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New Spotify / Apple Music Playlist: “Neo-Soul Heaven”

Our latest playlist “Neo-Soul Heaven” is now up on Spotify and Apple Music.

This one was tough. It was hard to make. It’s 5 1/2 hours and covers songs from 1985 to today. And that’s because there is just so much. Soul has always melded and shaped to its time, and these days, it’s kinda difficult to delineate the two! – r&b and “neo-soul” that is. Which is cool too, evolution.

“Old school” is anything soulful that harkens back to another time, is smooth, and speaks of “grown folks business”. So, today, as an 80s baby, my old school is 90s R&B (SWV) and Neo-Soul – which is a modern, fluid take on classic soul and tends to lean on the introspection part more often than the romance part (Erykah Badu). Back in the 70s, you could compare the two sounds with, say, The O’jays “Cry Together” (more soul) & The Isley Brothers “Between The Sheets” (more r&b).

What I personally love about Neo-soul is the jazz, hit-hats, atmosphere, sway, time, space, caution. Solange does this so well on last year’s album When I Get Home. Maxwell does it perfectly on Urban Hang Suite, as does Amel Larrieux on Infinite Possibilities, and then of course holdin’ it down for eternity is Ms. J-I-L-L S-C-O-T-T.

While researching this playlist, I was thrilled to see a new release this year from Syleena Johnson, artist and co-host on the #blackgirlmagic that is Sister Circle Live. It’s a show I hold dear to my heart – they are doing amazing things with the platform! She speaks about the state of R&B and Neo-Soul often on air, and they make a constant effort to bring on beloved Neo-soul artists all delivering bona-fide contributions to the genre as it’s both growing new roots and being gentrified into alt – r&b. With all the new voices out here resourcing the classic elements, though, I’m confident we can keep it healthy and well fed, so we can all be fed. We need it! ☺️ Also did ya’ll peep the Roots Picnic line up this year? Sheesh.

Listen to Neo-Soul Heaven now on Spotify and Apple Music and follow @indiedigs.

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New Digs – January

It’s time to kick off another year of sharing great new independent music. This month’s New Digs playlist features NYC based singer/songwriter Linda Diaz with her latest track “Magic”.

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IndieDigs Presents: Best of the Decade – Top 100 New Voices

We’re counting down our favorites of the decade! and kicking it off with our Top 100 New Voices.

The 2010s have been such an incredible decade. One of great change and growth in music and culture. Indie exploded and expanded into so many facets it’s nearly intangible, and we’ve thankfully gained impactful lyrical artists like Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, and Kacey Musgraves, for example, to refresh the perspective. I really feel like we’re doing the damn thing, you guys. Can’t wait to hear what’s next for music and society as a whole moving forward. Heavy… anyway!

Check out the playlist now on Spotify and Apple Music and stay tuned as we countdown more favorites of the 2010s. ✌🏾

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Playlist: New Digs – July 2019

Summertiiiime and the livin’ is…sometimes not. so. easy. I am thrilled to announce the July New Digs playlist! Another month of great new independent music, this round with a summer breeze and a notable amount of empowering lyrics. Our featured band is Delaware native indie rockers Mothman Properties who released their first self titled EP last week.

Check out the July 2019 New Digs playlist! You can find us on Spotify and Apple Music.

The goal of New Digs is to celebrate and elevate great new independent music.

If you have an upcoming single or album you’d like us to review for New Digs, we’d love to hear it. Please follow Indie Digs on Instagram and/or Twitter and send us an email: indiedigs@dinosaurhawk.com. Happy listening!