Category: soul

Theo Lawrence & The Hearts “Heaven To Me”

I couldn’t believe my ears when I read that the fellow singing this song is a 20 year old from France! Theo’s voice is classic and the groove is timeless (think Paolo Nutini meets a modern day Sam Cooke).

“Heaven To Me” will improve your mood tenfold and have you dancing in no time.

Seramic “People Say”

There is very little out there about the mysterious (UK-based?) band Seramic. I love the gospel vibes of this track, complete with choral call and response. Hopefully they will release more music soon, but in the meantime, snuggle up to this warm blanket of a tune!

BEST OF 2015!

Happy Holidays everyone!
I’ve never made my year end lists public, but this year I’ve decided to shake things up. I present to you my personal best of 2015, both songs and albums. The songs can be streamed here if you would like to listen (honorable mentions included at the end):

Albums (in no particular order):
Wolf Alice – My Cool Is Cool
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell
Alabama Shakes – Sound and Color
Chris Stapleton – Traveller
CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye
Rayland Baxter – Imaginary Man
The Bohicas – The Making Of
Beirut – No No No
Jason Isbell – Something More than Free
Blitzen Trapper – All Across This Land
Everything Everything – Get To Heaven
The Tallest Man On Earth – Dark Bird Is Home
Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams
Ryan Adams – 1989, cover album (Taylor Swift)

Songs (also in no particular order):
“Uptown Funk” (ft Bruno Mars) – Mark Ronson
“Talking Body” – Tove Lo
“Here” – Alessia Cara
“Genghis Khan” – Miike Snow
“Mountain At My Gates” – Foals
“Lydia” – Highly Suspect
“Coltrane” – Amasa Hines
“Your Loves Whore” – Wolf Alice
“Where You At” – The Bohicas
“Getting Ready to Get Down” – Josh Ritter
“Nobody To Blame” – Chris Stapleton
“Heartbreaker” – Daniel Wilson
“OctaHate” – Ryn Weaver
“Electric Love” – BØRNS
“Leave A Trace” – CHURCHES
“Dreams” – Beck
“Stressed Out” – Twenty One Pilots
“Trip Switch” – Nothing But Thieves
“Snakeskin” – Deerhunter
“Adventure of a Lifetime” – Coldplay
“Ship To Wreck” – Florence + The Machine
“Sedona” – Houndmouth
“Pretty Pimpin'” – Kurt Vile
“Spring (Among the Living)” – My Morning Jacket
“Snake Eyes” – Mumford & Sons
“Dunes” – Alabama Shakes
“Brazil” – Declan McKenna
“Gibraltar” – Beirut
“Forget You In LA” – Poema
“Yellow Eyes” – Rayland Baxter
“Empty Handed” – Christof
“Color Decay” – Júníus Meyvant
“Death with Dignity” – Sufjan Stevens
“How Could You Babe” – Tobias Jesso Jr.
“Dark Bird Is Home” – The Tallest Man on Earth
“Between Me And You” – Brandon Flowers
“Hello” – Adele
“Everglow” – Coldplay
“Flagship” – Jason Isbell

Honorable Mentions:
“Outcast” – Mainland
“Mystery” – Boxed In
“Roman Holiday” – Halsey
“Forest Fires” – Axel Flovent
“No Room In Frame” – Death Cab For Cutie
“Borderline” – Tove Stryke
“Hold Me Down” – Mansionair
“Moona Festival” – Polyenso
“Love Grow Cold” – Blitzen Trapper
“Where The Night Goes” – Josh Ritter
“Spring / Sun / Winter / Dread” – Everything Everything
“The Way It’s Always Been” – Brandon Flowers

Daniel Wilson “Heartbreaker”

Instant classic. I should really just leave it at that…

Twenty-three-year-old Detroit native Wilson has one of those voices that comes around once a generation. With a gospel music upbringing and jaw-dropping range, Wilson will quickly become a household favorite. This fantastically catchy tune captured me. There is a Stevie Wonder sensibility to “Heartbreaker”, though that’s not as apparent in the other songs off of his recently released EP Boy Who Cried Thunder. So far, in the early stages of my SXSW listening binge, Daniel Wilson takes the cake!

The Careful Ones “Easy Tiger” + JMR “Pioneer Of Your Heart”

This is the second single from The Careful Ones’ upcoming LP The Foxes and The Hounds. Lead singer JMR has a very evocative vocal delivery, much like my Icelandic fav Ásgeir, so naturally I am drawn to the moody tunes of The Careful Ones, who hail from Central Florida. If you like JMR’s voice, but dig a less traditional, more experimental, soulful approach, JMR has a self-titled solo project that The Careful Ones very avidly cross-promote. I recommend a listen of his song “Pioneer Of Your Heart.”

Hozier “Take Me To Church”

I generally refrain from posting music videos because I fully believe that a song should be able to stand alone and garner attention minus the visual accompaniment, which (unfortunately) doesn’t always add anything extra. However, I opted to include it this time since the video has been the main topic of discussion — and controversy! — surrounding this up-and-coming Irish soul singer. Impressively, Hozier has succeeded in both elements with his gut-wrenching track.

WE ARE TWIN “The Way We Touch”

I’ve been non-stop with this soul-infused pop track by WE ARE TWIN. I love the cleanly established beat + tambourine combo right from the get go. Gabi Christine’s warm, infectious vocals make it difficult not to sing along. The intricate instrumentation and production of the “The Way We Touch” keeps you engaged and sets the song apart from everything else in its genre.

Jamie N Commons “Rumble And Sway”

So it turns out that though I thought everyone knew this guy, I was completely wrong. When I caught wind of Jamie N Commons a few months ago, for some reason I figured I was late to this one and decided not to write about him. Weeks and weeks later, I am still talking him up and no one seems to know who I’m referring to…and then I saw him perform.

Let me start by saying that I intentionally waited an extra week to write about Jamie because I really wasn’t sure homeboy could actually sing like this. I needed to see it to believe it. Sure enough, he can. Soul for days. Who even has a voice like this?? …this guy. I invite you to share my addiction to “Rumble And Sway” and see just how hard it is to burn this song out.