40 Songs That Went Under The Radar in 2012

By |2012-12-24T09:49:44+00:00December 24th, 2012|Categories: Features, Lifestyle|Tags: |0 Comments

It is easy to overlook songs because it’s impossible to keep up with the amount of countless new songs dropping in our cyber life. While we count on the radio to play the top five most famous records every fifteen minutes, there are far more that should be introduced into your playlist.

This list of songs that went under the radar run the the gamut of R&B from ballads to uptempo, veterans to new artists, and EDM to Hip Hop influenced songs from artists like BJ the Chicago Kid, Jill Scott, Stacy Barthe and others.

These are the songs we suggest you take a first listen or give a second chance.

Tony Williams - Another You Feat. Kanye West

Tony Williams – Another You Feat. Kanye West

Holding the title as The World Famous Tony Williams, the singer drops insightful lines on the politics of love, “Do whatever you want: just have fun/Dictatorships not for my people/What good is love if we can’t be equal?” Stop. Read that again so you understand what love is about.

Tony Williams – Another You Feat. Kanye West

Miguel - Arch & Point

Miguel – Arch & Point

“Arch n Point,” is a collision of rock vibrations and rhythm & blues harmonies. Miguel’s intentions for the night are more than obvious as he explicitly release words, “Ballerina smile but your sex like oh/I’m saying rhythm is a talent it can not be a taught oh oh.”

Miguel – Arch & Point

Sparkle - So Bad

Sparkle – So Bad

Sparkle has re-emerged with “So Bad,” a new single that she produced and co-wrote. The 90s drum line and simple piano arrangement allows her voice to exhale the pain from a past love.

Sparkle – So Bad

Lolah Brown - Moving On Feat. Bravo

Lolah Brown – Moving On Feat. Bravo

Cleveland artist Lolah Brown is making a splash with the release of “Movin On” featuring Bravo. Over the James “Showtime” Agnew mid-tempo production, Brown attacks the track like a Hip Hop artist, proving her vocal range.

The brazen songstress refuses to reverse her decision after an apologetic attempt from a boyfriend. “Bed already made go head and lay and carry on/in my mind your erased already replaced” are the aggressive lyrics that liberates Brown.

Lolah Brown – Moving On Feat. Bravo

Karina Pasian - Its Whatever

Karina Pasian – Its Whatever

“I wish I could wear basketball shorts at all my shows cause I just wanna be comfortable, wish I could eat cereal at least three times a day, wish I could wear the same shirt all the time like they do in the cartoons, cause I can never make up my mind anyway,” Pasian leads on the piano-driven track.

Karina Pasian – It’s Whatever

Jeremih - Late Nights

Jeremih – Late Nights

The gentle romantic songs used for candle lit dinners and laid back moments are not what to expect on Jeremih’s ‘Late Nights.’ The Chicago-bred singer/songwriter/producer lays out a sheet off aggressive street R&B records, which all reaches XXX rating.

Jeremih – Late Nights

India Shawn - All I Have Feat. Hit-Boy & James Fauntleroy

India Shawn – All I Have Feat. Hit-Boy & James Fauntleroy

Stop and listen to India Shawn, she is lifting hearts on “All I Have.” You can hear the feeling and emotion in her voice and that’s all the fans want. Not only is she singing, but she is spitting her message along with a mean beat. Rock with India, producer Hit-Boy and songwriter James Fauntleroy, who helped her put this dope song together.

India Shawn – All I Have Feat. Hit-Boy & James Fauntleroy

Ro James - Pledge Allegiance

Ro James – Pledge Allegiance

Ro James’ “Pledge Allegiance” is the equivalent to John Cusack holding the radio over his head and vowing his love in ‘Say Anything.’ The strumming guitar evoke the seriousness of full military salute as Ro James pushes the passion for commitment from his gut to lips. The ballad for love patriots is rewarding when temptation rise, which is why you carry the love everywhere or as James strives, “I want to put your love in my pocket/ so when I want to use it I got it.”

Ro James – Pledge Allegiance

Jill Scott - So Blessed

Jill Scott – So Blessed

“This record spoke to me as an inspiration for myself and for others to remember to count your personal blessings every day,” Scott says of the single, which impacted Urban AC radio Monday. “The money, cars, trophies, can all disappear immediately… it’s about what’s happening in your life like your family, friends and health.”

