Snoh Aalegra — I Want You Around

There is no need to over-complicate this post with context for how I came to know Snoh Aalegra through this song (which I did) or long-form descriptions of what drew me to this track (her voice; the keyboards; retro neo-soul vibe) or the emotions it evoked and why I keep listening to it (makes me feel warm).

There are just certain pop-forward, R&B tracks that get me. And, I Want You Around — Aalegra’s latest single and first new solo music since 2017 — totally got me.

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Lamont Landers – Easy

Ain’t no reason to complicate this post by setting up how I heard this track or describing its’ elements or explaining why it hit me. All you need to know is that Lamont Landers’ new single Easy is just a pure sip of sunshine.

Lamont Landers is a young band. While their sounds are very different, there are comparisons to be made with St. Paul & the Broken Bones. Origins in Alabama; blue-eyed soul, self-taught front man reared on classic soul music. And, like the Broken Bones, Lamont Landers will have to work to keep their sound fresh or risk making records that sound the same and music that gets too easily labeled.

But, no need to think on all that right now. Easy is soulful, funky pop deliciousness of the sort that will always, always be in my wheelhouse. A tight melody, funky slap-bass line, a little chicken-scratch electric guitar. Yessssss…….