Royal Jones | Make Things Nice

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Make Things Nice

by Royal Jones

alternative upbeat and edgy, wonderfully engineered. this youngster has a style all his own.
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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1. Love Like a Freak
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2. Make Things Nice
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3:40 $0.99
3. Pain Stain
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4. Ride Out of Control
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Album Notes
Royal’s 4-song EP begins with an electronic groove track called “Love Like A Freak” that serves up a clean mix with synthesized bass, sparse tasteful guitar and a hooky chorus line. The vocal effect at the end of track one is perfectly placed and Jones while dishing out a cool vamp, does not over sing the material with his unusual voice. “Make Things Nice” sounds like it came right off an early 1970’s Temptation album and Royal definitely steps into David Ruffin’s talented shoes. The keyboard parts and vocal harmonies sounded sweet as Rocky Mountain Chocolate through my headphones and I enjoyed the retro soul oozing out of my stereo. “Pain Stain” is more contemporary sounding electronic soul offering; but the vocal lines on this one sound a bit off for my tastes, notwithstanding the excellent musical effects. “Make Things Nice” closes the short EP with a heavy ½ time beat, laid back hip-hop vocals and horn parts weaved around them.

The Royal Jones EP is a perfect calling card to hear what he can do as a vocalist and songwriter; and producer 'Codee' has done a masterful job recording and delineating the musical parts. As you may know, I believe in less is more and enjoy when music is not overpowered with too many instruments and overdubs and this effort never swims in those waters. Madmonk Grade A
exerpt from TAXI Review of single "Pain Stain" shouldn't be shy about showing off your brilliance. ...

Posted by Wally Bangs
... some of the most off kilter, unique, and fractured funk and soul songs around. It’s electronic funk music for dancing in the clubs, but possessed of a chilled out ghostliness at times that makes you wonder who let the trip-hop in the door.
This CD has one of the most credible street vibes I've heard in a long time.
My favorite track is "Ride Out of Control," a tribute to 70s funk, complete with a horn section and lazy, drawling rapping. The hook is the refrain, "If I ever come down, I'll behave, I'll be good."
The bottom line is that you will move to this. Yes, it's sample-happy and completely synthesized, but it's bursting with soul. Make it your soundtrack for a Saturday night and see if you don't sound like Sylvia from Boston the next morning. this article comes from


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kiki j

i'm so psyched about this release!
I was looking for ROYAL JONES other cd that includes the songs PERTURBED,(YOU PUT THE)moves on me,and LOVE SITUATION and DESPERATE .I was unfamiliar with these NEW songs.I must say I'm elated hearing these 4 NEW gems.I boogied all nite when i first purchased this cd.Each song has a definite groove/vibe that is both funky and wild.a fabulous mix of the four!You can't catch your breath between grooves,which I love! The song MAKE THINGS NICE is reminiscent of a Marvin Gaye sound/song(I love MG)Royal Jones however cannot be categorized easily and does not rip off anyone's sound intentionally but the influence is there!LOVELY.He is an original and his sucess is long overdue!I pray there'll be more releases as wonderful as this .I recognized the producer Codee from his work with Nancy Wilson the jazz great.The song LOVE LIKE A FREAK makes me want to boogie down in a frenzied feverish fashion,(that end riff is truly groovy)PAIN STAIN which has received the most repeated plays in a day is just hysterical.ROYAL JONES refers to it in his lounge act as the JERRY SPRINGER song /anthem.What a fabulous song and so catchy!Last but not least RIDE OUT OF CONTROL is a wild song about regret and remorse and early departures of so many loved ones(I think?) It is unique and reminds me a bit of the late great legend CURTIS MAYFIELD!The cover art depicts 2 distinctly different images of the wild androgyny ROYAL JONES.He is a trip and a half.unpretentiously hip and you just gotta move to this!as you can tell I JUST LOVE THIS CD! L I K E- A -F R E A K might!I do hope however with the promise of a forthcoming cd that it will include the other gems produced by DORA the EXPLORER'S emmy nominated musical producer STEVE SANDBERG.I'm very happy to see this available on cdbaby.THANKS for reading my ramblings. I'm telling everyone about this party down cd y'all!

diane farelli

need more
i need more and am hoping there will be....soon!

Pain Stain

Catchy beat, clever lyrics, original style
The catchy beat and clever lyrics of these tracks make this a must-have CD. The original style of Royal Jones is not to be missed!

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