Stand outs include spine-tingling opener "Prayed For" by Iman Omari, the breathy and sensual "Slippin" by BOSCO, the deliciously layered and melodic "Queen County" by THEESatisfaction, the soft and lulling "Beyond of You" by Joya Mooi, and the groovy "All In" by Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.
While much of the collection showcases dug up gems and lesser known tracks, we are also proud to have Sonic Boom Vol. 4 be the place Muhsinah premiered the spirited "L.M.O." (Giant Step Mix), a version of "Let Me Out" off her upcoming March album, Amazing.
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Love these ladies. The left coast vocal duo THEESatisfaction recently released their video for "QueenS." A sight for sore eyes, the video features some hella fly women flossing in colors, textures, and patterns not meant for casual viewing. Get 'em, ladies!
Bare legs and beautiful people, music blasting from every doorway, epic parties with blow up rafts for crowd surfing, and more good eats than you can count on your fingers and toes, South by Southwest (SXSW) is the epitome of camp for adults. Above, take a little peek into our time at SXSW with this photo slideshow from some of our favorite shows!
We'll leave you with a couple fun top 5 lists of our SXSW highlights - our top 5 performances and our top 5 places to eat!
Top 5 Performances
Alice Smith - The woman can sing her behind off, first of all. Every time we've seen her perform it's all heart and soul - you watch her feel the spirit and are compelled to be moved by it right alongside her. Just epic. She also sang a few new cuts off of her upcoming album that will be coming out this year - and yes, they are amazing.
Michael Kiwanuka - Another magnificent voice. As we walked up the stairs to the church Michael was performing in, we couldn't help but find ourselves in disbelief yet again at the voice emanating from the stairway and the walls - we had to be in a time warp, right? Was that voice really coming of this humble young man in 2012? Once we entered the room of jam packed pews, we became witnesses to our seeming fantasy becoming reality. Simply beautiful.
THEESatisfaction - So much flavor and heaps of attitude, these ladies are entertainers. With lyrics about bisexuality and racial identity, they also aren't afraid to push the envelope and talk about things that actually matter. The melodic, often dense, dark, throbbing sound enraptures you like you never knew how you were without it before.
Erykah Badu - Anyone that's seen a few Badu shows knows that no one show is ever the same. The lady can fill up a stadium with charm enough to make you think she was your homegirl talking just to you. In her home state, Erykah does not play - at all. The energy was the livest of live and we took it all in.
Rick Ross - Rawse at the Fader Fort. What else is there really left to say? Call and responses reduced to grunts and a hysterical crowd of hipster fans = everything you'll ever need in life.
This track is nasty. In a very, very good way. Listen to the eccentric soul girl duo THEESatisfaction on this twitchy new tune featuring Palaceer Lazaro of the much sought after Shabazz Palaces. These ladies are working it from their vocals to raps, ready to school somebody. Watch out for their upcoming debut album, Awe Naturale - most certainly not to be missed.