Diggi Dis – The Long Journey Ahead

Happy New Year! I took a bit of a break near the end of 2011, so let’s start 2012 by playing “catch-up.” I think everybody knows (or should know) my affinity for Rhodes, and a lot of that can be attributed to Diggi‘s stuff I’ve heard over the years. This guy can throw elements from a whole bunch of genres together and make it sound so FLAWLESS, as is the case with this song from OC ReMix‘s ARMed and DANGerous album. Here’s hoping for a lot more Diggi Dis tracks in 2012, be they solo, with Sem, or with…y’know

DOWNLOAD: DIGGI DIS – THE LONG JOURNEY AHEAD

Georgia Anne Muldrow – More & More (ft. Bilal)

So I was all set to go update-free for the rest of 2011 (what’s left of it) and just start off 2012 with the Smoothies (more to come on that soon), but this song was too good to pass up on posting. Between the message of this song and it’s cool sound overall, GAM definitely hit a homerun with this Bilal-assisted track. And after checking out the rest of Owed to Mama Rickie, she’s got more than a few homeruns in her arsenal. Highly recommended.

PURCHASE: GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW – OWED TO MAMA RICKIE

Nina B – Picture This (ft. Skyzoo) (Video)

Originally featured this song in March, but Nina and Sky (not to be confused with Nina Sky) just released a video for it. This one’s still my favorite Nina track (I mean, that RHODES!), and the video is worth checking out just to see the hip hop version of American Gothic they put together. Check the link below for Nina’s full Bo$$tress 2 mixtape.

DOWNLOAD: NINA B – THE BO$$TRESS 2 (B*TCH I’M BACK)

Jhené Aiko – My Mine

A month without an update? Ugh. Anyway, Jhené just let loose another video from her sailing soul(s) album, this time for the song My Mine. Very chill and dreamy-sounding, just like Stranger before it. If you haven’t copped sailing soul(s) yet, do yourself a favor and click the link down below; it’s highly recommended.

DOWNLOAD: JHENÉ AIKO – SAILING SOUL(S)

Sem – Just for a Moment

Sem & DD dropped this video yesterday, and good God this song is awesome. Go watch the video and then buy the song; I have nothing more to say about it. *vibes out*

PURCHASE: SEM – JUST FOR A MOMENT

Wish – Warrior

Let this video also be an inspiration to those who have fought for anything, whether it be individuality, racism, homosexuality, or ANYTHING that you aspire to achieve in life.

This video was made and inspired organically by YOU…my supporters who help me to be a warrior and to keep fighting no matter what. I love you guys!! This vid is for YOU!

Thank you to everyone who recorded and submitted a home video for this project. I wish i could have used everyones video, but I received so many videos it was impossible to fit them all in. I appreciate every single one of you….
Wish

Artful – Could Just Be the Bassline (ft. Kal Lavelle)

It really sucks that with the exception of Fill Me In and a couple of copycat songs that followed its release, the UK garage scene never really caught on here in the States. Now that Artful (alias Mark Hill, pka Artful Dodger) has jumped back into making music, we just might get lucky. Tweets have it that Could Just Be the Bassline has been performing really well in the UK. It’s definitely got that same vibe that made Craig David’s Born to Do It (which Artful produced) so enjoyable…soooo can we get these two to reunite on an album now???

PURCHASE: ARTFUL – COULD JUST BE THE BASSLINE (FT. KAL LAVELLE)

Carlitta Durand – Nostalgic Nights (video)

Lack of free time and physical well-being collectively suck a fat one. 🙁

In any event, here is the new video for the title track from Carlitta‘s most recent album. For the love of all that is good and pure, can a brotha get a video for Sweet July?! BTW, Carlitta just dropped a “greatest hits” collection entitled Songs from Carli; hit it up at the link below!

PURCHASE: CARLITTA DURAND – SONGS FROM CARLI

Shi Wisdom – LoveSpeak (ft. KJ)

I happened to come across this song on Okayplayer and it’s the perfect song for Sunday vibin’. I already knew Shi Wisdom had chops but I wasn’t too familiar with KJ, who dropped by with a respectable verse over this Burd & Keyz-produced backdrop. I’ve gotta say, I love how all these music acts from Toronto are starting to make names from themselves; sometimes it really does take just one person to throw a spotlight on a city!

DOWNLOAD: SHI WISDOM – LOVESPEAK (FT. KJ)

Ant Chedda – HomieLoverFriend

Ant Chedda - HomieLoverFriend

I came across one of the songs on this album on 2DBz and had to check out the whole thing. Ant’s voice is extra smooth, and the production has a nice feel reminiscent of mid-90’s – early ’00s R&B. I could see this guy going real far with his music, so check out HLF (and remember where you found it! :)).

On a more somber note, I didn’t get to write about this yesterday, but I’m sure everyone has heard about Amy Winehouse’s passing. Really sucks that she could never get control of her problems, cuz she was super talented. I was actually listening to In My Bed the other day and hoping she would drop something new soon. =(

DOWNLOAD: ANT CHEDDA – HOMIELOVERFRIEND

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