Category Archives: Soul

Just Alex and Yan Etchevary ‘Til Midnight’

Singer-songwriters Just Alex and Yan Etchevary have announced the release of their new single ‘Til Midnight’ available on major media platforms from April 28th. The single is taken from the duo’s forthcoming EP ‘GLASS’ due for release May 12th. Before launching their collaborative project, Alex and Yan both enjoyed respective successful solo careers. Canadian singer-songwriter Yan Etchevary gained international recognition with the single ‘The Way You Want Me’ with DJ Lucky Rose. The song was nominated for the Heatseeker award at the 2016 Canadian Music Week Awards and has garnered over 9 million stream on Spotify. The Canadian powerhouses have joined forces to record the single ‘Til Midnight’, a modern ballad which is sure to invoke the emotions of any listener. Recorded in Montreal, the single hosts a list of contributors who have worked with some of the world’s biggest names, including Tom Coyne (Adele, Bruno Mars) and Stephen Kaye (Ziggy Marley). Just Alex cites Sam Smith as his inspiration for the single, which was recorded with a live quartet at the songwriter’s studio.

‘Til Midnight’ is a twinkling delight packed with soul and tender emotion, its light dimming mood setting smoothness that flows with an effortless sway. Feathery light elegant strings caress the track and sweep it into a romantic flurry. Creamy vocals and light piano feature glide  through the track with passion and delicacy. ‘Til Midnight’ is a swoony dreamy pop track that oozes romance from its core

Stream ‘Til Midnight’ below


Jetty Rae ‘Queen of the Universe’

Jetty Rae is a singer and songwriter originally from Northern Michigan. She released her first full-length album, ‘Blackberries’, in 2007; her first EP, ‘Nobody’, in November 2009; and a lullaby album, ‘La La Lu and the Lazy Moon’, in July 2011. Her album ‘Drowning in Grain’ was released in February 2012 (peaking at #130 on the CMJ 200 charts), ‘Climbing Clouds’ in August of 2013, followed by a Christmas album ‘More Than December’ in November of 2014. 2015 saw Jetty’s first collaborative project under the moniker ‘Pen Pals’ with the release of the album ‘Gold’. Jetty garnered the attention of JetBlue when she played at the opening of their new Terminal at JFK International Airport. MTV. com interviewed Jetty for their ‘Needle In The Haystack’ series, and her song ‘I Love You’ was selected as a free download and featured on their up-and-coming artist blog. Jetty Rae shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan and Miranda Lambert at Lilith Fair in Detroit where she was handpicked by Sarah McLachlan and Terry McBride as the featured local artist. Jetty’s music has also been used in a number of TV commercials for brands such as Microsoft, PetCo, Truvia, Nabi Tablets and more.
Jetty has released her new single ‘Queen of the Universe’ off her first full-length album in four years, ‘Can’t Curse The Free’. This sultry soulful track is packed with passionate darkened swagger and attitude. Its a fiery dangerous smothering sensual track oozing feminine power and dominance. Strong bold vocals lay down the law with sizzling red hot soulful tones and sass. Its a luring dangerously smoking smoulder that burns with intensity. The soft coaxing beat teamed with sticky licks on guitar create a sway-like flow. Jetty’s compelling vocals hold the main centre point of the track, it pushes you into submission with such ease, like she used alcohol and luring steamy distraction to get what she wants. Determined striking chords on guitar are an empowering nod to women everywhere. This track gives an image of a powerful dangerous woman with the world in her hands.
Stream ‘Queen of the Universe’ below

Chris Jewell ‘Rise and Fall’

