Category Archives: R’n’B

Astrid S

Today we have another stunning talent from Scandinavia.
Astrid Smeplass was born in the Rennebu municipality in Norway, known professionally as Astrid S, she is an extremely talented singer / songwriter.

Astrid S is starting a tour next month, first up two sold out concerts in New York and Los Angeles and then on to London which is probably sold out as well. And then on to Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Busy girl.

So let’s take a wander through this young ladies musical catalog, and for one so young it is extensive.

This stunning video was my introduction to the wonderful Astrid S, with a snappy electro-beat this is a song to set your feet tapping. Very cool.  This is Astrid’s latest single release.
Breathe

Produced by Cherry Cobra
Director Cherry Cobra
Director of Photography Jallo Faber
Actors Rickard Tollstoy, Christer Wiklund, Jens Löfgren, David Nyberg
Graphics Cherry Cobra
Editing Linda Jildmalm
Music video by Astrid S performing Breathe.
(C) 2017 Universal Music A/S

This next one is taken from her debut EP “Astrid S”, another bright beautiful electro-beat and totally addictive. I’m guessing this was shot in Norway, the scenery is stunning.
Hurts So Good

Produced by NAIVE
Director Andreas Öhman
Producer Caroline Sandberg
Director of Photography Erik Vallsten
Production coordinator Alice Ängeby
Choreography Mari Raudsepp
Actor Philip Oros
Head of Graphics /VFX Oskar Gullstrand
Editing Andreas Öhman
Graphics /VFX assistant Oskar Järviken, Lovisa Lybeck, Nils Mattson
Grading Oskar Gullstrand/ Naive

Another stunning video, and another beautiful song. This young lady has definitely got me hooked on her sound. Just lovin’ this song.
Hyde

Director: Hörður Sveinsson
Director: Helgi Jóhannsson
Producer: Atli Viðar Þorsteinsson
Director of Photography: Árni Filippusson
Focus Puller: Snorri Fairweather
Assistant Director: Haraldur Ari Karlsson
Choreography: Viktor Leifsson
Actor: Viktor Leifsson
Editor: Helgi Jóhannsson
Behind The Scenes Photographer: Birgitta Jeanne Sigursteinsdóttir

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Back in 2013 at the tender age of 16 Astrid Smeplass appeared on the Norwegian version of “Idol”, she came in fifth which seems to be a good number. While on there she did an awesome version of this Dolly Parton classic, but with only 90 seconds it was a little hurried. And then I found this version at an open air concert in Allsang på Grensen. Prepare to have your heart broken.
Jolene

 

Here’s a great acoustic song recorded live in the studio, a really cool song and a wonderful performance by Astrid. The more I hear her voice the more enraptured I am by her talent.
Jump

Recorded at Propeller Recordings, Oslo, Norway

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We’re gonna finish, as I frequently do, with a live version of the song we started with.
This is from a performance live on “Skavlan” in Sweden on Sveriges Television (SVT).
Breathe

 

Sevdaliza

Oh boy do we have an amazing talent for you today, she is from the Netherlands and at times she has a touch of that other fabulous Dutch singer Wende Snijders. But she is unique to herself.
Sevda Alizadeh, better known by her stage name Sevdaliza , is an Iranian-Dutch alternative R&B singer/songwriter.

Sevdaliza was born in Iran, but she moved with her family to the Netherlands when she was sixteen on a basketball scholarship, eventually playing on the Dutch national basketball team. She went to university, graduating with a master’s degree in communications.

She is renowned for her musical career, specially collaborating with Rotterdam-based producer Mucky. She released two extended plays The Suspended Kid and Children of Silk in 2015. Her debut album is scheduled to be released this year.

There is so much good stuff in her catalog that I have to take you on a little tour through her music. And this is going to be a treat for all.

