Latin Rose – Love Stories

Latin Rose’s alluring voice has been around for awhile gracing a lot of northwest music over the years. Feature wise she has been like a sovereign when it comes to female singers always lending her steadfast vocals to any track making it that much more compelling for other artists tracks. Being the chorus go to in the northwest is not a accomplishment that should go un-noticed but the ultimate plight of a solo album is finally realized now that “Love Stories” has been released. Though rap can be R&B’s counterpart all day long the authentic feeling of R&B always makes it that much more relatable. The title of the album does not leave much room for disguise as far as what to expect but with a production complement from Undercaste in house producers Issac Meek and Randy Ross you get a top notch polished sound. Love is encompassed in different ways throughout the project with relationships, family, and life all getting there just due. Infusing classic R&B with tones of rock with Latin inspirations you get a steady balance of sounds while Neema is a expected feature you get surprise spots from Ripynt, Jay Barz, and George Zelaya.
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Dap Queens – The Queendom

Due to numbers female artists are often times seen more as figures in the male dominated industry of music. Often playing the background of when needed females artists constantly have to supersede but it hasn’t stopped many of them from being successful. Female groups in general have always been a combination of talents relying on singing and the aught of rapping but the northwest has lacked a consistent female presence. DAP Queens comes to us via Everett a now sort of growing scene heralded by a few key acts including Dirtay who brings the group via his “Born2Win” label. Consisting of a singer and two rappers the group is made up of Ms T, Rain, and Music Junky who have been near lifelong friends knowing each other for 16 years. Naturally solo artists the three bring their first EP “Queendom” as a introduction of what could grow into future projects.
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Blaze Ft Jove – Unfinished Business

The mixture of Rap meets R&B is almost a set standard these days especially when it comes to hit records. Pairing of two talented artists just makes it that much better and two of Portland’s next big stars having been working close together. Jove the arcane R&B talent and Blaze the prospective underdog click up again on the bedroom teaser “Unfinished Business”. This is the second collaboration after hooking up on “They Know” a few months prior. If you have yet to get up on these two they both singles that have become fan favorites including Blaze’s “Kat Stacks” and Jove’s “The Bizness” plus “Hands In The Air”.
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Tony Sway – Secrets

They call them classics for many reasons and no matter what certain songs have a lasting impression on all of us. Like any other genre R&B has changed over the years and just like rap fans tend to denounce newer acts when compared. Music evolves much quicker in today’s standards due to technology and making music non-current is classified as old school to the younger generation. Amongst all this change Tony Sway seems to live in his own time period as his continues to make music that sounds like the songs that once inspired him. Raised in Lacey, Washington Tony started out seriously with the group thing forming RNBSmoove with L-Dub and the two released “Luv U Better”. Maybe feeling contained Tony Sway worked heavily on a solo projects after that releasing three albums with his most latest titled “Secrets” which features the likes of Andy Quinn, Stylez Major, and Cristian Tyler. The formula across all three solo’s stays consistent with Tony Sway making classic sounding R&B material which is a refreshing changeup versus contemporary R&B. Tony Sway is not the type of singer who will have you getting goose bumps by belting out his voice but instead relies of great harmonies and his in house production to capture the listener. Hit I-Tunes for the digital or CDbaby for the hard copy!
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Cavell – The Sampler

Seattle and the world in general have something to look forward to with the young up and coming singer Cavaell. With amazing vocals Cavell found inspiration from artists such as R.Kelly, Maxwell, Ron Isley, and Al Green. With a clear sound best described as crisp and soulful which is unlike any other Cavell is able to tie in with what sounds good to the general public. Very appealing to the ladies Cavell is a crowd pleaser with the ability to serenade and reach a broad audience. With plans of being not just a singer but a song writer throughout the R&B industry Cavell is slowly on his way with the backing of his label Choose Up Entertainment. A label known for finding some of the regions best talent they feel Cavell is a one of a kind type of artist. Thriving of true vocal ability Cavell wants to show that auto-tune is no substitute for raw talent. Also crediting heredity Cavell is the son of a vocalist as his father was in a group called “Cold Bold & Together” whose members included the likes Kenny G. Cavell has been a performer all his life and whenever the opportune time came to perform whether it was in choirs, talent shows, or singing groups he credits them all to where he is at today. While he works on his upcoming full length album “Body Language” Cavell wanted to give fans a taste of what to expect so he has released a sampler of five brand new songs to hold people over. Available at his reverbnation page for $5.99.
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Sean Carson – Summer Soulstice

