Soul/R&B

Ella Eyre – “Deeper”

 

Like a pop-dance version of Adele, Ella Eyre‘s big, soulful voice is complimented with a more updated sound, including some manipulations of her own voice. Good twist for someone who would otherwise likely be lost in the shadow of Adele.

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Trails and Ways – “Sure Thing (Miguel cover)”

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I’ll admit it: I have a weakness for alt/indie covers of rap/R&B songs. Trails and Ways are setting the standard with their cover of “Sure Thing” by Miguel:


Fitz and The Tantrums – “Out Of My League”

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Indie-motown? That exists? Just take Fitz and The Tantrums. Their newly released single below may lean towards indie-pop, but check out their 2010 album Pickin’ Up The Pieces on soundcloud and you’ll get the drift.


Phil Beaudreau – “This Is Why” + “Buried Alive”

Phil Beaudreau has found the sweet spot between soul, R&B, and rap, and still manages to throw in a splash of chill nostalgia. But let’s not stop at the sound, he’s even got the mellow and smooth vocals to weave in some thoughtful lyrics. The Dawaun Parker feature in “This Is Why” slips in seamlessly to open and close the song with some pace. “Buiried Alive” isn’t new, but I liked it enough to throw it in for taste of some of his other work.


Sebastian Mikael – “Take Me Higher” + “Beautiful Life”

Swedish-born artist, Sebastian Mikael, made his breakthrough in the U.S. after releasing a video of his song “Beautiful Life” (below) while still studying music at a Boston college. He was picked up quickly by a yet-to-be-named joint venture label with Epic Records to begin working on a full length album. “Take Me Higher” is the first released single from his highly anticipated debute: