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.
pulation of less than one million people. Smaller than many of the states in North America, it’s sometimes wondrous to think of an entire country that tiny.
With a day off and slightly ahead of other work, I’m spending some time digging through the musical talent and landscape that this culture has to offer. First up, Spaceboy Aamar, with his elegantly mixed track, “Inspiration.”
> track, “Pilgrim,” are sure to keep your ears alert.So far, I’ve heard some brass, a fabulous yet subtle electric guitar, glittering synths, and enough glitchy vocals to make my head spin. But, in only the best way possible.
I’m not entirely sure what to make of this emerging artist hailing from Copenhagen but I absolutely dig and love her soulful voice, confidence in spreading a new sound, and her minimalist approach that forces the listeners to simply just listen.
While we patiently await to see what’s next, check out her tumblr of sorts and try to stay on top of her latest news here.
And you’ve got to check out her video for her other released track, “Maiden.” I’m a bit obsessed.
Wildcat! Wildcat! are simply solid. I’m reminded of a lot of things along with their smooth electro-pop sound. Joywave comes to mind mostly, but sometimes I hear a bit of Gardens & Villa in there too.
Coming out of Los Angeles, this seasoned trio bring to the table over 15 years of working together in one form or another. Finally settling down last year, Wildcat! Wildcat! have been banging out hit after hit quickly spreading their seductive sound.
It’s a bit unfortunate that these two have slipped under my radar. But I can’t let that bring me down. Their music blends some of my favorite sounds and makes it completely irresistible.
14th is a duo hailing all the way from London who specialize in creating sultry vocals over heavy, club-like beats. With only a 3-track EP to their name, the group has been working hard on fleshing out their sound with their quick sound. They’ve been hitting festivals and other shows hard, I’m quite curious to see what’s next.
BONUS: Just take a concentrated listen to that 90′s influenced beat in the background of the chorus. Enough said.
Last week bFunk hit our ears hard with Ta-Ku’s latest release, Re-Twerk, which of course made me go on an archeological dig deep within his catalogue. Ta-Ku uses that same chopped-up style for his sample-heavy compilation of legendary Dilla tracks.
And because you always need more Dilla in your life, check out the set Ta-Ku created – 50 days straight, one beat a day, all dedicated to one of the greatest artists.