I just really love it when I come across music that I don’t have to put any effort into. I know this may sound pretty counter-intuitive/mindless, but it’s really just so refreshing to me to immediately know I like something when I hear it. To not have to sit & contemplate about whether I think something is worth listening to again, but to just know, without a shadow of a doubt, that I could listen to this all day on repeat if I had to. Now don’t get me wrong, some of my favorite songs have taken a LONG time to grow on me, but it’s such a relief to know that there’s still music out there that moves & excites me upon the FIRST listen.
This is the experience I had when listening to Luke James today. At the suggestion of my friend who saw him open for Robin Thicke in LA, I checked out his Facebook page & took a listen to his work today. Can I just say, my breath was literally taken away (and I’m not exaggerating!) I was already hooked 10 seconds into the first song! I think it’s just great, feel-good R&B and I easily got through all of the songs without having to skip once. His voice is a beautiful blend of Robin Thicke’s soft, smooth vocals and John Legend’s strong, passionate belts, with a hint of Trey Songz sometimes peeking through as well. Sounds like a great combination if you ask me 🙂
Check out Luke James’s pre-album, #LUKE, which was released in advance of his forthcoming debut solo album Made to Love below, and click here to download for FREE:
If you don’t have time to listen to the whole album, you can get a taste of his style with his first single below. I must say, he does a simple love song quite well 🙂
I also came across this gem of a cover of one of my absolute favorite songs: “The Only Exception” by Paramore:
Sooo…it’s probably safe to say that Luke James will be in my rotation for at least a week. And needless to say, I cannot WAIT for that debut album release!!
Until next time! 😀
At the suggestion of one of my other cousins, I decided to take things in a slightly different direction today & listen to the album of Bez: Nigerian soul/jazz/R&B performer. His album, called Super Sun, was released this year in 2011, and I am really diggin the instrumentals & production. Bez has been described as the John Legend of Nigeria, and I do definitely feel some John Legend influences in his music. It wasn’t until I got to the very end of the album and heard the song below though, that I actually thought I could have been listening to John Legend himself. Easily my favorite song on the entire album, “That Stupid Song” features a cute lighthearted recollection of favorite children’s songs on an upbeat sample of the classic song “I’ll Take You There” by The Staple Singers.
“That Stupid Song” is a collaboration between Bez and Praiz, who I would like to turn my attention to. Those remarkably John Legend-sounding vocals are coming from Praise Adejo (stage name Praiz), another up & coming player in the Nigerian R&B music scene recommended by my aforementioned cousin. Praiz has also been featured on very popular Nigerian rapper M.I (check back for another post on him!)’s latest album, M.I2. Take a listen to that “Epic” song from the album below, and tell me if THAT doesn’t sound like a Nigerian John Legend…
For those who are interested, below is another official video from Praiz on one of his solo singles – a nice R&B love song creatively titled “I Love You” 🙂
Doesn’t sound so much like John Legend to me on this one, but I still think he sounds good! I’ll be very interested to see if either he or Bez become actual legends in Nigerian music history, and I’m eagerly anticipating Praiz’s first official album release!
Before ending this post, I would like to add an update to my last post on Wizkid and share with you another favorite from this year’s party scene & his album – a very highly entertaining video for what seems to be his most recent release, “Pakurumo” (you’ll hear another one of his songs, “EME Boyz” in the beginning of this video – a tribute to the Empire Mates Entertainment Group that Wizkid belongs to)…
Another really easy dance beat to groove to all night. The female lead of both the song & the video is Funke Akindele, a popular Nigerian actress. Annnd…do you recognize the lyrics at 4:05?? Hint: you’ll find them somewhere in this video…:)
Until next time!!