SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: SWEET BITTER LOVE (NEO-SOUL SELECTION)
How are you folks? We continue to spread some impressive tunes for da sake of black music and in this case we focus our attention on da neo-soul groove.
Sweet Bitter Love is the ultimate neo-soul collection for everyone who love this genre.
We start with a new entry from U.K: singer/songwriter Rozaya Hopkins. Musically influenced by Alicia Keys, Jill Scott, Floetry, Beyonce , she hit us with her sumptuous gem titled Are My Feelings Reciprocated. It’s a seductive neo-soul track masterfully produced by songwriter/pianist/producer Matthew Daniel (he appeared on da jazz selection Giant Steps ) , the man behind Butterfly Jazz Records
The next artist is Ricky Jones and we suggest to prepare yourself for an intimate supa-soulful journey into smooth & warm melodies! Press play and taste Soulmate.
Matthew Daniel is surely an interesting artist of the neo-soul and jazz modern soundscape, thanks an approach to music , permeated with luscious and classy vibes he often appears here on scratchtheblock.com. We deliver anotha proof of his prowess as producer with a mellow tune titled No Time To Waste performed by France native songstress Meemee Nelzy (really hot voice!!) . The track is included on Better Each Day!!
A sumptuous combo of smooth-jazz and nu-soul imbue the must have single by one of the most talented voice of the neo-soul current scene: Jarrard Anthony. The multifaceted artist from Richmond released in 2009 the excellent full-length album titled Decade Of Dreams from which we chose The Dream, that sounds like a sparkling neo-soul classic just like Brown Sugar by D’Angelo, Golden by Jill Scott or other milestones!!!! Jarrard breathtaking voice together with an alluring instrumental gave to the world a real rarity!!!
In 2010 Swedish-Japanese lead singer of avant-garde electronic band Little Dragon, Yukimi Nagano teamed up with New York based Gerard Young aka Ge-Ology (a well-known producer that during his career produced success for Black Star,Apani B-Fly,Mos Def,Lone Catalysts,De La Soul) to release a single titled Blues Alley for da soundtrack of The Kids Are All Right,a comedy-drama film directed by Lisa Cholodenko. Gotdamn , this is class!!!
Mix the distinctive stirring-sound of three dutch producers Full Crate, FS Green and Grand Jackson and the result is the compelling EP Homemade. We posted something cool from this EP on da selection Nu-Soul Fragments and now we spread anotha good-feeling gem titled Feel Like featuring the delectable voice of Mar.
We make a jump in 2009 when neo-soul songstress Dominique Howard released her studio album Chapters. The Louisiana native and Germany based talented singer, focuses her lyrics on struggles and hard life conveying with her music a positive and inspirational message. Influenced by Whitney Houston, Donny Hathaway, Lalah Hathaway,Mary J Blige, The Isley Brothers , Dominique Howard caught our interest with a very impressive gem titled Keep On Keepin’ On
London based neo-soul/jazz songstress Deborah Jordan appeared on Neo-Soul Fever with a soulful gem from her album The Light . Today we selected a sumptuos soulful track from her sophomore album released in 2011: What You See . We chose the self-titled track to relax your mind!!
We gave ya an injection of a real good neo-soul music with Conya Doss on the selection The Urban Theme . We spin our fave record about Cleveland super-talented songstress, titled Coffee from her magnificent album Poem About Ms.Doss released in 2002. Her music is poetry in motion, enhanced with an arresting voice that shot you straight to the soul.
In 2004 versatile Detroit artist Amp Fiddler, dropped his masterpiece Waltz Of A Ghetto Fly , counting on da support of the legend J.Dilla. The project is a perfect assembly of future-jazz,downtempo,electro-funk and neo-soul!! For this occasion we serve you up You Play Me produced by Jay Dee.
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