Oliver Wang of Soul-Sides.com and music supervisor Morgan Rhodes join Take Two to run down the latest releases you need to know about.
Artist: People Under the Stairs
Album: 12 Step Program
Song: "Umbrellas (God Forgive Me)"
This local L.A. duo celebrate their ninth studio release since the late ‘90s. Their identity over the years has remained very consistent. They’ve created a classic sound unto themselves, uncomplicated, feel good, soulful samples with slick, witty rhymes. With that, they’ve stayed active far beyond many of the peers they started with.
Artist: The Koreatown Oddity
Album: 200 Tree Rings
Song: "Title Sequence"
On the other side is a relatively brand new artist, with the odd name of The Koreatown Oddity and just to make things odder: he wears a wolf’s head mask whenever he performs. This is his debut album though he’s put out a series of previous projects on tape. I don’t mean metaphoric mix tapes, I mean actual cassette tapes. His style certainly seems influence by Odd Future, though he’s not part of that camp…but he’s an intriguing new artist on the L.A. scene that currently seems stocked with compelling, emergent talent right now.
Artist: Saun and Starr
Album: 7” release
Song: "Gonna Make Time"
Saun and Starr started their career singing back-up for Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and now they’re venturing out to the front of the stage with their debut 7-inch. It’s what you’ve become to expect and want from Daptone: deep soul tracks and piercing vocals. This is as good as anything I’ve heard from Daptone in a minute
Artist: Lost Midas
Album: Head Games - EP
Song: "Head Games (feat. Audris)"
Los Angeles' beatmaking scene has a new hero: Lost Midas aka Jason Trikakis. The Boston transplant's "Head Games" is the follow up to last years' Memory Flux, a short EP that showcased his affinity for ethereal fuzzy beats, a sound that L.A. has pioneered and absolutely perfected.
Artist: Hollie Cook
Song: "Tiger Balm"
The daughter of two musicians, this British reggae artist on celebrated world music label Mr. Bongo Records. Her latest, twice, is lush, cinematic and trippy like all of her very cool releases to date.
Artist: Lee Fields & The Expressions
Album: Emma Jean
Song: "Just Can't Win"
Bluesy soulful sounds from a seasoned veteran. Four decades of music making and living make for an introspective record about loving and living.