KVNF New Music

Jamie Lidell / Building A Beginning / Jajulin: The anxious wait for the latest from the   British "Poly-Genre Wizard" is over, and he never disappoints with his ability to carry the banner of Funk/Soul/Rock/Pop and here he is inspired by family and love and better than ever!

Van Morrison / Keep Me Singing / Caroline: There is a lot of great music out there but it is almost impossible to not "Pick" the 36th studio album from the legendary IrishMan; the songs are original ("Share Your Love With Me" is the exception; a hit by Aretha in the 70s...), but the voice and lyrics are familiar and irresistible...

Smoove & Turrell / Crown Posada / Jalapeno: These Brits have a true Soul Sound with a Gritty, Dance Floor twist along with powerful Social Commentary - Well worth a listen...

Kan Wakan / Molasses / Murmur: The LA Based Jazz & Electronica  infused project is led by the Bulgarian born Gueorguil Linev with lush vocals from Elle Olsun...

Various Artists / The Musical Mojo Of Dr John-Celebrating Mac & His Music / Concord: 2 full discs, 22 tunes made famous by the New Orleans legend, joined by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Aaron & Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, Allen Toussaint, Jason Isbell, Widespread Panic, Irma Thomas...The list is long and the music is The Best...

Melissa Etheridge / Rock and Soul / Stax: Recorded in Memphis, the tribute to Stax Records & Southern Soul features a  dozen tracks covering a wealth of classics ("Respect Yourself," "Hold On," "Born Under A Bad Sign"...) plus 2 original trax penned by that powerful guitarist performed by that signature raspy voice...

Robert Glasper Experiment / ArtScience / BlueNote: The Grammy Award Winning band is back after 3 years with a fine fusion of Jazz/HipHop/Funk/Soul/Rock/Blues/Electronica..., and with the songwriting, production and vocals shared by all 4 members; their unforgettable energy and sound is as good as ever and  better than ever...

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad / Make It Better / Rootfire CoOperative: A Great sound from a Great band with a Great Intention to "Make It Better" with that Reggae Dub beat and Great lyrics; "Walk Right Talk Right," "Really True..."

Carl Broemel / Fourth of July / Stocks In Asia: The 2nd solo album for the guitar savant of My Morning Jacket (On Rolling Stone's "New Guitar Gods" list) features his lowkey side with stellar songwriting and his own stand out vocals, along with 2 tunes featuring Neko Case & Laura Veirs - Really enjoyable...

Macy Gray / Stripped / Chesky: You know that voice, that Soulful sound, and now she is stretching into the Jazz World with guest musicians like Wallace Roney & Russell Malone and covering Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" plus showing off her songwriting skills with her own original tunes - She does it all with her familiar ease and sultriness...

Matt Brown / Walk Into The Light / Rock Ridge: Known as a Blue Eyed Soul Singer, the Washington state musician stretches a bit on "Walk Into The Light,"  with a genre bending collection of tunes, a memorable voice and stylistic guitar playing...

Various Artists / Quiero Creedence / Concord Picante: A Latin Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival featuring 14 of their hits performed by Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Ozomatli, Billy Gibbons, and numerous Latin American musicians including the opening track "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" with Juan Gabriel.

Eric Krasno / Blood From A Stone / RoundHill: The remarkable but "little known" guitarist for SoulLive and Lettuce brings his voice to the forefront on this CD and with his friend Derek Trucks on one searing track, plus his R&B/Soul sensibility fueled by the Blues & Rock; this release is jam packed; only wish there were more than 10 tracks!

Raging Fyah / Everlasting / VP/DubRockers: "Regarded as one of Jamaica's most promising young acts..." the 5 musicians create an authentic Roots-Reggae sound with a modern lyricism...

ZuluZuluu / What's The Price / Sound Verite: With a nod to the masters of Funk and an opening track originally penned by Stevie Wonder, lush vocals, serious synths & rhythms, the 7 tracks on this CD are exceptional...

Red Hot Chili Peppers / The Getaway / Warner Brothers: Their first studio album in 5 years, produced by Danger Mouse, 13 jam packed, unique, lyrically potent and lush tracks, make this a stand out release.

