New Audio: Chicago’s The Main Squeeze Specializes in Old-School-Inspired, Funky, Soulful Pop on “Angelus”

Consisting of Corey Frye (vocals), Max Newman (guitar), Ben “Smiley” Silverstein (keyboards), Reuben Gingrich (drums) and Jeremiah Hunt (bass), neo-soul act, The Main Squeeze originally formed in Bloomington, IN before they eventually relocated to Chicago (which is home to a very vital soul music scene) and over the course of the first few years of the band’s history, the quintet spent time refining their sound before finally embarking on over 160 touring dates last year, which included Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Summercamp, Gathering of the Vibes, and Rolling Stone‘s Super Bowl XLVI Pre-Party. And interestingly enough, the now-Chicago-based band won The  Venetian Macao international battle of the bands in China, back in 2012.

Adding to a growing national and international profile, the band’s forthcoming sophomore effort, Mind Your Head was produced by former American Idol judge Randy Jackson. The album’s latest single “Angelus” is a slick piece of soulful pop consisting of cascading synths, sinuous bass, a persistent and tight rhythm section paired with Corey Frye’s s silky falsetto vocals. Sonically, the song subtly nods towards late-period disco and synth-based 80s R&B — and in a similar fashion to Jazzanova‘s Funkhaus Studio Sessions as the material is not just funky but possesses an old-school charm and warmth that’s infectious. If you’re not at least doing a two-step to this, there’s something wrong with your cold, cold, cold soul.