From being outright soulful to having hints of soul, these 7 songs provide a refreshing listen.
Sola Rosa x Kevin Mark Trail – “For The Mighty Dollar”
For their latest single “For The Mighty Dollar”, New Zealand’s Sola Rosa (a soul/funk project by Andrew Spraggon) paired with Kevin Mark Trail. The resultant track is a blissfully euphoric tune with socially conscious lyrics. Thematically delving into the impact of the COVID 19 lockdown, the complementing video uses the city of Auckland to illustrate the effect of the pandemic. “For The Mighty Dollar” is the second leak from Sola Rosa’s upcoming album Chasing The Sun (the first single “Searching For Love” was featured on our New Release Friday roundup on June 5th).
Wil Key x L. Young x Angela Coleman x Skyler Jordan x Laura Key – “Got SO Far To Go”
Wil Key is a seasoned artist and producer from Los Angeles. Owing to the rise in police brutality cases in the US, the’s decided to use his voice to highlight the plight of black people. Bringing on board L. Young, Angela Coleman, Skyler Jordan and Laura Key, they deliver a powerful song dedicated to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Each singer’s heartfelt and soulful contribution to the piece will pull at the heartstrings of every listener and get them to ‘stay woke’. “Got So Far To Go” is accompanied by an equally compelling music video.
D’Stil – “Summer Lovin'”
“Summer Lovin'” is a new heartwarming R&B/soul piece by UK singer/songwriter and producer D’Stil. A celebration of unity and togetherness, the song is escorted by an equally affecting music video. “Summer Lovin'” has a feel-good and romantic allure that should be captivating to most listeners. It is the follow-up to the Birmingham-born artist’s “Bag Down” on which he collaborated with Ric Flo, Maear and Karl Williams.
Jonathan Wyndham – “Nightstand”
Nashville singer and guitarist Jonathan Wyndham‘s song “Nightstand” is a bluesy and soulful lovelorn piece with a heart-gripping effect. He wrote it together with his longtime friend and keyboardist Jeff Adamczyk. “We’d just finished writing a song and he was just casually playing piano as I walked around his apartment. I saw his TV was on and ‘Friends’ (the Comedy series) was playing with the volume off. It was the moment where Ross’ wife left him. I was instantly swept up in empathy for the emotions he must’ve been feeling. I started singing & luckily we still had voice memo rolling…“, he discloses. 28-year-old Jonathan shared the song as part of his new EP Somebody’s Fool.
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Idris Lawal – “Medals”
Toronto-based Nigerian-born singer/songwriter and producer Idris Lawal‘s new EP Young Black & Blue is finally out. Highlighted is one of the 7 tracks named “Medals”. The Afrobeat-influenced genre-bending song has a smooth soulful R&B feel. Idris’ thought-provoking lyrics and off-centre vocals adds a unique taste to the record. With activist undertones, “Medals” talks about the essence of resilience.
AJ Smith – “Billy Joel”
Emerging singer/songwriter AJ Smith has shared a new tribute to “Billy Joel”, naming the song after the legendary musician. However, he composed the confessional song as a dedication to his girlfriend. The piano-guided soul/pop ballad showcases AJ as a vocal prodigy. “Billy Joel” is accompanied by a clip filmed by Brianna Abruzzo (the girlfriend he’s serenading on the song).
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Zammy Oswald x Conor Hughes – “Zoom”
Afro-Puerto Rican pianist and composer Zammy Oswald has released a new jazz-inflected song. Titled “Zoom”, it finds him collaborating with Conor Hughes, a talented singer and multi-instrumentalist. The result is a soothingly meditative song that also highlights Conor’s vocal prowess. Zammy, who names Bill Evans one of his influences, has an upcoming project that will include tracks on which he collaborates with local artists.