Soul

A Deli Premiere: "Last Goodbye" by Andrea Capozzoli

Hard to imagine a smoother, groovier, and more exquisite start to the week than the one Andrea Capozzoli serves up in her latest single “Last Goodbye.” Oh yes, the song is all the neo-soul goodness that has characterized Capozzoli’s trajectory, but there is added emotion and undertones of liberation in Capozzoli’s velvety, assertive vocals. Accurately, and oh so delicately landing on each note change, the artist dances past the sweet guitar riffs and the accompanying swing to bask in the growing excitement of the song’s soulful choruses. “Last Goodbye” is an ode to a friend’s triumphant escape from a toxic relationship, and yet, it is for all lovers who have done just that, and for those brewing the courage to join them in freedom, in strength. Andrea Capozzoli’s method is a prime example of the ever-lasting power of R&B/soul in the age of computer-generated hits: nothing beats watching musicians shaping the molten goodness of their skill into precious pieces for all to enjoy. Dmitry Ishenko (bass),  Dave Ross (guitar,) and Rob Mitzner (drums) accompany Capozzoli in “Last Goodbye” premiering below. - Rene Cobar

   

Tasha "But There's Still The Moon"

Tasha has released a new single called "But There's Still The Moon". This is the folk-tinged, R&B singer's first single since the release of her acclaimed 2018 debut album Alone at Last.

You can catch Tasha opening for Dirty Projectors on June 3rd at Thalia Hall.

   

Wyn Doran cuts deep in new single "Cigarettes"

For Nashua, New Hampshire's Wyn Doran, public evisceration of her personal experiences through music is nothing new, but her latest single "Cigarettes" cuts even deeper than usual. The music is tinged with residues of anger, fresh disappointment, and many stains of love all lit by the bluesy guitars that riff away in "Cigarettes" and the soulful vocals of Doran, which carve its choruses. The emotion in the music can be intimating, only because of the deep, relatable pain it reveals, the humanity behind it all too real. Doran is in her full alt-soul element in this new single, and that only adds a layer of strength to recall the song's theme head-on; Wyn shows in the track the same grit that has characterized her sound, explosive beats and all. Stream "Cigarettes" below, you may just recognize something in its blackened, burning candor. - Rene Cobar

   

Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble "Stay Beautiful"

International Anthem has released a new and timely single, "Stay Beautiful", from Damon Locks & The Black Monument Ensemble. The track was recorded live in 2018 at Garfield Park Conservatory and is accompanied by the video of that performance below.

The musicians featured on this song are Angel Bat Dawid (clarinets), Dana Hall (drums, percussion), Damon Locks (electronics, bells, voice), and Arif Smith (percussion).

The label and Locks felt that this song was more than fitting for the times we find ourselves in and felt it needed to be shared.

Here is what Locks had to say about this song; "An ode to Chicago: In a hospital room, doctors and nurses come in and out, evaluating, recommending, prepping, and testing. But once visiting hours are over the patient is left alone with their thoughts, ruminating on the intimidating lack of agency and loneliness of losing control of their own circumstances. Drifting towards despair, they discover flowers in the room. There is a note attached that expresses what I would say to Chicago in its most precarious condition. We see you. We love you. Stay beautiful. I am very happy to be able to share this song at this time. It is a fitting message for this moment we are living through. I hope you all stay safe."

   

Fess Grandiose "Phasing Out"

Fess Grandiose dropped his latest Phasing Out via ETC Records today, April 3rd. This is the first new music from Fess since his 2018 album Front Room Methodology.

This album is uptempo Afrofuturism filled with synths and beats that will get you off the couch and make you dance.