You’ll hear many people who say that soul music is dead, much like rock’n’roll, but these people are about to eat their hats as Les Kirsh is resurrecting the style after many years out of the game.
The scene is 1974: Les Kirsh has has been an emerging name in the soul scene for a while and he’s close to signing record deals and making the big time. Unfortunately, a car crash intervened and left Les’ dream hanging. He was in a coma for over a week and it took him around two years to fully recover, whilst he tried to relearn the songs he had written from before by picking up the guitar and strumming a few chords.
But recently, after a career pursued elsewhere, Les’ son stumbled across some of his old recordings, listened to them, realised they were vintage gold and consequently got his Dad back into the music game.
Les decided to pick three of his old tracks, ‘Say, ‘La La La’ and ‘Tell Me To My Face’ which he then took over to renowned producer, Andy Whitmore, who worked his magic and brought them into the modern day. Hence, Les’s self-labelled genre of ‘modern soul’.
Within the three tracks, there’s a lot of juggling with genres as Les likes to see himself as a complete songwriter, but this only shows his ability to adapt, which of course, is a good thing. There’s elements of pop, rock, even reggae, but at the end of the day, Les has always been a soul man.
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‘Caving’ is the latest single from Ciqala who blends a unique combination of alternative rock stylings with dark and evocative electronic instrumentation.
Ciqala, which means, ‘little one’ in Lakota, a native American language, takes inspiration from a wide range of sources including Blur, Suede, Pulp and Depeche Mode, resulting in the amalgamation of sounds that makes up her style.
Yet music is not the only thing to inspire the ambitious, boundary pushing musician. She also takes influence from the soundtracks of cult TV shows from the 80s like Chocky and The Tripods. As a result, there is a highly cinematic nature to the music that Ciqala is making which shines through on ‘Caving’.
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Based in Brooklyn, New York, Music Bear Tony Banks is aiming to be perceived as the ultimate hip-hop storyteller, and his latest single ‘Run!’ would suggest that he is more than on his way to achieving this.
As part of the LGBT community, Tony has fought against the typical mainstream image that hip-hop music is a hetero-dominated genre, finding his own corner of the musical world which sees him mixing a potent blend of rap, dance and house with his own genre of hip-hop. It’s music for the club, it’s music for everyday and most importantly, it’s music for today with the way that it highlights the faults in society and the oppression of black lives in America.
Many perceive the genre of hip-hop to be nothing more than fast lyrics and attitude, but Tony Banks has transformed the style into something much more with ‘Run!’, managing to tell a story beneath the pulsating beats and soul inspired vocals of collaborators, EarthTone and JwlB.
Standing out from the crowd whilst going from nothing to something, all on his own merits with the help of his outspoken and unapologetic personality – Tony personifies the American Dream. This guy is more than just an artist.