Posts Tagged ‘Gospel’

May 24, 2018

Heads up, kids. A must listen new arrival just came out of the music woodwork but less than an hour ago, and it comes from none other than post-dubstep, electronic, and gospel-imbued soul troubadour James Blake. I’ve actually been wondering for awhile now when he’d unleash some new music on us. The UK singer songwriter and producer is responsible for one of the best shows I attended last year. I was there for one of his three sold out shows at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco and he was nothing short of magnificent, whether it was his solo ballads on piano, his dub heavy re-visits of older classics, or the immense catalog of new music he blessed us with that magical evening. This afternoon, he’s finally released a beautiful new song named Don’t Miss It via a lyric video of sorts. It’s a much pensive and reflective song, sparse and understated yet gorgeously mesmeric with its soft trickling beats, haunting keys, and soulful cooing. Don’t Miss It, which is a collaboration with Mount Kimbie’s Dom Maker, almost feels like a CocoRosie song mixed with James Blake’s downtempo gospel and electro-soul. 

May 22, 2018
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I’m going to come clean right now. I confess, I have a ridiculous obsession with Conrad Sewell’s sonorous voice and his new single Come Clean. The Australian singer songwriter has been spending much of the past couple of years touring, but he’s now unfurling new songs off his new project Ghosts & Heartaches. Come Clean is a piano pop song on which his voice alternates between gravelly soulful and lofty sleek. The weathered, heartfelt ballad is accompanied by a second new song named Healing Hands, which you can stream below. It’s a gospel endowed heartbreak pop anthem with beautifully stirring organ chords that builds its way towards erupting catharsis. Both songs are out now via 300 Entertainment. Stream/download, here.

April 5, 2018
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These past several weeks have been divinely eventful for this long time fan of South East London’s Only Girl. Not only did we learn about the moving story, or the inspiration, behind much of Ellen Murphy’s music via a BBC News article you can peruse, here, but we finally experienced her jaw dropping vocals and emotionally charged, soulful stirring R&B pop live at SXSW. No footage I took in Austin could do the sheer force of her beautiful voice justice. As much as she’s already stunning in her recordings, Only Girl truly takes monumental flight live, and I recommend you go see her if the chance ever arises. Adding to all this excitement is a new EP named Bittersweet, which features prior singles Mountain and Fall (featuring James Vickery), as well as its brand new title track. Heartfelt lyrics are cradled in a warm bed of rich organ sounds and uplifting harmonies. Bittersweet is an evocative swirl of gospel, soul, and pop, lifted to heavenly heights of rousing eloquence by Ellen Murphy’s transcendental vocal forte. 

Produced by long term collaborator Henry Binns (Zero 7), Ellen explains, “I wrote Bittersweet during a difficult time in my life, when I was trying to adjust and adapt myself to huge changes. Following on from writing Mountain about my boyfriend suffering a brain injury, Bittersweet was about us re-entering the real world, trying to adjust and adapt to the huge difference we faced in our life Despite his recovery, it was incredibly hard to accept the different course that our lives had taken – ‘Who knew I’d see, this life, it could be so Bittersweet’ and I realised that one of the only things that could keep me going was the love and support of the people around me. I wanted to write a song that could reach out to anyone who had gone through a challenging time in life, to make them feel uplifted and  ultimately bring the message that the power of love can sometimes be the only thing to pull us through ‘Love is all I need”.  Only Girl will launch her new EP with an intimate headline show at Thousand Island in London on Thursday, May 3rd, tickets available, here. Download/stream Bittersweet, here.

