Summer Jams! | “Saucy” by Keith Jacobs

R&B New-Comer, Keith Jacobs, Releases New Single, “Saucy”

Hip-Hop may still dominate the current Billboard Charts, but every now and again we are introduced to a R&B artist who has the perfect tone, style, and groove that becomes the promise of stardom. Keith Jacobs is that artist. His current single, “Saucy” from his forthcoming still untitled disc, due October 18th is already creating national attention with becoming “that song” at your favorite radio station. KEITH offers a throwback style of music which has been missing from the airwaves as of late.

Saucy by Keith Jacobs“The ladies have found them a new summer jam,” says Keisha Nicole at KBXX in Houston. “Keith’s new single “Saucy”, is sensual yet catchy,” she adds. Built on the energy of a simple guitar line, the melodies evolve to present an entrancing layered landscape where you can swim in a simple moment. At this moment you sink into the depths and all the elaborate iterations that can come when you are in search of all the flavors and depths of life and it’s passions. The Sauce of Life.

“Saucy” is Available Now on Apple Music, Spotify, & GooglePlay!

Keith Jacobs, a Houston, Texas native and a graduate of famed HBCU institution, Southern University in Baton Rouge LA. His love of music would later afford him to cross paths with another Texas native, famed music producer Jean-Robert Redwine (Chris Brown, G-Easy, Mario, Ludacris, Zendaya, Tinashe). Together through Redwine’s custom imprint, Redwine Music, the creation of “Saucy” came to fruition.

Keith is an artist that truly and genuinely embodies the energy of an era where R&B reigned supreme, says mega producer and label head Jean-Robert. “Keith is a modern evolution of the best feelings we grew up listening to and all the musicality it took to capture those classic feeling in our lives.”

“Saucy” continues to thrive at national radio and streaming platforms and has placed Keith in the path of success in the ever-growing business of music.

Saucy is a vibe and just the tip of the iceberg. I am excited about this release mostly because I can feel a shift of music and I want to be at the forefront of this change. – Keith Jacobs

Keith Jacobs brings his “SAUCY” talents to his hometown of Houston, TX with a performance at The House of Blues on June 26th and he makes his Essence Music Festival debut on Saturday, July 6th at the House of Blues in New Orleans.

About Keith Jacobs
Keith Jacobs’ music has a style and vibe that pierces through our feelings with subtle sonic influences from Houston’s iconic music culture. He sings with sensuality, appreciating every aspect of a woman. He’s loyal to his artistry, and the music holds the key to his soul. He’s intriguing; forcing you to want to know more about the man and the artist.RnB Artist, Keith Jacobs

No stranger to love, Keith Jacobs often finds himself as the muse in which his lyrics flow, embodying the good and bad experiences of his life. He’s transparently honest and true to his music. It doesn’t come as a surprise that by sharing his art with the world, he wants us to not be afraid of being transparent in our relationships.

With the release of his debut EP, Still Tippin’, Keith Jacobs shares his emotions and wants us to trust him with ours. Musically inspired by Diddy, Ryan Leslie and The Dream, Still Tippin’ takes us on an impulsive and melodic ride.

Keith Jacobs’ ambition and artistry will not allow you to forget who he is, nor will it allow him to fail. You’ll find that passion to succeed evident in his lyrics, as well as what’s most important to him: family, loyalty and constant progression.
Twitter: @ThisIsKeithJacobs
IG: ThisIsKeithJacobs

Fear of Letting Go | “Heavy Waters” by Yianna

Yianna Releases Alt-R&B Sophomore Single,
“Heavy Waters”

New York-based songstress Yianna is back today with the release of her second single, “Heavy Waters,” the follow up to her stunning late 2018 debut, “Ordinary Love.” Drawing influences from alt-rock, pop, R&B and soul, Yianna creates music that is completely unrestricted by traditional genre boundaries.

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Heavy Waters is about knowing that the relationship you’re in isn’t working and you’re not going anywhere with this person. You know you should leave, but you can’t or you’re afraid for one reason or another. – Yianna

“Heavy Waters” is Available Now on Major Music Streaming Platforms!

About Yianna
There is a raw vulnerability to Yianna’s music that is wise beyond her years; she taps into a soulful energy that is often absent from today’s mainstream hits. Marked by sultry vocals, laidback R&B stylings, and catchy melodies, Yianna’s music takes the listener on a uniquely picturesque journey with each and every track.

