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.
Enjoy
R xx
 

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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.

RH

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.
RH

Hey Soulquarians,
here’s a killer jam to warm you up for the incoming summer vibes.
It’s a powerful and emotional delivery by one of my favourite singers and people on the planet, Terri Walker.

Producer S.Chu has captured a T.W classic vocal performance that’ll have you fully engaged in the groove as well as the song.

Keep your eyes and ears open for a brand new Terri Walker project linking up with UK Hip Hop heavyweight producer Joe Buhddha coming soon.
I can give you the heads up that it’s absolutely sick!!

Watch this space and i’ll keep you fully posted.
In the meantime…check this!

Hey Soulquarians
Check our exclusive Eric Roberson visual interview at Mi Soul radio towers where he breaks down his brand new collaborative project,
“B Sides, Features & Heartaches”
He reveals news on a highly anticipated and exciting duo album landing in 2015.
What’s Erro’s perspective on that next possible D’angelo album?
Plus check out one of Erro’s legendary freestyles.
If all that wasn’t enough…Check out the whole interview for your chance to win a signed copy of his new album “B Sides, Features & Heartaches”
Enjoy
RH

Hey Soulquarians,
time to let y’all know about something sweet n soulful on the horizon.

One of my favourite artists, Slakah the Beatchild is about to deliver a slice of killer songs and beats in the form of Soul Movement Vol II

In his own words…The Idea behind the Soul Movement series has always been to patiently assemble the best of Slakah the Beatchilds production and marry them with fellow artists that he admires.

Watch out for collaborations with fellow Canadian soulsters Ayah and Glenn Lewis and be prepared for that trademark silky smooth production and vocals from the man himself.

Soul Movement Vol II is due for release early January 2014
In the meantime enjoy this slice of retro video niceness.

All aboard the Soul Train…
Blessness
RH

Hey Soulquarians,
here is one of those moments that i really enjoy. Feeding you something fresh & very special in music land. On this occasion, it’s in the form of a mouthwatering collaboration between “The Voice” Syleena Johnson & Musiq Soulchild.

The two soulsters have come together to present the reggae infused album project 9ine.
As the album title suggests, there are nine tracks. 3 of which are seperate solo cuts from Syleena & Musiq and they then come together on a further three tracks to complete the albums’ titled theme.

To add to the numerical wordplay attached to the project, it’ll be released on the 9th day of the ninth month of 2013. Clever eh?
Anyway, the lead off collaboration is a beautifully executed piece of reggae music bliss coated with S&Ms (see what i did there) sweet vocals.
May i take this opportunity to add how FINE!!!! Mz Johnson looks in the video…WOW!!

Don’t just take my word for it…Check the vid!
Enjoy!!
Blesssness
RH