Monday, February 22, 2010
This is a smooth-grooved instrumental track that can be found on the "Break N' Bossa" compilation series. I highly recommend the entire series (I believe it is up to 8 volumes currently). If you like the music on this blog, then you will not be disappointed.
Faze Action "Samba"
One of the most recognizable voices behind Naked Music recordings is Toronto's Lisa Shaw. She has collaborated with many artists/producers such as Lovetronic, Central Living, Blue Six and Aquanote.
Her debut album from 2005 "Cherry" is also on the Naked Music label. The first single from "Cherry", "Always", has been remixed multiple times.
Here is the original version, produced by Jay Denes.
Lisa Shaw "Always"
Friday, February 19, 2010
Here's another gem from the Naked Music label.
Atlanta-based Gaelle has a laid-back yet smooth, soulful delivery in her vocals. "Falling" is a perfect example of this balance.
"Falling" appears on Gaelle's 2004 debut album Transient and the Carte Blanche compilation series, both released on Naked Music records.
Usually, for me at least, when I hear "Acid Jazz" I automatically think of the Brand New Heavies or perhaps Soul II Soul. I'll post some material from both of those groups at a later time.
For now I'm gonna stick with that same early-'90s British Acid Jazz scene. This group is D'Influence. They hail from London, UK and this was their debut single from 1991 "I'm The One".
Definitely pioneers of Acid Jazz and later Nu/Neo-soul and Downtempo music. Overflowing with soul.
D'Influence "I'm The One"
Some beautiful Swedish soul music here. I recommend Natalie Gardiner's first LP "Ramjac introduces Natalie Gardiner".
I can seriously say that my mind was officially blown the first time I heard it. Beautiful music.
Natalie Gardiner "For Your Love"
She had a cameo in the video for Talib Kweli's 2002 single "Waitin' for the DJ" and actually contributed a, in my opinion, mediocre track to the "Akeelah and the Bee" soundtrack but has yet to deliver a sophomore effort.
I'm hoping to see a second LP at some point in the near future.
Here is a selection from the debut "How I Do" LP.
Res "700 Mile Situation"
It was one of the most slept-on R&B records of 2003. It was the overwhelmingly huge success of "Milkshake" that overshadowed the rest of that album. There were no other hype tracks like "Milkshake" so it was kinda hard to follow-up on the momentum that single started (just my POV).
Of all the tracks on "Tasty", this track has gotten the most spins from me in the early portion of the night. Produced by Raphael Saadiq, "Attention" gets my vote for smoothest single of the album.
Kelis f/Raphael Saadiq "Attention"
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Here is a selection from Opus 2.
Tassel and Naturel f/DJ Cam, Laurent De Wilde & Nawfel "D-miles"
A short-but-sweet instrumental track that's perfect for that Spring walk. You know the feeling; warm sun, fresh breeze, invigorated sensation.
Good stuff, good music.
Thievery Corporation "Samba Tranquille"
I have so many great memories listening to Les Nubians debut record "Princesses Nubiennes".
I remember reading a review of the album in the Philadelphia Weekly back in 1999 and that really sparked my interest. I went to that old HMV on Walnut St. (it's a Gap store now) and copped it and fell in love.
I have a thing for French soul. Admittedly, I barely understand what is sung but it just sounds so sweet.
According to their website a new album is on the way. This is new music that I'm genuinely excited to hear. Can't really say that about any music nowadays.
Now on to the track. "Les Portes Du Souvenir" is a beautiful composition worthy of many a listen. Only one word can describe this track: Sexy.
Les Nubians "Les Portes Du Souvenir"
As it's name implies, this mix is a sexy take on dubstep music. To be completely honest, I have never really listened to dubstep until I heard this mix for the first time. Actually, I think this is the only style of dubstep that I can listen to lol.
This mix is perfect to enjoy some wine by candlelight with that special someone. Who knows, you might "get lucky" as well.
Read what thefader.com had to say about the mix.
Check out the site and add this mix to your playlist.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
I'll start off with one of the smoothest tracks in my entire music collection.
The first time I heard "J'avance" was on OM Records' Lounge series, volume 6. This was one of those tracks that you listen to over and over and over and over! It never gets old. So smooth and sexy, it just puts you in a happy and relaxed state of mind.
The artist is Rollercone and I believe the vocals were done by one of the Les Nubians sisters. Seeing that the entire song is sung in French, I only understand the title meaning "I advance" in English. I do find myself singing along to it at times though lol.
Welcome to "Nite Cap Selections"!
This blog will mainly be concentrated on Downtempo music. Chill vibes to relax to.
For me, Downtempo encompasses other genres such as, but not limited to, Nu/Neo Soul, Acid Jazz, Lover's Rock, Deep Soulful House, R&B, and even some Rock tunes. Downtempo is more of a feeling that the music gives the listener.
If you're in more of a Reggae mood, than please visit my other blog, "In Your Blood Clot Face".