Timothe Davis

Timothe Davis

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Thursday, 19 March 2015 00:00

Keithra Morely - All we need is prayer

Nah ... it's not music. But it was pretty damn funny. So I had to share. If we learn nothing else, we know that prayer will always get us through ...

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 00:00

Snoh Aalegra - Emotional


Wanna know what's in heavy rotation on my iTunes? "Emotional" by Snoh Aalegra. This may be in part because Notion Magazine calls it, "the best single they've heard all year." That's a mouthful. But to tell you the truth, the words aren't far from wrong.

Swedish by ethnicity but apparently soulful from birth, Aalegra's vocals have been compared to Amy Winehouse. And while they both have a smoky element to their voice (and Amy remains one of my favorites), Snoh Aalegra's voice is uniquely her own. It's a fusion of jazz, soul, and blues as she mulls on her latest song, "what if he hurts me?"

The track was produced by RZA and together they are clearly a formidable duo. The ditty is enough to make Aalegra claim that she feels "a fever coming on." One listen to this perfect concotion of mid-tempo funk and you'll feel it as well. I can't to hear what else she has in store for 2015. 

Got any doubts? Check out what Okayplayer and Revolt.tv have to say about Snoh Aalegra. 


Tuesday, 17 March 2015 00:00

Tamia - Sandwich and a Soda

If you wanna ride these curves, hop in your chevy nova ... so Tamia proclaims in her latest single "Sandwich and a Soda."

I've never been a huge fan of Tamia. Love her voice but never loved her song choice. At least, not until "Sandwich and a Soda." The song has the retro feel that has become popular in the last few years and Tamia works it well. From the lyrics, to the performance, to the music, the song oozes sex appeal.

I'd be remiss if I didn't admit that I love when women sing in their lower register - l get all weak for that earthy-more gutteral sound. That's what Tamia is doing here, and it's a good look on her. 

Tamia is offering to fluff your pillow, and then bring you a sandwich and a soda. Make mine a turkey sandwich and a 7up, please. Now if I can only find my keys ... 

For an additional review, check out the review by CedricCed on FDRMX. 

Monday, 16 March 2015 13:48

EVOLV3 - Love You For Life

With (most likely an unconscious) homage to the sound of Bel Biv Divoe's ("Can You Stand The Rain) and the vocal approach of the Isley Brothers, Evolv3 presents "Love You for Life" with a commitment to the 'smooth and laid back'. The smooth feel is complimented with BGVs that keep the track anchored in a calm urban groove. Those elements provide an opportunity for the lead vocals to take center stage. On that stage, the lead vocals are appropriately urgent and Evolv3 does a commendable job of displaying his upper vocal register, the song, though, is rather predictable. The production is solid and the groove is consistent, yet ultimately "Love You for Life" plays better as background music than a song that takes front and center stage. If your desire is to have an ambient piece that provides mood and atmosphere, then you may love this song. But if you're hoping for a perfect marriage of song, songwriting, and vocals, then you may have to wait for Evol3 to continue to evolve.

Unfortunately, we couldn't find the song on Youtube. (We purchased it to review it. Tell me we aren't supporters! For more on Evolv3, check out the website: evolv3evolutionofmusic.com

Special Contribution by Tony Johnson

Friday, 13 March 2015 22:41

DJ BLKLUOS - Wet (ft Jane Does Smith)

We've reviewed the Toronto-based DJ before. Here's a little info stripped straight from his bio:

DJ BLKLUOS also known as SOUL

Toronto based music producer & DJ has produced for artists such as Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Troy Ave, JRDN, Tonye Aganaba, Cash Bilz, Ashleigh Ashley, Termanology, Anterluz, Oveous, Zac Facts and more. Originally born & raised in Nova Scotia, SOUL mastered his craft while living in British Columbia & Toronto after moving back to Canada from England.

Check out the latest video. 

