A few nights ago, I had the pleasure of experiencing an intense soul session that completely satiated my rhythmic thirst. Chicago native Jesse Boykins III (an Audio Gumbo favorite) touched down in Atlanta at The Five Spot and shared his “Romantic Movement” and his glorious ‘fro with his adoring listeners. His opening acts included Micah Freeman and Gilles, whom I, unfortunately, missed out on but word is, both gentleman threw down. I’ll be checking them out. Another opener was the dope ass band Bosco. Led by the funky fresh Brittany Bosco, ATL’s finest served up tunes with their last show of 2012. Brittany B. killed with her rendition of Ralph Tresvant’s “Sensitivity,” completely transforming it into a soulful, rock joint.
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Tags: Atlanta, Bosco, Brittany Bosco, Gilles, Jesse Boykins III, Limit To Your Love, Micah Freeman, The Five Spot, Zulu Guru
Tags: Kameron Corvet, The Voice, There Is No Tomorrow
You may or may not be familiar with the name Kameron Corvet, but thanks to his recent appearance on The Voice, he’s almost a household name. Based out of Atlanta, Kameron’s smooth tone is not to be taken lightly. I’ve seen the brother perform live; he’s got quite a voice (take that, Cee-lo, Christina, Blake and Adam!). Check out his new joint, “There Is No Tomorrow,” and judge for yourself.
Tags: Losing You, Solange Knowles
It’s been a while, but Solange Knowles has returned with a new jam, “Losing You.” Filmed in Cape Town, South Africa, the fierce fashionista frolics with her equally stylish cohorts, all while musing over a seemingly lost love. The video and the song lyrics are quite contradictory (or maybe not). The lyrics bemoan the struggles of a floundering relationship while the video is bright, playful, celebratory and perhaps, even mocking. And the clothes! Solange and company are styled, head to toe, in beautiful wares. On filming “Losing You,” Solange tells Pitchfork:
When Melina [Matsoukas] and I decided to film ‘Losing You’ in South Africa, we really didn’t have a real firm concept in place. It was sort of a grab a camera and let’s go moment. I knew I wanted to capture a couple things: the vibe of our friendship and all of the crazy escapades we’ve gotten ourselves into all over the world, and the abstract and elegant Le Sape Society (Society for the Advancement of People of Elegance) formed in the Congo which was documented by Daniele Tamagni in his Gentleman of Bacongo book. We called Daniele to guide us, and some of my friends from New York came down to Cape Town and we all had a very damn good time.
Tags: Carlitta Durand, Charity Starts At Home, Gonna Be A Beautiful Night, Phonte, Rachel Stewart
Phonte, along with the talented Carlitta Durand, drops his new video for “Gonna Be a Beautiful Night,” one of my favorite joints from Charity Starts at Home. The visuals of interlocking fingers, chivalry, deep eye contact, and intimately placed hands are date night personified. Featuring jewelry designer Rachel Stewart and her beau, the video evokes such romantic feelings, it’s impossible not to love every minute of it.
Tags: Come, Jeremy Rose, Jesse Boykins III, The Weeknd, Zodiac
The producer behind the success of seemingly overnight sensation, The Weeknd, has decided to procure his own lane in the business, hopefully minus the backstabbing and drama. Jeremy Rose, now Zodiac, produces with a dark, warped feel integrated into his music. Zodiac’s first single, “Come,” maintains his penchant for mystery and deep sexuality with Jesse Boykins III providing the vocals in his own sensual fashion. The EP, also titled Come, will be released digitally on Sept. 24 and physically on Oct. 8.
Picked up at URB.
Tags: Jeanne Jolly, North Carolina, Sweet Love, The Foreign Exchange
From the Foreign Exchange camp comes North Carolina’s own Jeanne Jolly. Produced by The Hot At Nights’ Chris Boerner, her new single “Sweet Love” is sultry and soulful. The song, showcasing her beautiful range and songwriting talent, is laced with tender song lyrics of a romantic rendezvous. Jolly recently joined the FE family in 2011, lending her vocals to The Foreign Exchange’s Dear Friends and Phonte’s Charity Starts at Home. Her debut full-length album, Angels, will be available on Oct. 2.
Tags: Dark Side of the Mic, Dwele, Greater Than One
To prepare you for the release of Dwele’s new album, Greater Than One, the good folks at BamaLoveSoul have shared their discovery of the soul singer’s UK mixtape Dark Side of the Mic. Defiantly provocative, edgy and sensual, Dwele experiments with his sound and his lyrics in a surprisingly sexy way. Peep the track “Isaac Highs” below.
Listen/download here: Dwele – Dark Side of the Mic
Tags: C 4EVA, Simply Tweet, Tweet, TweetTuesdays
It’s been forever and a day but the Southern Hummingbird has returned. Tweet has been releasing a song every Tuesday to prepare us for the eventual drop of her new album Simply Tweet. This joint “C 4EVA” is the third drop and it’s everything I’ve been waiting for from the songstress. Her voice is still mellifluous and soothing. Reminiscent of “Smoking Cigarettes,” she sings with that breathy passion underscored by a soft strumming guitar.
You can catch up on the last two #TweetTuesdays releases here.
Tags: B4 The Night Is Thru, Jesse Boykins III, Love Apparatus
This joint right here?? The shit that visual romance is made of. Jesse Boykins III released the video to “B4 The Night Is Thru” from the highly anticipated album Love Apparatus (where’s it at, JB3??). The setting: a trendy, exclusive low-key spot, brimming with eclecticism and individuality. The people: Jesse and his coolly dressed boys and Trae with her fabulously accessorized ladies. The situation: While the ladies are just trying to get their sweat on via good tunes and beats, JB nervously works up the courage to holla at the entrancing Trae. However, his efforts are thwarted by cockblocking bouncers and mocking homegirls. We’ve all been there. Get into it!
Tags: Funk It Out Friday, Ohio Players, Sweet Sticky Thing
Some slow funk for y’all on this Friday afternoon. This 1975 hit from the ever dynamic Ohio Players is such a smooth, sexy track. The saxophone solo throughout stands out as one of the highlights of the song. Not to mention the cover art. Have mercy. The Ohio Players sure knew how to elicit sex appeal with those sweet voices and talented fingers (ha!).