Posts Tagged ‘alt soul’

May 30, 2018

Our velveteen electronica and soul faves, HONNE, has been rolling out some spectacular collaborations lately whilst teasing us with rumors of a new album. The London outfit last linked up with dashing Tom Misch to give us Me & You ◑. And now they’ve teamed up with edgy UK artist and drummer Georgia, whom you might recall we were championing quite a lot a year ago after falling hard for her dark fidgeting, gritty bristling electronic pop. We haven’t heard from Georgia since, so we’re glad to come across her unexpected cameo (and lovely voice) on HONNE’s Location Unknown ◐, a beautifully moving, swanky stirring, and luxuriantly affecting infusion of their smooth rolling, snug melting electro-soul sound. HONNE has also shared another divine new track named 306 ◑, which you can stream below. Location Unknown ◐ is available, here, while 

306 ◑ is available, here. Though we still don’t have any additional information to share regarding HONNE’s next album, a world tour has been announced for later this year. Details can be found, here.

May 8, 2018

Aww yeah, I knew we’d be in for some new Jungle soon considering the collective’s recent touring activities, and here we are, with not one but two new jams (and videos) from the funk and soul loving Londoners! Happy Man and House In LA are our first new Jungle tunes since the band lit us on fire with their 2014 self-titled debut album. Hopefully, this means their sophomore album is arriving soon, and a new expansive tour is on its way, since I had to miss their stop in San Francisco a few weeks back. Happy Man is classic Jungle, a funky strutting, soulful swaggering affair. It’s lavish and opulent, dashing and suave. House In LA, however, bucks the usual Jungle pizzazz for a heady and sleek, dreamy and warped shimmer, kind of like James Vincent McMorrow gone psychedelic plush whilst enveloped by Radiohead’s orchestral electronica. While Happy Man might be the immediately hooking song out of the two, there’s no doubt House In LA is my favorite and the most brilliant offering. Happy Man and House In LA are both available now from XL Recordings, here and here, respectively.

April 30, 2018

If you didn’t catch this news over the weekend, I can assure you, you’re in for a double Monday treat, courtesy of Los Angeles’ Michl, whom we’ve been enamored with for the past several years. Our experiences catching the artist live have only added to our fervor. Michl, who last surprised us by teaming up with production luminary Mura Masa on Better With You, has unleashed a thoroughly bewitching new song named I’d Do It Again.  The dreamy waltzing, lushly glistering ballad carries the intricacy of Fyfe, with Michl leading  us through his sonic garden with contemplative vocals. Alongside the new song also comes Michl’s first-ever music video, a three-part short film titled ‘datum’ featuring two previously freleased songs (Better With You and Out Of Order). The film was co-directed by Michl with Sean Hollihan, and it peels back yet more layers of Michl’s story as an artist. “The entire film was shot in my hometown of Riverside, CA. In the same home, same streets, same local grocery store,“ said Michl of his debut video. "Most would consider Riverside an uninspiring city, but somehow I always had big aspirations. By subtly placing high fashion within the context of my hometown, we were able to re-create that dreamlike optimism I had growing up.” Watch ‘datum’ below. New song I’d Do It Again can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

April 30, 2018
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Ah, Zanski and that slinky burning drawl… It melts me to the core every time I listen to one of his tunes. I guess you could say I’m a “fool’ for Fool, but in a good way. The electro-soul and R&B funk swooner is the Canadian artist’s latest exhibition of fine musicality and expert delivery, a Jai Paul meets Opia and RKCB sort of gooey, moody sonic courter. It’s a new taste from Zanski’s forthcoming EP, Derivative Emotion, arriving next month. You can also jam out to Fool on Spotify, here.

