Saturday, November 28, 2015

Song of the Day: "Count on Me" (Whitney Houston & CeCe Winans)

"Count on Me" - Whitney Houston & CeCe Winans
  • Writers: Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Whitney Houston, Michael Houston
  • Producer: Babyface
  • Record Label: Arista
  • Released in 1996 from the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack
  • Peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100

Cut: "Gotta Get Up (Another Day)" (Jill Scott ft 4Hero)

Back in 2001, Jill Scott released her live double album Experience: Jill Scott 826+ and while the set is best known for her live renditions and the single "Gimme," my favorite joint from the bonus studio LP has to be her 4Hero assisted joint "Gotta Get Up (Another Day)."

While the song was never released as a single and Ms. Scott has not performed it live to my knowledge, the song has such a necessary meaning and a dope beat to accompany it. With that said, take a listen to "Gotta Get Up (Another Day)" after the jump and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Fire and Desire" (Rick James & Teena Marie)

"Fire and Desire" by Rick James and Teena Marie is easily one of my top ten duets in music history. Besides the vocals being off the charts, the passion between these two can be felt even through the mechanical reproduction of their recorded duet.

Arranged, composed, and written by James, "Fire and Desire" is one of those cuts from Rick's 1981 concept album "Street Songs" that still lives on classic Soul radio. Take a (hopefully) second listen to "Fire and Desire" below and Enjoy!

Album Stream: "But You Caint Use My Phone" (Erykah Badu)

It's been over five years since Erykah Badu dropped a new project and her long awaited followup to 2010's New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) has finally arrived. While Badu has stated that her new mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone has helped inspire her forthcoming studio album, But You Caint Use My Phone is a dope project on its own that is inspired by a line from her hit single "Tyrone."

In addition to featuring the Badu original “Phone Down” and her remix to Drake's "Hotline Bling" (renamed "Cell U Lar Device"), she is joined byAndré 3000 on “Hello" and possibly her son on "U Use to Call Me." While many believed it was Drake on "U Use to Call Me," Badu took to Twitter yesterday to inform her fans that it wasn't Drake, but retweeting one fan asking if it was her son.

Written, recorded, produced, and mixed in Badu's home studio in Dallas in just 12 days with the assistance of producer Zach Witness, Badu is putting a lot of people's studio abums to shame in my opinion.

With that said, you can buy But U Caint Use My Phone exclusively on iTunes for one week before it goes to other digital retailers and streaming partners on December 4th. Catch a listen below to the project and Enjoy!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Amazing Cover: "Christmas Time Is Here" (Toni Braxton)

One of my top 5 Christmas covers of all time has to go to Toni Braxton's impeccable rendition of the Charlie Brown classic "Christmas Time Is Here," which was originally recorded by the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

On any holiday mix I make, Toni's phenomenal interpretation of "Christmas Time Is Here" is of course included and as we enter into the Christmas holiday season, it's definitely appropriate to revisit this amazing cover.

Listen below to Toni's "Christmas Time Is Here" below and Enjoy!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Cut: "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" (Amy Winehouse)

Back in 2004, a then relatively unknown Amy Winehouse recorded a cover of The Shirelles' classic "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" for the Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason soundtrack.

Slowing its original tempo down and opting for a jazzier instrumentation, Winehouse's distinct vocals took centerstage on this sublime cover and cut that not too many people are aware of.

With that said, listen below to Amy Winehouse's cover of The Shirelles' "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" from Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason below and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" (Donny Hathaway)

Back in 1973, Donny Hathaway released his last studio album Extension of a Man and one of the standout joints from the album for me has to be his stunning classic cut  "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know."

Written by Al Kooper and produced by Arif Mardin, "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" from the Atco release would go onto peak at #60 on the Billboard Pop Charts and #20 Best Selling Soul Singles.

With that said, take a listen below to Donny Hathaway's riveting recorded performance of "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" and Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Live Video of the Day: "Angel" (Aretha Franklin)

I was fortunate to witness the greatness of the Queen of Soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin back in 2012 at Nokia Live here in Los Angeles and while I knew she probably wouldn't perform my favorite cut from her "Angel," I held out a bit of hope. Sadly I was right, but Ms. Franklin's set did not disappoint and she truly rocked the house last night with her sublime set.

With that said, I though it would be nice to watch Ms. Aretha Franklin crooning out a rare live performance of this touching classic. Peep the Queen of Soul sanging a phenomenal rendition of "Angel" after the jump from her Showtime special back in the '90s and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Still" (The Commodores)

"Still" - The Commodores
  • Writer: Lionel Richie
  • Producers: James Anthony Carmichael, Commodores
  • Record Label: Motown
  • Released in 1979 from Midnight Magic
  • Peaked at #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot Soul Singles chart

Cut: "I'd Rather Be Broke" (Toni Braxton)

Last year in 2014, Toni Braxton returned to music after a hiatus with her collaborative album with Babyface Love, Marriage & Divorce and one of my favorite cuts from the GRAMMY-winning project had to be Toni's "I'd Rather Be Broke."

While the majority of the songs feature both Toni and Babyface, "I'd Rather Be Broke" is one of Toni's solo songs on the album and really was single worthy in my opinion. As we all get ready to be around family and friends this holiday season, I urge you to revisit Love, Marriage & Divorce as well as "I'd Rather Be Broke."

Take a listen below to "I'd Rather Be Broke" and Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Song of the Day: "PrimeTime" (Janelle Monáe ft. Miguel)

"PrimeTime" - Janelle Monáe ft. Miguel
  • Composers: Charles Joseph II,  Dr. Nathaniel Irvin III, Roman GianArthur Irvin, Miguel Pimentel, Janelle Monáe Robinson
  • Record Label: Atlantic, Bad Boy, Wondaland Arts Societ
  • Released in 2013 from The Electric Lady

Second Listen: "You Were Always On My Mind" (Fantasia)

Back in 2004, Fantasia released an amazing cover of the classic "Always On My Mind." Retitled "You Were Always On My Mind" from Fantasia's debut album Free Yourself, it is a standout gem on her album and when performed live by the soulful songstress, it truly becomes a gospel-tinged testament.

With that said, take a few minutes and soak up the testimony that Fantasia has to offer on "You Were Always On My Mind" and hopefully we will be hearing about some new music and/or a tour soon cause Fantasia and music belong together in my book!