Anthony David's honey coated tenor lures you into a hypnotic hold with undeniable desire. Coupled with his eclectic melodies, you're bound to have an instant eargasm.
On his fifth studio album, The Powerful Now, the Grammy award-nominated singer/songwriter delivers his unique brand of blues, funk, rock and soul—with a bit of EDM. Featuring superb production by Shannon Sanders and Eddie "Gypsy" Stokes, The Powerful Now is David's first release on Shanachie Entertainment. It's a sonic testimony of next-level evolution.
"This album I thought of as if I had no other album," Anthony notes. "I didn't have many expectations. So any idea I had that I might have thought 'oh, they may not like that from me,' I did it anyway! I definitely wanted to work with the sounds that are current but in my own way. I'm in the soul vein and I don't mind the title of neo-soul; it conflicts with what's popular in black music right now, which is either way ratchet or super retro. I have no interest in having all these sounds available and making something that sounds exactly like the 70s. But I also don't want to purposely make noise which some things I hear seem to be doing in attempt to being progressive."
We at MLive feel that out of the twelve songs on the album, the best nine are more than enough to be placed in the spotlight! Becoming the MLive Radio Hard Disk means we play a song of the album every hour on weekdays up to Friday 21:00. We congratulate Anthony David with this great album!
It takes a veteran of the present, one who's been influenced by that luxurious past, to bring back some of that old school sensibility but maintain the swagger and modern mindset of today, a feat Dave Hollister accomplishes with his latest CD, The MANuscript.
A Blackstreet alumnus, Cali-based pastor and now performing in touring stage play adaptation of the 1990s film Love Jones, Dave Hollister's gospel-edged croon is one that we've kept in steady rotation since his unforgettable cameo on Tupac Shakur's 1988 smash, "Brenda's Got a Baby." Always one to keep his catalog authentic enough for his peers but tender enough for the ladies, who else could put together an aural guide on relationships? That's the tone MANuscript has set forth and has enjoyable ditties for all: executive produced and co-written by Hollister's longtime ace, Walter Milsap III, the top half is ladies first and the second half is for the fellas (and of course women get an extra shout-out number at the end).
Dave is all about bowing to the power of a woman in the piano-drenched, silken ballad "Definition Of A Woman" ("she'll make you bleed, she'll bring you to your knees.....take you from a boy and turn you into a man"); "Creation (H. E. R.)" describes the God-made perfection that he cherishes when he sees his lady ("He took a jar, caught two stars and those would be your eyes/then he took a little slice of heaven and his it between your thighs"); and "Shortage" goes to bat for the single ladies by calling on real men to show up and show out: "He's expecting submission, playing games he needs to play his position....F. U.'s flying everywhere, [muted expletive] done hit the fan, 'I wish I never met you' is how she ends up here again."
Remember how the ladies kept Jazmine Sullivan's "Bust Your Windows" on repeat? Well brace yourselves for the men to bump "Let Him," a warning delivered with bravado and a hint of the blues instructing ladies with wandering partners to love him or leave him:"Quit throwing dishes at him, stop scratching up his paint/if you think that will make a n**** change, well it ain't. All you gonna do is make a man have to call the police/leave him or let him cheat in peace." BLOOP. "Barbershop" humorously describes encounters with both sexes in the way guys do, "for the ghetto stations," and the pipe-organ-infused "Blind" cautions brothers to keep their ladies happy since the consequences are a mutha: "You'd rather see hell than to see yourself moving out while he's moving in at the same damn time/look away, look away Brother, you'd rather go blind."
Breezier and less introspective than 2014's Chicago Winds, yet just as essential, The MANuscript is a look at what women offer to the world and how men should honor and receive those gifts ("Receipts," featuring Angie Stone, being an exception). We can't exactly dial it back to the lush era of blue-light basement soul, but having one of the most recognizable and resonant tenors in the game breaking it down can make fall that much sweeter to cuddle and connect in. Class is in session, your professor is Dave Hollister.... and y'all gon' learn today.
As modern classic soul goes, there are choices aplenty thanks to an array of independent projects coming and going on a daily basis. Few, however, combine so many of the essential elements as does The British Collective on Vol 1: The Renaissance Begins… Comprised of a dream cast of veteran and longstanding singer-songwriters from all corners of the UK R&B spectrum—Junior Giscombe, Leee John, Don-E, Omar, and Noel McCoy, the well-studied and equally enthusiastic ensemble delivers a festive 14-track CD embodying all that's fulfilling and enriching about British black music of the past three decades.
