Soulful newcomer Dornik shares smooth new single “Stand In Your Line,” which premiered on Stereogum three days ago. The singer-songwriter has a 90’s Groove Theory meets a kind of J*Davey vibe, a soul marrying electronic sound. Bred in London, Dornik’s self-titled LP hits stores August 7 in the UK. However, a US release date has yet to be announced.
This being their seventh studio LP, Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede have consistently released quality music over 20 years by staying in their lane of hip hop-meets-soul, but missteps can and do happen. My favorite tracks include the connected smoothness of “Sunglasses,” “Gypsy Notes,” ”Award Winning,” “Life I Love,” and the official single, “Bright Lights.” Least favorites include “Power Man” and “Sunshine,” which, by the way, are the shortest tracks on the album at 1:51 and 2:57, respectively. They could have easily been thrown into a vault, as both seem out of place in an experimental way. Overall, hip-hop fans may be forgiving, as Ragtime Hightimes (and its running time of 37 minutes) is a solid collection to enjoy.
She’s a bit of punk rock with alternative-country roots, but to say Lydia Loveless is definable would be a disservice to her talent, as her cover of Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U” has such conviction, you’d think she wrote the song herself.
Like the Minneapolis-born Prince, Loveless is direct as hell in her songs “There were times I was such a bitch / I can be so insensitive,” she declares on “Really Wanna See You” from her third full-length LP, “Somewhere Else,” released last year via Chicago’s Bloodshot Records. Raised on a family farm in Ohio, the married 24-year-old seems fully ready to handle the male-dominated world which she joined years ago.
With three albums under her belt, including “Indestructible Machine” (2011) and “The Only Man” (2010), plus a music documentary, “Who Is Lydia Loveless?” in production, the singer-songwriter has become a “New Artist You Need to Know,” according to Rolling Stone and Spin magazines.
Performing three tracks at KDHX studios, “Really Wanna See You,” “All the Time” and “All I Know,” you may want to keep an eye on the young artist, as it will be interesting to see where she eventually lands.
Music producer and Upper East Side native Penguin Prison is probably best known for his track “Don’t Fuck With My Money,” a song he wrote prior to the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011, but a track that was heavily associated with the movement and also included on his self-titled debut.
From beginning to end, Chris Glover takes listeners on a dance-worthy ride of synth pop-heavy tunes with sleek production and club vibes from “Try to Lose” to “Calling Out” (which reminds me of Hall and Oates’ “Say It Isn’t So”) to the funkiness of “Stop Moving” and closing track “In the Woods.” What’s so special about Lost in New York? Once the album is over; you immediately want to play it again.
It’s been five long years since South London soul artist Andreya Triana’s debut album, the Bonobo-produced jazzy-electronic Lost Where I Belong. On her sophomore release, Giants, we hear a more comfortable singer who’s open and willing to stretch her fan base. Reminiscent of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep”, lead single “Gold” is the most commercial track. Yet “That’s Alright With Me” could appear on radio as well.
This time around, Triana worked with producer and musician Matt Hales (aka Aqualung) — who has collaborated with Sara Bareilles, Lianne La Havas, Jason Mraz and Disclosure. With a great knack for writing relatable stories, Triana showcases some beautiful moments on Giants. On “Everything You Never Had Pt. II”, a dedication to her Mom, one can feel the respect in lyrics like: “When we were nothing / we had it all / your arms of loving kept me warm … I think of something / that I wanna be / your arms of love wrapped around me.”
Then there’s the colorful relationship song “Changing Shapes of Love”: “I’m not going to stop when the sun goes down / I’m not going to wait / until the stars hit the ground / and I won’t runaway when the flame burns out”. Giants seem quite personal and that’s all right because sometimes the best way to reenter the ever-changing music scene is to bring your heart right back with you. And Triana does just that.
My Morning Jacket’s new album, The Waterfall, can be described as classic rock and soul-pop with a twist of psychedelia and spirituality throughout. That’s the appeal of the Louisville quintet; from album to album, you never know what eclectic sounds and moods will be placed in your ears.
The Waterfall, the band’s seventh studio album, metaphorically compares life to a waterfall. Whether it’s lifting you towards positive happenings or getting you down one event after another, it’s up to you to make it better. Be it a relationship that’s run its course (the folky “Get the Point”) or a major turning point in your life (the stadium rock “Big Decisions”) or “It’s a thin line between lovin’ and wasting my time” (the buttery R&B “Thin Line”), it’s all up to you. Like it or not, The Waterfall has its ups and downs but that’s life, man.
Consisting of frontman/guitarist Jim James, My Morning Jacket also includes guitarist/saxophonist Carl Broemel, bassist Tom Blankenship, keyboardist Bo Koster and drummer Patrick Hallahan.
San Fermin is an infectious eight-piece baroque pop ensemble that grabs your attention with its charm, talent and storytelling abilities.
Lead by classically trained musician and Yale graduate Ellis Ludwig-Leone, the band includes vocalists Allen Tate and Charlene Kaye, trumpeter John Brandon, saxophonist Stephen Chen, violinist Rebekah Durham, guitarist Tyler McDiarmid and drummer Michael Hanf.
San Fermin’s sound could easily be part of a film score with the sweet usage of their over-the-top style for a dramatic scene. Seemingly influenced by a wide variety of music genres, the band’s gift to weave emotive stories with melodies that are appealing is a great feat. What began as a vision for Ludwig-Leone in Brooklyn in 2012 is now a full-on touring act that has opened for the National, the Arctic Monkeys and St. Vincent. Ludwig-Leone is still surprised by the octet’s success: “There were all these new possibilities and gray areas. It was a shock to the system–out in the world, barely at home, constantly in a state of semi-crisis.” San Fermin released their self-titled debut in September 2013 via Downtown Records.
Stopping by KDHX studios for a live performance of 3 tracks from their new album “Jackrabbit,” it’s hard not to be reeled in by the elaborate and vibrant arrangements of a group that is still growing, still learning and still inspiring.
Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Kenny Lattimore shares his heart on his fifth solo album, Anatomy of a Love Song. Lead single “Love Me Back” is already number 16 on Billboard’s Adult R&B airplay charts.
According to Lattimore, the album “is about all of the components that make up a great love song.” With 14 tracks expanding every realm of love from courtship to falling and staying in love, to getting back to love, Anatomy of a Love Songwill touch listeners with its sweet and kind ways. The music can be reminiscent of great artists like Marvin Gaye and Donny Hathaway with its relevancy and smoothness yet it remains current in sound and style.
Featured artists on the album include: singers Lalah Hathaway, Kelly Price and Shanice, as well as Christian rapper Da T.R.U.T.H. Favorite tracks are: “You’re My Girl,” “Blood, Sweat & Tears,” “Back 2 Cool,” “Find a Way” and Look of Love.”