John Legend - "Who Did That To You" | New Music

We recently heard Rick Ross' "100 Black Coffins", one of the tracks from the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's upcoming Django Unchained feature film, and, as you might have expected, it was big blast of murder music from MMG's main man.

Grammy Award-winning R&B artist John Legend takes it in a slightly different direction for "Who Did That To You", the latest track to be leaked from the OST. Whilst his lyrics continue the dark theme, "Who Did That To You" definitely sounds like the musical background for a new sort of American epic. For that reason, I'm not surprised to learn that it was co-written and produced by Paul Epworth, who helped lend the Bond franchise a stylish update with his composition for Adele's theme.

Legend himself was eager to be involved in Tarantino's project, which sees Jamie Foxx play the part of a former slave-turned-bounty hunter, trying to rescue his wife from the plantations. Speaking to the L.A. Times, Legend commented:

When I first learned that Quentin was making Django Unchained—a film set in the South two years before the Civil War—I felt a strong connection to the story. I knew that I wanted to compose a song for this film; a song that would not only give voice to Django, a man willing to stand up and fight for his lover’s honor, but also feel like a natural fit in a Tarantino film.”

The full soundtrack album will drop December 18th, with the film to follow on Christmas Day. Have a listen to "Who Did That To You" below:

The Revelations - "I Forgot To Be Your Lover" | New Music

Brooklyn-based soul band The Revelations have released a new recording of William Bell's 1968 classic"I Forgot to be Your Lover" for RZA's soundtrack to The Man with the Iron Fists. Read more

Wear your musical heart on your sleeve with Skoolwerk Apparel tees | Style

There's nothing I love more than wearing my musical heart on my sleeve, so to speak. Skoolwerk Apparel is the brand that will allow me to wear my musical influence on a t-shirt.

Based on an idea that was forged in 2009 and came to life in 2011, Skoolwerk describe themselves as being "personal passion for timeless music." Honouring the rich traditions of Soul and Jazz music, this company is one for the music lovers amongst us.

What I love most about the tees is that they are often very simple but use colour and typography to perfectly encapsulate the spirit of the pioneers to whom they most pay homage. A personal favourite of mine is the Quincy Jones piece. Read more

Dwele at Jazz Cafe, London | Live Review

At last year’s corresponding residency at the Jazz Cafe, Dwele had a more than apt tribute for the late, great Nate Dogg. At the time I couldn’t help but think that this was a nod to a trailblazer in the industry who, through his success, allowed a crossover artist like Dwele to exist.

Nate Dogg was the king of West Coast hooks, adding a unifying R&B influence juxtaposed to the partisan rapping. He wasn’t Jodeci , R. Kelly or Ginuwine. He was unique in the sense that he was essentially a hip hopper who happened to sing. Add to that, he was the go to vocalist for the hottest producer at the time – Dr Dre. Together, they were behind some of the classics from a golden period of rap.

Dwele was an evolution of that but with palpably different influences. I mean Dwele’s script could teach today’s kids [I’m looking at you Frank Ocean and The Weeknd ] who claim the ‘word of mouth’ tag, what it really meant not so long ago. Read more

Josh Osho : Get Familiar

This South London native describes himself as a singer, songwriter, troubadour and wordsmith who makes classic song writing look absolutely effortless. Judging by his first two singles – last year’s “Redemption Days” featuring Ghostface Killah and "Giants" featuring Childish Gambino - the above description is a pretty accurate one.
His name is Josh Osho. Read more

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings at Shepherds Bush Empire, London | Live Review

The news of Sharon Jones mum’s passing put the whole tour in temporary doubt but in true showbiz style – the show must go on and thankfully, on March 9, 2012 indeed it did. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have built themselves a formidable live reputation that the masses of all ages and races had gathered to witness them show and prove at a packed Shepherd Bush Empire. Read more

Sy Smith - Fast and Curious | Album Review

New York bred songstress Sy Smith, has been one of the only artist who has been able to beautifully walk the tightrope between dance music, and neo-soul music. Its release delayed whilst working on other projects and touring with The Foreign Exchange, her fourth album Fast and Curious proves worth the wait, with evolved production throughout by Mark de Clive Lowe. Read more

Mara Hruby: From Her Eyes, From The Heart | Interview

The name Mara Hruby flows off your tongue like a beautiful melody, so it’s only fitting that she chose music as her career. Starting early — singing in class and listening to music constantly at home with family - it was her natural path. Read more

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings UK Tour | Win Tickets!