First up we have a very striking and stylized video for an awesome song.
Sevdaliza is singing this for us all. Totally the bomb.
Human

original music: Sevdaliza
produced by: Mucky
co-produced by: Sevdaliza
concept: Sevdaliza & Emmanuel Adjei
director: Emmanuel Adjei
director of Photography: Paul Ozgur
script: Marleen Ozgur
production company: Vigics
videoproducer: Felicity van Stroe & Linda Schager

Another beautiful dramatic video for an equally dramatic song.
The contrast of that deep bass beat and Sevdaliza’s soaring beautiful vocalizing is unique and awesome.
Marilyn Monroe

directed by Hirad Sab
concept by Hirad Sab and Sevdaliza

Where has this lady been all my life? She makes the kind of music I could live with forever, and her videos are a thing of beauty. The music is so different from practically everything else out there.
Sirens of the Caspian

composed by sevdaliza
produced by mucky

concept: Sevdaliza and Atlynn Vrolijk
directed by: Atlynn Vrolijk
produced by Sevdaliza
DOP: Nicolay Lima
edit: Atlynn Vrolijk and Dylan Ray Fenix
styling: Ilanka Verhoeven
camera assistent: Dylan Ray Fenix

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And the gifts just keep coming, another artful video with a cool car and a beautiful lady.
Not to be confused with Backstreet Luv (Curved Air) this is one cool tune with some heavy beats and again the awesome voice of Sevdaliza. I believe we have finally found a replacement for Donna Summer in the sexy songs stakes.
Backseat Love

Concept by Sevdaliza
Directed by Lisette Donkersloot and Atlynn Vrolijk
DOP: Nicolay Lima
Production: Sevdaliza
Edit: Lisette Donkersloot
Grading: Nicolay Lima
Styling: Ilanka Verhoeven

Sevdaliza sounds more vulnerable here than on any other track I’ve heard so far. But don’t be that other girl, we love you just as you are. Another beautifully crafted video.
That other girl

concept by Sevdaliza and Pussykrew
directed by Pussykrew
produced by Pussykrew
written by Sevdaliza
music produced by Mucky
music co-produced by Sevdaliza

Wow! No two videos the same, not even close. Another great track from Sevdaliza, plenty of deep bass and sparkly musical sprinkles in this one. Plus that hypnotic voice. We won’t cry.
The Valley

directed by zahra reijs
edit & production by sevdaliza
styling by sevdaliza
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written by sevdaliza
music programmed by mucky
co-programmed by sevdaliza

“and when you’re in need of sight to survive. remember, it was you who broke the glasses, blinded by rage.”
Very cryptic, very deep. Another brilliant song / video from Sevdaliza.
Clear Air

concept by sevdaliza
directed by gino gervaes
produced by sevdaliza
art direction by atlynn vrolijk
edit by lisette donkersloot

Finally today I’m gonna leave you with a true experience. Here’s Sevdaliza live at Best Kept Secret 2016 which is a music festival in the Netherlands. And just FYI Best Kept Secret 2017 is already sold out.
Such pure beautiful vocals.

Scott Taylor

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Blues on a Sunday evening, the sun is still bright, won’t be next week with that dang fall back. But just time to kick back and enjoy some blues.

DC-based soul man Scott Taylor is the genuine article. He has spent his life entrenched in music, playing late night blues clubs and getting up to sing gospel at church in the morning. Just one listen, and you know he feels the blues.

A new blues player doesn’t emerge every day, and I’m so happy to find Scott Taylor today. An ever-loving true blues man. I’m sorry I’m just blown away, I didn’t dream another blues singer of this caliber would come along in my lifetime.

Scott has found a home at Fetal Records out of Annapolis where he is putting the finishing touches on his first album for the label, a collection of songs he describes as “unfiltered and straight from the gut”. The blues-man has been laboriously tracking his new material, collaborating with blues guitar virtuoso Tony Fazio with Charlie Sayles playing harmonica on several tracks, while still finding time to play piano at Church on Sundays.

Here’s the first single from the album and this is the real blues, straight from the south. It’s just so damned good.
Tennessee

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While looking around for some more of his music I found this cool video.
The video won First Place @ 2016 Long Beach Indie International Film, Video, and Music Festival. Scott in fine form and get a load of that bass line.
As The Tide Goes By

Directed By: Sophia Dagher
Director of Photography: Jason Mannings
Starring: Connor Wylie, Tricia Collins

Music by Braver Noise
Vocals Scott Taylor
Guitar and Bass Tony Fazio
Drums Dean Dalfonso

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Good news, bad news? Here’s the bad news, I couldn’t find any more music to post here, but the good news I’m listening to the album on a private stream and it’s awesome.
You just have a hang for a bit, Scott’s forthcoming album, Blues Kitchen, is out 11-18-16. So keep an eye out, if you like the blues you are sure gonna dig this.