NEW MUSIC: NNEKA - HEARTBEAT (CHASE & STATUS REMIX)

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Following the critical acclaim of 2006’s Victim Of Truth (“...as good as The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” - Sunday Times), Nneka exceeds herself with the irresistible single "Heartbeat," complimented by a massive remix by dubstep/drum and bass production duo Chase & Status.

The original track is a highlight of forthcoming album No Longer At Ease. Nneka says, “The song is about the heart. Especially the heartbeat, which most people don’t feel although they are alive.”

Chase & Status play on the original’s haunting piano introduction before launching into an overdriven groove where dubstep meets rock head on, while Nneka’s smoky tones remain deeply soulful and undeniably catchy.

LISTEN:

NNEKA - HEARTBEAT (CHASE & STATUS REMIX)

[audio:http://soulculture.com/HeartbeatRmx.mp3]

The single is out on August 24th.. MAKE SURE YOU BUY IT!!

Nneka performs at Cargo, London on Thursday 23rd July and at Womad Festival, Wiltshire on Sunday 26th July.

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ALBUM PREVIEW: Tru Thoughts Covers

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UK label Tru Thoughts, home to artists such as The Bamboos, Quantic/Quantic Soul Orchestra, Kinny, Lizzy Parks, Belleruche, Kylie Auldist and Nostalgia 77, are gearing up to release their latest compilation entitled Tru Thoughts Covers.

The label describes the album as:

a mighty selection of the most pivotal and interesting cover versions to have peppered Tru Thoughts’ ten year history of releases

What is even more interesting than the list of contributers to the album is the list of artists they have chosen to cover. Popular songs by everyone from Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson, to the White Stripes and Kings Of Leon, and even Eminem and Frank Sinatra, are given a soul/jazz/funk makeover Tru Thoughts-style...Read more


COMPETITION: WIN 5 COPIES OF MAXWELL'S NEW ALBUM!

maxwell-blacksummersnightIt's competition time, folks!

Courtesy of Sony/Columbia, SoulCulture have FIVE copies of Maxwell's brand new album BLACKsummers'night to give away to five lucky readers.

For your chance to win a copy, all you need to do is email soulculture@gmail.com answering the question:

Which Kate Bush song has Maxwell covered?

 

Don't forget to include your full name, telephone number and postal address.

Good luck!

PS. You can read our review of Maxwell's new album here.


Marsha Ambrosius Live In London, July 2010 | REVIEW + EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOADS

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UKSoulJam put on a monthly showcase in London at the Jazz Cafe every month. This month, they were pleased to present Marsha Ambrosius from Floetry as the headline act on a line up of UK Soul artists.

I fondly recall watching Floetry perform at Jazz Cafe four years ago, on the popularity of their debut album. Great chemistry on stage, fun crowd interactions and dope music. After they split last year Marsha Ambrosius found herself singing all over the West Coast as an introduction to her solo career. Two mixtapes later and I'm in the audience of the Jazz Cafe eagerly awaiting my floetic namesake's first ever solo performance since Floetry... Read more


NEW MUSIC - KANO- D.O.E (DEATH OF EVERYTHING)

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UK Hip Hop/Grime artist KANO unleashes his take on Jigga's "Death Of Autotune" beat. Following a buzz on Twitter this song first hit the radiowaves on Friday when Mista Jam dropped it mid-set on his BBC 1Xtra show.

6 pull ups suggest it's a winner.

DJ Swerve
and Tim Westwood both agreed, dropping it into their respective shows that weekend.

KANO - "D.O.E (Death Of Everything)"

[audio:http://soulculture.com/D.O.E (Master).mp3]
Download from HERE

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AUDIO: SWAY'S MJ TRIBUTE SONG, "The King Full Stop"

Sway-Press-image-f_97524tAs the Michael Jackson tribute songs stream in, we're picking out som of the better ones. Here comes UK rapper Sway, with his feelings about MJ's passing.

Brilliant lyrics. Heartfelt.

Lyrics below.

[audio:http://www.sway.uk.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/the-king-full-stop.mp3]

Jackson, Jackson,
The legend Michael Jackson,
Forever remember where you was when it happened,
Everybody staring at phones reading their flashes
In hope it was just a rumour and sooner we’ll get the facts in.
I’ll always remember the spot where I was standing
Exact same spot where I felt like collapsing.
Our relationship with music he has always been the captain
Even after confirmation it sunk, it never sank in.
The same year I was born Michael brought you “Thriller”.
Funny the 1st ever album that I was brought was Thriller.
Out of this world his moonwalk done brought us all together.
An important figure can’t figure a human force that’s bigger.Read more


NEW MUSIC - JAY-Z D.O.A (OFFICIAL VIDEO TRAILER) & D.O.A (CHASE & STATUS REMIX) FULL TRACK/CDQ

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JAY-Z - D.O.A (CHASE & STATUS REMIX)

[audio:http://soulculture.com/DOAChaseStatusrmx.mp3 ]

Hmmmm....
Mars likes it...
I'm not sure yet...
What do you think?

