Soul

Michele Thomas "No More"

Michele Thomas has released the first single and opening track, "No More", from her forthcoming album The Assumption which is due out on January 18th.

This is a blend of Gospel, Soul, and Jazz as Thomas pulls from her roots as the daughter of Preacher to bring forth an inspirational message.

For this project she is joined by Darren Scorza (Drums, percussion & organ), Clark Sommers (Bass), Neal Alger (Guitar), Chris Mahieu (Piano, Rhodes & Wurlitzer), Jeff Hedberg (Trumpet), Chris Greene (Alto & Soprano Saxophones), and Davin Youngs (Background Vocals).

   

Jordanna "The Full Story"

Jordanna has released a new album called "The Full Story". The new project features contributions from Mother Nature, Yasmine Mifdal, and DJ SKOLi, and it pulls together several of her past single with a handful of outstanding new tracks.

One of our favorite tracks on the album, "untitled (chicago)", was released back in October of 2020 and is accompanied by the video below.

   

Adam Ness "Sagittarius, Vol. 2"

R&B vocalist and songwriter Adam Ness has released his debut full-length album, Sagittarius, Vol. 2. The album's lead single features the assistance of Durand Bernarr and called "Houzkatz".

   

Shy Niko "Icy Girl"

Shy Niko has released his fourth single of 2021, "Icy Girl". This is catchy and quotable Pop with just enough attitude and weirdness to make it immediately compelling.

   

Fiona Silver unveils her "Swoon" song and you're sure to swoon too

This past weekend Fiona Silver released her latest single (most of the profiles written to date about the native-New-Yorker-turned-bottle-blond-R&B-and-soul-belter refer to her as a “spitfire” so I’m going to resist that trend oh whoops..) and it’s another corker, a contemporary throwback closing-credits-ready mood piece with some seriously soulful feels (the track was recorded in Atlanta with Randy Michael as co-writer and producer) that’s something like a classic girl group number sans the girl group and it's very appropriately titled “Swoon.”

And by feels I mean it’s an aching atmospheric ballad full of gently caressed drums, shivering strings, mellow groove low end, mournful organ chords, and crying electric guitar (dig that heavy reverb and tremolo not to mention the subtle yet sublime note bends in the solo). And that’s even leaving out the classic-Americana-high-lonesome-style-whistling towards the end, all of which echoes the lyrical content about “deep black skies” and “cry[ing] lovebirds” and the like. And in the chorus, when Ms. Silver reveals that “everyday / from midnight to noon / autumn to June / you make my heart swoon,” not only do you actually believe it but you also feel it because this song is a straight-up declaration of lovesick blues that’s more along the lines of Hank Williams than Doris Day when it comes to coping with the blues (tho' the latter could get a bit emo when she was down for it).

And hell, I’m down for it. In fact I’m sincerely hoping that “Swoon” is the first advance single from an album (or an EP, I'll even take an EP) to be titled Staring Pensively Into Your Whiskey Tumbler While Thinking About What Could Have Been, Or What Still Might Be, Against All Odds, Because You’re A Hopeless Dreamer That Way. Because who couldn’t use an album by that title right now or any time really...

…which is precisely why artists like Fiona Silver (or Lou Ann Barton, or Bettye LaVette, or...maybe just check out Brooklyn-based Dala Records' roster for more contemporary examples) are still necessary in this world, artists who write songs for cutting a rug at the juke joint on a Saturday night and songs for chain smoking Lucky Strikes alone at the kitchen table on a Sunday morning, songs that evoke and update the universal sentiments of dance-ready R&B and good time rock ’n’ roll and gutbucket blooz for modern types who're still cool for cats. (Jason Lee)

photo credit: Michael Lavine; HMUA: Paige Campbell