Illuminate​:​BLUE

by ASCENDANT

/
  • Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    + the BONUS TRACK This Life (Remix128) only available with your purchase here

     $7 USD  or more

     

  • Compact Disc (CD)

    Full SIGNED CD with beautiful digipak artwork, lyrics and liner notes. The package comes with the original 6-track CD and includes a separate CD (limited quantity) of the BONUS TRACK This Life (Remix128)

    Includes unlimited streaming of Illuminate:BLUE via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 1 day

     $7 USD or more

     

1.
06:03
2.
3.
04:05
4.
04:50
5.
6.

about

a brilliant little EP that's the greatest thing they've done so far! The sound is sublimely righteous – set to some soaring jazzy backdrops that make the vocals sound really wonderful, and which really help get across the message in the music – a blend that's maybe the best approach to this sort of groove we've heard since vintage work from Fertile Ground! The set's only an EP, but it's got a very powerful feel
– put together perfectly, with vocals that are right on the money, especially in the harmony passages – and timeless instrumentation that will have us coming back to this one again and again over the years. (Dustygroove.com)


ILLUMINATE: to enlighten, as with knowledge; to brighten with light; to make clearer

ASCENDANT's 2nd studio album, Illuminate, is broken into four parts just as light is refracted into various colors by a prism. It takes you through the band's growing stages. BLUE conveys wisdom from their mistakes. GREEN traces their rebirth from faith. YELLOW expresses joy from their creativity. RED shares their love of life.

On the 1st disc Illuminate:BLUE, the band starts this chapter with an uptempo chant/meditation/dance, “Gye Nyame,” whose translation from the Adinkra culture of Ghana basically means "God IS / except God." This Adinkra symbol has had special meaning for bandleader Kael Mboya. "It's a source of strength and a reminder of where the blessings come from for me. There is an old African proverb that states - any matter of importance begun without first the mention of God is maimed. This song had to start the CD.”

From there, life imitates art as they explore a break up in the song “Darkest Shade Of Blue,” with a slow winding bass groove as the backbeat and a scintillating guitar solo. Originally written in 1996 for Michael Lockett's former vocal group, Truce, this song signifies the changing of the roster for the band and sets the theme for Illuminate:BLUE.

On the other side of tragedy and loss is a new cycle, and the path to it is through appreciation of what you have.
The next track, “This Life,” lightens the mood and reminds us to make the most of life with playful rhythm sections and vocal harmonies swelling throughout.

The fourth track, “All You Need,” is a throwback to the timeless old school slow jams featuring crooning lead vocals by Michael Lockett. With earnest and heartfelt lyrics, this surprising waltz form achieves a sincere declaration of love.

The track “Nothing To Prove” follows (with lead vocals by Kael Mboya and guest vocalist Tina M. Howell) and serves as an anthem for knowing yourself and rising above life's daily challenges. Nodding to traditional African call and response patterns, this song transforms into a gospel-inflected house music vamp.

Rounding out Illuminate:BLUE is “Back Into the World,” showcasing the newest member of ASCENDANT, Donica Lynn, and offering a promise of brighter things to come. In a duet with Michael Lockett, Donica's soulful, expressive soprano encourages us to let down our guard and welcome love back into our lives.

Illuminate:BLUE by ASCENDANT. It's time to RISE and SHINE

credits

released December 11, 2012

All songs Arranged, Produced and Mixed by Kael Mboya for Ascendant Music Inc.

DARKEST SHADE OF BLUE Recorded by Michael Kolar at Soundscape Studios

Mastered at Fragile Music Group by Slavic Livins

All photos: Stephen K. Simmons Front Cover artwork: Aum Mu Ra Inside cover and back cover designs: Michael Lockett, Kimberly Malone-Lockett & Kael Mboya

All songs © 2012 Ascendant Music Inc. / Ascendant Sounds ASCAP

AscendantMusic.com

tags

license

all rights reserved

feeds

feeds for this album, this artist

about

ASCENDANT Chicago, Illinois

Soulful Inspiring. Just a few words that people use to describe them & their artistry, and yet ASCENDANT is simply that, ascendant...rising above. ASCENDANT has been rising above their critics, their fears, their obstacles & creating meaningful, soul-filled music in an era when such artistic statements just aren't made but desperately needed. ASCENDANT rises and asks us all to join them in flight ... more

contact / help

Contact ASCENDANT

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Track Name: Darkest Shade Of Blue
VERSE I
Here I am all alone thinking of you in the darkest shade of blue
Here I stand with my heart in my hand
Never do fairy tales ever come true

When U love someone U give up I and me
For us and we now that's what I believed
Now maybe I'm crazy but I just don't see
Us and we in U and me

