Mark Ronson Working On New D’Angelo LP


Having almost become a trace of mythical folklore, that much-rumoured new D'Angelo album appears to be truly coming together - with a hand from Mark Ronson.

Today Billboard reports that producer and artist Mark Ronson [who produced half of Amy Winehouse's Back To Black album - and once shared the same manager as D'Angelo] has recently been in the studio with the modern Soul icon to work on the long awaited follow-up to D's Platinum-selling Grammy-winning Voodoo album, released 10 years ago.

Mark told Billboard he was hitting the studio "to work a bit on [D'Angelo's] record" with "equal parts intimidation and awe and excitement."

He added, "I was pretty much floored when D said that the only two records of the past 5 to 6 years that he really listened to a lot were St. Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley and Back to Black.."

"I was like, 'I cannot believe I made something that this guy listened to over and over again and looked to for inspiration.'"

D'Angelo has largely stayed out of the spotlight since the 2000 release of "Voodoo," which won the singer a 2001 Grammy award for Best R&B Album and has sold 1.7 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Although Ronson says that he does not know how close the new album is to being completed, the producer adds, "I know he's been working nonstop. It's not like they've been sitting on their asses." --Billboard


Third Res Album On The Way, Titled 'Reset' | Music News

Following the frustrated free release of sophomore album Black. Girls. Rock! after years of waiting for release from Geffen, soulful rock singer-songwriter Res is back in the studio working on her third album, titled Reset.

The new album is reportedly being produced by Doc aka Martin McKinney, who also produced her superb debut album How I Do in 2001.

"It feels great to get in a familiar groove with such a talented producer. We have a chemistry that can not be denied and you all will hear," comments the singer, who is also a member of musical trio Idle Warship with Talib Kweli and Graph Nobel.

She says, "I have felt your support throughout the years and I want you all to continue to spread the word about this new album called RESET! Let the WORLD know we are Back In Business!"

That's pretty exciting news. Black.Girls.Rock! was excellent but I'm particularly fanatical about Res' first album - and its opening single, "Golden Boys" [below] - so if Reset continues in the vein of her previous genre-skipping anthems, you can count me in.

Stay posted for further news on Res' new album.


Terri Walker Talks New Album, Ski Beatz, Damon Dash & Gives Us The DD172 Tour | SoulCulture TV


We recently reported on UK soulstress Terri Walker's new distribution deal with Damon Dash's resurrected Rocafella Records, for her forthcoming Ski Beatz produced album:

Having made her name in 2003 with a soulful, well-crafted and critically acclaimed Untitled debut album (lead singles: “Guess You Didn’t Love Me” ft. Mos Def, “Ching Ching (Loving You Still)”, “Drawing Board”), followed by L.O.V.E (2005) and I Am (2006), UK Soul singer Terri Walker’s name and voice have been largely absent from the mainstream for several years.

She resurfaced on the radar last month when the Hip Hop blogs got hold of “Aerials” from Ski Beatz’ (Jay Z, Camp Lo) forthcoming 24 Hour Karate School album, featuring Terri alongside Curren$y, Stalley, Whosane and Mos Def.

With a new album in the works, Terri Walker gives SoulCulture the exclusive first scoop on her 2010 comeback. The versatile vocalist reveals that she has begun recording her fourth studio album with Ski Beatz on production duties, which will be distributed through Damon Dash’s newly resurrected Roc-A-Fella label...

Now let Terri give you the latest - in her own words - on her new album, working with Ski Beatz and Damon Dash. Complete with a guided tour around Dash's much talked about DD172 gallery/studios/editing suite/creative hub in New York...

On recording at DD172:
"It's like a family; I feel like I'm at home here... People respect each others' Read more


Listen To Nikko Gray's Sublime New Album, LOVE SEEN

SoulCulture have been digging Nikko Gray since her inspired feature on Aaliyah Revisited last summer with "ESP (4 Page Suite" - her interpretation of Aaliyah's "4 Page Letter" and One In A Million," crafted by AFTA-1. Nine months later the enchanting Los Angeles based vocalist and songwriter is back with a sublime new album, LOVE SEEN.

