British singer @JulesRendell has a classic pop voice and positive vibes fill “The Return”

JULES RENDELL, “The Return”

In my world of music, there is always room for fine vocalists who challenge you to get the most out of their songs.  It takes a few listens, and it isn’t always apparent, but Jules Rendell’s “The Return” seems to be about love and being free and confident.  The British singer has a beautiful, classic, versatile pop voice, and it’s the showcase of this particular song.  Its accompanying video is worth checking out as her dancer friends kind of act like a Greek chorus of sorts, accentuating the themes I’ve mentioned with a unified approach that will make you feel good about everything.  “The Return” is the third single from Jules’ new album I M A G I N E, whose overriding theme is mental health awareness.  On her Soundcloud page, there are more originals by Jules but also a few tasty covers from a Candi Staton song (yeah – that soulful edge!) through to ….. James Blake.  Watch “The Return” above, and check out her exceptional and live cover from a few years ago of James Blake’s “Retrograde” below.

Published in: on May 16, 2018 at 10:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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New music from @JamesBlake!!! Check out “Radio Silence”

JAMES BLAKE, “Radio Silence”

Surprise!  Grammy-nominated UK alternative EDM performer James Blake drops his new album The Colour In Anything tomorrow, and has already scheduled gigs within the next two weeks in lucky New York City and Los Angeles.  Of the four songs that he’s already previewed, I think you might find “Radio Silence” to be the most likely you’ll hear on an alternative rock station.  Undeniably influenced by old school folk and blues but wrapped in the sheen of careful but typically sparse EDM layers, “Radio Silence” also recalls the recent music of both John Grant and Icelandic singer Ásgeir (whose lyrics were translated by John).  It’s not for everyone and never has been, but the music of James Blake is undeniably hypnotic and his fans will eat this one up.

New cutting edge electronica from @JamesBlake with “Modern Soul”

JAMES BLAKE, “Modern Soul”

For some reason, this is the first time that I’ve written about  27 year old British electronica wizard James Blake, whose far-outside-the-box songs and melodies got enough attention to turn Grammy Awards nominators’ heads a few years back when he received a nom for Best New Artist.  James’ new song “Modern Soul” has a very telling title – it is indeed soulful electronic music for the modern world.  Like songs in his past releases, “Modern Soul” shifts gears melodically several times.  This by no means jolts you, but instead it dazzles as you begin to take trip within trip inside James’ new sounds.  His disembodied or distant vocal style is beginning to be a trademark and he writes his songs to suit that style.  All in all this is fascinating new stuff which should do very well with in the alt.rock radio world and in dance clubs sophisticated enough to feed patrons’ heads as well as their feet.  “Modern Soul” makes awaiting more James Blake songs a very exciting prospect.  

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