Posts Tagged ‘minimalist soul’

April 12, 2018


Belgium by way of London singer songwriter ANDRÆ, formerly known as Andre Tajchman, has been working on his new project for the past year. His meticulous dedication to crafting emotionally charged, atmospheric stunning soundscapes is more than apparent on new single Dam, our first taste of his forthcoming EP, Denial. Named after the Kübler-Ross model’s first stage of grief – ‘Denial’ – the EP will be a journey exploring the different emotions that accompany loss. ‘Dam’ is an analogy describing the breaking point when all repressed feelings finally flow out, destroying everything around. It’s a song about not being able to contain the pain that accompanies loss, and watching it come to the surface with force. Like a storm about to break, Dam is tightly wound and starkly striking. It courses with electrifying intensity despite its sparse minimalism and austere constitution. ANDRÆ’s soulful voice resonates with crisp, poignant clarity alongside Dam’s Balearic-styled steel drums. It’s a combination that evokes Nick Murphy and Jamie xx, steeped in gripping Until The Ribbon Breaks and SOHN-like aesthetics. The entrancing troubadour breaks down the walls that surround our hearts with the solemn weight of his grief driven, heartbreak inspired song, offering us the sweet release we need to begin healing from our very own blistering wounds. Watch ANDRÆ’s music video, shot in Hackney Wick, London, below. You can keep up with  ANDRÆ via his website, Facebook, or Instagram

February 9, 2018

We were so overjoyed at stumbling upon Jay Lewn earlier today that we knew, his music was a must share and right away, too. The singer songwriter and musician from London tenderizes our hearts with his dreamy silky cooing on his latest slow burning R&B soul jam, The_Night. He takes us on a twilight escapade with the chill sauntering ballad steeped in late night longing and lovesick introspection. The_Night looks to be Jay Lewn’s second single, and it comes on the heels of last month’s Nicotine_Clouds, also an exquisite gem with a more dub heavy atmosphere. The track kindles and sparks softly like a campfire on a dark pensive night. The smoke from the fire clings to our skin, following us around like Jay Lewn’s floaty vocals on the gossamer R&B soul and shadowy minimalist electronica song. It swirls its way into our hearts, leaving us haunted under its weighty embrace. Keep up with the outstanding new artist on Facebook, here.

January 25, 2018

Languorous and sensual minimalist soul seduces our ears and leaves tingles rippling across our skin as South London’s Puma Blue hits our radars with a breathtaking ballad named Only Trying 2 Tell U. The slow burning, dewy yearning song is part Rhye, part Sade, part Yellow Days, and part Tom Misch, but fully ravishing. We’re at the mercy of its exquisite falsettos and melancholic strings, which slither and glide luxuriantly and softly on the tender winding, jazzy curling track. Only Trying 2 Tell U is available from iTunes, here. For more of Puma Blue’s extraordinary music, stream Soft Porn below, a lo-fi soul and slowcore simmering delight.

November 28, 2017

In the past year, Queens artist duendita has quickly grown to be a force in the R&B soul scene with her ambrosial music and richly soulful voice. duendita has garnered attention across influencers including the New York Times, The Fader, and Variety magazine. She mixes future R&B and minimalist electronic pop on new single ‘pray’, a taste from her forthcoming EP, ‘direct line to My Creator’. As the title of the song might suggest, duendita references her loyalty to karma and faith on ‘pray’. The mellow lilting, cushy snug beauty is speckled with chill guitar flecks and lightly snappy percussion, giving it an alluring liveliness and nimbleness. duendita explains that ‘pray’ celebrates the experience of growing up in a diverse environment. Stream more of her music on Soundcloud, here. Her new EP arrives in January. Purchase ‘pray’ from iTunes, here.

November 1, 2017

JYWRRN proceeds to take my breath away with his silky soaring, tender melting voice as he makes his debut on stunning single Closer, out now via BonFire Records. It’s an incredibly heartfelt and moving soulful pop meets alt R&B entrance. Closer is a gospel tinged, airy luscious hymnal from the striking Salt Lake City by way of San Diego talent, who’s written for the likes of T Pain, 2 Chainz, and Sage the Gemini in the past. Closer comes accompanied by a beautifully shot, intimately entrancing music video. You can find the single on iTunes, here, while you eagerly await JYWRRN’s next release alongside us. 

July 13, 2017

XL Recordings is on my all time favorite labels short list, thanks to the immense roster of talent they’ve dazzled us with over the years. In case you didn’t know, XL’s label head Richard Russell has his own musical project, too, named Everything Is Recorded. He’s already released a debut EP already, and its title track has received a music video treatment. Close But Not Quite is a classy soulful minimalist electronic piece featuring vocals by British electronic soul artist Sampha. It’s a sparkling, glimmering gem and its video takes us on a journey with Sampha through the creation of the song. You can stream/download Everything Is Recorded’s Close But Not Quite EP, here.

June 28, 2017

Doomed may be an understated ballad with a pensive, slow pace, but its haunting beauty and somber cooing cuts deeper than deep. It comes from Los Angeles’ Moses Sumney. If you only know of this talented artist through his collaborative work with Flume, it’s high time you treat yourself to the evocative magnificence of Moses Sumney’s moving music. He’ll be releasing a highly anticipated full length soon on esteemed label Jagjaguwar, and he’s also unveiled a new video to go along with his latest single. The clip, directed by Allie Avital, is a stark but gripping watch. We hover in deep turquoise waters alongside Moses Sumney as he serenades us with his minimalist but potent hymnal. Download/stream Doomed, here. An expansive tour across North American through the UK and finishing in Europe begins on June 30th, with a stop at the Great American Music Hall here in San Francisco on September 26th.

February 2, 2017

Esteemed tastemaking label Soulection is celebrating their 6th birthday, and in doing so, they’ve put together a special compilation named Promise Once More. Australian singer songwriter and producer James Chatburn contributes a stunning first single of the year to that release, delivering a jaw dropping array of creamy swooning vocals and dusky rumbling minimalist electronica on Omens. The song is sparsely mesmeric and darkly gripping, a finely nuanced electro soul lullaby coated with viscous synths and sticky magnetic drums. James Chatburn only had one release last year in the form of debut EP 001, but he’s prepared to unleash a wealth of new music on us this year. Soulection’s Promise Once More compilation is available from all major outlets, here. Happy birthday, Soulection. Thanks for all the fine tunes.

December 6, 2016

The wired and tightly wound strings that welcome us into Oliver Riot’s new song are a fine fit for the single’s name. The Los Angeles based duo comes at us strong yet again with a captivating tune named Neurosis. The song is at once icy cold and scalding hot, creating a sensation that evokes that first moment when you jump into a steamy shower on a frigid day. Prickling tingles spread across the skin and all senses are on edge. Neurosis is a puckering soulful delight, a vibe heavy, minimalist haunting dark beauty from a forthcoming sophomore EP. The song examines those painful moments when we replay our mistakes endlessly in our minds, a consuming obsession I can certainly relate to at times. 

November 28, 2015

20 year old Londoner Connie Constance unites with producer Blue Daisy again on a gorgeously minimalist future soul single named Answer. The song’s sparse drumwork and melancholic guitar strums lure my The xx loving heart, while Connie Constance’s earthy vocals seal the deal with sincere soulfulness and melancholic grit. Answer is an exquisite and ethereal follow up to Connie Constance’s In The Grass EP. The artist to watch is busy in the studio writing, and I predict great things coming in 2016.