Posts Tagged ‘neo soul’

April 21, 2017
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UK composer, producer, and songwriter Will Archer, formerly known as Slime, makes a grand entrance under new moniker Wilma Archer (a re-appropriated school nickname) with debut track Like A Hunger. The waxy skittering, sultry teasing jam seems to have a ravenous appetite indeed. Its desire shows itself in its restless scooting and antsy bass licks. Like A Hunger features heavenly soul vocals by rising singer songwriter and New Yorker, Amber Mark. The soulful alt electronica on this groovy jam is more than unique, and it takes us on a wide spectrum of emotions as it babbles and broods, seduces and sulks. Will Archer’s sure found an excellent way to introduce his new project Wilma Archer. The phenomenal first song is available from various other outlets, here.

April 13, 2017

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I’m crazy excited for Little Dragon’s new album Season High, even more so than I originally expected despite the fact that I’m fully aware of how much I love the Swedish neo-soul and electropop project fronted by charismatic Yukimi Nagano. Sweet and High have shown us how much Little Dragon continues to push boundaries and think outside of the box on their new material. It’s obvious Season High is going to be one of their most brilliant and creative records yet, with heady and edgy offerings. They continue this trajectory on fresh taste Celebrate, a snappy funking jam that recalls some of their earlier offerings, but with a bounteous amount of psychedelic embellishment and plenteous throwback Prince vibes. Celebrate can also be streamed via Soundcloud below. Season High drops soon on April 14th. Pre-order digitally from iTunes or physically, here. Then celebrate, with Celebrate!

March 30, 2017

A new neo-soul duo from London named OHKE dropped their debut EP last month, and I’m grateful that I managed to stumble upon three track Stay. It would’ve been horrendous to miss out OHKE’s jazzy opulence and satiny vibes. The title track is a leisurely jaunt. Its swanky splendor and smooth elegance conjures both Tom Misch and Jorja Smith. You can stream OHKE’s debut EP in full on Soundcloud

February 4, 2017
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Bristol experimental pop trio Elder Island are described as falling somewhere between The xx, Maribou State, Quantic Soul Orchestra, and Mount Kimbie with their neo-soulful, downtempo grooving tunes. They put that fascinating fusion on full display in Black Fur, a seductive cut from their sophomore EP, Seeds In Sand. Black Fur is a finger snapping, sultry smoldering jam with a lithe and funky deep house groove. You’ll want to get up and twirl along with the glamorous and sophisticated song. Stream Seeds In Sand in full on Soundcloud, here.

January 14, 2017
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Oh, what a glorious year 2017 is shaping up to be! So many new albums and heralded returns have occurred, including the arrival of fresh new Electric Guest. The LA resident and Bay native has confirmed details for his forthcoming sophomore album. It’s been a tedious five year wait, but Plural arrives on March 13 via Because Music / Downtown. Electric Guest is coming back for my heart with songs like new single Back For Me. Sharp striking percussion, soulful rolling bass, and Asa Taccone’s velvety voice burn a hole right through that heart, then fills it with a smoky swooning blend of electronica, pop, and R&B soul.

December 18, 2016

If you’d like to know what happiness truly sounds like, dive into Chris Malinchak’s Happiness. The producer from New York, one of the original purveyors of the swelling house revivalist movement, showcases his smooth debonair dexterity on the succulent tune, a sleek fusion of house and neo soul that features UK singer Kaleem Taylor. Cool refreshing and weightless buoyant Happiness is exuberant yet tranquil, like the reflective surface of a lake on a beautifully peaceful day. Happiness comes ahead of Chris Malinchak’s newly announce EP, set for release in 2017. The single is out now on Relentless Records.

October 23, 2016

LA neo-soul and indie pop outfit Fitz and the Tantrums have established themselves as purveyors of some of the most infectiously hooking tunes over the course of three fabulous albums. If you’ve yet to hear Roll Up from their latest self titled full length, their adorable new animated music video will lead you right into this punchy jovial earworm. The visualizer arrives just in time for Halloween, depicting cartoon versions of the band’s members partying with werewolves, vampires, and Frankensteins, among other creepy crawling characters. Snag Fitz and the Tantrum’s eponymous third album from iTunes.

September 17, 2016
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“Who’s got you singing again” is certainly not a question that I get asked very often, considering how very rare it is that I sing in public or hang out at karaoke joints with my friends, but I must confess, I feel a need to whistle like a joyous bird while listening to PREP’s new smooth strutting, honey soulful jam. Who’s Got You Singing Again is a satin carpet ride back through long gone decades. PREP woos me with their dreamy cooing and move me with their pastel groove, leaving me looking forward to their debut EP, Futures, due out October 14th. Pre-order from B3SCI.

August 18, 2016
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Bruno Major is more living proof that musical talent seems to have some relation to genetics, or perhaps, epigenetics, considering the fact that this North London based artist is the brother of London Grammar’s Dot Major. He arrives with a gorgeously soulful pop ballad named Wouldn’t Mean A Thing and commences to melt us to the core with his silken voice and soothing harmonics. Wouldn’t Mean A Thing is Bruno’s first official single, its lo-fi chorale and gospel inspired, dub atmospheric soundscape evoking the likes of James Blake and Jamie Woon. There’s a tenderness and intimacy to the acoustic side of the song that gently holds the power to move mountains. Bruno Major has a full album of material set to be unfurled in the coming months. 

June 29, 2016
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The new Tom Misch is so mellow sublime that I really feel like I don’t need to say much about it. I Wish needs to be listened to and felt. The twilight neo-soul sparkler is the third track from the British singer songwriter and producer’s Reverie EP, due out July 15th. Tom Misch’s creamy crooning and the laid back acoustics of this jazzy gem leave me unimaginably relaxed and content. Tom Misch’s Reverie EP can be pre-ordered now from iTunes.