The upcoming BET biopic on New Edition may be the reason all us longtime fans will finally get new music from the legendary R&B group.
Johnny Gill tells Billboard that plans are already in the works for some new New Edition material to accompany the film in 2017, most likely the group’s first album since 2004’s One Love.
“I have put aside some songs already for New Edition,” Gill says. “We’re gonna try to have the album ready to go by the time the movie’s out, by 2017 when the movie drops. I’m making plans to start the recording process with that as well.”
The film is currently being cast, with some roles already determined but not announced yet.
Underground singer Zoë Wick has connected with rising producer Warholla for a full EP together, and they have delivered the first taste of the project with the seductive, “Your Fire.”
A chance meeting at SXSW led to these two coming together to create, and the outcome so far is buzz-worthy.
Zoë brings hauntingly sensual vocals, over the sparse bass-heavy production of Walhalla, as she lays down the rules for her love interest.
“I tried to hide, behind my long lashes / Inside my mind, to find what I’m after / Boy hush, no rush, I will not be hurried / You must earn trust / Just prove that you’re worth it,” she coos.
Check out the record below, and stay tuned for more soon.
The influence of D’Angelo continues to span generations, and it can clearly be heard on rising singer-songwriter Ayotemi‘s brand new single “Whadido.”
Borrowing from D’Angelo’s “Brown Sugar,” the New Orleans native sings a tale of the oldest topic in the book–boy meets girl–and while the simplistic track contains neo-soul elements, they are smoothly juxtaposed with a vibe of Roots Reggae.
“I’ve been thinking about you, and only you / F**k that other dude that you’re talkin’ to / Compared to me, you ain’t got sh*t to lose / Baby, what’s your move / Tell me whadido,” he confidently sings.
“I wish Peace, Love, and Blessings on every ear my music touches,” says Ayotemi. “I pride myself on creating real, quality, conscious music that will enhance the vibe of anyone that takes the time to listen.”
That feeling is certainly exuded here, take a listen to “Whadido” below.
R&B singer Vedo is back to serenade the ladies with his new single, “In My Feelings.”
A former finalist on NBC’s “The Voice,” Vedo is looking to make a splash with his new EP ‘State of Mind,’ which brings fans both soulful and contemporary R&B sounds. It looks like being on Usher’s team during Season 4 of the hit talent show, helped to mold the 23 year-old’s sound into one that stands out amongst the crowd.
“In My Feelings” is the lead single from the 6-track EP. It’s a mid-tempo track confessing how he feels about a girl he used to be in love with. Though his ex is currently in a relationship with someone else, Vedo can’t help but reminisce about what they used to have.
On the chorus he sings, “You got me in my feelings / I know that he don’t kill it, like I kill it, when I’m in it / You got me in my feelings / I’ve got something to say, hope you don’t take this the wrong way / I’m in my feelings.”
Take a listen to “In My Feelings” and stream ‘State of Mind‘ below.
Emerging artist LesIsMore is making a statement with his new song “SIX.”
Hailing from New Jersey, the young singer/songwriter released his debut album King Jae in the summer of 2015, which brought along comparisons to the likes of PARTYNEXTDOOR and Bryson Tiller. While inspired by similar sonic elements, LesIsMore desires to make his own mark in the Trap Soul era.
“SIX” showcases his unique writing style, where his wordplay is similar to that of a rapper. He juxtaposes “getting up in six” with being “there around six” to see the girl he’s pining for in the song. Definitely worth vibing out to on those late night car rides, LesIsMore is one we’ll be keeping an eye out for.
Check out “SIX” below.
DMK just might have what it takes to bring back girl groups!
The emerging R&B trio recently premiered their debut single, “Love The Way You Love.” After being named semi-finalists for FOX’s Empire Next Artist, this lovely threesome is slowly rising up as a girl group to keep your eye on.
“Love The Way You Love” is a sweet ode to the men in their lives that proclaims how much they adore the way they’re being loved. With an up-tempo beat and an old-school vibe, the song is the perfect feel-good song to express their love for that someone special.
The girls harmonize as they sing the chorus, “There’s just something about the way / You kiss me then hold my face / Just tell me you love me baby / I lo, lo, lo, love the way / There’s something I can’t explain / Only you can do it as my baby / I love the way you love.”
As they gain more and more attention from industry heavyweights like Brandy, who praised their gift of melody, DMK is on their way to bring back the R&B girl group.
Check out the single below.
A week after the release of their surprise joint album TWENTY88, Jhené Aiko and Big Sean debut a 16-minute short film called “Out of Love,” comprised of several songs off the project.
The duo shows off their chemistry while portraying adult film stars of the future. They attend the XXX adult film awards and hit the bedroom for some intimate scenes while the camera rolls.
According to Flaunt magazine, they drew inspiration from ’70s blaxploitation films including 1973’s Coffy starring Pam Grier, Roger Moore’s Bond films, and 2015’s sci-fi flick Ex Machina.
“It’s a ’70s aesthetic, but we’re in the future,” Aiko tells the magazine.
Musiq Soulchild has teamed up with Pandora for an advance stream of his anticipated new album Life On Earth.
Executive produced by multi-Grammy Award winner Warryn Campbell, the album has been led by the single “I Do,” and the buzz tracks “Heart Away” and “Alive and Well,” all of which are available for immediate download with an early pre-order on iTunes.
The 14-track deluxe edition contains three features from the likes of Willie Hyn, Rapsody and JoiStaRR. It is Soulchild’s first solo album since 2011’s MusiqInTheMagiq.
Life On Earth hits stores and streaming services on April 15. Take a listen to the advance preview below.