♫ Leona Lewis feat. Cassidy – Nowhere Left to Go (full) – listen
Check out a new track from Leona Lewis, produced by Stargate and featuring Cassidy. The song was apparently for the US release of her album, Spirit, but didn’t make the cut. It seems as though Leona is rereleasing the project in the UK, just in time for Christmas, with this track on the set. I like the song, it shows that Leona can do midtempos, and that her voice isn’t only suited for ballads, which is what my first impression was, after hearing her smash, “Bleeding Love.”
♫ Musiq Soulchild feat. Mary J. Blige – If U Leave (full) – listen
I was expecting something different from Musiq this time around, especially after the release of that first single, “Radio,” but “If U Leave” definitely finds Musiq going back to his soul roots. His voice sounds amazing on this song to me, I’ve always appreciated him as a vocalist. He and Mary compliment eachother very well on this song, it will definitely be in constant rotation in my iTunes. Love this sound.
♫ John Legend feat. Kanye West – It’s Over (full) – listen
I am really digging this new sound that John Legend is going for on this new album, Evolver. I knew I was in love with this new direction when “Green Light” dropped. John Legend tapped Kanye, who has worked with before, as well as The Neptunes for this new album, and it seems like he’s adding some more electronic elements to the album. I would love to hear this as next single, rather than the other song that leaked recently.
♫ Robin Thicke – Dreamworld (full) – listen
I’ve always been a fan of Robin Thicke’s material, his voice, his writing, his delivery, everything since the release of his debut album, A Beautiful World, so I’m already sold on “Dreamworld.” The material from his upcoming third album, Something Else, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed The Evolution of Robin Thicke has all been pretty solid so far, so I’m definitely anticipating the release. He and John Legend are both giving it to me this time around.
♫ Kanye West – Love Lockdown (New Version) (full) – listen
Another new version of Kanye’s new single, “Love Lockdown” from his forthcoming new album, 808′s & Heartbreaks has surfaced. He’s been updating us about the single via his blog. I like this version a lot better, it brings me towards the live version that I liked so much on the VMA’s. I really wonder whether or not Kanye is going to be singing to us through this new album too.
♫ Jarvis feat. Yung Joc – Everybody Luv Me (full) – listen
DTP signee Jarvis is still working on his album. I’m wondering what they’re going to do, considering that the single that was supposed to drop over the summer (remember “Pretty Girls,” featuring Ludacris?) never really did anything. He’s been doing some performances around the Atlanta area, but other than that, I haven’t really seen or heard much from Jarvis. The son “Everybody Luv Me” isn’t really all that promising. Maybe 2 summers ago, I would’ve liked this song.