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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-

Meagan De Lima – ‘Queen’

Quick pitch:

A soulful R&B gem by Toronto-based singer-songwriter Meagan De Lima, dedicated to one miraculous woman, her mother…

dynamic: ★★★/5

style★★★/5

performance:   ★★★★/5

Trivia:

Meagan De Lima is deeply influenced by her family’s rich cultural history: both sets of her grandparents originated from Goa, India, and Meagan’s parents were born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. Her grandfathers were professional jazz musicians who toured with big bands in India, Africa, and later, Canada, when they immigrated in the ’60s. This formed her natural affinity for music at a young age.

Throughout her younger years, Meagan De Lima soaked up the sounds of R&B, soul, and household jazz. She also immediately fell in love with singing; belting out songs by Toni Braxton, TLC and Destiny’s Child (among others) in her childhood living room. Music was always a safe harbour and a cathartic outlet for her, helping to guide her through mental health challenges, to reconcile her parent’s health battles during her teenage years, and to find the silver lining in constant change as a defiantly resilient songwriter. Her records are at equal turns vulnerable and empowering, by being universal and relatable to anyone dealing with similar personal struggles and longing to find strength in the scars rendered by modern life.

Highlights of her career so far include performing for President Barack Obama, at the Invictus Games, and at Canadian Music Week, opening for Kehlani with the group TRP.P at Pride Festival, and singing the Canadian and American national anthems for the Blue Jays. She was awarded Canada’s Top Artist for Social Change for creating her song ‘You Can’, which focused on mental health awareness (judges included Deborah Cox, Director X, Tegan and Sara and The Queen Priyanka). She acted, composed and performed in the feature film Learn to Swim, which premiered at TIFF 2021.

As an independent artist, Meagan landed on Amazon Music’s The High End chart in fifteen countries, as well as garnering esteemed placements on playlists which included Spotify’s New Music Friday, Fresh Finds, Mood Ring and Just Vibing.

Meagan De Lima is hopeful for the future, which includes releasing her debut EP via AWAL in Autumn 2022.

Ivy Sole – ‘Talk That Talk’

Quick pitch:

Talk That Talk‘ is the latest single from Philadelphia-based rapper and singer originally from Charlotte, NC, Ivy Sole‘s.  critically acclaimed new album ‘Candid‘, accompanied with a splendid video.

dynamic: ★★★★/5

style: ★★★★/5

performance:   ★★★★/5

Trivia:

Rapper-singer Ivy Sole just turned 25, so she’s finally realized how little she fully understands about life and her music reflects just how hungry she is to make sense of the world around her. As a Charlotte, NC native and current resident of Philadelphia, Ivy’s sound draws on a diverse set of influences. Sole is the product of the gospel and soul upbringing afforded by her hometown, the mainstream R&B and backpack hip hop of the late 90s and 2000s, and an organic obsession with indie rock that she’s cultivated into a soundscape that’s all her own.

Dave Lee & Omar – ‘Starlight’

Quick pitch:

Dave Lee recently teamed up with 90s ‘There’s Nothing Like ThisOmar for the soulful, retro soul/disco treasure ‘Starlight‘!

dynamic: ★★★★★/5

style★★★★/5

performance:   ★★★★/5

Trivia:

Throughout his storied career, Dave Lee’s dedication to the craft of songwriting and of producing his records with love and passion has endured. The writing process has always remained the same and Dave has always preferred to work face-to-face with artists whenever possible, forever in search of that sprinkling of magic that makes his music stand out from the crowd.

WE Junior – ‘All Down’

Quick pitch:

All Down‘ is a genre-bending masterpiece which combines pop, rap, neo soul and experimental electronic to unleash an one of a kind WE Junior sound! This gem was inspired by the hangover of the Covid-19…

dynamic: ★★★★/5

style★★★★★/5

performance:   ★★★★★/5

Trivia:

As ‘WE’ breath and live, ‘WE Junior’, from Canada, attempt to inspire you and I (WE) trough art with the profound desire to reach your heart, body, and soul. While using and creating a mix of urban sound as Hip hop, Jazz, Pop, Soulful… and layers of art, ‘WE’ accept this challenge of growing and sharing in this ERA. ‘WE’, don’t have the pretention to believe ‘WE’ know everything. But as little as ‘WE’ are, as ‘JUNIOR’ as ‘WE’ are, ‘WE’ are dedicated to serve trough the axis of art.

This ain’t about me, this ain’t about you, It’s about Us, It’s about WE!!

meadowhip – ‘Iconic’

Quick pitch:

A silky mixture of pop, soul and r&b with jazzy, noir vibes by Aussie artist meadowhip will make your day… Or preferably night!

dynamic: ★★★/5

style★★★/5

performance:   ★★★★/5

Trivia:

meadowhip is the slinky solo project of Australian singer/songwriter/poet Cara Walkam.

Influenced by artists like Solange, Erykah Badu, Frank Ocean and Blondie, meadowhip fuses introspective, impatient and irreverent lyrics with pop melodies and elements of psychedelic soul, alt-R&B and jazz.

meadowhip is an exploration of self and society from Cara’s perspective. As she puts it, “I’m here to discuss the big three – capitalism, the patriarchy, and myself.”

Ray Barnard – ‘Two Wrongs’

Quick pitch:

…An alluring soul track by Ray Barnard mainly influenced by legendary Curtis Mayfield!

dynamic: ★★★★/5

style★★★/5

performance:   ★★★★/5

Trivia:

Radicalized is my fourth solo LP (after Tinted Windows, Where Would I Be Without You, and When the Sun Goes Down. Like the others, I produced Radicalized and performed much of it, but also did several live sessions at Jeremy Johnson’s Barking Jack studio and Greg Schutte’s Boom Island studio.

After the reggae-tinged When The Sun Goes Down lp, I went for a more modern R&B sound on this one (with the exception of the title track which uses a hard driving steppers beat. Got a little jazzier, too, partly due to using Greg Schutte’s classic Fender Rhodes keyboard.

Many songs on this LP reference the current politics in this country and the pandemic lockdown we went through. I don’t piss on a particular side/ideology, but I do like to point out strangeness and absurdity – which have been bountiful & profitable.

Being a big Curtis Mayfield fan, I finally used my higher register for at least half of these songs. The album opener The Fix Is In is a good example.

Before my solo records, I led the roots-rock group, The Copperheads, for twelve years. My goal then was to mix Country and R&B (I’m still doing this to some extent, only with slinkier grooves).

We produced three LPs, Country & Blues Revue, Cold Mississippi, and This Train Is Gainin’.

The Copperheads played shows with Junior Brown, Chris Scruggs, Rosie Flores, The Iguanas, Randy Weeks, Charlie Robison, Shooter Jennings, Ty Herndon, Jack Ingram, and the mighty Oak Ridge Boys.

I’ve also played sideman to a bunch of swell artists, Frederick Thomas (of hitmaking 90s band Natural Selection), Jeremy Johnson, Bill Geezy (of Stoney Lonesome), The Ramps, Jon Rodine, Molly Maher, Paul Bergen, Becky Kapell, and Erik Koskinen.

[Note: All trivia sections provided by the artists]

“Soul Professor”: Christos Doukakis