The Brand New Heavies
You ready for a whole mess of live music this summer? Well, we understand if you’re overwhelmed by the sheer choices of bands/DJs/artists to check out in Atlanta. That’s why we did all the legwork for you, curating a collection of truly can’t-miss concerts — especially if you’re a fan of soul, jazz, house and true-school hip-hop. Read up and plan accordingly.
June 23: Underground System, The Dangerfeel Newbies, Daz I-Kue — Local soul/jazz/house heroes The Dangerfeel Newbies and U.K. born, ATL-based producer/DJ Daz-I- Kue take the stage with rising Afrobeat stars Underground System … which is sure to equal a genre-jumping night of high-energy music. Aisle 5. aisle5atl.com.
June 24: Jonathan Butler, Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle — Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. www.cobbenergycentre.com.
June 25: Black Milk & Nat Turner with Boog Brown, Yani Mo, DJ Kerosene, Hosted by Fort Knox — Aisle 5. aisle5atl.com.
Photo by Shannon McCollum
A butt-load of great soul music is on tap for 2016, and — as always — Atlanta is the epicenter for a big slice of what you’re going to be listening to over the course of this new year. To help you navigate the sonic waters, we (the homies at Slo*Mo) have compiled a guide to some of the most anticipated works coming soon from a gang of ATL’s best and brightest artists. So, turn the page and dive in. The next 365 days are sure to be super-soulful. Read up via the links below:
Photo by Shannon McCollum
If you’re a music head who likes to go out and cut a rug in Atlanta, chances are you know the name DJ Kemit. The Milwaukee-born, ATL-based turntable legend is responsible for hosting some of the city’s top ongoing parties (e.g., Kickin’ Up Dust, Soul Makossa, Spread Love and, most recently, the ATL Dance Sessions). But his talent doesn’t just end in the club; Kemit has been building a rep over the years as a go-to music producer. In this role, he’s crafted hit songs for local heavyweights like Algebra, Anthony David and Heston. On top of those tracks, in 2012, he released his beat-heavy debut solo album — “Everlasting” — featuring Eric Roberson, N’Dambi and Frank McComb, among other vocalists. And in this brand-spanking-new year, he’s emerged from the studio once again with a collection of tunes — this time in the form of the house music-tinged EP “Together.” The project is dropping in early 2016 via singer/producer Josh Milan’s Honeycomb Music label and co-stars artists such as Terrance Downs, Tasha LaRae and Milan himself. But before “Together” hits the streets, Slo*Mo checked in with Kemit to get the ins and outs on his newest release.
Beyond DJ Kemit’s long-awaited new project, a ton of other Atlanta-affiliated artists are gearing up to drop music in 2016. Look below, for 12-plus records you should be checking for:
Folks may recognize vocalist/musician Jermaine Hardsoul from his production work with artists like Eric Roberson, but now he’s finally taking the spotlight in a big way with “Lane” — his first full-length solo studio album. Taking a listen to “Lane” (available on all digital platforms January 22) you’d almost think it was a concept album — and that’s due to the 1980s/1990s-era R&B/soul influence that runs through almost every tune. The track “Oh Girl,” for example, channels the spirit of the Prince/Time Minneapolis sound, while songs like “The One Two” (featuring ATL expat singer Carmen Rodgers) is fueled by Chi-town stepper sounds. Look for this album to catapult Mr. Hardsoul deeper into the consciousness of music fans everywhere. More info: www.hardsoulsound.com.
Slo*Mo Magazine’s first issue of 2016 hits streets this week, but before you get a copy of the print edition or read it on the website, here’s a look at the digital version — courtesy of the folks at Issuu:
Singer Rhonda Thomas takes the spotlight in this month’s issue of Slo*Mo Magazine, opening up about her new, 1980s-inspired album, “Vinyl Daze.” Go ahead — read the cover story for yourself homie.
Other goodies in this issue include:
The newest edition of Slo*Mo Magazine is here, and this issue’s cover story throws the spotlight on singer Carmen Rodgers and her brand-new album, “Stargazer.”
Plus this month: India Shawn, Taylor McFerrin, Spread Love, Tambor, Shanti Om and tons more.
Get your hands on a print copy of the publication at these fine retail locations.
Wanna read a digital copy? Click on the link and read away: issuu.com/slomomag/docs/slomofeb2015_issuesmall
And, you can download a PDF of the magazine right here: Slo*Mo Vol. 3, No. 2
After a few months off, Slo*Mo Magazine is back … and we’ve returned with a whole lot of new stuff: a fresh new design (courtesy of Creative Director Larmarrous Shirley), new departments, new features, new contributors and more!
We know you wanna get your hands on our latest issue — which features U.K.-born and ATL-based music producer, DJ, label owner, etc. Daz-I-Kue on the cover — so be sure to check our newest list of locations where you can pick up a print copy.
Wanna read a digital copy? Click on the link and read away: http://issuu.com/slomomag/docs/slomojan2015upload
Also, you can download a PDF of the magazine right here: Slo*Mo Vol. 3, No. 1
Here it is: the October 2014 issue of Slo*Mo Magazine — and this time around we’re serving up an ode to hip-hop.
Tied to coincide with the annual A3C hip-hop festival, our latest edition shines a spotlight on a “Few of Our Favorite MCs” … including rappers like Sa-Roc, mikeflo and more. Plus, we’ve curated the month’s best events, music picks and other dope shit.
To get your hands on the new issue of Slo*Mo, pay a visit to several Atlanta retail shops or download a digital version of the magazine right here: Slo*Mo Vol.2, No. 2
Check it out: The September 2014 issue of Slo*Mo Magazine … which also marks one year of publication for our soul/music/culture periodical!
To get your hands on the latest edition — featuring info on ONE MusicFest, Felabration, Tambor and more of fall’s top events — pay a visit to several Atlanta retail shops or download a digital version of the magazine right here: Slo*Mo Vol. 2, No. 1