London-based singer-songwriter Chris Jewell has released ‘Rise and Fall’, the lead single from his new EP of the same name. A songwriter since the age of 12, Jewell’s songs draw on influences from pop, rock and soul across the decades. After signing with independent label 84 Records his new EP and single was recorded with talented producer Andy Brook (Frank Turner, Status Quo, Hayseed Dixie), who brings a radio-friendly pop sheen to Jewell’s tale of heartbreak. The new track has already picked up support with BBC Introducing, and was recently chosen twice as a BBC Radio Surrey/Sussex Track Of The Day.
‘Rise and Fall’ is a slice of sweet bright folk pop pie. With soulful bright guitar and springy bounce beat this track is an uplifting , energetic “put a smile on your face” bliss. Illuminating and glowing from every note with simple chords and catchy clap along feature its a snappy encouraging track. Though the lyrics are somewhat sombre the track is presented with a positive atmosphere and sprightly energy.  Sprinkled with Jewell’s smooth soulful vocals and rapid almost rap -like lyrics and immediately infectious chorus Jewell showcases his skill for simple, blissful and timeless songwriting.
Stream ‘Rise and Fall’ below

Gold Complex ‘Backbone’

Toronto-based Soul/Pop band Gold Complex have released a video for their single ‘Backbone’alongside a deluxe edition of their debut, self-titled EP. Gold Complex fuse classic soul with pop and R&B into a fresh sound that is all their own. This dynamic octet has built a strong fanbase in Canada, headlining renowned venues such as Lee’s Palace, The Rivoli, Mod Club and the Horseshoe Tavern. Their debut self-titled EP was released in April last year and their first two singles ‘Tread On Me’ and ‘Backbone’ received regular rotation on radio nationwide and were featured on the Nickelodeon television series, Open Heart, now on Netflix.
‘Backbone’ is a smooth sensual, funky tune about the conviction of “saying what you mean and meaning what you say, especially when it comes to a relationship”. Velvety warm vocals kicks off the track in a soulful passionate manner. With steamy jazzy brass and gentle supple beat teamed with flexible coaxing bass this track lays the smooth talk on thick. Its agile easy -moving sleekness can sweep you into a stupor as you are sweet talked and wooed by the suave vocals and nifty slick piano. This track is a saucy cheeky track exuding sass with classy swagger.
Gold Complex are currently in the studio recording their debut full length album “New Soul”, set for release in April 2017.
Watch the video for ‘Backbone’ below

Paul Dunbar & The Black Winter Band ‘Barely Holding On’

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Paul Dunbar, formerly of Liverpool 6-piece soul/rock/blues act The Midnight Ramble, has self released his debut single ‘Barely Holding On’. The single was created with producers Marc Joy (Oasis, Primal Scream) and Paul Thompson (Ellen & The Escapades). Dunbar is recording with the newly formed Black Winter Band, Tom Cowley (Drums,Percussion,Vocals) and Callum Williams (Bass,Keys,Vocals) complete the lineup.
‘Barely Holding On’ is a warm melodic track wrapped in charming country tones and drizzled with rock elements. The passionate raspy soulful vocals and catchy sway along melody teamed with soothing mellow guitar and a steady spongy beat gives the track a bright cosy yet nostalgic and emotional tone. This track is a sweet sounding tuneful bundle of passion with tender lyrics and a sweet reminiscent tone on guitar that is thought provoking like a fond distant memory that twinkles around your mind but to far to recall fully.
Paul Dunbar & The Black Winter Band have a London launch show on Fri 28 Oct at The Century Club, Soho with promoter Success Express Music.

Stream ‘Barely Holding On’ below

Marga Lane ‘Thinking About You’

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Marga Lane has released the first single ‘Thinking About You’ off her upcoming EP, ‘Undressed’. When New Yorker Marga Lane graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston she moved to Los Angeles to further pursue a career as a professional recording artist and songwriter. In 2015 she began compiling what would be her most ambitious and personal project to date, a five-track story of love and loss. Lane has found success touring throughout the US including performing at fashion weeks and singing the national anthem at over 10 NBA and MLB games. She has enjoyed the support from popular recording stars and industry veterans including Lance Bass who featured her on his SiriusXM radio show “Dirty Pop”.
‘Thinking About You’ “is a celebration of love in its truest form, a new relationship and the hope and bliss that accompany it”. Its a sweet romantic delicate track that is bursting with warm bright tones and blissfulness, Simply portrayed with an upbeat jazz style guitar that will warm your very soul and brighten any day. Its a light daydream track that is floating on a fluffy cloud of joy. Lane’s vocals glow in a Motown style as she perfectly displays her cheery emotions in a voice that is immaculate and captivating. The candied luscious backing vocals blend effortlessly with the main vocals and give this track a flawless beautiful charm. With a bounce guitar pluck this track is uplifting and oh so heavenly to listen to.
Looking forward to hearing the EP ‘Undressed’ which is set for release December 2nd, 2016 worldwide.
Stream ‘Thinking About You’ below

