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Column aiming to present 6 glowing with quality tracks, under the “future soul” genus; An amalgam of soul, contemporary R&B and even hip-hop and electronic elements.

-not to be confused with Daley’s “Future Throwback Soul” term-

THEO – ‘Let This Go’

Quick pitch:

Captivating new single ‘Let This Go’, the perfect soundtrack to the final days of Summer & first days of Autumn by up-and-coming THEO.

dynamic: ★★★★/5

style★★★★/5

performance:   ★★★★/5

Trivia:

Striking and unapologetic, THEO draws on relatable day-to-day experiences as well as the issues closest to her heart, to blend soulful sounds, emotive tones and catchy beats that will get you grooving. From her lengthy childhood Christmas shows which involved every family member, to forming her closest friendships through music, and belting out a cheeky tune at Canavan’s karaoke; THEO has always found solace expressing herself through music.

Born to Irish parents, THEO grew up in the English countryside to the sweet sounds of old Irish soul, with The Commitments and Van Morrison’s lyrics being woven into her artistic tapestry. She credits experimenting on the piano and immersing herself in Soundcloud rabbit-holes to developing her distinct taste for soul and hip-hop. Soaking up the sounds of artists like Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, Charlotte Day Wilson and The Internet as a teenager, THEO has been scribbling lyrics into notebooks and humming riffs ever since.

THEO is excited to release her first EP ‘Everyone Starts Somewhere’ in the coming months, so keep your eyes peeled for sounds you don’t want to miss.

Jai’len Josey – ‘When We Jump’

Quick pitch:

A truly unique and imaginary song that really comes alive at the 1:00 minute mark. The song is soulful, creative and massive in its sound. Spellbound!

dynamic: ★★★★★/5

style: ★★★/5

performance:   ★★★★★/5

Trivia:

Growing up in the hotbed of the Atlanta Hip-Hop/R&B music scene, young singer/ songwriter, Jai’len Josey, had her future musical sound set for her at an early age. Jai’Len’s “Soul Pop” direction brings a smooth and powerful take on Pop music with influential tones from the world of R&B. Jai’Len’s vocal abilities make her impossible to ignore in any setting. Her captivating live performances have won her fans from all over the world. Her background not only includes gospel but even Broadway, where she made her professional debut bringing the house down during her solo performance 8 shows a week in “Spongebob Squarepants”. Most recently, she was contracted to write and perform a song for Oil of Olay, which was released in October 2019 and has collected more than 1.4 million views. Jai’len has released two singles, “Death of a Black Girl” and “All Mine” in 2020 as well as her debut EP Illustrations on September 10th, 2020.

Imani Wj Wright – ‘Sometimes’ – Live (Feat. 4Tae)

Quick pitch:

Imani Wj Wright & trombonist 4Tae, bring a sound of redemption and forgiveness.

dynamic: ★★★/5

style★★★/5

performance:   ★★★★/5

Trivia:

Wright is a classically trained 21 year old musician from Baltimore, Maryland who’s won numerous accolades for his musical skills. One of those accolades being from The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, conferring him with an “Outstanding Performance’’ award. Some of his musical performances also include a headlining show at the Kennedy Centre, on August 24, 2019. This well received performance fused elements of Opera, Jazz, and R&B. It included his most known piece “So I Thought”, and an array of other pieces written by Wright. He also boasts an impressive track record, having performed in 10+ Sofar Sounds cities across the United States, including a scintillating performance at their 10th Anniversary show in Seattle,Washington.”

Ann Oso – ‘Places That Break Me Places That Heal Me 2.0’

Quick pitch:

A song that carries the complexity of experiencing both hope and despair, love and fear, all in the same moment. During those times of tribulation it is hard to tell if we are falling or floating. A fine blend of r&b and soul by Polish newcomer Ann Oso!

dynamic: ★★★★★/5

style★★★/5

performance:   ★★★/5

Trivia:

Silence. It keeps us caged in the pain inflicted on us. Finding your voice amidst that silence is like learning to breathe underwater. But that journey is what brings healing and growth from the pain we desperately try to avoid. Since a child Ann Oso had been enamored by the power of music, creating songs even before she could write. Though born in Southern Poland, she’s always felt an affinity with American icons such as Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Lauryn Hill. Their soulful sounds and stories resonated with the resilient spirit within her and gave her strength through her hardships. She found singing to be a source of healing, freedom through expression and breaking down barriers in her life. As a teenager, her fascination with music led her to pursue her dream abroad, sacrificing the comfort of loved ones and a safe academic route. Uprooted in a foreign land she had to pick up English quickly and eventually started writing lyrics in her second language. In her music you can find the dichotomy of heartbreak and healing, isolation and inner strength, and empowerment out of the darkness surrounding us.

Witch Prophet – ‘Tesfay’

Quick pitch:

A queer, Ethiopian/Eritrean, singer-songwriter, who provides us with a soundscape of vocal layers, loops, raps, and harmonies on a bed of hip-hop, jazz, and soul-inspired beats… Future Soul beyond!

dynamic: ★★★★★/5

style★★★★★/5

performance:   ★★★★/5

Trivia:

Witch Prophet is a queer, Ethiopian/Eritrean, singer-songwriter, and the Co-CEO of Heart Lake Records. She provides her fans with a soundscape of vocal layers, loops, raps, and harmonies on a bed of hip-hop, jazz, and soul-inspired beats. Think Erykah Badu meets Lauryn Hill meets Jill Scott.

Witch Prophet has shared the stage with and opened for acts like THEESatisfaction, Shabazz Palaces, Lido Pimienta, A Tribe Called Red, Stars, Climbing Poetree, SAMMUS, Sean Leon, JPEGMAFIA, The Cliks, Rae Spoon, Zaki Ibrahim, and LAL to name a few.

Her vocals have appeared on Shad’s Flying Colours LP (2013) as well as 2009 Polaris Prize winner Fucked Up’s LP Dose your Dreams (2018).

She has toured Europe independently twice; playing shows in Paris, Amsterdam, London, and Berlin, as well as performed at North American and European music festivals like: Black Women Rock, New Skool Rules, Soul Of Brooklyn, Allied Media Conference, Montreal Jazz Festival, Sappy Fest, Electric Eclectic, Summerworks, Ottawa Capital Pride, Pride Toronto, Pop Montreal, Halifax Pop Explosion and so many more!

Cindy Zhang – ‘Run Away’

Quick pitch:

A neo soul track that starts off sparse but transitions into a lush mix of soulful vocal harmonies and rhythm section… ‘Run Away‘ is the 2nd song off of Cindy Zhang’s debut album ‘Voice Memos‘.

dynamic: ★★★/5

style★★★/5

performance:   ★★★★/5

Trivia:

Cindy Zhang is a Chinese-American singer songwriter based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her eclectic sound is influenced by Jazz, Bossa Nova, Neo-Soul, and R&B. Cindy got her start in music through 15+ years of training in classical violin. In school, Cindy developed her love for jazz while studying with Grammy-winning producer . She later performed in Kenyatta’s jazz ensemble class, previously attended by , where she sang jazz and latin pieces in a big band setting.

“Soul Professor”: Christos Doukakis