This Oldies Sunday selection is for the lovers, and it comes from the “Songbird from Jamaica“, Karen Smith! Today we go back to the year 1986 with “Wide Awake In A Dream“. Produced by Clifton “Jackie” Jackson, this was a cover of a single that has been sung by the likes of Barry Biggs, The Blues Busters, Jerry Jackson, Lyn Collins, Vickie Anderson, and Ken Boothe. Once she stepped into recording mode, Smith added her own flair to the track as she expresses how she feels about the love of her life. A video was also shot for this single, and it was directed by Alfonso Walker (I remember seeing this video a lot growing up on local TV).
Producer Kris Karz’s “Kngly Live” is back with another one! Recently he teamed up with Florida/St. Louis based Singer Ludy for a mashup video which included a live version of her single “Onlyest“, and a cover of Roberta Flack/Lauryn Hill’s (Whichever Artist you prefer) “Killing Me Softly“. Shot by Daniel “DB” Russo and $andy $cribble$, this performance at done at the Monosonic Studios. With Karz on the keys, Ludy lets the vocals flow on the classic R&B single, and her buzzing single that I’ve managed to catch live at an Open Mic event in Miramar, Florida that was hosted by Jamaican Rapper Tazz (More on that later). To hear more of Ludy, check out her “Elephant In The Room” project, and for Kris Karz Productions, check out KnglyStudios.com. Watch the performance below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Jamaican Producer Kris Karz has been keeping himself busy lately. With the launch of his Kngly Studios Brand and Website, he’s churning out dope Productions for various Artists. Recently he teamed up with Singer Trust to cover Producer/Musician/Singer Thundercat’s 2015 single, “Them Changes“. With Kris handling the Piano duties, Trust delivers the lyrics in a beautiful Acoustic set that I guarantee will bring a brighter mood with every listen. While the Funk influenced original is a dope listen, this Acoustic cover with a little Rap is just fitting on this Sunday afternoon. Check out the track below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Something new courtesy of Ras-I, Almando Douglas and Zosia McGregor. Reviving the 1978 classic, “Satisfy My Soul” by Bob Marley, the stage is set for an acoustic performance from the three. With a mellow vibe and soulful delivery from Ras-I, it’s no surprise when there are comparisons to the original “Gong“. With Zosia’s sweet vocals and Douglas’ Guitar performance adding to the track, this calls for lighters flicking and hits from the chalice! Did this satisfy your soul? Listen to the track below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
DJ Blkluos sure has a thing for finding talented people. Today, he gives us Nigerian born Singer Chinny who releases “It’s All Okay“. Produced by Blkluos, this is a cover of Australian Folk-Blues Singer Julia Stone’s 2012 single with Chinny’s twist over some dope Production. If you aren’t familiar with this Singer, now is the time to get to know her. Check out the track below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
After dropping Raine Seville’s “Willow Tree” yesterday, I felt it was only right to play one of the original songs. Today I feature a song by the late Alton Ellis a.k.a. the GodFather of Rocksteady. Titled “Willow Tree” and produced by Coxsone Records in 1967, this was a cover of Chuck Jackson’s “My Willow Tree” which was done in 1962 but never made it to the music charts. This song is about finding new song all while sparing the “Willow Tree” from sharing the pain of past failed relationships.