in interesting directions. As a tribute to the genre’s pioneers, soulhead and I have put together an introduction to British Soul. Stay tuned for “Part 2” of this special feature soon. Read more of this post

#LongPlayLove: Celebrating 20 Years of The Pharcyde’s ‘Labcabincalifornia’ [FULL ALBUM STREAM] @thepharcyde


By Justin Chadwick | @justin_chadwick

Happy 20th Anniversary to The Pharcyde’s sophomore album Labcabincalifornia, originally released November 14, 1995.

Today, my fellow soulheads, I present to you a story about the sophomore jinx. Or more accurately, a story about the perception of the infamous phenomenon. You’re familiar with the notion, I’m sure, whereby new artists come out of the gate blazing with their first critically and commercially applauded record, only to fall painfully flat with their follow-up effort. Everyone remembers Black Sheep’s masterful debut A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, right? How ‘bout their second LP Non-Fiction? Nope, didn’t think so. And don’t even get me started on Snoop Dogg’s Tha Doggfather or Puff Daddy’s Forever. So obviously the sophomore jinx—or slump or whatever you want to call it—can sometimes prove a fair assessment. Though in too many other cases, the term is floated way too liberally, devolving into lazy cliché. We’ll revisit the subject in a few moments. Read more of this post

Can They Still Kick It? A Tribe Called Quest Reunites for ‘Tonight Show’ Performance [FULL VIDEO] @ATCQ


Yes, they most definitely can.

Currently riding the celebratory waves of their 1990 debut album People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm’s 25th anniversary, the original members of A Tribe Called Quest shared the “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” stage last night for a special reunion performance. Thrillingly backed by the legendary house band The Roots, Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi blessed the in-studio audience and viewers at home with a sparkling, nuanced rendition of their classic track “Can I Kick It?” Read more of this post

#LongPlayLove: Celebrating 15 Years of Sade’s ‘Lovers Rock’ [FULL ALBUM STREAM] @SadeOfficial


By Justin Chadwick | @justin_chadwick

Happy 15th Anniversary to Sade’s fifth album Lovers Rock, originally released in the UK November 13, 2000 and in the US November 14, 2000.

As I’ve written about recently, if ever there was a band whose musical output embodies the notion of “quality over quantity,” it’s unquestionably Sade. Throughout the past thirty-one years, the group has delivered just six studio albums, and half of these have arrived in the past twenty-three years. Evaluated together, Sade’s back catalog—while sparse relative to other artists who are prone to falling victim to the “haste makes waste” approach to recording—is one of the most consistently rewarding discographies you’ll ever lay your ears on. Read more of this post

Missy Elliott’s New Joint “WTF (Where They From)” with Pharrell Will Make Your Neck Hurt!!! [VIDEO] @MissyElliott @Pharrell

Missy Elliott is back and in full effect. The producer/emcee known for her amazing sonic skills, lyrical expertise, and incredible visuals returns with fellow VA juggernaut Pharrell Williams for this supa dupa fly new track and video. Enjoy! Read more of this post

Whose Version of “What You Won’t Do For Love” is Best? Bobby Caldwell’s, Boyz II Men’s or Jessie Ware’s? [VIDEOS]


Nearly forty years and more than a dozen studio albums since Bobby Caldwell delivered his smoother-than-smooth 1978 breakthrough single “What You Won’t Do For Love,” the Blue-Eyed Soul singer is back in the news with what may very well constitute the most adventurous project of his career to date. Cool Uncle is the unorthodox, yet irresistibly stellar collaboration between the 64 year-old Caldwell and Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer extraordinaire Jack Splash, revered for his previous work with the likes of Melanie Fiona, CeeLo Green, Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar, John Legend, among many others. The duo’s self-titled debut album arrives in stores this Friday, November 13th and can be previewed in full now via NPR’s First Listen here. Read more of this post

Is Prince Totally Crushing on Tamron Hall? See This Picture and Decide for Yourself!!! @Prince3EG @TamronHall

First off, we LOVE Prince and Tamron Hall, the beautiful newswoman from the NBC’s Today. Earlier this week, the Purple One released a snippet of the song “If Eye Could Get UR Attention,” a Taja Sevelle redo/remake (originally written by Prince himself). BUT today, we get a load of the cover art accompanied by a visual featuring Ms. Hall, and the full version of the song, which is available via Tidal. Wow, Prince doesn’t hold back! Of course, Tamron will likely dismiss the new artwork and say that they are just friends tomorrow on Today, BUT this is the second time he has extended a musical love letter to the popular host. PLUS, Tamron must be in on it given the paisley in her dress. Come on…

Some of our purpler soulheads may remember that Prince sent Tamron a suggestive song called “17/Penetration” in the Spring of 2013 (originally recorded in 1988) as the theme music for her MSNBC show, News Nation.  And now, this!!! Read more of this post

R.I.P. Allen Toussaint: Celebrating the Life & Music of the Legendary New Orleans Soul Man [VIDEOS] @AllenToussaint


Iconic pianist, singer, songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint has passed away at the age of 77 upon suffering a heart attack while on tour yesterday in Madrid, Spain. Toussaint is survived by his two children, Reginald and Alison.

Masterfully fusing a number of musical styles including R&B, blues, jazz and funk, Toussaint was an influential ambassador of the New Orleans arts community throughout his prolific, six decades-long career, and proved instrumental in elevating the worldwide profile of the city’s vibrant music scene. During the 1960s and 1970s, Toussaint wrote and produced several hit songs for fellow New Orleans natives including Lee Dorsey, Dr. John, The Meters, Aaron Neville and Irma Thomas, as well as a handful of non-New Orleans artists. Read more of this post

Kanye West-Endorsed Kacy Hill Drops Striking Visuals for New Single “Foreign Fields” [FULL VIDEO] @kacyhill @JackGarratt


By Solomon Words | @sologeeohdee

After the success of her 2014 non-album single “Experience,” Kanye West protégé Kacy Hill has blessed us with the recent arrival of her debut EP entitled Bloo. The musical offering is a splash of offsetting colors and sounds that places her in the foreground of the pop world. The Phoenix, Arizona bred singer-songwriter’s lead single “Foreign Fields” is an ambient piano-laced tune, that is, until the chorus rolls around with pulsating bass and thunderous drums, with her strong falsetto soaring above it all. Read more of this post

#LongPlayLove: Celebrating 20 Years of Goodie Mob’s Debut Album ‘Soul Food’ [FULL STREAM] @GoodieMobMusic @CeeLoGreen @GippGoodie @therealONP


By Justin Chadwick | @justin_chadwick

Happy 20th Anniversary to Goodie Mob’s debut album Soul Food, originally released November 7, 1995.

Within the past ten years, the undeniably charismatic CeeLo Green has earned household name status in America, largely due to a sequence of notable achievements. Most notable among his many milestones are the success of his Danger Mouse collaboration Gnarls Barkley driven by their ubiquitous 2006 single “Crazy,” his acclaimed 2010 album The Lady Killer featuring the unforgettable kiss-off anthem “Fuck You,” and his moonlighting gig as one of the rotating coaches on the hit TV talent show The Voice. But what many recently self-anointed CeeLo fans may not be as familiar with is the influential group and brilliant album that originally introduced Mr. Green to the music world two decades ago. Read more of this post

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