Impeccably crafted and recorded in less than a year, Nikko describes her latest eight-track LOVE SEEN as, "a collection of songs I'd written during a short relationship I experienced a little over a year ago."

She expands, "To me, the album tells a bit of a story. I found these songs coming through me during the creative process and I just let them all be. I was aware that the relationship would not go much further but I was able to process everything through writing and witness the reality of the situation. Hence, the title; I felt it, I saw it, I wrote it down and now you can see it."

A perfect summer soundtrack for mellow nights, long hugs and slow kisses - every iPod needs this:

Tracklisting: Read more


Jadakiss Talks New Album: Top 5, Dead or Alive


Jadakiss speaks to MTV's Shaheem Reid, about his forthcoming new album, Top Five, Dead or Alive.

Oddly enough, Jada said his record is still coming out with a Roc-A-Fella logo. Damon Dash took back the Roc-A-Fella reins, recently inking a deal with Def Jam for distribution. When Jada signed his Def Jam deal, Jay-Z still had Roc-A-Fella.

"Its Def Jam, Roc-A-Fella, Ruff Ryders, D-Block, Aphilliates, Green Lantern, a couple of other white guys," the Yonkers, New York, native said with a wide grin and chuckle. "You know how this game is. Everybody is in the pot. But it's enough money for everybody."

Speaking of which, whoever wants a group project from Jada, Styles P and Sheek Louch better come with plenty of zeros on their check. The LOX are ready to sign with a high bidder.

Read the full news piece over at MTV.


KeKe Wyatt on Domestic Violence, Fashion & Album Delays (Video)

"I'm very misunderstood. People say I'm crazy, people say all kinds of ignorant things about me; which is fine, because judge all you want, but just always remember when you judge you shall be judged..." opens Keke Wyatt's interview with Suite903, in which she talks briefly about her experience of domestic violence, fashion, her new album Who Knew? [click for review] and the obstacles she faced in releasing music previously with TVT records.

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Common Acoustic Performance of "The Light" w/ Colbie Caillat + Talks New Album, The Believer (Video)

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Common performs an acoustic version of "The Light" with Grammy winners Zac Brown (Chicken Fried, Toes) and Colbie Caillat (Bubbly) before speaking to HardKnockTV about his new album - titled The Believer - due for an Autumn release with No Id, Twilite Tone and Kanye West on production duties.

BMI's Vice President Catherine Brewton also talks about the "How I Wrote That Song" panel and mentions a possible collaboration with Colbie Caillat and Common in the future. (via HardKnockTV)


Corinne Bailey Rae - The Sea (Album Review)

theseascrate42010 looks set to be a great year for soul music with many a welcome return to the scene by some established favourites.  The first couple of months alone have some significant comebacks in the offing, one of which is undoubtedly that of Corinne Bailey Rae.  The Yorkshire native’s follow-up project to her incredibly successful self-titled debut was, in any case, going to be an interesting affair even before the sad events that recently took place gave rise to the morbid fascination on which certain members of the press thrive.

There was always the question of whether lightning would strike twice for Bailey-Rae.  After all, she was somewhat of a surprise hit in the first place.  Here was the northern lass with the unorthodox soul voice that delicately tip-toed around each lyric as if it would shatter on impact. In an ageist industry that has, since the 1990s, been increasingly dominated by those who become veterans long before their 21st birthday, Rae scored her breakthrough hit comparatively late at 27. Somehow she managed to crack the UK market; one which had been hitherto indifferent towards any brown singer not doing American-style R&B. Read more


Souls Of Mischief - Montezuma's Revenge (Album Review)

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Souls of Mischief are back with an incandescent bluster. Montezuma's Revenge, released on Hiero and produced by sizzling mighty Prince Paul (De La Soul, Stetsasonic, Tha Gravediggas) – with cover art work by artist Steven Lopez - is shaking Hip Hop continents, from Oakland to Africa and back again.

