Sound Sunday is a weekly feature promoting free album downloads. For this edition I picked 11 wonderful albums packed with soul, rhythm, and blues. Rarely can I feature so many female artists and this week they take up all the top spots.
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Sian Sanderson & The Charm Offensive – Write Your Wrongs
Genre: blues, pop, r&b, soul
From their Facebook page: “Singer, songwriter and musician – illuminating stages and scores since age twelve, with no current plans to deviate from the habit of a lifetime.”
Write Your Wrongs is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Ashley DuBose – Somethin’ More
Genre: r&b, soul, neo-soul
Ashley DuBose is a singer/songwriter, mother, and recent college graduate. From her Twitter profile: “I take joy in the simple things in life, but wouldn’t mind the finer things…Holla!”
Somethin’ More is a free download from.
Kiah Victoria – Look Up EP
Genre: indie, pop, r&b, soul
From her Facebook page: “Hello, my name is Kiah Victoria and I was born in Berlin, Germany. I only lived there for a hot minute before my family relocated to New York City. Then 1996 rolled around I moved to Nairobi, Kenya with my sister and mother but we quickly wound up back in New York. Shortly after returning to the city, the fam made a semi-final move to the rolling hills of PG County (Woot woot!). But fate brought me back to boroughs when I landed a starring role as Young Nala in Disney’s production of The Lion King on Broadway when I was 10 years old. Probably the most magical 6 months of my life… I spent my high school days at Bowie High School (GOODMORNTING!) performing in every musical, choir, play, and concert that I could get myself involved in. I reside in lower Manhattan where I study at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Still performing, writing, and TWERKING my way to the top. BOOM.”
Look Up EP is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
JoJo – Can’t Take That Away From Me
Genre: pop, r&b
From her Wikipedia page: “Joanna Noëlle Blagden Levesque (born December 20, 1990), professionally known as JoJo, is an American pop/R&B singer-songwriter and actress. After competing on the television show America’s Most Talented Kids, she was noticed by record producer Vincent Herbert who asked her to audition for Blackground Records. (…) Her first mixtape, Can’t Take That Away from Me, was released exclusively to Rap-Up.com on September 7, 2010. The mixtape was a prelude to her upcoming third studio album, which is scheduled for an early 2012 release through Blackground and Interscope Records. The first single from the mixtape, “In the Dark”, was released exclusively to Rap-up on August 30, 2010.”
Can’t Take That Away From Me is a free download from.
Genre: rock, soul, r&b
From their homepage: “The vocal gymnastics Amy Lynn Zanetto can pull off in a mini-dress and stilettos would have Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, and Mariah Carey on their feet by curtain call. As each of these women has done before her, Amy Lynn brings her own unique flair to the diva tradition, adding a quirky, down-to-earth humor to her front woman role that lands Amy Lynn and Gunshow in a league of their own. The Gunshow, lead by lovebirds, Amy & Alex, has a 60’s pop and soul sound marked by powerhouse singers and infectious horn licks as especially fertile ground on which to showcase their combined talents. Together and apart they have played all around the world gracing the stage with Duffy, St. Vincent, Lucy Woodward, Yo La Tengo, Spoon, The Radio City Orchestra and many more.”
Clearly is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Daniel de Bourg – The DDB Mixtape Volume 2 – THE BRIDGE
Genre: pop, r&b, soul
From his Facebook page: “Born in the suburbs of London, de Bourg (aka DdB) graced the stage from an early age, showing gifts in dance and music. By the time he was 19, he had not only toured the globe as one of the dance worlds elite with the renowned Rambert Dance Co, but was already making waves in the music industry. Legend Robbie Robertson stumbled upon deBourgs demos & a record deal with Dreamworks in Los Angeles soon followed. Daniel found himself in the studio with producers such as Tim and Bob, R Kelly and hit maker Max Martin & his debut single hit #19 on Billboard in the US. It was in these sessions that de Bourg honed his skills as a singer-songwriter/producer and became known for his soulful tone and technical ability.”
The DDB Mixtape Volume 2 – THE BRIDGE is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Jinbo the SuperFreak – KRNB
Genre: r&b, soul, electro, funk
From his Facebook page: “Throughout his career, Jinbo has worked with notable Korean hip-hop artists such as Drunken Tiger, Epik High, Dynamic Duo, Dok2, and The Quiett. His first official full-length debut Afterwork, won the coveted R&B/soul Album of the Year award at Korea Music Awards 2010. Since then he has released new projects such as a collaborative album with fellow producer Peejay (Mind Combined) and a hip-hop group project with his former high school buddies (Wear My Ill Jeanz). He currently oversees his own label, Superfreak Records, and plans to produce more concept-driven projects with acts from various musical backgrounds.”
KRNB is a free download from Bandcamp.
Andrew Kahrs – Andrew Blue
Genre: r&b, blues
From the album page: “This is the beginning; my first official studio-recordings. I was still putting together my first band, still in college, and just getting my singing/songwriting feet wet. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s a little rough around the edges, but I’ve learned to love it for what it is. Enjoy! Any donations will go towards taking the whole band, Kahrs, to the studio later this year.”
Andrew Blue is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Phony Ppl – Nothing Special
Genre: soul, r&b, rap
From their homepage: “Phony Ppl are a collective. They are a rap crew, a songwriting/production team, a live band, and a group of friends who live to make music. They leap across genres and destroy stages across the country, counting Plain Pat, Nick Catchdubs, Peanut Butter Wolf, Giles Peterson and Q-Tip as cosigners. The crew boasts a infectious style throughout their many projects, built on inescapable melodies, feel good hooks and advanced instrumentation. Blending hip-hop attitude with pop sensibilities, Phony Ppl speaks directly to a new, untapped generation of music lovers whose iPods are filled with music of all genres and eras.”
Nothing Special is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Tunnelno5 – Selftitled
Genre: soul, beats, instrumental, jazz, hip hop
Tunnelno5 is a violinist, producer, and cultural worker with Korean roots from Los Angeles.
Tunnelno5 is a free download from Bandcamp.
mikedecline – MOOD SOOP
Genre: electronic, instrumental, hip hop, soul
From Phonographique: “MOOD SOOP marks mikedecline’s third release with Phonographique over a years span. On this 30 minute instrumental journey, mike enlists the talents of some of his good friends from the Vancouver music scene (Ashleigh Eymann, Leathan Milne, and DJ K Rec) to bring MOOD SOOP to life. Good for headphones, good speakers, long walks and overcast Vancouver afternoons.”
MOOD SOOP is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
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