Oh, I really like this new direction Wake Owl has taken. It all starts with that smooth electric guitar and the sweeping percussion.
Last time I checked in with Vancouver-based singer/songwriter, Colyn Cameron, he was making gorgeous and sweet tunes. In his newest track, “Candy,” we hear more experimentation from the musician; I’m really digging the sultry sound. It’s restrained, and completely autonomous from the previous folky sound.
Stream the single below and be sure to keep an eye out early next spring for their upcoming debut album, The Private World of Paradise.
Simply stop what you’re doing right now. Khari Mateen’s latest EP, Qualia: Fall, is a must listen for your Wednesday. Coming in at under 15 minutes, Mateen’s 6 track EP ranges instrumentally, by vibe, by genre, you name it. I just don’t want it to end.
Michael Milosh is an incredibly talented man. Having first fallen in love with his music with his project, Rhye, I’ve recently taken some time to start listening to his new solo work. I like the way his mind works, the way he pieces his music together, the various effects and instruments he chooses to use in his particular sound. It’s like something I’ve never heard of before, yet oddly familiar.
Listen to a couple of tracks he’s released off of his upcoming album, Jetlag, below (due out November 26th).
I’m not quite sure how I stumbled upon Brooklyn’s soulful ANG LOW, but man are my ears happy. With only the minimalist track, “Life Goes Down,” on his lone Soundcloud page – I’m curious to hear where he takes us next. Be sure to keep this guy on your radar.
If you are surrounded by something for so long, after a period of time that something starts to have an effect on you. After growing up playing in backing bands and touring with people like Parliament and Raphael Saadiq and spending years listening to Saints (their words, not mine) like Luther Vandross, Prince, and D’Angelo, It’s no wonder you can hear the smooth soul, funk, and R&B influences on Inc‘s debut album, No World.
Although, there’s a sort of darker, more…or rather, differently intimate overarching emotion throughout these sounds. You don’t hear the brightness found in much of their influences; but the rhythm, grooves, and the low end are still there.
Wait till it starts getting dark and you’re alone, or if you happen to be boo luvin’ throw some of these jams on. They’re smooth.
I really can’t believe Coachella is upon us in less than 2 weeks. In 11 days I will be finding myself under the Indio sky among the lush polo grounds with music all around me. It’s a pretty incredible experience.
Another group I’ve stumbled upon during my annual pre-Coachella research period is LA’s Vintage Kicks. A group that sounds like a rougher Michael Kiwanuka with crunchier guitars and a hell of lot more percussion. The rock and soul sound is recorded incredibly tight in their album, The Bomb Shelter Sessions, which is the culmination of a 3-day long sessions recording many of the songs straight through. If this is how their chemistry translates in such a short amount of time, I can only imagine the bond I’ll witness on stage.
Listen to the album below and be sure to check out the video for their song, “Blues Hand Me Down.”
There’s always something so lush and soulful coming off the fingertips of the English beat-maestro, Mecca:83. Mean on the raw drum machine with stacks of old vinyl just waiting to be sampled, this Manchester-based artist has such a great flow going on.
It’s been awhile since I’ve wandered over to his Soundcloud page, so here’s some of my recent favorites to smooth out your mid-week. Throw the headphones on and enjoy.
Allen Stoneis the filler to my Aloe Blacc/Mayer Hawthorne/(and even a bit of Ray LaMontagne) void. His voice is soulful and lush, his range is impressive, but what I love most is that heavy use of the organ.
Hailing from the state of Washington, Stone refers to himself as “a hippie with soul.” And you know what? It undoubtedly works for him. With the release of his self-titled album last year, the singer-songwriter is embarking on an impressive world tour, finally landing back in America to perform at the Coachella music festival in April. Even though I feel he may get a late afternoon slot (when it’s still so god damn hot), I’m curious to see what he brings to the Coachella table.
Listen and grab your own copy of his single, “Sleep,” below and be sure to grab the free sampler he released via NoiseTrade.
I may not be the most up-to-date/in-your-face music blog out there but I promise, I do try to read all of my emails. And thankfully, Mr. Sun was somewhere in between it all. His voice is gorgeous, rooted strongly with choir/soul influences that give him a nice, funkier style. The storytelling is relatable and easy-listening.
Check out his newest single, “Ship and Globe,” which you can download below and be sure to watch the video as well. Prepare yourselves for an incredible early 2013 release, AFRIYIE, which is bound to be a heavy hitter.