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NEW GROOVES: Hamilton Park’s Debut EP

It looks like R&B music is making a come back with Atlanta based group, Hamilton Park. With hiatus from groups such as Jagged Edge, we have been longing for an ensemble like Hamilton Park that delivers pure R&B and “baby making” music. Throughout the self-titled EP, I was taken back to the essence of the 90’s when R&B dominated the airwaves and not only was the music during that era enticing melodically, it was also accompanied by pure and raw emotion. Hamilton Park’s vocal ability and unique harmonies are the icing on the cake. Songs such as “Thing Called Us” which was released as a single earlier this year, is providing a declaration of change from a man only thinking of himself and being more considerate of the relationship as a whole, which any woman in a relationship would love to hear from her other half. The remake of Guy’s “Piece of My Love” was done with excellence by Hamilton Park, providing reminiscent moments in the song as well as intriguing changes that put an original spin on the classic. They topped off the refreshing release with the bonus track “Computer Lover”, which has become a favorite selection from the EP. We are looking forward to seeing more from this refreshing group, Hamilton Park. The self-titled EP is available now for download on iTunes.

-Amadi Jae for AOM & The HIGH UP. Follow @AmadiJae on Twitter for the latest in entertainment news!

NEW GROOVES: Mary J. Blige “25/8”

For almost a year, the sound waves were deprived from the authentic music of Mary J. Blige. Our ears were pleased to hear her passionate delivery and raw approach blast through the speakers with her single “Looking for Love” ft. P.Diddy and Lil Wayne earlier this year. Now the Queen of Soul has returned with the second single to her highly anticipated album release “My Life II: The Journey Continues” called “25/8”, which bridges the gap between the past and the present effortlessly with music that not only entices the ear but energizes the soul.  The lyrics speak to anyone who has ever loved someone and longing to spend eternity with them. We’ve grown with Mary through her heartaches, life triumphs, and discoveries.  With her selfless vulnerability, we can’t help but feel the love and joy that she expresses through her new single.  Although all the classic Mary J. Blige elements are present in “25/8” to grab you, there are other moments in the song that may knock you off course from where it first hoped to take you. However, after listening to this song the second time around, the weak portions were over shadowed by the energetic instrumental, which gave the song a chance to grow on me.  I recommend listening to  “25/8” more than once. The more you listen, the more it will gravitate you.  As a fan of Mary J. Blige’s, I can only hope that “My Life II: The Journey Continues” will be able to take me to that familiar destination of musical satisfaction on its projected release September 20th, 2011.  Mary J. Blige’s new single, “25/8” is now available on ITunes to download.

-Amadi Jae for AOM & The “HIGH UP”. Follow @AmadiJae >>