Want a soulful, funk-filled night out? Strongly checking both boxes, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings soon hit the road for a mini-UK tour, playing to audiences in Leeds, Birmingham and London on March 4, 8 and 9 respectively - and SoulCulture have tickets up for grabs in each city! Read more

Michael Kiwunaka - "I'm Getting Ready" | Music Video

SoulCulture Get Familiar alumni and BBC Sound of 2012 winner Michael Kiwunaka continues to kidnap hearts and demonstrate an abundance of talent and promise on his journey to the top. Read more

D'Angelo & The Testimony at Le Zenith, Paris 2012 | Live Review

I probably shouldn't say this, but what I witnessed in Paris on a cold Sunday night was a legendary performance. I've seen a few legends in my time, most recently perhaps Prince at the O2, and Sunday night was up there with it. There, I said it.

Le Zenith was the setting for D'Angelo's French leg of his European tour, his 'comeback' tour, a whole 12 years after his last album Voodoo was released. I won't bore you with the well documented trials and tribulations in his hiatus, something he alluded to with a re-iteration of the end phrase of the opening line from "One Mo'Gin"- 'I know some things have changed since the last I've seen you/some good/some for the bad baby.' But I'm getting ahead of myself here…Read more

D'Angelo debuts "Sugar Daddy" at comeback concert in Stockholm [Video]

After photographic proof of his physical presence emerged earlier in the day, here comes the video goods - capturing segments of D'Angelo's first show in years, performing in Stocklholm, Sweden just last night (January 26).

So far videos have emerged online of his live renditions of Voodoo cut "Chicken Grease," Brown Sugar's "Shit, Damn, Motherfucker" and a new song, titled "Sugar Daddy" - hold your breath and await til his show hits a town year you or take a peek at the soulful icon in his current form below - and he's sounding fantastic. Read more

Snapshot: D'Angelo spotted in Stockholm before comeback concert

The dream is real, folks. With his first show in years approaching tonight at the Filadelfiakyrkan arena, D'Angelo emerges in Stockholm. Here's the visual proof we needed to soothe apprehension and validate our mounting excitement as the elusive soul king prepares to re-introduce himself to a long waiting audience.Read more

Jhene Aiko: LA's R&B sailing soul talks integrity, industry, motherhood & honest music | Interview

Los Angeles hailing singer/songwriter Jhene Aiko [pronounced juh-nay ahh-ee-ko], 23, first emerged on the R&B scene at a young age whilst signed to Epic Records alongside the likes of B2K and Omarion, whom she met at elementary school. “LA is a city of entertainment, so everybody ends up meeting each other so you run into everybody. I think the entertainment business is like a high school,” she says. Read more

Jill Scott - "A Lovely Day" | Music Video

Start your day off cheerfully with poetic Philadelphia soul queen Jill Scott's sweetly whipped rendition of Bill Withers' '70s soul classic "Lovely Day," accompanied here by a video from Hidden Beach starring a cheerful cast of playful kids throwing some moves. Read more

Goapele performs “Closer” on Russell Peters’ Christmas Special [Video]

Absent from the scene since 2005 and her Change It All LP, Goapele recently (and thankfully) returned earlier this year with her fourth studio album Break of Dawn (stream the album in full here.) Gracing Russell Peters stage for the comedians Christmas special, the Bay Area native returned to her roots with (an exquisite) performance of her well loved early single "Closer," from her 2001 debut album of the same name. Check out the video below and someone please explain why she isn't a house hold name yet.
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