Posts Tagged ‘60’s soul’

July 7, 2017
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Though On And On was our very first encounter with Curtis Harding and his music despite his having released a full length in 2014, it was immediately apparent that this is an artist to take note of and keep a close watch on. He’s swooped out of Atlanta with a dashing brand of vintage soul and old school R&B that evokes the likes of Leon Bridges and Michael Kiwanuka, but with the funky Motown strut of some of Danger Mouse’s work. On And On is out now via ANTI- Records. Find out more from his website, here.

June 9, 2017
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After listening to the charming retro soul and swinging R&B of I Need You, it should come as no surprise that up and coming artist on the rise Jalen N’Gonda has already opened for the likes of Jamie Woon, Lauryn HIll, and Laura Mvula

. Just a few seconds in and I was already flush with excitement over the new artist. Jalen N’Gonda’s 60′s soul is like Otis Redding paired with Leon Bridges, with slivers of Danger Mouse project Gnarls Barkley sashaying through its brisk strokes. I Need You follows on the success of the Liverpool based talent’s early tracks like Holler (When You Call My Name) and Why I Try, which are approaching 1.5 million streams. A host of summer festivals in addition to Jalen’s first shows back in his native US have all been confirmed. A full EP will be arriving later this year. Jalen N’Gonda is one to watch, and we’re hoping we get to watch him live soon in a more intimate venue before he blows up, though no San Francisco date has been announced for his tour (yet). 

April 25, 2017
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Jacob Banks blew me away when the Nigerian born UK singer songwriter made his San Francisco debut at Popscene earlier this year. We were expecting it, having so eagerly shared incredible songs like Chainsmoking, Unholy War, and Monster 2.0, yet his performance exceeded even our highest expectations. With his rugged soulful voice, full of power and passion, he belted out his nostalgia laden, emotion ridden songs and drove home the fact that he’s obviously poised for great things ahead. A few days ago, Jacob Banks released his The Boy Who Cried Freedom EP, a collection of five incredible songs, some new, some previously shared. Among the fresh gems is this slow swaying ballad named Part Time Love. It’s vintage soul, retro gospel, and mellow rock are an immediate must for the plenteous people out there who love Michael Kiwanuka and Leon Bridges (both of whom I’ve had the pleasure of re-visiting lately due to my recent addiction to HBO’s Big Little Lies). Jacob Banks needs to be on season 2′s soundtrack, don’t you agree? Stream Jacob Banks’ The Boy Who Cried Freedom EP in full on Soundcloud. Purchase from iTunes, here.

April 21, 2017
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Sometimes, I wonder if Pharrell actually lurks on the pages of IHM. We discovered and featured Maggie Rogers over two years ago, supposedly just before he discovered Maggie Rogers and helped to propel her to her current level of fame and buzz. And we’ve been fans of incredibly gifted NoMBe for well over two years, and now Pharrell is heavily touting his horn, too. In all seriousness though, I kid, I’m sure Pharrell, who has a knack for finding talent, picks up on these amazing artists in a myriad of ways far removed from our little corner of the interwebs. I’m infinitely glad he’s hopped on the NoMBe train though. Pharrell describes the Los Angeles based artist’s music as “…for the subconscious… He writes and produces dream sequences.” This is never more apparent than on Can’t Catch Me, the latest chapter in NoMBe’s monthly singles series leading up to his highly anticipated debut album. We’re literally transported to a different time period, a parallel universe, by this funky 60′s soul piece that features LA art rockers New Mystics. Woozy upbeat and snap-tastic spicy Can’t Catch Me really can’t be caught… You’ll want to tap your feet and snap your fingers as you run after this virile driving dazzler. It rushes forth with such feral passion. Can’t Catch Me was personally chosen by Pharrell as the theme song for new HBO documentary Outpost. Grab the song from iTunes, here.

December 6, 2016
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Los Angeles’ Carneyval and Jackson Breit make a dashing team on retro flavored swooner It Ain’t Love, a brassy track that blends 60′s soul with funky dance. Not only does Jackson Breit turn in a smoldering performance on vocals, but he lends his trumpeting skills to the hooking jam, too. Producer Carnevyl’s smooth dynamic production even sports some airy light, summer breezy moments. Though It Ain’t Love seems to be about heartbreak and disappointment, it sure lifts the spirits and leaves me swaying my head in giddy bliss. 

November 12, 2016
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17 year old English musician George Van De Broek is drumming up a lot of praise and excitement with his project Yellow Days. He exhibits a remarkable amount of weathered maturity in his music despite his age, a quality more than apparent on his new song Gap In The Clouds. When I think of clouds parting on a gloomy day, I imagine brilliant rays of sunlight breaking out in from clarion blue spaces. It’s a heavenly moment of joy that George captures on his song, a wondrously lifting mixture of 60′s soul and gossamer pop. The package is extra fresh as it’s also endowed with trip hop like percussive rolls and sparkling psychedelia. Gap In The Clouds is like a brilliant Leon Bridges and King Krule wild child. Don’t be surprised if Yellow Days becomes the next new darling act on the tip of everyone’s tongues someday soon.

September 15, 2016
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Despite my belated realization that Klaxons’ frontman James Righton had embarked on a new musical journey as Shock Machine, the project has had my full attention since I shared Open Up The Sky earlier this year. Shock Machine returns with new single Lost In A Mystery and news of a debut album to arrive soon on Marathon Artists. Lost In A Mystery thoroughly charming, its sweet soulful psych pop and a sliver of 60′s doo wop drawing us deep into Shock Machine’s misty chromatic world. one which we’re more than happy to lose ourselves within. Shock Machine’s debut album is expected to arrive in early 2017.

June 29, 2016
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Washington, D.C.’s Imad Royal, fka Royal, flexes his mad genius and creative talent on a new tune named Bad 4 U, and it’s as innovative and fresh a tune as I’ve encountered all year. Doo wop meets hip hop and pop meets the 60′s on the brass frisky, candy coated delight. Bad 4 U has been getting a lot of attention on Imad Royal’s mini tour with Skizzy Mars, and now that we all get to listen to it, it’s rampantly obvious why. This is one sweetly honeyed, dapper swooning love song. I’ve got it bad bad bad for Bad 4 U, which is out now on iTunes.

September 23, 2015
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Now that I look back on their songs, it’s obvious how fitting Black Honey’s band name is the perfect for the music they deliver. Sludgy garage psych, sugary soul, and 60′s pop blend together seamlessly on their smoky, sultry tunes. Latest single, Corrine, is a prime example of that composite sound I’ve come to love so much about the four piece from the UK. It’s deliciously hazy and woozily heady. Black Honey explains that the song is about a “complicated and romantic friendship, honoring regret and nostalgia in equal measure.” Corrine gets a physical release via the band’s label, Foxfive Records, on October 23rd.

July 15, 2015
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There’s been a sort of a 60′s soul revival of late, and Hollywood brings us a new melting crooner named Eddie Gomez, whose new song You Lie So Well is a doo woppy retro ballad that evokes a heart rending blend of Leon Bridges and Bruno Mars. The song is the third track released off the singer songwriter’s upcoming EP. Originally from Portland, Oregon, the Latino artist mixes soulful roots with contemporary elements on his music. Eddie Gomez will be playing the Staples Center as part of the LA Sparks halftime show on July 16th.