Posts Tagged ‘Neo-Soul’

Love and Blessings

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Love is a blessing.  Not just having love, but the path to it is what’s most extraordinary.  Wanting love, having it and losing it again are all blessings.  When we are patient within our journeys, we allow God to show His most awesome power.  So often we are in such a hurry to get to our destinations that we miss the lessons and the beauty in our walk.

This mixtape is a celebration of this concept.  Love and Blessings is filled with some of the best in independent Neo-soul.  You’ll also hear some jazz and inspirational music in this mix as well.  I think it’s perfect for a Sunday morning around the house or a nice weekend drive. The artists featured are reflective as they explore love, God and His blessings in their lives.  I hope you will enjoy this compilation and remember, it’s all LOVE!

 

 

If You Don’t Know… Jose` James

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If you don’t know Jose` James… download his music right away, grab your favorite drink, dim the lights and allow his silky baritone to transport your mind.  His vocal styling will gently touch you, almost like a tickle then envelope you in crescendo leaving you wondering, how did we get here?

Even if this moment is the first time you’re hearing James, you may think, “He sounds so familiar.”  When I listen to this Minneapolis born singer, sometimes he sounds a bit like Michael Franks, then it’s more Oscar Brown Jr. or maybe it’s Gil-Scott Heron with a touch of Johnny Hartman.  Although he may remind you of some of your favorite classic vocalists, he undoubtedly blends it all into something very intimate and new.

James was born into music; his Dad was a saxophonist and had the ability to play multiple instruments.  This may explain why James’ voice flows and reaches like a Jazz horn.

His tune, “Desire” from the “Dreamer” album is featured in my “Believe” mix.  I suggest you immediately download the full “Dreamer” album, it’s a compilation of straight ahead jazz.  Then get the “Blackmagic” album, a wonderful exploration of Neo-soul married with hip-hop and Jazz.  Wherever James’ eclectic style takes you, I guarantee you’ll not only enjoy the ride, but also be thankful for it.  Love!

Featured Song: Little Bird

Download Now: Desire, No Tellin’ (I Need You), Love Conversation, Code, For All We Know

 

BELIEVE – “Be” Mixtape Vol. 4

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I’m so proud to present Believe, the 4th installment in my signature “Be” Mix Series.  This mixtape explores various concepts of believing.  It also examines the idea of true love sustaining despite the baggage from past relationships.

I’d like to give a special shout-out and thank you to up and coming Neo-soul singer, Tracy Cruz; she blessed me with her forthcoming single Happy.  This mix features a number of new artists who I hope you’ll explore including Jose` James, KING, and my home girl Carolyn Malachi.  She opens this mix with her song Organic Soul.  There’s also some classic Soul on this one including music from Roy Ayers, the Pointer Sisters and Deniece Williams.  My friends, family and their hilarious voicemails have once again provided my interludes.

The “Be” Mixes are like my babies, and I take months carefully selecting each song.  My goal with these mixes is to be cutting edge while challenging you with new music and experimental artists who push and break boundaries. Be sure to also check out Betrayed, Between, and Behave as well.  Please stream or download all of my mixes and tell a friend about DJBeTray.com.

I hope you enjoy Believe, remember to comment  and tell me what you think.

And on a side note – it is official, Erykah Badu is the only artist featured on all of the “Be” Mixes.  Nina Simone follows her with appearances on 3 of the 4 mixes including this one.  Love!

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Something New (Fall/Winter 2011)

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I go back to my roots with this latest addition of Something New.  I’m so excited about this wonderful mix of jazz, Neo-soul and R&B.  There are some fantastic new artists included in this mix like Gregory Porter and Elle Varner.  This mix also features the return of some classic Neo-soul artists like Eric Roberson, Ledesi, Jill Scott and Goapele.  There’s R&B on this mix as well with a sexy banger from Johnny Gill and Mint Condition‘s latest hit.  This is the second installment in my Something New series.  My first one, Something New (Spring 2011) featured a lot of pop and R&B; but this collection is filled with underground jazz and Neo-soul.  I hope you enjoy this mix of new music that inspired me so much that I had to create another Something New for you.  Love!

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Slowly Neo for Your Soul

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This is my followup to Something Neo For Your Soul – this is Slowly Neo for Your Soul.  This collection of slow jams features some Neo-soul classics side by side with some of my underground favorites, including DC’s own K’Alyn and Balitmore’s Fertile Ground.  Thank you to all who supported Part 1 of this series, it is the second most downloaded mix on DJBeTray.com.  I promise… you will enjoy this one.  Love.

 

 

 

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