EP Review: Nothing Is Forever – Shon Jay

SHON JAY is that guy who set the bar high – and I mean unobtainably high among his music contemporaries.

His latest EP, ‘Nothing Is Forever’ may be only eight – tracks long, but there’s an electric mix of genres – from funk, old school soul and even an expected appearance of a little country – all of which oozes undisputed class.

Among a crowded industry that’s filled with quick-fix hits that’s easily forgotten, SHON JAY‘s ‘Nothing Is Forever’ is a true testament that there’s still GOOD and MEANINGFUL MUSIC out there and it’s definitely a collection that can be enjoyed from five or even ten years from now – I guess some things last forever.

Check him out below – it’s like listening to soul idols Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau and George Benson, all wrapped up in one.

Must Listens: Dreamin’, Best Part (Daniel Caesar Cover), If You Leave Me Now, Treat Me Like Dis  

Song of the Day: Just Fine – Desiree Dawson

If you’ve experienced any uncertainty filled with a rollercoaster of emotions, you’re not alone as DESIREE DAWSON went through the exact same thing, through in her latest single, ‘Just Fine’.

Canadian singer/songwriter teamed up with producer Cody Taylor to document her turbulent journey in a soothing combo of soulful pop. Delivered in her raspy, jazz/soul vocal instrument, Desiree, despite the turbulence, holds on to the fact there’s calm after the storm and she’ll be just fine.

So remember, you’re not alone in a maze called life – this song’s for you…check out ‘Just Fine.’

 

 

Song of the Day: You’re Crazy – Jodie Abacus

Described by many as Thundercat meets Stevie Wonder, Future-soul artist  JODIE ABACUS  released an ode to all crazy ex-partners, coming in the shape of single ‘You’re Crazy’, taken from his forthcoming debut LP.

The South-London singer has been causing a stir since the early days of ‘I’ll Be That Friend’ & ‘Good Feeling’, with Abacus winning hearts at BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra – not to mention key tastemaker support from the likes of i-D, Pigeons & Planes and Noisey.

His forthcoming LP was inspired by “the worst, mental, fuck-with-my-head year” which saw the singer break-up with a girlfriend of five years and suffer a near-death experience with pneumonia – Jodie now lives with the attitude that he “must be able to take shit and grow flowers”.

Over the coming months, JODIE ABACUS will deliver additional tracks from the album – with a full LP release date to be announced soon….

Song of the Day: Medicine – Ragers (ft. Lou Phelps)

Canadian alt hip-hop collective RAGERS enlisted fellow native rapper/songwriter Lou Phelps for their latest track ‘Medicine. The 80-inspired -ish soulful funk number is taking from their brand new LP ‘Raw Footage’, which embodies modern pop and hip hop, musical proficiency, on point flow – and the guys’ knack in creating catchy hooks and melodies.

Get the first taste of their LP and check out ‘Medicine’ below:

EP Review: The Month Of May – Jackie Moonbather

As spring breaks out, multi-instrumentalist JACKIE MOONBATHER brings in a host of blossoming melodies through his ten track EP appropriately titled ‘The Month of May’.

The EP introduces a hazy glaze which washes over the arrangements fused with jazz, neo soul and old school soul possessing a slight rare groove vibe. Although the featured falsetto – reminiscent of the 70s – took centre stage in most productions, the occasional flash of the near baritone vocals were the star of the show as it adds a unique dimension to Moonbather’s laid-back trademark.

Lovers of neo soul (raphael saadiq style) and jazz/soul legends (perhaps Miles Davis and John Coltrane) will find ‘The Month of May’ a delight; listen to the EP below: