Tag: soul

June 26, 2024

'New' Francis track 20 years later!

Kevin & Anita Robinson (Viva Voce, Blue Giant) had a short-lived funk/soul project called Francis, that released a split release with Lackthereof about 20 years ago. This project even opened for Fugazi once in North Carolina (talking about indie cred)! The band is releasing a new track (well, sort of)–actually an unreleased track from 2004, which will be available tomorrow (June 27) on Bandcamp or Friday (June 28) on other streaming platforms, thanks to long-time label partner Velvet Blue Music. Kevin is a Middle School teacher in Alabama specializing in Multimedia Production and some of his students created this video for the song.… Continued →

March 28, 2020

Ravenhill's Album Soul to be Released on Vinyl

Ravenhill’s album Soul turned 5 this week. To celebrate the anniversary the band has announced that it will be releasing the album on vinyl in coke bottle green. You can preorder the limited edition pressing now with an expected ship date of August 2020. Additionally there will be a live stream tonight at 7:30 CST on Facebook where Ravenhill will be joined by guests Boston Profit, The Cedar Sharks, Bareheart, David Curtis (Run Kid Run), and others. Preorder Soul Live Steam EventContinued →

March 12, 2019

Rawsrvnt - Get Away

Rawsrvnt just released a video for “Get Away,” an introspective song that focuses on being discontent with one’s immediate surroundings. The press release reads: The lyrics to “Get Away” find the singer (who is currently in the process of a divorce) speaking directly to his former spouse, his heavenly father, and himself. The words express disappointment, bewilderment, dependence, and still… hope. “It was important that my videographer Joel Davis (aka Geek formally of the group Surf Gvng) captured some smiles amidst the sadness,” Rawsrvnt said. “It’s been a difficult season for sure, but I know my Savior is still right by my side.”… Continued →

November 27, 2018

September 22, 2018

Moda Spira Bang

Moda Spira's "Bang" Laments Lost Love

Heartbreak is certainly abundant in many modern songs, but rarely do songs tackle the subject with pure vulnerability. “Bang”, the first single from Moda Spira‘s (Latifah Alattas) upcoming album, Divorce, is a weighty, soulful track. The announcement that the relationship is coming to an end is described as a piercing gunshot, both sudden and devastating. Divorce is due 10/26 and you can preorder it here. Listen to “Bang” below: Continued →

August 20, 2018

August 14, 2018

July 22, 2018

July 9, 2018

James Gardin - Groove

“Groovy” might be 60s slang, but James Gardin offers a fresh dose of it with his new song “Groove.” Produced by Terem, the track boasts psychedelic synths and a tight beat to back Gardin’s smooth vocals. The song is available on all digital retailers. Continued →

June 11, 2018

Sareem Poems & Ess Be - Eyedentity (feat. Miles Young)

It’s time to shake off those Monday blues with an encouraging song from Sareem Poems & Ess Be. The blend of hip-hop, electronic, and soul makes “Eyedentity” a standout from an artistic standpoint, though the lyrics only accentuate this. In verse one, focusing around the image of a young black male, Sareem cleverly states: “Don’t use slang, you talk white / Hip hop ain’t the only music that you like / Metallica tees on you just don’t look right.” The song comes from Mind Over Matter, which the duo will release on June 15.… Continued →

November 29, 2017

Armond WakeUp - The Hold

Armond WakeUp released a new single today entitled “The Hold.” This introspective song focuses on those things in life that can keep a person further from God, and it’s taken from his upcoming EP, 40 Days, which is entirely produced by Wes Pendleton40 Days will be released through Illect Recordings on December 8 and you can pre-order the EP for $5. Continued →

