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Forgot About Friday/Stella Soleil

“You don’t have to act like a star
Tryin’ moves in the back your car
Don’t you know that we can go far
‘Cause tonight you gonna get my…” 

Smooch, smooch! 

Observed life lessons by delightfully cray diva Stella Soleil from her 2001 (sort of) hit single, “Kiss, Kiss,” where ever her waaay forgotten about music sass lies these days. 

Now, here’s a true Forgot About Friday for you…and just in time for Valentine’s Day! Pucker up! 

Greek-American pop diva Ms. Stella Soleil (real name…Stella Katsoudas, also goes by the moniker, Sister Soleil)took an early interest in high-powered beats and sauce-y rhythms (and Nine Inch Nails!) while getting her music groove on in Chicago during the late ’90s. Of course, the smoochin‘ chanteuese’s one-of-a-kind vocals gained everyone’s attention very quickly, so she spent time recording demos while also studying professional dance in both New York and Los Angeles. 

And if you remember the Hype Williams(!!) directed “Kiss Kiss,” you know this gal’s got those moves. 

Stella’s big break came after a sold out performance at Chicago’s Metro club in 1998, and from that shining spotlight, Universal signed the spunky songstress as Sister Soleifor her 1998 debut record, Soularium. Lead single “Torch” was a moderate hit, but it was the lip gloss worthy anthem “Kiss Kiss” that we all puckered up to three years later with follow-up record, Dirty Little Secret

The Middle Eastern inspired (and, like, really fun!) pop groove danced across global music charts across the globe, reaching the top 20 in many countries and inside the top 40 on the Bilboard Hot 100. And after, well, all FAF truth, Ms. Stella and her funky was gently placed into the world one-hit wonder category and never heard from again. 

Actually, wait, that’s not true. While she didn’t release a follow-up record, the Chap Stick rockin’ songstress still plays shows under her Sister Soleil stage name where she is no doubt still makin’ all of us men put in that work for a kiss, kiss.

Thank you, Ms. Stella Soleil, for not just a delicious music memory, but for one lip smackin‘ pop gem of a tune…and we shall never forget it. 

For more smooched up music memories like this and so much more, get that lip gloss poppin’ and pucker up to Philly Mixtape right here and here

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Essential Grooves for Your Philly Livin’ & Lovin’ Soul

Oh, Philly, Philly. 

Just how many ways do we truly love this great, historic City of Brotherly & Sisterly Love

From the astounding sense of community all around (we sort of rock, you guys), to the endless supply of restaurants, craft cocktails and of course, tons of local beers for the bros..

…..from the colorful nightlife scene  (did anyone actually get into hot-spot Tradesman’s last weekend? That line, though.. ), to the wide array of local and legendary entertainment venues that delightfully house anyone and everyone from all walks of life, it’s all here in this beaming city. 

By the way, how frickin’ excited is everyone for Creed 2 in a few weeks and for The Met to open next month?? Yes. 

Oh, and we just can’t forget leave out…..Wawa and cheesesteaks and Tastykakes.…ohhhhhh…..yes.

And when it comes to this Philly’s sportsmanship mannerisms, well, you can debate all what you want about the Flyers’ new mascot, Gritty, but he ain’t going anywhere, folks.

To our beloved Philadelphia Eagles, oh, our dear, sweet Birds…what can we say? While this current season has been quite…interesting, it was just a short nine months ago that we were all on Broad Street celebrating the historic fact that we finally fucking got that championship title and bling. 

Sorry, there’s just no sugar coating it when it comes to dissecting everything that Philly has to offer.

Hell, we’ve even gotten used to the endless construction and mind numbing jackhammering that seems to pop up at 9 pm, Monday-Thursdays, that makes you just want to……

……..cherish another piece of the glorious place that 1.6 million people call…home. 

But alas, the glue that holds this all (it’s a lot, but we love it!) together are indeed the grooves provided by Philly’s chart-topping music stars. 

And with a list that includes legendary music catalogs from Boyz 11 Men, McFadden & Whitebread, Patti LaBelle, Phyllis Hyman (sigh…) Diplo, The Trammps, The Roots, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Hall & Oates(!!) and oh, yes, Mr. Will Smith, well, you’ll just want to dive in to truly pheel it all right this very second. 

Because you know what say…ain’t no party like a City of Brotherly Love par-tay, and when you’ve got these classic grooves to compliment our truly one-of-a-kind style, there truly is no stopping any of us now. 

So, here we go. 

Boyz 11 Men/”Motownphilly”  Because this hometown music gem truly needs no explanation…..and because you’ve also mastered the iconic Stephanie Tanner choreo from that oh, so special episode of Full House…you know. 

Bruce Springsteen/”Streets of Philadelphia” This may be hard to believe, but it’s been twenty-five (!!!!!) years since Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington gave us gold in the Oscar winning film, Philadelphia. The still excellent (and relevant) film inspired The Boss to write this most chilling and somber, in which no matter how hard you try….you’ll be reaching for that Kleenex upon every listen. 

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince/”Summertime”   Because it’s never, ever too early to be thinkin’ about that dear, sweet “summa, summa, summatime.” Ever. 

Hall & Oates/”Maneater”If we were to spill about the amount of love that Philly has for this insanely legendary music duo, we would be here all damn day. So, for now, we’ll just crank up this classic groove, along with everything else they’ve put out for the rest of our Wawa Shortie lovin’ lives. 

