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Tuesday Reviewsday: Big Freedia, Iman Omari, Miles Tackett, Vacationer and more

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Rapper Big Freedia attends the Guinness World Record And Big Freedia Twerking Event at Herald Square on September 25, 2013 in New York City.
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Rapper Big Freedia attends the Guinness World Record And Big Freedia Twerking Event at Herald Square on September 25, 2013 in New York City.

Music supervisor Morgan Rhodes and Oliver Wang from Soul-Sides.com bring us new music by Iman Omari, Miles Tackett, Vacationer and more.

Music supervisor Morgan Rhodes and Oliver Wang from Soul-Sides.com bring us new music by Iman Omari, Miles Tackett, Vacationer and more.  

Morgan's Picks

Artist: Iman Omari
Album: Samadhi EP
Songs: "Wait A Minute (feat Tiffany Gouche)" "Take You There"
Iman Omari is the son of a one of the founding members of a popular '80s group. Have a dozen releases in the last couple of years, he is a rising star in the future soul genre and an expert in marrying samples, loops, beats and vocals.

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Artist: Vacationer
Album: Relief
Songs: "Fresh" "Go Anywhere"
Vacationer is considered Nu-Hula...think tropical dream pop. This is the second full length album from these indie darlings from Philadelphia.

Artist: Purple Ferdinand
Album: Dragonfly EP
Songs: "Birds" "Wasn't Taught To"
Last year, East London's Purple Ferdinand got a nice shout from BBC 1, a place on their hot in 2013 list. This off the strength of an unreleased EP called Beautiful Anomaly. Organic, acoustic soul with a side of sultry.

 

Oliver's Picks

 

Artist: Miles Tackett
Album: The Fool Who Wanders
Songs: "Come Away" "Just What I Need"
Miles Tackett formed Breakestra back in the mid 1990s and they've been a stalwart retro-soul/funk band in L.A. Tackett also runs the long running Funky Sole party in Echo Park. Though Breakestra has put out a slew of recordings, this is Miles's first solo effort and it definitely has a different sound from Breakestra: less frenetic, more mellow, and Miles feeling out his vocal oats in a way that we didn't hear often with Breakestra.

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Artist: Big Freedia
Album: Just Be Free
Songs: "Explode"
Big Freedia is a New Orleans sissy bounce artist by way of Jamaica, knowing for super high energy dance tracks. This is his fourth studio album, "Explode" was the lead single.

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Artist: Sam Smith
Song: "How Will I Know"
This is a one-off cover he did for SiriusXM radio and he takes one of Whitney's best known dance tunes and flipped into a mega-croony ballad. Surprisingly good! 

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