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First Listen: Mad Satta’s Liberating “Break Me Free”

Featured: 0Fronted by the smoky-voiced Joanna Teters, the self-described eight-member ?future-soul? band from New York, Mad Satta, consistently manages to surprise with their uber-competent grasp of the sounds of bygone days, but always with their own soul pop twist.Facebook Comments: 1
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In Another Life (album review)

Artist: BilalFeatured: 0List Ranking: 0Review: Underwhelmed is the furthest thing one anticipates to feel when listening to a Bilal Oliver project. Yet, considerable swaths of the new Adrian Younge-produced Bilal project, In Another Life, falls into this category. Low-fi production choices designed to give the project an aged minimalist sound that characterized the solo debuts of Aloe Blacc and Cody ChestnuTT are partially to blame, as is the near whisper spare instrumentation that undercuts some of the half ?n? half project?s lesser tracks. The songs that work are those where the melody is strong enough to withstand the stripped approach to this late ?60s, early 70?s underground rock and soul sound. Lyrically, Bilal always has something to say and the timely socio-political messaging here is no exception; the challenge is whether long time fans will want to hang around long enough to receive what the left-of-center artist has to say. Bilal has always flirted, blended, and played with the boundaries of different musical genres with wildly varying results, with a litter of classics and near misses from his First Born Second 14 years ago to 2013?s A Love Surreal. His extraordinary funk infused vocal instrument and strong melodic sense of jazz, rock, and soul generally centered the soul of the material enough to allow adventurous forays into avant-garde musical art. Depending on your tastes, on In Another Life the center is too weak and often comes undone, despite a handful of very fine tracks, partially thanks to guests like Kimbra and Kendrick Lamar. Yet, the overall project, while clearly complete, manages to feel like an unfinished demo. The songs that work are solid and depend on Bilal?s usually reliable musicality. The ironically lilting ?I Really Don?t Care? feels like a period nightclub performance at the Copa for a classic soul star. Its sultry atmosphere may be the closest to what Bilal?s more urban adult contemporary fans are looking for. A compellingly arranged ?Holding It Back,? featuring a sweet-voiced Kimba and co-written with Saudia Mills, nicely blends hip hop percussion with a light prog rock sensibility. Flipping the script from the usual romantic notion, ?Money Over Love (feat. Kendrick Lamar) has the Blaxploitation film soundscapes on which producer Adrian Younge cut his teeth, making his name as one of the most sought after alternative and retro soul producers. The juxtaposition of the ?70s doo-wop shouts against Lamar?s platinum-spitting bars is a song highlight. While it has a meandering feel to it, the Loren Oden co-written ?Bury Me Next To You? largely wins through its melancholic storytelling and a rare taste of Bilal?s natural on the verse for most of this vulnerable journey. The pop confection retro soul of ?Love Child? delightfully surprises through its marriage to a near reggae vocal on a cut that somehow manages to feel like a classic rock song. These are some of the sweeter sides of Oliver?s experimentations. Much of the rest is far less successful, roughly half of the album, venturing between the forgettable and uninviting to the self-indulgent. Songs like the vaguely Sondheim tinged ?Spiraling? and the funky ?Sirens II? have musical elements that inspire interest, but feel like incomplete thoughts and tend to frustrate more than embrace. The bright cha cha of the metaphorical ?Open Up The Door? definitely makes me want to open up the door with its infectious hook and close harmonies, but just as I open the door, the compelling knocking?and song?is over. Meanwhile, ?Star Now? doesn?t even inspire one to rise from the couch. Even the garage jam session single, ?Satellites,? with its distant, poetic observations, fails to encourage more than shoulder shrugs. The less said about the pale Prince revivalist ?80s new wave of ?Pleasure Toy ft. Big Krit? the better. These songs don?t build, and generally fail to take you on much of journey. Surprises are few. Suffice it to say, there is enough material on In Another Life that is still ear worthy and at least tries to do something new while respecting the past. It?s not the same ol?, same ol?, and its stories respect love, life, and humanity, which can be said for less and less popular music these days. In some ways this album is to be expected, as Bilal is a true artist. True artists always desire to explore, erase, and push the boundary lines of their chosen medium, taking risks, bending the universe to their creative will. Sometimes the universe bounces back, flicking that explorer into deep space, sending them floundering far from ground. On Bilal?s next Enterprise voyage, let?s hope there?s a bit more gravity under his feet and a smidge more oxygen for the rest of us to breathe, since his musical air can often be some of the sweetest around. Mildly recommended. By L. Michael GipsonAlbum Image: Click on CD cover to listen or purchaseAlbum Buy Link: Comments: 1Title: BilalASIN:  var amzn_wdgt={widget:'MP3Clips'}; amzn_wdgt.tag='soultracks-20'; amzn_wdgt.widgetType='ASINList'; amzn_wdgt.ASIN='B00Y4203AM'; amzn_wdgt.title='Bilal'; amzn_wdgt.width='250'; amzn_wdgt.height='250'; amzn_wdgt.shuffleTracks='False'; amzn_wdgt.marketPlace='US';
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World Premiere First Listen: Brandon Williams and Anesha are "Paralyzed"

Featured: 1SoulTrackers have gotten to know Detroit drummer and producer Brandon Williams well over the past year. His debut album,XII, won our Publisher's Choice as Album of the Year, and we featured a number of great songs from that album as First Listens.Facebook Comments: 1
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Watch Classic Show, "Al Green: SOUL!"

