Flamingosis’ “Believe in Me” takes you to another time and place, one with sunnier weather and not a single worry. Brooklyn-based Flamingosis has been playing with samples for quite some time to the delight of soul fans – his Beatape is a personal favorite of mine. This newest piece plays to all of his strengths, using tasteful vocals and crisp drum sounds to keep you gliding all the way home. Check it out below.
I came across this feel-good track the other day by Nic Hanson called “Rain.” It’s got elements of Mayer Hawthorne, Robin Thicke, and Raphael Saadiq with a pop-infused soul vibe.
When I asked Nic Hanson what he had to say about the track, he touched on the track’s inspiration and the benefits of being a creative, independent artist:
“Rain” is like the stuff that plays in my head all the time. I love that vibe and grooviness that came with 90’s R&B but I like the heaviness of today’s music. I like to leave a raw sound – a kind of imperfection – on my songs. I feel that people like me have a tendency to wait too long, THINKING about the right time to do something, wanting everything to line up perfectly. I’m tired of waiting and thinking about creating my art. I just want to create more. I just wanna DO it. That to me is one of the beauties of being an independent artist, having the ability to move at any pace you want.
There’s a huge amount of demand for this type of drive and vibe today, so Nic Hanson may have a bright future ahead of him. He’s worth putting on your radar.
These days the r&b game is on fire and it’s safe to say it’s a good time to be a fan of rhythm and blues. One of the genre’s latest rising stars is LVNDVN, pronounced “Landon”, and he’s got his own flavor to expose to the world. Though we don’t know much about the mysterious artist, there’s enough proof that he’s got talent. “Dragon” is his most recent release and it’s got a silky smooth, sexy vibe that isn’t too flashy, but just the right amount of edge to keep listeners wanting more. Get your feel for what LVNDVN’s all about and listen to “Dragon” below.
Sometimes you need a little tender love and care, and sometimes this happens to come in the form of music. JMSN is essentially an expert at soothing souls with his warm, buttery voice, so it’s a relief that he’s got more music coming on the way. “Cruel Intentions” is the first track off of JMSN’s forthcoming new album It Is., and it’s the perfect soulful ear-candy. Everything about the track is pure, sexy, and drowning in feelings, a combination of things that seem to make JMSN the irresistible r&b artist that he is. It Is. will be out May 6th, but “Cruel Intentions” is here for your listening pleasure below.
I love it when I hear a song and immediately know that I’ve found something special. Something cool, different.
I’m onto something tonight upon learning of Teddy Sinclair, whose name you may not be familiar with just yet, but whose work you just might be. She co-wrote “Kiss It Better” on Rihanna’s latest album Anti and “Holy Water” on Madonna’s album Rebel Heart. She has recently formed a band with her husband, Willy Moon, called Cruel Youth. In her own words, “Cruel Youth is an intravenous hit of our love and everything I find beautiful.”
Mr. Watson is their debut song together. It’s artful, it’s soulful, it’s mysterious, and for that it’s earning itself multiple plays this Friday evening.
Hit the jump for lyrics to Mr. Watson.
Some artists are just meant to be stars and the British artist Kwabs is one of the best examples of this. There are many great singers out there, but the real test is combining powerful vocals with just as good music. Although Kwabs has released a few EPs and has even collaborated with everyone’s favorite electronic duo Disclosure, now is his time to shine. Kwabs’ debut album, Love + War, was the first big test and it’s one that won’t be forgotten. Kwabs has managed to fuse his soulful voice with a sound that will speak to new and old fans.
Love + War begins with some of the catchiest tracks you’ll hear this year. The opening/title track is a powerful, dance-worthy track that’ll get listeners moving. The rest of the album definitely does not fall short of upbeat tunes with other addictive tracks such as, “Fight For Love”, “My Own”, “Look Over Your Shoulder” and plenty of others. It also has the hit everyone has most likely heard by now, “Walk”, which never gets old. These easily listenable tunes show that Kwabs is much more than just a big voice, rather, he has the edginess to create songs that are unforgettable and actually fun to listen to.
