Jesse Boykins III & Melo-X: Black Orpheus

Two exciting artists in the music game at the moment have joined forces and will be releasing a full-length record together later this year. Their sound is organic and soulful, mixing both RnB and hip-hop with electronic elements. Some would say that their sound is the direction that hip and RnB should be heading in right now, and I would have to agree.

Who am I talking about? Singer/songwriter Jesse Boykins III and producer/MC MeLo-X.

Talented artists in their own right, the two creative minds are set to release their first full-length collaboration record, “Zulu Guru”, on October 15, 2012.

“The history of the ZuLu is one rich with stories of royalty, valor and the warrior spirit. In an age of creative freedom through the use of social networks, we have become warriors of free expression. Never bound by the shackles of genre, we travel and shift through musical landscapes, breaking down barriers in the process. Our approach to music is similar to that of the spirited tribal warrior; conquering new land as we travel the world winning wars through romance. As we venture into a new level in our careers, we continue to embody the Zulu warrior spirit while elaborating on the romantic qualities in everyday life.

“The greatest minds are the ones that connect wholeheartedly with their artistic visions and do all they can to make it reality. The Guru in us all simply craves evolution and tranquility which comes with experience, which is simply the process in which we become more and more true to ourselves: being able to acknowledge our flaws and mistakes and wrongdoings and grow for the better.

“In this music there is honesty; pure understanding or putting forth the effort to understand the emotions that make us do what we do. We write to express and highlight things within ourselves and our culture that we feel hold some sort of significance, good or bad. We deeply connect with the many cultures of the world, traveling and over-involving ourselves with awareness. This music we bring to you is a sonic form of connection, a humbling form of passion, and the advancement of art in form of romance.” – Jesse Boykins III & MeLo-X

Produced by Afta-1, the album’s first single ‘Black Orpheus’ is a mellow number with an unmistakble soulful-futuristic sound and vibe. The duo’s new conceptualised sound is infused in traditional soul music, perhaps creating a new genre in electronic soul?

Listen to the track below and if you like it, download it for FREE here.

*Update: Wanna know some even better news? The duo are heading to our shores in November for the recently announced OutsideIn Festival.