Amel Larrieux is easy to miss. She sings like she's in on the secret to love, occasionally letting us hear what it sounds like. And she's one of the best lobbyists for love to have ever made the case. Every time her mellifluous voice floats into your ears its like a warm embrace, comfortable and a reminder that you need it more often. Like on many of her other songs, she sounds effortless on "For Real." And that effortlessness is a joy to hear.
Amel Larrieux: "For Real"
Not one to rest on his Grammy Award nominated laurels, Eric Roberson is taking things a step further and challenging his producing and remixing fans to remix the song that is up for said Grammy, "A Tale Of Two" featuring Michelle Thompson and Ben O'Neill. Erro took to the interwebs to announce the contest via YouTube and the competition sounds like it's going to be a great opportunity. Judging the remixes alongside Eric will be Brett Baker, Rich Harrison and Bryan-Michael Cox and the winner will receive a free song from Erro. Yup, it's not a game. Watch the video below to get all of the details, and don't delay because the remixes are due in on December 21st! When you're done watching, hit the bounce for a special treat to indulge in your Errobsession (cause I know I'm not the only one).
Eric Roberson feat. Michelle Thompson & Ben O'Neill: "Two People" (Acapella) [Download]
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Although the year is ending on a positive note, kindling hope that early 2010 will usher in the new decade with a musical boon, most of what was released in the last eleven months has been underwhelming. At least the fragment that didn't outright suck, that is. Culled from the many tracks I enjoy that poured onto the internet this year, there's nothing definitive about my list. Rather, what follows are some songs that held my interest from their release until now and why.
In this short interview with Moovmnt, Muhsinah candidly expresses her feelings about the evolution of her music. She hints at a cache of early songs that no one will ever hear, waxes appreciative of her personal and professional relationships with fellow Howard University grads Bilal Salaam and Nicholas Ryan Gant, and speaks on the breadth of music that exists today. She's amazed at how much she doesn't know about her own voice and seems eager to explore its complexities. Maybe not as eager as we are to hear how they sound.
- Hmm, I understand that Rihanna's life is like an open book now but is her sexuality really anyone's business but hers? [TOI]
- What do you call the 00s? Does "noughties" work for you? [DM]
- Ashanti's stalker has possibly been arrested. [SOHH]
- Not that it would ever happen, but if those Jonas kids ever cover a Prince song I give up. [MTV]
From his debut at the dawn of this decade until now, Musiq Soulchild has been one of the most consistent male vocalists in the R&B game. He's one of the few artists whose every album I own and get enjoyment from to this day. One of his records that I find myself playing more than the others, however, is his sophomore set, Juslisen, and the song that I zero in on every time is "Previouscats." The reasons are obvious now: Eric Roberson co-wrote and sang backup on the track. But I fell hard for this joint before my Errobession even started. Musiq's 2002 musical plea that he be judged on his own merit and not by the dastardly deeds of the dudes before him struck a chord with me. This song had a great message and excellent execution.
Musiq Soulchild: "Previous Cats"
The Month of Mary may have jumped off in November, but big things are still poppin' for Mary J. Blige and we're on the case. Yesterday she dropped a new video for the song "I Am," which was slow to grow on me, but alas it has. Hearing Mary sing it live on the American Music Awards telecast and Lopez Tonight recently helped to turn the tide for me. Although this new video doesn't break any fresh ground, MJB's makeup and wardrobe looks fantastic, which is par for the Queen's course. Could she have come out with a stronger (no pun intended) video? Perhaps, but the song didn't really lend itself to anything high concept. But maybe you armchair directors would've done things differently. Take a gander below and leave your thoughts about the clip in the comments.
The Top 10 lists of several websites and periodicals have been popping up with more frequency now that this decade is about to come to a close. No stranger to Top 10 lists ourselves, we understand the time and care that goes into choosing a list such as this one. Entertainment Weekly recently released their "10 Best Albums Of The Decade" list. While some of them I agree with, others not so much. Let's take a look at it together, shall we?
Entertainment Weekly: "10 Best Albums Of The Decade" [EW]
Slum Village has always been one of those Hip Hop groups who we could always count on, no matter what. Even after the death of Baatin, their Villa Manifesto EP will see the light of day this upcoming Tuesday, December 15th. I've been waiting for this one to drop since hearing "Cloud 9" with Marsha Ambrosius in April of this year. You can also stream the whole joint on their MySpace page. Whatever the case may be, make sure you grab it up next week. Tracklisting after the bounce.
Slum Village feat. Marsha Ambrosius: "Cloud 9"