Well R&B family,
needed to let you know that after a seven year hiatus, soul legend Maxwell will be dropping the second album from his ‘Black Summers Night’ trilogy on July 1st 2016 consisting the lead off single “Lake by The Ocean” available here
It’s a welcome return from the man who has delivered seminal albums ‘Urban Hang Suite’ and Embrya in 1996 + 1998 respectively.
The first in the trilogy dropped way back in 2009 but had the killer cuts ‘Pretty Wings’, ‘Bad Habits’, ‘Help Somebody’ and ‘Love You’ on there so if this ‘Summers’ return from the man comes anywhere close to that piece of work, Maxwell fans should be happy. I know i will be!!
Check the #TheBIGRnBShow to hear the new single.
In the meantime…Stay soulful
Ronnie H x


Hey Soulsters,

I’m a massive fan of Sinead Harnett who’s voice can be heard on future classics from Snakehips, Disclosure and her own killer cut “She Aint Me”

S.H came by Mi Soul to grace us with an interview giving us a heads up on what’s to come on the forthcoming album (as yet untitled) as well as performing two Xclusive acoustic tracks, current single “Do It Anyway” and the fantastic “Dollar Bill”

Can’t wait to catch Sinead perform at XOYO October 14th 2015
In the meantime…Check the interview HERE 

And enjoy this superb version “Do It Anyway” Original version out now!!

Hey R&B family,
Here’s a big tune alert.
UK future-soul star-in-the-making Kwabs (full name Kwabena Sarkodee Adjepong) has just unleashed plans regarding his long-awaited debut album.
With album artwork revealed and entitled Love + War, his 12-track LP is set for release on May 18th through Atlantic Records.

To launch the album announcement, Kwabs has unveiled a brand new version of fan favourite ‘Perfect Ruin’ with an emotionally-charged and visually-stunning video to match. Filmed in the North of Sweden and directed by George Bellfield, the video follows Kwabs walking through a blizzard (looks cold!!) in a starkly beautiful Scandinavian setting.

Produced by Felix Joseph, ‘Perfect Ruin’ is available from today as an instant grat. Fans will receive it free when they pre-order the album on iTunes and it’s available to download from all digital retailers and stream from supporting platforms.
Support & Enjoy the video
R x

Hi Soulquarians,

It’s a time where there is incredible musical creativity flowing and once again i’ve been lucky enough to give you a heads up on something that’s going to be HUGE!

Sean McCabe came to my attention 5 years ago whilst he and i were billed to spin at the first SunceBeat festival (Croatia) Garden party. When he took to the decks he started letting off some SERIOUSLY soulful house music steam. The link had to be made.

From that point he has become a friend and one of the most prolific and sort after producer / remixers of this current house generation notching up remix credits for Roy Ayers, Lynn Lockamy, Peven Everett & Byron Stingly.

He alerted me to the fact he was releasing an album about a year ago and now “It’s Time”.

The album is HEAVY!!!

It consists of beautifully constructed cuts with an impressive selection of vocal collaborators including Taliwa, Nathan Adams, Donaeo, Jennifer Wallace and Hanna Khemoh.

My favourite cuts are “Something about You” ft Jennifer Wallace, “Reach Out” ft Hannah Khemoh and Back To Front with Nathan Adams.

There are also two super chilled moments with the Hip Hop driven “All Of The Above” ft Big Ed finale and Sunday Lazin’ (too short in my opinion) Sean make me a longer version please!!

The album lands on Joey Negro’s label ZR Records on 3:11:2014

It’s an absolute necessity for real music lovers!



Hey my R&B family,

it’s one you need to know about.

Soul-Jazz songstress Chrisette Michele unleashes this sweet freeness for your listening pleasure.

It’s the first single from the upcoming album, The Lyricists’ Opus! and t’is a beauty so click the pic, DL and enjoy.

R x


Hey R&B family,
here’s a chance to listen to my conversation with the lovely U.S R&B star Ameriie when she came to the UK.

She reveals details about her 2 forthcoming albums, talks about the state of R&B and black music stateside and why did she add the extra ‘I’ to her name?

Click the link to find out.
R xx

Amerie images

Ameriie – The BIG Interview with Ronnie Herel by Ronnie Herel on Mixcloud

Lauryn HillOk guys, for y’all that wanna know, here’s my Lauryn Hill concert review.

After hearing about all the negative feedback n tweets the night before I was slightly rattled about how this show would unfold.

I attended Lauryn Hill’s concert last night at the O2 Academy Brixton (Sunday 21st Sept 2014) because like most LH fans I wanted to experience highly anticipated rare live show moments from her masterpiece Miseducation album as well as some classic old school Refugee Camp bigness.

She came on stage just before 10pm with plenty of energy but proceeded to do odd, unrecognizable, sped up, “Happy” style rocky versions of songs like “Everything is Everything”, “To Zion” and “Ex Factor”.
“Lost Ones” was ok for the first 60 seconds but then she journeyed into rock-reggae mash up mode which didn’t hit the musical spot at all leaving the audience, including me, looking on in bemusement!

The sound quality was absolutely appalling and coupled with her strange reggae / rock renditions, LH probably ruined as many of Bob Marley songs (including Jammin’, “Is This Love”, and “Could You be Loved”) as she did her own.

One highlight was the short acoustic set midway through where it was clear to hear that Ms LH’s vocals were still flawlessly on point when not having to fight through a wall of bad sound engineering. I would have preferred her to have kept the entire show unplugged as the band failed to make any soulful impact in my opinion.
Another better moment was LH revisiting her Fugees days with decent versions of “Fu-Gee-La”, “Ready Or Not” and “Killing Me Softly”. This was briefly the old Lauryn Hill we came to know and love from her 90s reign but again the sound made for a painfully strained listen.
Her finale tune was the anthemic Doo Wop (That Thing), which was probably the one track that sounded anything like a live version should but by then I think I’d lost the will.

I knew it would be a risk to go and see Lauryn Hill Live, having had her personal life scrutinized, her troubles (sometimes self inflicted it has to be said) splashed across certain publications. Risky because you don’t want to hear someone as genius as her get it so wrong on stage, that it ruins the Miseducation and Fugees legacy forever. But that optimistic part of me was hoping to hear her come out the other side of adversity with an incredible show.
Sadly, it was incredible for all the wrong reasons but one thing is certain, that “Miseducation” album remains a classic and luckily I can go back to it and indulge in Queen LH’s music in it’s original soulful form whenever I like so i still have to thank her for delivering that piece of musical niceness on wax.


Hey R&B family,
been a minute. I had to let you know about this one.
Lyrical flow-a-cist Incisive delivers his follow up to ‘Breathe’ which is set to do big things.
Featuring the sweet vocals of Rukhsana Merrise, the minimalistic beats are laced with Incisive’s unique poetical delivery conveying the idea of your mind playing tricks on you.
This is a musical must!
‘Mind Games’ will be available from all good online vendors 6th October 2014.
In the meantime enjoy the vid.
Love n blessness.