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RubyGld Smoke Finds New Purpose With Sophomore LP ‘Our Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams’

There is a certain level of focus that comes with maturity, and for TL & Dani Jo of RubyGld Smoke, the focus has honed in on an incredibly heartfelt, soulful and unique sound heard throughout their sophomore LP, Our Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams, out November 5. The title itself immediately brings a renewed sense of purpose. For Dani Jo, it was her mother and her late uncle who inspired her to follow her dreams. “They always knew I would be singing and writing even before I really did.” For TL, it’s about carrying on an important legacy of love. “My mother and father are both musicians who are very supportive of me and what I do.”

Our Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams will be available for streaming on November 5.

Our Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams will be available for streaming on November 5.

The new album displays a renewed focus in RubyGld’s sound. Live instrumentation is the backbone of the project. Dani Jo plays bass & percussion on select tracks as TL plays guitar, bass, keys, and percussion. The album is led by the first single, “Somebody Wants Your Love,” released earlier this summer. The track is a smooth, sexy pop offering reminiscent of early Sade & late Marvin Gaye. Other notable tracks include “Higher Love,” with its internationally uplifting feel; and “Getting In Love’s Way,” a powerful ballad displaying the band’s full prowess. Fans should expect more intimate and acoustic live sets to support the new music. “We want to get closer to the fans and have more one-of-a-kind experiences with them,” says TL. “We plan on capturing those live moments as well, for they are also beautiful bodies of work people can go back and listen to and enjoy.”

“With learning who you are, comes learning what you truly want to be remembered for.” -RubyGld Smoke

Entertaining the masses with their retro pop music and making marriage look sexy again is only a slice of what this iconic power couple has to offer. Terrance and Dani Jo Williams (RubyGld Smoke) are the entrepreneurs of Quiet Kingdom Recordings and Quiet Kingdom Media Group (film company). The duo is also the founder of Symphony Of Change Inc. – an arts education organization dedicated to equitable arts enrichment programs throughout the US. When Dandria “Dani Jo” Williams met her husband T. L. Williams in early 2014, it was clear from the jump they were made to do something big together. Their undeniable chemistry was evident even as T. L. embarked on an initial solo career, garnering over 3 million streams with hits like “Gettin Mo Money Than You” and “Melanin”. Meanwhile, Dani Jo was a behind-the-scenes contributor through the entirety of T. L.’s 6 album solo run, co-writing songs and adding vocals. The couple, feeling like it was finally time, has now come out front together with an eclectic mix of pop-soul energy a la “Rose Royce”. Fans can stream RubyGld Smoke’s debut album entitled Revolutionary Love, which was released under their label Quiet Kingdom Recordings in November 2020.

Chicago fans have the special opportunity to attend an album release party hosted by RubyGld Smoke on November 5.


Ashley Puckett Holds Nothing Back on “Tequila”

A woozy, dazed quality emerges on Ashley Puckett’s yearning “Tequila”. From the slide guitar to the gritty storytelling it all works. She manages to make this rather captivating world one that feels doubly refreshing. Everything about her delivery adds to the inherent beauty of the piece. Rhythms go for a looseness ensuring that every single detail gets accentuated with percussion that works on an emotional level. Best of all the riffs have a dreamy disposition for there is this sense of pure longing that defines the work.

She holds nothing back and right from the beginning it has its own sense of purpose. A groove has an unsteadiness to it, perfectly embodying what a lot of tequila might do to a person. This, on top of the lustful glances that she brings into the fray, further adds to the romantic quality of the work. Volume adds to this for the piece virtually works itself into an outright crescendo. Many different parts of the group makes sure to intermingle creating this vast expanse of territory, the kind of thing that feels quite potent. For the final stretch of the mix the song seemingly tapers off, allowing for a gradual letdown of that kinetic energy, with her voice continuing to lead the way all until the very final moments.

“Tequila” has a tenderness to it, for Ashley Puckett makes sure to touch upon the very essence of what it means to truly want.

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Valid and Stretch Money share bouncy single, “Sentimental”

Detroit heavyweights Valid and Stretch Money have shared a bouncy new single called “Sentimental”. With nearly a million streams worldwide, historic collaborations, and songs that have impacted the city of Detroit, solo artists Valid & Stretch Money have joined forces to release “Sentimental”. Executive produced by platinum-credited Grammy Award-winning DJ Head of Shady Records and Grammy-Award- winning engineer Anthony Rizzo. “Sentimental” is sure to turn heads and surprise the core audience of both MCs. Their latest track is an all-out affair of vivid sonics, infectious vocals, and versatile songwriting that blends influences from 80’s electropop, hip-hop and more, making for a joint that provides heavy replay value while keeping things authentic throughout.

“Sentimental” demonstrates much poise and focus in its songwriting, demonstrated throughout catchy rap verses that pair smoothly with a sharply-crafted chorus. Valid, Stretch Money, and Kerr sound natural and effortless atop Cross’ vivid production, as they ride the synth-laden, bouncy beat with ease. “Sentimental” is a track that can suit a wide range of moods and settings, as well as appeal to a broad audience of listeners, and it makes for a diverse and refreshing offering. Take a listen to “Sentimental” below and tap in with these Detroit emcees.

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