Saturday, May 23, 2015

Song of the Day: "Pretty Wings" (Maxwell)

"Pretty Wings" - Maxwell
  • Writers and Producers: Maxwell and Hod Davis
  • Record Label: Columbia 
  • Released in 2009 from BLACKsummers'night
  • Peaked at #1 on U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
  • Won a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

Live Audio: "Distant Lover" (Marvin Gaye)

The follow live audio of Marvin's is clearly one of my favorite live audio recordings hands down and for those who have been following this blog awhile, should probably note this already as it seems as though I post this same live audio clip of Marvin Gaye almost every month.

With that said, take a few minutes and listen as Marvin croons out an opus of perfection on his live joint "Distant Lover." While in my book this live recording is definitely better than the recorded version, listen below to Gaye's crooning of "Distant Lover" and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "T.O.N.Y." (Solange)

One of the numerous standouts from Solange's sublime sophomoric body of work Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, has to be her infectious single "T.O.N.Y." Written and produced by Jack Splash and Cee-Lo Green, "T.O.N.Y." was released as the album's third and final single and "T.O.N.Y." is used as a metaphor and shortening of "The Other Night oh Y?", referring to a one night stand.

With that said, take a second listen below to Solange's "T.O.N.Y." and Enjoy!

New Joint: "Just Right for Me" (Monica ft. Lil Wayne)

More than three years after giving us her last studio album New Life, Monica is gearing up to release her latest LP Code Red later this year and the first official single from the project hit the net earlier this week.

Featuring Lil Wayne on an opening verse, the Plow Da Don-produced "Just Right for Me" is a solid mid-tempo that has a lovestuck Monica crooning it out on the chorus how much her man is "just right for me."

With that said, take a listen below to "Just Right for Me" and lookout for her forthcoming album Code Red when it's released later this year with production from Timbaland, Missy Elliott, and Dallas Austin.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Song of the Day: "My Life" (K. Michelle ft. Meek Mill)

"My Life" - K. Michelle ft. Meek Mill
  • Writers: Kimberly Pate, Bianca Atterberry, Ervin Ward II, Dean Beresford, Robert Williams
  • Producers: Nexx Generation
  • Record Label: Atlantic Records
  • Featured on 2013's Rebellious Soul

New Video: "Satellites" (Bilal)

Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Bilal is building off of the momentum he has found in recent months through working with Kendrick Lamar and is set to release his forthcoming fifth studio album In Another Life, which is lead off by the first single "Satellites," and features appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T. and Kimbra.

With that said, the official video for "Satellites" focuses on the cultural landscape of today including the escalating police brutality incidences, poverty, homelessness, as well as mental illness. Peep the official video for "Satellies" below and lookout for  In Another Life, when it's released June 30th via Purpose Music Group/eOne Music.

Second Listen: "Everything I Do" (Beyoncé ft Bilal)

Back in 2003 "The Fighting Temptations" film was released and the accompanying soundtrack gained critical praise for the vocal stylings of Beyonce and the cast.

With that said, one of the standouts from the soundtrack was the Beyonce and Bilal duet "Everything I Do." While the song was briefly showcased in the film, the song is a solid effort that shows of the phenomenal vocal stylings of both Beyonce and Bilal.

Take a second listen below to "Everything I Do" and Enjoy!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Live Clip: "Exit Wounds" (Luke James)

Luke James stopped by FOX's THE REAL this past Tuesday to promote his self-titled debut album Luke James and perform his new single "Exit Wounds."

Featuring just the piano track, Luke belted out the emotional ballad sublimely and hopefully his performance will attract more listeners to his solid debut album Luke James, which really does deserve more critical and commercial attention if you ask me.

With that said, peep Luke's performance of "Exit Wounds" below from THE REAL and Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Song of the Day: "Who Can I Run To" (Xscape)

"Who Can I Run To" - Xscape
  • Writers: Alstin, Roebuck, Simmons
  • Producer: Jermaine Dupri
  • Record Label: Columbia Records
  • Released in 1995 from Off the Hook
  • Peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
  • A cover of The Jones Girls' 1979 song

Trailer: "Amy" (Amy Winehouse)

After making its official Cannes debut, the official trailer to Amy has hit the net. Focusing on one of music's most memorable and talented artists of the last 25 years, the film looks at the meteoric rise of Amy with her debut album Frank and then her global smash sophomore LP Back to Black, which has been heralded by many as one of the greatest bodies of works from the 2000s.

With that said, the film also engages her troubling personal life that eventually led to the loss of one of music's most unique and true voices. Watch the trailer for Amy below and lookout for the film when it  hits limited theaters July 3rd before expanding nationwide July 10th.

Second Listen: "Feels Good" (Tony! Toni! Toné!)

In 1990, Tony! Toni! Toné! would go onto release "Feels Good," which would become the trio's first top-ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 (peaking at #9) and peaked at #1 on the Hot Black Singles chart.

Lifted as the third official single from Tony! Toni! Toné!'s sophomore set The Revival, "Feels Good" is one of those classic 90s New Jack Swing joints that warrants a second listen below!

Amazing Cover: "Distant Lover" (CJ Hilton)

Back in 2014, CJ Hilton released his own cover of the Marvin Gaye classic "Distant Lover" to honor the passing of the late, great vocalist. While it was released last year, I thought it would be nice to revisit this cover while we await to hear what CJ is working on next.

Therefore, take a listen below to CJ's cover of the late great Marvin Gaye's "Distant Lover" and you be the judge on how he marks to Marvin's version. In my opinion, it's a little too vocally polished for this type of song, but it's clear that CJ can sing. Either way, you be the judge below!