Jill Scott – So Blessed

Keith Corbett - Promise U

Keith Corbett – Promise U

Newcomer Keith Corbett makes a promise that he’s the only man for a piercing young lady. Over the synth production from 24/7, Corbett lays down the scenario for his hopeful accomplice on what he can do to provide maximum pleasure.

Keith Corbett – Promise U

Rocki Evans - Warms The Soul

Rocki Evans – Warms The Soul

As the creator of a mix of R&B, Soul, Hip Hop and Blues, Rocki Evans gives us that feeling D’Angelo gave us when he first hit the scene. “Vices” and “Funeral Song” are heart felt jams that makes me think and are truly pleasing to the ear.

Rocki is back! The singer, songwriter and musician walked into Truth Studios, heard this beat one time and went in to the booth to cut “Warm The Soul.”

“Warms The Soul,” which was produced by FreshChuck of HellaGood of Truth Studios, is off his new project ‘Hall of Fame Vol. II.’ Rocki Evans tells Singersroom, “I only aim to inspire.”

Rocki Evans – Warms The Soul

Kirby Lauryen - His Story

Kirby Lauryen – His Story

Open a new document on your computer and take notes from Kirby Lauryen. On “His Story,” pianist Darek Cobbs plays in the background, which enables us to focus on the intense lyrics and heighten deliver of each sound vocalist Lauryen delivers.

The storyteller offers insight for both sexes on understanding the “HIStory” of dealing with a new man and his ex-girl. This is not about drama, there is no time for that. Kirby Lauryen’s verses are a clear perspective demanding all sides understand their position for each to move forward.

Kirby Lauryen – His Story

Poo Bear - Alone

Poo Bear – Alone

After capturing four Grammy Awards while working as an instrumental creator for Usher, Jill Scott, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa amongst other, singer/songwriter Poo Bear takes a career risk by pursuing to become a solo artist. Also known as MDMA (Most Devoted Musician Alive), the first record he drops is “Alone,” a track that reveals a males vulnerability.

Poo Bear – Alone

Nikkiya - Sailing

Nikkiya – Sailing

Nikkiya let’s her soul glow on the new tune “Sailing,” as she sings away tears.

“Now I ask myself..how…do I put up with you and your baby’s mother too. And I look back on us, and all the things we been through and how I keep on loving you,” Nikkiya sings in the relationship thriller.

Nikkiya – Sailing

BJ the Chicago Kid - Dream II

BJ the Chicago Kid – Dream II

BJ the Chicago Kid steps away from singing chorus for rappers Kendrick Lamar, Freddie Gibbs, Mikkey Halsted and Kidz In The Hall for a solo spotlight on ‘Pineapple Now-Laters.’

BJ the Chicago Kid – Dream II

Latocha - Bad Timing

Latocha – Bad Timing

On the soulful record, Latocha croons about meeting someone at the wrong time. “How can something be so bad be so right, i’m asking everybody around, It happened so fast overnight, took my world and then you turn it around, we love to talk, we pray, even cry, together me and you were just that tight, but the situations crazy…I guess I caught you at a bad time,” she sings.

Latocha – Bad Timing

Jesse Boykins III - The Perfect Blues

Jesse Boykins III – The Perfect Blues

Jesse Boykins III, the leader of the Romantic Movement, found a way to incorporate tribal stomps and handclaps into a smooth concoction of soul on “The Perfect Blue.” The record, produced by eighteen year old German, Gora Sou, was created when the pair worked at the Red Bull Music Academy.

Abstract in his songwriting approach the singer penned, “the pressure standing to decay/I need your warmth/moments blend like seasons do/I need the times when I with you/the days are lost/breathing starts to slow me down.”

Jesse Boykins III – The Perfect Blues

Mateo - Carry On

Mateo – Carry On

The record, which carries the torch of hope for anyone needing to picking the pieces and truck forward, was produced by Kerry “Krucial” Brothers, a long time Alicia Keys Collaborator, and Zeke MacUmber for Krucial Noise.

Mateo – Carry On

Kay Tunes - Move On

Kay Tunes – Move On

Riding a heavy drum and bass beat, “Move On” is about getting over a relationship even if it still hurts. Kay uses crying as her strength to rid herself of old water…per se.

Kay Tunes – Move On

Anthony David - So Jaded

Anthony David – So Jaded

The mid-tempo rhythm at first fools you into believing your dancing to a feel good record until you focus on why Anthony David is “So Jaded.”