Watch the Official Video trailer after the jump...Read more


FREE MIXTAPE DOWNLOAD: Back To The Feature (Wale + 9th Wonder)

The Wale and 9th Wonder mixtape we've all been waiting for is finally here.

Back To The Feature.

Click the pics to download.

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FREE MIXTAPE: J.COLE - THE WARM UP

HANDS IN LATE PASS!!

The North Carolina raised Roc Nation signee J.Cole dropped his second mixtape on Monday.

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For tracklist and download linkRead more


Lupe Fiasco - Shining down

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BRAND NEW LUPIN THE THIRD....
Taken from the new album LASERS.
RIDICULOUSLY GREAT START TO MY DAY!!

LISTEN
[audio:http:///www.soulculture.co.uk/01 Shining Down (Ft. Matthew Santos).mp3 ]

Related: LUPE SAYS LEAKING IN PUBLIC IS BAD!!

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ONE OF THE COOLEST EFFING PEOPLE: Melanie Fiona Interview

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It's been a long journey to The Bridge for Canadian songstress Melanie Fiona, one that's taken her across the world. I ask how London matches up to all of the cities she's visited while virtually living out of her suitcase. “I love it! If I could live and work here I would.” ...Over her hometown Toronto? “Well, I can't live AND work in Toronto...” she responds, addressing something I was preparing to discuss later in the interview; Canada's sparse black music scene. While Toronto has a plethora of diverse urban talent, the opportunities for them to penetrate the mainstream Canadian music industry is almost non-existent. Read more


To Whom It May Concern: Choklate's New LP Is Essential!

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If anyone is looking for an album that has you hooked in the first 30 seconds, and keeps you thoroughly engrossed till the very last note then look no further than Choklate's To Whom It May Concern.

Most indie/underground soul fans will be familiar with Choklate from her self-titled debut which went largely unnoticed by the mainstream but became a firm favourite of those who keep a keen ear to the ground.

To Whom It May Concern follows on pretty much where Choklate left off... The winning combination of Choklate's soulful, silky vocals riding on top of Hip Hop influenced beats is as present here as it was on her debut. That said, this is no 'safe' carbon copy of her first album. Even with the somewhat limited amount of time I have spent with her two releases it is apparent that the lady has grown as both a vocalist and writer.

Stand-out tracks on the album include the 'Time Tells Intro' (which I wish was a full track), the hip-hop influenced, inspirational first single 'Suns Out', title track 'To Whom It May Concern', and the disco tinged track 'The Tea'.

Now here's hoping she graces the UK with a show or two in support of this album, I hear on good authority that she kills it live.

Buy the album. Support real music.

--SoulUK


V - The Paradox Vol.1

the-paradoxFor those of you unfamiliar with Valvin Roane II aka 'V' here is a little background information: he first came to the attention of soul music lovers as the background singer for a certain Ms. Jill Scott, he then went on to release his debut album entitled The Revelation Is Now Televised in 2006. In between working with other musicians such as Ms. Scott, Musiq and Justin Timberlake he found time to create the follow up to his debut, The Paradox Vol.1, released this year.

I'll be honest and say that I havn't fully listened to his debut, however I am reliably informed that it is a true gem. The general consensus is that this follow up does not quite match the greatness of T.R.I.N.T. so i thought i would give it a listen without getting my hands on his debut first.

I am very pleased that I did. In my opinion the album is a must have for all soul/RnB lovers out there. AT 19 tracks, it may be a little long and 1 or 2 tracks could have been left out, however this does not detract from the album as a whole.

The album opens with the track T.R.I.N.T., a spoken word intro track that sets the scene for what is to follow ... which is in short, a very eclectic, but well crafted album. In my opinion tracks 3-9 represent the strongest portion of the album, with highlights including the short, but oh so sweet Close Encounter, the sensual Outta Body, and a serious contender for that first dance song, Down The Isle.Read more


AMERIE – WHY R U? (NEW MUSIC)

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Didn't Amerie get the memo about leaking explicit personal pictures before dropping new material!!
It's the LAW now for R&B.

I Jest, I joke...
(sorry Rhi Rhi & Cassie)

Anywhos...
Here's some brand new Amerie, The first track from her DEF JAM debut album.

LISTEN
[audio:http://soulculture.com/01 Why R U - MAIN.mp3]

FREELOAD HERE

You Dig?

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Maxwell's return. (press conference + 'Pretty Wings' video)

A crisp and well-executed video, a striking song (it might even haunt..) and a highly anticipated return.

Maxwell is back.

'Pretty Wings':


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Heartless cover by Chris Mann

Just came across this dope cover of Kanye West's "Heartless" by new artist Chris Mann, signed to Sony. Checkit:

Find out more about Chris Mann at chrismannmusic.com

Ta very much for the headsup, thecouchsessions.com