Smooth Grooves Vol. I (Something New)

I usually create sultry, sensual mixes; this time I tried something new by creating an up tempo mix, with some smooth grooves that will have your head noddin’ and body movin’. You can get your SeXXXy dance on with this mix too–hint hint, lol! ūüôā ¬†The Music Minded Manic post explains sultry, sensual and SeXXXy Love in detail, where you’ll get a better picture of what I’m talking about…

One more thing; most of my posts with mixes include my pictures or video footage of the artists featured in the mix from a show I attended. ¬†None here. So I just added a few of the artists’ videos via YouTube.

I must say, I am pleased with the results of this mix and will gladly take another jab at it soon.

Enjoy!

1. Breaking It Down – Petalpusher f/Ledisi
2. Children of the Sun – Positive Flow f/Heidi Vogel
3. Stillness Meets Me – Projections
4. Koko +Lee Roe – Mark de Clive-Lowe
5. Heaven Pt. 2 – Mark de Clive-Lowe
6. Youth [Intro] – Soul: ID
7. Stay With Me – (Grooveman Spot Remix) Platinum Pied Pipers
8. Breaking It Down – Liquid Spirits f/Raffaela
9. One the One – Roy Hargrove f/Renee Neufville
10. Perfect Sky – Reel People
11. Beauty & Sin – Soul:ID
12. Sex, Love and Philosophy – Soul:ID
13. Know Your Name – Dwele
14. Get Ta Steppin – Hi-Tek w/Mos Def & Vinia Mojica
15. Earth Wind and Fire – Val Watson
16. Jimmy Down – Dwele
17. Searchin’ (Vibey Ayers Mix) РSteve Wallace
18. Feel That Music – Slakah the Beatchild

Liquid Spirits – Higher Ground
A few years ago I found this video just browsing and fell in love!

Courtesy of Pure Jazz

Heidi Vogel
Discovered Heidi from my Sista, Tracy who shared some really good music with me a few years ago. I love Children of the Sun where Heidi’s voice is featured on the second track of the mix!

Courtesy of Isabella Magalona

Roy Hargrove and Renee Neufville – On the One
I love this live version better than the studio’s

Courtesy of Renee Nuefville

Soul:ID – Love of My Life
I’m sorry this group broke up. This entire album is fantastic!

Courtesy of uduinc

Steve Wallace Sings La Donna E Mobile
I’m impressed by Steve’s talent on this piece! Pleasantly surprised to have found it.

Courtesy of Steve Wallace

Mark de Clive-Lowe
Gotta love this man! So damned talented!

Courtesy of Mark de Clive-Lowe

Oh wait, I found one of my videos!
Ledisi’s voice is featured on Breaking It Down, the first track. Her name is not listed on the original track and when I heard it, I knew it was her. Had to goolgle it to make sure I saw her name attached to this song, which I love ever since I first heard it!
Ledisi performs Higher Than This at her CD Release Party, for Turn Me Loose

Loose Ends

The long awaited show date finally came–and then it went! I wanted to see Loose Ends when they were at BB Kings,¬†NYC and the Capital Jazz Festival (still looking forward to my first experience–but that’s for another post).

Finally, on November 8, 2014, I got together with some childhood friends; Norma and June and my Soul Music Brother Aqeel, we had a blast!

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Fred “Bugsy” Buggs of New York’s 107.5 WBLS introduced Loose Ends and¬†Indie Soul Artist, SuCh (Sue Charles) opened the show. ¬†She has a beautiful voice, and the crowd definitely felt her vibe and gracious personality. ¬†She threw her magic touch out into the crowd and they fell right in sync, participating with her song Sugar Maple (went real good with my name, Sap from a Suga Maple, lol) ¬†SuCh and the crowd’s energy was outstanding and was the perfect match for audience participation. SuCh stopped by our table after her performance and was delightful to chat with for a few moments! ¬†I totally support indie soul artists and this show was perfect for her to show off her talent to a room full of music heads there to see Loose Ends.

I have been to many concerts and this one had to be one of the best that I’ve seen a long time! Every soul in BB King’s that night had a ball, it was a “straight up” JAM session in there! Everybody was singing along and every BODY was on their feet, mind you this was a sold out/seated show!

Jane Eugene’s excitement and enthusiasm was just as intense as the crowd’s to see her and the band perform! They paraded onto the BB Kings¬†stage sporting all white and lit it up like a bolt of lightning that never left! ¬†The crowd went wild!!

Since this was my first time seeing Loose Ends live,¬†I didn’t know what to expect. ¬† They opened the show with Stay A Little While, Child and everyone jumped to their feet to groove with Loose Ends; it was electric!!

I was ecstatic they sang Mr Bachelor off The Real Chuckeeboo album as it is tops of my favorite Loose¬†End albums! ¬†I was surprised they performed the track, Don’t You Ever Try to Change Me since Jane was not a member of the group at the time the Look How Long album was released. Never mind that though, Look How Long is one of my favorites as well!

Their version of Slow Down was really on point at the end of the song, because they actually slowed it down. ¬†You’ll see.

The backing band for Loose Ends did a fantastic job on the music and vocals, and I would go see them again and again should they keep coming to NYC!

The Band
Jeff Robinson – Vocalist
Palo Santo Vocalist/Hype Man
Craig T Cooper – Guitar (broke it all the way DOWN on Watching You)
Leroy Boogie Babaloo Greer РPercussion  (broke it all the way DOWN on Watching You, took it GoGo!)
Keith Eaddy – Bass
Cory Mason РDrums  (broke it all the way DOWN on Watching You, took it GoGo!)
Art Sherrod Jr. – Saxophone (he did his thing on Slow Down)
Aya Iwata РKeyboard

I hadn’t planned on recording “You Can’t Stop the Rain”, and kinda slept on it until I realized this was the part of the show; where the¬†backing vocalists had the opportunity¬†to let their voices shine (and oh did they show out!!) This is my favorite part of a show and I love it when the featured artist shares the spotlight!¬†LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! #20FeetfromStardom

Backing Vocals
Waylynn MommyGiva Pitts
Robert Gee (who I had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with during the MySpace days, I was surprised to learn it was him in the flesh!)
Dominique Karan

Editing the video footage was just as exciting as it was to see the show in person and truly difficult to cut it down–I wanted to show you everything! ¬†It brought back memories of that evening which will always stay with me! ¬†I never got tired of listening to and watching it over and over!!

Ain’t nothin’ like live music! ¬†As long as I live on this earth, you better believe I’ll be somewhere supporting what I love–good music!

Hope you enjoy as much as I did!! ¬†Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment and share if you’d like.

Special shout out to Brotha Aqeel from Jane!  Listen for it!

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