On the record, David has the heart of a stone crooning, “I promise I will love you if I still have a heart.” He knows he is in the wrong, but his mindset is set to disrupt any lover attempting to secure him.

Anthony David – So Jaded

Georgia Anne Muldrow - Seeds

Georgia Anne Muldrow – Seeds

Georgia Anne Muldrow has one main goal in sight on “Seeds,” planting positive music in the membrane of listeners, an idealism rarely employed in today’s commercial driven industry.

The dramatic orchestra production, created by veteran producer Madlib, heightens the importance of the message of activating the mind and uploading progressive thoughts into the mental files of the world.

Georgia Anne Muldrow – Seeds

Josh Osho - Saved Me Feat. Etta Bond

Josh Osho – Saved Me Feat. Etta Bond

Osho’s gentle yet husky pipes cut smoothly through to save Etta when the tables turn.

After cutting ties with a former girlfriend/boyfriend hindsight proves you lost an enormous piece that inspires existence. “All I’ve learned/Familiar kisses many, and then when the cup half empty/You keep the balance baby/If ever I’m afraid,” odd child Etta Bond bellows.

Josh Osho – Saved Me Feat. Etta Bond

Ashley Dubose - Life Goes On

Ashley Dubose – Life Goes On

Reshaping her surroundings with metaphors that levels the outlook of each twenty-four hours, Dubose pens “The sun comes in the morning/the moon bring light to the night/the summer heat melts the snow away in time for fire works in July/every ending has a begin.” The mellow guitar of Jimmy Easy brings fourth a mediate state to balance your energy and thoughts.

Ashley Dubose – Life Goes On

Cody Chesnutt - Thats Still Mama

Cody Chesnutt – Thats Still Mama

When critics reference the 70s sounds, they are pointing to vibrations of live sessions players huddled into a studio organically building compositions. That energy is translated on Cody Chesnutt’s newest track “That’s Still Mama” could have been embedded on the ‘Mack’ film. His lyrics depicts the value of the matriarch to backsliding men.

Cody Chesnutt – Thats Still Mama

Emily King - Ordinary Heart

Emily King – Ordinary Heart

Emily King is one of those low-key artists who have an underground legion of fans anxiously awaiting new music, and after nine months, she does just that with “Ordinary Heart.” The tune is about entering into a relationship while still acknowledging and letting her other half know that while she will try her best to make it work, she’s not perfect. Her smooth and soulful sound, mixed with relate-able lyrics provide a break away from mainstream sounds.

Emily King – Ordinary Heart

John West - Nobody

John West – Nobody

As men fumble words attempting to create complicated prose, the Baton Rouge native shows it is best to be simple. “I just can’t describe it, girl you’re so amazin/But they’ll never understand/It almost drives me crazy baby/I’m gon be a man/And gonna tell the truth about it”

John West – Nobody

Denice Stone - All Mines

Denice Stone – All Mines

Denice Stone don’t need to be around any hurt or scorned women because she may not know how to relate to their relationship situations. “All Mines” is a release of positive energy that can spread like a yawn as the tune boast about being happy a lover.

Denice Stone – All Mines

Kentrell - Get To Know Ya

Kentrell – Get To Know Ya

When you listen to the record, it is hard not to hear why people might compare Kentrell’s voice to that of music legend Prince. The Chicago native manages to incorporate his love of old school music with his desire for mass appeal, unleashing a unique style of Pop Soul.

Kentrell – Get To Know Ya

Lauriana Mae - Suicide Bomb

Lauriana Mae – Suicide Bomb

Be careful about the games you play with a lover because those same puppet master tricks can go as far as turning a sweetheart into a “Suicide Bomb.”

The instrumental arrangement by producer Kwame heighten Mae’s deranged timbre, as she sings about being pushed to the limits.

Lauriana Mae – Suicide Bomb

Stacy Barthe - Flawed Beautiful Creatures

Stacy Barthe – Flawed Beautiful Creatures

Singer-songwriter Stacy Barthe releases the brand new single “Flawed Beautiful Creatures,” lifted from her forthcoming EP entitled ‘P.S. I Love You.’ On the inspirational tune, produced by Barthe and DJ Camper, she croons about the flaws in all people, insisting “we’re all flawed beautiful people.”

Barthe always amazes the ears with her hypnotic sounds and colorful vocals.

