May 17, 2010

V4YS Selection #9 - Nu-School

Everyone knows about the "Nu-Soul" movement blending beautiful soul voices with groove, beats and modern musical productions techniques. Sade, Maxwell, Eryka Badu, D'Angelo or Raphael Saadiq are some of the well-known artists that have created this great musical space.
Next to it a relatively more underground scene has been emerging these past few years trying to perpetuate the "old-school" soul/funk sound from the 60's/70's.
Several independent labels like Stones Throw, Ubiquity, Truth&Soul, just to name a few, have been promoting a myriad of bands from all over the world.
Listening to their records it is sometimes difficult to believe that these artists are contemporary as their mastering of original "rough" productions techniques coupled with their love and culture of Soul/Funk golden age allow them to recreate a musical atmosphere very close to the 60's/70's.

Mixing young musicians to forgotten stars from the 70's that offer themselves a second career (think of Lee Fields or Charles Bradley) they offer a wide range of styles (Classic Soul, Funk or even instrumental jazz/funk). As their ancesters they deliver their full force on stage as we mentionned it several times in our live reviews (see our  Menahan Street Bands & Lee Fields or Gizelle Smith & The Mighty Mocambos live reviews for the most recent ones).

As far as I know there is no particular name to define this genre, so I'll call it "Nu-School" to distinguish it from its "Nu-Soul" sister.
In this selection I tried to pick some tracks of my "Nu-School" favorite artists. You may already be highly familiar with them, if not I hope I hope that it will tease you enough to make you want to dig deeper into their work and go see them live!

Enjoy! (you can listen or dwld the podcast on divshare or listen to the track by track streaming on the 8-track player)

In this podcast you'll listen to (in order) : Aloe Blacc, The Soul Snatchers, Gizelle Smith & The Mighty Mocambos, Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators, Mayer Hawthorne, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Greyboy Feat. Quantic & Sharon Jones, Breakestra, Speedometer, The Bamboos Feat. Alice Russel, Poets Of Rhythm, The New Mastersounds, El Michels Affair, Menahan Street Band.

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