SOTD: Bad Habit – Joss Stone

Song: Bad Habit
Artist: Joss Stone
Album: Introducing… Joss Stone
Genre: Soul
In short: There is no artist in recent history that has tried to reboot his/her career as much as Joss Stone is trying to do. After the phenomenal success of her sophomore album Mind, Body, and Soul, Stone released three album titled Introducing… Joss Stone, Colour Me Free, and LP1, respectively. On each record, Stone has tried to revamp her career and gain more credibility, but sadly none of the releases were as good as her sophomore record. That being said, on Introducing… Joss Stone, “Bad Habit” stands out like a flame inside a railway tunnel.

Bad Habit – Joss Stone [Download]

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SOTD: I Can’t Stay – Jesse Boykins III

Song: I Can’t Stay
Artist: Jesse Boykins III
Album: Way Of A Wayfarer
Genre: Hip-Hop/Neo-Soul
Artist: When it comes to voices, Jesse Boykins has a distinct one that cannot be mistaken for anyone else’s. The Beauty Created was an enthralling debut rich with all-natural extracts, making it hard to follow up, but the Wayfarer EP promises of a grander sound. “I Can’t Stay” has a sound more progressive than that found on his debut, leaving listeners wanting more while whetting their appetites for the upcoming full-set release.

I Can’t Stay – Jessy Boykins III [Download]

SOTD: You Gave Me Nothing – Mark Ronson & The Business Intl.

Song: You Gave Me Nothing (Feat. Rose Elinor Dougall & Andrew Wyatt)
Artist: Mark Ronson & The Business Intl.
Album: Record Collection
Genre: Alternative/Hip-Hop
In short: Mark Ronson’s latest record saw him go back to his roots, producing an album more similar to his debut, Here Comes the Fuzz, than the glossy Versions. Featuring Rose Dougall and Andrew Wyatt, “You Gave Me Nothing” is a storming number that leaves little to be desired. The call-and-answer structure of the song finds both parties at odds, trying to understand each other.

You Gave Me Nothing – Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. [Download]

GEMS!

GEMS! is an on-going series of songs—random songs—that I feature regularly here on the blog. The songs don’t have to be new or English or under any criteria, it’s just great music. Below are 9 songs handpicked for your listening pleasure. Comment if you like them, comment if you don’t.

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SOTD: I Hate That You Love Me – Diddy – Dirty Money

Song: I Hate That You Love Me
Artist: Diddy – Dirty Money
Album: Last Train To Paris
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap
In short: On his latest record, Diddy outdid himself; his latest protege, all-girl group Dirty Money, stole the spotlight and shone brightly on their nation-debut alongside their mentor. Last Train To Paris is an underrated album, overshadowed by Diddy’s foolery outside of the music.

I Hate That You Love Me – Diddy – Dirty Money [Download]

SOTD: I Would Have Never Guessed – Sade

Song: I Would Have Never Guessed
Artist: Sade
Album: The Ultimate Collection
Genre: Soul
In short: A previously unreleased song, the piano-led “I Would Have Never Guessed” is a classic Sade number that’ll take listeners many years back upon first listen. “Is something this broken ever gonna fix? / If you ask me this question / I would have never guessed,” closes Sade Adu the number theatrically. The only drawback is its short length, clocking in at a little less than three minutes.

I Would Have Never Guessed – Sade [Download]

SOTD: Good Man – Raphael Saadiq

Song: Good Man
Artist: Raphael Saadiq
Album: Stone Rollin’
Genre: Soul/Alternative
In short: Raphael Saadiq’s 70’s-inspired record can’t really be categorized under one genre; the album mixes elements of soul, hip-hop, and rock ‘n’ roll. The haunting “Good Man”  is a career high for Saadiq; the production on this number is Grammy-worthy.

Good Man – Raphael Saadiq [Download]

nuLike: Yesterday – Toni Braxton

TBMs. Braxton is finally (and officially) back! After many leaked songs, a proper first single saw the light yesterday (no pun intended). The track sounds like a Ryan Tedder track (it could’ve easily been a Leona Lewis’ single). Her voice is stronger than the hard-hitting drums. This is definitely one of the best comeback singles this year (it and Whitney’s Million Dollar Bill).
PS: This post is dedicated to Abdullah at p0ach.

Yesterday – Toni Braxton [Download]

Review: The Hardest Thing – Mica Paris

6450_102551322006_84073717006_2622971_6777678_nArtist: Mica Paris
Song: The Hardest Thing
Release date: August 17
Label: Rhythm Riders

Mica Paris, a name that has been circulating for a long while (22 years to be exact), her name has always come up whenever someone discusses the UK soul scene. I listened to many of her albums trying to understand what the fuss was all about, there were some few hits here and there, but I was still not fully drawn to her music, her voice however has always been exceptional. “The Hardest Thing” came out, and I had to listen to it and see how it fairs, to my surprise it blew me away. Paris channels her inner Chaka Khan on this retro-soul scorcher. The song has a sing-along chorus that’s bound to get stuck in your head for some time. After hearing this song I can honestly say that my appreciation for this UK gem has been fully actualized. Her latest album, the aptly titled Born Again sees her working with hit-maker Brian Rawling as well as having writing credits by UK crooner James Morrison.

The Hardest Thing – Mica Paris [Download]

SoundCloud: Impossible – Christina Aguilera

SoundCloud is the flicker of music. People can upload music to it, while having the “AWESOME” feature to leave comment at certain parts of the song. I have never been a fan of Flicker sing photography isn’t really my forte, but I can see myself all over SoudCloud since well.. yep.

This is the first song that came to mind when I was to upload one, you can download it too through it, I think.

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