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.
…including tracks by Mount Kimbie, Shlohmo, J Dilla, Knxwledge, Lil Wayne, 123Mrk and many more!
It’s always great to see musicians doing something different, as is the case with North London singer Szjerdene. She’s been elegantly fusing Soul, RnB and Jazz vocals with Glitch-Hop backdrops; drawing clear parallel’s with the Future-Soul sound that has come out of L.A. in the last few months via OFWGKTA sub-group The Internet. Leila’s Tale has her beautiful tones sprinkled generously over a rework instrumental from Swiss-born producer Dimlite. A match made in heaven, we can’t wait to hear more!
It’s safe to say that Aphex Twin, known as the most inventive and influential figure in contemporary electronic music today, has had a pretty interesting 2011. Kanye West sampled the track Avril 14th off the 2001 drukQs album to make a melancholic love joint with John Legend called Blame Game. Now, Dutch-born RnB/Neo-Soul singer Mar (of Full Crate & Mar) and North London counterpart Szjerdene have collaborated to showcase their version of the famous piano track. It is in keeping with Mar’s Variation project, which has him reinterpreting old songs in his own style, accompanied by some very cinematic videos. The video for Avril 14th is a bit heavy, (it might even be a homage to Aphex Twin’s notoriously messed up music videos) but we love the new interpretation – AAAAND it’s a free download which you can get here.
…including tracks from Jonwayne, Shabazz Palaces, Jneiro Jarel, Ben Butler & Mousepad, The Tallest Man On Earth, Willie Hutch and Nina Simone
I first heard this gem a while back, but it is just too good to keep under wraps any longer. Trilogy is a collaborative effort made up of three artists with backgrounds in Dubstep/Grime (Youthman), Drum & Bass (DJ Redeye) and Soul (Luce)…