R&B star, J. Holiday returns with a brand-new studio album titled "Baecation." It has been six years since his last studio album and during that time away, J. Holiday has been creating one the his most sensual albums of his career. His new twelve-song release begins with the acapella/doo-wop tones of "Don't Wanna Lose" and the sexual ballad "On Your Body," in order to get you in the mood for the next 45-minutes of pleasure. He keeps things mellow with the slow groove of the title-song "Baecation" and "Why You Came," before delivering a modernized reggae version of "Dem Belly Full." He mixes in a hip-hop vibe with his R&B sound on "Magic" and "Problem," before J. Holiday finishes off his new album with smooth dance beats of "Whatcha Say" and stellar singing of "Hydro." The CD release also includes a pair of bonus tracks, the addictive R&B/pop sound of "Bed" and the mellow flow of "Suffocate." To find out more about J. Holiday's new album "Baecation," please visit cleorecs.com.
Next, we have the new album from New Orleans-based soul singer Roderick Harper titled "Evolving." It features a dozen tracks that include appearances from some special guests, like the late piano legend Ellis Marsalis, jazz sax icon Donald Harrison and vocalist/drummer Jamison Ross. The album begins with the smooth, swinging tempo of "Infinite Heart," which introduces you to Harper's warm, silky vocals. The soft, subtle touch of "Never Let Me Go" is highlighted by the beautiful piano work of Ellis Marsalis, while the dreams of racial justice is heard loud and clear on the emotional ballad "Someday We'll All Be Free." Roderick Harper picks up the tempo with the nostalgic sounds of "The Great City" and let his voice be his instrument with the wonderful skat-singing of "Valsa Minera." You will simply melt, listening to Harper's velvet voice on "In Summer," before he closes his new album with the loose, upbeat, New Orleans jazz flavor of "Salty Dog" and the final nod to his home with the graceful approach of "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans." To find out more about Roderick Harper and his latest release "Evolving," please visit roderickharper.com.
Finally we arrive at the latest release from New Zealand singer/songwriter Sam Alty. His new album titled "The Call Of The Black Cat" features eleven tracks, beginning with the slowly evolving sea chant "Where The Sea Meets The Land." The starkness of his music in songs like "Flowers" and "Madaea" allows you to focus fully on his vocals, while the beautiful acoustics of "If I Had A Body" gives full support and emotion to the words. Sam has fun with the island vibe of "Naked Song," which is more in need during this deep, serious set of songs. He wraps up his new album with the stunning blues vibe of "Null" and the politicall charged, acoustic folk style of "Tin Soldier." To find out more about Sam Alty and his latest release "The Call Of The Black Cat," please visit samuelalty.com.