April 26, 2018
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It’s taken nearly a year for James Gillepsie to return with a new single, but Dead In The Water was more than worth that long wait. The British crooner first impressed us with a sound reminiscent of Hozier, James Blake, and Jake Garratt on his debut single What You Do, and now he’s back with more of that gritty soulfulness and potent resonance on Dead In The Water, on which he also reminds us of Rag’N’Bone Man and Dermot Kennedy this time around. A hypnotic, stripped back piano melody is paired with a beautifully uncoiling, expansively unwinding chorus on the magnificent track. Speaking on Dead In The Water, James states: “It’s about knowing you’ve fallen before you do, the feeling that you will carry on floating aimlessly without that love. In this case, its a forbidden one – that you both want but can’t have. I produced it with Mike Spencer, whose studio’s in the middle of a wood; it definitely captured a moment, turning off the lights and recording vocals using only the light coming through the trees.”

April 19, 2018
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Three years, that’s how long we’ve been impatiently waiting for new music from one of our long time favorites, forward-thinking songwriting and production genius Ben Khan. Oh, how we’ve missed his funky blues and soulful R&B, his ever scintillating electronica and sultry smoldering guitars, which have drawn comparisons to the great Jai Paul many times over. And boy does he make a style crushing return on 2000 Angels, a slinky burning swooner, which comes with news of a full length album expected to arrive this summer. 2000 Angels is an intensive affair, a pressurized, hedonistic eruption of passion and desire. It’s glorious, to say the least, and you can watch its music video below. If they don’t use 2000 Angels in a Victoria’s Secret commercial at some point, I’ll be very disappointed in the lingerie brand known for being on point with their musical choices. Visit Ben Khan’s new website for his debut album, The Foundation, here.

April 11, 2018

Swimming with bears could be an amazing, life-changing experience, or it could be the worst idea ever. I’d imagine the latter holds true 99.9% of the time. Fortunately for us, instead of swimming with bears, we can dip into the music of a band named Swimming With Bears instead from the safety of dry land, far away from any clawed beast. And trust me, you’re going to be “ooh la la-ing” your way to heaven to the Austin based four piece’s recent single, French Girls. Funky alt soul and a lavish dance rock groove lure us into the band’s Portugal. the Man meets Fitz and the Tantrums-like dance-ready jam. This is the sort of song that will be put a spring in your step and a massive smile on your face. Don’t be surprised if you can’t stop listening to French Girls, it’s that addictive. Grab the tune, here, and keep up with Swimming With Bears, here.

April 5, 2018

I have made it a mission in my life to see Albin Lee Meldau live. I can only imagine how immensely moving that experience would be, considering his gravelly voice and the sheer force of the emotion he puts into his singing. The Gothenburg singer songwriter returned this week with a new video and a remix EP for The Weight Is Gone, a soul soaked rock and dance pop swinger that signals a striking new creative direction for the artist. Vivacious pleats of beats and sweeping strings adorn the reverb-heavy jam. Albin confesses how love can sometimes feels like a heavy curse on the song, lifted from his forthcoming debut album due out this summer on Astralwerks. If you’ve yet to watch Albin Lee Meldau’s NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert series appearance, you can watch the performance, here. The Weight Is Gone is available, here, and we’ll be sure to be on the lookout for details regarding Albin’s debut album. 

April 3, 2018
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Poignant and bittersweet is the retro soulful pop found in Crying, a song from Speak In Rhythms, an album that Carmanah dropped last month. The trio, who hails from Victoria, Canada, bewitch us with their dusty lilting tune and spectacular vocals by lead singer Laura Mina. The 60s styled ballad would fit right into a Twin Peaks episode with its vintage charm and Roadhouse ready magnetism. A hint of Teddy Sinclair and a touch of early Cults also imbue the track, though there’s far more of a classic a throwback aura. Making me fall even harder for the song is the aching guitar solo. You can stream Speak In Rhythms in full on Soundcloud, here.

April 3, 2018

The expression “speaking in tongues” has always intrigued me since it tends to do with the occult, but now we get to associate the phrase with this fine song from Joseph J. Jones, too! The English singer songwriter, who used to be a boxer, enthralls us with his gravelly voice on the bluesy and soulful alt track, again reminding us of fellow crooners like Rag’N’Bone Man, Hozier, Alex Clare, and the likes. The epic anthem comes with a vividly crafted music video directed by Gregg Houstin and Babysweet. Speaking in Tongues is available, here.