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!

New Release: Cilla K. – ‘New World Lullabies’


New York based vocalist Cilla K. recently released her sophomore album, New World Lullabies, and it’s showing a lot of promise. The music is soulful, the mood varied, and the character raw. There’s a certain charm in the bedroom sound of the production that makes you feel at home. Be sure to take a listen to our favorite track, “You Know Me Better.”

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Cilla K. Featuring Jneiro Jarel: “Evil Child”

Cilla K., the French West Indian vocalist and beatmaker released her first full-length album Fine Line in April 2010. This artist is on a mission to bring something intriguing to the table, with a concoction of indie and alternative beats, subtle jazz hints, hip hop and soul music sonorities. Coming to NYC from Guadeloupe, she collaborated with producer David Patillo and soon after releasing their song “Lost In You” online, Cilla K gained interest from more producers and established artists. The two have been working together since, and have brought on board such collaborators as Junius Bervine (Floetry, D’Angelo, Common), Clay Sears (Jill Scott, Vivian Green), Danny P. (Joss Stone, Robbie Williams), and Mr. Khaliyl (Da Bush Babees, Talib Kweli).

Besides the single “Easy To Love” (check the Official Music Video here), Fine Line also includes the powerful song featuring Jniero Jarel, “Evil Child” now on iTunes with original artwork by Muris Fixon.

Cilla K ft. Jniero Jarel – “Evil Child”