Last July, the good folks at Slo*Mo (that’s me, Carlton Hargro, and Larmarrous Shirley) rolled out our very first special issue — which we dubbed the Summer of Soul. Our goal was to highlight the people, music and events that lovers of soul music and culture should be checking out throughout the warm weather months in Atlanta.
Marcia Dore (Photo by Eye27 Photography)
Gracing the cover of our very special Summer of Soul issue — shot by photographer Natrice Bullard Miller of Eye27 Photography (www. natricemiller.com) — is Marcia Dore, who is no stranger to Atlanta’s soul scene.
Latrese Bush (Photo by Dre Barnes)
As the hazy days of summer officially begin, the question for music heads quickly becomes: What new tracks will I be rocking for the hot-ass months ahead? Slo*Mo can help with that. Just check our handy list below — it features nine of our favorite artists (who just happen to dwell in Atlanta) and info about their latest releases (singles, EP and full albums). So take a look at what the local soul scene is offering, and then snag these dope sounds for yourself.
In a world of “microwave music,” where some of the dopest sonic creations by artists are too often seen as disposable, soul singer Latrese Bush is taking a novel approach to getting her tunes into the ears and hands of her fans.
Fresh off the success of her hit duet with Noel Gourdin, “Because of You,” it would be standard practice for Bush to drop a full-length album or even an EP. Instead, the Atlanta-based vocalist is embarking on a yearlong journey that will see her releasing one new single on digital platforms every few months — and it starts with the mid-tempo, soon- to-be steppers classic “Love I Can Sing About,” which went on sale in early June.
She sees the single campaign, aptly titled “Singled Out,” as a way to give fans the chance to find her music and, ultimately, extend the life of her new sounds.
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.