Category Archives: R&B

Taken Fom My SHazam – Mayer Hawthorne

I saved this one around 5 years ago. A Long Time is the appropriate name of the tune for this post. LA based Mayer Hawthorne (real name Andrew Mayer Cohen) released this song along with his album How Do You Do in October 2011. The album reached 8 onthe US Billboard R&B chart. Well worth a listen, great album and song. A lot of Motown vibe in this tune, not unlike Raphael Saadiq, who is one of my all-time favorites.

Caia Brun – Glad You Met Me

Going through my mailbox, I found this one to be next in line. Caia Brun is a pop and R&B singer who released her debut EP of the same name in 2019 (yes, I’m that far behind). Interesting voice, nicely arranged. Check it out and give her a visit at any of the links below the song.

Glad You Met Me

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Slow Down by Margot

Somehow I’ve been hooked into a promo group who are flooding me with emails about a wide variety of artists. The material provided as a bio and intro is pasted here for you to peruse. Prior to that, give it a listen. I’m not a huge fan of this type of music, not to say I dislike it, just not my main taste. Margot has good instincts and a good voice. You can definitely feel her love for her craft. All in all, I enjoyed it.

London-based singer-songwriter Margot releases her debut EP, Make It Last on the 9th of October via Pink Bikini Records. The EP, premiered via VENTS Magazine, is produced by Frank Slimm (Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Maevis, Slowlines) and features Andy Bunting on bass as well as Jamie Chalmers on guitar. Margot has been featured by noteworthy publications such as Clash Magazine Spinnup, Essentially Pop, LeFutureWave and Girls Are Awesome. The songstress has spent the last few years writing and producing her first singles, playing her first shows and refining her craft both in the studio and on the stage. 

Originally from Paris, France, lived in Berlin, Germany and now based in London, UK, Margot has been trained to play both the violin and the piano. When she was younger, the songstress was exposed to a wide variety of music from classical opera to Rage Against The Machine, however when seeking inspiration for her own work Margot turns to the likes of Erykah Badu, H.E.R., Raveena, Ari Lennox, Frank Ocean and Rihanna. With these vast influences, her own sound draws closer parallels to Dua Lipa, MØ, Alina Baraz and Little Dragon.

Make It Last takes a playful approach to music production as Margot embraces a light and fun attitude in the first two tracks and takes a slower, more distinctive approach in the latter two. Sometimes sultry, other times purely evocative, the songstress has managed to find numerous ways to display her wide range of vocals. The occasional sprinkling of French lyrics only further proves the depth of her talent.  

Margot reveals a bit on the origins of the EP: “I was chatting to my producer and going over some of the material we had written and I realised that we had more than enough to do an EP and it just felt like the right time to put my name on something bigger than just a single. My good friend Andy Bunting played bass on three of the tracks, and our mutual friend Jamie Chalmers put guitar on the closing track as well. We recorded most of the tracks over lockdown so we had to do it all over email and sending guitar takes and vocal takes backwards and forwards, but it came out perfectly, and it was definitely a unique creative experience!”

Make It Last EP Tracklist

1. Make It Last

2. Slow Down

3. U In Mind

4. Dance For You

Remembering Allee Willis

Do you know this song?

 

 

Or this one?

Both were written by Allee Willis, who passed away on December 24th of heart failure.  A prolific writer, she was nominated for a Tony for A Color Purple soundtrack and  won a Grammy for the same as well as several other nominations and wins at the Emmy’s, Grammys and Tonys.

A final song you may recognize.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 7:40 Songbook – March 7, 2014

So sue me.  Been cheating on the dates as it took me a day between thinking up the 740 and actually implementing it.  That means that the 7th is actually the 6th’s tune.  Clear as mud?  Going forward the weekend will be a time of #1’s, remembrance, new Canadian releases and top 500’s, maybe the odd interesting cover and some random music that I Shazam from time to time.  Or maybe nothing at all.

Today’s tune has a distinctly Calgary flavour as it featured Freak Motif, a Calgary funk/soul group who have released this song “Killin’ Me”, as a single last month.  The song features another Canadian artist “Lady C”.  Bring on the funk.

If you enjoyed this, hit the links for more on this band.

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Freak Motif on CBC Music