The Chris Paterno Band ‘Pressure’

The Chris Paterno Band are a seven -piece indie-pop-soul band from New York. The band pull together elements of rock, soul, blues, and folk music to create their unique sound. They have released their new single, ‘Pressure’ which is the third release from their debut, self-titled EP due for release in late 2016.

‘Pressure’ is a groovy strut worthy track that exudes a stylish swanky persona while maintaining a cool smooth sensual tone that is captivating. The velvety vocals are coaxing for the verse then become more dynamic and soulful for the chorus. This track has a classy flamboyance to it with glimpses of cheeky sass. The horns add a rich luxurious texture to the track and give us a big band feel while the groovy rhythm adds a flexible quality. The guitar is soft and mellow and warms up the track adding a subtle glow of passion and spirit. ‘Pressure’ is a juicy multi textural track to sink your teeth into.
Stream ‘Pressure’ below

 

Worth A Listen

Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From The Sensational Earl

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Alaska born singer and songwriter Earl has released the video for her new single ‘I Love You’. The video ’ was shot in our very own beautiful surroundings of Careville Castle, in Tullamore. Born in the remote town of Anchorage, Earl grew up singing gospel in her local church choir and then moved to Los Angeles aged 18 to develop her sound, Earl currently resides in London pursuing her musical ambitions. She has already been championed by the BBC Introducing and her first independent release has been playlisted at Radio 2. Earl has signed a record deal with BMG record label and is now currently working on her debut album which is set for release in early 2017. We have chosen ‘I Love You’ to be our Worth A Listen Track this week.
‘I Love You’ glows with a sweet smooth melody and sway – like quality that is uplifting and radiant. This track is beaming with glittering guitar and a bouncing bubbly beat that you can’t help but groove to. Earl’s vocals are warm and soulful with a slight rasp at times adding depth and texture to the track. With its infectious chorus and feel good vibes this song wraps you in a marshmallow of sweet honest goodness that is just blissful. ‘I Love You’ gives a summers evening “al fresco” feel, glass of wine in hand laid back and relaxed while also giving a 60’s slow swing atmosphere that will give you the urge to grab someone and dance. Earl exudes charm and swagger with a  charisma that is gentle and magnetic. The light percussion adds bounce while the guitar illuminates the track before finishing with a “cha cha cha”
Watch the video for ‘I Love You’ below

Harbouring Oceans ‘Enso’

Harbouring Oceans are an alternative Pop, Art Rock band from Kilkenny. The band consist of Dan Pearson (Guitar/Lead Vocals), Geoff Warner-Clayton (Keys/Vocals), Benedict Warner-Clayton (Drums), Ken Farrell (Bass) and Thomas Donoghue (Lead Guitar). The five-piece released their debut single, ‘Enso’ in May this year. It is the first release from a band who’s members have been playing together in different projects for over a decade and finally after years of experimenting with their sound across Ireland in some of the country’s biggest venues and festivals, Harbouring Oceans was born in December 2015.
‘Enso’ is a tender emotive track tightly packed in a soulful stirring melody and bound with deep rhythmic grooves. Pearson’s vocals are clear and exude raw passionate emotion with lush close harmony in backing vocals that adds a delicate and dainty quality to the track. ‘Enso’ begins in a soft ambient manner that builds as the song progresses. The light piano feature adds  grace and elegance to this beautiful track. The guitars interweave through the music and teamed with the groove of the bass give elasticity to track which adds a flexible sway -like quality. Harbouring Oceans have found a blend of soulful, sensual, raw emotional music that evokes your senses and touches your soul.
Watch out for these guys.
Stream ‘Enso’ below

A Chat With : Tameca Jones

Photo by Dan Winters

We Caught up with the the “Queen of Austin Soul,”  Tameca Jones  to chat about  her highly anticipated debut EP and to get to know her a little better and see what makes her tick.