Who is the next to blow is the constant question when it comes to the northwest music scene and as much talk about which rapper it will be the R&B artists respectively may be first in line. While not many in numbers the few that have been consistent enough to gain followers are for good reason and Sean Carson happens to be one of the hardest working of them all. Southern bred northwest living as an artist he initially started out doing hooks like many R&B artists but near the end of 2010 he really came on full tilt. Releasing his first project “Day & Nite” was a accomplishment in itself but only a year and a half later he is putting most artists to shame with the release of his third project “Summer Soulstice”. The follow-up to his last project “Love & Tonic” this one features some of the usuals on production including Kuddie Fresh, TMak Beatz, ChoirBoi, and Teal. With a few remixes but mostly consisting of originals Sean Carson is getting more honed with his vocal abilities which will easily serenade the female fan-base with accounts of love and a good time.
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Jove – The Bizness

While hip hop is underappreciated in the Northwest just imagine the R&B scene. Those who follow closely enough will know it’s a select few artists who vocally are ready to compete. Jove caught most peoples attention when he released “Hands In The Air” a slow tempo-ed  swagged out R&B club jam featuring label-mate Tabloid. Part of the Livewire Forever imprint the label is focusing on high quality music over quantity by perfecting anything with their name on it. Now actively pushing Jove’s second single “The Bizness” he really slows things down and makes a song that will have beds broken in no time. As a added bonus he has shot a video to the song which features the beautiful model Tammy Torres.
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David Long – Love Life (1996)

R&B music has a underground scene but due to the fact you have to have some real talent it does not get as diluted as the rap side of things. Seattle is still a burgeoning music scene to this day and even the nineties still had a myriad of artists searching for fame. David Long was a R&B singer who released his maxi-single “Love Life (1996)” on New World Records. With two songs appearing on the release you get to hear enough of David to realize his vocal abilities were impressive for the era comparable to that of other R&B acts from the time period. Both songs on the release were produced by Raymond Livingston, David Long, Kiam, with features from J-Boogie and Damion.
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Sirens Echo – Psalms Of The Sirens

From the belly of the city thorns Portland Oregon emerges Siren’s Echo, a long awaited union between Oldominion’s Syndel and Hungry Mob’s Toni Hill. The two combine soulful melodies and profound lyricism over the head knocking production of Pale Soul, Earth Fire Music, Beau Bryant, The Chosen, Mr Hill and Mako, setting the mood for those who truly appreciate good music. Being intelligent, independent women, Siren’s Echo strives to break the stereotypes of women in hip hop through conscious lyrics and spit fire delivery. They have been on the frontline of Seattle and Portland’s burgeoning hip hop scenes since 1998, becoming a staple in both communities. Siren’s Echo credits Nina Simone, Erykah Badu, Pharoahe Monch, Arrested development, and 2pac as some of their many musical inspirations. They have shared the stage with such notable artist as Xzibit, Blackalicious, GZA, The Roots, Snoop Dogg, Dilated Peoples, Swollen Members, Ras Kass, Common Sense and Erykah Badu, amongst others, as well as creating musical collaborations with such artist as The Living Legends and Rocker-T. With their magnetic chemistry on and off stage, Siren’s Echo is sure to become more than just another brick in the wall with their first full length debut album “Psalms Of The Sirens”.
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Thaddillac – Fleetfoot Broham

Thaddillac (aka Thaddeus Turner) has been tearing up the Seattle music scene for years as both a live performer and respected studio musician. Often compared to the diverse guitar stylings of Jimi Hendrix, Prince and Peter Frampton, Thaddeus Turner’s trademark guitar playing is the pillar of the West Coast music scene. Combining the beauty of traditional soul with the power of rock, mixed with his talk-box stylings, Thaddeus has gained a loyal national following. As lead guitarist for the Seattle Heavy Soul band Maktub, Turner has received glowing praise from Rolling stone Magazine, to NPR and the Seattle times. Turner has toured with such notables as Cherrywine, Stone Gossard from Pearl Jam, Digable Planets, as well as with Dave Matthews and India.Arie.
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