Jill Scott/”A Long Walk”   Whether with friends or by your damn self, there’s nothing like a lovely, Philly-owned stroll. And much Sisterly love to the wonderful Ms. Scott for giving us a beauty of a jam that clarifies that delightful phact. Now, walk and play also, “Golden.” 

Patti Labelle/”New Attitude”   Another Philly music legend that clearly needs no introduction as this unstoppable diva will be serving it all up long after we’re gone….and we’re not just talking about her famous sweet potato pies here. Go on, Ms. Patti, go on. 

Chubby Checker/”The Twist”  Let’s do it….you know you want to. 

Will Smith/”Gettin Jiggy Wit it.”   Because in this one-of-a-kind Philly music life…it’s essential to get jiggy as much as possible. Thank you, Mr.Smith. 

Pink/”Get the Party Started”  Although she may reign from Doylestown, there’s no denying that Ms. Alicia Moore–aka…the fabulous, Pink, has that Philly swagger down to a legendary slay. 

Phyllis Hyman/”Living All Alone” Dear, sweet Ms. Hyman…may you forever rest in peace and may you always destroy our existences with that voice….oh, that voice…listen. 

Teddy Pendergrass/”Love T.K.O.”   No talking here, just lots and lots of sweet love makin’ to this classic bedroom fire..and anything and everything Mr. Pendergrass served while he was here blessing us with his astounding local music presence. 

The Roots/Erykah Badu/”You Got Me”  This classic anthem from ’99, though….f@#king priceless. Sorry, there’s just no sugar coating it when it comes to some of these Philly grooves…this is indeed one of them. 

Marian Hill/”Got it”  See, there’s this thing about this sax-y local music duo…as they conceived got a standout sound that’s truly in a Philly music class of its very own…listen up and get down. 

 The Trammps/”Disco Inferno”  “Burn, baby, burn.” No further statements…because we’re ALL on the floor when it comes to turning up this local disco fire. 

Eve/Alicia Keys/”Gangsta Lovin” Go on, Ms. E-V-E. And thank you for bringing A. Keys with you on this head bobbin’ Philly flavored banger to rock us one more time upon every Irv Gotti produced bounce. 

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince/”Parents Just Don’t Understand”   They really don’t, brah. 

McFadden & Whitehead/’Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now”  What does Philly and the groove of this rhythm have in common? They’re both certainly unstoppable. Let’s dance. 

For much, much more with these artists and a buffet of other certified Philly music royalty including G. Love & Special Sauce, Diplo, Meek Mill, The Stylistics, Melody Gardot, Cassidy, Delfonics, Jim Croce, Charlie Biddle, Music Soulchild, The Dead Milkmen, and many, many more,  dive into this Philly, Philly certified playlist below…..

…..and may you forever get lost in all and every walk of local and legendary music life. 

Here’s a few more….

Diplo/Dua Lipa/Silk City/”Electricity” 

Boyz 11 Men/”On Bended Knee”

Jim Croce/”Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” 

Patti LaBelle/”If You Asked Me To” 

Cover photo courtesy of Visit Philly.

…..and for much more of this Philly entertainment stuff, stay tuned to Philly Mixtape and be sure to check out Uwishuknu and Songkick

 

 

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15 More Must Have Grooves For Your Summer 2018 Playlists

Now that we’re in the very heart (and heat!!) of summer, you should waste no time in maximizing those sun-kissed playlists as much as possible. 

With that being said, take a lil’ break from perfecting the “In My Feeling” choreo (you too, Mom) and let the latest and greatest grooves from Ariana Grande (yas), Matvey Emerson, Husky, Bebe Rexha, Childish Gambino, Duke Dumont and J Balvin get all sorts of in as we ride along into the end of July. 

Plus, Lady Gaga’s ‘The Fame’ record is turning 10 next month, and there’s truly no better time to get the party started other than right..now. 

Lady Gaga/”Eh, Eh(Nothing Else I Can Say)”/Random Soul Remix   Kicking things off with a Gaga throwback, Mother Monster’s debut opus, The Fame, is turning 10 next month, so what better time to celebrate it all other than right now with this ultra sun-kissed remix that’ll hit you in all of the right G spots. And yes, we’ll get to the meat dress a (nasty!) touch later, but for now, um, just dance to this rainbow-worthy remix and everything else on this playlist. 

J Balvin/Willy William/’Mi Gente”      Because 10, 000 times is never enough….

Ariana Grande/”God is a Woman”   Indeed, Ari, indeed…and this video, tho…just watch. 

Duke Dumont/Ebenezer/”Inhale”     We’re going straight to the disco with this one, kids. 

Bebe Rexha/Quavo/”2 Souls on Fire”    This year’s summer fling/breakup anthem is right here…light it up. 

Childish Gambino/”Summertime Magic”   Groove on, Mr. Gambino, groove the f#$k on. 

Just Us/Wolves by Night/”Flirtatious”(James Hype Remix)   Deeply delicious. 

Drake/Michael Jackson/Don’t Matter to Me”    It’s just that summer groove. 

Chez Moon/”Close to Me”(Swanrick Remix)     Those hot-and-steamy summer nights, tho….the best. 

Goodluck/”Saved by the Summer”   No explanation needed…

Nicki Minaj/Ariana Grande/”Bed”     Nicki and Ari done did it again…..

Matvey Emerson/”Better Days”    Hey, summer, we feel you all up in this bold banger. 

Husky/”Promise Me”   …and another one….

Demi Lovato/”Cool for the Summer”/Todd Terry Rewerk    Because it’s simply just not summer without this fiery refiring of Ms. Lovato’s now classic summer anthem. Happy dancing!! 

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