Nicole Wray and her band are Lady. The singer-songwriter who is most known for her 1998 hit, “Make It Hot,” has cooked up some raw soul tunes with funky bass lines and a slight hip-hop edge that feel like they could have been created in the 1960s. The band’s self-titled debut album encompasses eleven of these retro-inspired tracks with production from Leon Michels and Jeff Silverman of Truth & Soul Records. Check it out.
Stream Lady below. [iTunes]
Cécile was obviously born in the wrong era, or maybe she’s just a seasoned jazz vocalist in her past life that was sent to this era to bless our ears. The texture of her voice is simply divine. It’s like Betty Carter, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughan had a baby. Don’t ask me how three women can have a baby together. I know. That kind logic is out of this world…just like her voice.
Be sure to treat your ears to Cécile’s new, 12-track album entitled WomanChild.
Watch Cécile McLorin Salvant perform “Poor Butterfly” below.
Los Angeles singer-songwriter and self-taught pianist BANKS, who draws inspiration from Fiona Apple and Lauryn Hill, dropped her debut, 4-track EP entitled LONDON. The project was produced by SOHN, Lil Silva, Jamie Woon, Tim Anderson, and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (TEED) who all hail from London.
BANKS definitely has a mysterious quality about her. Take a listen.
Stream BANKS’ LONDON EP below. [iTunes]
Watch BANKS’ “Waiting Game” video below. [dir. by Francesco Carrozzini]
NY-based singer Kiah Victoria co-penned her new single ,”You Don’t Know,” with producer Tolu Adeyemo for her forthcoming project, Gravitate.
New to her work? Check out the rising singer’s debut, 4-track EP entitled Look Up, which she dropped last year. Her voice is so refreshing.
Stream “You Don’t Know” below.
Stream Kiah Victoria’s Look Up EP below.
Sango is bringing that chill vibe for the summertime. The rising Michigan-based producer’s debut album, North, fuses smooth rhythms and electronic elements with chopped vocal samples. As noted from the album’s description, “North features collaborations from a diverse group of artists like Australia’s Ta-ku, cinematic downtempo producer Atu, nu-soul singer JMSN, story-telling rapper WALDO, newcomer vocalist Brea and Dpat who produced ‘Remember You’ for Wiz Khalifa and The Weeknd.”
Stream North by Sango below. [iTunes]
London-based Scandinavian jazz-soul singer/songwriter Marie Dahlstrøm follows up her debut EP, Feelings, with this delightful 9-track EP entitled Renditions.
The soulstress put her edgy spin on Bon Iver‘s “Perth, Phil Collins‘ “In the Air,” Little Dragon‘s “Twice,” and John Mayer‘s “Stop This Train,” collaborated with Marie Sane and Jamal Ross (pictured above) on Rihanna‘s “Loveeeee Song” and “Nobody’s Business” respectively, and concluded the intimate, super chill package with three of her original tunes (“Search,” “Could We Buy A House,” and “I Want A Man”).
Sit back, press play, and relay.
Stream/download Marie Dahlstrøm’s The Renditions EP below.
Soulful, NY-based singer-songwriter ANE (stands for “A New Era”) has a reminiscent, early ’00s vibe—relatable lyrics, catchy melodies, distinctive vocals, and simple production. Her debut, Morsy-produced single “Typical Day, ” from her upcoming mixtape of the same name, is an ode to the city of New York. She is definitely an artist to look out for.
Watch ANE’s video for “Typical Day” below.
Stream/download ANE’s “Typical Day” below.
Donning a “Wherefore Art Thou?” tee and feeling lovesick due to missing her Romeo, Ohio-based singer-songwriter Jade Novah takes on different tasks to mask her pain in the Theshay West-directed visuals to her rendition of Rihanna’s “Stay.” The track was produced by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Devin Johnson and can be downloaded here for free.
Jade is currently working on her debut LP, In Search of Me. In the meantime, you can pick up her free mixtape entitled Shades of Jade.
Watch Jade Novah’s video for “Stay” below.