Featured: 0Al Green is one of the most enduring soul singers of the rock era, and is considered by many the most important male singer since Sam Cooke. His early 70s work on Hi Records sounds as good today as it did then, and his legend has continued to grow over the past quarter century even as he generally turned his back on popular music. See our full Al Green BiographyFacebook Comments: 1
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I Am Charlie Wilson

Artist: Book ReviewFeatured: 1List Ranking: 0Review: "The thrill of creation is indescribable. Magical. And my brothers and I took great pleasure and pride in our art. It was as if we were a bunch of chefs, mixing this with that, tossing beats and guitar licks and runs on the keyboards and blasts of the horns into a stew of funk and soul to feed the people. That's what we called it, ' cooking in the kitchen.' We were taking all of these different sounds bouncing around inside our heads and mixing them up and cooking them down." The giddy dance grooves and smoldering slow jams, that signature vocal range and stage presence that are irresistible, unique and undeniably iconic: From backyard barbeques and house parties to stadiums and arenas worldwide, one can instantly distinguish the sound of "Uncle Charlie" Wilson, but until recently, few knew much about the man beyond the gregarious stage persona and the music. However, thanks to the upcoming release of his first-ever memoir,I Am Charlie Wilson,readers are granted intimate and insightful access to the factorsthat nurtured his talents, the rise and demise of his family-anchored musical group The Gap Band and how Charlie Wilson sunk into, then emerged from, the life-threatening lows of alcoholism, drug addiction and homelessness. In the star-studded prologue to the 15 chapters that follow, Charles Kent Wilson candidly shares his humble Tulsa, OK roots and growing up the third of four children with a preacher father and Minister of Music mother, his early obsession with the forbidden secular music and witnessing the intensity of his own burgeoning star power as a fourth grader during a talent show:"My mother couldn't wait to tell my daddy the story when we got home. 'Babe, they ran him into the bathroom. One of the teachers had him over there in a separate room and the halls were full of kids trying to get him,' she said, her laughter met with my father's easy grin. My mom hugged me and said in that soothing voice: 'it's okay, baby. You did good. You didrealgood." Years of practice and tutelage under seasoned players, as well as painstaking development of "that Charlie Wilson sound," led Wilson and his brothers from YMCAs and local clubs to professional gigs, actual recording deals and opening up for The Rolling Stones (check out pg. 50 to see how Charlie earned the wrath of Mick Jagger for their show-stealing performance --The Gap Band's first and last). However, years of shiesty management, naivet about the music biz and the residue of a broken home crippled Charlie's self-worth, made him doubt his purpose and led to a drug and alcohol-fueled abyss. But before long, thanks to his never-ending faith and a reawakened belief in The Lord, Wilson encounted a recovered relative in Los Angeles, committed fully to rehab and met the program director who demanded his best, kept it real and set his professional and personal comeback into motion:"There I was, sitting on a bench listening to my attorney, feeling small and frightened as anyone could feel at the prospect of losing his freedom when Mahin burst through the courtroom's heavy wooden doors, pushing past the guard and taking off toward the judge.....she wasted no time before pressing into his hands a business card and a letter she'd written on my behalf, detailing my progress and noting that I was receiving drug counseling and using my spare time to go to schools to talk to kids about my career and all the ways I'd fallen because of my addiction to alcohol and drugs. 'Sending him to jail would not help him at all,' Mahin said insistently." However,I Am Charlie Wilsonis far from a droll and depressing read. Within its pages are the irrefutable moments of faith and fortitude: the serendipitous circumstances that aligned Charlie Wilson with allies even in the midst of dope fiends and drug dealers; the insistence of a wife that led to his discovery of---and recovery from--- prostate cancer; and the past and present stars that championed him, believed in him and set forth a career trajectory in motion that helped Charlie Wilson to meet, and then surpass, any level of success he had ever imagined or earned before. From the stories behind his biggest hits, the life-changing hip-hop alliance with Master P and Snoop Dogg that expanded his audience (check out pg. 142 to learn what led Snoop to tears) to the way his true-life testimonies move fans just as deeply as his hits...anyone who enjoys soul music in general and Charlie Wilson in particular will be educated, inspired and that much more adoring of the legend after reading about the man now known worldwide as 'First name Charlie, last name Wilson.'Enthusiastically Recommended. By Melody CharlesAlbum Image: Click on CD cover to listen or purchaseAlbum Buy Link: Comments: 1
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