Soulection Debuts Black Label Series With Soulful Trio Hablot Brown

While their origins can be found in the streets of Los Angeles, the Soulection empire has spent nearly a decade curating the sound of tomorrow across the globe. Their radio show has evolved into a unique live experience with and full-fledged tours for their ever-growing roster of talent. Soulection has also built their reputation greatly due to a stream of original releases known as the White Label Series, highlighting artists from j.robb and Jared Jackson to Tom Misch and Monte Booker.

Last week, Soulection unveiled the complementary Black Label Series, which will focus on vocalists and rappers instead of the traditional producers route found in the White Label. The first installment spotlights Hablot Brown, a Los Angeles-based trio with an impeccable soul and charm. Their five-track cruise serves as a sweet ride for fans both old and new, topped off with features from Maths Time JoyESTA., and Gabrielle Current. Their truly infectious sound has us hooked and excited for more to come.

Check out the first Black Label with Hablot Brown below, as well as the dates for the upcoming Soulection TSOT Tour. Tickets available via Soulection’s website.

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Watch SOSUPERSAM’s Debut Music Video For “A Little Wrong”

The multitalented SOSUPERSAM is back with her first official music video featuring “A Little Wrong.” The Soulection DJ and singer-songwriter unveiled the song on her debut GARDEN EP in 2016, laced with production from The Stereotypes. Throughout the Vanessa Beletic-directed video, SOSUPERSAM explores the idea of how we often indulge to escape the hiccups we encounter in our relationships. The visuals are intimate and elegant, delving into her experiences with the tug-of-war that arrives with love.

Check out the video for “A Little Wrong” below.

The Soulection Experience Is Coming To Los Angeles This Summer

After talks of the first ever Soulection festival floating around the Internet throughout the past year, the wait is officially over—the Soulection Experience will arrive in Los Angeles this summer. The stacked roster of talent will take over Shrine Expo Hall & Grounds on August 12, featuring headliners SminoSteve Lacy of The Internet, and Sabrina Claudio. Many other Soulection staples and collaborators will also take the stage, including San Diego representatives AbJo and Sasha Marie, fellow Zero Fatigue members monte booker and Rayvn Lenae, and flourishing producer j.robb. With special guests and surprises to come, this is one you don’t want to miss.

Check out the official flyer below and grab your tickets here.

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BOWTYE & Avalon Young Join Forces For “To Me”

Fête’s own BOWTYE and SoCal artist Avalon Young just shared one of the silkiest tracks I’ve heard in a while, “To Me.” The dreamy single is the latest release from creative collective Soulection, arriving on the heels of their Promise Once More compilation, and features both rising talents trading verses over equally dreamy production. This ode to love is one you definitely don’t want to miss.

Stream and download “To Me” below.

Soulection Unveils New Compilation, ‘Promise Once More’

In celebration of their six year anniversary, Soulection unveils their new compilation, Promise Once More. The 12-track outing features a stacked roster of talent, from long-term vets like ESTA. and IAMNOBODI to recent members and affiliates including NajiDave B, and j.robb. From soulful cuts like “Kandi” and “Time Off” to equally infectious tunes like “A Lover’s Bounce” and “Love,” there’s something that everyone can vibe to.

Stream Promise Once More below and support the project here.

Monte Booker & naji Connect On “Mona Lisa”

I’ve been following Soulection for just under a year now (ever since I saw Esta at UCSD back in January), and being able to watch their movement continue to expand alongside their growing roster has been a true pleasure. With countless exciting things planned for 2017—like talks of a Soulection Festival—I can’t wait to see what else they have in store.

As December unravels, Soulection has provided listeners with a taste of what we can expect in the new year. Two artists from their roster, Zero Fatigue producer Monte Booker and sultry singer naji, have joined forces for a silky track titled “Mona Lisa.” Monte’s iconic production melds with naji’s infectious vocals, creating one of the smoothest listens to drop in a long time.

Stream and download “Mona Lisa” below.

