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Quick Byte: The Missing List … REVISITED

09/09/2009

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With a wealth of new artists appearing on my radar every day, and news that old favourites are due to release long-awaited follow-ups, I thought it appropriate to revisit some of the artists who have gone on the missing list!

UPDATES BELOW

  • First up is Jaguar Wright. The Philly songstress has 2 fantastic albums under her belt but has disappeared off of our radar screens since the release of ‘Divorcing Neo To Marry Soul’. Her gritty, up-front brand of soul is something that i’m definitely missing. A new album would definitely brighten up my ’09.
  • Well the good news is that Ms. Wright has released the track ‘Beautiful‘, and the rumours are that there is a full album in the pipeline. ‘Beautiful’ is definitely what we have come to expect from Jaguar both in terms of style and content. Here’s hoping we get concrete news on a release soon.
  • Janelle Monae is a name that had everyone talkin in 2008, for both the right reasons (Metropolis Suite I) and the wrong reasons (her signing with Diddy). Whether or not the Bad Boy deal was the ‘kiss of death’ for Ms. Monae remains to be seen, although news that she has nearly completed Suite II & III gives us some hope.
  • Still no word on Metropolis Suite II & III. Janelle has been out and about performing live, but what we really need is some new material. This lady has way too much talent to go the same way as previous Bad Boy signees.
  • Ok so technically Marsha Ambrosius hasn’t been missing as such. We have had her ‘Yours Truly’ mixtape for a while now and regular ‘leaks’, but I want an ALBUM. Her signing to Aftermath had some people groaning (after what happened to Dawn Robinson) but her presence is should be a good sign.
  • Well Marsha has certainly been featured heavily in the blogosphere of late. She has performed a number of shows on both sides of the pond and word is she is gearing up for an album release ‘soon’. She cleared up the fact that she is NOT signed to Aftermath as an artist, but rather as a songwriter/producer. Howevere soon ‘soon’ is, it is not soon enough.
  • N’Dambi is an artists who i discovered through my favourite blogger Vivrant Thang. 2008 saw news that she had signed with the re-invented Stax label and was set to release an album this year. Ok i know it’s only March but since that news i havn’t heard a thing about her or the project.
  • N’Dambi is the only artist on the list that we can be sure will return in 09 with a full album. After releasing ‘Cant Hardly Wait‘ to the net last month, she has now confirmed that Pink Elephant will be released October 6th (in the US at least). I’m predicting a strong contender for 09 ‘best of’ lists.
  • Carol Riddick’s ‘Moments Like This’ is still an album I listen to AT LEAST once a month. After first hearing her on Musiq’s ‘Soulstar’ i was instantly hooked. I can’t remember hearing any info regarding a follow up or other projects she is working on and her myspace has been silent for a long while.
  • Still no word on the silky-voiced songstress. Last I heard she had returned to the 9-5 while she contemplated whether or not she had a future in the music biz.
  • Finally we have Aaries who i also discovered while listening to Muisq’s albums. The talented siblings have had numerous tracks up on their myspace page and every now and then i stumble across an interview/article that states they are near completing their debut …. but no release date or even an estimate. The myspace tracks sound promising and the duo have said they have complete creative control so there should be minimal deviation from what we have heard so far.
  • Still nothing on these ladies. I’m not holding my breath for any news soon.
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 09/09/2009 6:00 pm

    Off the top of my head, I need to add Jazzyfatnastees and Corrine Bailey Rae to your list too.

    I hear Carol has been performing a bit around the Philly area but whether or not we’ll get another album remains to be seen. Sad!

    I’m also superexcited for N’Dambi’s album and for her to come back here and perform for us. Got a taste a few weeks ago. She is so mesmerizing live.

  2. 10/09/2009 1:28 pm

    Yes i agree a Jazzyfatnastees album is WAAAAY overdue, as is a Corinne Bailey Rae album.

    Good to hear Carol is still out there performing … gives me some hope that she may come back and give us another album.

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