Category Archives: Soul And R&B

James Blake – Retrograde [New 2013]

 

Click on the picture for the song!

Click on the picture for the song!

Artist: James Blake

Album: Overgrown [Available April 8th]

Mood: Soulful

 

This is the moment you’ve been waiting for. After James Blake released one of 2011’s biggest breakout albums, the self-titled James Blake. Today, the first single off the album, ‘Retrograde’ was played on BBC Radio 1. It’s the soulful sparse electronic style of his that you wanted to hear. Check it out after the jump.

– Zayniac

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Frank Ocean – Pink Matter feat. Outkast (Remix)


There hasn’t been an Outkast album since 2006. That’s seven years too long ago. But, over those seven years, Big Boi and Andre 3000 have both been busy, but have reunited a couple times – most notably on UGK‘s ‘International Player’s Anthem’, and on two other songs, DJ Drama‘s ‘The Art of Storytellin’ Part 4′, and a remix to Unk‘s ‘Walk It Out’. It’s been five years since any of those happened.

Frank Ocean is the latest to bring them together, as Big Boi hops on ‘Pink Matter’, from  Channel Orange, which previously just featured Andree. Here’s that wicked flow mixed with the laid back Frank Ocean vocals and beat. Listen and download here.

– Zayniac

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Demixed #1: The Roots – Dear God 2.0 | With Monsters of Folk, Zeds Dead, Trevor Dandy, Kid Cudi, Ghostface Killah, Yelawolf.

Demixed is a new feature that will take a song, and look at the musical journey that helped the song come to fruition – a story of samples throughout history. Know a song’s past? Write a Demixed! Email theharmony@outlook.com, or hit us up on our Facebook page.

 

February 2012

We’ll start with the latest iteration: the Zeds Dead remix of The Roots‘ ‘Dear God 2.0’. This song isn’t new to the site, I’ve posted it before in my Zeds Dead feature. Released in February 2012, Zeds Dead took The Roots hip-hop track, and put a little filth on it. Listen/download below.

June 22, 2010

Two years before Continue reading

ZZ Ward – Cryin’ Wolf feat. Kendrick Lamar

Cryin' Wolf

This song is jammmmmmmmmmin’. Some serious bluesy soul going on, with a stellar guest verse from my man Kendrick Lamar, and some twangin’ guitar. This track is off her upcoming debut album, Til The Casket Drops, which comes out October 16th. She’ll be releasing tracks until the album comes out on her website. If you like this, you might want to check out her Eleven Roses mixtape, where she covers artists including Childish GambinoTyler The Creator, and Freddie GibbsLamar, both of which are featured on her upcoming debut album.

Don’t sleep, song’s got soul.

Listen/download here.

– Zayniac

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Mellow Mondays #2 : The xx – Angels (Confect Remix)

It’s the time again, Mos is back with Mellow Mondays! Winding down after a hard day of grinding? Here is the answer. How do I feel about you Ms. Song? Well…”If someone believed me, they would be as in love with you as I am”.  Continue reading

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Marcus Collins – Seven Nation Army

Today, we present a soulful cover of The White Stripes 2003 hit, “Seven Nation Army”. Instead of the riff being played on a modified semi-acoustic guitar, here it’s played lightly on a guitar, and an actual bass guitar (not just an acoustic made to sound like a bass!) Adding great soul vocals by The X Factor runner-up Marcus Collins, background vocals, and a little brass (I’m a massive sucker for any song that adds a brass section – it’s an easy way to my heart,) this lead single is a great take on the original song. However, as you’ll see below, it’s a total ripoff of Ben L’Oncle Soul‘s 2010 version of the song.

Now, looking at the video, you’ll see a good number of dislikes, and equally large ratio of negative comments. All these peoples are fools, that don’t know the first thing about music. I’ll discuss this point more in depth when I publish my post on Pop Culture. But for now, let us remember that there’s a good chunk of songs in musical history whose most famous renditions aren’t the original. Aretha Franklin‘s “Respect”, a song originally written and recorded my soul legend Otis Redding. Gary Jules‘ “Mad World”, originally by Tears For Fears (who have also been covered by the likes of Kanye West – his “Coldest Winter” is based off of Tears for Fears’ “Memories Fade”.

Anyways, here’s the song: Continue reading

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