July 29, 2017

April 15, 2017

Danen Kane - Flesh and Soul

REVIEW : Danen Kane - Flesh and Soul

I first discovered Danen Kane through a mutual friend when I lived up in Green Bay. There’s a coffee shop that draws in bigger acts like Disciple and Flatfoot 56, but they also host open mics and local acts. I hadn’t heard of him before, but I was curious enough to check out his music online and liked what I heard. His solo acoustic offerings were dripping with hints of soul. His lyrics were honest-yet-artful. Needless to say, I was an instant fan. Flesh and Soul, Danen’s most recent full-length, may have been released in 2015 but certainly warrants a review because, well, Indie Vision Music was down during that time and more people ought to know this Wisconsinite writes some some pretty great songs.… Continued →

January 11, 2017

REVIEW : Easter Teeth - Shake Hands With Danger

Just as you can’t judge a book by its cover, neither should you be expecting cowboy music from Easter Teeth on Shake Hands With Danger. You can expect something oddly brilliant and challenging. Since 2009, the Eymann brothers, Josh and Tim, have been messing with peoples ears as they mix soul into hardcore. Think what would happen if Death From Above 1979 were liberally coated with the soulfulness of James Brown, with a wild assortment of sounds thrown in from a box of unusual gadgets, and you get a hint of where Easter Teeth is heading.… Continued →

December 26, 2016

INTERVIEW : Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson is known for writing songs for Cheryl Cole, Tank, Toni Braxton, and B. Smyth. During our chat, Chris reveals his own recording talents on his just released album, No Chaser. Dave Hawkins: It’s great to have you here for a talk Chris. Chris Jackson: Great to be here man. Thank you for having me. Dave: When we were setting up this interview, you told that you were in Los Angeles and wanted to wait until you were back in New York City for our talk.Continued →

October 21, 2016

Sho Baraka Shares "The Narrative"

Sho Baraka’s fourth album “The Narrative” is now available and can be downloaded for free at Humble Beast’s website. The CD can also be purchased at their web store. Those already familiar with Sho’s work will be aware that this is his first contribution to the record label, and it certainly looks like a promising release. At 14 tracks long and with features from Jackie Hill Perry, Lecrae and others, “The Narrative” looks like an apt addition to the label’s discography. The CD even features images of The Cross Movement, G.… Continued →

April 23, 2015

REVIEW : Rachel Taylor - Magnetic

When there is a handful of solo artists who share the name Rachel Taylor, its hard to not bring a comparison to their music. Let me introduce you to the one who isn't from He Is We...

February 7, 2015

REVIEW : Mike Farris - Shine For All The People

Mike Farris brings an amazing combination of rock/blues, Gospel, R&B, New Orleans Jazz to his latest release. But, it's really his soulful voice that does the real shining on the Grammy Nominated 'Shine for All The People.' Read on for the full review.

January 2, 2014

REVIEW : Seth And Nirva - I Need You

Husband and wife duo Seth and Nirva (Nirva's from TobyMac's Diverse City Band) have released their first EP, I Need You, featuring collaborations with Shonlock, TobyMac, Bryan 'Mr Talkbox' Chambers and GabeReal. Check out the review.

September 22, 2013

REVIEW : Dara Maclean - Wanted

Fervent Records soul-pop singer/songwriter Dara Maclean releases her second album 'Wanted' on Tuesday September 24th, featuring the title track, and other personal favourites like 'I Am Blessed', 'Blameless', 'Nobody But You' and 'Set My People Free'. Check out the review.

August 11, 2013

August 15, 2012

September 8, 2009

REVIEW : Jake Hunter - The Life Project

Band: Jake Hunter Band Title: The Life Project Label: N/A Release Date: 2009 Reviewer: Jess Tracklisting:
  1. A Project Called LIfe
  2. Sweetest of Things
  3. You Ruined It All
  4. Rhythm
  5. Refuge
My boss told me a relative of his wrote music. At first I wasn’t sure what he was getting at then he proceeded to ask if I was still “active” in the music industry. So he handed me a copy of Jake Hunter’s album The Life Project and here I am presenting it to you. Jake Hunter Band breeds heavy influences of jazz, folk and funk into his acoustic project.… Continued →