Category: Soul Music

Throwback: Black History Month: Curtis Mayfield

JOVM’s William Ruben Helms celebrates Black History Month — and pays tribute to the legendary and incomparable Curtis Mayfield.

Live Footage: WILSN Performs “Every Day and Every Night” at The Meat Market

Shannon Busch is a rising Melbourne-based singer/songwriter, best known as WILSN. Her full-length debut album, Those Days Are Over was released today through Ivy League Records/Universal Music Australia. The album sees the rising Aussie artist crafting a fusion of modern soul, pop, jazz and classic Motown paired with earnest, lived-in lyrics that draw from the songwriter’s own life, her soulful delivery and production that’s simultaneously nostalgic and contemporary.

“Soul music never goes out of fashion because it’s pure,” the rising Aussie artist says
 “It’s all about a great melody, a great beat and harmony that moves you and makes you feel something. In today’s landscape of artists trying so hard to do something different often for the sake of being different, it’s nice to just engage with the human voice in an unadulterated way.”

So far album singles “Tell Me,” was featured on Spotify US’s Best Retro Songs of 2022 while “You Know Better” and “If You Wanna Love Me” received airplay from ABC, double j and triple j, and praise from the likes of NME, Under The Radar, Flood Magazine and a list of others. Album title track “Those Days Are Over” was the #1 most playlisted song by an Aussie artist last month. “Hurts So Bad,” a duet with The Teskey Brothers‘ frontman Josh Teskey was added to over 20 Spotify editorial playlists across the US, Europe and Australia — and the single was featured in KCRW’s 5 Songs to Hear This Week.

Along with the release of the album, the rising Aussie artist announced a headlining 10-date Australia tour, fresh off touring with Allen Stone. And to give fans in her homeland — and hopefully elsewhere — a taste of what to expect of her life show, Busch shares live footage of album single “Every Day and Every Night,” a classic Motown/classic Daptone-inspired single rooted in tight, infectious grooves and Busch’s soulful delivery.

If there’s one thing the footage at The Meat Market proves, it’s this: you’re looking at a superstar in the making.

New Audio: King Canyon, A Supergroup Featuring Eric Krasno Shares Soulful Track with Son Little

King Canyon is a new supergroup featuring:

  • Eric Krasno, a a two-time Grammy winning, guitarist, producer and JOVM mainstay, best known for his work with Soulive, Lettuce, and Pretty Lights. Krasno has received seven Grammy nominations in the following categories: Best Blues Album, Best Contemporary Blues, Best R&B and Best Electronic Album.
  • Otis McDonald, a producer and multi-instrumentalist, best known for a large catalog that continues to be used in millions of videos across the Internet.
  • Mike Chiavaro, a Brooklyn-based electric and upright bassist, who has played with Richard Marx, Boy & Bear, and a lengthy list of others.

The trio can trace their collaboration back to April 2020: Krasno came across McDonalds music on Instagram and immediately became a fan. Months later, McDonald who had been woking on material with his longtime friend Chiavaro, enlisted Krasno to add some of his guitar to the mix. And before they knew it, the trio had an album’s worth of material rooted in classic R&B, funk and soul-tinged grooves, nostalgia, and a newfound friendship based in their mutual love for music.

For the creative process and the feel captured on the album are unlike any other project that these artists have been involved with previously. With each musician in a different location — Krasno in Los Angeles, McDonald in San Francisco and Chiavaro in Brooklyn — the band wrote and recorded material remotely while becoming arguably the highest band who never played a gig. “It was easy and fun. Exactly what it should be,” King Canyon’s Otis McDonald says. “It didn’t take long before we had a couple of albums’ worth of songs. Some tracks feature special guests and others showcase the power trio format. King Canyon is fresh and rooted in nostalgia.”

The trio’s self-titled, full-length debut is slated for a January 13, 2023 release through Mixto Records. The album will feature the trio collaborating with an impressive and eclectic array of guests including Tedeschi Trucks Band‘s Derek Trucks and Son Little. The trio have released two singles “Keep on Moving” and “Mulholland” that have received praise from the likes of Khraungbin, John Mayer, Black PumasAdrian Quesada, Live for Live Music,, and Relix.

The self-titled full-length debut album’s third and latest single “Ice & Fire” is an old-school soul and R&B-inspired strut centered around twinkling keys, an irresistible, funky groove and swinging, J. Dilla-inspired drumming paired with Son Little’s soulful yet plaintive vocal. Sonically, “Ice & Fire” brings a mix of JOVM mainstays Black Pumas and classic soul to mind — thanks to a dusty, old-timey feel with subtly modern production flourishes, and earnest performances.

“Son Little and I met a few years back at a festival. We had a lot of mutual respect for each other’s music and decided to start writing together,” Eric Krasno explains. “We instantly became tight as friends and frequent collaborators. Ice & Fire is a perfect mixture of the sounds of Son Little & King Canyon. Son’s lyrical imagery blends with the KC’s soundscape creating a unique and soulful sound.“