Posts Tagged ‘funky soul’

May 17, 2018

You know when you’ve partied too hard and you feel like you’re done with the scene, but your friends aren’t and they’re still trying to twist your arm into going back out? That hasn’t really happened to me in a long time, since, one, I don’t party that much nowadays, and two, I’m the one who actually goes out more than many of my buddies who have started families and are locked down at home. But Marble Skies brings it all back with his brand new song 5am. The 21 year old singer and producer from North London, well known for his expertise in 2-step and jazzy bass lines, returns with much electro-soulful, funky curling panache on the guitar soaked, satiny vocals steeped single. 

5am draws upon his personal experiences of going out to pubs, clubs and parties constantly during his last year at university and not having a great time.  The lyrics describe just going along with things your friends want to do like staying up all night at parties even though you don’t want to. He says: “I think it’s so easy to just get dragged along with things, to the point of having a really bad time but just pretending because you’re with your friends. I’m not very good at saying no to things. I really love singing this song and it connects with me personally every time.” Snag the suave jam, here.

May 11, 2018
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I rarely touch a video game console these days despite how often I found myself punching away at controls during my youth. As such, I’ve never really played EA Sports’ FIFA releases, though I’ve come to realize that its soundtracks are always in line with my own music tastes. FIFA 2018 World Cup’s trailer features a song that involves two artists we hold dear here at IHM, namely electro-soul trailblazer NoMBe and rising hip hop artist Thutmose, both of whom we were lucky to catch at SXSW earlier this year. The two combine talents to give us a frisky hip hop and funky soul jam named Run Wild, which comes off like a vivaciously cavorting combination of Pharrell, Outkast, and NVDES. You can watch the FIFA video game trailer, here. Run Wild is a whole lot of unbridled fun. It courses with infectious, untamed energy. 

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.

March 21, 2018

Brijs is back with a clever rework of Jai Paul which has resulted in a huge new video and a magnificent new electronic release! It’s been awhile since we’ve visited with the UK based producer, but prepare to strut it to his slick psychedelic disco banger Jasmine, on which Brijs utilizes the submerged melody of Jai Paul’s enigmatic 2012 demo and re-purposes it for a dance-floor ready torrid swooning affair.  “I can’t speak for Jai,” says Brijs, “but for me this song came to represent insecurity in two relationships with people who were way out of my league. I wanted to frame that bittersweet place between the flattery of the attention from that person we are infatuated with and the anxiety of believing they deserve better. The song,” adds Brijs about the sentiments he expresses in a near-euphoric take, “speaks to an underdog in love.”  Jai Paul meets Jamiroquai on the glorious groover, with a copious amount of Jungle and Her’s modern soul allure, too. Keep up with Brijs on his website, here.

November 2, 2017
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Though this track’s been liquefying hearts and steaming up the air for most of a month, it would be egregious to let Darling I Missed Your Call slip through the cracks. Frisky, sexy brass and James Chatburn’s luscious rich voice make this a staggering swooner. The Australian singer songwriter and producer takes a moment from his tour with Jordan Rakei to deliver his best Casanova impression on the R&B funk and electro-soul jam, a snazzy dasher you can purchase, here. Darling I Missed Your Call is a must for fans of Tom Misch and Fortunes.

May 17, 2017
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Honolulu and NYC’s inverness is one of the producers at the forefront of the latest movement in electronica, one which blurs the lines that define clear classification, leaving us with a

feisty yet smooth, surreal yet palpable form of dance music that readily crosses into pop, soul, R&B, and hip hop. inverness’ latest such concoction is named Working On You. This summer twinkling, torrid bopping, yet breezy swinging jam is a surge of sweet desire and an upwelling of ardent infatuation. No doubt this talent’s groovy tracks will be soundtracking much of a glorious summer. Re-visit inverness’ prior tracks, including his Nest HQ premiered remix of Mr. Carmack’s Kick It Up and jouncing thriller Can’t Keep Us on Soundcloud, here.

March 22, 2017

With a confident roar (quite literally), gifted Los Angeles based artist NoMBe returns with a new taste from his highly anticipated debut album. Freak Like Me, which also arrives with a 360 degree music video, is a fanged seductive, foxy sly electro soul jam. We’ve known for a few years now how dexterous NoMBe is when it comes to fusing genres. He does it here with aplomb, infusing that electro soul with plenty of alt rock and dirty funk. The final assemblage is nothing short of provocative and racy. NoMBe is currently releasing his debut album “They Might’ve Even Loved Me” single by single on a month to month basis, purportedly until he runs out of love songs.

January 24, 2017

Shy Luv, the Manchester duo made up of Karma Kid and Armeria, make a wondrous team with UK singer songwriter Jones on their groovy new jam, Shock Horror. The sleek wonky burner now comes with a spiffy cool music video, too, directed by London based French director duo Bif. JONES lends her silky luscious voice to this funky burbling spectacular, a Metronomy meets Chromeo like electro funk fete with some of Little Dragon’s cheeky piquant soul. Shock Horror is the title track from an EP to be released March 10th via Black Butter Records. You can pre-order the EP from iTunes and purchase the single, here.

October 19, 2016
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Enigmatic 10K Islands signed trio Viigo mesmerizes on slick slinking, squishy throbbing Ex-Friends. The torrid scorching yet cool sliding new single channels JUNGLE like opulence and Jai Paul or Ben Khan like sinuous electrifying funk. Viigo frontman MJ Hancock handsomely croons about turning back time and mending a broken friendship. This slick electro soul bursts with regret, yet its buttery gloss fills me with ecstasy. Revisit Viigo’s prior songs on Soundcloud.

September 22, 2016
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Raf Rundell is one half of British electronic duo The 2 Bears alongside Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard. Raf has also taken it upon himself to launch a full blown solo career under the project name Selfie Boy. On December 9th, he’ll be releasing a debut EP named The Adventures of Selfie Boy Part 1, from which comes this soulful lifting, melodic lilting, disco luxuriant deep house anthem named Right Time. To think I may have missed out on this ravishing song if I hadn’t encountered the new music video that arose over the weekend for Right Time. The horror! Right Time’s video, which you can view below, is an amusing watch. Sometimes, elderly dancers have the best moves and the most confidence. They slay the dance floor to Right Time’s lavish pumping beats. Pre-order The Adventures of Selfie Boy Pt.1 from iTunes.