Khari Cabral Simmons: “Soulbossa”
If you’re in the market for some breezy, tropical sounds for the summer, look no further than “Soulbossa” — the new EP from celebrated ATL musician/producer Khari Cabral Simmons. Music heads probably recognize him as the bassist who plays alongside India.Arie, but he’s garnered a reputation for crafting Brazilian-influenced soul sounds via his band Jiva, alongside singer Julie Dexter (on the album “Moon Bossa”) and as a solo artist (on albums like “Clementine Sun” and “Heaven and Earth”). With “Soulbossa,” Simmons continues his exploration into the sound — paying sonic homage to cats like Sergio Mendes, Quincy Jones and more.
ATL’s soul music + culture podcast, Mo Audio (presented by Slo*Mo Media), is back with musician/producer Khari Cabral Simmons talking about his new album “Soulbossa” + tons of dope sounds for your earholes.
Maleke O’ney, With Jill Rock Jones and The Dangerfeel Newbies
To coincide with the release of her newest funk-filled album, “Confessions of a Pentecostal Girl” (for more on that, check our summer music picks later in this issue), rising vocalist Maleke O’Ney is taking over the City Winery stage — joined by locally based soul luminaries such as singer Jill Rock Jones and the lauded Dangerfeel Newbies band, along with a few other folk. With such a star-studded cast of heavyweights, the night sounds like one helluva soul extravaganza … so have yourself in the house. July 6. $18-$24. 8 p.m. City Winery, 650 North Ave. NE, Suite 201, Ponce City Market. www.citywinery.com.
In this month’s issue of Slo*Mo magazine:
Mo Audio — Slo*Mo Media’s podcast all about Atlanta’s soul music and culture scene — returns with a new, longer format … featuring an interview with special guest Tasha LaRae. Plus: We’ll be spinning tons of soul sounds straight outta the ATL (and beyond). Listen up!
Atlanta-based singer Tasha LaRae
If you catch a glimpse of — or take a listen to — singer Tasha LaRae, there’s a good chance you may recognize her as a member of the famed hip-hop crew Arrested Development or as a vocal contributor to noted producer DJ Kemit’s most recent album, “Together.” But it turns out those collaborations paved the way for a project of LaRae’s very own: her debut solo EP, “Light,” which dropped in March. On the new six-track collection of original material, the Atlanta-based Nebraska native (and the entrepreneur behind the “Racism Sucks” clothing line) presents lyrics that explore a range of human experiences, and music that’s dreamy and ethereal but still danceable. We recently sat down with LaRae to talk the science of going solo and to get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Light.”
Janelle Monáe: “Django Jane” + “Make Me Feel”
You probably don’t need us, the good folks at Slo*Mo, to tell you that Janelle Monáe released two new singles — the Prince-flavored “Django Jane” and “Make Me Feel,” a hook-less, boasty rap tune — in late February. But, hey, she’s one of Atlanta’s most celebrated music matriarchs (overseeing her Wondaland label/clique) and these new tracks take her into sexy, dangerous realms that she has yet to truly explore, so we had to drop a dime on ’em.
More info: www.jmonae.com.
This issue of Atlanta’s soul music and culture magazine — aka Slo*Mo — throws the spotlight on rising indie singer/songwriter Kameron Corvet, chatting with him about creating music “by any means necessary.”
Plus: We’re giving some shine to a bevy of new music by some of the top soul artists in Atlanta (and beyond) — folks like St. Beauty, Tasha LaRae and more.
When you’re an indie artist, getting your music into the hands of fans can be a helluva feat. Case in point — Kameron Corvet: The Atlanta-based singer/musician has been releasing acclaimed pop- and rock-tinged soul music since 2006, but without the backing of a label, he’s been forced to wear a multitude of hats — artist, publicist, A&R, etc. — making the task of dropping albums extra tough.
Despite the obstacles, Corvet has steadily cranked out new sounds on a regular basis … as evidenced by his newest EP, “Early Riser,” which hit the streets Dec. 1, 2017. The album is a continuation of the guitar-driven brand of music he’s become known for, and once again, he brought the project to life via the hard work of his-own-damn-self and that of his team. We recently checked in with Corvet to get a look at the challenges of making of his latest project — from a creative and a business POV.
Tasha LaRae: “Light”
Atlanta-based singer Tasha LaRae is known by many in music circles as an acclaimed collaborator: She’s a member of the legendary Arrested Development crew, recently provided vocals for DJ Kemit’s “Together” EP, etc. But in January, LaRae is stepping into the spotlight with the release of her new solo project, “Light.” She describes the six-track EP as a “blend of soul, house and R&B music with lyrics that echo real life situations of love, loss, and living the human experience” — but we see “Light” as a fitting showcase for a talent deserving way more shine. More info: tashalarae.com/light-project.