SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: TREASURES
With our brand new selection called Treasures, we invite y’all to join us for an excursion through delightful r&b jams performed by interesting artists.
We get the ball rolling with a goosebumps-induce track entitled Kodak.The song is performed by alternative trio Baby.Daddi , an interesting musical project brainchild of Ye Ali , Tommy Genesis (Vancouver-bred singer/rapper/producer/songwriter) and Wes Period (Los Angeles musician/producer). They put together their eclectic skills in order to create a dream-like , glossy opus premiered by renowned magazine I-D. Dim da lights and let Baby.Daddi seduces your ears with the eargasmic Kodak.
In a age where urban music like r&b, sounds a little trite we look at Allie as the Remedy. Yap, the canadian singer is one of our favorite names and she earned our respect through two compelling projects: Strange Creature and Moonlust. Today we serve you up the flavourful Remedy off of the masterpiece Moonlust (packed with sublime productions handled by Elaquent and Da-P among others). The song is finely produced by Vancouver based DJ and beat-wizard Nick Wisdom (also known as 1/2 of Potatohead People) whose creative mindset always gives us something really really cool! Make sure you to purchase the debut album by Allie titled Nightshade , created with da support of brilliant producers such as Birthday Boy, The Kount,2nd Son and River Tiber……in the meantime peep out the visual for the single Bad Habits
JMSN is an artist with a special gift: a rare capability to go straight to the soul pouring touching,emotional,eargasmic and soulful quality music into listener’s veins.The Detroit singer,songwriter,musician and producer recently released Whatever Makes You Happy confirming his great skills as multi-talented prolific artist with an experimental approach when it comes to break the boundaries of ordinary genre!Last year we introduced to our fans the incredible voice of JMSN protége Alcordo, who got a record deal with JMSN label White Room !Well, let us serve you up Alcordo last offering titled No Good.Da sublime piece is a collabo between the torontonian singer and the Detroit artist who provides laid back vocals and an air-tight production that highlights Alcordo brilliant vocal skills!
As you know, we are great admirers of producers and musicians and we always check the credits in order to get familiar with the genius behind an amazing song,and every day, right back to the first time we felt in love with hip-hop, we read the liner notes,learning to love the solid work of superlative acts such as Easy Mo Bee,Jay Dee,Pete Rock,Madlib,Da Beatminerz,RH Factor,Dre & Vidal,James Poyser,No I.D,Timbaland,Neptunes,B.Cox,Stargate,Teddy Riley,Jermaine Dupri,Jake One,Just Blaze,The Runners,Trackmasters and more recently Noah 40 Shebib,Boi-1nda,T-Minus,Tall Black Guy,Jake Milliner,Eric Lau,SoundZ.Well, Los Angeles has much to offer to hip-hop fans in terms of bright producers!Names such as Terrace Martin,Mndsgn,Knxwledge,Like(of Pac Div),Flying Lotus,DJ Dhai,DJ Mustard,TDE’s Digi-Phonics have been having an extreme impact on hip-hop music around the globe.Today we want to sing the praises of L.A based collective 1500 or Nothin , the brainchild of Larrance Dopson,Lamar Edwards,Charles ‘Uncle Chucc’ Hamilton,Brody Brown and James Fauntleroy. In ten years ,1500 or Nothin’went from being a band to an Entertainment company with three divisions 1500 or Nothin Music, 1500 or Nothin’ Video, and 1500 or Nothin’ Ancillary.Their curriculum could inspire just as much jealousy,including 30 grammy nominations and a huge number of productions and collaborations with seminal acts such as Diddy,Ce-Lo Green,B.O.B,Marsha Ambrosius,Chris Brown,Frank Ocean,The Game,J.Cole,Justin Timberlake,Rihanna and the list goes on and on….Recently the HBO comedy series , Insecure, released the official soundtrack boasting appearances from GoldLink,D’Angelo,Thundercat,KING,Moses Sumney among others.We’re so fucking impressed by the extraordinary rendition of Girl performed by 1500 or Nothin’.They rearrange a smooth classic called Girl by one of our favorite bands of the moment, The Internet originally co-produced by canadian finest beat-wizard Kaytranada and included on their third acclaimed album Ego Death.1500 or Nothin’ blow our mind through the incredible sonic textures that define them and give to their works vitality …..and…wow…..the vocals (we’re not sure but probably in this case, Mr. Uncle Chucc grabs the mic) represents a moment of pure pleasure. We take this opportunity to extend a warm greeting to Charles ‘Uncle Chucc’ Hamilton , for his grammy nomination in the category Best R&B Album through his collabo on Terrace Martin Velvet Portrait
