Algebra Blessett – “Recovery” (Album Review)


Recovery boasts vivid dramatic imagery in songs like "Struggle to Be" and "Danger Zone"; while "Paper Heart" is a beautifully written soliloquy about apprehension, vulnerability and overcoming past (familiar) heartache. Blessett has certainly matured wonderfully in between albums as most of her fans have over the past six years of life. This lends to the relatability of the record. Another refreshing plus is the absence of any expletives, making Recovery radio and family-friendly.

BamaLoveSoul presents On Deck 2 (Order)


... we're releasing the 2nd volume of On Deck for your listening pleasure via CD and digital download. We're not alone in our stance, this time we're backed by BBE Music who will release the album on 2.11.2014

Wayna- “I Don’t Wanna Wait”

It’s been 5 years since the release of Higher Ground; yet Wayna has kept her place in our ears with appearances on Eric Roberson’s “Wanna Believe it Again” and the remix of “Billy Club” ft. Wale and a host of collaborations in the interim.  The latter song was originally a collaboration with the talented singer and producer, Muhsinah.  Alas, I digress… This post is about Wayna’s latest release, “I Don’t Wanna Wait”, which I first heard live during her performance at Drom in NYC in July.  After sitting on this song for about a week, eager to share.  Finally, I can share!

“I Don’t Wanna Wait” is Wayna’s first release from her up coming EP, entitled The Expats which is due for release in October.  The song is a piano-based composition that boasts anthem like hook that trails into a beautiful harmonic, “I don’t wanna wait” reminiscent of Bob Marley’s background singers.  Teaming up with German Producer, Farhot, Wayna sings of the resolve of a woman who has been waiting for the promise/prospect of what her life has in store (love), so she takes the chance and opens herself .  No more walls, no more wondering.  Self-empowerment in true Wayna Wondwoosen fashion.  Wait ’til you see the video!

The lyrics: “Turtle in it’s shell only knows it’s springtime by it’s smell” give you the imagery and metaphor from which you can derive the premise.  So wait no longer! Click play, and let Wayna’s unmistakable voice take you to a refreshing space of freedom to love and receive love… And life’s possibilities…

Robert Glasper Experiment – “Calls” Ft. Jill Scott

The time signature is a refreshing element, and highlights the poetic conversational flow, a signature of Ms. Scott. Not only does this track bolster the anticipation of the release of Black Radio 2, but it heightens the yearning for a new album from Jill Scott, who’s last release was in 2011.

Quadron – [un]Average Fruit (Ahmed Sirour Remix)

The bonus is the flip a tad past the halfway point of Sirour’s Remix! Hold on to your pants as Sirour takes “Average Fruit” to the [UN]. Let’s just say, ladies are going to be prompted to pendulate their hips in the third movement of this song. Pay attention to the subtle congas wafting in the background.

Melanie Durant – Gone

Now here’s a name and voice you should already know. Toronto, Canada native Melanie Durrant was featured on “The Answer” by Slakah The Beatchild on the Soul Movement Vol. 1 album. Here she is with a new single entitled, “Gone”. Her vocal stylings on this song is very jazzy as usual, but she certainly owned this “main girl” assertion. Here’s “Gone” and so am I. Peace…

Choice37 – “Conversate” ft Kero One & El Gambino (Freddie Joachim Remix)

This jazzy hip-hop joint originally featured on Choice37′s EP, Diligence which was released in 2007, in Japan. Joachim’s remix takes this already dope track to another stratosphere, and gives the 6yr old release more well-deserved attention. With a rearrangement of the jazzy guitar riffs and that “Joachim boombap”, I was prompted to dig for the original; so here’s a treat! Both versions for your listening pleasure and comparative reference.


Original Version:

MNEK – “That’s The Way Love Goes” (Janet Jackson Refix) *Free Download*

This 18-yr old phenom is making his mark with some interesting refixes, rerubs and covers.  Brit, producer, remixer, vocalist and songwriter, MNEK is certainly showing his creative and vocal range.  This time he took one of Janet Jackson’s biggest hits and not only covers it, but reconstructed it using Janet’s stems! Take a minute and peep his creative Doo Wop inspired, flip of Jimmy Jam’s and Terry Lewis’ production.

Soia – “You Can Say Hi”

Soia teamed up with Mez again to give us another dope head banger.  You should be familiar with this duo via the BamaLoveSoul presents On Deck Mixtape that’s available in stores or by clicking HERE.  Soia’s voice sits perfectly on this synth voice based melodic concoction brewed by Mez.  Go ahead and say “hi” and get high on this musical fix.

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