Yuna's Next Chapter is R&B

The singer Yuna has chapters before Chapters. The May release is her third American album, but it comes after a couple of albums that started her career in her native Malaysia. For Chapters, the singer born Yunalis Zarai shed some of the modern pop elements in her sound to present herself as an R&B diva—a move that suits her honeyed voice beautifully.

DJ Soul Sister is Good to Go-Go

Last spring, Rare Essence tried to present a contemporary take on go-go with mixed results on Turn It Up. The album opens on a strong note with “V.I.P.,” which features the signature elements of the Washington D.C.-based funk sound—heavy, nimble percussion, call-and-response vocals, and a rolling groove that could go on for 20 minutes or the three and a half on the album.

Merry Christmas Semi-Live from St. Roch Market

Saturday afternoon, I DJ'ed an afternoon of Christmas music at St. Roch Market as part of Tales of the Cocktail's holiday pop-up store. After I played "What You Want for Christmas" by Quad City DJs, The 69 Boyz and K-Nock, one woman came up to tell me she'd forgotten about that song, and another wanted to know where she could get the playlist because she liked it too.

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