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Neo soul renaissance man, Maxwell has finally returned with a new album.

After releasing Black Summers’ Night in the summer of 2009, he promised his fans that it was the first part in a trilogy of albums. After seven years after the first part, the this album will also mark the 20th year anniversary of his debut album, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite.

When asked about his album in an interview with ESSEENCE, he said:

“I’m so hyped about the new album coming out, which is so exciting for me, because it’s fresh and it’s different, but it is what I do. It doesn’t make you feel like, oh, yeah, that’s going to come out in 1996. You’re not going to feel that. At least I hope you don’t. (Laughs.)”

One of the singles of the album ‘1990x,’ has been released in a form of a lyric video.  The song is meticulously crafted with a huge catchy hook, sultry sentiments and his signature falsetto voice.

If this track is any indication, part II of the Black Summers Trilogy has been well worth the wait.

 

 

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If you’ve been following us here at Wazzos you would’ve spotted that I’m a huge supporter of Jason Jermaine. The man is one of the realest people you will ever meet in the London urban music scene. Fact! Going by his latest moniker, Jodie Abacus, his latest single,’I’ll Be That Friend’, is slowly catching steam on the airwaves.

Sounding what could have been a collaboration between the Beatles and Stevie Wonder – Jodie Abacus delivers a punchy heartfelt performance, that would lighten up a rainy day. Definitely a feel good track for the summertime. We salute you, mate!

Check it out below

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Something a bit on the alternative side.

Solana Rowe, otherwise known as SZA is a bit of an odd ball in the contemporary neo-soul scene. Her music is often described as alternative RnB, mixed with minimal soul, hip-hop and chillwave. She cites several of her influences, including Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Billie Holiday and even Wu-tang.

‘Teen Spirit’ is quite an ethereal piece exploring the concepts of the many stages of abandonment and desperation.

Have a listen.

The video is also full of hipster cool too.

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Africa is rising creatively so keeping up with her new artists can be a struggle.

Today I’m going to share some music from one I’ve been sitting on for a bit. His name is Silas Miami.

I discovered Silas a year ago and was hooked. His boisterous personality and  wild confidence can easily be misconstrued as arrogance when he takes to the stage. Hailing from Nairobi, Kenya, Silas is a photographer, actor and singer/songwriter. The creative hustle is real.

Often pigeon holed as a neo-soul artist with African roots, Silas is quick to point out that he is still experimenting with his music and is wary of labels. His latest track, “Harder”, is a haunting melody which assaults your soul.

I’m also a big fan of his laid back jam sessions in Cape Town called Sunday Sessions, where he takes the time to perform songs from some of his favourite Kenyan artists that have inspired him on his journey. Expecting great things from this guy.

#NairobiForTheWin

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If you like your soul music well done, then you should be on a steady diet of Rahsaan Patterson. The man is a musical savant. Though he never experienced the same success as his peers such as the likes of D’angelo and Maxwell, he has always been credited for his unique sense of musical direction and his fanatical fan base that has given him cult status.

Feeling charitable he has decided graced us with one of his demo tracks from 1996 when he recorded his first album with MCA. It never made the cut but it is certainly nothing short of perfection. 100% Abuja terrace music!

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Introducing THEEsatisfaction a fresh duo comprised of Stasi Irons (Stash) and Cathrine-Harris White (Cat). The nubian duo first emerged last year and have released their first album ‘awe natural’ and are set to tour. Their latest cut Queens is a delicious neo soul cut that celebrates the sisters. Nothing short of a pseudo lesbionic jam to the ears.Get some.