We’re great fans of soulful and mellow vibes and we launched in 2013 Stay Mellow series in order to celebrate,spread and promote buttery music selecting the finest tunes from jazz,neo-soul,hip-hop,r&b and alternative!
After two years delivering impressive joints, we’re ready to set the world on fire with the 11th volume of Stay Mellow…….so don’t talk, just listen..
ZILO – CURE & THE CAUSE (PRODUCED BY J.DILLA)
She’s a terribly beautiful woman, she’s an extra-talented artist,her music is a ear-catchy and balanced blend of neo-soul and hip-hop rhythm! We’re talking about U.K singer/songwriter Zilo and we guarantee a massive dose of quality music on her soundcloud page. Scratchtheblock.com highly recommends to taste the superlative Cure & The Cause! The seductive and warm voice of Zilo glides over the supa-dupa groovy n soulful beat cooked by the hip-hop mogul J.Dilla. Zilo decides to use the same sample used by Dilla brother Illa J for the track titled Swagger included on Yancey Boys album.We’re waiting for a debut project by Zilo but in the meantime make sure you to vibe with this brilliant joint.
URSULA RUCKER FEAT. VICKI MILES – LETTER TO A SISTER FRIEND
Spoken wordsmith Ursula Desiré Rucker released in 2001 her debut album titled Supa Sista. The Philly singer/poetess is able to captivate the attention of the listener, touching sensibility and emotions through consistent lyrics about womanhood, slavery,racism, sexism, rape and politics taking advantage of jazz, hip-hop, soul and spoken word backdrop! We selected for y’all the moving Letter To A Sister Friend featuring the voice of Vicki Miles (we met her on Avant-Garde alongside King Britt)
THE FOUNDATION FEAT. NICOLE HURST AND AND PZ – SOUNDS OF THE CITY (PRODUCED BY CHRIS DAVE AND ROBERT GLASPER)
Ten years ago , Houston ensemble The Foundation blew our mind with their top-notch mishmash of soulful hip-hop and jazz releasing their debut self-titled album. The group consisting of Kay,keyboardist Cleo “Pookie” Sample (also member of D’Angelo band The Vanguard),drummer/producer Chris “Daddy” Dave,keyboardist/producer Luke Austin,Marshall York ,Jon Jon
Stefan Schultz & Robert Glasper enlists dynamic Houston singer Nicole Hurst and PZ of the group The Luv Bugz (alongside Erica.MissAmerica) to record the supreme jazzy hip-hop cut entitled Sounds Of The City produced in a masterly manner by Chris Dave and Robert Glasper.
SLAKAH THE BEATCHILD – ADVENTURE FOR 2
Canadian beatsmith/singer/musician Slakah The Beatchild represents one of the most impressive producer of the international music scene. He has the Midas touch and each project sounds cool,sophisticated,eclectic,groovy,soulful as you can realize listening to Something Forever , The Soul Movement Vol.1 or his collaborative works alongside rapper Duane Gibson aka D.O under the moniker Art Of Fresh , or The Slakadeliqs. Today we focus our attention on the second chapter of The Soul Movement series dropped last year , so relax your mind and press play to experience the mellow sound of Adventure For 2.
POTATOHEAD PEOPLE FEAT. ILLA J , FRANK NITT AND JON ROGERS – WHATEVER IT IS,IT’S WORKING
Canadian super-producers Potatohead People, consisting of Nick Wisdom & AstroLogical released this year the iconic and magnificent Big Luxury. We can assert Potatohead People are one of the best choice if you’re fans of soulful and boomb-bap rhythm a la Jay Dee and we decided to include on Stay Mellow Vol.11 , one of their best production called Whatever It Is,It’s Working. It’s an outstanding collaboration alongisde Frank Nitt (check out his last work Frankie Rothstein), Illa J (don’t miss the Illa J album) and talented New York beatmaker/emcee/instrumentalist/producer Jon Rogers.
NEW EDITION – SOMETHING ABOUT YOU (PRODUCED BY JIMMY JAM AND TERRY LEWIS)
Back in 1996 when r&b band New Edition dropped their sixth studio album called Home Again produced by eminent hit-makers such as P.Diddy,Chuck Thompson,Jermaine Dupri and production team Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (their extended production credit includes works for Janet Jackson,George Michael,Mint Condition,Shabba Ranks and many others) who creating something epic with Something About You taking advantage of the sample of What I Am by singer-songwriter Edie Arlisa Brickell
KISSEY ASPLUND FEAT. MOKA ONLY – DEMON LOVE (PRODUCED BY CHIEF)
Lausanne beatmaker/producer and owner of the independent label called Feelin’ Music , Chief is a respected exponent of the underground hip-hop music scene. Imagine a mix of Madlib,J.Dilla,J.Rawls and DJ Jazzy Jeff skills and the result is Chief music! Six years ago, Chief flaunted his artistry releasing a collection of collaborations entitled Collabo Collection that includes dope pieces by John Robinson,Blu,Moka Only,neo-soul french divas Les Nubians and others. We selected one of our fave Chief production called Demon Love performed by alternative singer Kissey Asplund and canadian rapper/producer Moka Only.Gotdamn, the soulful approach,the mellow hip-hop beat,the seductive and ethereal voice of Kissey and the laid back rhymes by Moka are the main ingredients of an instant classic!
KENYA SOULSINGER – LOVE YOU TO LIFE (PRODUCED BY SPYDA THE WISE MUSICIAN)
Time to introduce an interesting neo-soul singer: Kenya Lynn Whitlow better known by the stage name Kenya Soulsinger.The Oklahoma native songstress/songwriter engaged our attention with a music that combines neo-soul, R&B, a lil bit of Jazz, Funk and a pinch of Hip Hop. Today we spotlight her talent selecting something from her sophomore project titled Love You To Life released two years ago and produced by multi-talented producer Spyda ” The Wise Musician” )
JOY POSTELL – SEATTLE FREESTYLE (PRODUCED BY WUF)
Baltimore emerging singer Joy Postell is trying to position herself on the music map flexing her abilities and we have to admit she got game! We started to showcase Ms.Postell with the impressive tune titled Summer Time produced by AiRLOCKE and then we recommended another interesting tune titled HYD produced by B Smooth. Today she confirms her talent with a recent treat called Seattle Freestyle.Wow….her divine voice perfectly fits with the masterful extra-mellow and groovy instrumental finely cooked by italian beatmaker Wuf . Wuf beats reflect a penchant for jazz n lo-fi hip-hop soulful music! Joy and Wuf…..def a match made in heaven!
BRUCE GARDNER – TAKE YOU THERE
Maryland based singer/songwriter/producer Bruce”Kool-Aid” Gardner is a neo-soul artist deeply influenced by Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Prince, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and Barry White. We highly recommend to close your eyes to appreciate the seductive relaxing flow and the impressive laid back vocals with the tune titled Take You There.
Stay Mellow 11 is available via Mixcloud