The Motet / Totem / Motet: In a  week filled with a lot of great music; the Denver based "Funk Revivalist"  band wins out with their Funk/Jazz/Afrobeat / Upbeat sound and with 12 tracks co-written by everyone in the 7 piece ensemble, you will be up and testifying...

Jah Works / Believe / Riddim House: They are based in Baltimore but they take you right back  to the yard in Jamaica with their lively rhythms, stellar lyrics and island vocals - Gotta love the good Reggae...

Michael Franti & Spearhead / SoulRocker / Fantasy: HipHop, Reggae, Rock, Poetry, Dance, Politics; it is all here as it always with this relentless songwriter and his stellar band - He reminds us that a "SoulRocker is: One who lives from the heart, with compassion for all, and possesses a tenacious enthusiasm for music, life and the planet..." Hmmm...

Ana Popovic / Trilogy / ArtisteXclusive: She is Serbian born, based in Memphis, and her Blues Funk Rock Guitar is universal - With a few guests (Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph, Rapper Al Kapone...) on her new 3 CD release there is a wide range ("Morning,"  "MidDay" & "Midnight") of  moods and music.

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers / Rehab Reunion / 429 Records: Playing dulcimer and adding vocals lends a new bent to the Bruce Hornsby sound, and his "Noisemakers" back him up in supreme fashion. Bring in Mavis Staples on a duet ("Celestial Railroad") and Justin Vernon on vocal in the background ("Over The Rise"), and you may have a new favorite 10 track CD.

Silva / Jupiter / Six Degrees: The young Brazilian vocalist's 3rd release creates a minimalist sound, ironically filled with a warm, love song sense and hints of Bossa Nova, R&B, HipHop, Jazz, Electronica and Pop. Perfect for a rainy day, or a sunny day...

Ziggy Marley / Ziggy Marley / Tuff Gong: He has won 7 Grammy Awards,  has made his father proud and with 12 new tracks he will  make you happy...

Santana / IV / Santana IV Records: With the Woodstock Era classic lineup of players plus newer members, the legendary group led by Carlos Santana and his American/Latin Rock/Jazz/World/Fusion sound have 16 all new tracks and with Ronald Isley on vocals on 2 tunes, that sound is grander than ever!

Allen Stone / Radius / ATO: The young Blue Eyed Soul Singer from Washington released "Radius" in 2015, but with 7 additional tracks on the new  CD, the "Hippie With Soul" shows off the Stevie Wonder/Marvin Gaye/Meters/ Bill Withers influence with 20 "Get Up And Dance" tunes...

Allen Stone - Radius - ATO: The young Blue Eyed Soul Singer from Washington  put out "Radius' in 2015 and it remains a strong release but with 7 additional tracks in 2016, the  "Hippie with Soul" brings his Stevie Wonder/Marvin Gaye/Meters/Bill Withers influence to a new high with 20 "Get Up and Dance" tunes...

A Great Week Of New Music! Tough To Pick One!

The new Snarky Puppy: "Family Dinner Vol 2" is a terrific follow up to their earlier Grammy winner.

Mavis Staples: "Livin' On A High Note" is outstanding.

Esperanza Spalding stretches the envelope with "Emily's D+ Evolution."

The many artists performing on "God Don't Never Change- Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson" is jam packed!

But!

Lake Street Dive's "Side Pony"  cannot be denied! The Hometown Favorites are back and better than ever...

Sugar's Pick For Week Of January 18, 2016

Boss Selection / Volume 1 / Orange Stella: Producer/Recording Artist Sunny Levine brings together 12 tunes (Riding on A Love Train, Wouldn't It Be Wild, Flip & ReWind...) and his dream lineup of artists (Rashida Jones, Pete Yorn, James Gadson, Hugh Masekela...) to create a broad sweep of the musical spectrum.

Sugar's Pick Of The Week - January 11, 2016

Tedeschi Trucks Band / Let Me Get By / Fantasy: Recorded at their home studio in Florida, all original TTB material, jam packed with those powerful vocals & the tightest 12 piece band around, all the while "combining inspired Memphis Soul, Electric R&B, Country, Rock & Classic Song Craft..." it will be a favorite for 2016!

Sugar's Pick November 16, 2015:

Givers / New Kingdom / Glassnote: Lafayette, Louisiana is the home base for the "AfroBeat, Dancey Pants, Indie Pop, Love Music" - Gotta give it a listen...

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