In Need of a Nu Soul?
After about a year of subsequent
nu-soul events at Skinny’s Lounge in the heart of North Hollywood Arts
District, Strictly Social began a new chapter with the 2008, July 23rd
show as the event moved to a new home at Los Angeles’ Little Temple Bar.
The move proved to be a success with another pair of stellar performances
of DJs Milky Wayne, Destroyer and Anthony Valadez (now of KCRW) with their
superb funk and soul and Rogiers, in town from the East Coast, who performed
several tracks from his debut, Life & Music. Jimi James who first blew
minds at Strictly Social back in January was a natural choice and she
did not disappoint. From the humble beginnings in North Hollywood to the
new home at Little Temple and various events around the country, Strictly
Social has consistently presented lovers of progressive soul with some
of the best artists around. Past guests have included Anthony David, Lisa
Shaw, Sy Smith, Kissey Asplund, Lina, Mark de Clive-Lowe, and Maya Azucena
to name a few. All of it spun by Nu-Soul Magazine (launched in October
2006) that bridges the gap between the world of R&B/soul and the underground
vibes of electronica, the common factor being a grounding in funk, soul
and urban lifestyle. This is a place where the sounds of neo-soul, drum
and bass, deep house and breakbeat are a part of the same family. Through
fascinating articles, engaging interviews, and the latest reviews, Nu-Soul
hopes to open minds to the incredible array of soul influenced music available
IOn Wednesday August 19 in a special two-year anniversary edition Stricly Social presents live performances from Yahzarah (of The Foreign Exchange), Nola Darling and Rhythmic Fusion on Future Soul Sessions Tour. Resident DJs Destroyer & Myxzlplix will be playing their patented selection of soul, hip-hop, house, and broken beats. Showtime at 10:30pm.
Yahzarah aka Purple St. James is an artist who invokes memories of the soul greats of the past. Funky, beautiful and passionate, her sound pushes the envelope at times, while being subtly sexy and familiar at other times. You may have been exposed to her singing alongside some of her contemporaries including Floetry, Musiq Soul Child, Kem, Donnie, Amel Larrieux, Goapele, Talib Kweli, Rahsaan Paterson, Raheem Davaughn, Chaka Kahn, Bilal Oliver, The Roots, Little Brother and the list goes on and on. Most recently she can be seen touring with The Foreign Exchange as a part of an ensemble that includes Nicolay, Phonte, and Darien Brockington.
Spike Lee would be proud that up-and-coming hip-hop duo Nola Darling borrowed their namesake from the lead character of his debut film She’s Gotta Have It. Rhymers Nikkobya and Aziza came together as the ladies of Nola Darling in 2007, and in the short time since then, have fine-tuned a sound different from most female emcees on the scene today, one that reflects their appreciation for hip-hop history as well as their interest in world beats and sounds.The ladies of ND are masters of their domain, throwing an arsenal of quick-fire rhymes and smooth crooning choruses at their audience. Their first mixtape, “Nola Darling’s Pretty-Gritty Mini Mixtape” saw production from heavyweights like Melo-X and LP the Chemist, and mixed old-skool-esque beats with neo-soul sounds and the freshest of dancehall riddims. The result is an innovative sound matched only by their sharp, funny rhymes: “Two things can’t stand about a man/ Pride and your arrogance/Don’t wanna kiss me don’t wanna hold my hand/ You wanna be like HOV-y and that’s the plan/ Beyond a Reasonable Doubt you don’t understand/ Where I came from or who I am.” Make no mistake, Nola D is definitely representing for the ladies out there!
Rhythmic Fusion is a unique DJ collective from Detroit, bringing you the finest in sound and rhythm. Malik Alston, DJ Funknatra and Craig Huckaby [Napi Hedz, Rotating Assembly] dive deep into the pulse of the dance floor. Rhythmic Fusion gives you seductive elegance and the very best of unlimited excitement on the decks, fused with live performance.
Nu-Soul Magazine’s signature monthly event Strictly Social is also adding to their menu, as the Soul Good will be a room of sexy and soulful drum & bass, further embodying the Nu-Soul philosophy on merging genres and styles. Come and join even more unique event with eclectic live performances from soul and hip-hop artists in the main room and sizzling soulful drum & bass in the side room.