Posts Tagged ‘bluesy soul’

May 19, 2018

Camille Trust’s voice is ridiculously good on her new single Move On, which made its premiere on Billboard earlier this week. It’s beautifully captivating yet smoky raw, encapsulated in the sparse soundscape of the bluesy soulful ballad. The artist from NYC sings about heartbreak and loss on the single from her debut EP, No Other Way, which will be released on May 25th. She’ll be celebrating its release with a sure to be stunning album release show on May 26th at National Sawdust in Brooklyn. 
Move On was written following the separation of an extremely influential person in her life, the song reflects the feelings that were unfamiliar to Trust. “I’m the type of person that would rather have a raw and real relationship than waste time with quick satisfactions,” she reflects on the breakup. “Making the smart decision isn’t always easy and I didn’t know if I could see out to the other side. It’s important to feel and breathe through that pain. During that time, it was difficult for me to speak my mind out loud in conversation, but when this song was created I tapped into a new wave inside of me.” Camille gained a loyal following with her first two singles, No Matter and Lose You earlier this year. Her stage presence and her soulful ambiance have been compared to both Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse. Move On can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

May 11, 2018

We were swift addicts to Louis Baker’s creamy crooning and plush R&B soul when the New Zealand artist released his song Addict last year. And now we’re also obsessed with the songwriter’s latest single, a vintage soul groover named Black Crow which comes accompanied by a dapper music video featuring an adorable kid suavely adulting with pure confidence. Raw yet smooth, warm and sooty Black Crow is a molten melter. The song was written and produced in Sydney in six hours. The song, deceptively simple yet deeply organic, is about exorcising your demons, leaving the past behind, and gaining wisdom through experience. It’s velvety veneer is like Leon Bridges, while its sleek step and swanky guitars carry The Black Keys’

bluesy soulfulness. Speaking about the inspiration behind Black Crow, Louis Baker says: “The idea of bathing one’s hands in indigo came about through an old Japanese proverb I read. I was fascinated with its idea that a piece of fabric gets a deeper and richer colour tone if you repeatedly dye it. The proverb has a number of different meanings, but to me it is a metaphor about life, experience and growing wise with age.” Download/stream Black Crow, here.

April 19, 2018

I probably have an unhealthy obsession with the morbid and grim. Sometimes, I could watch crime dramas or reality shows for hours on end, and I find serial killers much intriguing. Not that I want to celebrate the horrible things they’ve done, quite the opposite, but the psychology and behaviorism involved is fascinating. What should be celebrated, however, is this new song from London’s Moncrieff. The soulful, bluesy crooner has teamed up with LA future bass/trap producer JUDGE on Serial Killer, a suspenseful smoldering future soul/R&B ballad. JUDGE’s dramatic production and Moncrieff’s incendiary voice come together to create a tensely charged effect. Serial Killer is a ball of electricity, ready to burst. Download/stream Serial Killer, here.

April 13, 2018

We’re rather crestfallen that we didn’t get a chance to catch Stevie Wolf when we were at SXSW last month despite how much he’s enamored us with with his sooty yet vulnerable sound, a rousing fusion of alt pop, bluesy rock, and electro-soul. Listening to new single Yves Klein Blue leaves us hoping we’ll get a new chance to catch him in California somewhere down the line. After all, Colorado isn’t too far away, right? Stevie Wolf has delivered a song that alternates between booming determination and tender introspection. He explores feelings of loneliness and disconnection on Yves Klein Blue, which exposes those innermost thoughts of wanting to find a true connection and raises the question “could you ever know me at all?” Stevie’s growing presence in the new music scene has lead to countless streams on his prior singles as well as coveted placements on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist and the US Viral 50 list. Keep up with him on his quirky, clever website, here.

