Posts Tagged ‘Modern Soul’

May 8, 2018

Aww yeah, I knew we’d be in for some new Jungle soon considering the collective’s recent touring activities, and here we are, with not one but two new jams (and videos) from the funk and soul loving Londoners! Happy Man and House In LA are our first new Jungle tunes since the band lit us on fire with their 2014 self-titled debut album. Hopefully, this means their sophomore album is arriving soon, and a new expansive tour is on its way, since I had to miss their stop in San Francisco a few weeks back. Happy Man is classic Jungle, a funky strutting, soulful swaggering affair. It’s lavish and opulent, dashing and suave. House In LA, however, bucks the usual Jungle pizzazz for a heady and sleek, dreamy and warped shimmer, kind of like James Vincent McMorrow gone psychedelic plush whilst enveloped by Radiohead’s orchestral electronica. While Happy Man might be the immediately hooking song out of the two, there’s no doubt House In LA is my favorite and the most brilliant offering. Happy Man and House In LA are both available now from XL Recordings, here and here, respectively.

April 5, 2018

We fly through so much new music on the daily that sometimes, it’s hard to keep track how we got around to discovering a new artist on our radar. Aeris Roves is one such treasured find. The London based singer songwriter more than floored us when we first heard his soulful melting, smooth velvety vocals on recent single Best Dressed Man, what looks to be his second single to date. Tom Misch, Jaymes Young, and Jon Bellion intersect on the chill soul and R&B pop seducer, brimming with heartfelt and bittersweet emotion. The song is even punctuated by a riveting yet laid back hip hop verse. Aeris Roves brings us modern soul and vintage charm all at once on Best Dressed Man. Keep up with his releases on Soundcloud, here, where we’re hoping to see a new tune sooner than later. 

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.

February 11, 2016

Alright, kiddos, before I dive into my meticulously chosen daily lineup of features, I’m going to break routine and hop on for something that just surfaced that has my heart pumping rapidly in excitement. Ladies and gentlemen, behold… new James Blake. Modern Soul premiered on BBC radio, and this is the rip that the man shared himself on his socials just now. It’s a striking reminder of how influential his music has been on so many of the artists currently buzzing and becoming hugely successful, his soulful electronic music and the textured production which we once called “post-dubstep” now so common a force in the minimalist electronic pop and electro soul we listen to everyday. Before Chet Faker’s ascent, before Jack Garratt’s rise… there was James Blake… there IS James Blake. We can’t talk about “modern soul” without thinking of this guy. James also announced that he’ll be headlining Field Day in London on Saturday, June 11th. It’s going to be a fantastic year.