Waldo Steps It Up With His Latest Project, ‘Be Ever Wonderful’

It’s been a while since Waldo‘s last major project, but the Soulection man has returned with some serious heat. The amount of work that went into Be Ever Wonderful is evident; the thirteen-song LP is polished from top to bottom, showing off his skillset over crazy futuristic beats.

Be Ever Wonderful is Waldo back at the top of his game. He spits tirelessly, moving from bar to bar seemingly without taking a breath. Songs like “Something U Forgot,” “Better Late Than Never,” and “Been A Long Time” grab the listener’s attention, serving as a literal reminder of what he brings to the table. “Inner Killer” and “’97 Ford Expedition” are reminiscent of his previous projects NSDE/OUTSDE and Pick Your Own Poison, the latter of which catapulted Waldo into relevance.

Waldo took to Twitter after the release of his album to thank producers and collaborators The SEVENthSángo, Joose the Conqueror, and many more. Waldo maintains a close relationship with the Soulection team, who have previously lavished him with plaudits:

“Of course we took [Sángo’s] word, but how many great upcoming MC’s do you really know? It wasn’t until Sángo sent us ‘Poison’ and ‘Scars’ that we realized there was someone and something much more than just another MC, another artist, and another release. We knew Waldo was special and that we had to connect our platform to his mind.”

Waldo steps his game up with Be Ever Wonderful. He oscillates between hard hitting lyrics, humility, and self-confidence. His focus, however, is on moving forward. “Better Late Than Never” questions the listeners “are we there yet?”. “’97 Ford Expedition,” a standout track on the album, looks back at his impressive discography and the plaudits it has received, saying “this another great record, they should put me in Guinness, book of world records I need more recognition.”

The name of the game for Waldo is evolution; Be Ever Wonderful is the next stepping stone on his path forward. Waldo leaves listeners wondering what he has planned for us next, but not without our making sure our ears are ringing with his refrain: “I want to evolve.” Stream the LP in its entirety on SoundCloud below and download it for free via Bandcamp here.

Dave B. & Sángo Lead An Adventure With Joint Album, ‘Tomorrow’

A few months back, Dave B. and Sángo of Soulection connected for “Got It From,” propelling the powerful duo into the spotlight. After maintaining momentum with “Parallel” and “Help Me Find A Way,” the Seattle powerhouse has unveiled their joint album, Tomorrow. Sángo paints a wide range of soundscapes for Dave to handle with ease as he strings together soft croons and a collection of flows with each verse.

Tomorrow weaves together a sonic medley of upbeat bangers and hazy cuts, and features a single guest appearance from Key Nyata on “Do Not Disturb.” Iconic Seattle producer Jake One, who has worked with Dave in the past on tracks like “Leaves” and “The Way,” also steps in to co-produce “Whatever Happens.” Culminating in a cohesive sound, Tomorrow easily stands as one of the smoothest albums of the year.

Indulge in the fruits of their labor below and grab your copy of the album via iTunes.

Dave B.: Twitter // SoundCloud

Sángo: Twitter // SoundCloud

Monte Booker Teases EP With 3 New Tracks

Recently picked up by global collective SoulectionMonte Booker has been taking the industry by storm. Alongside his frequent collabs with his Zero Fatigue collective, the Chicago producer has been exploring his solo ventures. Over the weekend, Booker got us ready for his upcoming EP with a triad of new music. Featuring his signature “zero bounce” production, as well as talent from Cam O’bi and Lomac, his latest offerings are the perfect introduction for the new faces and are sure to please the familiar ones.

Monte Booker: Twitter // SoundCloud

Smino Chats With Joe Kay On Soulection Radio

Soulection co-founder and radio host Joe Kay has returned this week with his latest interview featuring blkjuptr‘s Smino. The St. Louis artist dropped by to discuss his recent sold-out show in LA, his Zerø Fatigue collective, and his experiences in the industry thus far.

Check out the interview, his performance of “Kolors” and “Kajun,” and Show #266 in full below. If you haven’t already, be sure to peep blkjuptr and his upbeat collab with Sángo and Jean Deaux, “Lemon Pon Goose.”

Smino: Twitter // SoundCloud