Manchester, UK raised singer/songwriter JP Cooper expressed in a recent interview with UK blog Soul Features that while he wouldn’t call his music gospel, that it is heavily “influenced by gospel.” Well, JP, while I, too, wouldn’t call your music gospel, I certainly would say that it bares the same spirit. It is not merely music that’s pleasant to the ear but something, which, much like gospel, transcends the tangible in this world and allows the listener to feel connected to something special. I realized that quickly after watching YouTube videos of this blue-eyed, dreadlocked, guitar-playing soul singer. One listen of “I’ve Been Watching” or “The Only Reason” and it is evident that JP Cooper’s music is something that needs to be shared.
With features on Audio Diva and Soulbounce, 14th is hot in the streets right now. This London duo comprising Tracy Duodu and Tom Barber released an impressive four track EP that segues into electronica, soul, and dubstep without missing a beat. Their sudden genre shifts adds emotional depth to their tense-filled songs about relationships. As true artists, 14th’s creativity doesn’t end with their music. The video treatment for the EP’s title track, Hide Yourself, is just as inventive as the song’s concept. The sparse piano opening gives a sense of Tracy’s loneliness as her love interest disappears from her bed. From the beginning, the scratchiness of Tracy’s voice mirror the conflict within. As 14th gets into their dubstep groove, we see weird visuals of Tracy gorging on food and costumed characters getting their Carlton on. It’s definitely the side eye moment of the video, but it makes you wonder what people are hiding from others and ultimately themselves. As the video closes, Tracy and Tom run away only to resign next to their authentic selves. Hide Yourself encapsulates 14th’s ability to be artistically abstract while grounded in realism. With this balance, it goes without saying that 14th is an group you should look out for. FacebookTwitterWebsiteSoundcloudYoutube
The way I bopped n smiled into work today listening to this tune everyone must of thought I either was mad or mad in love! Lol #slumvilla #soul #music #demvibesdeh #hiphop #soulbounce #hiphop #mydrug #mylove #music #t3 #baatin #elzhi #slumvillage #turnofftheradio #fuckthisrapshitilisyento
#AboutLastNight MAZE featuring Frankie Beverly closed out the first night of the Capital Jazz Fest and they tore down the house. Frankie and the fellas still got it, and he was looking good in his all white and sounding very good. Best show I’ve seen of theirs in years and it was a sho nuff party, especially when they closed with the Black National Anthem “Before I Let Go.”
#MAZE #FrankieBeverly #CapitalJazzFest #SoulBounce #soulbouncing (at Capital Jazz Feastival)
These Late Nights Jerk Fried Chicken Tenders and Early Mornings Red Velvet Waffles will have your partner singing your praises, and whet their desires for another round – a repeat performance, if you will – of this culinary delight.