It is almost thirteen years ago when "the mother" of this song first got released, and it is pretty sad that this seems to be more relevant than ever before these days. All we can say is that the message is in the song. Please check the following links for more info:
Needles to say that this will be the MLive Radio Hard Disk...... Peace out
Kindred The Family Soul has had us grooving for the past few months to their new song "All My People" and loving the track's empowering message of community and unity. Our favorite husband and wife duo have more dope duets where this one came from on their upcoming sixth studio album, Legacy of Love.
Six albums over the course of their 13-year career is nothing to sneeze at, but what is really significant about this release is that it is Kindred The Family Soul's first truly independent album. Aja and Fatin Dantzler are wearing all the hats as artists, label owners, executive producers, publicists, social media managers and -- their most important job of all -- doting parents to their six children. They're doing all this and still maintaining a rigorous tour schedule and their sanity.
While we salute Aja and Fatin for all that they do, we're also eagerly anticipating Legacy of Love. The album is co-executive produced by fellow Philadelphian Vidal Davis of Dre & Vidal fame. The songwriting and production team has worked extensively with Kindred The Family Soul over the years from their first album, Surrender To Love, through 2014's A Couple Friends, and now Davis adds his touch to their latest collection. Legacy of Love features 13 songs, including a two-step worthy remix of "All My People," and finds Kindred The Family Soul passionately singing about life and still stoking the fires of love.
We at MLive Radio have fallen in love head over heals with this piece of art and we are putting the "MLive Radio Hard Disk"spotlight on it, starting next week and advise you to get yourself a copy on iTunes or Amazon, or pay a visit to their site and get it at their own shop.
This duo's association goes back to 2007, when neither artist could refer to himself as Grammy-nominated. Phonte, then "Phonte of Little Brother," added a verse to Roberson's "Been in Love..." Phontigallo and Erro reunified a few times after that, heard on tracks like Phonte's "Who Loves You More," Roberson's "Picture Perfect," and Zo!'s "We Are on the Move." Almost a decade after their first collaboration, the two completed Tigallerro, an album they began plotting in 2013 but were unable to complete -- due to work and life conflicts -- until 2016. Outfitted with references to Run-D.M.C.'s King of Rock and Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite, it's an album that should be filed in the genre of the latter, though Phonte, at Roberson's behest, raps a few verses. Roberson also rhymes a couple times and does so without overextending himself, offhandedly boasting in the opening "It's So Easy" about fatherhood and creative independence, two states that also apply to his partner, a fellow major-label survivor. Seemingly created without fuss, Tigallerro is made of relaxed yet moving grooves, supplied by a cast of over of a dozen, that often evoke sunny and carefree Saturday afternoons. The two occasionally play around with some commercial trends, but they remain themselves, as grown men who descriptively sing about everyday romantic highs and lows, whether they're recalling contentment or regretting transgressions. Some of the cuts flow with such ease that the depth is easy to miss. On the surface, "Never the Same Smile" unfolds blissfully as Phonte and Shana Tucker trade lines, but then the wistful quality of its Foreign Exchange production cuts through as the song's heart, unrecoverable perfection, becomes apparent. On the closing "Something," over a Daniel Crawford production that is somehow fluid and chunky at once, Phonte and Roberson modestly attest their faith in serenely uplifted fashion. Tigallerro is also a testament to Phonte's growth as a songwriter, arranger, and singer. Roberson is the one with the deeper R&B background, he has no trouble acknowledging the development. He merely accents the Sheldon Williams collaboration "3:45," an early-morning slow jam -- one with a slight lilt recalling Zapp's "Be Alright" -- that contains an exceptionally sweet and open-hearted Phonte lead.
Your momma told you a long time ago but Keith Sweat is telling you again right now: Dress To Impress
Recently, Keith Sweat celebrated the success of the album's first single "Good Love" which reached the top position on the Urban A/C radio charts. "Dress to Impress" will feature collaborations from fellow RnB counterparts Silk and Dru Hill. The album was released on his birthday, the 22nd of this month, via KDS Entertainment in a partnership with Sony RED and will be available at Best Buy, Target and all online retailers.
"Dress to Impress" will continue to carry on The Godfather of RnB's legacy and signature and signature brand of feel good old school RnB and soul music for all to enjoy. The music brings back the grooves and romance of yesterday and fuses it with the contemporary feels of today. Sweat added the following:
"Dress To Impress is about making a great first impression last forever. People always remember the first thing they see – the way you're dressed and how you carry yourself. This album is a collection of songs about how a man should treat his woman, how to woo and romance her, and make sure you put in the effort to treat that special person right, bringing more to the table than just what you see on the outside."
It was executive produced by Sweat alongside Gerald Isaac and Segun Adebutu.