Posts Tagged ‘soulful rock’

May 16, 2018
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Just as we expected when we first heard Billy Raffoul’s debut single Driver last year, this Canadian singer songwriter has been reigning in a heap of buzz with his gruff, endearing voice and his deeply emotive ballads. The fast rising musician just confirmed summer tour dates with NEEDTOBREATHE after having spent the past two years on the road sharing the stage with the likes of Kings of Leon, ZZ Ward, Mondo Cozmo, Judah & The Lion, and more. And he’s dropped a robust new alt strummer named I’m Not A Saint, a gravelly marching knockout with a whole lot of smoky wallop. Guess who he co-wrote I’m Not A Saint with? None other than pop sensation and songwriting genius Julia Michaels, who even lends some pristine backing vocals to the recording. Keep up with Billy Raffoul via his website, here

May 9, 2018
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“Indestructible” seems the proper word to describe our affection for Welshly Arms, the Ohio rock band who first captured our hearts last year with Legendary, a fine introduction to the already blooming band’s raw and impassioned garage rock. And now they’re back with a song named Indestructible, a torrid broiling, bluesy burning alt rock anthem whose soulful swagger and funky strut are like Portugal. the Man gone Jack White and The Black Keys. The band will be playing a number of massive summer festivals this year, as well as going on tour with Thirty Seconds To Mars. They’ll also be releasing their debut full length on Republic Records later this month. The year’s only going to get better for Welshly Arms fans like us. Pre-order their debut album No Place Is Home on iTunes, here.

April 5, 2018

I have made it a mission in my life to see Albin Lee Meldau live. I can only imagine how immensely moving that experience would be, considering his gravelly voice and the sheer force of the emotion he puts into his singing. The Gothenburg singer songwriter returned this week with a new video and a remix EP for The Weight Is Gone, a soul soaked rock and dance pop swinger that signals a striking new creative direction for the artist. Vivacious pleats of beats and sweeping strings adorn the reverb-heavy jam. Albin confesses how love can sometimes feels like a heavy curse on the song, lifted from his forthcoming debut album due out this summer on Astralwerks. If you’ve yet to watch Albin Lee Meldau’s NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert series appearance, you can watch the performance, here. The Weight Is Gone is available, here, and we’ll be sure to be on the lookout for details regarding Albin’s debut album. 

April 3, 2018

The expression “speaking in tongues” has always intrigued me since it tends to do with the occult, but now we get to associate the phrase with this fine song from Joseph J. Jones, too! The English singer songwriter, who used to be a boxer, enthralls us with his gravelly voice on the bluesy and soulful alt track, again reminding us of fellow crooners like Rag’N’Bone Man, Hozier, Alex Clare, and the likes. The epic anthem comes with a vividly crafted music video directed by Gregg Houstin and Babysweet. Speaking in Tongues is available, here.

March 12, 2018
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At first glance, you probably think this song named “Acoustic” is an acoustic rendering of a previously released song, as I initially did. Turns out, it’s a gorgeous new heartrender from Canadian singer songwriter and musician Billy Raffoul, who continues to melt us with his incredibly soulful and gravelly endearing voice on the intimate strummer. Acoustic is a song for those of you who miss early James Bay. It’s a Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, The 1975, Foals, Jake Bugg) produced gem which also features collaborations with pop goddess of the hour Julia Michaels, as well as Justin Tranter. Acoustic’s video, which you can watch below, was directed by Frank Ockenfels, best known for his portraits of prominent celebrities like David Bowie, Angelina Jolie, Kurt Cobain, and Bill Muray, among others. Raffoul continues to work towards his forthcoming EP whilst on tour with ZZ Ward. Acoustic is available as a single, here.

February 20, 2018

Not only this new remix of Moments Passed by Mike Dean a beautifully haunting yet atmospherically electrifying affair, but it also serves to remind us how excited we are that Dermot Kennedy will be making his way out to SXSW next month. The Irish singer songwriter totally floored us a few months ago with his raw storytelling and sensational vocals on the original. Re-visit our feature of the track, here, where we compared his sound to a combination of Rag’N’Bone Man, Ben Howard, and Maverick Sabre. Houston producer Mike Dean’s remix maintains the original’s haunting beauty but adds a shadowy spaciousness to the track. You can also stream or purchase the remix, here. Alongside his SXSW appearance, Dermot Kennedy is also playing a string of shows in the U.S. this March, all of which have been sold out, including his stop in San Francisco at the Independent.

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 13, 2018

I never expected to be blessed with a collaboration involving Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ charismatic and fierce frontwoman Karen O and British soul artist Michael Kiwanuka, two musicians I respect and revere greatly, but here we are, jamming out to dusty drawling “YO! MY SAINT”, a song which appears in Kenzo’s Spring/Summer campaign video. There’s a Tarantino-esque quality to the song. Karen O’s lo-fi Crush Songs styled rock and Michael Kiwanuka’s soulful rock are unexpectedly complementary on the song. You can watch the Kenzo film below, which also stars Dirty Beach’s Alex Zhang Hungtai. “YO! MY SAINT” will be released as a limited edition 7-inch single in two formats, a 250 pressing which will be available only on Karen O’s webstore and a limited run of 1000 available in Kenzo stores worldwide, starting on January 22.

December 23, 2017
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Twisted we are, in a good way of course, on debonair Brooklyn songwriter and crooner, Aaron Taos. He’s back with a sooty swaggering new rock jam and it’s an absolute swooner. Twisted is an alt track with an Arctic Monkeys-like gritty, bluesy growl, suave strings, and infectious guitar loops. According to Aaron Taos: "Twisted is about how stupid we can get when we’re interested in someone.  It’s not a revolutionary concept, but it’s the idea of feeling high when you’re in the presence of that person and not being able to think clearly/act normally. I.e. bumbling, rambling, tripping, and fumbling when you see them and start to get that young love head rush". If anything’s giving us a head rush right now, it’s this confident strutting, torrid blistering anthem, which can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

December 19, 2017
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Previously featured NYC by way of the Bay artist Michael Persall now goes by the simple moniker of MICKY, but there’s nothing simple about the soulful rock and electrifying pop that he douses our ears with on his latest single, Fire. A dose of swaggering Motown imbues this sooty sweltering, confident swinging tune, a vibrant eruption of chunky searing guitars and slick strutting vocals. Fire is a more than swoon-worthy rock and roll and soulful pop chimera. The rollicking jam, which is out now via Big Top Amsterdam, is available, here.