“Not Sorry” the latest R&B/funk-fused single by Vancouver’s Diamond Cafe @TristanTmusic goes down easy


It’s been a while since I’ve written about Canadian independent R&B/pop artist Diamond Cafe, who is back with his latest single “Not Sorry”.  This song reflects back on a relationship where saying sorry (or not) seems to be the major issue at play.  It’s a 70’s funk-filled showcase as the singer (aka Tristan Thompson) continues to show his prowess with his George Michael and Prince inspired vocals.  Its soulful vibes and interesting story go down easy, and I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from Diamond Cafe in the new year.  Play this one next to songs by fellow Canadians Francesco Yates and Jessie Reyez.

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B.C.’s @TristanTmusic is Diamond Café with an outstanding revival of #GeorgeMichael and Wham!’s “Nothing Looks The Same In The Light”

DIAMOND CAFE, “Nothing Looks The Same In The Light” (free DL)

It’s been a while since we heard from B.C. singer Tristan Thompson since his debut album as Diamond Café dropped last year with its varied take on contemporary soul.  Well brace yourselves folks because he’s returned with a remarkable choice of a cover tune in tribute to George Michael – Wham!’s “Nothing Looks The Same In The Light”, originally released on the 1983 album Fantastic.  Tristan makes this rendition extra poignant not so much because he sounds like George Michael all the time in the song, but because he has his style down pat, even in a more uptempo version than the original.  That this is not one of Wham!’s better known songs makes it sound fresh all over again in a new arrangement.  It’s also a free download, so better scoop it up while you can at the link above because in time it’s going to get noticed especially by George Michael fans.  Hats off to Tristan for bringing back this song in such fine form!

Canadian singer/songwriter @TristanTmusic’s Diamond Cafe project continues with Prince-ly “It’s Been A Mess (Without You)”

DIAMOND CAFE, “It’s Been A Mess (Without You)”

Earlier this year, 19 year-old Tristan Thompson stepped aside from his solo pop records to venture into soulful Michael Jackson/Prince territory with his new project called Diamond Cafe and an initial EP “Breathe”, which I wrote about.  And a singer doesn’t step in the direction of the style of either two superstars unless he can cut it with his vocals.  Tristan more than succeeds with a follow up called “It’s Been A Mess (Without You)” from a new album also called Diamond Cafe.  Like songs from “Breathe”, “It’s Been A Mess” revisits the fading classic style of Prince between about 1988 and 1992, which only seems to surface lately in music by the likes of Pharrell, Miguel or Childish Gambino, with a slow but emotion-filled pace and some major WOW high notes.  Logically, the next step would be to get out there with shows to reinforce how Tristan can sing in concert (and he certainly can!).  But for now we may have to settle for recordings to continue to impress us.  Anyone interested in classic soul done right should check out Diamond Cafe’s “It’s Been A Mess (Without You)” and the new album at this Bandcamp link.

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Breathe by #DiamondCafe is a new project by Vancouver’s @TristanTmusic for Michael Jackson and Prince fans


I’ve been a big believer in Vancouver singer/songwriter Tristan Thompson since his debut release Here For You in 2014 yielded a soulful piece of pop ear candy called “Tidal Wave”, which also topped the BILLCS Top 30.  That song as well as “Burn Again” and the title track received significant national radio airplay in Canada for an independent performer, and got notice overseas, particularly in New Zealand.  

Fast forward three years, and the singer, who is not even 20, has created a new project called Diamond Cafe, after a second album last year stalled and the label behind it folded. The EP Breathe is full of five lush, soulful pop/dance songs that will appeal mostly to Michael Jackson and Prince fans, but also to fans of performers as diverse as Sade and Adele.  The singer has also taken on production duties, and he’s definitely on the right track though perhaps some songs might benefit from a deeper sound.  His now-richer vocals with some commanding high notes score throughout, and the songs to zero in on are the title track, “Commercial Love”, and “Diamonds”.

I think Diamond Cafe will find friends with club DJ’s, EDM fans, and R&B/soul fans interested in hearing 80’s/90’s sounds mixed in with the style of today.  Some of the songs, like “Diamonds” could benefit from remixes.  Tristan Thompson should find a new and more mature audience with Diamond Cafe.  Check out the entire album on Spotify at the link above.

Published in: on March 11, 2017 at 3:27 pm  Comments (1)  
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