The Summer of Soul: Summer Soundtrack — Kameron Corvet, Royal, St. Beauty + More

Royal (Photo by Kaya Faery)

Royal (Photo by Kaya Faery)

One of the hallmarks of any great summer is the summer jam. You know what I’m saying: I’m talking about that song (or songs) that drops in or around the hot weather months and is so funky/fresh that it becomes your de facto soundtrack … at least until it starts getting chilly. Well, it turns out that a handful of Atlanta-dwelling (and/or ATL-affiliated) soul artists have stepped up to the plate this year to provide the city, the nation and the whole damn world with some seasonally dope anthems. Here’s a look at a few of the folks behind some of our favorite music of the moment:

Royal: In the last issue of Slo*Mo, we covered the record release party for the hip-hop/rock duo Royal (which went down at Apache Café and was dope as fuck), but we’re back writing about the crew now that its self-titled EP is, as of July 7, in stores. Made up of singer/musician Devon Lee and DJ/MC Mikeflo, Royal channels heaping helpings of sexual energy and political commentary into this debut project — the result is a multilayered collection of songs custom made for unabashed rocking out and analytical dissection. Driven by the single “Crash,” which features drumming legend Lil’ John Roberts on the track and “Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta” stars Ariane Davis and Mimi Faust in the video, the EP represents a true colliding of worlds … and that’s just what Mikeflo and Lee were going for. “It’s all connected to the culture,” says Lee. “It’s liberation. You have to be inclusive of everybody if you’re gonna reach anybody.” More info: allthewayroyal.com.

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Mo Events: ROYAL, D’Angelo, Hiatus Kaiyote, Rhonda Thomas + more

Mikeflo (left) and Devon Lee of ROYAL — photo by Kaya Faery Photography

Mikeflo (left) and Devon Lee of ROYAL — photo by Kaya Faery Photography

June 4: ROYAL — It seems like the momentum for ROYAL — the ATL- based supergroup made of singer Devon Lee and MC Mikeflo — has been building for forever and a day. Well, at last (almost a year after dropping their #ROYALREMIXES mixtape), the duo is keyed up to drop its first self-titled EP, pumping a sound that blends the best/grittiest/funkiest elements of rock with hip-hop — and sprinkled with copious amounts of politically and sexually charged lyrics. So, in celebration of the new record, ROYAL is jumping into the spotlight for a mega-release party on June 4; they’ll be jamming on stage with drummer and Atlanta soul architect Lil’ John Roberts, GLAMsoul singer Miranda Nicole, DJ Tonik and more. Expect to hear the assembled crew performing songs from the mixtape, the new EP and whatever the hell else they feel like. $10 (in advance). 8 p.m. Apache Café, 64 Third Avenue. http://www.apachecafe.info.

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