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Son Little Releases New Single, The River

Modernest R&B auteur Son Little returns with a thrilling new track entitled, The River. The song delivers a magnificently seductive and ominous reconstruction of American blues infused with elements of hip-hop and raw guitar rock. Little (as Aaron Livingston) previously collaborated with The Roots and RJD2. Complex.com is currently premiering three separate versions of the song and video simultaneously. Each corresponding music video matching a particular version of the song. Check it out here: Complex.com .

The River demonstrates more than ever before the range and vision of this ambitious artist. DJ Mag recently described Son Little a “…hip-hop influenced soulman” who “…typifies the brilliant, modern-day soul revival and dovetails perfectly into the legacies of old and new soul troubadours like Sam Cooke, Aloe Blacc, Otis Redding, Bill Withers and Lee Fields.” Vibe also wrote that Little’s “…soulful vocals circle the drains of despair but offer the perfect self-medication for today’s sorrows.”

The video accompaniment for The River brims with tension, Little crooning out the song in a gritty bar amidst subtle hints of heartbreak, jealousy and potential violence.

The original version of the song infectiously recalls Lets Go Crazy era Prince, gritty blues/ gospel and bedroom indie pop in what may be his finest track yet. With his River Styx remix, he channels Band Of Gypsies Hendrix with a nod to hip-hop minimalism, the immensely funky Amazon River remix delivering pure early ‘70s Blaxploitation bliss complete with Curtis Mayfield strings and irresistible groove.

Expect more from Son Little in the coming months.

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Introducing…Homes

Homes

Homes

Homes is a seven-piece, soul poppin’ rock n’ roll freight train of groove from Melbourne, Australia. Homes’ initial existence was as a two piece, made up of good friends and songwriters Fin Bradley and Henry Badger, who together not only passed high school, but wrote and workshopped the initial Homes repertoire before scouting some of Melbourne’s finest musicians to join the family.

The latest offering from the band, Did You Find What You’re Looking For? pits the hard hitting, fast paced live attitude and sound of 70’s surf rock with traditional hooks and grooves picked straight from the crates of soul records. Vocals dripping in Hendrix-esque swagger are teamed with axe-slaying riffs; blistering horns soar over the soulful grit of Rhodes keys, creating a track oozing with live energy. Homes’ sound is reminiscent of artists such as Saskwatch, Jimi Hendrix, The Cat Empire and David Bowie.

With irresistible groove and impeccable execution, Homes weave a bold and colourful musical patchwork that is sure not only to turn heads but also to break necks.

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Introducing…Tangina Stone

Rising singer-songwriter Tangina Stone premiered the first single Cops from her forthcoming debut EP The Fall on The Boombox.

While musicians may find themselves having to choose between appealing to a mainstream audience and staying true to themselves; enter Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Tangina Stone. Channelling vibrations of legendary Soul and R&B while staying entirely rooted in the sounds of today, her voice boldly explores themes of pain and love simultaneously. Her songwriting complex but easily understood; abstract but focused and familiar but refreshingly new. Featuring four original tracks and two remixes, her debut EP The Fall, scheduled for release September 1, is a musical memoir about hitting rock bottom, getting back up again and finding her greatest love through it all.

Moving to New York City from her hometown of Canton, OH at the age of 18, Tangina knew no one. She spent five years pursing her career relentlessly, forging relationships with other local musicians and has built a loyal and growing fan base along the way, especially among the underground live music scene having played Arlene’s Grocery, SOBs, Rockwood Music Hall, Silvana and other venues in and around New York City.

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Introducing…Maria Evangelou

Maria Evangelou is a songwriter and performer and is currently based in London. Having been introduced to music from an early age, she decided to follow that path full-time as a way to express her artistic lifestyle and personality. 

Maria’s upcoming new single Mr Right is an enticing dip back into ‘60s history. It shows off Maria’s Motown, soul and jazz influences and can be compared to the likes of Amy Winehouse, Dionne Bromfield and Duffy. Although soul and jazz are usually considered to be the field allowed only for grownups, Maria effortlessly infuses her music with a mature expressiveness. She is very comfortable slipping on these classic styles like costumes and morphing into them. Her expression combined with the rich, quivering voice and a straight to the point retro production, together create a powerful formula for the perfect summer song.

Mr Right demonstrates a modern approach to the legend that is Motown and will be available for sale and download everywhere 8 September 2014.

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Sean Rowe To Release New Album, Madman, In September

Acclaimed singer and songwriter Sean Rowe will release his new album Madman on September 9. NPR Music is currently premiering the video for the record’s title track.

On his new record, Rowe, who The Wall Street Journal wrote “…recalls the ecstatic intensity of late-’60s Van Morrison and stark subtlety of late-era Johnny Cash” has created a beautifully primal work. Madman is deliberately, if not defiantly, simple in both arrangement and composition. It is soul music in the purest and most literal sense, hypnotic rhythms, warmly distorted guitars and Rowe’s incredible voice recalling a time, real or imagined, when music and people seemed distinctly more connected.

Rowe has spent much of the last year traveling the country with his guitar, performing in people’s living rooms for a series of house concerts. In a deliberate contradiction to the prevailing expectations of a professional musician, Rowe chose to interact with fans in the most intensely personal manner. This simplification or stripping away of excess is powerfully conveyed in the video for Madman. We see the musician performing in a series of unconventional venues as well as shots of Rowe in nature juxtaposed with images of him in crowded city streets, literally and figuratively walking against the crowd and blazing his own trail.