March 12, 2018
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We’re incredibly excited at the prospect of catching Dermot Kennedy at SXSW in but a few days. He knocked us off our feet with his sensational vocals and raw storytelling on Moments Passed earlier this year, and he’s become a prominent leader on our artists to watch lists. We know for a fact that we’ll be transfixed by his performance at We Found New Music’s official SXSW showcase at the Palm Door on Sixth come March 15th, but we’re hoping it won’t be the only time we’ll be seeing him in Austin. In the meantime, the Irish singer songwriter is back with his grainy stirring voice and another tour de force, atmospheric soaring hymnal named Young & Free. The sheer weight of the emotion exuding through his aching vocals and the song’s rumbling production leaves us blissfully trembling and sublimely shattered. I can’t even begin to imagine how Young & Free is going to sound live later this week. Young & Free is the second track to be released from Dermot Kennedy’s upcoming mixtape with esteemed producer Mike Dean (Kanye West, Jay Z, Travis Scott, Desiigner), who also turned in a phenomenal remix of Moments Passed recently. Dermot Kennedy already sold out his 60+ date headlining tour across the U.K., Ireland, North America, and Australia. So I count myself fortunate that I’m going to be experiencing the power of his music up close and personal at SXSW soon. Stream Dermot Kennedy on Spotify, here.

March 12, 2018
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Rootsy soul and bluesy rock are obviously Ollie English’s forte. The 22 year old singer songwriter and guitarist, who hails from South Australia, makes an indelible impression on us with How Many Times, a raw and powerful new single from a rising artist who’s already captivated many a fan with his versatile sound via his 2015 EP, Cabin Thoughts. With deep rolling vocals and his gospel imbued sound, Ollie English floors us on the torrid simmering lament. How Many Times is a potent tour de force reminiscent of Rag’N’Bone Man, Hozier, and Alex Clare. 

February 20, 2018
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Jacob Banks and Louis The Child are two acts I never thought would come together on a song, but all hail Diddy Bop, which sees the Nigerian-born UK-based R&B soul sensation meeting halfway with the red hot production duo from Chicago. The track comes off of that super stacked, talent studded new Fifty Shades Free soundtrack, and it’s quite the soulful bopping, piano carousing, and gospel sewn treat. If all your experience with Louis The Child have been their high voltage electronic tracks, you might be surprised by what the pair has turned in here. It’s obvious Louis The Child’s already extraordinary production skills are spreading in new directions. Their work on Diddy Bop, when accompanied by Jacob Banks’ gravelly stirring, deep resounding voice, is pure soulful pop bliss. Stream/purchase, here.

February 20, 2018

I’ve never watched a single full episode of The Voice before, though I may have tuned in for a few brief minutes in passing. So, prior to The Soliloquy, I had no idea who Noah Mac was. Turns out, he’s not only a season 13 alum, but a much beloved semi-finalist with an incredible… you guessed it, voice! A soliloquy, as I learned when I had to memorize lines from Hamlet back in high school, is a solo speech or sermon that reveals one’s own inner thoughts, particularly while in a play. As the saying goes, “all the world’s a stage, and we are merely players”, but in this case, we are all captivated spectators and listeners as California singer songwriter Noah Mac fully commands the stage with his soulful voice and a ghostly clattering, gospel inflected, and electro-charged brew of soul, pop, and rock on The Soliloquy. The single is available from iTunes, here.

January 31, 2018
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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 25, 2018
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Like many of you, I was totally gutted when I found out about Dolores O’Riordan’s sudden passing. The Cranberries music, and that extraordinary voice, will live on forever in our hearts and memories. Many artists and bands we adore were much inspired and influenced by The Cranberries. As expected, many covers and tributes have begun to surface, and we’re truly digging this cover of Linger by soulful Londoner Moncrieff. It’s an understated and austere ode to the classic hit, a poignantly stripped down dirge dedicated to Dolores. Re-visit Moncrieff’s debut single Symptoms via our feature from a few months ago, here.

January 18, 2018

Janice is an R&B newcomer from Sweden who’s already blowing up back at home. In fact, her debut album arrives very soon, on February 2nd, and she’s been nominated for a Swedish Grammy for Best New Act. It’s only a matter of time before she makes a wide imprint on the states. Just watch her new video for Queen, and revel in her exceptional voice, a sonorous and soulful knockout. It’s no wonder

Janice has been compared to the likes of Jessie Ware, Lianne La Havas, and Seinabo Sey. Janice’s single Queen is a resolute and powerful single, with luscious strings, rhapsodic organ chords, and heartfelt piano keys. Stream/download this knockout R&B pop/gospel pop ballad, here.