New York Recording Artist, Yianna

Photo Credit: Rachel Golden

When she was just 18, Yianna dropped out of college to pursue music. She knew little of the music industry, songwriting or production, but she had the drive to become an artist. After trying her hand at it and extensively gigging around the tristate area in various coffee shops and subway stations (all under fake names since she didn’t want anybody to know her identity), Yianna believed maybe it was time to move on and started applying to a military program. Before committing to her new career bath she was urged by those close to her to give music one last try. Feeling more encouraged than ever she dove head-first into writing her own songs… and now here she is today with two glittery singles under her belt and plenty more music on the way.
Twitter: @yiannamusic
IG: yianna

Summer Love | “10K Summer Nights” by Eighty Ninety

Indie-Pop Duo Eighty Ninety Are Back With New Single “10K Summer Nights”

10K Summer Nights by Eighty Ninety Brooklyn-based indie-pop act Eighty Ninety are returning with their first single of the year, “10K Summer Nights,”. Fusing their minimalist production with intimate lyricism and laidback melodies, the new single is a delicate yet striking record about young, hopelessly romantic love. “10K Summer Nights” kicks off a new phase for Eighty Ninety as they head towards the release of their highly-anticipated sophomore EP, set for a release later this summer.

Eighty Ninety is the project of two brothers, Abner (vocals, production) and Harper (guitar, production). They chose the name Eighty Ninety for the band as they felt it wouldn’t box them into a particular genre or sound, but called to mind everything from decades and eras of music that influence them, to speed limits, radio stations and liquor proofs.

Stream “10K Summer Nights” Now on Apple Music, Amazon, & Spotify!

Their break out single, “Three Thirty” was an instant success, catapulting to #2 on Spotify’s Global Viral Charts. “Three Thirty” was followed by their debut EP Elizabeth, which was supported heavily by Spotify and tastemakers alike. The brothers returned at the end of 2017 with “Your Favorite Song,” which was also remixed by Island Record’s budding electro-pop duo, Loote. To date, the duo have racked up over 22 million Spotify streams and have received praise from Alternative Press, Huffington Post, Galore, LADYGUNN and Ones To Watch, just to name a few.

Indie pop duo, Eighty Ninety

The past year has been momentous for the indie-pop brothers: they opened for Des Rocs in Brooklyn, toured the East Coast with Savoir Adore, made their SXSW (2018) debut, and even received the stamp of approval from Taylor Swift when she added their single “Your Favorite Song” to her “Songs Taylor Loves” Spotify playlist.

With a recently inked deal with Hard 8 Working Group (home to Billie Eilish, FINNEAS, CYN) and a brand new selection of music on the way, Eighty Ninety are a name to keep on your radar.
Twitter: @eighty_ninety_
IG: eightyninety8090

Reggae Revolution | “World Revolution” Music Video by Ziggy Marley

Ziggy Marley Shares “World Revolution” Video and Summer European Tour Dates

Reggae icon and eight time Grammy winning artist Ziggy Marley has released a video for his single World Revolution, taken from the critically acclaimed and Grammy nominated album Rebellion Rises. With the song Marley wants to show that the youth is the embodiment of the change that is needed in society, and it will be them who make this revolution happen. Ziggy Marley is returning to Europe this summer.

World Revolution by Ziggy Marley

If anybody can incite change through music it would be Ziggy Marley. In fact, it is in his blood. For as much as he upholds a family tradition that began with his father Bob Marley, Ziggy has also blazed a trail of his own. After eight records with The Melody Makers, he kicked off a legendary solo career in 2003 with the release of his Dragonfly album. Marley impressively garnered the Grammy Award for ‘Best Reggae Album’ in 2006 (Love Is My Religion), 2013 (In Concert), 2014 (Fly Rasta) and 2016 (the self-titled Ziggy Marley), while his latest album Rebellion Rises from 2018 marked his fifth consecutive debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Reggae Album Chart.

The video for “World Revolution” features Ziggy’s kids Judah (14), Gideon (12), Abraham (8), and Isaiah (3), along with former Tuff Gong-intern SamuiLL Kalonji who is featured on the track. SamuiLL (who is originally from Kenya) sings in Swahili. Within his lyrics the phrase ‘Tujenge pamoja, tulete pamoja, tuongeza pamoja”, can be found, which means ‘let’s build together, let’s bring it together, let’s add on together.’

Watch Music Video for “Word Revolution”


Stream “Word Revolution” Now on Apple Music, Spotify, & Google Play!

