Posts Tagged ‘vintage soul’

May 11, 2018

We were swift addicts to Louis Baker’s creamy crooning and plush R&B soul when the New Zealand artist released his song Addict last year. And now we’re also obsessed with the songwriter’s latest single, a vintage soul groover named Black Crow which comes accompanied by a dapper music video featuring an adorable kid suavely adulting with pure confidence. Raw yet smooth, warm and sooty Black Crow is a molten melter. The song was written and produced in Sydney in six hours. The song, deceptively simple yet deeply organic, is about exorcising your demons, leaving the past behind, and gaining wisdom through experience. It’s velvety veneer is like Leon Bridges, while its sleek step and swanky guitars carry The Black Keys’

bluesy soulfulness. Speaking about the inspiration behind Black Crow, Louis Baker says: “The idea of bathing one’s hands in indigo came about through an old Japanese proverb I read. I was fascinated with its idea that a piece of fabric gets a deeper and richer colour tone if you repeatedly dye it. The proverb has a number of different meanings, but to me it is a metaphor about life, experience and growing wise with age.” Download/stream Black Crow, here.

November 29, 2017

If you’re not familiar with blues rock and garage rock auteur Benjamin Booker despite the musician’s two full length albums and that exceptionally gravelly voice, he might be your new obsession after you’ve immersed yourself in the New Orleans by way of Virginia musician’s new music video. Believe is a song off his sophomore album Witness, out via ATO / Rough Trade, and its an eloquently stringy yet homey snug vintage soul affair that evokes Leon Bridges, Sam Cooke, and Michael Kiwanuka. Benjamin Booker stars in Believe’s soul searching video as a soldier undergoing military training. Witness is available, here.

July 7, 2017
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Though On And On was our very first encounter with Curtis Harding and his music despite his having released a full length in 2014, it was immediately apparent that this is an artist to take note of and keep a close watch on. He’s swooped out of Atlanta with a dashing brand of vintage soul and old school R&B that evokes the likes of Leon Bridges and Michael Kiwanuka, but with the funky Motown strut of some of Danger Mouse’s work. On And On is out now via ANTI- Records. Find out more from his website, here.

June 30, 2017
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Once in awhile, a new artist comes along who manages to unite the scene under the conviction that we’ve come across one of the most exciting new burgeoning talents of the moment. George Van De Broek, better known as Yellow Days, is one such artist. The young UK singer songwriter and producer first caught our attention last year with haunting yet honeyed, woozy and psychedelic alt soul ballad Your Hand Holding Mine. Yellow Days’ debut EP, Harmless Melodies, has been extolled across the board. He now returns with a phenomenal first song from an new EP to come. That Easy is a vintage soul meets psych rock spectacular. It’s a distorted, smelted cross between Michael Kiwanuka and Leon Bridges. Yellow Day’s next EP is entitled ‘Is Everything OK In Your World?’. I’m sure everything will seem fantastic by the time this EP drops later this year. 

June 9, 2017
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After listening to the charming retro soul and swinging R&B of I Need You, it should come as no surprise that up and coming artist on the rise Jalen N’Gonda has already opened for the likes of Jamie Woon, Lauryn HIll, and Laura Mvula

. Just a few seconds in and I was already flush with excitement over the new artist. Jalen N’Gonda’s 60′s soul is like Otis Redding paired with Leon Bridges, with slivers of Danger Mouse project Gnarls Barkley sashaying through its brisk strokes. I Need You follows on the success of the Liverpool based talent’s early tracks like Holler (When You Call My Name) and Why I Try, which are approaching 1.5 million streams. A host of summer festivals in addition to Jalen’s first shows back in his native US have all been confirmed. A full EP will be arriving later this year. Jalen N’Gonda is one to watch, and we’re hoping we get to watch him live soon in a more intimate venue before he blows up, though no San Francisco date has been announced for his tour (yet). 

May 22, 2014
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A new discovery for me that I’m quite delighted about is this band from Australia named Foreign/National. Their brand of murky psychedelic pop and rock music is borderline jazzy and very appealing. In fact, their most recent tune All Honesty reminds me a bit of early Arctic Monkey with its soulful, rich garage rock sound. There’s also a touch of Franz Ferdinand post-rock, but far hazier and more psychedelic. All Honesty is the quintet’s second single. Their first single debuted last year, and you can stream Paris below. It embodies even more of that vintage soul pop sound you likely hear in All Honesty. Foreign/National is working on a debut EP for later this year.

May 22, 2014
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A new discovery for me that I’m quite delighted about is this band from Australia named Foreign/National. Their brand of murky psychedelic pop and rock music is borderline jazzy and very appealing. In fact, their most recent tune All Honesty reminds me a bit of early Arctic Monkey with its soulful, rich garage rock sound. There’s also a touch of Franz Ferdinand post-rock, but far hazier and more psychedelic. All Honesty is the quintet’s second single. Their first single debuted last year, and you can stream Paris below. It embodies even more of that vintage soul pop sound you likely hear in All Honesty. Foreign/National is working on a debut EP for later this year.