Thursday, November 3, 2011

soul food: new amy winehouse

bbc radio 1 debuted two new tracks from amy winehouse's forthcoming album lioness: hidden treasures.

as expected, i love them both. she stays true to the sound and style that made her so very unique and memorable. listen to 'our day will come', here, and check out 'like smoke' featuring nas, below.

miss you, amy.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

soul food: meshell ndegeocello's 'weather'

the phenomenal talent that is meshell ndegeocello is releasing her new album, weather, on november 8

'On her new, Joe Henry-produced album Weather — out Nov. 8 — Ndegeocello indulges her soulful alt-pop side, expanding on the quieter and more sensual moments of 2009's Devil's Halo. Pairing seductive, Sade-esque vocals with catchy downtempo arrangements, she crafts some seriously affecting torch songs here. Though many of the tracks on Weather convey a sweet soul jangle, they're most affecting when Ndegeocello slows the tempo to the speed of a tender first kiss
Alternating between expressions of insecurity and brash self-assuredness, Ndegeocello is at her sinewy best here. The heartbreak evoked by "Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear" is stunning, but the real accomplishment lies in the way the music captures the unique sensation of driving past an old lover's house and not being able to shake that feeling of longing, no matter how much time has passed. 
Appropriately titled, Weather captures the complex and unpredictable emotions that accompany intimacy, desire and alienation. They're feelings as familiar and as old as time itself, but as this gorgeous, moving album makes clear, they still have the power to surprise and even terrorize.' - NPR

listen to it in its entirety, here.