YES! YES! YES! One of my favourite artists Elujay just released his new EP “Adojio”. To give you a quick overview, he’s from Oakland, California, only 22 years old and draws his inspiration from soul legends like D’Angelo (he’s perfected that high pitched cry as you can hear on the track “Soulvision”).
If you’ve been listening to my SOUL GLITTER playlist you already know the second track from the EP called “Starchild” and I personally love the first song on this project titled “Spaceship”. As you probably know by now I have an especially close connection with the universe and so this song just speaks directly to my soul. “Come ride in my spaceship, I can show you different planets, all this time left alone, we can throw out our phones, open up our consciousness”, he sings. Towards the end of the song you can hear Ebro (radio host known from the Breakfast Club, also from Oakland) talking about Elujay on Apple radio station Beats 1 praising him for his soul sound. And I mean Ebro knows what’s up! Pretty confident and cool of Elujay to include that on his EP.
Another song I want to highlight is “Blu” because it’s just one of those songs where you can’t help but approvingly nod your head because you feel can feel it. And if you’re wondering now what I mean by “it”, then go listen to the song right now and you’ll know. Then, there’s more universey sound on “Soulvision”, you know talking about watching the stars and stuff and to finish it up, beautiful soulful electric guitar sound on “Champagne Galore”.
And now I just want to take this moment to thank Elujay for blessing us with his music and reminding us that future soul exists. Oh, well that reminds me, if you like this EP then I know you’ll enjoy my FUTURE SOUL playlist as well. Happy listening and happy first of February.
I first fell in love with Ivy Sole’s amazing poetical talent when I heard her song “Life” with Dave B., which has been one of my all time favorite songs ever since that I always come back to when I feel emotional or find myself in deep thought about life. I recommend listening to it while looking down at the passing clouds from a plane window. Now, needless to say I’ve been looking forward to this album because I feel like this 25 year old artist is filling a gap in the midst of externally motivated female rap, reminding us of the essence of the art which is poetry with a deeper underlying message. Ivy Sole is like this magical girl at a poetry slam that gets you really emotional because she makes you think. And isn’t that what art is supposed to do?
Explaining the meaning behind the cover art of her album “Overgrown”, in an interview with Billboard, she says: “There’s something about being close to death every day that makes you want to really value and cherish the life that you have” and “There are parts of me that have been put to rest and I am outgrowing those former selves.” See what I mean? This girl got depth!
Talking about her album, I am in love with the little details like the sound of ocean waves crashing onto the shore on “Lovely Fiction” and a car engine starting in the beginning of “Backwoods”. Also the fact that she, very subtly, samples my favorite motivational Instagram personality @jstlbby on “Overgrown” and at the end of “How High”.
Her lyrics read like poetry, and lines like “Spaceships don’t come equipped with rearview mirrors, so I’m staring down my future finding space to see it clearer” just amaze me and make me smile really hard. If I would have to pick a track of the project as my favorite I would probably choose “Bones” because it is basically a really beautiful, not corny, love poem and things like that just get me.
Now the saddest song on the album is definitely “Bloom” which Ivy wrote for a friend that had recently passed away. “The sun was on the way to you next, it must’ve known you needed light for your steps, dark path, dark past, it enlightened us but it’s heavy sometimes it dims the bright in us”. Damn! Yeah I know…
All in all Ivy Sole’s album is a very whole project that is honest and bold and exactly the kind of realness that this world needs more of. Oh and in addition to that its sound is very soulfully beautiful and diversified. Plus, unconventional features like the one by Ghanaian artist B4bonah are just very much on point.
So, listen and enjoy!
Oh my! I wrote about why H.E.R. (which actually stands for Having Everything Revealed) is the future of RnB a while back and having seen her live on stage I truly feel like she will become so big! She’s such a naturally talented, beautiful soul who is using her gift to have a real impact on the world by spreading love through art. That being said, she just released her new EP “I Used To Know Her: The Prelude” which is nothing short of amazing and features a song with Bryson Tiller, a collaboration I had been anticipating ever since I heard her first song.
So the whole EP is great but there are two songs on it that I would like to emphasize because they are not just great they are way above average and literally on another level of musical and poetical brilliance.
The first one is “Lost Souls” which pays hommage to Ms. Lauryn Hill’s “Lost Ones” and basically directly addresses Trump. Her rap part sounds almost more like Lauryn Hill than Lauryn Hill herself and I mean this as a great compliment and the lyrics are amazingly bold and clear “A lost soul can’t lead the people” she sings. AMEN!
Listening to her lyrics it’s so hard to believe that she is only 21 years old;
“But the public ain’t the enemy it’s the inner me so what you gonna leave with your legacy? It’s like we don’t believe in longevity, I was overseas and seems that we the only people with dreams of material things”
The other song that I would like you to listen to, especially my female readers because I know every single one of you will be able to appreciate this song…A LOT, is titled “Against Me”. In this song H.E.R. tells us all what we need to hear basically every single day “To my women with the utmost respect, intellect, we often forget and neglect intuition can see through illusive intent, listen to it, just listen” and this is just the beginning of the realest poem you will ever hear!! Truss me!
So now go listen to it and have your mind blown. You’re very welcome!