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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-

Seanloui – ‘Naomi’

Quick pitch:

Seanloui‘s ‘Naomi‘ is just beyond words. A track of stunning beauty bringing almost tears in eyes. Among the best tracks of 2018 easily!

dynamic: ★★★★/5

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performance:   ★★★★★/5

Trivia:

Seanloui Dumas recorded his first single W.A.I.S.T.D while traveling between Arizona and California. With the help of his friend and local Tucson musician and producer Mike Almeroth, he crafted the sound that would be dubbed “Euro R&B Pop”. In 3 weeks, he wrote and recorded the song that would gain the attention and ears of the music industry at home and abroad.

W.A.I.S.T.D was recorded at a home studio in Tucson, Arizona, with no air conditioning and homeowner’s canine companion. On vocals and instrumentation, “Everything was done with a 90’s vibe mindset. Yet still capturing the ’emotional’ style I grew up with living in Orange County California,” says Seanloui, who played very few of the instruments heard on the single. “I found myself in a place where I knew I wasn’t the best person in the room regarding producing my own music. It was incredibly frightening, yet humbling, and it caused me to really rely and value the other musicians and ideas in the room.”

Growing up in an incredibly musical family surrounded by Los Angeles’s diverse music industry has heavily influenced Seanloui’s songwriting and musicianship. He spent most of his formative days playing in and out of churches, and with a family musical legacy to inspire him, spent his free time learning new instruments and practicing for hours on borrowed guitars and drum sets, after receiving lessons in music theory from a friend’s father.

At 20, Seanloui began recording his own music at a friend’s studio in Los Angeles, gaining the attention of a songwriting group that asked him to share his songwriting skills to provide more material for the next Beyonce album. “I remember sitting there wondering how I got here and what was next for me,” recalls Seanloui. Years later, by chance, he met with a touring indie band named Signals that recruited him to join them. After 4 years as the 2nd guitarist and songwriter for Signals, he set his sights on releasing his first single “Tell Me”, with the solo project that bears his first name as simply “Seanloui”.

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Upper Reality – ‘Slowly’

Quick pitch:

Seductive, stylish & sexy cool tune…

dynamic: ★★★★/5

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performance:   ★★★★/5

Trivia:

‘Slowly’ is a track off Upper Reality’s latest EP “Holy Mountain Wata” and it’s an ode to the tantra…

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Gamirez – ‘Luv’

Quick pitch:

Put RnB, funk and soul in the mix…And there you have it: ‘Luv‘ it!

dynamic: ★★★★/5

style★★★★/5

performance:   ★★★/5

Trivia:

African-Australian rapper, producer Gamirez is back with another pop influence alternative RnB/Funk song that will set your mode right for the rest of the year. After releasing 2 successful singles that went on to be included in major Spotify playlist and rack up over 200K plays/views on all platform this year, Gamirez is ready for another busy end to the year with more singles and a project to be released before the year finish.

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Celeste – ‘Both Sides of the Moon’ (Live)

Quick pitch:

Jazz-noir atmosphere in a dazzling live performance by Celeste. An ideal soundtrack for those lonely, cold, winter nights…

dynamic: ★★★★/5

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performance:   ★★★★★/5

Trivia:

Brighton soul singer Celeste shares a spellbinding performance video for new track ‘Both Sides of the Moon’, “a song about the uncertainty of love and understanding some things in life are simply not meant to be,” in which she is joined by regular collaborators the Leeds jazz collective Gotts Street Park – recently hailed by The FADER as “the UK’s answer to BADBADNOTGOOD”. Watch the video here.

With a honeyed voice that can simultaneously delight and devastate, a melting pot of influences come together in Celeste’s music, from soulful greats Aretha Franklin, Minnie Riperton and Etta James to the cosmic sounds of jazz experimentalists Kamasi Washington, Thelonious Monk, Sun-Ra and Alice Coltrane, via the raw urgency of Amy Winehouse’s early releases.

The new track marks an exciting new phase for Celeste, who has just been announced as the artist-in-residence at London’s Laylow club and recently signed to Polydor Records following last year’s ‘The Milk & The Honey’ EP for Lily Allen’s Bank Holiday label. Produced by SBTRKT collaborator Tev’n and Rinse FM’s JD. Reid, the EP saw praise from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, Beats1’s Julie Adenuga and publications including FADER, Wonderland, Interview Magazine, The Line of Best Fit and DIY.

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Air Kalo – ‘Separation Anxiety (Part 1)’  [feat. Blu]

Quick pitch:

An alluring RnM/soul jam!

dynamic: ★★★/5

style★★★★/5

performance:   ★★★/5

Trivia:

The song is written by Blu & myself, and produced by me as well! It’s the first of a two-part single. 2nd part here

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Stefan James – ‘Situation’

Quick pitch:

Astonishing video with an era-melting vocal performance by Stefan James.

dynamic: ★★★/5

style★★★/5

performance:   ★★★★★/5

Trivia:

R&B/Soul vocalist, songwriter and producer STEFAN JAMES debuted the video for his debut single, “Situation,” exclusively via Complex today. The single is out now via Republic Records—watch and share HERE!

Written as a reflection on the trials and tribulations of addiction, “Situation” contrasts delicate instrumentation against STEFAN’S entrancing falsetto.

Of the song, STEFAN says, “‘Situation’ is about feeling helpless after finding the one you thought you loved, a complete stranger. That type of pain brings out the worst in you. Two lost souls find each other in that same situation, feeding off the comfort and salvation in each other’s pain.”

20-year-old STEFAN JAMES’ music and lyrics pull from a life marred by tragic events, including battles with addiction and substance abuse, as well as the tragic loss of his older brother. Stefan turned to music to lead him on his road to recovery. Creating music enabled him to share this pain productively and poetically. “I’ve been there,” Stefan says, speaking to all who are dealing with depression, loss or addiction. “When you’re feeling down, just put a couple of my songs on and cry or smile. Whatever you have to do to get through that moment. You’re not alone.”

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“Soul Professor”: Christos Doukakis