The sound of Madman is influenced, in large part, by the hypnotic driving guitars of Delta blues. “I was listening to records by R.L. Burnside and John Lee Hooker and others which are basically just guitar and drums and really raw sounding,” Rowe explains. “I was also listening to the early soul records like Otis Redding and Ray Charles. I didn’t want to try and duplicate those sounds, just take aspects of them and make them my own.”

The title track features a rhythmic guitar, lilting piano and melodic bass, punctuated by horns, all of it in the service of Rowe’s incredibly soulful voice. “My singing is definitely more playful on this record,” he says. The record was produced by Sean himself and engineer, Troy Pohl. Rowe says he wanted to strip away much of the production and focus instead on the voice and guitar style he had perfected in theaters, nightclubs and living rooms. “I came to this realisation that the songs don’t have to be structurally heavy to be intense,” he explains. “It’s more about the honesty and emotion behind the delivery. A lot of these songs are pretty simple but I was really thoughtful about that, it was intentional. I wanted to go right to the heart.”

Madman is a record of extraordinary honesty intent on establishing a connection. In its deliberate simplicity there is pure sonic emotion. “I wanted to go right to the heart with this,” he explains. “And sometimes that meant seeing how much we could remove. It helps to have a great recording. But I would rather have great performances and that’s what I was after here. Sometimes when you’re listening to a piece of music you don’t have to think about it, you just feel it. It’s primal and you trust it.”

You can catch Sean Rowe live on the following dates:
Sept 14: Pittsburgh, PA at Club Cafe
Sept 17: Louisville, KY at WFPK Waterfront Wednesdays
Sept 18: Nashville, TN at Third Man Records
Sept 23: Vienna, VA at Jammin Java
Sept 24: Philadelphia at World Cafe Live
Sept 25: NYC at Rockwood: Stage 2
Sept 26: NYC at Rockwood: Stage 3
Oct 1: Northampton, MA at Parlor Room
Oct 2: Providence, RI at Columbus Theatre
Oct 3: Troy, NY: Contemporary Arts Center at Woodside
Oct 4: Woodstock, NY at Colony Cafe

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Tomás Doncker – Moanin’ At Midnight: The Howlin’ Wolf Project Album Review

New York City soul icon Tomás Doncker with his Tomás Doncker Band have just released their newest album, Moanin’ At Midnight: The Howlin’ Wolf Project. Tomás is the head of True Groove Records who recently signed a worldwide distribution deal with The Orchard. Because of his “global soul” mission and dedication to musical experimentation, he’s been on CNN and Guitar World as well as headlining NYC Summerstage and the Shanghai World Expo.

His latest release is an expanded full-length tribute to one of his idols, Howlin’ Wolf, whose website recently featured Tomás. Developed during a critically acclaimed run at NYC SummerStage during the summer of 2013, this project is now being shaped into a multimedia performance concert.

Doncker said about the release: “We had been bouncing the idea of a Blues record around for awhile. A hardcore modern Blues record. Every time we discussed it The Wolf came up. Willie Dixon came up. Smokestack Lightning, Spoonful, Evil – on and on…The stories – so vivid, even today. We wanted to be a part of that lineage, that history. We wanted to tell that “Same Ol’ Story” one more time…Our way. We felt the time was right”.

And tell it their way is exactly what they do. Evil sheds the heavy piano riff of the original and has been replaced by slick electric guitar. Killing Floor is made more solemn than Howlin’ Wolf’s. Howlin’ Wolf’s was jolly and upbeat with that typical rock ‘n’ roll Blues scale being heard predominantly throughout. Tomás Doncker’s version is darker and more dramatic.

Spoonful stays quite true to the original. It’s not so gentle but vocally and also musically, Tomás hasn’t drifted too far away on this track in comparison to some of the other tracks on the new record. Tomás’ Spoonful sounds like Jimi Hendrix’s Foxy Lady to start with before that insane harmonica comes in.

I Ain’t Superstitious has been completely altered taking out a lot of those old, woe-be-me Blues and making it a much livelier number. The beginning of the track has keyboards reminiscent of The Doors. Tomás has given this track a faster tempo than the original, removing that sense of American soulful Blues slightly. It’s a good rendition though regardless of this alteration.

Tomás Doncker’s new record, Moanin’ At Midnight: The Howlin’ Wolf Project, will be released tomorrow (8 July 2014).

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Introducing…King Colour

Cleft from the streets of Sydney, four-piece King Colour is set to propel some more sexy rock-pop into the world through their new single, Show It To Me!

King Colour

King Colour

To be released this July, Show It To Me! is a roller coasting city anthem exploding with flavour, carelessly swinging hook to hook through a candy shop to turn that frown upside down, spinning vibes from all sides with a taste for your head space.

Since the boys joined forces in 2012, King Colour has been gracing the stages of Sydney, ripping up the Australian music scene with every show they play.

King Colour’s energy on stage is indisputably contagious and their live presence is nothing short of captivating. The band has been very busy this 2014 and it is only getting busier with the release of Show It To Me! this July.

With the success of their first single Break the Ice in 2013, King Colour is ready to please with the catchy, fun, exuberant track which is Show It To Me!

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