#LongPlayLove: Diana Ross’ Diana – Celebrating 35 Years by Justin Chadwick [FULL ALBUM STREAM] @justin_chadwick @DianaRoss @DianaRossFans @nilerodgers @motown @ClassicMotown

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Happy 35th Anniversary to Diana Ross’ LP Diana, originally released May 22, 1980.

A lifelong music obsessive, my passion for song can be traced all the way back to my very early childhood, which spanned from the late 1970s into the 1980s. Music commanded a staple presence in my family’s home, with the turntable spinning on the regular, and my parents blessed my and my sister’s ears with a delectable variety of records. Their tastes were thankfully broad, encompassing nearly everything from classic rock (e.g., Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel), AOR (Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan), the Blues (John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt), R&B (Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and the entire Motown roster), Jazz (Billie Holiday, Miles Davis), classical, and beyond. And while disco’s popularity was already well into freefall mode as the ‘70s concluded, it remained a familiar sound emanating from our living room speakers into the new decade. Read more of this post

“When Doves Get Real Sad”: A Short Film by Troy Gua @TroyGua @prince_and_mj

A few years back, we ran a story and interview with Troy Gua, an extremely talented artist from Seattle, Washington.  At the time, we were amazed by his miniature doll, appropriately named Le Petit Prince.  At the time, Troy was basking in the internet glory that comes when you do something that just feels right. His LPP was embraced by ardent Prince fans like us, as well as new fans who could not resist falling in love with LPP due to his uncanny resemblance to the Purple One. Read more of this post

Bilal Teases Highly-Anticipated Forthcoming LP with Poignant New Single “Satellites” [FULL VIDEO] @Bilal @AdrianYounge

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With so much exciting new music still on the horizon in 2015, one upcoming album in particular has the soulhead team disproportionately giddy with anticipation: Bilal’s In Another Life. Featuring production by the incomparable Adrian Younge and guest contributions from Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T., and Kimbra, the Philly-bred soul savant’s fifth studio LP is slated to arrive June 30th and promises to be one of the year’s very best.

To make the next few weeks of waiting a bit more bearable, Bilal has blessed our ears and eyes with another preview of the album, in the form of the stunningly powerful single “Satellites” and its accompanying video. Across a psychedelic organ & percussion propelled groove with vocals echoing the likes of Prince and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Bilal proclaims his disillusionment with his fellow humans’ penchant for cruelty, wearily lamenting “Just another day, in another life / I’m a satellite, watching the world watch people / as they do what they do to people.” Read more of this post

Sitting Down with Najee : An Interview by Christopher Daniel @contactNajee @Journalistorian

 

Sitting Down with Najee : An Interview by Christopher Daniel

Sitting Down with Najee : An Interview by Christopher Daniel

It’s a year shy of saxophonist and flutist Najee arriving onto the music scene three decades ago with his platinum-selling major label debut LP, Najee’s Theme. His fresh sound introduced audiences to an invigorating fusion of smooth instrumental R&B layered under his signature romantic horn melodies.

Critics and listeners have often placed the Grammy-nominated easygoing musician born Jerome Najee Rasheed in the jazz category. The Queens, NY-born musician, however, has his own definition of what his music is. “The problem with me is that I like a lot of things,” says Najee. “The first few records I did were really R&B records. They weren’t jazz records. They were R&B records with a saxophone.”
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Amy Winehouse – Glastonbury 6-22-2007 LIVE HD FULL CONCERT [VIDEO]

After bringing you a wonderful mashup this morning by Andra Day, we were reminded of the vocal mastery of the late Amy Winehouse.  Wow.  What a loss for the World at large but really for music fans.  This young singer really brought a tremendous talent to our ears.  Peep this concert from 2007 from the Glastonbury Festival in its entirety.   Simply beautiful.

