Of all the independent offerings I hear across genres, blues and soul may just be the style with the with the strongest overall quality. Is it because of the requisite musicianship – a point which may be why conversely there are so many disposable ‘beat tape’ projects around?
Of all the independent offerings I hear across genres, blues and soul may just be the style with the with the strongest overall quality
I think it’s as good a guess as any, and perhaps it’s a wakeup call not necessarily for sample chopping artists to delve into music theory, but for artists of all disciplines to peer over the fence and see what they can learn to improve the quality of their art, from the feel for rhythm and texture that a sampling artist hones so well to the sense of composition and narrative melody that a jazz musician masters.
Illustrating my point, certainly about quality blues, is this delicate, somewhat dark yet seductive number from Cherri Prince. Misery’s peculiar allure is illustrated perfectly in the song’s noir tone and its vampy video… Cherri’s forthcoming full length project certainly looks like it will certainly be worth keeping an ear out for.