My UK Soul Music Guide
I am, like, obsessed with soul music; I can’t eat or drink, walk or seat without headphones on the soft whisper of soul music shakes my whole body. So, I compiled ten best artists/bands from the great UK in 2011; Adele, Corinne Bailey Rae, Clare Maguire Bluey Robinson, Daley, Joss Stone, Sade, Jessie J Plan B, and Jaynee.
22-year-old North Londoner, Adele, has increased worldwide accomplishment from the minute she discharged her introduction collection, and this year, she’s breaking records once more. Her music couldn’t be further far from the regular pop/move scene populating the graphs. She has such an effective voice, singing passionate jazz and soul numbers like ‘Somebody Like You’ and ‘Coming In The Deep.’
Wikipedia notes, she is the ‘primary living craftsman to accomplish the deed of two main five hits in both the UK Singles Chart and the UK Album Chart at the same time subsequent to The Beatles in 1964.’ That’s a calming accomplishment for the youthful soul artist.
Birmingham-born Clare Maguire produces perplexing popular music. It can’t be portrayed as soul music, in essence, however with a voice similar to Annie Lennox, it’s hard not to depict Clare as profound. Once more, just in her mid-twenties, she portrays a level of experience through her verses and her voice, as heard in the splendid melody, ‘Most odd Thing.’
Corinne Bailey Rae
Leeds-born Corinne Bailey Rae is a gifted jazz vocalist/performer who develops in a different heading with every collection. On her second studio piece, the melody ‘Closer’, as when blended with her mark vocals, is reminiscent of yesteryear, but, the 70s, and yet despite everything she keeps is significant.
And then there’s her ‘The Love EP’ highlighting five covers, including Prince’s 1979 hit, ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover,’ yet not energized, but rather more synthesized than even the original.
Sweden-born and London raised soul artist Bluey Robinson goes past the atypical soul music class. He immaculately blends his style with funk and pop and is not reluctant to sing a cappella or acoustically. You can tell he is propelled by the old-school. However, he certainly knows how to keep his music new and applicable for these circumstances today.
Daley’s voice is something like a hybrid, with Eric Benet’s tone and Prince’s falsetto, and yet, all on his own, he’s still soulful and yet unique. So it’s not a surprise that he got working on the pop song, ‘Doncamatic’ with British virtual band, ‘The Gorillaz’. With a very distinct visual style of his own, you can’t help but feel this year or the next; he will become a household name.
Joss Stone is an effortless performer of all things soul music. At only the age of 10, when school kids were into either The Spice Girls or The Backstreet Boys, the Kent singer’s first ever CD was ‘Greatest Hits’ by Aretha Franklin (Wikipedia). This year, Joss Stone looks set to release her 5th studio album to date at only the age of 24.
I love to see serious artists with the view of making music their life’s work, and that’s exactly what Sade has done. Sade, the artist, and the band, haven’t changed the effect their music has on the listener. Their music is still compelling, riveting and soothing at the same time, and their latest album, ‘Soldier of Love’ is the testament to their ability to modernize their sound while keeping true to themselves.
Plan B, aka Ben Drew, aka Strickland Banks is a singer, rapper, songwriter, producer, guitarist, actor, and director. The fact that he has so many talents could have hindered his progress in the music industry, but last year, he focused all eyes on to his project, ‘The Defamation of Strickland Banks’, a soul album with a Motown-rescue retro feel about it, encapsulated with a story about a fictional character, as if the album was the soundtrack to a dramatic urban musical.
If imitation is truly the best form of flattery, then the album is a stamp of old school soul music amidst a musical scene afraid of going back and beyond the 80s for inspiration.
I tell you, even If you haven’t heard of Jessie J, even if you haven’t heard her music yet, where have you been? My apologies. It’s just that her name has been floating around like whispers, most likely because she’s been working as a singer/songwriter, writing and co-writing songs for the likes of Chris Brown and Miley Cyrus for a little while now.
But then there’s her 2010-released debut album with two very different but notable singles, ‘Do It Like A Dude’ and ‘Price Tag.’ If anything shouldn’t be overlooked, is her ability to sing, though like many artists in the MTV generation, the visuals can make you forget actually how good a singer she is.
I am much Inspired by the likes of Jill Scott, Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones and India Arie; it’s easy to see where Jayne gets her love for organic live music rather than the digital/electronic sounds that many other singers her age seem to go for. She writes, produces and records her material, fusing acoustic indie with R&B and soul in a style befitting of an indie-soul bar (if such a place exists).