SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: DA GROOVE (NEO-SOUL RHYTHM)
Neo-Soul lovers we are ready to spread some soul-food for your palate with a brand new selection titled DA GROOVE.
As appetizer we serve you up a supa-soulful gem performed by neo-soul songwriter,pianist,songstress Vivian Green. Vivian career started as background vocalist for Jill Scott and she was also involved into songwriting , penning for several artists like Freeway and Boys II Men. In 2002 she released her debut full-length album titled A Love Story, working side by side with Eric Roberson,Osunlade,James Poyser,Jeff Bradshaw. We selected the track titled Fanatic, a lil masterpiece with a feel-good-flava.
The next artist is a new entry here on scratchtheblock.com! Have ya ever heard the name of Uphigh Collective? No? Well, it’s an ensamble of different producers (William, Ducap,Oddlaner, Title) , a vocalist ( Delv!s ) and one emcee (Sir-5) from Belgium that combine electronic-driven and bass-driven music with soulful groove. Certainly Uphigh Collective got a hip-hop background. We are so fucking impressed by their extra-smooth track titled Blend 7″ . The track blends together electronic beats with soul groove in a way that surely will blow ya mind!
British neo-soul/r&b singer/songwriter Terri Walker thrilled us with her performances alongside Nicole Wray under the moniker of Lady and she appeared also on the 4th installment of Stay Mellow series with a feature with r&b singer KOF. Today we blew the dust off her debut solo album named Untitled dropped in 2003. We chose the mid-tempo single titled Guess You Didn’t Love Me featuring Mos Def.
Taura Taylor-Mendoza aka T-Love represents a sheer talented femcee as well as underground hip-hop producer. Her distinctive approach to hip-hop (influenced by female rapper icons like Bahamadia and Queen Latifah) linked to an incredible neo-soul sensibility (influenced by Jill Scott,Erykah Badu,Lauryn Hill) create a sound that touches not only ya ears but also ya soul. In 2003 she dropped her masterpiece titled Long Way Back, an album born with the contribute of many artists like Jay Dilla,The Herbaliser and Dwele that took the mic and produced the single titled Seven.
Jump in the 1994 , when Brooklyn singer Ceybil Jefferies better known as Sweet Sable released her album Old Time Sake. We are so fascinated by her single Old Time Sake that uses the sample of a 1977 record by sou singer Eddie Kendricks.
Take the underground hip-hop flow of John Robinson also member of Scienz of Life and the soulful vocal skills by avant-garde Georgia singer Stacy Epps and you can appreciate the music of Sol Uprising. In 2003 both artists joined their forces and prowess to record a compelling album called Sol Power from which we chose Solar Love, an intriguing jont that combine elements of hip-hop,neo-soul and jazz. Enjoy the mellow journey!!!
We ain’t no doubt that canadian artist, Slakah The Beatchild represents one of the most prominent artist with a multi-tasking talent . This year he released the long awaited second installment of Soul Movement series. With his last effort , he confirms again his considerable accomplishment, madking impressive beats for a wide array of audience,scouring the seas of jazz,hip-hop and neo-soul. For this selection we chose the wonderful track titled Number 1 featuring bona-fide neo-soul crooner Glenn Lewis. Beatchild appeared on It’s A Jazz-Hop Affair , Neo-Soul Theory and on our tribute to the most influential producers Rockin With The Rhythm
Maybe you stumbled upon U.K producer,musician and DJ, Richard Earnshaw on our selection titled Masters At Work and for this occasion we wanna share with our fans anotha big gem by Mr. Earnshaw from his In Time . In Time is a shimmering and majestic tapestry of soulful vibrations for your palates. So sit down and relax with the magic sound of Young Foolish with the vocals of Natasha Bridges.
Anotha new entry on da block: ProbCause . The Chicago rapper grabbed our attention with his album The Recipe Vol.2 , for which he enlisted some dope artists like Chance The Rapper,Add-2 and Diggs Duke. We highly recommend you the track titled Whiskey on the Rocks featuring female rapper Psalm One and musician/singer/producer Diggs Duke, that enanches the track with his velvety voice and production.
We proceed with a mellow final, selecting a recent masterpiece by renowned producer Mark deClive Lowe.The New Zealand native and L.A based eclectic musician/producer is almost ready to deliver to the entire world his 11th studio album titled Church , scheduled for the 27 May. Pick up your headphones and taste the goosebump groove of the track titled Hollow with the buttery voice of Nia Andrews . Mark deClive Lowe appeared on Masters At Work , Stay Mellow 3 and on The Block Is Hot under the moniker of The Politik
Da Groove is now available via Mixcloud