April 5, 2018

I can’t wait for tomorrow night to arrive, and I’ve been looking forward to it for a very long time. English wunderkind Yellow Days will be making his San Francisco debut at a long sold out Popscene at the Rickshaw Stop, with Mallrat in tow, too! It’s quite the fitting coincidence that the acclaimed artist has released a new song today too. The Way Things Change reminds us why we’ve fallen hard for his gravelly voice and his droopy, murky form of haunting lo-fi soul and acidic psychedelia. It even seems extra groovy for the artist compared to some of his more hazily drifting hymnals. Bluesy instrumentals embellish the nineteen year old prodigy‘s first music of the year. The British artist/producer is now working on his official debut album following 2017′s Harmless Melodies EP and his full length “Is Everything Okay In Your World?” project. Almost every date of Yellow Days’ international spring tour is sold out, unsurprisingly. Find out more on his website, here. The Way Things Change, out on Columbia, is available, here.

January 31, 2018

It’s been ten long months since MATTIS, full name Mattis Jakobsen, sprung forth from Denmark to spellbind us with his incredible voice on debut single Loverboy, a seamless amalgamation of bluesy soul, sleek electronica, and impassioned pop. We had to battle impatience and anxious expectation before MATTIS returned to bless us with his second single, but The Chain is finally here, and it’s a well worthy follow up to Loverboy. His remarkable voice, a rare combination of velveteen smooth and sooty soulful, rolls with confidence over The Chain’s alt soundscape, a combination of soulful alt rock, gospel flavored pop, and restless scorching electronica. It’s fitting that MATTIS has tagged his resolute new marcher “Viking Soul”, it’s at once rugged and buttery, weathered and glossy, characteristics that normally seem to be polar opposites but here, on The Chain, they have a symbiotic effect. Stream/download the artist to watch’s single, here.

January 26, 2018

Some mighty fine music displaying a wide range of genres has been surfacing out of Ireland these days. Our latest such treasured find is a project named RTL, created by an artist named Rob Toal-Lennon who hails from Wicklow. He’s lures us into his world with a contemplative R&B soul song named Father, the opening track from his superb EP “Much Love.”, which he describes as an accumulation of 5 years of planning, writing, & recording. RTL’s attention to detail is more than obvious on inebriating Father. An eclectic array of elements compound the mellow swaying song. He knits together jazzy hip hop, bluesy soul, and acoustic R&B on his chill lilting jam. You can stream RTL’s Much Love. EP in full via Soundcloud, here.

January 9, 2018

An electronic song, on which Brooklyn based singer songwriter IRO made a striking impression with his dusty soulful voice, was our first encounter with the artist over a year ago. It seems this new single from IRO also has electronic roots, even though its a heart rending alt track. Last summer, Brazilian producer Alok dropped a single named Love Is A Temple, featuring IRO, on Spinnin’ Records. You can listen to that track, here. It seems IRO has since released a stripped back yet still lushly moving version of the song. It’s like Rag’n’Bone Man’s soulful anthems, but more tender and less rugged. You can stream/download Love Is A Temple via Spinnin’ Records, here.

December 5, 2017

To tell you the truth, this next one is a bittersweet one. On the one hand, it’s a mighty fine new song from French group Her, on the other hand, it’s a heartwrenching affair. As a long time fan of the band, I share the song with a big sigh. It was really tough to learn of the loss of co-founder Simon Carpenter to cancer. We Choose is the group’s first release since his tragic passing. It’s a torch in memory of Simon, on which frontman Victor Solf carries haunting verses into a hypnotic refrain with an airy sonic palette and classic soul style punctuated by Simon’s final vocal performance. It’s as moving a song as we’ve ever heard from Her, a more stark yet still sophisticated and brassy offering that cuts to the core. We Choose is a somber yet triumphant hymnal and a striking departure from the rambunctious groove and fiery embers of Five Minutes and some of their other songs. Her has a long road of success ahead, but I don’t think any fan will forget Simon Carpenter’s crucial role in the band. I know I won’t. I look forward to their highly anticipated self-titled full length album, out March 30th on Republic Records. 

October 30, 2017

Last Friday, an artist whom we consider one of the most talented newcomers this past year released his debut album. You can stream ‘Is Everything Okay In Your World?’ in full, here. Young English artist Yellow Days continues to haunt and stir with his signature combination of psychedelic pop and lo-fi soul on songs like this one off the album, I’ve Been Thinking Too Hard, creating a dreamy pensive, droopy yearning effect with his music. The album is a more than satiating culmination of our year long addiction to George van den Broeck and his gooey viscous, muggy churning music. His album is available from iTunes, here.