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Janelle Kroll releases soulful debut EP 'Outsider'

Janelle Kroll dipped her pen in the wells of a few differnet genres for her new EP Outsider. On the project she mixes elements from synthpop, R&B and neosoul, that, when combined with her noteworthy vocal abilities, form a project that's at once intense and intriguing. We are streaming below second single '24 hrs.' Check out also the EP's closer "Looose," a duet with morgxn featuring a stripped down beat, consisting of just a distorted synth pattern and sleigh bells at first, that allows the pair's vocals and striking lyrics to take center stage. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber, photo by Ennis Chung

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Buzz Alert: Ro James releases new album 'ELDORADO,' plays MSG on 11/10

Ro James' music is cut from the cloth of a pristine vintage denim jacket. It's the kind of neosoul music that would sound best on a record player in a candlelit room, or from a jukebox in a swanky room. On his recent debut album ELDORADO, James captures elements of the past, and immerses them with those of the present to create tracks and a project that's even greater than the sum of its parts. At the center of his soul music, like all good soul music, are the vocals. All over the record James flexes his vocal range, elevating his suave, honey-whiskey vocals at will to devastating effect. His lyrics have a similiar conversational, casual quality to Frank Ocean's.

The more contemporary elements of the album come in the instrumentals. James sings over arrangements that only take what they need, often featuring only percussion and distorted synth or acoustic guitar.  They provide the perfact backdrop for James to reach past speakers and touch hearts directly with his vocals. ELDORADO is overall a really strong effort, and should solidify James in the pantheon of his genre's best along with the likes of Gallant and .Anderson Paak. You can catch him at MSG, of all places, on 11/10. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

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Lewis Del Mar releases debut LP, tours Europe, talks about the creative process.

After gracing (two thirds of) The Deli's 2016 SXSW issue's cover, Rockaway Beach, NY's avant-soul-pop duo Lewis Del Mar had a pretty exciting year, which culminated in the recent release of their self titled debut album, and the following US and EU tour. The band started turning ears in 2015 with a series of memorable singles that blended an overall acoustic sound with electronic experimentation. The new single "Painting" (video streaming below) confirms their edgy sound and souldful songwriting. 

Check out this interview on our sister blog Delicious Audio: Lewis Del Mar talks about gear and the creative process.

 

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New Music Video: "I Want You" - Marian Hill

We could probably never pull off a choreographed dance, but we certainly apreciate when it's done well. Marian Hill enlisted the help of some talented folks to film their music video for the single, "I Want You," at the YouTube Space NY. In one take to boot! Or should we say, "One time, one time, one time"? The performance was directed and choreographed by Ian Eastwood, and you can find "I Want You" on their full-length release, ACT ONE (Republic Records). (Photo by Pablo Amoretti)

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Sun-Drenched Harmonies Shine Through on SMILE's New Release

The Austin music community is rife with ironic and self-serious bands, and SMILE is certainly not one of them. This six-piece power pop group, fronted by Jack Miles, can certainly light up the room with their sunny demeanor and chilled optimisitic vibes.  Blending elements of soul with purist Beatles-esque melodies, the group released a sun-drenched single "I Dunno" to generate interest in their soon-to-be-released new album.  Crooner vocals float over doo-wop inspired harmonies to create an atmosphere of love and postivity. While there is a strand of jam band DNA in SMILE, their music is overhwelmingly and unabashedly an homage to 60's artists like the Beach Boys and Harry Nilsson.

-Lee Ackerley

 

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