No sooner heard than forgotten. That’s what is happening to the multitude of songs released each day. Rather than using tracks like Kleenex, posting them as soon as they appear, I prefer to keep them to articulate them around a meaningful playlist. Since January 2015, it was evident to put the retro-soul, the soul pop or rock, the alt-R&B and even the funky tracks together. Groovy bass lines, finger snaps, handclaps are all about this soul vibes playlist in the below soundcloud player! First time soundcloud got all the tracks and hopefully all tracks will remain on the artists soundcloud pages!
1- Since September 2014, London duo Oh Wonder is accomplishing quite a challenge by releasing one song per month on soundcloud. 9 to date, hitting more than 1 million plays each time. The least to say is that they are already big! It’s not a duo like, she sings and then he sings. Anthony & Josephine voices are knotted and that’s what so nice to hear. “Lose it” was the February song and fits perfectly the mood of this playlist: finger snaps, jazzy trumpet, “Let your body be”!
2- You have to listen to his whole debut EP Damn Sue (sic), produced by TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek, to realize what Chicago native, Sam Dew, can do with his voice: high pitched almost woman like, powerful, warm,…Heartrending track “Victor” is quite a good sample. Good to hear that he is making a solo career now that he has written songs for a variety of artists including Rihanna, Estelle, Mary J. Blige, Jessie Ware,…
3- No Music blog was on hiatus when “Hold On” from Athens/Alabama soul- rock quartet Alabama Shakes dropped in September 2011, that’s why they are only appearing here and now with their second album Sound and Color out in April. Their first single “Don’t Wanna Fight” still stands out among the 12 tracks with the incredibly expressive voice of singer-guitarist Brittany Howard.
4- Tel Aviv synth pop trio, Garden City Movement, already featured here with its first EP, has released a third one, Modern West in April. Surprisingly, knowing the previous more dream pop atmosphere, they made 2 funky tracks “Modern West” and “My Only Love”.
5- Londoners Andy Clutterbuck and James Hatcher behind HONNE dropped a third soulful EP Coastal Love this May. Title track highlights Andy’s twisted soulful voice as he was singing with an irresistible pout.
6- Google name MΛJIK definitely gives more results than MAJIK! UK artist/producer duo first dropped the really heartwarming track “It’s Alright” last February with ambient sounds, synth handclaps. In March, there was an upper tempo track “Undercover Lover” but still here. Waiting for more!
7- When drums come in “Got it Bad”, first track out in April from New Zealand band Leisure, it makes instantly think about Serge Gainsbourg “Requiem pour un con”, and it gives this nostalgic touch to the laid back reverb vocals. Like the artwork suggest, sip it!
8- The 20 year old French musician & remixer Arthur Dubreucq operates as Kazy Lambist. “Doing Yoga” track is on a second EP,
re-arranging the famous line “what you gonna do,…” from Kool & The Gang "Get Down On It", into a nu-disco banger with gossamer vocals and you start feeling the summer vibes!
9- From 1992 in 2014 to 1000 in May 2015, it’s just a matter of numbers between the two names of the EPs that Londoner Ben Khan released up to now with the same impressive soulful and funky synths already featured here on “Youth”. “Zenith” pulsing track is not the peak of his career, “2022 Zodiac” takes an even more interesting experimental way.
10- Despite their name, Miami Horror are coming from Melbourne/Australia and were already big after their first album Illumination released in 2010. 15 tracks to fill the gap in between the release in April of their sophomore LP All Possible Futures. “Love Like Mine, feat. Cleopold” has this Michael Jackson heritage with cowbells disco, always good to get dancing!