In the spirit of Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley and Stevie Wonder, Raheem DeVaughn proves that his “Love King” stature goes beyond the simplicity of man and woman and extends to his community and humankind. He’s connected with longtime collaborator Kenny Dope for “Final Call”, a song pregnant with pride, consciousness and concern that features veteran Chicago rapper Rhymefest paying homage to Black music’s lineage on the first mix.
*2014 is poised to be a big year for Eric Roberson. The GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter is celebrating twenty years in the business and to kick off the celebration, he’s released B-Sides, Features and Heartaches, a collection of features and unreleased tracks from over the last decade. Roberson, considered by many as the standard bearer of the indie soul movement, has taken this project to showcase a few of those he’s collaborated with through the years.
Water Seed has found a groove in the void between James Brown and Michael Jackson that implore everyone to get up and do their thing.
While millions tuned in to catch Prince’s appearance on the FOX sitcom “New Girl”, a few hundred packed into The Darby to hear new music from his upcoming album PLECTRUMELECTRUM brought together by Essence Magazine.
While the arrival of Prince was some hours away, the ladies of 3RDEYEDGIRL addressed the attendees, introducing themselves and the new music.
*When Water Seed released Wonder Love Pt. 2 back in October, the collective knew they had grown as a unit and their sound had expanded as well, but the growth in their fan base was a surprise to the band.
Over the past eighteen months, the band had been recording both volumes in their Wonder Love series and doing mini-tours, but the response they received on their most recent trip through the Northeast has served as confirmation of the band’s direction.
Water Seed’s story is something out of a movie; a band displaced by Hurricane Katrina reconnects in Atlanta and begins to not only make music, but forge a bond that extends through its music to listeners and was evident every stop on their fall tour. Lou Hill, drummer and unofficial leader of the band credits Water Seed’s growth on their continued development as a self-contained band. It’s all coming together for Lou and the gang; they’ve connected with additional vocalists and musicians that have added to the instrumentation of their sound and are just plain having fun when recording. That fun is conveyed during the “I’m Trying” video, which finds the band riding bikes through the French Quarter.
The Wonder Love series is an exploration at love from all angles, as the band fuses jazz, funk, R&B and hip hop, along with their individual influences to deliver a sound that’s been missing in music. It’s music for music lovers, made by music lovers and that’s the key to their successful run through 2013; they’re doing what they love to do and giving people songs they can relate to. Live, Water Seed is a ball of energy that never gives the same show twice, because the energy from the audience dictates how the show runs. The improvisational climate surrounding their extended grooves and vocal extemporizations comes from the comfort level built on long jam sessions in the studio and even longer rides from Atlanta to shows throughout the country.
Having planted a flag in the Northeast, the band is looking to head South and West in 2014, as they prepare a new release for next spring or summer, but look to bring their brand of funk to California, Texas and other places where music lovers reside soon. For now, you can purchase Wonder Love 2 and their previous releases through their website (www.WaterSeedMusic.com) and ask for it at your local record store. While they’ve increased their digital presence, records stores like Sounds of Market in Philadelphia have really gotten behind their movement and fueled their momentum. It’s that momentum that provides the band with the necessary energy to perform and record at a pace that keeps the sound fresh and gives the people what they want.
Water Seed – “I’m Trying”