SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: GROOVIN’ ERRDAY (NEO-SOUL FOR DEMANDING LISTENERS)
Welcome to another special rendezvous with neo-soul music. It will be a pleasant journey into warm melodies and we hope you will discover something interesting to add to your own neo-soul collection.
People , dim the light , this is Groovin’ Errday.
XIOMARA – HIT THE ROAD JACK
Bay Area songstress Xiomara opens Groovin’ Errday, with a sought-after re-interpretation of a 1961 milestone soul/funky record by the legend Ray Charles entitled Hit The Road Jack . Some months ago we highlighted the dope project ATCO: A Tribute, where the Berkley native singer resumed two classic hip-hop pieces by A Tribe Called Quest and Outkast. Hit The Road Jack confirms her sultry and enticing talent tipical of a mature and trained singer!
URSULA RUCKER FEAT. OVASOUL 7 – BROWN BOY
Listen to Ursula Rucker, is like to walking through a wonderful place imbued of thoughts,feelings and touching music! The Philly born and raised artist got a rare quality to speak straight to your soul thanks her spoken-word style that flow sweet and mellow. In 2001 she released her debut album titled Super Sista, where poetry became music! We selected the track titled Brown Boy alongside the pure voice of Los Angeles singer Ovasoul 7 (we met him on the jazz selection Songs In A Mellow Mood )
THE REVELATIONS AND TRE WILLIAMS – LET’S STRAIGHTEN IT OUT
The Revelations is a group that combines elements of southern soul music from the mid-1960’s through the mid-70’s and blues. The Brooklyn group composed by Rell Gaddis (the voice),Wes Mingus (Guitar) and Gintas Janusonis (Drums) teamed up with Florida native soul singer Tre Williams (do you remember Let There Be The Light by Nas? ) to record a collaborative project titled Concrete Blues . We chose a piece with a ton of quality and elegance: Let’s Straighten It Out
THE INTERNET FEAT. NICKY DAVEY – TIMELESS
Matt Martians and Syd Tha Kid aka The Internet appeared on Stay Mellow and Rhythm and Blues Juice. The Odd Future affiliate , represent a perfect choice if you are looking for soulful future-soul and quality productions, as you can realize tasting the sound of their fantastic album Feel Good. Today we recommend a good joint titled Timeless with Los Angeles group Nicky Davey, who co-wrote the song entitled Dontcha.
SKYMARK FEAT. DEVA MAHAL – THE SHADOW
We stumbled upon the music of producer Skymark (of Soul Sociedad) during an evening listening to a brilliant compilation titled Absolute!! Sounds From Tokyo compiled by Aarop Roy. So we had the opportunity to appreciate the sound of a producer that collaborated with Ghostface Killah, Ommas Keith from SA-RA Creative Partners,Steve Spacek. The Shadow is a very quality track with the beyond amazing voice of Deva Mahal (we will showcase something about her as soon as!!) and lavish soulful sonorities!
SEAN C JOHNSON – FAITHFUL
The Tampa native dexterous singer/songwriter Sean C Johnson is the perfect choice if you are digging in the blogsphere , looking for music that speaks to your soul!!! Deeply influenced by gospel music (listening to The Winans,Soul Stirrers) , soul (Sam Cooke) and neo-soul (D’Angelo,Anthony Hamilton), he works hard to create his own sound that reflects an hotch-potch of creativity that engage audience’s soul! We showcased his wonderful EP titled Grateful and we appreciated his talent on hip-hop selection titled Dillalicious. This time we selected the track titled Faithful from Simply A Vessel Vol.2
ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT FEAT. DWELE – WORRIES
Robert Glasper Experiment present themself as a innovative choice into the jazz landscape!! Many critics think this is only an economic expedient imposed by the major (in this case Blue Note Records) , considering their music not as good jazz but like a mainstream product of the pop culture! Frankly we don’t know if Black Radio series is an idea to transform a niche genre into something to make easy money, but surely we can assert the project of a skilful piano-man to get together an ensemble that play in a flawless way a kind of music with a mix of nu-soul,jazz and hip-hop represents a sussesful idea. After all , other jazz legends like Miles Davis started playing classic jazz music and later he experimented other sonorities for example with Bitches Brew!! Anyway after this digression we play something really smooth from the second chapter of Black Radio series, with Worries alongside neo-soul crooner Dwele (check out the selection Dwelicious )and co-written by PJ Morton.
QUADRON – DAY
Danish group Quadron, composed by producer Robin Hannibal and songstress Coco O (also 1/5 of Boom Clap Bachelors ) enraptured our senses with their flawless piece titled Better Off with Kendrick Lamar on da neo-soul selection Elevate Your Soul . This time we highlight something from their debut self-titled album released in 2010. Let your mind dive in a ocean of emtional pleasantries with the supa-soulful Day!
NATALIE GARDINER – CAN’T QUIT YOU NOW (PRODUCED BY RMJC)
We met sweden songstress Natalie Gardiner on Jazz Is The Keyword but her vocal prowess includes a wide palette of genres: broken beat,neo-soul and jazz masterfully produced by Gothenburg genius RMJC. He selected a excellent track from her debut self-titled work released in 2004. Check out Can’t Quit You Now
CHANNEL TWO FEAT. JOY JONES – S’POSED TO BE
Who are Channel Two? It’s a versatile group composed by german producer/musician Andreas Bingel and Los Angeles songwriter/drummer/producer Terence Yoshiaki. The duo joined their talent to record a music that combines nu-jazz,soul,hip-hop and their peerless album Artful Time Reduction is their business card!! We want to introduce you into Channel Two world with the flavourful and relaxing vibe of the track titled S’Posed To Be with the collaboration of Los Angeles songstress Joy Jones, who appeared on Da Jazz Season,Low On Cash Rich In Love.