Raheem DeVaughn & Apollo Brown: When A Man

A stunning soulful cut here from Raheem DeVaughn and Apollo Brown, as they announce their forthcoming album, Lovesick. It looks set to be a significant step away from the usual Detroit grittiness that Apollo Brown has become synonymous with, but as soon as DeVaughn’s vocals soar into life on When A Man, the collaboration feels like it should have happened a lifetime ago. The full album is due for release on 4 June via Mello Music Group.

The Lasso: 2121 (Video)

The Lasso is gearing up to release a new solo album, following on from a very successful 2020, which saw the release of three superb collaborative projects. 2121 is the name of the album and it features a cavalcade of features from the likes of Hemlock Ernst, Ill Camille, Fat Tony and previous collaborators, Psypiritual and Lando Chill. A video for the title track saw its release this week, featuring the awesome vocal work of Rachele Eve and A. Billi Free. You can watch it above, and pre-orders for the album are available via Mello Music. The album is due for release on 19 February. Stay tuned for my review coming in next month’s edition of The Wire.

KinKai ft. Children of Zeus: Top Down

Sunshine in musical form, as KinKai unveils his new video for Top Down. The track is lifted from his recent album, A Pennies Worth, and features fellow Manny favourites, Children of Zeus. The end result is a blissed out and heavily soulful track, which is just begging to brighten up these grey days. Top Down is produced by Paya. A Pennies Worth is out now.

Anderson .Paak: Lockdown

A fantastic new track from Anderson Paak, as he brings his musical stamp to the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests across the globe. Lockdown provides some emotionally charged commentary on the current global situation, with Paak’s passionate delivery further bolstered by a slick verse from Jay Rock. The video adds more potency to the overall vibe and there are a couple of notable cameos too. The track was produced by Paak and J.LBS. Downloads and streaming options are also available.

Don Leisure: Just Remember

Just Remember is the latest track to be lifted from the recent Group BraCil compilation, and it shines a light on a new addition to their roster. Don Leisure is no stranger to the scene, thanks to plenty of past successes with Darkhouse Family, as well as with his solo ventures. He has a new album coming soon on GB, but for now enjoy the sounds of this blissed out, funk-soul driven single. The video was made by Bee Graphics. The compilation, happiness, we’re all in this together, is out now.

Telemachus ft. Jerome Thomas: Greed

Another stunner from the forthcoming Telemachus album, as he treats us to the second single, Greed. The production is like a jazzy dreamscape, sparse but refined, and with the added beauty of Jerome Thomas’s vocals gliding effortlessly through it. The video was made by This & That Media. Boring & Weird Historical Music is out on 22 May.

Blakk Soul: Help / Smoke N Chill

New music emerging from the Mello Music Group camp, as they unveil their next release from new addition, Blakk Soul. The singer is under the guidance of Rapper Big Pooh and has already worked with the likes of Dr Dre, Jake One and Anderson Paak, but now he is making his MMG debut with Take Your Time. Two tracks have been released so far, including the Joell Ortiz assisted, Help, and the ultra smooth, Smoke N Chill. RnB and soul vibes in abundance, and with Mello referring to the album as, “a dripping wet bedroom masterpiece”, I think it’s fair to say the rest of the tracks are going to follow in the same vein. Take Your Time is due for release on 8 May, with pre-orders available now. You can also hear both of the singles below. Continue reading “Blakk Soul: Help / Smoke N Chill”

Group BraCil: happiness, we’re all in this together (Stream)

New sounds from the Group BraCil camp as they release their new label compilation. happiness, we’re all in this together is a fine blend of old and new, as the rising label hit us with tracks from the likes of Verbz and Chuck Enzo, while also bringing new members to the fore with new material from Spectacular Diagnostics and Don Leisure. It serves as a fine showcase for a label who have consistently proven their worth with each new release, and who look set to continue blurring the lines between genres as their roster gains strength. You can hear the album in full below, with physical and digital versions available on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Group BraCil: happiness, we’re all in this together (Stream)”