Dutch soul-singer Mar is back with bite this month, releasing the lead single off his debut solo EP Seeing Her Naked (slated for a release by the end of this month). Our Attempt begins with Drake/The Weeknd style production (fizzling string-pads and gittery Hip-Hop rhythms), which is then brought back down to earth via a blues guitar riff doused in melancholic distortion. Together with Mars silky vocals, the track is a beautiful example of what the future holds for RnB and Soul music, joining other forward-thinking artists like The Internet and Frank Ocean who are really pushing the boat out within this type of music. We’ve also been told that a new Full Crate and Mar album can be expected by the end of 2012! All good things to come…
This is a mean old rework of a James Brown classic from one of our favourite Hip-Hop producers, Tall Black Guy
Dante Kinnunen, once the drummer for The Concretes, has applied his skills to the world of Electronic-RnB-Soul this year with his solo project under the alias Dante. His music tends to merge his own voice (akin to Nina Simone) with a score of rich productions.
We first heard Rhye on an excellent mix Robbin Hannibal put together for Gilles Peterson in October last year. Back then they were called Rye and there was no information available on them, except that they were signed to Innovative Leisure. This month they finally released Open, the track that had first caught our eye.
Hip-hop beatmaker, Tall Black picks out his favourite Soul tracks, old and new, for the second in our guest mix series.
Willis Earl Beal is a Chicago-based antifolk musician whose brilliance has earned him a deal with XL recordings and their new imprint Hot Charity. His songs sway from beautifully tender and vulnerable lo-fi recordings to powerful, soulful vocals over samples, guitar, or sometimes just clapping.
What We’re Listening To Vol.7 featuring the freshest cuts of Soul, Jazz and a sprinkling or RnB
Some of you might remember the brilliant track-cycling, London Hip-hop group 2morrow’s Victory that we brought you a couple of weeks ago. Well their own record label unveiled two new signings at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards last week that we thought worth telling you about.
Boom Clap Bachelors are a collective of producers, live musicians and DJs out of Copenhagen making magical music – think Broken Social Scene but with more emphasis on Soul elements.
To celebrate Michael Kiwanuka’s crowning as the BBC Sound of 2012 this Friday (who we wrote about back in May 2011, by the way), we thought we’d bring you another Soul singer who might have slipped under your radar.