7 Nov 2013, 16:03 de NhojjsongI met John Legend years ago at Joe's Pub in NYC before he was signed. I've since run into him on the street in the East Village, he's really down to earth. My celebrity moment - Nhojj
3 Mar 2011, 23:49 de jwRADIO1So, reviewed the new Marsha Ambrosius project. Really. diggin'. it.
Here's the review: http://www.groovelovesmelody.com/2011/03/03/marsha-ambrosius-late-nights-and-early-mornings/
Definitely respect her nod to the LGBT community and bullying (also posted at the same link).
20 Ene 2011, 14:48 de jwRADIO1Just sharing some tracks from my site, Groove Loves Melody, that I think are worth grabbing while they are still available to be freely downloaded. And please pass the links on to friends here at Last.fm and Twitter. I received these freely, so freely I share.
For fans of J*DaVeY and The Foreign Exchange (pop/R&B/electro):
For fans of Usher, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown (r&b/club/hip-hop), this is Dallas artist, Suede Royale. He's with Maybach Music (Rick Ross & co.):
in that same musical vein, here's kFrank from Houston: http://www.groovelovesmelody.com/2011/01/17/kfrank-the-predicate-ep/
For fans of vogueing and the ballroom scene (the queer kids know), grab these B. Ames remix tracks:
And for now, my last link is for a Dallas artist, who brings rock/pop with a touch of funk. Here's Autotelic: http://www.groovelovesmelody.com/2011/01/16/autotelic-autotelic-ep/
Again, freely share any link you enjoy!
27 Oct 2010, 3:02 de jwRADIO1On the popolio blog, I recently reviewed the latest project by B. Slade (the artist formerly known in the urban Gospel music world as Tonex'). I feel it's one of the best releases this year, and this from someone who isn't involved with any church much anymore. It's world-wise, street level, and complicated. Can we have such a thing in modern R&B? Peep the review as I break down why I like it
2 Jun 2010, 14:52 de jwRADIO1@popolio.com
For fans of spoken word, hip-hop, experimental, jazz
20 May 2010, 5:42 de Mr_Muzik_HuntaJanelle Monáe / ArchAndroid / Bad Boy Records
What is creativity? By definition it is the mental process of involving the discovery of new ideas and concepts. For those who follow the music scene know that creativity tends to be very intermittent, every once in awhile an artist will do something new or with a new spin and then everyone else in the game will ride that gimmick until is so common when forget the first artist to do such a thing. But there is an artist who is blurring the line of music genres and has come forth with both a persona and musical style that is both unique and quite a pleasure to listen too. Janelle Monáe and her genre busting album is title ArchAndroid, is an album that is a strong contender for album of the year.
I know music bloggers tend to abuse the words genius, originality, and talented but all these words are a perfect fit for Monáe. Her futuristic genre-less sound is a perfect backdrop for her strong subjects and vocal delivery. Monáe has apparently ignored the basic album format and swings and sways so much thru genres that ArchAndroid is not an album you can pigeonholed with a blanket genre type. ArchAndroid is a superior musical journey starring Janelle Monáe and a star-studded featured cast which includes the legendary Big Boi of OutKast, renowned poet Saul Williams, psychedelic dance-punk troupe Of Montreal, punk prophets Deep Cotton, and the Wondaland Arch Orchestra.
ArchAndroid is an endless flow of cyber hip-hop, psychedelic soul and future jazz. Creativity is the mainstay in this album and is so refreshing in a musical world of mediocre drones. The lyrics touch on love, war, and slavery, while the sounds range from the psychedelic Hendrix-channeling "Mushrooms & roses" with distorted vocodered vocals, Pop; and retro Soul; "Locked inside", the Stevie Wonder-esque "Neon valley street" with a lovely guitar solo, while "Neon gumbo" is the Price-esque groove. All references aside Monáe is an exceptional talent she has an album so grandeur in its musical creativity is comes across like a big theatrical production. I see cannot wait to see where this leads.
Reviewed for ArtHaus Music Report
By AyeJay ‘Da Muzik Hunta’
18 May 2010, 13:16 de jbrotherlove
It feels like many moons since Janelle Monáe (official website) broke onto the independent music scene with her EP, Metropolis, Suite I: The Chase in 2007. Three years later, fueled by plenty of critical praise, fan support, a 2009 Grammy nomination and a deal with Diddy's Bad Boy imprint, the diminutive powerhouse presents her full-length debut, The ArchAndroid.
I love it.
The ArchAndroid contains parts two and three of Monáe's four-part "Metropolis" concept. And while the concept (and Monáe's trademark black and white uniform) may be too precious for some, the album's genre-bending magic is hard to deny. Monae's voice had been comparisons to Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys (most notably on the album's slower songs), but The ArchAndroid's sound belongs to Monáe alone.
After a trademark orchestral intro, The ArchAndroid jumps into a tightly edited trio; "Dance or Die," "Faster" and "Locked Inside" are full of the radio-friendly energy we previewed with first single "Tightrope". The rest of the disc morphs from Doris Day-flavored pop, new wave, jazz, hip hop and psychedelic rock; produced like a soundtrack from a film or musical.
