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SiR Releases New EP Her Too

SiR Releases New EP Her Too

SiR is white hot. He just inked a deal with Top Dawg Entertainment an indie label that serves as home to some of the hottest acts around, including Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q and Ab-Soul.

The six-song EP is a fusion of R&B, hip hop, soul, funk and jazz. Her Too features guest appearances from Anderson .Paak, King Mez, Masego with production from J.LBS and DK the Punisher.Check out the EP here. Enjoy!

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Hidden Beach Recordings To Release “Family Treasures: Greatest Hits” by Kindred The Family Soul

Hidden Beach Recordings To Release “Family Treasures: Greatest Hits” by Kindred The Family Soul

Hidden Beach Recordings will release a collection of the greatest hits from the acclaimed duo Kindred The Family Soul titled Family Treasures: Greatest Hits, available on all digital stores in the U.S. and Canada on Friday, November 13, 2015. Part of the ongoing celebration of Hidden Beach’s 15-year anniversary of presenting indelible quality musical talent, the release comprises a must-have 14-track compilation of digitally-remastered greatest hits and fan favorites that have made Kindred the Family Soul a longtime beloved staple of R&B and neo soul, garnering accolades including Soul Train Award and BET Award nominations. Family Treasures: Greatest Hits features production from Elise Perry (Raheem DeVaughn, Deborah Bond), Dre & Vidal (Jill Scott, Usher, Mary J Blige), and Adam Blackstone (Adam Levine, Janet Jackson, Rihanna).

“Kindred have been the standard bearers for R&B duos for the last decade,” stated Marilyn Batchelor, Chief Brand Officer for Hidden Beach Recordings. “Their steadfast commitment to true soul music and the emotional honesty in their lyrics have made them icons for the African-American family.”

“Kindred is like family to me,” stated writer/producer Elise Perry. “I had the pleasure of working with them from the beginning. ‘Rhythm of Life’ is the first song that took them from playing covers from our soul music forebearers to establishing their own sound and being part of soul and rhythm and blues history. I am and will always be particularly proud of playing a part in that.”

Since the beginning, with their 2003 album debut Surrender to Love, the acclaimed Philadelphia duo – comprised of husband and wife Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon – have drawn early comparisons to other creative married couples such as Ashford & Simpson, and Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee. The couple cut their teeth early on performing at The Roots’ celebrated Black Lily music series in Philadelphia, which also helped launch the early neo soul explosion from Philadelphia of artists including Jill Scott, Floetry and Musiq Soulchild.

Some of Kindred the Family Soul’s hit R&B singles over the years have included “Far Away,” “Where Would I Be (The Question)” and “Stars.”

Featured in a summer-long television and online campaign for Wal-Mart, Kindred the Family Soul are hitting the road, with upcoming performances across the country including Atlanta, GA (November 20, at Center Stage Theater); Baltimore, MD (November 28, at Baltimore Soundstage); Oakland, CA (December 4, 2 shows at Yoshi’s Jazz Club); and overseas in England and France in December.

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Golden Lady (f. Steph The Sapphic Songstress) by Substantial

Golden Lady (f. Steph The Sapphic Songstress) by Substantial

Back in 2011 Baltimore emcee Substantial was facing the possibility of cancer. He ended up having preventive surgery and while laid up, decided to start working on a tribute album to Jill Scott, one of his biggest influences. It was his was of staying busy while healing, and at the same time to give the people their roses while they can still smell them. The result is a free project Substantial calls “Jackin’ Jill” – a tribute project from Substantial built by “Jackin” music from various Jill Scott releases. This collection of reworks and remixes of her work blended by DJ Jav form a cohesive pseudo collaboration focused on life, love & music.

Today, as Substantial heads back into the doctor’s for a follow up examine 2 years later, we are unveiling the cover art (drawn by Substantial himself) from the 17 track project, plus a taste of what’s to come with the track “Golden Lady” a reworking of the amazing Stevie Wonder track from “Innervisions” that Substantial uses to play off the track Golden from Jill Scott’s Beautifully Human album (the last song Kool Herc played at Substantial’s wedding). Substantial adds to this Marcus D produced tribute track the gorgeous vocals of Steph The Sappic Songstress. Be sure to listen to Marcus D on piano throughout as well. The result is a richly layered, beautiful new track from one of Baltimore’s most thoughtful and talented artists, Substantial.

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