The album may have a lot of big pop tracks, but there’s still some beautiful moments where good beats aren’t the big focus. Kwabs does has a soulful, gorgeous voice that should be recognized and this is beautifully shown in the calming track “Perfect Ruin”. This particular song is haunting, soothing, and displays pure emotion.”Forgiven” is another song on the album that is incredibly powerful and shows that side of Kwabs that is simply admirable. It’s filled with passion and flawless vocals, two elements music fans can always appreciate.
Overall, Love + War is a beautiful piece of work that music lovers should not sleep on. It’s filled with signature catchy pop tunes, but also has a taste of pure soul. It has a little bit for everyone and is an album that can be listened to all the way through, something that is sometimes hard to come by. At this rate, Kwabs is bound to explode and it’s very well-deserved after making an album this great.
Love + War is out now and one of the wonderful tracks “Layback” can be streamed below.
There’s something warm and cozy about Leon Bridges that makes me feel so nostalgic. Listening to his new song “Lisa Sawyer” today, I was taken back to the first time I watched “Blue Valentine” in 2011 and heard the song “You and Me” by Penny & The Quarters. I could write a very similar post to the one I wrote nearly 4 years ago now about Penny & The Quarters, in which I said that the song “goes into a soul/bluesy tune that immediately makes me feel as though I belong in New Orleans.” Listen to this song about Lisa Sawyer, an ode to Leon’s mom from New Orleans, and tell me it isn’t crazy how cyclical life is.
Denai Moore turned heads when she began releasing tunes a couple of years ago, bringing a raw, beauty with every new sound. Now it’s finally her time to show the world what she’s about with her debut album Elsewhere, set to be released April 6th. The title track “Elsewhere” has many layers that make it the perfect standout. It’s slightly dark yet contains a gorgeous amount of soul. Denai Moore is bringing her own uniqueness to the table and it’s about time we get the full picture of what she’s creating.
Jessie Ware has been giving us her honey smooth voice for the last couple years and now she’s back to release her latest album Tough Love. The gorgeous, soothing record will be out in a matter of hours but before everyone can get their fingers on that, Ware has given us a free download of a demo titled “12”. It’s a soulful, hauntingly beautiful track about midnight conversations. Can’t go wrong there, especially since it’s free! Listen and download the tune below and don’t forget to pick up Ware’s album tomorrow.
Happy Halloween SITR readers. I imagine you’re in the mood for something a bit spooky to get you going on this haunting holiday? Kwabs has got the soul and darkness to have you mesmerized within seconds with his new track “Last Stand”. Not only does this track set the mood for a day like today but it’s one that you’ll definitely remember and have you wanting more. SOHN’s personal touch as producer gives this track the extra sparkle and intertwines beautifully with Kwabs beautiful, powerful voice. Listen to the incredible track below (if you dare!)
After catching our attention with an awesome breakdance-themed music video for “Platoon”, mysterious newcomer Jungle is back with a relatively subdued follow-up called “Drops”. Over a soothing backdrop of warm electronics and finger snaps, Jungle’s airy vocals (that kind of remind me of Bon Iver for some reason) take over and help make this one of the most beautiful/mesmerizing songs I’ve heard this year. I’m not even tired, but I want to go take a nap to this song right now (and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible). Listen for yourself below.
Har Mar Superstar has a weird habit of taking half-naked glamour shots with puppies, makes really awkward music videos, and bears a frightening resemblance to Ron Jeremy. Honestly, until today I always assumed his entire act was just a goofy parody of 80s pop stars. Then this morning he released a single called “Lady You Shot Me” that changed everything. It’s a soulful Motown-influenced cut that would have fit in nicely with (and maybe even outshined) the sounds of decades past that he so obviously draws inspiration from. More than ten years after breaking into the industry, this might finally legitimize the bizarre career of a guy who once claimed, “If you put Usher’s face on the cover nobody would know the difference, and I can sing better than that motherf***er.”
Over a brassy backdrop punctuated by crisp snare drums, Har Mar tries out a raspy delivery that brings the soul-bearing style of guys like Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, and Marvin Gaye to mind. As crazy as it sounds, one of the year’s most authentic feeling songs so far is brought to us by a guy who decided to name himself “Har Mar Superstar” and spent a decade performing in his underwear. Crazy. Only in 2013, I guess. Get familiar with this one now before your favorite rapper samples it or it shows up in the trailer for one of next summer’s big gangster flicks.