Monáe's voice, part delicate songbird, part rockstar, handles each permeation with ease. With only brief appearances by Saul Williams, Big Boi, Of Montreal and Deep Cotton, The ArchAndroid captures her talent in full bloom. The biggest knock I can give the album is it's about three tracks too long. And there are a few songs I like less than the others. But I can't blame Monáe for wanting to give her all.
Major kudos to The Wondaland Arts Society who has guided Monáe's vision impeccably since the beginning of her "Metropolis" project. It's a great case study in how independent artists are concentrating more on well-executed art direction (brittany bosco and Rahbi come to mind as examples of other indie artists with a dedicated approach to their musical identity).
The ArchAndroid is sure to garner critical praise and awards along the way (Grammy are you listening?) The biggest challenge may be radio airplay. Black /urban radio, still stuck in a payola-esque era of brainless programming, is a wash. (Seriously, are there any innovative artists who listen to Radio One?) However, pop/dance radio stations would do well to add songs from The ArchAndroid to their playlist.
I'm giving the disc an A for a promise fulfilled.
17 May 2010, 1:48 de Mr_Muzik_HuntaYahzarah
Ballad of Purple St James
At times independent music sounds so good its like your favorite meal when your real hungry, something oh so satisfying. Here is something to quench your indie soul thirst. Yahzarah’s new album Ballad of Purple St. James is a well formed artistic vision complete with live instrumentation, strong vocals and real life stories. Yahzarah has a sound so versatile it fits in every shade of funk, soul and hip hop she presents on this phenomenal album. Yahzarah raises the bar with this album. There is something for everyone and that something is just beautiful. The Ballad of Purple St. James has grooves to both dance and make love to. Yahzarah’s voice serves as a powerful driving force all throughout this album.
The Ballad of Purple St. James is something that has not been heard for some time and Yahzarah is not to be compared to her contemporaries. Yahzarah hits notes with a jazz musician’s accuracy and moves the heart of the listener like a gospel singer all the while delivering with the force of a rock star. With work with Nicolay and Phonte this album has raised the bar of talent and creativity. Yazarah covers new ground and redefines some that is familiar. Ballad of Purple St. James is a kick ass, cosmic, funky, soulful, sassy modern masterpiece.
A Quickie Review by
AyeJay Da' Muzik HuntaArtHaus Music Report
6 May 2010, 5:34 de Mr_Muzik_HuntaMarcell & The Truth
There are not many soul/r&b bands around these days. The question becomes why that is so. One can say that hip-hop and its commercial success has killed many aspects of R&B/ Soul music, by putting the weight of creativity in the beat and hook instead of the featured artist. As a former singer I will tell you it takes a real talent and discipline to perform with a live band as oppose to a produced track. With that said it can be safe to say (these days) not many of today's singers may possess such talents and the era of the soul band is dead. I am going to present evidence contrary to that belief. Marcell and The Truth are a collective soul of extraordinary talents. Not since a group named Change that featured a then unknown Luther Vandross has there been a band whose sound is such a wide spectrum of soul with such beautiful instrumental and lyrical content.
Marcell and The Truth return with their sophomore project titled Symbols. The sound on this album shows tremendous growth and incorporates equal parts of gospel, jazz and soul. Marcell’s smoky smooth vocals lead this band of musical geniuses who create and move the mood with the simple nuance of a note. Lyrically Marcell sings of minor moments of love and make them grand and special. There is a story behind every groove and you can’t help but fall in love or contemplate the prospect of falling in love. Marcell sings with so much compassion in the songs “You Saved Me” and “Just to be loved” that a love song becomes spiritual in how he moves the listener with his emotional performance. There are so many standout tracks for so many reasons I cannot list them all in this review. “Symbols” is a musical journey down a path less traveled but yet so familiar. Marcell and The Truth’s album Symbols is an extraordinary example of what a real love and talent for music sounds like.
Reviewed by Ayejay ‘Da Muzik Hunta’Marcell And The Truth
30 Abr 2010, 22:38 de Mr_Muzik_HuntaAdriana Evans
Walking with the Night
Adriana is back with her best to date. Adriana’s latest album titled Walking with the Night is a horn driven journey of some good old soul music. Not since her self-titled debut has Adriana dropped such a cohesive and groovy album. The Horn-rich arrangements are brilliant with their retro-soul sound. The rhythm arrangements are quite modern and along with the 60’s style horn arrangements makes for a sound that is both beautiful and original. The sickest horn arrangement can be heard on the stand out track “Love me on the One”. Adriana delivers vocally in such a matter that even her peers will have to take notice. Adriana vocally glides over complex grooves and make it seem so easy. Adriana takes her rightful place as the first instrument like a real singer should.
For those who have other Adriana albums there are a couple tracks that may sound familiar such as midnight and El sol but these are just jazzy re-workings that are just great, if not better than the originals. Adriana’s Walk with the Night is a collection of Jazzy, Soulful jams that is good from first track to the last and the perfect mood setter for a gathering of friends and drinks. Walk with the night is a must have for all Adriana Evans fans and those who want to hear what musical originality and integrity is all about.
Reviewed by AyeJay ‘Da Muzik Hunta’