Free Download: Foreign Exchange sampler

•September 17, 2008 • 1 Comment

More Nicolay and Phonte madness today. Download this gorgeous sampler for the Foreign Exchange. If you were not excited for this release already you should be!

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Video: Nikka Costa “Stuck To You”

•September 17, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Check out this sexy new video from Nikka Costa. She is gearing up for her new album Pebble To A Pearl on Stax Records.

Nikka Costa’s Pebble To A Pearl will be released on October 14, 2008 on Nikka’s own Go Funk Yourself Records in conjunction with the newly re-launched Stax Records

Nikka Costa has always seemed to thrive on a certain sense of freedom. It’s no wonder, that when Nikka set out to create a record on her own terms and as an independent artist finally free of major label confines, she has made her boldest and most passionate record yet. Over 14 days at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, Nikka created Pebble to a Pearl- a quintessential collection of soul, blues, funk & pop infused tracks which marks Nikka’s triumphant return onto the scene this Fall. On October 14, 2008 Nikka’s own Go Funk Yourself Records will release the album in conjunction with Stax Records.

Recap: International Soul Music Summit 2008 & Strictly Social Atlanta

•September 17, 2008 • 2 Comments
The 2008 International Soul Music Summit went down in Atlanta and Nu-Soul was there to experience it all. Not only was editor Norman Mayers in town to participate in two panel discussions on Media and Promotions, but Nu-Soul’s signature event Strictly Social hit the road for a special event in conjunction with the Summit.
A breakout performances from newcomer Collette

A breakout performances from newcomer Collette.

This year's Summit was not without its various speedbumps, to be certain. Delayed times, cancelled shows, and the notable lack of any big names star showcases definitely prevented the summit from becoming as successful as it should have been. On the up side, the change in host hotels to the Renaissance was a good move as were the additions of various workshops for songwriting and poetry into the mix to break up some of the redundancy of the panels. But the true purpose of this event is the networking possibilities and the exposure of new artists, both of which the Summit provided plenty of.

Vice Lounge on the mic, DJ Destroyer on the decks

Vice Lounge on the mic, DJ Destroyer on the decks

Nu-Soul’s main focus was the execution of our Strictly Social Atlanta Edition on the first night of the Summit. Despite some last minute shakeups with the lineup, everything came together perfectly as the stars aligned for six amazing performers to do their thing at the cozy Django. After a sharp set by LA’s DJ Destroyer the show got under way. Southern belle Collette started things off right with a breakout performance that had people buzzing. The night zipped along with top notch performances from Vice Lounge (with a dope freestyle session that turned into an open mic vibe), Chris Rob, Jon Bibbs, Wayna, and the man himself Big Brooklyn Red. The night was definitely a success and people are definitely talking about Nu-Soul and Strictly Social.

Chris Rob

Chris Rob

Jon Bibbs

Jon Bibbs



Big Brooklyn Red

Big Brooklyn Red

Nu-Soul Editor Norman Mayers with LaSonya Gunter

Nu-Soul Editor Norman Mayers with LaSonya Gunter

There were plenty of other options to catch some rising stars over the course of the weekend. On Friday night a Hip-Hop Soul event with the likes of Nicolay and Black Spade took over Apache Cafe. The event later morphed into a full on jam session lead by Vinx. Saturday night found the team supporting an acoustic session at Verve with plenty of rising stars like LaSonya Gunter, Dain Harris, Rasheeda Wallace, Drea, and beatboxing dynamo Steve Wallace.

  • Collette with Raphael Saadiq
  • As an added treat we have a pair of videos from the Strictly Social Atlanta event. We apologize since they are so dark but they sound great! So you can at least get a small taste of the music that was heard at this important annual event for the indie soul community.

    Collette @ Strictly Social Atlanta

    Jon Bibbs @ Strictly Social Atlanta

    New Reviews: Lizz Wright, Hanif-Jamiyl, Vladimir Cetkar

    •September 16, 2008 • Leave a Comment

    Artist: Lizz Wright
    Title: The Orchard
    Genre: Soul/Jazz
    Read the review

    Artist: Vladimir Cetkar
    Title: We Will Never End
    Genre: Soul/Funk/Nujazz
    Read the review

    Artist: Hanif-Jamiyl
    Title: Krushed Grapes
    Genre: Hip-Hop/Electronica/Soul
    Read the review

    Future Sound of Breaks San Francisco – Nov 7, 2008

    •September 16, 2008 • Leave a Comment

    Our boys at Future Sound of Breaks continue to follow through with their plan of world domination! With their upcoming tour they aim on hitting up more cities than ever including San Francisco! If you are in the Bay Area and you want a little bass and breaks in your life then you probably need to check out this event on November 7!

    LA: Art Effect w/ Tony Rich

    •September 9, 2008 • Leave a Comment

    Art Effect Thursdays presents a special pre-release event for The Tony Rich Project’s new album Exist on Hidden Beach.

    DJs for the evening will be AudioMoe and Beat Ventriloquists

    Art Instillations by Brett London & Tony Rich

    This event is FREE if you say Norman or Nu-Soul invited you at the door!

    Foreign Exchange & Musinah – Free Download

    •September 8, 2008 • Leave a Comment

    The Foreign Exchange is back! The heaven sent pairing of Dutch producer Nicolay and Little Brother’s Phonte return with a new album. Check out the first single featuring Musinah.

    You can download the track at