Tia Fuller Releases Decisive Steps + MP3

Alto/soprano saxophonist/flautist Tia Fuller‘s newest Mack Avenue release, Decisive Steps, is a sumptuous CD of ten tracks that illustrate her artistic fearlessness. A member of Beyoncé’s band for four years, Fuller’s agile, buoyant and elegant full-bodied sax lines effortlessly improvise a number of moods and grooves, as evidenced by the take-no-prisoners tempo of the title track. The album also contains her ingenious reworking of two well-worn standards: “I Can’t Get Started” and “My Shining Hour.”

Decisive Steps features Tia’s Beyoncé bandmate, drummer Kim Thompson; bassist Miriam Sullivan; Fuller’s sister, Shamie Royston on piano and Fender Rhodes; with special guests, trumpeter Sean Jones and bassist Christian McBride (both Mack Avenue label mates); vibraphonist Warren Wolf; and tap dancer Maurice Chestnut.

Tia Fuller – “Decisive Steps” [MP3]
 

Tia Fuller’s NYC CD release party is May 10th at the famous Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola.

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Kings Go Forth: The Outsiders Are Back + MP3

Milwaukee-based soul band, co-founded by proprietor of the fabled Lotus Land record shop Andy Noble and longtime Milwaukee area R&B performer Black Wolf, Kings Go Forth drops its debut album, The Outsiders Are Back. Following a string of seven-inches lauded by soul music blogs and spun by the likes of DJ Shadow, the new album features artwork by Mingering Mike – the first time the celebrated artist has ever created art for a recording that actually exists – and a mix by Tom Moulton, the legendary producer and originator of the remix and 12-inch single format.

Written by Noble and Wolf, the full-length of nine original songs includes the Moulton mix of “Don’t Take My Shadow.” The album’s lone cover is an impossibly obscure soul lament written and recorded in a prison. In addition to Noble and Wolf, Kings Go Forth features Andy Noble on bass, Dave Wake on keyboards, guitarist Dan Flynn, percussionist Cecilio Negron, Jr., the explosive drummer Jeremy Kuzniar, trombonist Dave Cusma, trumpeter Jed Groser, vocalist Dan Fernandez, and rhythm guitarist and vocalist Matt Norberg.

Kings Go Forth – “One Day” [MP3]
 

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After the jump, watch a Vietnam breakdancing competition set to the music of Kings Go Forth.

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Tamar-Kali Featuring Jean Grae: “Pearl Remix”

Tamar-Kali was dubbed as “A Punk Artist with a Soul” by NPR. On the other side, Okayplayer defines her more like a Soul artist with an edgy/Punk side. With an impressive front-woman history trailing behind her, Tamar-Kali is releasing her own unclassifiable full-length this summer, called Black Bottom. “Pearl” is the first single, and this remix features a verse by the incredible Jean Grae. (Thanks to OKP for the track).

Download the remix from Bandcamp | Download the EP from iTunes

Tamar-Kali ft. Jean Grae – “Pearl Remix”
 

King Britt Interview

Our friend-in-soul Norman Mayers of NuSoul Magazine published an interview with the fantastic King Britt, where he talks about the Philly scene, his process, his favorites, his new project and more.

Nu-Soul: What artists are you digging right now?
King Britt: Quadron, Ras G, Afta 1, Flying Lotus, Soul Litchfield, Zaphrin Follicle, Knxwldge, Mnd Dsgn and King Sunny Ade!

Nu-Soul: Who would you like to work with but haven’t yet?
King Britt: Bjork, Tracy Thorn, China Moses, Jamiroquai, Herbie Hancock and Grace Jones!

Check the full interview by Matt Bauer here.