Monday, 18 November 2013 21:59

"Believe" - Rachel Marie

Rachel Marie has two songs available on Soundcloud. Her single "High" and the R&B infused gospel song "Believe." 

I've choosen to review "Believe" - it's sweet, sincere, and sung effortlessly. Over beat that's intent on making you groove to its sound, Marie declares her belief in a Higher Power. It's the type of song meant to be bring spirituality to a wide audience, and cater to those who prefer Mary Mary to the more traditional gospel songs.

"Believe" me, Marie has nailed it. Favoring lower tones, and careful not to oversing, she embues afffection for faith and an affirmation for God. She's done a great job - I played the song five times in a row - and she should be proud of her work here. 

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Saturday, 16 November 2013 01:36

"Our Freedom" - Trylogi

"Our Freedom" by Trylogi is not about our freedom. It's about the sacrifices that have been made to attain and retain that freedom. It's a song of deep appreciation meant to honor the men and women who leave family and friends to fight for liberty.

The three ladies of Trylogi exchange lead vocals on a song that reminds us that freedom isn't alway free, and thus they are compelled to thank these soldiers "for the way they keep us safe."

While the song kicks off with a bit of  a rap/spoken-word-prose, at its heart, it's a country song. Country music has a uniquely American heritage. And the group seeks to honor America, its heritage, and its freedom in their tune.

Just as the song is a touching tribute, the video is as well. The group says "thank you" face-to-face, and the soldiers beam in appreciation.

Never should someone's sacrifice be taken for granted. And in this song, Trylogi reminds us how true that statement is. 


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Friday, 15 November 2013 01:42

"Gettin' It" - the Bodega Brovas

I'm not sure which I enjoyed more, the video to the Bodega Brovas' song "Gettin' It" or the song itself. And I mean that as a compliment.

"Gettin It" is about getting respect, attention, and an audience. And if this song is a measure, then the trio deserves all three. Armed with some witty word play and more than a few cultural references, the Bodega Brovas aren't afraid to make their feelings known. 'Like a 30 year old virgin, they are tired of getting jerked ...' so it's time for action, they wont' be held down anymore, they are ready to carry the torch. 

The song is an anthem for any group that's toiled underground and has been trying fiercely to get it. Get on. Get noticed. Get Paid.

All this against the backdrop of a tongue-in-cheek highly spirited and humorous video. That's artistry - taking yourself seriously but not too seriously. The Bodega Brovas are "Gettin' It," and you should too ...

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Monday, 11 November 2013 22:03

"Crazy Love" - Klass Money ft. Leila Capri

They say that men give love to have sex and women give sex to get love. The line between those two ideas are blended and blurred on Klass Money's sex-driven "Crazy Love."

What could've descended into another song about a rapper's sexual prowess - those songs are a dime a dozen - melts into a song where the making love leads to falling in love. 

Songs like this don't work without a strong hook and a pretty voice to sing it. Fortunately, "Crazy Love" has both. Featured artist Leila Capri rises to the occasion and serenades (sounding a bit like Amerie). 

The production values are strong and the rhymes are nice.

 Lots of songs like this come my way. This one is one of my favorites.


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Sunday, 10 November 2013 17:48

"Yacila" - Mayta

Mayta recently won Best Tejano Act as the 25th Dallas Observer Music Awards. But one listen to the song "Yacila" and you quickly realize that the word "tejano" is much too restrictive to describe Mayta's sound. "Yacila" is immistakably Latin -infused and influenced - but from which country, who's to say? The group seems to have created a fusion of carribbean, latin, and a bit of funk in this offering. But that describes "Yacila," one of the songs on their EP "Antropofago." Give "Bruja" a listen and suddenly their Latin sound has a rock edge.

So kudos to Mayta for the win. But trust and know that Mayta has more to offer than tejano music. This group has a sound of its own, and that sound defies labeling. 


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