Keep everything balanced and in perspective. True in life. True in music…
It’s easy to get so focused on what music is not being played on the radio…on which famous rapper is not “speaking out”…on what skin complexion is not being showcased in popular music videos…that we forget that strong, beautiful, and relevant music is being made every day all across the country. The 5-track EP, The Mourning After, from Brooklyn, NY virtuoso Ahmed Sirour has been timely and necessary every month since the album dropped back in December. This album is part meditation, part call-to-action, and part seminar. If you only have 5 minutes, go with the title track , The Mourning After, which is a soul/house effort of force, motivation, and truth. The album is available on Ahmed’s Bandcamp page
Sometimes you need to march, and sometimes you just need to throw your hands up and dance. Machel Montano has you covered with his single, On My Way. Montano is arguably the most consistent and productive soca artist of this generation, and his contribution to this year’s carnival season playlist will have you ready for all the fêtes of the summer! You can pick up this song on iTunes.
Do not leave for any road trips this summer without Into The Unknown (feat. Zacari) from Los Angeles-based singer-producer Josh Jaramillo. From the first beat, you will immediately recognize what to do…windows down, volume up! This song is available on Josh’s Soundcloud page.
We finish this week where we should start every day…with love. If you are not familiar with Atlanta singer ELHAE by now, you’ve got work to do! Fortunately, we live in the age of Soundcloud. ELHAE’s latest offering, A.N.O. (A Night Off), is the sort of “let’s just stay in tonight” R&B music that we’ve been missing over the past few years. Featuring production from J-Louis and DrewsThatDude, this track will get the mood right where it needs to be for you and your special someone. The track is available on ELHAE’s Soundcloud page.