Aloe Blacc

When it comes to progressive hip-hop and soul, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better label than Stones Throw, home to MF Doom, Breakestra, Dudley Perkins and Peanut Butter Wolf, among others.

A new release to look for is Aloe Blacc’s Shining Through (due out July 11). Blacc, one-half of indie hip-hop group Emanon, explores an array of styles on Shining, from soul to Latin to world. At first blush, his uplifting voice – especially on Dance For Life – is a bit reminiscent, however lofty this comparison may seem, of Stevie Wonder.

Aloe Blacc on MySpace.

Aloe Blacc | I’m Beautiful
Aloe Blacc | Dance For Life

While we’re talking about Stones Throw, hip-hop fans (or anyone, for that matter) would do well to hit up eMusic for two free tracks – Gets Mine and T. Biggums – from Oh No’s forthcoming LP Exodus Into Unheard Rhythms.

3 thoughts on “Aloe Blacc”

  1. Just checked out these Aloe Blacc tracks. very nice. the Stevie Wonder comparison makes sense. also reminds me a lot of a young Shuggie Otis. (also high praise).

    do you have Shuggie’s Inspiration Information? or his work on Preston Love’s Omaha Bar-b-que? could be a mailer in it for you if answer to either is no.

  2. dude, you got ’em.

    (you prob know this but Shuggie wrote “Strawberry Letter 23” made famous by the Quincy Jones produced Brothers Johnson).

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