A 45 minutes mix including tunes by Neo Soul groups and artists from the current Neo Soul international scene, such as Phony PPL, B. Cool-Aid, Patrick Paige ii, Oscar Jerome, Nanna.B, Fleur Earth, and many more!
Mix and artwork by Dckne
■ What's Neo Soul?
Neo Soul emerged in the mid to late 1990s. Roughly analagous to contemporary R&B, Neo-Soul artists pay more devotion to the era of classic soul and incorporate aspects of Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk and African Music into their revival of 1970s soul singing.
As its name implies, Neo Soul music is essentially modern-day soul music. It differs from contemporary R&B in that it sounds more organic, often features live instrumentation, and tends to have deeper messages and meanings.
01. Tay Walker - Dreamin
02. Hiatus Kaiyote - Laputa (Taylor McFerrin Remix, ft. Anderson Paak)
03. April + Vista - Own2
04. Arin Ray - Fuck Y’all (ft. Sir)
05. Jarecki - Twoje Tematy
06. Phony PPL - Why I love the Moon
07. Iman Omari - Wait a minute (ft. Tiffany Gouche)
08. Patrick Paige II - Beginning
09. B. Cool-Aid - Champagne Flutes
10. Oscar Jerome - Chromatic Descendants
11. Leven Kali - Mine
12. Nanna.B - Steady Line
13. Fleur Earth & Suff Daddy - Bebetchke & Cvetotchek
14. Stuts - Poolside
15. Fleur Earth & Suff Daddy - Wie hoch ist der Preis
16. Jon Bap - Other People
17. Jay Prince - Vice (ft. Amine)
18. Pell - Lately
■ More about the artists :
Born in the former GDR (German Democratic Republic), raised in Congo and currently living in Cologne Fleur proves that Soul goes well in Germany. Her lyrics appear cryptic and abstract at the first listen, but they are the opposite of her.
Fleur uses Goethe as an inspiration. In contrast to the polished R&B, Twit One calls her music "Straßenkötersoul" (Street Killer Soul). One clear example of her "Street Killer Soul" is Soul des Cabots the album she released in 2009 with her band Fleur Earth Experiment (FEX). With their relaxed as well as intense melange of soul, reggae, jazz and rock, FEX has earned itself a broad fanbase in the last four years.
At the same time, Fleur and her producer Twit One (who plays the bass on FEX) have recorded two sample-based albums: Skurreal (2008) and Es Entenden Wesen (2009), both of Twit's offbeat hip-hop - with a very soulful sound. Her two brain halves represented by her two nicknames Fleur Earth (left, emotional side) and Forsch '(right, rational side), which are reflected in her music and lyrics.
With her project Forsch 'und Facette, which she runs together with the beat maker Quo Vadis, Fleur enters once again a new musical territory. An experimental project that is free from genre pressures, through witch we get to know another exciting side of the artist Fleur Earth.
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Oscar Jerome has been honing his craft as a musician and writer since a young age. He has worked as vocalist, guitarist and composer with countless acts and grown through the thriving South-London music scene.
Oscar’s acclaimed live show has seen him perform at Glastonbury, Jazz Cafe, Blue Note NYC and Union Chapel as well as playing on Boiler Room along with Nick Hakim, and Mahogany Session earlier in 2017 as well as support from Gilles Peterson (BBC 6Music), Huw Stephens (BBC radio 1) and Jamz Supernova (1Xtra).
In his solo project Jerome brings all of his influences together, citing artists such as Gil Scott-Heron, George Benson, John Martyn, The Clash, Ali Farka Toure and Jay Dilla. Oscar’s song writing is motivated by politics, spirituality within music and life experiences.
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April George (Singer, Songwriter, pianist, Violonist) and Matt Vista (Producer, Composer, Bassist) make up the genre-bending duo April + Vista. Hailing from the DMV (DC, Maryland, VA) they pull fro an eclectic range of influences-fusing traditional elements with futuristic soundscapes, quirky beats, and immersive storytelling.
The band has taken their energy live act to a wide range of venues worldwide, opening for notable acts including Nightmares on Wax, Mura Masa, and Kllo. They've also toured with Little Dragon and Goldlink.
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Taylor "Tay" Walker is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer from Inglewood, California. Taylor performed as a keyboardist and vocalist on The Internet's critically acclaimed album Purple Naked Ladies as well as playing keyboards in the music video for "Objects in the Mirror" from the Mac Miller album Watching Movies With The Sound Off. In 2015 Walker released his debut solo album 25 Hours A Day (25HAD) independently.
Ray was born in Cincinnati with music in his blood. His father was the drummer for early ‘90s new jack swing groups like New Edition, Bell Biv DeVoe and the Babyface-fronted After 7, and his aunt sang background vocals for Marvin Gaye. His mom sang in her church choir and in a group that scored a major label deal and even auditioned for The X-Factor along with her son.
Ray initially had little interest in music and dreamed of playing sports professionally. His mom had a different plan and enrolled him in an arts high school and for piano and guitar lessons.
A week after graduating high school, he packed up and moved to L.A. The production team the Underdogs opened the door, inviting him to work in their studio. Soon, he was there every day. He began to flourish, and finally had the confidence to create his own music.
Working with producers like Terrace Martin (Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly), Nez and Rio (A$AP Rocky’s “Pretty Flocko”) and Childish Major (Future, J. Cole), Ray has crafted a polished body of boundary-pushing tracks that incorporate everything from steel guitars to saxophones, glistening synths to gutsy, bluesy riffs.
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