When a new acquaintance asked me how I was doing and what was new when I was out at a soiree last night I explained. As his jaw dropped as I related my extraordinary good fortune I decided that this would be a good time to toot my horn as loudly as I can here on WordPress and give thanks to this bountiful musical harvest I am sharing with you all this Fall 2014. You see last Monday November 10th the Money to Burn Remixes came out which more or less followed on the heels of my late summer release “Yoga on The Dance Floor”. This week of November 17, I have two more releases coming out on Thursday and Friday.
Are you with me? That makes four releases in the span of two months. Who does this happen to? Anyone out there that wants to drop some statistics on me go ahead but I am pretty sure this is extraordinary occurrence for a singer. Now to the fruits.
Smooth Winter Soul Nu Soul Nu Jazz Slow Jams
It’s been my feeling for a long time that I do soul music. I have wanted to make that known but have kept my thoughts to myself.TGEE Records must be some kind of a heart reader since soul man Narrottama Dasa Thakur’s,the 15th Century saint and ascetics words to my new fashioned melody “Gaura Pahu” appears on Smooth Winter Soul.It’s an album filled with love songs surprisingly dedicated to… the self. Aside from Nu Soul ballads of love for a cherished object of affection that you have come to expect (Thank you Luther Van Dross, The Spinners) many of the tunes talk about self transformational love with a gaze turned inward declaring a determination to improve. Is yoga having an effect on soul music too? This transatlantic swim in a pool of state side and across the pond crooners delivering raw emotion is a joy.Smooth Winter Soul is available on iTunes.
Out on BeatPort! Money to Burn (The Remixes)5 DJ’s
Money To Burn (The Remixes) EP is as a friend said “totally rad that people are digging your music so much they want to make their own versions of it!” Indeed. Yes I am “psyched”! Those totally rad people would be Boddhi Satva,12Shades,Tom Glide,Jedsa and Lust and Domy Dee. Included is the original version I co wrote with Mike McHugh.
Allow me to wax poetic with a couple of mini profiles
Soul Sacrifice Bubble Dub – Break it Down for Me
From whence the title Bubble Dub came. Ekayani’s famed skirt made out of Bubble Wrap. Shot by Roberto Serrini at EVR.
Let’s Do This! Soul Sacrifice Bubble Dub commences with an industrial beat by which I mean strong and relentless. Followed by a solid percussive layer followed by another layer upon which my voice enters Break it down for me!” says the man and I say Yeah let’s discuss this on the dance floor!
They’re breaking down the ozone layer to raise up their bottom line
vibey keys here Money to Burn …check that syncopation and stay grounded.
12Shades Money to Burn Remix asks WHY
The inquiry Why? Why? Why? comes to the fore front of an afro tinged remix by 12Shades (United Kingdom). Congas, bass line,guitar,vibes and taunting voices that sound like kids in a school yard as my voice breaks it down for ya in Sanskrit a timeless and soul liberating language.
Isa vasyam Idam sarvam/Yat Kinca Jagatyam Jagat/Tena tyaktena bhunjitaha/Mah gridha kasya svid Dhanam
You nod your head and say:
Oh Oh Oh – because you understand.
BoddhiSattva Ancestral Soul Remix
DJ Boddhi Satva’s Congolese roots serve his remix well. The favorite from the MTB Remixes is being released as a single.
Swirls, twirls,takes you back to the words in instrumental form subtle, supple and strong. Look out for a Buy Link Friday on my Facebook page.
Ekayani’s Yoga On the Dance Floor the self starter
What can said about this album? It just keeps going. It’s ever fresh. It unites bhakti and the beat. It’s unprecedented. Its a trendsetter. It got four out of five stars in Time Out New York in the Club Section. It’s a cross cultural uniter. My voice is mesmerizing. You get it.
Ekayani grew up to be a singer. Her album Yoga on the Dance Floor is available on all fine digital sites Now!
My gratitude and thanks to that well of creativity and caring Tom Glide label head of TGEE Records most of all.