::Nneka – Heartbeat – Out 9th June on Four Music::

Nneka – Heartbeat
Out 9th June 2008 on Four Music

Blessed by a voice dripping with shiver-inducing soul, Nigerian-born Nneka exudes a command of her craft with an individuality and intelligence rarely seen amongst today’s crop of soulful chanteuses.

Following the critical acclaim of 2006 album ‘Victim Of Truth’ (“…as good as The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”Sunday Times), Nneka exceeds herself with the irresistible single ‘Heartbeat’ taken off her forthcoming album ‘No Longer At Ease’.

A haunting piano teases out a menacing bassline, while her smoky tones weave a journey through intricate beat patterns and twisted samples. Deeply soulful, yet undeniably catchy, it will take just one listen of this infectious track to be convinced of Nneka’s remarkable talent.

Nneka will be playing various festivals all over Europe this summer! Details will be announced soon.


Check the video for Heartbeat here:

For more information contact Outpost Digital on 0207 6845639
or email oli@outpostmedia.co.uk

SIP Bar, Lounge & Coffee Shop


998 Amsterdam Ave.
bet. 109th & 110th Sts.
New York City, N.Y.

SIP Bar, Lounge & Coffee Shop

SIP brings a downtown vibe to the student riddled, dive bar haven known as Morningside Heights, for an appreciated change of pace. Coffee shop by day. Bar and lounge by night. Restaurant from opening ’til 4am. DJ’s nightly. Monthly art shows and live performances.


Cisco (mgr of J.J.) here,
hoping to have found you in good health and spirits


Hopefully by now you heard the song:

Hopefully by now you saw the video:


featuring performances by:
Abby Dobson
Shae Fiol
Akua Taylor
Sparlha Swa
performing ‘WONDERFUL WOMAN’
Tess – The Young Diva
Sun Singleton
307 Stuyvesant Ave.
Brooklyn, New York 11233-1022,
Corner of Halsey
Train: A train to Utica
Bus: B26 to Stuyvesant & Halsey


Bloom Effect News & Views

– Vol 1, Issue 1

In This Issue
Friendly Links
Friends and Fam

Another beautiful day- have you been outside yet? If not, I suggest you leave your desk and your PDA’s- ok bring your blackberrys and take a walk in the sunshine- breathe in the air-soak it up and think about your plans for tonight- or better yet- let me make them for you!!

I want to see you tonight– Come have a toast to life. Let’s rejoice. Find me and let’s taste those Brazilian cocktails! Come to The UPSTAIRS at The Renaissance Hotel Times Square. Finish work early and kick back unwind with me…

Before we get into the details I must tell you I can’t stop listening to one of the most refreshing Mix Cd’s I’ve heard in a long while. It’s my girl Maya Azucena’s first official MIX CD called ‘ TASTE THIS’ and let me tell you– not only have I tasted it but I’ve eaten it for breakfast and lunch!!!!

It’s mixed by Amore of Fat Beats acclaim. It’s exclusively on AllHipHop this week and then public a week later…Cop this joint for real- it’s awe-inspiring and will make you move and groove and bop and flip and do headspins. Trust me!!! Can you TASTE THIS???

Features some exclusive tracks- 10 to be exact- and 16 in full. Features from Doujah Raze, Immortal Technique, Pete Miser, Boot Camp Clik, Luquantumleap and more. You’ll love it!

The Upstairs– a new after work weekly party kicked off on April 30th at the gorgeous newly re-designed Renaissance Hotel Times Square.

Musical treats from Dhundee and Moni and the synergy and chemistry between this pairing is contagious. Non-Stop. Stop by and enjoy signature cocktails from Sagatiba Cachaça. The Milk Honey crew designed the cocktail list and Chop Suey restaurant chef’s Zak Pelaccio and Will Goldfarb provide light fare to entice your taste buds.

This is rapidly becoming one of the hottest after work hangs on Wednesdays in Midtown– Come find out why!!!


Atlanta’s Heston just left NYC. Had a great response here from a growing audience who can’t wait to have him back. His debut album ‘Storyteller’ to much anticipation drops in August.

The Bob Marley Tribute was highly successful. Sugar Hill was packed with Reggae and Soul enthusiasts. We need to bring it up to NY Heston!