Friday, 13 March 2015 00:00

Go To Twerk - Enertia McFly

"She's gotta lot ass, and I want it all. Booty to the max, she can do it all ..."

Those are the primary components of any chick who can twerk appropriately. And clearly, the object of Mcfly's affection has everything it takes. As does his song. Great hook, tight production, clear flow, and the obligatory sexy women proving they can twerk in a video directed by my favorite video maker Jeff Adair. 

According to the vid, the Twerk Club is a secret club in Dallas. I gotta get in on that secret. 

Need more proof of Enertia Mcfly's talent? Check out what All Hip Hop had to say about him. 

Saturday, 27 September 2014 02:45

Charlie B

Charlie B has an innocence that only youth (or even, perhaps, perceived youth can have). He enjoys the benefit, and forgiveness, of a younger artist seeking to make good music. It is clear that MJ - the gloved one himself is a cornerstone influence on Charlie B's musical interpretation, delivery, and vibe. In that, Charlie B. carries on a legacy and tradition that is admirable and much admired. The challenge with MJ being such a cornerstone lies in demonstrating one's unique fingerprint outside of one's musical idol. Charlie B's ability to commit to delivering a song is clear. His talent for capturing the essence of his idols is profound. What is less clear is how much of the delivery is uniquely Charlie B versus his channeling of other artists who have influenced him.

As one who enjoys covers, and often does them, I'd like for the life-preserver to be gently put aside so that Charlie B. can show his swimming prowess first hand. There is a uniqueness and musical contribution to Charlie B that we haven't seen yet. With good producers, I think he could define (or redefine) himself and show that HE is an artist – far more than a cover artist of others.

Special Contribution: Tony Johnson

Thursday, 25 September 2014 23:29

Sober - Nayah

Nayah is back with her new single solo. And it would seem that the relationship that she craved on her last single has gone awry. Because tonight, she's drowning in a bottle of moscato because she "hates being sober."

Nayah is daring to become Dallas's pop princess with a steady output of radio-friendly singles that deserve some radio attention. 

She hasn't strayed from her formula here; and that's a good thing. Her voice still recalls Rihanna but also sounds uniquely Nayah. The song has a strong emotional center that becomes more affective as the song continues. 

Nayah sings that "you never gave enough ..." But she is giving every time she takes the mic. Nayah loves the music, and it's crystal clear.

Tuesday, 05 August 2014 00:23

Cash Bliz

Artist Feature: Cash Bilz

Home city: New York City

Label: Unsigned

Producer: Soul Facebook.com/pages/SOUL/104088789645580 and Twitter @soulonlinenet

Connections: Facebook.com/Cash_bilz and Twitter @IAMCASHBILZ

Claim to fame: Performing beside such artists as Pimp C, Gucci Mane, and Young Jeezy

Influences: Biggie, Andre 3000, 2 Pac, Jay Z, Nas, Donnie Hathaway, and Marvin Gaye

Latest single: Bullsh!t featuring Troo 

They say: "Cash Bliz's sound is lyrical, fresh, the actual meaning of dope."

We say: Cash Bilz, Troo, and Soul deliver the same attention to lyrics and beat on "Bullsh!t" as Cash Bilz did on "Peace of Mind." His musical influences are clear but he is commited to paving his own way. To the song's point, that's what happens "when hip hop's not a hobby, it's a lifestyle."

I'm late. I'll be the first to admit that. I'm very late. But I stumbled across this song, and I DIG it. And the video, it's like watching "Charlie's Angels" meets "The Six Million Dollar Man" meets "Hart to Hart." In other words, GREATEST VIDEO EVER.

Okay, okay, that may be a bit of overkill. But I dig the song, and I really dig the video. I mean, I woke up singing this song this morning. Which led me to scour youtube for other songs and Amazon for the CD (which I'm still yet to find).

It also motivated this post. Thanks Flight Faclities. I'm tweeting ...

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