Rocki Evans-Warms the Soul


Rocki Evans came into the studio, heard the beat one time and went in to the studio and cut this… Video is on Youtube.com/TruthStudiosTV – Watch the whole thing… It was one live cut.

Rocki’s undoubtedly a great talent, and this is a fantastic example of that. With a bluesy production packed with wailing guitars, velvety bass and sharp yet intermittent percussion, it’s about as ‘old soul’ a production as we’ve ever heard him on, and the vocal performance is adjusted excellently to match that. There’s lots of lengthened notes, empassioned deliveries and rightfully simple lyricism, as Rocki does a great job of conveying raw, unfiltered emotion throughout the track. What helps is the relatively loose structure of the vocal work, not strictly adhering to a verse-hook-verse style, and instead furthering that edgy blues style by simply crooning when he quite feels like it. Though Rocki’s always been an eclectic act this could be a style he could really nail down for a full project, and as a very enjoyable throwback to the old-school, I’d recommend this to the soul heads for sure.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 126


A quiet week on the R&B/pop scene (or rather, the ‘worth checking out’ section), with no posts of note to catch up on aside from the album review of Drake’s Take Care.

Pretty much exclusively fresh, upcoming artists this week though regular readers will be familiar with almost all those involved. Click below for this week’s handcrafted, lovingly-selected musical provisions.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 122


Whilst the hip-hop world has been extremely busy this week, it’s been a slower week in the R&B world. Hence, there’s only the one post to catch up on from the week gone by, with a smooth, very enjoyable effort from one of the better entities to emerge from Odd Future, The Internet, though I expect many R&BF fans will also be interested in the latest single from Drake’s upcoming album.

Get your fingers at the ready, and get to clicking below for this week’s gooey treats.

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Rocki Evans-Simply Twisted EP


Really big fan of this kid, and whilst his material since his last EP has been sparse, it’s generally been of a very good standard and he’s certainly one of the best upcoming artists in the R&B scene, largely thanks to his eclectic, crossover style.

A few of the tracks on this EP will be familiar, in particular the superb I Tried and a couple of other hugely enjoyable listens, which certainly gives me lots of hope for the rest of the project. Interestingly, it’s a ‘choose what you pay’ download, meaning you can grab it for free (which inevitably you will) or contribute to the man’s craft and help out with some change…but I won’t get all righteous on you. Grab it below.

Rocki Evans-Simply Twisted EP

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R&B Fridays: Episode 99


When it matters, I’ll come through for you: 1 episode away from breaking all kinds of R&B records, and I’ve finally turned up on time. With this miracle taking place, what could I possibly serve up in next week’s edition to trump this? (great, I’ve just hyped something I haven’t come up with yet).

A few posts from the week gone by that will be of note: Skylar Grey’s superb live performance of Love The Way You Lie, Chris Brown’s latest set of energetic visuals, Diggy Simmons working with Bruno Mars for his mainstream single, an enormous 30-track official mixtape from T-Pain, and finally some fantastic visuals for The Foreign Exchange’s newest single.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 84


No recap this week thanks to a temperamental hard drive, but R&B Fridays actually makes it out on a Friday for the second consecutive week, which is a pretty big victory.

Lots of remixes and rappers popping up this week, with some huge names coming through with some very unexpected pop and R&B remixes. More than enough original material too though, making this a very diverse episode that’ll satisfy the vast majority of you grubby little folk.

Click on and let me be the Snoop to your Cameron, though R&B/pop probably isn’t the same as marijuana…probably.
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R&B Fridays: Episode 81


Will R&B Fridays ever be on time? That’s the question.

I’ve more than compensated though, throwing in almost 20 tracks for you to enjoy this week. There’s no skimping on the big names either, as there are some strong contributions from some of the bigger stars in the R&B/pop world. No real recap this week as the music industry has all but shut down, though the Alicia Keys version of Devil In A New Dress is a must-download.

Click on for the first R&B Friday of 2011.
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R&B Fridays: Episode 80


Again, I’m aware it’s a Sunday…it is (or was) Christmas though, so finding a few hours to throw this together wasn’t really going to happen. I’m surprised there is enough material, given that the industry usually shuts down a little around this time of year, but it seems most artists are intent on continuing success they’ve found this year.

The week’s recap: Taio Cruz’s latest video, Chipmunk and Chris Brown’s much anticipated video, UK upcomer Talay Riley’s latest single, the mixtape debut of the highly-rated UK singer Bluey Robinson, and finally the official remix for Dirty Money’s Loving You No More. You know where to look and where to click for this week’s episode.
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Rocki Evans-More Songs About Girls EP


Cannot wait to check this out. R&B Fridays followers will remember a track from this popping up last week, and quite a few of you picked it up. I expect you all enjoyed it, as it is a good one and one of the better beats he could have picked.

Rocki drops the full 6-track project, and I’m eager to listen to it. As I said previously, the original will.i.am album Songs About Girls was hugely underrated, and it’s not only good to see it get some due but Evans appears to have enough talent of his own to make this a unique project. Conclusion: it’s definitely not one to miss out on.

Rocki Evans-More Songs About Girls

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R&B Fridays: Episode 43


FINALLY, we have a regular episode. After the triple digits of last week, we’re back down to normal levels. I’ve made an effort to throw in more new artists this week as the last few have been really mainstream, so there are some lesser known gems in this one for you to check out.

Obviously plenty of established names in there too though, so be sure to click on for a digestable instalment of R&B goodness.

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