Category Archives: Soul

JESSE BOYKINS III – WAY OF A WAYFARER (Soul/Pop – US)

Jesse Boykins III was born in Chicago, grew up between Kingston (Jamaica) and Miami and is currently based in Brooklyn. His interest in music started from an early age, already at the age of 9 he joined his local school choir and soon began auditioning around Miami and performing with local artists. In High School Jesse was invited to perform in the Grammy Jazz Ensemble and recorded a full length album with them. After graduating, he joined the New School University in New York City, where he refined his skills as a writer, performer, arranger, producer and, last but not least, as a vocalist.

Jesse Boykins III’s first EP, Dopamine: My Life On My Back, was released in February 2008 and his debut album, The Beauty Created, was released in November 2008 through NomaDic MuSic. Three years and a handful of EP’s later, Jesse is back with a new project the Way of the Wayfarer EP and the first audio taste from this EP is “Back Home (Mermaids & Dragons)” produced by Gold Panda (it also appears as an instrumental on Gold Panda’s album Lucky Shiner).

Jesse Boykins III - Back Home (Mermaids & Dragons)     

JBIII is definitely exploring new territory with Way of a Wayfarer, showing us a more electro-tinged and heavily processed brand of soul. Jesse’s perfectly controlled smooth tenor adds a touch of emotion to these five slightly experimental synthesized tunes.

Jesse Boykins III - Light To Dark     

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JAMES BLAKE – LIMIT TO YOUR LOVE (Electro/Dubstep – UK)

James Blake

In the past few months, there has been a lot of fuss around James Blake previous to the release of his highly anticipated debut album, due out in February 2011 on Atlas Records, a subsidiary of Polydor. So far 2010 has been a stellar year for James Blake! He first released the critically acclaimed Bells Sketch EP and the huge underground smash “CMYK”, both of which quickly turned him into one of the brightest new names to watch in British music today.

James - CMYK     

In September the brilliant Klavierwerke EP was released on R & S Records and immediately set about defining Blake’s emotional electronic production style. Off the back of this EP, some bloggers claimed to have been reduced to tears by the simplicity and beauty of the sounds the young artist teases from his home studio.

His synth lines squeal and convulse, his beats lurch behind every corner of his tension-filled compositions. Despite their electronic essence, Blake’s productions feel raw and almost brutal, with their massive synths and fragmented beats.

James Blake - Limit To Your Love     

The first single, which has been doing the viral rounds on YouTube for quite sometime is Blake’s epic cover of the timeless Feist and Gonzalez track “Limit To Your Love”. Re-worked, recorded and produced by Blake alone in his studio, this cover gives the first time listener a chance to hear James’ incredibly soulful voice, nestled in wooly electronics. The album is following in similar suite, with less urban post-dubstep grooves (Blake has often been associated with the emerging post-dubstep sound of Mount Kimbie and others) and more of a singer/songwriter feel.

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