Stacy Barthe – Flawed Beautiful Creatures

Freddie Joachim - Keep Lovin Feat. Carlitta Durand

Freddie Joachim – Keep Lovin Feat. Carlitta Durand

Freddie Joachim’s composition of Hip Hop drums and Jazz samples along with soft enchanting vocals from Carlitta Durand are meant to be united.

On “Keep Lovin,” Durand’s caressing sound play the role of an instrument, as her words take on the task of uplifting listeners.

Freddie Joachim – Keep Lovin Feat. Carlitta Durand

Tony Williams - Another You Feat. Kanye West

Tony Williams – Another You Feat. Kanye West

It is not the first time we have seen cousins The World Famous Tony Williams and Kanye West collaborate together. The pair come together on Williams’ “Another You” single featured on his ‘King or the Fool’ album.

Holding the title as The World Famous Tony Williams, the singer drops insightful lines on the politics of love, “Do whatever you want: just have fun/Dictatorships not for my people/What good is love if we can’t be equal?” Stop. Read that again so you understand what love is about.

Tony Williams – Another You Feat. Kanye West

Delilah - Breathe Feat. Liam Bailey

Delilah – Breathe Feat. Liam Bailey

The 21 year old, London singer/songwriter, wrote this self help song at the age of fifteen, waiting several years to complete the song with co-production from music producer Hyperdub.

Delilah – Breathe Feat. Liam Bailey

Bobby Womack - Please Forgive My Heart

Bobby Womack – Please Forgive My Heart

On “Please Forgive My Heart,” the raspy voiced veteran makes you want to comfort a playboy that scared a list of ladies from his past.

Mr. Womack will release his twenty-seventh studio album entitled ‘Bravest Man in the Universe’ via XL recordings on June 12.

Bobby Womack – Please Forgive My Heart

Meleni Smith - Ricochet

Meleni Smith – Ricochet

Meleni Smith pulls the chords of your heart in sequence with the guitar strings on “Ricochet.” In a state of melancholy, the soul songstress unravels a memory of absolute love that can not wash away from her soul.

The cut is lifted from Meleni Smith’s eclectic ten track album entitled ‘My Heart In Focus.’

Meleni Smith – Ricochet

Mahalia Barnes & The Soul Mates - Little Light

Mahalia Barnes & The Soul Mates – Little Light

Mahalia followed her father, rocker Jimmy Barnes, into the music business, but found her calling crafting soul blended records with R&B, Blues and Rock. Working with her husband as a member of the Soul Mates band, the powerful vocalist found a comfortable home for her creativity.

Mahalia Barnes & The Soul Mates – Little Light

Raheem DeVaughn - Be the One Feat. Snoop Dogg

Raheem DeVaughn – Be the One Feat. Snoop Dogg

The assemblance of DJ Snoop A Delic aka Snoop Dogg and Radio Raheem guarantee a smooth melody of love. “Be the One” is true to Raheem DeVaughn’s self-proclaimed title as the R&B Neo-Soul Hippie Rockstar. The production, reminisce of the Philadelphia International Records, is fitting for a Valentine Day candle peppermint bubble bath for your lady.

The record is fresh off Raheem DeVaughn’s new 12-track EP entitled ‘Destination Loveland.’

Raheem DeVaughn – Be the One Feat. Snoop Dogg

Algebra Blessett - I Aint No Joke

Algebra Blessett – I Aint No Joke

The Soul/R&B songstress wants fans to know that she’s no joke when it comes to her music, and she will fight until the end to do what she loves.

Algebra Blessett – I Aint No Joke

Sebastian Mikael - Beautiful Life

Sebastian Mikael – Beautiful Life

“Beautiful Life,” a sober guitar driven cut is off the Swedish musician’s EP ‘J’adore.’ He explores the riddles of inspiration for taking each breathe penning, “don’t let it waste your time/where is the life in you/God put a life in you, a beautiful life.” The uplifting record unravels reasons for anyone seeking value of their existence.

Listen to Sebastian Mikael – Beautiful Life

Selah Sue - Raggamuffin

Selah Sue – Raggamuffin

Selah Sue straddles genres snatching a piece of soul, funk and reggae on her single “Raggamuffin.” The Belgium-born artist’s delivery is true blue vocals that are full of integrity in dedication to her freedom fighter friend.

Listen to Selah Sue – Raggamuffin

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