Posts Tagged ‘jazzy soul’

May 22, 2018
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Molly Moore’s new EP Third Eye High has been out for well over a week, but we want to make sure you haven’t missed out on the four track release which showcases the Los Angeles based artist’s stunning evolution. Take for example, EP track Catch and Release which sees the captivating chanteuse venture into soulful R&B pop territory, complete with jazzy horns and much smoky, slinky allure. It’s a laid back groover of a sensual yet frisky pop. She easily catches our hearts once again, and we never want to be released. Catch and Release is a sumptuous development for the singer songwriter, whom we’ve been ardent fans of through her earlier pop releases and her collaborations with progressive soul talent Brandyn Burnette (including their electronic pop project together, Cosmos & Creature). Third Eye High can be streamed in full via all major services, here.

May 19, 2018

It really doesn’t get much better than Me & You ◑. I mean, seriously…. HONNE and Tom Misch, on one song together? I think my life is fulfilled now that the two UK projects have united to give us a delectably grooving swathe of velveteen electro-soul and jazzy strings. We celebrated when HONNE returned last month with two new tunes after spending much of the past couple of years working quietly on their next album. And now, this?! My heart can’t take it! HONNE even offers up a fabulous music video to go with the song, featuring a dance troupe in what looks to be South Korea. Dashing Tom Misch turns in molten guitars on the uptempo swooner. HONNE’s next album Love Me/ Love Me Not will be out sometime this summer. Our eyes are peeled for a release date and pre-order details.

Me & You ◑ is available, here.

April 26, 2018
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Kentucky newcomer Brennan Villines arrives with confidence on swaggering first song Bad Habit. He’s a smooth operator with that soulful voice of his, and his snazzy smoldering R&B soul debut oozes steamy sexiness. Rich in brass and rife with melting strings, Bad Habit is that Tom Misch and Bruno Major union you’ve always wanted, with a dash of Justin Timberlake’s wily charm, too. Brennan explains: “Bad Habit came into fruition as a result of my experience with my bad habit. Also any song I can slide an Office reference into I’m happy about.” This swooning introduction to the singer songwriter is taken from Brennan Villines’ debut EP Make It Work, a deeply personal project which tells his honest story and experience with a specific relationship that turned his life upside down through drug addiction. Brennan worked with Benny Reiner on the record, a Grammy Award winning musician who is an original member of the Hamilton cast and has worked with the likes of LAUV and Berhana. Keep up with Brennan Villines via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

January 26, 2018
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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.

December 23, 2017
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Berlin based Toronto alt R&B/soul artist Sway Clarke all but disappeared from the scene lately, despite having made an indelible imprint on us with his intoxicating soundscapes and creamy smooth voice in past years. Turns out, he was having some issues with his label, but he’s now taken back the wheel of his career with a phenomenal new indie soul and electro R&B ballad named Either Way. It’s an intricate and ornate, lavish and turbulent song, woven with a jaw dropping attention to detail and an engrossing unpredictability. Experimental and jazzy permeation adds to Either Way’s sophistication. Sway Clarke explains of the new single: 

“Either Way is just about having options, but still feeling stuck as fuck. It’s like when you find out your partners been peeping your homie, and as mad as you want to get you know you ain’t leaving them. A tragic beauty.” Well we don’t want to let go of Sway Clarke, and we hope this return marks a fresh new chapter of brilliantly crafted new music to come. You can also stream Either Way via Spotify, here.

