Soul

Dia.L “Injera"

Dia.L is the collaboration between Vocialist Lailah Reich and producer Radius. The duo is preparing to release their sophomore album, the follow-up to 2016’s self-titled release, on June 28th. The album is called Injera and takes its name from the Ethiopian flatbread.

This is Neo Soul with strong elements of Hip Hop and EDM. You can currently stream three of the album 9 tracks below while on your way to hitting that Pre-order button.

   

New Sami Rahman EP Available for Streaming & Download

Mattress Food's Sami Rahman recently dropped a solo release, Birdboy - EP. Drenched in synth, the album occupies a silky, soulful, R&B/hip-hop setting, which may come as a surprise compared to Mattress Food’s more noise-laced indie rock. These songs wash over in reassuring, tranquil waves. You can catch Rahman at The Fire tomorrow night, as part of a lineup that also includes yeenar, Georgey V, and Grand Rapid's Cønrad Shøck + the Nøise.

   

Bathe's "I'll Miss You" is perfect poolside listening, play Brooklyn Bazaar 5.30

It’s officially almost-summer, and Brooklyn-based duo Bathe have provided a lush soundtrack in their I’ll Miss You EP, a short and sweet alternative R&B effort that’s perfect poolside-listening. The entirety of the extended play is marked by a lurid nostalgia permeating each of the release’s seven tracks, conveyed through '80s inspired downtempo swinging on songs like “Kimmi,” and jazzy Strat noodling on title track “I’ll Miss You.” By channeling vintage inspiration into thoroughly modern rhythm and blues, Bathe also creates a record with a double meaning: there’s a longing for people and places past in the lyrics, but the music couldn’t feel more of-the-moment. Stream it as you sunbathe at Rockaway Beach during the coming warmer months, pining wistfully over last year’s summer fling, and catch Bathe at Brooklyn Bazaar on May 30th alongside Myles Cameron and Moise. -Connor Beckett McInerney, Photo by Danielle Caño-Garraway

   

Same Girls debut new single “Wait”

Post-punk pop rock cuatro Same Girls just came out with their new single, “Wait” and it’s a perfect blend of their varied interested and influences. You can hear The Clash and The Strokes and some 80’s energy almost reminiscent of the B-52’s. Lead vocalist Taifa Nia’s is energetic and fun. Nia says the new single, "describe the loneliness and the heartbreak endemic in our esthetically obsessed clout culture." Listen here! - Lucille Faulkner

   

Johari Noelle “Too Much"

Johari Noelle has released a second single/video, “Too Much”, from her forthcoming album, Things You Can’t Say Out Loud.

Combining this single with the album’s first single, “Show Me”, is building to what is shaping up to be an amazing soul/R&B that promises to heat this up this summer.