Dezaray Dawn is an exciting new artist on the Future Soul scene. Hailing from Atlanta she has released two well received EP’s which showcased her fresh musical approach combining elements of soul, house, RnB, jazz and electronica. Her often delayed debut full length, “The Dawning”, is available in stores from today and it should be a very interesting listen.
One of the tracks from the album is “Brand New” which is produced by Lil’ Dave. It’s lush chords, crisp percussion and synth bass nicely complements Dezaray’s soulful vocals creating an elegant mixture of RnB and soulful house. Be sure to check out the rest of the album here. Dezaray is a pretty unique artist who seems to be carving out her own space in the musical landscape. So keep an eye on her.
Listening to “All Night Everybody” kind of gives you the feeling of being transported back sometime to the late 1970s. The funky bass, warm keys, scratchy guitar and soulful voice of Amy Douglas all add up to a slice of disco magic that celebrates the joys of the nightlife.
Boston-based Kon has long been respected for his DJ’ing, beat digging and remixing skills and now he tries his hand at original production on his latest release “On My Way” which is out on the venerated British label BBE Music. Get your groove on.
Sometimes it feels as though hip hop has forsaken The Funk. You certainly can’t put that on Georgia Ann Muldrow. The singer, instrumentalist and producer masters many musical styles, but she consistently churns out jams grounded in the musical culture that once supplied hip hop with much of its sound and a good part of its spirit.
Music runs deep in the Muldrow family. Besides being the daughter of soul jazz guitarist Ronald Muldrow she is married to Dudley Perkins, the rapper and singer who also doubles as her musical soul mate. Besides being a musical team they also run the record label, SomeOthaship Connect, which releases quality music across a broad spectrum of styles.
This time Muldrow brings some serious heat. The oddly titled “MS.ONE SUM 79 SHH” is a wickedly funky instrumental with bright piano stabs, elastic bass, brutal hand claps and razor sharp synths. Muldrow once again proves she is a force to reckoned with letting loose some serious, whiplash-inducing FONK. And it’s free, so start downloading.
Afrolicious serve up a tasty slice of contemporary afrobeat perfect for summer days and nights. The San Francisco-based group has been establishing a solid reputation in the Bay Area over the past few years particularly due to their energetic live shows.
At it’s core Afrolicious is a dj duo consisting of the two brothers Pleasuremaker and Senor Oz. However, over the past few years Afrolicious has evolved into a 8-12 piece band releasing two EPs, both produced by Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation. They have also released one full length album, “California Dreaming”, where “Horizons” is from. The band is loosely affiliated with like minded groups such as Antibalas who also play music inspired by Africa.
“Horizons” is a groovy, bouncing instrumental with the afrobeat trademarks of funky bass, bright guitars, organ and of course plenty of horns. Guaranteed to make your Monday just a little better.
D15COM8, pronounced “Disco Mate”, is a french electronic music group who, in their own words, make “housey music with a vintage touch”. That’s a very fitting description of their track “WTF” which sees the group staying true to their name.
With it’s pitched down vocals and weighty groove it is indeed quite housey, but also has an irresistibly funky disco vibe sure to keep dance floors packed. D15COM8 prefer real instruments and analog tape recorders instead of digital equipment and it’s a formula that seems to be working for them.
Their debut release is on the Romanian based Sintope Records which has been making some waves in the electronic music world lately. We’ll be keeping an eye on these guys.
Canadian hip hop producer, Elaquent, is keeping busy these days with plenty of production and remix work. This time he does a nice little reworking of “The Official”, one of the best tracks from Jaylib´s “Champion Sound” from 2003. Jaylib, the collaborative album between super producers Madlib and J dilla, was the first of several duo collaboration albums that Madlib started making during the 2000s.
Elaquent does a good job a deconstructing and reinterpreting the track, adding his trademark bounce to it. He even cleverly sneaks a reference in there to the equally excellent album track “The Red”.
Last week American soul crooner Mayer Hawthorne released his awaited third album “Where Does This Door Go”. First single from the album was the Oak-produced “Her Favorite Song”. It features british singer Jessie Ware and was released in late May.
Now a free remix is available courtesy of the Los Angeles based dj/production duo Oliver. Though I really like the original version, in my opinion the Oliver remix is actually the superior track. They added a luxurious 80s sounding funk/pop vibe which perfectly complements Hawthorne’s vocals which have really been improving lately.
Oliver are building up quite the resume. They have been doing remixes for people like Chromeo, Breakbot and Juan Atkins and have also collaborated with A-trak and Destructo. Make sure to keep an eye on these guys in the future.