Tag Archive: soul

  1. Musical Pairings: Chet Faker – Thinking In Textures EP

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    Chet Faker‘s Thinking In Textures EP has been a common weeknight listen in our home for the past few months. I originally stumbled upon it because of Faker’s sexy “No Diggity” cover which I featured in our Blackstreet Served Three Ways post. It turned out to be a great find as the tune served as our gateway to the rest of the album. Since then Thinking In Textures has steadily grown into a comfortable groove that Kase and I can regularly turn to when we’re looking for some chill downtempo vibes to fill the home.

    In case you’re wondering, Chet Faker is an alias. The Melbourne, Australia songwriter prefers the mystery that his relative anonymity provides. He’s been described as hailing from Melbourne’s “tight-knit disco scene” and he lists a wide-range of influences on his Facebook page that includes Thom Yorke, Four Tet, Jai Paul, Flying Lotus, Nicholas Jaar, Gold Panda, Burial, Star Slinger and Motown Records. Although not nearly as trail-blazing and experimentation-prone as his influences, you can hear the mark of most of those artists on Thinking In Textures. It’s sparse, electronica-steeped indie r&b that can be as comfortable as a warm blanket on a cold night. Indeed, the worst I can say of Thinking In Textures is that I’d like to see Faker explore the boundaries of his songwriting to experiment with even more textures and challenging structures. At its best it’s sexy and soothing. At it’s worst it’s easy to ignore.

    Kasey’s recipe for Weeknight Noodle, Vegetable and Shrimp Soup is an excellent pairing for the EP. It is warm, soothing and a little sexy. It’s a little fiery (especially if you get happy with the Sriracha) and almost tastes too yummy to possibly be as good for you as it actually is.

    You can buy Thinking In Textures from iTunes. Head back to the Kitchen to read Kasey’s recipe for Weeknight Noodle, Vegetable and Shrimp Soup.

  2. Single Serving: Roane Namuh & Reva DeVito (+ Häagen-Dazs 50 Summer Moments)

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    We’re selective about the folks we align ourselves with here at TK. And, frankly, we don’t typically align ourselves with established brands. We prefer to champion our favorite small producers. That’s not going to change. However, once in awhile a more established brand approaches us with a cool partnership opportunity that we can support.

    That was the case with the Häagen-Dazs 50 Summer Moments program. Basically, Häagen-Dazs has asked me to act as their music curator for a program collecting my favorite summer moments shared by others, and also to share a few of my favorite summer moments on our site, Twitter, and Instagram. They’ll then compile the moments I and a few other bloggers select into an ebook of their 50 Top Summer Moments.

    The program is tied to a good cause. As part of the program, Häagen-Dazs is donating $25,000 to honey bee research at the University of California Davis. Every time you or I choose to share a summer moment and include the #HDmoment hashtag on Twitter or Instagram they’ll donate another $5 to the research up to an additional $50,000. Why is this important? Honey bee colonies are responsible for one third of the world’s food supply and they are dying at an alarming rate. This decline poses a serious risk to our natural food supply. So, like I said before, this is tied to a pretty darn good cause.

    Finally, in case you are wondering, they aren’t directly paying me. However, they are providing me with some “incentives” to help me with my summer moments, These haven’t been selected yet, but basically they may pay for my tickets to a concert; for a new record for my collection; etc. Oh, and after I agreed to the program they told me they were sending me some free ice cream. So there is also that. With no further ado, here is my first summer moment couched within one of our typical Single Servings.

    Kasey and I are pretty active during the summer. We travel a lot. We bicycle a lot. We hike a lot. We go for long walks to the Mission District. We stroll through Golden Gate Park to Green Apple Books in the Inner Richmond. But as much as I love doing all of those things, what I enjoy most is getting home afterwards, tired and sun-drenched, where I can kick back with a beer or glass of wine while listening to some chill grooves. And if you are looking for some new smooth, smooth grooves for kicking back, you’ll want to check out the debut EP by soul duo Roane Namuh & Reva DeVito.

    I got hooked on their EP Cloudshine after briefly playing the first seconds of the opening track “Should Have Known.” The jam features a slinky and laidback bassline-led groove accented by some 70’s-soul inspired flair. Although it’s not complicated or ground-breaking stuff, the charm lays in it’s straight-forwardness. It’s a great jam for just kicking it. It’s followed by the Digable Planets’ sampling jam “Frozen” which sports a shuffling rhythm and a smokey groove. The tracks set the very chill vibe for the rest of the EP which is packed full of yummy summer-evening tracks. Give ’em a listen.

    Roane Namuh & Reva DeVito – Frozen

    You can download the album from their Bandcamp page.

  3. Single Serving: Michael Kiwanuka – Tell Me A Tale EP

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    There is something about a good soul song. It can be so very deeply affecting – delving straight to the very core. And the same is true for certain vocalist’s croons. They can make you just want to close your eyes and feel the groove.  So, yeah, I suppose it is no surprise I got hooked on London soul man Michael Kiwanuka’s deep, leathery hum front the very first note that graced my ears.  At only 23 years old, he has one of those smooth, chipped voices that brims with warmth and wisdom.  His Tell Me A Tale EP is intended an introduction to his tunes.  The eponymous opening single is bright, upbeat and smokey.

    Michael Kiwanuka – Tell Me a Tale

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