Wow. We just discovered this amazing album by Curtis Harding, aptly titled "Soul Power." Harding's fantastic vocals are a soulful throwback to the sounds of Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and Wilson Pickett (and those are names that we don't throw around loosely). While channeling the soulful sounds of the '60s and '70s, Harding's vocals and music feel fresh, new and original.
From the moment the drums kicked in on the opening track "Next Time" we were hooked. Curtis sounds cool....like Marvin Gaye cool or Solomon Burke cool. And by cool, we mean hot. Check out "Keep on Shining," "Heaven's on the Other Side" and "I Need a Friend" and you'll know exactly what we mean.
The guitar and hypnotic vocals on "Castaway" and "Beautiful People" demonstrate Harding's ability to slow things down while keeping it interesting. The bluesy "Drive My Car" is the perfect song for that late night drive, with the gritty vocals and guitar propelling us along for the ride.
These songs sound important and full of substance. Because of that, this is an album that we want to listen to over and over again. We hope you'll give it a listen.
Music has no rules. Slow, fast, new, old, anything goes as long as it is good. Here's a mix of what has been keeping our turntables happy in January.
We love the vibe on GTO by Puss N Boots (with Sasha Dobson on lead vocals and Norah Jones and Catherine Popper harmonizing). Also check out the retro vibe on Foxygen's great "How Can You Really."
We are also excited about new songs from several up and coming acts such as Adna ("Living"), 1987 ("Bomb"), and The Parades ("In the Moment").
And D'Angelo is killing it with his long-awaited release "Black Messiah".
Good stuff all around this month.
We love the sounds of Brazil. We've come up with a playlist to get you groovin' with a mix of old and new tunes from the heart of South America.
What better way to get a pulse on the music world than to look at what is being listened to on campuses across the country. Here's a mix of what's hot on campus right now. Some great stuff and some new discoveries. These are the songs keeping college radio stations busy. Check back regularly for updates to this list.
Here's another in our “Instant Expert” series of playlists with "'70s Soul."
We dug through our crates and combed the web to bring you a selection of songs that will allow you to impress even the most knowledgeable '70s soul music devotees with this mix of great songs.
Talk the talk to sound like an expert:
"Many people claim that the sound of soul music in the '70s was one of the first and most visible successes of the U.S. civil rights movement."
"Stevie Wonder wrote, produced and arranged the song Superstition. He also sang and played drums, keyboards and the clavinet on the song."
"If you listen carefully to the song "Got to Give it Up" by Marvin Gaye, you will hear him greet Don Cornelius, the famed host of "Soul Train" by shouting out "Say Don! Hey Man. I didn't know you was in here."
And now you're an expert!
Another year, another great lineup at Coachella. Here is the definitive guide to this year's festival. We are excited to see Lykke Li, Angus & Julia Stone, Action Bronson, alt-J, Steely Dan, Hozier, Father John Misty, Ryan Adams and many more! See you in the desert.