The next track is a luscious slow-burning r&b piece flawlessly performed by New York’s finest MAAD and Ro James titled Touch Me. The collaborative track is included on MAAD debut EP Lé Funk . DJ/singer and songwriter this young lady gave us one of the most seductive piece of the last decade called Touch Me. In order to create the sumptuous piece, she recruits the warm voice of grammy nominated singer Ro James (if y’all haven’t already done , we highly recommend to listen to his masterpiece Eldorado) and creative collective The Vamp , which definitely blew our mind with a beyond amazing production.
Bee Honey appears for da first time here at scratchtheblock.com but we bet y’all will appreciate her music! In 2016 the young singer/songwriter teamed up with Houston independent record label and musical collective Milky Wayv to record a supa-soulful r&b cut titled Whirlwind. The seductive downtempo backdrop was finely produced by Mufasa Enzor , Milky Wayv co-founder Robert Claveria aka Bobby Earth and Amaru TMN….and…wow…together these three dudes created a sort of colourful kaleidoscope of genres which spans r&b, funk and jazz sonorities.
What strikes us most about Ellicott City native Chris McClenney is the brilliance and mature approach of a young dude , equipped with self-confidence and an incredible creative perspective when it comes to create his own material! No wonder Los Angeles label Soulection recruited him for the 14th chapter of White Label series! The career of Mr.McClenney is steadily increasing and we can describe his debut album Portrait In Two as a triumph in terms of quality, sonorities and production but through this project McClenney establishes himself as not just a musician/producer, but a well-rounded artist with great skills as singer and songwriter. Scratchtheblock.com crew invites you to contemplate the beauty behind the song called Otherside.
Intriguing narrative , soothing vocals and passionate soul! You can find this and more , behind the music performed by Rochester singer Rey now known by the moniker Midnight! Last year Midnight earned positive feedbacks from critics releasing the compelling EP called 0:00 which includes a great collaborations with super-group The Internet. The 4 pieces project includes also a song titled Absolute and we want to delight your palate with an alternative version , Absolute Reprise produced by British versatile producer Karnaval Blues.
In May we introduced to our fanbase the impressive talent of australian superlative producer/singer Southpaw.
Southpaw project titled Blush dropped via Blunt Records is a solid and well-appointed work which offers us the dimension of an artist able to walk brilliantly through a galaxy of genres from soul to electronic, from hip-hop to r&b showing mastery and flexibility.We want to share with y’all another stunning piece from Blush, called He Gives Her That Feeling.
Los Angeles phenomenon Sydney Bennet aka Syd unleashed this year her debut work as solo artist titled Fin . The singer of grammy nominated super-group The Internet , proved that she got the right skills to record a mature and well-appointed album as solo artist , providing her distinctive feel-good vibrations over sensuous landscapes finely painted by dope producers such as Melo-X, Hazebanga and Steve Lacy among others. But define Syd just a bright singer/songwriter would be an understatement , because Ms.Bennet got incredible prowess also as producer : Smile More, Nothin to Somethin and No Complaints are a clear example of her abilities behind the boards. Now sit back and relax yourself with da sublime mellow r&b joint called Shake Em Off masterfully produced by hitmaker Hit-Boy, recenlty involved in a new musical project alongside Dom Kennedy under the moniker Half-A-Mil (taste the single The Hills)