What was it like growing up in Austin, TX and how did Austin influence you in your pursuit of a music career?

Growing up in Austin made me a colorful and eccentric person who embraces all genres of music. I like country, rock, alternative, blues, etc. I can usually find the groove and goodness of most songs. There was so much music going on when I grew up that you couldn’t help becoming a sponge.

What inspired you to make music?
I always sang around the house and wrote quirky songs when I was young. I didn’t start taking it seriously until I had my twins. My twins inspired me to launch a career in music.

What can you tell me about the process of making your new EP?
The process was very frustrating and time consuming. It was my first solo project so I made a lot of mistakes that cost me time and money. It has to feel right for me to be able to sell it. If I can’t feel it, I damn sure can’t put my name on it.

Your single ‘Hot and Bothered’ is full of sass and swagger and is confidence building and fun for the listener was this your intention when you were writing the track and was this song fun to write?
Absolutely. I’m a very sassy and assertive person when it comes to getting what I want. I intimidate most men so I’m usually the one making the moves. This track was a blast to write because it came so quickly and easily.

 Your track ‘Head over Heals’ is a raw emotional track that has the ability to make the listener feel every word and emotion, you portray the heartbreak beautifully through your vocals, was that an effect you intended to have or did it come organically?

I usually want effects to come as organically as possible. I can’t fake anything. This song was written about my kids growing up and pulling away from me, which was a very sad time in my life. So every note I sang was organically sentimental.
 What has been your biggest challenge as an artist so far? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Biggest challenge has been trying to hold down the business side of music. My mind is not wired for wheels and deals. It just sucks to have to wear a million hats just because you don’t have the capital to have people helping you manage your career. I’ve overcome this challenge by seeking counsel of other successful artists and organizing my time better. The business side is like seeing a dirty sink full of dishes. You know you don’t want to do them, but eventually you have to or you aren’t going to eat.
 You have opened for stars such as Gary Clark Jr., Max Frost and Bob Schneider. You have also performed at the 2015 Austin Music Awards, but what do you feel has been your most defining moment as an artist so far ?
I had a show at a venue called The Parish once. I opened there for Max a few months before I headlined. It was just a great feeling to go from opener to headliner and have people come out to support my art.

You got the opportunity to work with Gary Clark Jr on one of his tracks how did this come about and what was it like?
Gary and I are old friends. We would go to each other’s shows around town before he got famous. We always planned to work together, but couldn’t ever connect. He came by my show one night and asked me if I could could record the hook on one of his new songs. I jumped at the invitation of course. I love me some Gare Bear.

Which of your songs are you most proud of and why?
I’m most proud of Head Over Heels because it is the best song I’ve written, melodically and lyrically.
Any Plans to come to Ireland in the future?
Boy that would be awesome. I haven’t toured very much, but I would love to see that beautiful luscious country. I LOVE Irish accents. Oh my goodness. I’d probably fall in love with someone with an accent and red hair and never return to America.

What advice do you have for people who want to pursue a career in music?
The business model has changed so much. My advice is to write with as many people as you can and make as much content as you can so you can sell your work to other artists, TV shows, and movies. You have to diversify your income stream to survive as an artist.
Whats next for Tameca Jones?
I plan on touring and collaborating with other writers so I can diversify MY income stream and take my own advice. ?

An Irish accent and red hair …… yeah that would be enough to keep anyone from returning to America.

Stream Tameca Jones new single ‘Sandman’ below