Heston’s available for interviews and advances of ‘Storyteller’ are out this week. He’s back in NY the week of July 16th doing dates in NY, and Philly. Special thanks to Vivian Chew for taking care of Heston on Friday. Good looking out!

He’s also featured on this podcast.. special shouts to Armand Tulumello. Astral 22. We’ll also be selling his CD’s exclusively at The Nu-Soul Series this Saturday, May 17th at Frank’s Lounge in Brooklyn.

Please call up Music Choice and request and respond to Heston’s 2 tracks that have been added. ‘Brand New You’ and ‘Distant Lover’ – We love you Music Choice and Akim Bryant….Big ups!!!

Also hailing from Atlanta- young up and coming immensely talented vocalist/songwriter with Jazzy sensibilities, sophisticated soul and a touch of spoken word and hip hop flavor- April Hill has it all. Wide broad appeal.

Upcoming dates for April Hill in Atlanta are: Centennial Park.. Harmony in Life on May 24th. June 5th in D.C at Andalu.

Her debut album ‘Love 360’ is a very strong debut. Well produced, great songs, very catchy melodies and excellent vocals. She tied w/ Anthony David for most added single for ‘Wanna Be Free’ in R&R last week. Radio request campaign for WHUR and WCLK in effect and a Remix Contest underway soon…

Get to know April Hill before the rest of the world does!!!!

This is an acoustic soul dedicated monthly series at Frank’s Lounge in Fort Greene produced by Purpose Records and Edclectic Entertainment. I’ve been hosting them which has been great practice- honing my skills and crafting and sharpening my talents on the mic so that I’ll be ready for TV soon!

This next one is Saturday, May 17th featuring KUKU, and Tasha Mabry. Listening party for Sparlha Swa’s new album.

The last Nu-Soul was my birthday joint. The place was packed. We had Heston, and Tricia Angus with special guests. Fusicology, Mosaic Thump, Rhythm Flow, 4DaSoul, ONUTSS, Soultracks, Soul Commune and The Bloom Effect hold it down on the sponsor tip.

Like I said- we selling HESTON’s advance CD ‘STORYTELLER’ only here! So get it while you can. It’s not out till August. Watch me get busy on the mic!!!!

Sam The Kid is still benefiting from his NY trip as more fans come to the table and get hip to Portuguese flow. Sam The Kid

His music was featured on Allhiphop.com and reading all the comments tells me – audiences in America are wide open and ready to embrace some more International Hip Hop and it doesn’t necessarily have to rhyme in English.

Woozyfly will also feature SAM THE KID live at JSM Studios on May 20th. Links coming soon. Sam is performing The Diversidad Experience single with several other European MC’s for the first time in Vienna on June 23rd. We hope to get Sam back to NY in The Fall. He’s just too busy performing on all the festivals overseas this Summer.

Lastly, I am looking for fresh young voices- younger versions of ME- yes!!! If you’re 18-22- please hit me up…I’m looking for 4 more contributors to my ever growing in popularity BLOG– The Bloom Blog Miz Metro does MIZ METRO MONDAYZ and the response has been great!!

I also want to see ACTIVITY on my blog– – Comments and interaction from YOU…. So with that said— the 45th person to leave a comment on my blog will receive $200.00 in CASH– that’s right!!!!

My colleague/supporter Mo/Mosaic Thump is doing something fresh end of May. Definition of Soul East Coast meets West with May 30th featuring Eric Roberson and Carol Riddick and May 31st with Sy Smith and Frank McComb. Stay tuned….

And on a final note! I’m feeling great– doing some big things and achieving some milestones…. It’s not easy being in business independently on your own and investing your money, time and life to your business but– the REWARD is great when you’re able to reap the benefits—

I look forward to that day and believe me– will share it with all you who have been supportive from day 1… You know who you are!!!!

Oh Brooklyn Academy– have to shout my boys out. We kicked it with a legendary double A side joint in the mid-90’s and now 10 years later and a 14 year journey their album is dropping called ‘Bored of Education’. Congrats!!!!


Fiona Bloom

The Bloom Effect

Sir Piers – Sirvival

Review – 3 Track sampler from Bigger at urbanessentials.co.uk and already received a couple of plays on Soul Freedom on radio cardiff .Troubled Man has been my preferred track for radio play, upbeat infectious and more accessible and obvious Marvin Gaye connotations.

