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-
Jon Vinyl – ‘Told You’
All things untold after a touch break-up by Toronto-based Jon Vinyl. Highly emotive & infectious!
Jon Vinyl is a 23 year-old artist from Toronto, Ontario whose keen sense of emotion has given his listeners the ability to tap into their nostalgic moments of love through a sound that has an air of sophistication and vulnerability. Production of strummed guitar chords and waving synths fall into a soft spot between R&B and Soul, which lay the perfect framework for Vinyl’s open and honest accounts of his own run-ins with love. His work has garnered the attention of OVO Radio, along with the upper echelon of the industry like Billboard, Noisey, BBC 1Xtra, MTV, and Ebro Darden of Beats1 and Apple Music. With a new decade on the horizon, Jon’s ability to translate his personal emotions into a widespread commonality amongst his listeners will assuredly scale into even more impactful song writing.
Apollo Mighty – ‘Smile’
A soulful R&B track with amazing vocals and a stunning topline progression with a healthy dose of positivity, vital for summer!
Apollo Mighty is an R&B/Soul artist based out of Chicago in the United States. Originally from Memphis, TN, Apollo is the epitome of pure R&B/Soul vocals, and delivers both classic and new styled R&B songs. Previous releases “Solid Gold”, “Forbidden Fruit”,“Let Go”, “Talk” and “Bless My Soul“ have amassed over 600 000 streams across platforms and have been featured on official Spotify playlists “Fresh Finds” and “Fresh Finds: The Wave”, Apple Music playlist “Future Hits”, Youtube Music’s “RELEASED” and Tidal’s “New Suggested Tracks” and “New Albums” for R&B/Soul. Apollo has been performing live around Chicago during the past two years, and was featured on the Chicago daytime show “Windy City LIVE” in 2019 where he performed “Solid Gold”. Apollo has also been featured on multiple tastemaker blogs and channels such as Alfitude, Dynmk, IndieShuffle, h-wing, CaesarLivenLoud, Yellow & Black and many more.
Butterfly Ali – ‘Truth Is’
A soulful gem from Butterfly Ali‘s upcoming EP. Wanna know the ‘truth’?
Having already made a name for himself as a renowned actor after appearing in recurring roles for hit TV shows such as Pretty Little Liars, The Rookie and Glee, vocalist and songwriter Titus Makin aka Butterfly Ali has also been making a huge impression on the music scene of late with his previously shared singles ‘5 Minutes, ‘Rose’, ‘Righteous’ and most recently ‘Pray For ‘Em’.
Graduating from the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Titus relocated to Los Angeles to pursue his acting and musical career on a professional level.
Titus has worked with multiple music and acting industry professionals due to his time on Fox’s hit show Glee and tour engagements related to Glee: Live. The frontman has also starred in CW’s Star-Crossed and hit shows such as Pretty Little Liars, Grey’s Anatomy, Hulu’s The Path, among others, and is currently playing the character Jackson West on ABC’s The Rookie.
As an artist, Butterfly Ali (Titus) cites Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Pharrell Williams, Cee Lo Green, Bill Withers and Andre 3000 as some of his musical inspirations. His sound has been described as mainstream soul, coupled with funk and pop undertones and has written with and been produced by some of the industry’s top producers including New Beat Fund, Jake Scott, Aaron Kellim and David Hodges (Evanescence, Christina Perri, Kelly Clarkson).
Raised in a military household of all jazz, funk, soul and blues music, it is Butterfly Ali’s goal to keep the oldies alive and relevant. There’s no doubt that he is a rising, multi-skilled artist to watch closely in 2021.
Otis Kane – ‘Perfect’
No one gets the true essence of R&B quite like Otis Kane; Check out his tender new single ‘Perfect‘ to get a clue!
Recently honored as one of ten artists on SoundCloud’s “First On SoundCloud” 2021 Campaign, Otis has been widely embraced since his initial debut last year with critically acclaimed EPs Therapy and Growing Pains earning the LA born-and-bred artist nearly 10 million streams to date. Both projects and each single in between have landed on major R&B/Soul playlists across DSPs like Spotify’s “The Newness,” “Soul Lounge,” and “Alternative R&B,” among others, building momentum for the producer-turned-artist.
Otis Kane has spent most of his career working as a producer and songwriter for some of music’s very best, including Pink Sweat$, Zara Larrson, Julia Michaels, Wiz Khalifa, The Jonas Brothers and more while racking up dozens of sync placements including Queen Sugar, All Rise, All American, Good Trouble, and Hair Love.
But it took Otis the right moment to step out of his comfort zone and into his own voice. Growing towards a pinnacle in his production and songwriting career, Otis recognized that he had to make a decision. He had spent so many years fighting the urge to step into his own artistry. In August 2020, Otis finally listened and released his debut single “Therapy.”
Otis Kane now breathes new life into today’s music scene with his passionate and honest releases that have come to encapsulate modern romance with smooth vocals and sultry lyricism.
Myyora – ‘One Song’
French up-and-coming “Soulstress” Myyora gifts us with soul/pop ‘One Song‘. And what a song!
Born in London with roots in France, The Congo and England, Myyora is full of quiet contradictions.
She splits her time between edgy urban London and an eco-friendly garden centre in Provence, getting her manicured nails dirty in the earth.
Music has forever been the essence of her life.
A songstress of the soul, Myyora blends the different musical aspects of her mixed heritage and travel experiences, creating both easy-to-listen to, poetic, nature-inspired music with reverberating dance numbers, subtly traversing genres as she goes.
Myyora’s calm exterior hides many deep passions. She is driven by a desire to improve the world around her. She questions the existence of borders, of social norms, of the rules and regulations that bind us together and tear us apart. She is concerned about the environment, minorities and gender equality. But her messages are conveyed gently, massaging the listener’s mind, eschewing violent forcefulness. Her songs work on multiple levels…easy lilting rhythms that work their way into the consciousness, but are never quite as simple as they seem.
With a degree in Theatre Directing, the world offers a stage to Myyora, and her eclectic dress sense is another manifestation of her creativity. This young singer is a voice for the here and now, but it echoes all that has come before.
Myyora records in a professional Studio in the south of France and works with a french-Irish song writing team.
Sargeant X Comrade – ‘Beautiful’
Canadian lo-fi soul band Sargeant X Comrade define what ‘beautiful’ is with their latest art video/single.
Sargeant X Comrade can be described as the pioneers of Lo Fi Soul. A new sound that is gaining popularity throughout Canada and all over the world. Yolanda’s rich vocal tones have been catching the attention of music connoisseurs and neo-soul enthusiasts from all over. Sargeant X Comrade’s first release “Magic Radio” has been well received and is quickly gaining popularity on the radio charts. It includes some big name veteran rap features (from Canada & US) as well as some funky musicians that help bring the whole sound together.
“Soul Professor”: Christos Doukakis