Another one of those catch-up song of the week posts… here is what has been soothing my ears the last couple of weeks
Anthony Hamilton – You
This should be more like an album of the week. The Soul E.P. is an amazing collection from Anthony Hamilton. It oozes the essence of Neo-Soul music, with Anthony Hamilton’s vocals, the texture of warm toffee adding grace and texture. The highlight is probably Nowhere, a slow songs about just that, going nowhere… however I chose You for song of the week, a more uptempo number produced by one of my favorite producers, Jack Splash (someone who needs to produce far more music).
Little Jackie – The Pact
Little Jackie’s debut album was a fun slice of New York life with a self-indulgent tales of young life. The sophomore album pretty much follows-on where they left on, only with our self-indulgent lead singer being a little older. This is a perfect example of that, The Pact…” if we’re not married by 30″… think you know the rest! Many a highlight on the album which is available through Bandcamp (below).
Mayer Hawthorne – The Walk
I had no idea Mayer Hawthorne was prepping new music to be honest before stumbling across this by accident. I literally ran to HMV to pick up the new album, How Do You Do. This is one of the stand-out songs (and lead single), full of Mayer’s signature soul, like it was a record Berry Gordy lost when moving house and then rediscovered when cleaning up boxes from 1974! Mayer Hawthorne has been blessed with a real ear for 70s soul. Great song, and one of the best videos of the year.
MJ Cole & Scrufizzer – Souther Electric
Some nice bouncy grime from MJ Cole and Scruffizzer. Good to see MJ Cole back making music and lets hope this leads to a new album because it has been too many years too long without one!