Hey R&B fam,
One of the hottest producers in he game, Labrinth has created another gem and surefire hit for DJ, Singer, Songwriter, Yasmin. I had the pleasure of running this tune first on my BBC Radio 1xtra R&B show and loved it from the moment it went to air.
Scheduled for release 8th May 2011, here’s the video and watch out for the many forthcoming remixes including one featuring Wretch 32!

Hip-Hop legend, Nas and Reggae Royalty, Damian Marley teamed up last year for the incredible ”Distant Relatives” album.
Now they’re taking this heavyweight album on the road and you could win a pair of red hot tickets for hottest show in the UK right now!!!!

Just answer this simple question: What is the Name of Nas’ Debut album?
(a) Illmatic
(b) Stillmatic
(c) Automatic
Send your answer to: info@ronnieherel.co.uk
With the subject – Ticket Comp
Details are as follows:
Show – Damian Marley, Nas, Erykah Badu & Spragga Benz
Date – Thursday 31st March @ Wembley Arena (London)

Competition entrants must be Strictly Over 18
(You will be asked to produce ID and proof of age upon ticket collection)
These tickets are not available for resale.

Competition closes at Midday Wednesday 30th March.
The winner of the pair of tickets will be chosen at random and informed of how they can collect the prize.
Good Luck!

Hey Soulsters,
here’s the some newsy bits in R&B land for the week.
Click the player and enjoy


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Hey Soulquarians,
Here it is!
‘It’s So…Sessions’ Volume 1
A mixtape showcasing some of the vibes you can hear @ The Drunken Monkey
222 Shoreditch High Street, London E1, the home of the coolest monthly party on the planet right now!

Click the flyer, download & enjoy!

Resident DJs are Ronnie Herel (BBC Radio 1xtra & Radio 1), JP (Club Yo Yo) & DJ Kenzie.
Guests so far have included DJ Dodge, Kev Beadle, Mr Thing, Abi Clarke & Matt White playing classic R&B, Soul, Hip Hop & Soulful House!

Friday 25th March, we welcome Restless Soul daddy Phil Asher to the fray dropping gems just for you so come n party hard people!

Forthcoming Dates:
Friday April 29th
Friday May 27th
Friday June 24th

Hey Soulsters…took a little break…actually i’ve been sick as u like with this crappy flu but whilst i’ve been out of action catching up with the brilliant HBO series Entourage i’m on the mend and ready to continue with your regular updates!
Click the player and enjoy!


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Hi it’s Anna from the 1Xtra Music Team. On Wednesday night I went to see Ed Sheeran and Louise Golbey performing at a secret gig in Camden. The venue was tiny, maybe holding about 50 people, with tables laid out where people were eating dinner. It was tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main road and the atmosphere was very intimate. It was quite a rare and special night, for two highly rated artists, one signed and one tipped for big things, to be performing to such a small crowd. I first saw Louise live in 2009 and immediately gravitated to her unique blend of British soul, and Ronnie Herel has been a big supporter and I’ve been hearing her a lot on his show. I have also been really impressed with her music videos, especially for an unsigned artist. This week Louise made her debut on 1Xtra day time, being played on Trevor Nelson’s show and it was nice to celebrate all her successes over a glass of champers on the night. Louise performed about seven soulful songs, including the smooth ‘Mr Potential’ and fan favourite ‘Sparkle’. Here’s a video (which I filmed on my phone so excuse the quality- I didn’t know about the gig until the day which is why I didn’t come more prepared!)

Ed Sheeran was also incredible, and it’s not hard to see why he’s captured the admiration of not only fans and industry bods, but has become an unlikely star on the UK grime scene. The 20-year-old guitar playing ginger-haired acoustic folk singer first came to the public attention through a performance he did on SBTV, and has since signed to Atlantic Records and was one of 1Xtra’s Hot 4 2011’s. Ed clearly puts a lot of emotion and soul into his music, which is evident not only in his lyrics but also his heartfelt performances. He played several new tracks that had not been performed before, including a poignant song about a lost unborn baby, where he sings of a “small bump”, which he explained to the audience that this was one of his most personal songs. He also performed some of his better-known material such as ‘A Team’ and ‘You Need Me’, which he left until the end and even incorporated a new bit which he’d recently added to the track.  Here are some videos (again not the best quality- gutted)

Anna x

Hey Soulquarians,
those that know me know i’m a massive Ryan Leslie fan. The man is str8 genius. On this occasion, he’s handed singing duties over to the mighty Mr Hudson while he spits on this absolute heavyweight tune!
Watchout for a new R Les album ‘Les is More’ in the hot summer months.
Til then enjoy

Let me introduce you to this supremely talented lady. Asa is set to release her second album ‘Beautiful Imperfection’ 4th April 2011.
Asa was born in Paris but moved to Nigeria at the age of two – she now lives back in Paris.
The first single taken off the forthcoming album is ‘Be My Man’,
Peep the vid, enjoy and please leave some feedback.