Ziggy returns to Europe this summer for a run of club and festival shows. All dates can be found below:

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Jul 25 | Bands in the Sands, United Kingdom
Jul 26 | Womad Festival, United Kingdom
Jul 27 | Carfest North, United Kingdom
Jul 31 | Divadlo Archa, Czech Republic
Aug 1 | Pol’And’Rock Festival, Poland
Aug 3 | Festival Du Bout Du Monde, France
Aug 4 | Reggae Sun Ska, France
Aug 6 | Olt Rivierenhof, Belgium
Aug 7 | Die Fabrik, Germany
Aug 8 | Kulturbolaget, Sweden
Aug 11 | Festival No Logo, France
Aug 13 | Africa Days Vienna, Austria
Aug 15 | Openair Gampel, Switzerland
Aug 16 | Lowlands Festival, The Netherlands
Aug 17 | Beautiful Days Festival, United Kingdom
Aug 18 | Hardwick Live Festival, United Kingdom
Aug 21 | Rototom Sunsplash, Spain
Aug 23 | Square Bayard, France
Aug 24 | Reggae Lake Festival, The Netherlands
Aug 25 | Victorious Festival, United Kingdom
Aug 26 | House of Common Festival, United Kingdom
Twitter: @ZiggyMarley
IG: ZiggyMarley

The Brothers Are Back! | “Wave” by B5

R&B Group, B5 Releases “Wave” and Announces EP, New Jacksons

Wave by B5

Popular R&B group, B5, recently dropped their latest single “Wave” . “Wave” follows the success of “Do That” (2018); the group’s first single in five years.

Watch Music Video for “Wave”

The five brothers (Dustin, Kelly, Patrick, Carnell, and Bryan) have been in the studio working on their new EP New Jacksons which will be available for pre-order June 8th.

New Jacksons Album by B5

Pre-Order New Jacksons Album by B5 on June 8th!

B5 exploded on the music scene in with singles, “All I Do” and “U Got Me”. The group released their first studio album, B5 in 2005 and the follow up, Don’t Talk, Just Listen in 2007. B5 has performed alongside iconic artists such as, Usher, Backstreet Boys, Bow Wow.

Believe this… B5 is back, prepared and definitely here to stay, taking their seat at the R&B table.

Stream “Wave” Now on Spotify!

B5 fans will see them take the stage in Atlanta, July 13 at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre with special Guests Whitney Reign (The Four TV Show) and Chris Landry!

B5 Live in Concert

In celebration of their upcoming EP “New Jacksons” B5 will be putting on a special concert for their fans

July 13, 2019
Doors Open @ 7:30PM

Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre
5239 Floyd Rd SW
Mableton, GA 30126

Purchase Tickets HERE!
Twitter: @b5online
IG: b5online

Electro-Pride | “Homonormo” by Arthur Moon

Brooklyn Electro Avant-Pop Group, Arthur Moon, Exudes Pride with New Single, “Homonormo”

Homonormo by Arthur Moon - BRASH! Magazine BlogArthur Moon is a Brooklyn avant-pop group fronted by Lora-Faye Åshuvud along with collaborators Cale Hawkins (Quincy Jones, Bilal, Wyclef Jean) and Martin D. Fowler (a composer for This American Life). The group just announced a self-titled debut album, out on vinyl in July via Vinyl Me, Please and everywhere August 2. Today, BlackBook shared the explosive new single from the album, “Homonormo” just in time for LGBTQ Pride Month, ahead of their upcoming fall tour with Oh Land.

While writing “Homonormo” I was thinking a lot about what it is that we have to gain when we fail at living within some prescribed definition of ‘success’ or ‘normalcy’. If we ‘settle down’ do my partner and I become a part of some respectability politics nightmare, where gay people are only OK if they mimic the structures of straight society? Do we further alienate everyone who doesn’t want that/doesn’t fit that/can’t do that? Do we leave those communities behind as “dis-respectable,” denied rights, denied freedoms, denied safety? – Lora-Faye

Stream “Homonormo” Now on Major Music Streaming Platforms!

Previous singles “I Feel Better”, “Standing Wave” and “Wait a Minute” from the record gave listeners a taste for Lora-Faye’s deconstructed pop music, which celebrates “incorrect music” and the queer impulse: breaking the rules, and finding the power that comes from doing things “wrong” by celebrating it, owning it, making it the center of the music.

Catch Arthur Moon on tour with Oh Land & stay tuned for more to come!

