6 Songs We’ve Been Listening To This Week

6 Songs, Blues, Hip-Hop, Music, New Music, Rap, Rock, Soul

Our Sunday round-up of the songs we’ve had on repeat during the week. We aim to give you a heads up on some new releases as well as give you a new weekly spot to discover some tunes, old and new, that you might not have come across- we’ll do the legwork for you

This week features the usual mixture of classic anthems, overlooked hits, and more current releases – with soul and blues from the likes of Otis Redding and Albert King, whilst CL, RiFF Raff, and Czarface provide us with some new releases to get our teeth into. There’s plenty more tracks in between, so peep the list below:

Albert King – Cold Feet

Posthumously Inducted into the Rock n Roll hall of fame two years ago, blues legend Albert King was an extremely talented and versatile guitarist. King’s influence is not just limited to the world of Blues and Rock n Roll however, as numerous hip-hop artists and groups have sampled his songs and riffs – including Wu-Tang, Cypress Hill, and Public Enemy.

Czarface Ft. MF Doom – Ka-Bang

Inspectah Deck (Of Wu-Tang Fame) and underground hip-hop veterans Esoteric and 7L joined forces in 2013 to release Czarface, a collaborative album reminiscent of that boom-bap, 90’s east coast rap – a much loved period for certain hip-hop heads. The trio appear to be back however, and have just released this tasty joint featuring underground maestro MF Doom.

Otis Redding – Respect 

Though Aretha Franklin’s version of ‘Respect’ is perhaps the best known and the most loved, it was R&B and Soul Legend Otis Redding that actually wrote, recorded and released ‘Respect’ in 1965. Have a listen to the King of Soul’s silky smooth version below:

Diplo x CL x RiFF RAFF x OG Maco – Dr. Pepper 

K-pop superstar ‘CL’ is busy putting together her full length English release, but she’s found time to hop on this ultra catchy joint alongside Riff and OG Maco. Take a listen to this Diplo prodcued track – it boasts verses with serious personality and an infectious, bouncing trap beat.

Frankie Valli – I Love You Baby 

Francesco Stephen Castelluccio, who changed his name to Frankie Valli when he started pursuing a career in music, is one of the most famous musicians of all time. As part of the Four Seasons or as a solo act, Valli was, and still is, loved for his impressive falsetto voice and a slew of classics and chart topping hits. Perhaps the most famous of all is ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You’ – one of those songs that you’ll definitely know, even if you don’t know that you know it – do you know what we mean? Have a listen below:

Raphael Saadiq – Keep Marching

Keep Marching is a cut off of Saadiq’s critically acclaimed 2008 release ‘The Way I See It’. The album was celebrated for it’s ability to capture the sound and the feeling of 50’s and 60’s soul and replicate that aesthetic in our contemporary world. This is not to suggest that Saadiq or his music is just a cheap imitation of a much-loved age however –  have a listen below to hear his powerful voice, a voice that is leading the so-called ‘soul revival’.

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