BRIDGE I
Trust me U said asked me to open my hearts door
So that U could see the real me, where have I heard that before (Samson & Delilah)
My strength is born not from my hair but from my heart and soul

Chorus
How can something feel so good inside
How can love so good make U wanna die

VERSE II
So many dreams so many things we left undone when our two became my one
Then U were gone a new life you'd hope to find
Never turning back to see what U left behind

When U love somebody U give up I U give up me
For us and we now that's what I believed
Now I'm not crazy but I just don't see
No us and we in U and me

BRIDGE II
Now while I am waiting for the last tear to fall
I've come to realize the writing was on the wall but I couldn't see it coming
And all that's left for me to do is to wonder

CHORUS
VAMP
Inside, inside I'm so blue, inside
Track Name: This Life
THIS LIFE
(Kael Mboya, Michael Lockett)

Take some time
Enjoy this life
U only get one... This life

Relax your mind
Enjoy the ride
Don't take it for granted... This life

U only get one...
This life

Don't take it for granted...
This life

U only get one... This life
Don't take it for granted... This life
Just live it... This life
Love your life

© 2012 Ascendant Music Inc. / Ascendant Sounds ASCAP
Track Name: All You Need
ALL YOU NEED
(Kael Mboya, Michael Lockett, Kalind Haynes)
VERSE I
This is my chance to tell you/How I really feel
No games no jokes/My love is so real
The moment is now as I look into your eyes
I promise you everything/One heart can give

CHORUS
I will be/ All that you need/Forever
I will be/ All that you need/Till the end
I will be/I will be...

VERSE II
Somehow I know our love will stand the test of time
You bring me so much joy/ You're all that I'll ever need
Give me your hand/Let love take us where we want to be
Right here and now/My life, my soul, my heart I vow
Take this symbol of my love as we now become one

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Every morning/The sun/And your smile/Will help me rise
Every evening/Our love/Will shine through/Shine through
Shine through/the night

CHORUS / VAMP

© 2012 Ascendant Music Inc. / Ascendant Sounds ASCAP
Track Name: Nothing To Prove (featuring Tina M. Howell)
NOTHING TO PROVE (Kael Mboya Bradley, Michael Lockett, Aleata Holloway)
VERSE I
Rolled out of bed this morning/ got so much to do
Feel the pressure on me/ I know I'll make it through
The pressure to make more money/ prove you're number one
Keep fighting for position/ till the setting of the sun

Chorus I
Constant daily grind/ prison of the mind
Leave that all behind - Got nothing to prove
May have bills to pay/ God will make my way
Lesson learned today - Got nothing to prove

Change
I know who I am/ I know where I stand
The more I live/ The more I see/ What was always true
Life is too short/ I've got nothing to prove

VERSE II
Why's your hair so nappy/ You oughta wear it straight
You got an office job but/ You can't wear them braids
Why's your butt so big/ You should lose some weight
Yeah she's fat/ But she's got a pretty face
Your breasts are too small/ You oughta get implants
Gotta look like a model/ Then maybe you'll have a chance
If you gotta find perfection/ If you gotta be the best
Then you gotta do it for yourself/ Ignore the rest

CHANGE II
I know who I am/ I know where I stand
The more I live/ The more I see/ The more I know

CHORUS II
It may hurt sometimes/ Strength I always find
I will forever shine/ Got nothing to prove
I can only be/ What God intends for me
The truth is plain to see/ Got nothing to prove
May have bills to pay/ God will make my way
Lesson learned today/ Got nothing to prove
I got hills to climb/ One thing on my mind
Forever I will shine/ Got nothing to prove

Change III
I know who I am/ I know where I stand
It may hurt sometimes/ Strength I always find/ I will shine

VAMP
Hills to climb/But I don't mind/ I will shine

© 2012 Ascendant Music Inc. / Ascendant Sounds ASCAP
Track Name: Back Into The World
BACK INTO THE WORLD (Kael Mboya, Michael Lockett)
VERSE I
Never been one to open up my heart (can't let too many in)
Well I never wondered why that's just how I live
I've built a fortress around my heart (no love could be found)
Then U reached out for my hand the wall came tumbling down

Bridge
I feel like I've been buried alive lost from the light
Now the sun is on my face the blood is moving through my veins
It's all because of U I'm coming out if the darkness
Back into the world

VERSE II
Thought I was moving on (but I was only standing still)
The victim of a broken heart I needed time to heal
While I was drowning in my tears (U always had a smile)
Standing right in front of me U opened my eyes

Bridge II
I feel like I can love again open up my heart and let U in
There is so much we can share if U need me I'll be there
It's all because of U I'm coming out if the darkness
Back into the world

VAMP
Back into the world

© 2012 Ascendant Music Inc. / Ascendant Sounds ASCAP