A Handful Of Exclusive Releases For You To Look Out For In The Coming Weeks...
Bluebird of Happiness
With three Grammy nominations in the bag from her last two studio albums, ‘Bluebirds of Happiness’ is the fifth and final studio album from Tamar Braxton. The first release via Tamartian Records through Entertainment One, features her two new singles; ‘My Man’ and ‘Blind’. ‘Bluebirds of Happiness’ serves as a follow-up to ‘Calling All Lovers’ which featured some simply amazing records. The eleven track set features Yo Gotti as the album’s only guest star on ‘Hol’ up’.
Produced by Braxton, Vincent Herbert & Rodney Jenkins the album showcases her best attribute – her powerful vocals, arguably one of the best in the game. The album has already created a buzz pre-release with the popular lead single ‘My Man’. The soulful ballad addresses infidelity and its impacts on relationships. Inspired by her parent’s and past failed relationships, it’s a bare-all song, incredibly close to her heart.
Braxton is truly a multi-media artist. In addition to her being a global artist, she has two reality shows ‘Braxton Family Values’ and ‘Tamar and Vince’ via WEtv. Although she has confirmed this will be her last studio album she will continue to make music and is about to start touring with Xscape on The Great Xcape Tour.
We Did It
R&B diva, Syleena Johnson has joined forces with her father legendary Soul/Blues singer and producer Syl Johnson, for her new single ‘We Did It’. The single is a rendition of Syl’s song, ‘We Did It’, from his 1973 album ‘Back for a Taste of Your Love’.
‘We Did It’ along with her new album delivers an interpretation of classic R&B songs from the fifties and sixties. Syleena manifests an uncanny ability to get inside the song, digging deep to deliver her passionate vocals.
Syleena’s upcoming album ‘Rebirth of Soul’ is set to be released this November via Shanachie Entertainment. The songs on ‘Rebirth of Soul’, has been hand-picked by the songstress, directing her emotions for each song and showcasing what we know she does best her vocals. If the album is anything like the single then it will be sure to be a big hit.
Dome 25 Years: Second Edition
Independent British record label Dome is celebrating their 25th birthday this year. And what better way to celebrate than a compilation of 50 classic tracks which highlights the label’s achievements.
The album kicks off with the Brothers In Rhythm mix of Lulu’s ‘Independence’, a Top 20 hit in 1993 and Richard Darbyshire’s brilliant ‘Wherever Love is Found’ which spans a quarter of a century, through to Simon Law’s ‘Higher’, featuring the utterly gorgeous vocals of Chante Moore, not to mention Eric Roberson’s duet with Will Downing on ‘Lyrics of Pleasure’.
Among the many artists featured are; Driza Bone Soul Family, Heston, Tortured Soul, and Shaun Escoffery. A must buy.
Time After Time
The eleventh and latest release from SoulHouse Music, Time After Time, features the vocal talents of Lifford, who also featured on ‘Amber’ released on SoulHouse Music back in February. It’s a rich, elevating soulful house cut from the SoulHouse super production squad, Brian Power, Mike Patto and Tony Economides.
Having had success with the recent rework of ‘Kissing You’ with Wipe The Needle, Lifford is fast becoming a proverbial soulful voice that is taking over the international airwaves and could be deemed as important as Escofferys’ ‘Days Like This’.
Power has had non-stop success since the start of the year releasing hit after hit. The single will feature on the 2018 album compilation ‘Soulhouse Music Vol1’ which will also include new tracks from Mike Delgado, Marc Evans and Michelle John to mention but a few.
Two Beats, One Soul
Recorded at Havana’s Abdala Studio with a cast of Cuban and American artists, Two Beat, One Soul produced by Ray Chew and his wife Vivian Scott Chew is rich with musical influence with an album and documentary celebrating Cuba’s sound.
Produced and written by Ray Chew himself, as well as Latin hitmaker Sergio George, freestyle and house pioneer Louie Vega, R&B singer Jon B., Cuban timba bandleader Manolito Simonet and musicians Ruben and Gabriel Rodriguez, Eric Benét, Josh Milan and others.
The album is a love letter to Cuba’s rich musical influence – spanning from the vibrant cities in the north to the southern shores of the Caribbean island.