Nine years on from their last album (Trilogy) the brazen mark of their attainment is clear: phenomenal lyrical delivery, breath-taking syncopated confidence, wonder-working rhythms and commanding Hip Hop story telling presence. Read more


In Her Own Words: Marsha Ambrosius confirms signing to J Records, Forthcoming Collaborations + New Album

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SoulCulture exclusive: Marsha Ambrosius confirms being signed to J Records. Just Blaze, Dre and Vidal and Focus are among the special guests featuring on her forthcoming album, Yours Sincerely... Marsha Ambrosius, to be released this year.

"Well, long story short, I AM SO EXCITED!!! :)  Having a solid career as a song-writer/producer for so long had me in a very comfortable lane.  It really wasn't a decision made on my part to pursue a solo career, it was a blessing to be offered.  My deal with Dr.Dre became a writing/production relationship with the Interscope building and I was cool with that.

Right now, I am so thankful to have a home at J Records, home of Alicia Keys, Jamie Foxx, Mario all of which  I have had the pleasure of working with.  J Records having an understanding with the direction of my sound and style has taken a great weight off my shoulders (literally lol - lost weight on weightwatchers HA!) and I am so comfortable and confident and happy to just be able to make music that I'm in love with again.

I have a tentative title for the album "Yours Sincerely... Marsha Ambrosius" which will be available some time this year (don't know when for sure just yet) and I'm in the studio right now putting the icing on the cake.  I treat my music like home cooked meals, it takes time, can't just bung it in the microwave or order it to go in 5mins.  I need to get all these flavors making sense together and have my listeners pressing play and letting it repeat over and over till you realize you listened to that song already :)

I'm making AN ALBUM!!! I can't wait to share it with the world :) I have Just Blaze, Dre & Vidal, Focus, myself and SPECIAL GUESTS TBA on MY album :) Woohoo :) :) :)"

Yours Truly,

Marsha Ambrosius

Follow her: @MarshaAmbrosius / Facebook

Photograph by Tamar Nussbacher for SoulCulture.

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MORE: Watch our interview with Marsha Ambrosius


Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings new album, I Learned The Hard Way, out May 4th on Daptone (artwork + tracklist)

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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings return this Spring with their fourth album on Daptone Records: I Learned The Hard Way. Produced by Bosco Mann, I Learned the Hard Way was recorded on an Ampex eight-track tape machine by Gabriel Roth in Daptone Records’ House of Soul studios.  The album is fondly described on the band's blog as dripping with "a warmth and spontaneity rarely found since the golden days of Muscle Shoals and Stax".

Both with their own albums and their work with other artists, the Dap-Kings have been doing their part to revive the raw energy of classic funk and soul.  In the past couple of years they have collaborated with the likes of Mark Ronson, Ben Westbeech and Michael Buble - and they notably feature on the majority of Amy Winehouse's Back To Black album, also forming the backing band for her debut US tour.

I Learned The Hard Way is due for release on May 4th 2010 on Daptone Records.

I Learned The Hard Way Track List: Read more


New Jill Scott album, The Light Of The Sun, set for a Spring/Summer release

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If we're given all we're promised in 2010, it's looking set to be a great year for music.  Whilst keeping your ears peeled for new releases from Sade, Erykah, Maxwell and Marsha Ambrosius (to name but a few), here's another album to look forward to this year: Jill Scott's fourth volume of Words and Sounds - titled The Light Of The Sun - with an expected Spring/Summer 2010 release.  We're told, "The album embarks Jill on a flurry of emotional poetry as both her career and personal life have skyrocketed with success in Hollywood and birth of first child."

