SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: NU-SOUL FRAGMENTSSCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: NU-SOUL FRAGMENTS
The turntable is spinning some wonderful neo-soul pieces. Nu-Soul Fragments is our new selection of modern soul gems dedicated to everyone that really love this genre and want to increase the own records collection.
The first track is by an artist that just appeared on For The Sake Of Neo-Soul and on Eargasmic Jazz with her masterpiece called Cliché from her debut album Pretty On The Inside . Today we focus our attention on another single by Venus Malone, called Eye On The Prize. She gives us the proof of her honed and sharpened skills.
Jason Greenhalgh and Paul Smith are known as members of U.K drum’n’bass duo Total Science. Hold on, wait a minute! Maybe you are thinking , why in the hell they are including drum n bass artist in a neo-soul selection? We want to recommend ya a super-soulful track that Total Science released in 2006 , included on their album entitled Mars Needs….Total Science. So sit down and relax your mind with the peaceful and seductive beat of Wasting Time with the vocals of neo-soul crooner Darien Brockington and rapper Phonte. Def a must have!!
Allow us to introduce you a new entry on scratchtheblock.com!! Ohio neo-soul/r&b songwriter/singer Jamison is the kind of artist the first of all grabs your attention with his soulful baritone vocal skills and then strikes softly your soul, conquering you definitely. Imagine a fusion between Anthony Hamilton and Jose James : this is Jamison!! We are sure that after you will listen to his debut album called Re-Souled dropped in 2013 with the help of producer Troy Cedeno, you will fall in love with his music! We choose the sumptuous gem entitled Downer.
We go on with another smooth masterpiece by East Cleveland emcee Jahi. With a musical background influenced by hip hop legends like KRS-1, Run DMC, Rakim and some artists from the soul music like The O’Jays, (The) Commodores, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Jahi released a must have album where put his background: Soul-Hop collaborating in studio with danish musical collective Nobody Beats The Beats. Love vibrations with the mellow gem called Sweet Melody featuring Don-E on vocals and keyboards.
One of our fav producers, dutch beatmaker Full Crate got on his own much swagg, in particular when he puts his thoughtful hands to make nu-soul beats (check out his flawless production for Mar album Conversations With Her). We choose another collaboration with his longstanding musical partner Mar: Settle For , from the EP Homemade, alongside producers FS Green and Grand Jackson.
Dutch producer Nicolay and ex-member from Little Brother, Phonte Coleman made supa-dupa masterpieces under the stage name of The Foreign Exchange , de facto, one of the most renowned musical experiment! In 2004 they released their debut project called Connection under the legendary BBE Records and we want to share with you the superlative Come Around featuring Darien Brockington.
Maybe this selection will make Darien Brockington fans happy. North Carolina singer/songwriter D-Brock is also one of our fav neo-soul singer and we appreciated in particular his sophomore album entitled Somebody To Love released in 2006, recruiting some dope beatmakers like 9th Wonder and Symbolyc One (from Strange Fruit Project). We choose for you I Need You featuring Little Brother .
Super-cool french beatmaker Onra appeared on our several selection: MamaLuvSoul Green Version, Masters At Work and The Box and UK producer Byron The Aquarius is included on MamaLuvSoul Green Version, Masters At Work and Neo-Soul Perspective . Put together these artists and the result is a special collaboration: The Big Payback released in 2007 enlisting several artists: Peter Hadar, Julien Marc, Neco Redd and others.Enjoy yourself with the soulful-groovy Bluberry Weed featuirng Isis.
The next to last gem is a neo-soul classic by the queen Angie Stone from her sophomore studio album Mahogany Soul dropped in 2001. We are talking about the single Brotha produced by Raphael Saadiq.
The last dish that we serve u up is a 1996 joint by Alfonzo Hunter from his album Blacka Da Berry. Honey for your palates!!