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Andra Day – (Amy Winehouse) vs (Lauryn Hill) “He Can Only Hold Her” vs “Doo-Wop That Thing” by @AndraDayMusic @newmusicseminar

We were really blown away by the amazing vocals coming from this sister from San Diego.  Thanks to the folks at the New Music Seminar for hipping us to this emerging talent that you need to check out.  If this is any indication of where she is going, we want to be there for sure.  In this awesome mashup performance of classics from Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill, Andra Day really make us take notice.  We hope to hear more from her in the future. Read more of this post

#LongPlayLove: Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted – Celebrating 25 Years by Justin Chadwick [FULL ALBUM STREAM] @justin_chadwick @icecube @SIRJINX @OGCHILLYCHILL @hankshocklee @WizardKjee @VIETNAMSADLER

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Happy 25th Anniversary to Ice Cube’s debut LP AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, originally released May 16, 1990.

As I’ve previously written about here in this column, there is no bigger sucker for good music documentaries than yours truly, whether it’s Wattstax, No Direction Home, Ken Burns’ Jazz series for PBS, Time is Illmatic, or pretty much any episode of VH1’s Behind the Music. There’s just something endlessly entertaining about the combination of discovering musicians’ back stories, digesting the measured narration that accompanies their firsthand tales, and of course, revisiting the rush of the music, in all of its timeless glory. I can—and most definitely have—watched these films for hours on end, with rapt attention. And when it’s released later this summer (August 14th), I’ll be one of the first in line for tickets to Straight Outta Compton, the highly anticipated, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube co-produced film biopic of N.W.A’s infamously indelible legacy.

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B.B. King Documentary: The Life of Riley [FULL MOVIE] #bbking

B.B. King Documentary: The Life of Riley

B.B. King Documentary: The Life of Riley

As we celebrate the life of the legendary B.B. King, we turn to this mighty documentary produced by the BBC. Looking over all of Mr. King’s accomplishments, and hearing him narrate it in his own voice makes it all the more poignant and moving. You can enjoy the full documentary below.
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Rest in Power to the King of Blues, B.B. King (1925 – 2015)

Rest in Power to the King of Blues, B.B. King

Rest in Power to the King of Blues, B.B. King (1925 – 2015)

As far as mainstream America goes, there is no blues without B.B. King. The man who in the ’60s catapulted the Black American genre of lamentations into the public eye, B.B. King rightfully earned the title “The King of Blues.” Though he stood on the mighty shoulders of legends such as Bessie Smith (whose biopic airs on HBO tomorrow), this man lived up to become a mighty legend. Regarded as one of the best guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone, B.B. King influenced so many musicians such as Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana. We honor B.B. King for all that he has done to set to music the story of our lives.

The thrill is NEVER gone away!
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Jersey Girl Blues: Bessie by Michael A. Gonzales @gonzomike @IAmQueenLatifah

1923:  Studio portrait of American blues singer Bessie Smith looking over her shoulder while wearing a long white shawl and a hat with an ostrich feather plume.  (Photo by Frank Driggs Collection/Getty Images)

Jersey Girl Blues: Bessie
by Michael A. Gonzales

Growing-up in the post-civil rights era, Bessie Smith’s tragic death on September 26, 1937 in Clarksdale, Mississippi following a car accident was often used to illustrate the brutality of the “separate but equal” Jim Crow laws in the South. Supposedly, after a Southern “white” hospital refused to admit the pioneering blues singer following the crash, Bessie bled to death on the side of the road. With her legend becoming a modern day folk tale that haunted many Black children, most of us had no idea who Smith was or what she represented. While this version of Bessie’s biography, written by legendary record man John Hammond in the pages of Down Beat magazine, was later discovered to be a myth, it served as an introduction to not only Bessie Smith but the blues themselves. Read more of this post

#TBT Prince and The Muppets – Starfish and Coffee (Alternate Vision) [VIDEO] @Prince3EG @3rdEyeBoy @peach_and_black

#TBT Prince and The Muppets - Starfish and Coffee (Alternate Vision) [VIDEO] @Prince3EG @3rdEyeBoy
We were listening to the Peach and Black podcast’s review of Sign of the Times this morning and were reminded of this pretty amazing appearance by our favorite, Prince.  From the sounds of it, this version was actually recorded specifically for this episode.  Check the vocals and judge for yourself.  BTW, we love the Raspberry Sorbet bit at the end. Really enjoyable. Read more of this post

Ego Ella May Continues to Mesmerize Ears, Hearts, Minds and Souls with New Zero EP [FULL STREAM + FREE DOWNLOAD] @EgoEllaMay @wulumusic @Reissgmusic