Tour Dates w/ Oh Land
9/24: Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House
9/25: Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe
9/26: Washington, DC @ The Miracle Theater
9/27: Chicago, IL @ SPACE
10/20: Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theater
10/21: Portland, OR @ The Church Concert Hall
10/23: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
10/24: Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater

award-winning composer/singer Lora-Faye

Lora-Faye Photo Credit: Noel Woodford

About Arthur Moon
Arthur Moon is the moniker of award-winning composer/singer Lora-Faye Åshuvud, who lives and works in Brooklyn, where she was raised, and collaborates on the Arthur Moon project with musicians like Cale Hawkins (Quincy Jones, Bilal, Wyclef Jean) and Martin D. Fowler (a composer for This American Life). Åshuvud’s musical origins were in folk and rock, and with Arthur Moon she takes those influences — an intentionally out-of-tune banjo, or a familiar refrain — and explodes them through the filter of electronic pop to make something totally unique. The result is poignant, raucous and perfectly “incorrect,” as exemplified on the 2017 Our Head EP.

Åshuvud often writes her lyrics using cut-up newspaper articles, and describes the process of composing the band’s rollicking, iconoclastic arrangements as similarly collage-like. A stubborn autodidact, Åshuvud is the rare multi-instrumentalist and composer who doesn’t read music, which means her queer compositional voice sounds both totally fresh and a little tilted, guided by intuition and improvisation rather than formal training. Åshuvud’s metier is what she calls “incorrect music” and “odd theory”— music that feels good and strange in equal measure. (She also hosts “Odd Theory,” a show with New York Public Radio’s New Sounds.) Her debut full-length, Arthur Moon, will be released exclusively on vinyl record this July via Vinyl Me, Please, later available digitally on August 2.
Twitter: @heyarthurmoon
IG: helloarthurmoon

From the Desk of The Love King | The Love Reunion Album by Raheem Devaughn

The Love King, Raheem Devaughn Talks About his Upcoming Seventh Studio Album Release, The Love Reunion, Available June 28th!

The Love Reunion Album by Raheem Devaughn

I never stop making music; I’m still working on finding new ways to use my instrument, so the best way to do that is to stay in the studio… – Raheem Devaughn

Three-time Grammy Nominated and 2019 NAACP Outstanding Male Artist nominee, singer, songwriter, producer, actor and last but not least, philanthropic-pioneer, Raheem Devaughn announces the release of his upcoming seventh studio album, The Love Reunion. The anticipated album will be globally released on June 28th, 2019, via the SRG/DMG label imprint.

Just Right by Raheem Devaughn The Love Reunion is led by the already Top 20 Billboard Chart hit single, “Just Right” (Testify), written by Raheem Devaughn and produced by Tim Kelley (one half of the multi-award winning producers, Tim & Bob). “Just Right is an infectious anthem composed to celebrate not only women of black and brown color but all women globally,” mentions Raheem.

Listen to “Just Right” on Apple Music, Spotify, & Google Play!

“Although this is album number seven that we’re calling The Love Reunion,” says Devaughn of his surprise second release in eight months, “it’s a part-two to Decade of a Love King, which just came out in October. I never stop making music; I’m still working on finding new ways to use my instrument, so the best way to do that is to stay in the studio…that’s my refuge, my therapy and my sanity. [So] this Decade of a Love King trilogy has a lot of different tones and variations in it. When people go through albums six, seven, eight, and maybe nine and ten, they’re gonna be like `Wow, he gave us some real hardcore, new millennial R&B!’”

About the Album, The Love Reunion.
Hot on the heels of the Top 5 Billboard Adult R&B success of his smooth-n-sultry “Don’t Come Easy” and it’s easy-groovin’ “What It Feels Like” follow-up single, The Love Reunion arrives just in time for summer with a seamless, effective balance of sound-expanding upbeat grooves alongside his signature scintillatingly sexy love grooves. “I would say it’s half summer, half winter,” DeVaughn muses about the prospect of The Love Reunion transcending seasons with infectious melodies and grooves that’ll guide us from hot summer days to the more cozy cooler months. “So half of the album is definitely a summer album, and then there’s a winter album too. It’s like in the 90s when you had those Jodeci albums where the slow jams are back to back to back…but just enough.” Most effectively setting the stage for the roll-out of The Love Reunion is the swirling, hypnotic premiere single “Just Right (aka Testify)” which puts the spotlight on his soaring, breathy vocals over an aurally enchanting downtempo love groove core fans are most familiar with. “Well, the voice is like an instrument,” RAHEEM says, while explaining the vocal showcase that results from this Tim Kelley-produced (of 90s hit-makers Tim & Bob fame) first single. “And technically I don’t play guitar, cello or keys, so singing and vocal arranging is my way of playing an instrument. I’ve been looking to pull this record out of myself…just this vibe, kind of like the `wedding song of the year.’ It’s an undeniable record. I feel like as artists we wait for that song, and `Just Right’ is that song for me. I feel like it’s a career-changing record for me.” In fact, change and musical evolution prove to be key winning elements on The Love Reunion, as there proves to be several sonic surprises and excursions in between the smoothed-out lo-fi/urban R&B head-noddin’ “Everything A Go” set opener and the cool, jazzy R&B bump of “Joyful Noise (aka The Chill AF Remix),” the set’s closer. Jumping straight out of the pack with the potential of exposing RAHEEM to an even wider audience are the immediately catchy “Kissed By the Sun,” a dreamy bump-n-whine laced with his racy come-ons; the steamy-n-bouncy reggaeton/R&B mash-up of “Magnet” (featuring Edley Shine formerly of Born Jamericans) and his uncharacteristically dark, hard-edged “Heaven On Earth.”

