Soul

  • Alabama Rose: “Come With Me” – pragmatic sensibility and a succinct profoundness

    There is something infectious about Alabama Rose, something immediately arresting or even downright lovable about the authentically pure way that she seems to approach music. She writes lyrics that make you think as easily as it makes you emote. Quickly garnering a reputation for her energetic live performances and...
  • Zhanel: “Guidance II” – a beautiful voice and intriguing lyrics

    Zhanel (pronounced Ja-nel) hails from a musically-inclined family. Her father is a guitarist and her grandfather – a well-known trumpeter – played alongside Ray Charles and Count Basie. When she started singing at age four, the men in her life were right there, playing alongside her. Now sixteen, Zhanel’s...
  • Rasha Jay: “Red Coat” – forceful vocals and tonal deftness

    When critics talk about women being the future of rock music, they’re usually referring to white ladies who sing indie rock. But women’s voices and feminine influences are also making a huge impact on alternative rock, not least, the newest entry on my desk – Rasha Jay. What makes...
  • Grant Smith: “Unfair” – a commanding blend of angst and soul

    Grant Smith is a twenty year old, small-town singer, currently serving in the US Army in the 82nd Airborne Division. Smith has a number of music releases under his belt, including the single “Unfair”, recorded in collaboration with Producer Marc Solomon. Right off the cuff I’m surprised that Grant...
  • Fatima Revne: “Feel Good” Prod. by WNDR – millennial neo soul!

    Fatima Revne is a passionate R&B singer came out with her debut single, “The One”, in 2016. In 2018 she released two more singles, namely, “I.L.W.Y” and “On My Mind”. Now in 2019 she drops her brand new track “Feel Good” produced by DJ / Producer WNDR. Listening to...
  • John Tafaro Music: “Soul Rider” – Hard-grooving and funk-infused Jazz

    This is one of John Tafaro Music’s best. This is the smoothest, coolest and grooviest tune I’ve heard this year. What am I talking about? Well, it’s “Soul Rider” – a track off John’s forthcoming album “Forgotten Impressions”. Hearing the imploring soul-sax and the thundering guitar strum joined on...
  • Temperance Lancecouncil: “Bet Not Take My Soul” – A Taste of Some Country Soul!

    It’s refreshing when an artist lives up to the hype. I always feel relieved for the artist, and selfishly, relieved as a listener that a great single hadn’t gotten my hopes up. Breakout artist Temperance Lancecouncil is a singer-songwriter in Los Angeles, California, who originally hails from the Carolina,...
  • J.Lamaar: “In The Clouds” – crafted to appeal to any generation!

    It seems that all one has to do in R&B is maintain the status quo and the fans will open their hearts. Critics might yearn for innovation, but as song after song parades by in a blurring montage of predictability, it would appear that simply coloring within the lines...
  • Emotan: “Ameh” – This is what timelessness means!

    Deep-rooted in her African culture, Emotan is an eclectic artist from Nigeria who creates timeless music. The proof is in the re-release of 1994 album “Ameh”. This is an album that rewards patience and time, because underneath the smooth exteriors lies a batch of songs that are surprisingly loose...