December 22, 2017

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Christmas is just around the corner, and our long time love affair with Brooklyn’s POP ETC only grows stronger as the trio, formerly from my beloved college town of Berkeley, drenches us with holiday nostalgia on an EP named ‘A POP ETC Christmas’. It’s a three track release from the indie band on which they cover some seasonal classics and offer up a new original. As someone who grew up watching the various Charlie Brown specials that would always hit the television around this time of year, I couldn’t help but gravitate towards POP ETC’s dreamy chill version of Christmas Time Is Here, from Charlie Brown’s Christmas Special. Stream the mellow treat via Spotify above, or Soundcloud below. The EP’s original track is a perky strumming, warm embracing gem named All I Want For Xmas (Just My Baby). POP ETC also covers Paul McCartneys’ Wonderful Christmastime. Stream those tracks below alongside the Soundcloud stream for the Charlie Brown cover. Lead singer Chris Chu says about the EP: ‘Since I was a kid I always loved Christmas songs. I fell in love with Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” soundtrack from an early age and I’ve listened to it every Christmas I can remember. I’ve always had the idea of trying to record a few Christmas songs myself, but for some reason or another things always got too busy around the holidays and I lost track of it… until now!” The EP is available from iTunes, here.

December 22, 2017
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Of course, Bruno Major would have the perfect voice and intimate artistry to deliver a sublime holiday canticle. I can’t wait to finally see the UK singer songwriter and producer live when he finally makes his way across the pond to perform as part of Noise Pop Festival next February, and now I get to melt into this cozy snug, satin nuzzling song over Christmas, too! Romance is in the air as we sway to I Think It Must Be Christmas, a mellow strumming, jazzy velutinous song. Even Santa would take a moment away from his busy duties on Christmas morning to drift away to the velveteen lullaby. Find out about Bruno Major’s North American tour in early 2018, here. And if you’ve yet to listen to his outstanding debut album A Song For Every Moon, stream it, here.

November 7, 2017
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I’m sure many of you have already picked up on the new Tom Misch by now, as well as the announcement of his debut full length and an accompanying tour. And I’m sure you’re celebrating all the fine news alongside the London musician’s devout bounty of fans. I still remember Tom Misch’s San Francisco sold out debut at Popscene last November like it was but a few days ago. Tom’s North American leg of his tour begins at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on April 12th, and I certainly plan on being there for the show, though grabbing a ticket before the show sells out might be an uphill battle. Debut album Geography drops on April 6th. For more details regarding his tour and album, head to his website, here. But for now, let’s dive into Movie, which features Tom’s own sister Polly on vocals at the start of the song, as well as Tom’s mom Carol in the single’s artwork. Movie ‘magic’ can’t begin to describe this mellow melter. It’s a signature jazzy soul and gem from Tom Misch, with funk guitars, endless vintage vibes, and his velveteen voice. I melt into the song, and sigh the longest sigh that ever was….

September 26, 2017
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Despite the vinyl I’ve managed to accumulate over the years, I only have one turntable at home, and it’s kind of dinky, too. Oh how I wish I had some quality old school turntables, but I should learn how to set them up and properly take care of them first. For now, I’ll pretend I’m jamming out to this new Matt DiMona off of one such apparatus as I sway and spin to the Los Angeles producer’s chill late night vibes. Old School Turntables’ jazzy soul, mellow pop, and twinkling electronica are imbued with a classic hip hop beat, as well as effortlessly smooth, fleecy smooth vocals. Matt DiMona’s buddy Max Rice plays guitar on the track. Old School Turntables certainly proves how much of a production/singer songwriter chameleon Matt DiMona truly is. You can grab the jam from Bandcamp, here.

August 19, 2017

Jack Vallier is a newcomer who’s buzzing off the fresh success of debut single Rebekah. The English artist follows the song up with a new blend of emotive pop beats and eloquent songwriting on second single The Boy You Knew, a raw and honest confessional bursting with classy sophistication and lovelorn passion. Aside from presenting us his stunningly soulful, deep and mature voice, The Boy You Knew also sees Jack Vallier linking up with IHM favorite and London based songwriter, producer, and singer Bruno Major. It’s no wonder this alt pop ballad is so unpredictably complex and jazzy articulate, with its soft skidding high hats, evocative keys, and florid soundscape. Jack Vallier has already gained many fans across Radio 1 back in the UK, with a wealth of support from MistaJam and Huw Stephens. His breakout track Rebekah, which you can stream below, has already amassed 800K streams. The Boy You Knew is available for streaming/purchasing, here.