World is burning is also upbeat and indicative of a house background, but echoes of disco in there.

My personal preference is for Bright Lights with a guest female vocalist – Monique Bingham?, more neo soul I guess, a georgeous track and more in tune with where nu soul is heading I would suggest.

With the guests on the album this promises to be a solid album and I look forward to hearing the whole thing.

A multi-talented DJ, producer, songwriter and musician, Sir Piers needs little introduction these days as he continues to evolve as one of the most consistent dj/producers in the UK. So far, best known for a long line of timeless house and dance floor masterpieces over the last 8 years. The best is yet to come as he prepares to release an incredible first album – ’Sirvival’ – including co-writes with Level 42 among others! Below, we update you on his flourishing DJ career as well as a fountain of music to look forward to… Consistently, his songs, productions and remixes travel in the record bags of the best in the business: from diverse examples such as Todd Terry, MAW, Tony Humphries, Miguel Migs, Bob Sinclar, Martin Solveig, and Joey Negro to Pete Tong, Ben Watt, , Roger Sanchez, Simon Dunmore, Dj Spinna and Seb Fontaine. Just a few champions of his sound and, whether producing as Sir Piers or under his Tarantulaz, SummerHeadz or DirtDiggers monikers, Piers has carved a niche for himself in underground house circles, as well as, in dance scenes across genres as an artist of exceptional ability and promise. 2008 sees his highly respected curious label look forward to a wealthy release schedule. Those he has worked with and remixed reads like a ‘who’s who’ of today’s scene. Roy Ayers, Groove Armada, Todd Terry, A Tribe Called Quest, Jocelyn Brown, Ananda Project, Lauryn Hill, Kings of Tomorrow and Basement Boys have all received the Sir Piers touch, as have Snoop Dogg, Pharrell, Beyonce & Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, A Tribe Called Quest, Alicia Keys, Angie Stone, Gwen Stefani, Jill Scott and Lionel Richie, reinforcing Piers’ ability to transcend genres whilst maintaining the soulful edge he has become renowned for. While his memorable releases on labels like Sony, Jive, Mn2s, Soulfuric, King Street and Purple Music have received widespread critical acclaim, it has been Piers’ singles released on his home-grown imprint Curious that have really set tongues wagging. Club smashes, such as, ‘Don’t You Love Me’ and ‘Fool’s Got Nothin’’ featuring Monique Bingham have both enjoyed worldwide success, while his new collaboration with the sultry songbird – ‘They Forgot It’ – gained huge support globally on San Francisco’s OM Records complete with remixes by Marques Wyatt. Yet another example of Piers’ quality writing skills and his unique outlook for a catchy yet credible song. Look out for more news on their eagerly awaited debut Tarantulaz album, also coming this year! 2008 holds the biggest surprise yet for his loyal fans as Piers puts the finishing touches on his hugely- anticipated artist album which will include some mind-blowing collaborations with Level 42, Frank Mcomb, Monique Bingham, Shaun Escoffery, Robert Owens, Los Amigos Invisibles and other brilliant like-minded talent from around the world. Watch this space, for Sir Piers is just getting started…

Kendra Ross Performing LIVE in Pittsburgh – This Saturday!!!


First of all I would like to thank each and every one of you for your continued support. It’s been a long road but it’s been great and I couldn’t have done it without you. Next, I am very excited to announce my upcoming show this weekend in my hometown, Pittsburgh, PA at the infamous Shadow Lounge. Details listed below. I hope to see you there!
Kendra Ross
Live Performance in Pittsburgh
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Doors open at 6PM, show starts at 7PM

The Shadow Lounge
5972 Baum Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
tel: 412.363.8277
$10 Cover

Also, coming June 7, 2008, I will be part of the line up for the “Rhythm and Blues by the Brook” event in Plainfield, NJ at Cedar Brook Park. Admission is free and the headliner is Isaac Hayes! I hope to see you there too!

God bless,
Debut album, New Voice AVAILABLE NOW http://www.kendraross.com

Kendra Ross Flier
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June 7, 2008 – STAY TUNED!!!
Kendra Ross Flier
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