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A ton of new music perpetually finds its way into the soulhead offices, and while we’re always eager to give the goods a proper spin, only a small fraction of what we hear ultimately steals our breath away. The latest object of our aural affection to render us breathless is South London siren Ego Ella May, a burgeoning talent overseas that many folks here in the States may not be hip to just yet, but absolutely need to be. Read more of this post

Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder! Check Out Stevie and Omar Sing “Don’t You Worry About A Thing” @itzStevieWonder @omarlyefookmbe

Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder!  Check Out Stevie and Omar Sing "Don't You Worry About A Thing"
Friend of the site, Omar, reminded us to take some time out today to pay homage to one of the most important musicians of our time, Stevland Hardaway Morris, who is popularly known as Stevie Wonder. Lye-Fook, a British soul legend in his own right, adds his own flavor to the classic “Don’t You Worry About A Thing.” This duet gives us goosebumps.
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Prince and Third Eye Girl Live: Baltimore Rally 4 Peace FULL CONCERT May 10, 2015

Although we were not physically in the house for this one, we were definitely there in spirit.  Check out this amazing show that was put together by Prince to show support for Baltimore in the wake of the death of Freddie Grey.  Enjoy.

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D’Angelo and The Vanguard Live Spotify Sessions [FULL STREAM] @thedangelo

Just in time to re-ignite soulheads around the World, D’Angelo has come back around with several live versions of his Black Messiah LP.  We are really excited to bring this to you in its entirety thanks to Spotify.  Enjoy! Read more of this post

J*Davey’s New ‘POMP’ EP [Full Stream] @wearejdavey

J*Davey’s New ‘POMP’ EP [Full Stream] @wearejdavey
A few years back, we were simply in a deep trance listening to Slooow by J*Davey and we are super excited to listen to this new EP. One of the more exciting groups to come around in quite a while, JD made us stand up and listen.

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ABIAH Live in Concert at Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem, NY on May 23 [EVENT] @abiahmusic @mikollrae

If you are anywhere near NYC on May 23, you must head out to hear this awesome singer, ABIAH, who will be performing at Ginny’s Supper Club at Red Rooster Restaurant in Harlem.    ABIAH will also be celebrating his birthday that evening. This is an event you don’t want to miss. Read more of this post

J’Danna Hypnotizes Heads with the Introspective Groove of “Gazing” [FULL STREAM & FREE DOWNLOAD] @JDANNAMUSIC_

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The more the soulhead crew hears from J’Danna, the more smitten we become with her divine vocal stylings. Hailing from South London, the precocious 19-year old songbird has been seducing ears for a few years now. Back in early 2012, perennial tastemaker Gilles Peterson of BBC 6 Music featured her reimagined version of the legendary Gil Scott-Heron’s “Winter in America” on his prestigious Worldwide Awards, invited her to perform in the Brownswood Basement later that year, and has been a passionate proponent of J’Danna’s music ever since. Read more of this post

Prince – Baltimore [FULL STREAM] @3rdeyegirl @3rdeyeboy

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Check out the new Prince song in dedication to the city of Baltimore released just in time for the Rally for Peace event this weekend. Enjoy.

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#LongPlayLove: Tony! Toni! Toné!’s The Revival – Celebrating 25 Years by Justin Chadwick [FULL ALBUM STREAM] @justin_chadwick @TonyToniTone1 @RaphaelSaadiq @DWayneWiggins @Only1AmarKhalil

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Happy 25th Birthday to Tony! Toni! Toné!’s sophomore LP The Revival, originally released May 8, 1990.

If you’re a soulhead and all-around music aficionado like yours truly, I’m willing to bet that while your record collection may run deep and diverse, there are only a small handful of artists that you genuinely, unequivocally, and undyingly cherish. You know, those few acts that you selectively and stubbornly consider a clear cut above and beyond the rest. Those who can do no wrong musically and whose work you’ll champion unconditionally. I certainly maintain a short list of this kind, and I’ve recently expressed my “Long Play Love” for a few of them here and there. One gentleman that resides on my list, without question, and I’ve yet to write about – until today – is the remarkable Raphael Saadiq. Read more of this post

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