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Outstanding soul release from Alecia Renece

Alecia Renece's Matter EP is simply superb. Renece has a tremendous voice, commitment to poetic lyricism, songwriting versatility, a sweet, sweet penchant for harmonizing with herself, and, to top it all off, professional quality mixing and mastering on her tracks.

The voice is probably what makes this release so satisfying. The voice is good. Like, really good. Renece moves seamlessly through notes, mostly hitting them spot on, giving them love and attention. And really, the voice says it all about what's going with the release in general; it's saying, very simply, Alecia Renece's “The Artist” LLC is not the real estate equivalent of some dirty groundfloor unit with paper thin walls in a building built before they discovered lead was bad; rather it's a woven vinyl floored penthouse with marble countertops right next to that Italian place I went to on Valentine's day at Waterfront.

And let's talk about the poetry here, can we talk about the poetry? There are some great lines, like, “Premium cut, you're favorite slice, I break myself to pieces baby baby so that you can have whatever you like.” And the diversity of songwriting styles, Renece brings the energy up on the eminently pleasing track, “You're Welcome,” and brings it back down to feature those sweet vocal harmonies on “Longest End”. That's all to say nothing of the opening track itself. Seriously folks, clench your bowels before listening, it's that good.

This reviewer wasn't hot on every track, but overall a great release, plain and simple.

Notable tracks: "Why you gotta go", "You're Welcome", "Longest End".  

-Mike Dranove


Serena Isioma "Mystery Boy"

Serena Isioma has released new song called “Mystery Boy” which features Yung Water. This is the second single from this talented 18 year old, following up last month’s debut “Breathe”.

Serena has a powerful voice and an ear for smooth, downbeat production. This latest single was produced by Kofi Bae and just dropped yesterday.

Lotushalves, Ohene Cornelius, and Sol Liebeskind take over National Sawdust on 04.27

Brooklyn and Harlem-based artists gather once again to showcase their talents at The Revolution Vol. 38 this Saturday, April 27th. The performance series will once again highlight independent pop culture and musicians who go beyond the confines of their genre. The showcase will feature three prominent acts who epitomize the messages of the movement: Ohene CorneliusSol Liebeskind, and Lotushalves.

Ohene Cornelius mixes synthesized beats with a natural flow and delivers messages directly to independent  artists, urging them to remain themselves in spite of industry pressures. The fluid R&B of Lotushalves examines identity, grapples with relationships, and promotes personal growth. Sol Liebeskind’s soulful vocals have a high class to them that mix well with the urban breadth of her music, in a style similar to R&B New York City legend Alicia Keys. All three of these artists have something important to say and on Saturday night they surely will.


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New Track: "JWYTK" - Taylor Kelly

Singer-songwriter Taylor Kelly crafts smooth seamless lyrical lines on her latest single, “JWYTK”. A soulful warmth radiates despite being the bearer of bad breakup news. Locked into the ever-expanding groove, one becomes invigorated by the soul-jazz hybrid. Within those apologetic tones, an optimism emerges, brought into the light by the compact, richly detailed, instrumental arrangement.


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