Laura Izibor’s “From My Heart To Yours” Video

Let the Truth Be Told will be released June 16th, 2009 on Atlantic Records.

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“The foundation begins with soul,” explains 21-year-old singer/songwriter/producer Laura Izibor of her passionate, piano-guided songs. On her forthcoming debut album, Izibor continues the lineage set out by artists like Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott; artists who combine a reverence for the traditions of early R&B with a thoroughly modern sensibility. After one listen to the powerful, honey-tinged vocals on Let The Truth Be Told, one thing is for sure. For Laura Izibor, it’s got to be real.

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Raashan Ahmad Presents Soul Power (Not An Album, Not A Mixtape, Not An E.P.)

imageIn the interim between Raashan Ahmad‘s The Push (out now) and his new album coming in the fall on Crown City Rockers, he’s releasing an undefined piece of work, including thirteen original songs recorded earlier this year. Soul Power features Aceyalone, Wafeek from St. Louis, Ragan Fykes, Aima the Dreamer with production from Headnodic, DJ Enki, Woodstock and Kas One.

Some words from Raashan:

“After touring the United States to promote my first solo album The Push, I discovered that I wanted to add more bangin’ songs to my live set. Soul Power is the result. When I I say ‘soul power’, I’m talking about about what gives my soul, my spirit power–which is music!”

Free track of the week: “Lambada” (zshare)

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Soul Power Tracklist

Zaki Ibrahim’s Debut Album Eclectica (Episodes In Purple) + US Tour

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Born in Vancouver, BC and raised between South Africa and Canada’s West Coast, Zaki Ibrahim spent her life moving between two culturally diverse worlds, culminating in her debut album, Eclectica (Episodes In Purple). Her music is captivating and vibrant, thick with poetics and steeped in a delicious mixture of earnest emotion and social commentary.

In addition to collaborating with famed DJ/producer King Britt on “Money,” Zaki worked with Nick Holder on “Love/Like.” Zaki explains that on “Love/Like” she, “wanted a different sound and the harmonies somehow reminded me of water. I had never worked with water instruments before, like a Rainstick and the Udu, and it brought an ancestral/tribal tinge to the song.”

Expect the unexpected as Zaki begins her US tour June 9th.

US Tour Dates
Jun 9 The Social – Orlando, FL
Jun 10 Orpheum – Tampa, FL
Jun 11 Revolution – Ft Lauderdale, FL
Jun 12 Jack Rabbits. – Jacksonville, FL
Jun 13 The Music Farm – Charleston, SC
Jun 14 The Soapbox Laundro-lounge – Wilmington, NC
Jun 17 The Quarter – Baltimore, MD
Jun 19 The Wonder – Bar Ashbury Park, NJ

Free download: “Love-Like”

Roy Davis Jr. Breaks It Down: God Life Music

roy-davis-jr_god-life-001Roy Davis Jr. encapsulates his distinct “Soul Electrica” style on his sophomore album God Life Music for Toronto’s Nice+Smooth Ultramedia imprint.

The genius behind 1998′s seminal UK garage/2-Step song “Gabriel” with Peven Everett is back at it again with a twelve track full-length featuring electro-80′s flavors, cool R&B and his Chicago house music roots. Seven different vocalists including Detroit’s Terry Dexter, Los Angeles rapper Khalid, and even Roy’s younger brother and nephew (J. Noize & Yung Nef aka Heat Fam) make an appearance.

The first single, “I Have A Vision” featuring Erin Martin, is already a dance floor smash with stellar remixes from The Juan MacLean, Fred Falke and Todd Edwards.

God Life Music is available July 20 in digital and CD [Japanese import] formats.

“Paradise (In Your Mind)” feat. Terry Dexter

Roy Davis Jr.’s MySpace