Tuesday, 7 January 2014

ON THE DOWNLOAD: TALLAWAH's epic countdown-to-Jazz-And-Blues 2014 Playlist

Beres Hammond -- "Putting Up Resistance" 
Jamaica's lovers' rock king has always possessed a rare talent for crafting memorable records that both empower and entertain, like this classic, a masterpiece of saving grace and steely resolve. 

Joe -- "More and More" 
A luscious slice of grown-folks' groove from the R&B pro about midnight passion and going that extra mile. 

Joe -- "More Than Friends" 
The sprightly elastic beat first drew me to this song, which boasts the crooner's signature mix of easy-going bravado and gentlemanly charm. 

Chrisette Michele -- "Good Girl" 
Repping for the sisters hard on their independent grind, the edgy singer-songwriter delivers an empowering tune about setting high standards and leading by example. 

Chrisette Michele -- "Best of Me" 
The alluring track that kick-started her career in the R&B game and marked her as a songbird (a cross between Alicia Keys and Jill Scott) whose soulfulness echoes at all the right moments. 

Chrisette Michele -- "If I Have My Way" 
A lushly orchestrated ballad filled with yearning and hope. Easily the most memorable cut on her smash debut disc, I Am

Toni Braxton -- "Sposed To Be"
Off her under-appreciated album Libra, a laid-back jam (co-written with Keri Hilson) that exquisitely examines the beauty of commitment. 

Toni Braxton -- "Hands Tied" 
Without a bit of doubt, one of the sexiest songs you'll ever hear from a fiercely committed woman petitioning a reluctant lover. From the album Pulse

Toni Braxton -- "What's Good" 
Sampling a hypnotic Tupac beat, Braxton makes no bones about pleasing her Mr. Right on a tune (also off Libra) that makes a a solid case for the enduring possibility of real love. 

Toni Braxton -- "Spanish Guitar"
One of the lushest records in the R&B diva's oeuvre, this Diane Warren-penned megahit has a timeless resonance and wild, sensual imagery that makes it all the more enchanting.

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