Jilly from Philly will also be taking her words and sounds back to the stage as a featured performer alongside Sarah McLachlan, Mary J.Blige, Sheryl Crow, Erykah Badu, Colbie Caillat at the 2010 Lilith Fair Tour;  a celebration of diverse female voices across all genres. Dates are still being confirmed - for information visit www.lilithfair.com.

In other, non-musical Jill Scott news, she features in Lifetime Movie Network telepic Sins Of The Mother which hits screens on February 7th. The film revolves around a grad student who returns home to face her abusive, alcoholic mother – played by Scott - only to discover that her mom is sober and has a 3-year-old daughter and new life. Directed by Paul Kaufman and Executive produced by Damon Lee, the telepic is based on the novel Orange, Mint & Honey and adapted for television by Elizabeth Hunter.

On yet another acting tip, Jill also stars in Tyler Perry movie sequel Why Did I Get Married Too? alongside Janet Jackson, Michael Jai White and Tyler Perry - set for release on April 2nd. She also voices turbulent X-Men heroine Storm in the forthcoming Black Panther mini-series (Marvel/BET).

Keep up to date with Jilly's zillion and one exploits at: www.jillscott.com / www.bluesbabefoundation.org


José James signs to Verve Records

Jose'-James-1smallIt has just been revealed that José James signed to legendary American jazz label Verve Records last month, via their historic Impulse imprint.  Founded in 1960, Impulse was notably home to many releases by the iconic John Coltrane - one of the New York singer's key inspirations.

Moving forward from his acclaimed 2008 jazz debut The Dreamer, James calls this label development "a lifelong dream come true".  The first release from his new deal shall be an album of standards in duet with pianist Jef Neve and is due for release on Impulse close to May 2010, titled For All We Know.

James, formerly signed to Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Records, enthuses, "This is "The House that Trane built" so you know I'm excited + so honored to be a part of that legacy - It's a huge honor."

www.vervemusicgroup.com / www.josejamesmusic.com

BONUS: Watch our interview with Jose at London's Jazz Cafe, 2009:


11, 12, 13 JAN: Carleen Anderson @ Ronnie Scotts, London

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Another soul superstar is making a 'comeback' in 2010.

Carleen Anderson, godaughter of the legendary James Brown, is set to release a live album next year which will be recorded over 3 nights at London's Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.

Carleen is well known amongst soul music fans, whether it be as the lead singer of the Young Disciples, her work with Incognito and the Brand New Heavies, her solo material or her collaborations with artists such as Paul Weller and Omar.

Tickets for the event are £25-40 and can be booked here.


NEW SADE LP "SOLDIER OF LOVE" - 8th FEBRUARY 2010

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The highly anticipated new album from one of the most iconic British bands of the last few decades - fronted by the gorgeous Sade Adu - 'Soldier Of Love' is set to be released worldwide on February 8, 2010 via Sony/BMG and is the first official studio album since the multi-platinum release of Lovers Rock in 2000.

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Awesome news!

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VIDEO: Corinne Bailey Rae - "I'd Do It All Again" (LIVE on Later...with Jools Holland)

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Corinne Bailey Rae goes all Roberta Flack with a touch of Sade (think 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' and 'Love Is Stronger than Pride') on this sublime live acoustic performance of 'I'd Do It All Again'. The stripped-down arrangement gives it a pastoral feel, I think. Corinne said in a recent article that the song was inspired by her turbulent but ultimately loving relationship with her late husband, Jason Rae.

CBR's lyrics have always had a good deal of substance to them but I am sure you'll agree this song has an even more plaintive, visceral quality than her previous output. It's a sad truth that beautiful art is often the by-product of prevailing through some of life's tribulations and tragedies. Certainly the case here. 'I'd Do it All Again' is to feature on her forthcoming album 'The Sea'.

Corinne will be performing at the Union Chapel tomorrow. Please follow link for details.

Posted by Tolita