soul

* Late Cambrian * Dr. Joe * The Dropouts * Videocean *

Late Cambrian “February”

Turn up your speakers, and bounce around the room to Late Cambrian and “February.” Power pop at its finest. Just when you think it can’t get any better…it does. Fans of Weezer, Ozma, and Fountains of Wayne will freak out. Late Cambrian is super fun. The duo stacks their harmonies, guitars, and makes a wall of supercharged rock and roll. With an album, Sweet Cambrian High Vol. 1 & 2 LP, and a live show in the works, Late Cambrian is where it’s at.

 
 

Dr. Joe “Tell Your Mother”

Dr. Joe will fuzz you up with his groovin’ singe, “Tell Your Mother.” Unlike anything your ears have experienced, Dr. Joe’s brand of “Fuzz Gospel” is revved up rock and roll with a classic saturated vibe. Led by Joe Sparacino, Dr. Joe went straight to tape with the help of Vance Powell (Jack White, The Raconteurs, Kings of Leon). The result is a wild blend of boogie woogie and Southern soul. If you are looking for fresh and exciting music, Dr. Joe is it.

 
 

The Dropouts “Perfect Day”

The Dropouts make you sway along to their gem of a tune, “Perfect Day.” The song has a groove that demands body movement. It is a masterclass in sampling and vocal production. The verses are rock solid, performed to perfection, and the refrain is a trance-like treat. The Godfather of Soul counts things off, and the listener is hooked. Guitar licks the left speaker, with piano and vibes holding down the right side. Classic. The Dropouts are Awesome.

 
 

Videocean “Genes”

Videocean keeps it cool and groovy with their latest release, “Genes.” Blending shoegaze and psychedelic soul, Videocean has a classic yet current vibe. Their music makes you move, while touching on social issues — inspired by the likes of American songwriters Bobby Womack and Curtis Mayfield. Using a blend of organic and electronic elements in the arrangment, “Genes” is a funky production with a steady swagger. Smooth, indeed.

 
 

* Oh He Dead * Kimberly Townsend * Leah Nobel *

Oh He Dead “This Time Around”

Oh He Dead is fronted by the soulful duo of Cynthia ‘C. J.’ Johnson and Andy Valenti. “This Time Around” is their latest release and it is sure to get your feet shuffling. The production has a crispy Daptone vibe, featuring smooth vocals with just enough rasp, and swagger that is hard to beat. Arrangement-wise it is confident and keeps the listener nodding along, right up until the 2:48 mark drops to tremolo Rhodes/Wurlitzer, before bringing the listener back to a groovy bookend closing.

 
 

Kimberly Townsend “How I Got There”

Kimberly Townsend gives us a wake-up call in her new tune, “How I Got There.” With an honest voice and a curse, this song is delivered from a sincere and straightforward songwriter. A NYC-based artist, Townsend wrote “How I Got There” after a “period of stagnation.” It is her battle-cry to live in the moment, and the steady delivery of the hook keeps the message front and center. A clean version is to follow, which is great because this song has monster licensing potential.

 
 

Leah Nobel “Earth and Sky”

Leah Nobel is one of the most talented songwriters penning tunes today. Her voice and ability to relay stories is top-shelf artistry. For those new to Nobel’s material, I suggest spinning a few songs in her catalog. Each one seems to be better than the last — and they are all worthy. “Earth and Sky” is her latest release from Running In Borrowed Shoes — an interview-inspired album due out in February 2019. In anticipation, enjoy this “pop-tinged tribute to the wonder of nature.”