Taylor Tucker : The Leather Shoes EP

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Earlier this month Taylor Tucker released her latest EP The Leather Shoes EP and WOW what an experience!!!! Taylor takes us all on a Pop journey that’s impeccably crafted and  well versed from beginning to end. Enough To Me the first song on the EP is a beautiful ballad that’s very uplifting and inspiring. The strings and the percussion are perfectly blended to bring out the sincerity in the lyrics. Leather Shoes the title track is pop with a twist giving off a Doo Wop Pop sort of vibe and adding in the trumpet offers the track a uniquely fresh sound. Memory another solid ballad from Ms. Tucker is timeless and very simple but packs a mean punch. The soft vocals and strong lyrics accompanied by sweet piano chords have everything you would want in a song like this. Don’t Say It ,well come on now if I can’t say it then what fun would that be, only kidding it’s just a play on words. This songs chorus is infectious with it’s melodic and groovy beat. It has an island feel an could even be another single!!!! Last but certainly not least there’s Take It Easy where Taylor also adds an acoustic version to the EP. The title and feel of the song coincide quite magically. The acoustic version is genius. It’s just her and the guitar as she melts all over the mic with her angelic voice.

PROMO-700x466Overall, Leather Shoes is a well put together body of work and should be in every music fans possession. The collaborative efforts of Michael Abiuso (Behind The Curtains Media) and Alex Nauth (The Skulx, Foxy Shazam) pays off in a big way, for the EP has brought Taylor even closer to being recognized as Indie music’s next big thing.

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The Message: A look at Social Issues through Music Pt. 1

peace__love__music__unity_by_angelicruin-d4f69hbMusic is that one thing that everyone can understand, some may say it can even bring people closer together. Over the years artists of all genres have tried to speak out about social issues and injustice in hopes of bringing  clarity and unison among the nation. With songs like What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye, F*** The Police by N.W.AThe Message by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious FiveThey Don’t Care About Us by Michael Jackson and a host of other songs over the years; music has been very vocal about the injustices in this world. So one may ask if it’s being put on front street by main stream artists then why hasn’t anything been done? To understand the question we must understand the history. Knowledge is one of the biggest rewards in this world. With knowledge comes power and awareness beyond what any man can give. However, before I begin I’m in no way bashing any race, culture, religion or individual for I am in agreement that we all need to live in harmony, peace and love, not just my fellow African Americans but every one from Caucasian to Asian and every race in between. I believe in One love.

With the recent police killings and police brutality this world is on edge. People have become tired and do they have a right to express how they feel absolutely. It’s been years, decades and centuries of the same mistreatment and oppression and the people are starting to react. To those who are taking a stand just play it smart, gain knowledge and use it to your advantage. There is strength in numbers and unity. Looking back through the history of music it’s been written in the blueprint for so long. Pay attention to greats before us like U2Bob MarleyTracy Chapman, Tupac and again there’s so many others that have paved the way to inspire change.

At the end of it all most people in this world want to see change. Whether it’s good or bad people want change. Question is can you get everyone on the same page and live in unison? Can people put aside differences and accept those that don’t look like them? Only time can tell, but in the meantime educate yourself most times the people you are fighting against are the ones you need to have in your corner. Skin color doesn’t make you better, status doesn’t make you better. Nothing on the outside makes you better than anyone, no one is better then the next person. We are all human and once we see that and close the division the one that wants us to fight can’t win. Love and Light to each and everyone who reads this. It all starts with you!!

Here’s a song from an artist who also believes in making a difference and educating oneself and a nation.

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Mid Week Playlist (Pop Edition)

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Happy Hump Day fellow music lovers all over the world. How has your week been so far? Have you scratched off any goals this week? Have you created any new ones? If you haven’t done either, it’s never too late. Friendly reminder goals don’t necessarily have to be career goals, you can set personal, health or spiritual goals. With that being said get to setting them goals, I’m rooting for you!

Now back to what you guys love, the music!!! This weeks Playlist is dedicated to the Pop world. These songs are filled with that Pop sound you all love with a twist. From Yuna to Léon it’s plenty of great music compiled in this list. What are you waiting for press play and vibe with me.

Peace & Love

 

 

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FEELS: ROADKILL

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No stranger to the Modern Diversity site, FEELS is back with their latest single Roadkill and it’s electro-pop at it’s finest. The black and white visuals correlate perfectly with the whimsical feel (a play on words) of the song. Roadkill’s  mid to uptempo transitions rise and fall at just the right moments, thus making the full 3:32 quite an experience. FEELS has yet again created a rhythmic gem ultimately leaving fans wanting more. Bring on the album guys!!!!! For now you can catch the band @ 12.8. at Helsinki’s Flow Festival. Check the visuals for Roadkill below:

Peace & Love

 

 

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Soul Sunday featuring DVSN & Anderson.Paak

before-dre-day-a-conversation-with-anderson-paak-and-knxwledge5It’s Sunday and what a beautiful Sunday it’s turned out to be.  Although the weekend will be over and we must welcome Monday (sigh) tomorrow, this has been a great weekend. This Sunday there’s a bit of a difference with the post name, no more Soulful Sunday’s guys, it will now be called Soul Sunday’s. Soul can be felt through any genre of music thus the reason for  changing soulful to soul. DVSN and Anderson.Paak are two of the newer faces to some but their music transcends time. Just recently while listening to music thine ears discovered musical greatness and the feeling to share was overwhelmingly great. Press Play and vibe with me to DVSN’s Hallucinations and Anderson. Paak’s The Season/Carry Me FADER-NINETEEN85-16629_WEB_j0famd

 

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Mid Week Playlist (R&B Edition)

Happy Hump Day all you beautiful people!! Here’s a Playlist just in time for the middle of the week, featuring some of the hottest new talent in indie soul music!! Sick back relax and let the good vibes gravitate your way!!

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Snoh Aalegra : Don’t Explain EP

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Well I have another hot one for you today and she comes all the way from Sweden, so Hallå to you all!! Made a funny there, yep that I did. Any who that is how you say hello in Swedish. Moving on now to the music tis better late then never is the saying and although Snoh Aalegra’s latest EP Don’t Explain was released in April it’s still generating quite a buzz. The EP has some serious Blues/Soul elements and ignites the heart in a major way. Under the Influence has that blues feel that may put you in the mind of two of the greats Miss Etta James and Amy Winehouse and it’s a record that makes you feel like you’re listening to it on vinyl (yep it’s a classic). You can check out the “mini album” as Snoh refers to it on Itunes or Check it out right here!! Press Play and Vibe with me:

 

 

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