November Next Step Winner: Britney Stoney

 

Very excited to announce Detroit singer Britney Stoney as our November Next Step winner! Having learned guitar just two years ago, Britney has made quite the impression on her local circuit playing at coffee shops, clubs, and open miss. Citing Tracy Chapman, Dionne Farris, Erykah Badu, and Lauryn Hill as influences, ger sound is primarily soul with alternative, folk, and pop leanings – you may even hear a tinge of reggae or country at times.

Above, we’ve got an awesome live performance video where Britney starts out with an Amy Winehouse cover of “Valerie.” After, she moves into an original piece where she shows welcome hints of Adele in her style. Below, hear another one of Britney’s tracks called “Three.” Heaps of potential with this young lady!

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Video: Kendra Morris – “Pow”

 

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Kendra Morris gets her Amy Winehouse on something heavy and we aren’t mad at it. “Pow,” like many of Winehouse’s songs, tells a story of a manipulative and destructive relationship that she just can’t seem to cut herself loose from. The song is off her debut album, Banshee, and the video features animations James Works who did the famed animation for “Lightworks” by Dilla.

Gonna be a problem trying to get this one out of our head!

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New Release: Nas & Amy Winehouse – ‘Me & Mr. Jones’ Mixtape (by Terry Urban)

 

As the one year anniversary of Amy Winehouse’s passing approaches, Terry Urban released a pretty amazing mixtape mashing together the soul queen and Nas. Called Me & Mr. Jones, the hour long mix is an entrancing medley of old and new, and promises to keep your attention from end to end. Stream below and thank Okayplayer for the premiere!

Nas & Amy Winehouse – ‘Me & Mr. Jones’ Mixtape (by Terry Urban) [Download on Mediafire]

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February Next Step Contest Honorary Mentions

 

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As the submissions for our March Next Step contest come to a close tomorrow, we want to share some of our favorite submissions from February in this “honorary mentions” post. Y’all made it rough last month – here’s to another great month!

Our February Next Step Contest Honorary Mentions:

DC based “soul garage” band Black Alley. In the video above, the young group rips covers of Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Nirvana in their poignant dedication to “Club 27.”

Psaul, a collaboration between Swedish singer/songwriter Paul Mac Innes and producer Stray. The sound is pop sensible electro-soul with a retro vibe. Below, you can get down to the sunny “Change” and on Soundcloud catch a super funky cover of Chaka Khan and Rick James’ “Slow Dancin’” featuring the dynamic Karma Stewart.

New York based singer, songwriter, and producer Cilla K. has certainly got something special. With a darling lilting character to her voice that makes you feel at home and a jazzy soul sound that’s playfully offbeat, her vocal style is airy and refreshing like Amel Larrieux, her production hinges on that ever-nostalgic Esthero vibe, and her left-field play with music touches on Sonnymoon. Her most recent release, New World Lullabies, feels just like it sounds. Listen to “You Know Me Better” below and let your worries fall away.

And again, you can still submit to be considered for March!

Don’t miss Backpack Jax and Kimberly Nichole after the jump!

Video: Funkommunity – “Pass It On”

 

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Fonk all day. This track is upbeat in just the right way and we love it. New Zealand seems to be bringing it recently. The newest exports on our radar are soultastic duo Funkommunity with their bop worthy brand of jazz, soul, and funk.

Vocalist Rachel Fraser starts off “Pass It On” sounding charmingly reminiscent of Amy Winehouse and as she continues, displays her own highly contagious vocal stylings.

Both handclap and boogie worthy, “Pass It On” is also complimented by this kick but vintage styled video – all the way from the edit to the styling, they are killing it on this one. Eagerly awaiting more from these guys!

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