This week's show was a far far forethought, prepared weeks in advance as I was currently in Austin at the time in the middle of SXSW, my day party past and with me wandering through Austin determining what I might see and do next. However, I couldn't leave you, dear listener, without radio.
The Line-Up for 20 March 2015
Check out this week’s Sounds for Sunday playlist, vocalist edition, featuring a bunch of dope tracks by the Becca Stevens Band, Kwabs, Nikki Yanofsky, José James, Maria Neckam, Natalia Mateo, Kellylee Evans, Jamie Cullum, Gregory Porter, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Akua Allrich, Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Laura Mvula, Meshell Ndegeocello, Lauren Desberg, Chris Turner, Kat Edmonson, Gretchen Parlato, Sara Serpa and Stacey Kent. Hope you dig it.
Thirty-one year old vocalist Natalia Mateo is set to make her ACT debut on March 27th with Heart of Darkness an album comprised of originals but also several covers including Lou Reed’s “Take A Walk On The Wild Side”, Jay Hawkins’ “I Put A Spell On You” and Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi”. The album hasn’t reached us yet, but as we wait impatiently check out Mateo’s first single below, a competent and heartfelt cover of Lewis Allan’s “Strange Fruit”, performed as a duo with pianist Simon Grote.
Vocalist Lauren Desberg is back at it having recently released the first single off her debut album Twenty-First Century Problems, out April 28. It’s a cover of The Whispers 1987 hit “Rock Steady” reimagined in a jazz pop neo soul kind of way. The track features powerhouses Walter Smith III on tenor sax, Taylor Eigsti on piano, Chris Smith on bass and Corey Fonville on drums. Check it out below the jump.
Sadly the Portico Quartet is no more. The band has dropped a member yet Duncan Bellamy, Milo Fitzpatrick and Jack Wyllie are continuing their musical adventures under the moniker Portico. Like a phoenix reborn from its ashes, Portico is now exploring new and foreign territories with a foray into electronic music. The band is set to release their debut as a trio, entitled Living Fields, under the famed Ninja Tune label March 30th. The album features singers Jono McCleery, Joe Newman (Alt-J) and Jamie Woon which bring depth to the spacey and trippy sounds of Portico. Even though the Portico Quartet was never truly a jazz band, Portico has even further distanced itself from the genre, which is not necessarily a bad thing, just a new direction for the band. Albeit electronic music, Living Fields is seriously good electronic music made by real musicians and talented ones at that. Stream 5 tracks from the 9 track album below the jump and see for yourself.