Fatel – Don’t Sweat Me

The 90’s had that feel good R&B. Even today when it comes on it makes you feel some type of way. Hidden like treasure was a group from Seattle named Fatel. The group consisted of two young ladies named Cherre and Tange who released “Don’t Sweat Me” in 1994. The project only featured five songs but was some vintage material. Who would of thought the northwest had some long lost R&B duo? Other key thing is you have some early work by Seattle producers who went on to make a great name for themselves like Mike Wingo, Kevin Gardner, and Don Quijano.
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Shaprece – Molting EP

Shaprece is back! Always liked her on guest appearances and she also dropped a short EP a few years back called “Scatterbrain”. Since then it has been promise of a album but it still has yet to arrive. In the meantime Shaprece has hooked up with Noisetrade to release the “Molting EP”. It is only six songs but should give you a direction of what Shaprece is heading towards sound wise in the future. She does a great job of being able to mix soul into a electronic R&B sound. No features besides a Blue Sky Black Death Remix on the last track.
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Ms Chevy – Triple Threat

It has not been too many female artists who have stuck around for longevity in the Northwest. Might be for obvious reasons but some have been able to make successful strides. Ms Chevy is a new artist trying to make a name for herself and she brings her debut EP “Triple Threat”. Not quite sure where the triple part comes in but Ms Chevy can rap and sing which x’s out two of the three. She showcases both throughout eight tracks with some songs simple showcasing vocals and others featuring a mix of the two. Her advantage is the project is produced solely by Mike Wingo who has produced a lot of classic northwest albums as well as many nationally known artists. He recently started his own production company called Heater Hands Productions with this being one of the first releases.

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Desta – Have Some EP

The Northwest music scene is flourishing these days and the amount of artists with potential is growing. You have a platinum artist once again from the state of Washington, artists are signing record deals, and to top it off the amount of artists with a buzz is higher than ever. Locally things are still hard in many ways but those willing to grind a name out for themselves are welcomed additions. The R&B scene in the northwest is still a niche market as in it is small so the opportunity is large. Desta is a new artist who has Cali roots but now calls the Northwest her home. Tacoma based the singer/model is debuting herself to the world with her first EP “Have Some”. It spawns only five tracks with two features from Tacoma veterans in Leezy Soprano and Awall2Piece. Part of the Go Getta Music family the project is produced entirely by Jay Bellamy.  Some may know him as a pioneer in the Tacoma music scene as he was one of the first rappers/producers from Tacoma to put product out. Jay released a few rap projects and some gospel albums more recently. Now more focused on producing, writing, and developing the talent Desta gets his aided experience for her first release. Desta the singer parlays a strong but subtle voice that is very reminiscent of older R&B. Points awarded already as most would agree that was the best age for R&B. Desta’s voice which is most important being a singer is soothing and alluring when needed. If content defines the singer Desta stays mature covering topics females can relate to. Nitpicking you will hear some flaws but that is expected for a debut release. Perfection does not happen overnight and Desta sounds more ahead than behind.

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Choklate – Fly EP

Chocolate itself is a guilty pleasure but Choklate the artist is not something you want to hide. It is good to see the path she has carved for herself as an artist. Especially as someone who has been following her since her early days of just lending her talents to other artist’s projects. Her last release was something for the Holidays so it is good to see “Fly” released with new music even though it’s just an EP. Seems to be the new formula for a lot of artists to release new music quicker versus the long wait a fully prepared album can take. Five songs in total and two of them featuring solidified names in Musiq Soulchild and Phonte. Choklate has been compared to a lot of other successful artists and without question she is just as good as many of those artists. Localities may give her an edge like their favorite sports team but though maybe not as shined upon as others her success speaks for itself. Choklate’s soulful voice does not let down with “Fly”. Her ability to sing with connection through words will having you feeling good and will win new fans over. You can grab the EP on I-Tunes.

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Aaron Obryan Smith – The Aaron Obryan Show

Aaron Obryan Smith’s music is as fun, uplifting, and as strong as his personality! Hearing is unique mixture of Soul, Mid- 90s Rhythm and Blues, and his romantic lyrics from before his time, you would probably say he has and “Old Soul.” These are just a couple of things that the singer, songwriter, producer, Aaron O’Bryan Smith has heard over the years of his journey to becoming a force. After appearing on 106 and Park and complementing artists songs via features he finally drops his debut solo effort “The Aaron OBryan Show”. You can purchase it HERE.
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eRok – Dreams Aren’t Free

Dreams Aren’t Free what a apt title eRok chooses for a EP that applies to life and the passions that come along with it. A sleeper pick for sure eRok is that artist in your city you may not even know is making good music and then one day he could just be all over the radio. This follows up his debut album “King” which seemed to be a lifetime in the making but as they say you cant rush perfection. Ironically this is a completely free project as eRok wants to give back but for those die hard fans you can also purchase the project on all digital retailers. To keep it simple eRok is a lady pleaser, if you want to impress your woman with some new music throw this on. Sounding like one of those cheesy all in one compilation infomercials eRok really does it all from Love making music, ballads, heartbreak, to pop songs you can dance to. Click, download, listen, it is five songs all produced by Sunny Beatz.
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Ariana DeBoo – The Valentine’s Day EP

Like the holiday Valentines can be a day of expected and unexpected things to happen. Musically it seems to become more and more of a day for artists to find occasion to drop a song, album, video, or just about anything else to coincide with a day dedicated for lovers. Ariana DeBoo all around was just that surprise to hear when she appeared on Sam Lachow’s “Brand New Bike” album. A standout beautiful jazzy soulful voice that makes you enjoy the moment and want more when its over. Probably known as the girl who could sing in her own circle all her life it was good to see her finally release her own project “The Valentine’s Day EP”. It is only three songs and has her doing covers but she definitely puts a new twist on them making them all her own. Its not enough but it will have to do for the time being. Lets look forward to the thought that Ariana decides to extend past guest spots and teasers to a full length album in the near future.
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eRok – King

Singers are center stage these days with reality TV always donning a new show to showcase the talent across the nation. Many can sing which is what we now know but what separates anyone in any genre goes beyond just the skill itself. Doubtful anyone would say any region is blanketed by R&B talent but the Northwest is pretty slim pickens especially when it comes to full length releases. eRok is one of the few who can add his mark to those who have put together a full length album as “King” is his introduction into the music world. Portland based eRok has a easy versus hard dilemma as most singers do being that he has a nice voice that upholds the easiness of a listeners ear but does that translate into good songs? The album stays safe for the most part over twelve tracks eRok keeps things contemporary with a flair of pop and a pinch of the old school. Though every genre has its gimmicky artists in R&B it stays a bit more in the truth lane by being vividly personal. eRok himself crosses over for a song or two but in easy lament the album stays high on all facets of relationships via love, heartbreak, physical, or emotional. The best quality in listening to the majority of this album is the ability to relate or least understand a point of view that any given song is trying to express. Sometimes just saying something is good is enough and while we are all critics the overall sense is potential fans will find some gratification in some part of this debut album from eRok.
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Christina Pallis – My Love

A lot of people sing just like a lot of people rap but for singers it does not always result into songs or albums. The pitfalls might be just a bit steeper being a singer which is probably why we get small doses here locally. Usually nothing more than just a share of hook floozies that add flare to a pre-determined track. Christina Pallis sounded familiar initially but then it equated as she had done some background vocals for a few of the Mike Mack and Harlemreleases. Background no more Christina is working on her debut project called “Sweet Nothings” releasing the first single “My Love” produced by Brainstorm which features one of the more promising local artists in Peta Tosh. Added bonus track is “Over It” featuring Sev Of Dyme Def produced by D-Sane.
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