“One of my favorites is `Kissed By the Sun,’ which is like an Afro-beat rhythm,” he illustrates. “That’s like me just introducing my audience to a new genre of music that I wanna tap into, which is what I call `Afro-soul.’ So you can expect more of those records from me in the future. I’m starting to collaborate with artists abroad in places like South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria. Bob Marley and reggae have been a big influence on me whether people know it or not. So a record like `Magnet’ [I feel] may be one of the biggest records on the album in terms of global reach. So I’m expanding my brand and my sound.” He sets the complete vibe for the slow-drivin’ Prince-reminiscent latter track, his brooding R&B/rock-fused “Heaven On Earth,” which he muses as “the Christian Grey in me…like the `fifty shades of Raheem.’ That’s like one of those `burn the incense’ things. And you know the world is becoming a `cannabis-friendly’ place, so you crack that bottle under a black light and get `wit it.’” Aurally enchanting elsewhere on The Love Reunion are his signature stellar ballads and slow jams core listeners have come to count on, from the multi-layered vocals and classic R&B grind of the Prince-hued “Rose Gold” and the airy, mainstream-glossed R&B/pop flow of “California King Size Bed,” to his warm, sensuously upfront “Black Girl Magic” and the rebirthed “please baby please” R&B tradition of the scintillating title track.

Recording Artist, Raheem Devaugn

Mention how he manages to sweetly and melodically disguise some of his borderline risqué lyrics, like on the two aforementioned latter tracks, and he willingly responds with forthright confidence. “[Man] I said what I said and meant what I said,” he playfully clarifies. “If I said it, I meant it. My lyrics have always been like that; it’s raw emotion. It’s honest music. I never want my music to be referred to as `nasty’ lyrically. To me, I feel like it should be poetically or tastefully done. What comes out of my mouth is something I’m responsible for; I have to be accountable for that. But I wanna say some fly shit. I wanna say something that a man may be thinking for their mate, but they may not know how to put it in words. Or they might not be bold enough to say it. So for the brothers out there, I wanna give them something they can play and be like `Yo, this is how I feel about you.’ Or `this is what I wanna do with you.’ Or `this is what I wanna do to keep you.’ Or `this is how I fucked up. How can we fix this? I’m human. Maybe after I earn your trust again we can rebirth this love.’ That’s a love reunion!”

Yet with The Love Reunion set to become RAHEEM’s most widely received release to date, holding true to his artistry and authenticity of the R&B music that influenced shaped his life, as well as the lives of millions of others remain of the utmost importance to him. “There’s a lot of conversation about where R&B is, who’s making dope R&B or who the king of R&B is. So it’s like `What does it take to be king? What does it take to be mentioned as king among kings?’ So with me being one of the kings of R&B over the last fifteen years; my music, my performance on stage and my songwriting continue to grow [vocally], while I perfect my craft. It’s about showing and proving, and staying power…and really making a statement. It’s not about being number one and necessarily saying that I have to be crowned king, but more so like there have been periods in my career where I feel I have been overlooked. And that’s not a good feeling, so when that happens there’s only two ways to respond to that: Either you take it on the chin or you `show and prove.’ And I’m a `show and prove’ kind of person…and having fun doing it.” Suffice to say, our ears reap all the benefits as the musical legacy of RAHEEM DEVAUGHN continues to unfold.
Twitter: @Raheem_Devaughn
IG: Raheem_Devaughn