KVNF New Music

Nicolas Godin / Concrete and Glass / Because Music: The cofounder of "Air" has created a lush, synthy opus with the sultry vocals of Alexis Taylor ("Hot Chip"), Kadhja Bonet, Kirin J Callahan and Kate NV adding a mysterious, magical vibe...

Marcus King / Eldorado / Fantasy: The 23 year old Guitar Phenom (And what a voice!) and Producer Extraordinaire Dan Auebach offer 12 co-written tunes to be played over and over: "A Contemporary sonic exploration of classic rock, blues, southern R&B and country soul..." Check it out...Check every track out...

Albare / Albare Plays Jobim / Alfi: A mellow beginning to 2020 with the Moroccan/Israeli/French  guitarist and composer honoring the legendary Bossa Nova/Latin Jazz maestro...

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Allen Stone / Building Balance / ATO: You will definitely hear the Stevie Wonder influence in Allen Stone's voice and groove, but with a background in the Church his own brand of BlueEyed Soul is all his own...

Grace Potter / Daylight / Fantasy: A new solo album from the Singer/Songwriter that can Rock, get Bluesy and make you think...

Rachel & Vilray / Rachel & Vilray / Nonesuch: For fans of Lake Street Dive, this release should bring a smile as Rachel Price, Singer/Songwriter of the band and Composer/Singer/Guitarist Vilray feature their love of the Traditional Jazz Vocalists of the 30s and 40s with 12 tracks (1o Originals by Vilray, and one track with pianist Jon Batiste!) - Rachel and Vilray shine...

Kraak & Smaak / Pleasure Centre / Boogie Angst: The Trio from the Netherlands have been around for a while and their latest features 15 outstanding Electronic/Poppy/Funky/Danceable tracks thanks to their legendary musical production and the likes of Izo Fitzroy (The Best!), Ivar Vermeulen, Sanguita Akkrum...

Jackson Stokes / Jackson Stokes / Create Records: The young Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter is the first to sign with Devon Allman's new record label Create Records,  and his back story with the son of Gregg Allman is pretty cool...As is his Rockin Soulful music...He covers a lot of territory through 9 tracks; 8 diverse and very strong original tunes with  a great cover of David Byrne's "Life During Wartime" -

Yung Bae / Bae 5 / Future Of Funk: The young producer from Portland will capture your attention with his own brand of Electronica/Dance/Funk/Disco... that manages to captivate with both lyrics and instrumentation - The collaborations prove danceable too...

Neal Francis / Changes / Karma Chief: The Chicago-based piano prodigy has traveled a wild path and give thanks that he has survived and continues to cover a lot of territory with a Funk/Soul/New Orleans/R&B sound that he has managed to transform with his own heartbeat - And...Any artist that is on the Colemine label (Karma Chief is a subsidiary...) has to be The Best!

Rhiannon Giddens With Francesco Turrisi / There Is No Other / Nonesuch

That American voice and her banjo and violin joined forces with the Mediterranean musician and his piano, accordian, lute, cello banjo, and exotic instruments - Produced by Joe Henry - Don't miss her amazing  traditional Puglian dialect on "Pizzica di San Vito..."

Black Pumas / Black Pumas / ATO: "Sam Cooke meets Wu-Tang Clan..." begins to tell the tale of the Texas based duo's debut release...Adrian Quesada (Grammy Award winning guitarist) and Eric Burton (Songwriter/Newcomer) manage to modernize a Soul Sound that is perfect for 10 tracks... (And feel free to follow it up with  Keb Mo's "Put A Woman In Charge" featuring Rosanne Cash!)

Rickie Lee Jones / Kicks / Other Side Of Detroit

She is back with a strong band, a batch of covers and that unmistakable voice and inimitable interpretive style...

Haelos / Any Random Kindness / Infectious Music: The London based Electronic Quartet has garnered multiple genre labels with TripHop, Dance and Pop at the forefront, but after listening you might find your own tag for what they do...The vocals are truly hypnotic with lyrics that may have you pushing replay to catch exactly what those lush voices and sonic sounds are conjuring...

Junius Meyvant / Across The Borders / Glassnote: Strong, Sweet, Rockin' Soul from an  Icelandic treasure (Unnar Gisli Sigurmundsson...) with Strings, Hopeful Lyrics and a Voice that will touch your heart... Feel Good-Get Up & Dance Music... 

Rodrigo y Gabriela / Mettavolution / ATO: Hard to overlook the duo's  history and devotion to their Mexican Classical musical heritage, and to their determination to create a Nuevo Flamenco sound that invites everyone to enjoy - From Galway, Ireland and busking  to tracks on "Breaking Bad" and "Pirates of The Caribbean" and a whole lot in between, they have the chops to  astound  and amaze...

George Benson / Walking to New Orleans / Provogue:

The Pittsburgh-raised child prodigy and self-desribed "Blues cat to Blues-Jazz cat to Jazz cat to Soul-Jazz cat to R&B-Jazz cat" is back interpreting and honoring  fellow legends Chuck Berry and Fats Domino and it is outstanding...

Pure Bathing Culture / Night Pass / Infinite Companion: Portland's Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman are releasing their first original album since 2015 and in Sarah's words: "Love is something that has the potential to bond us all and where it's absent we should strive to create it..." Great sentiment and great music...

Various Artists / Joni 75 - A Birthday Celebration (Joni Mitchell) / Decca: An artistic legend, the Singer/Songwriter/Artist was honored on her 75th Birthday by Los Lobos, Chaka Khan, Diana Krall, Rufus Wainwright, James Taylor, Brandi Carlile, Graham Nash, Norah Jones and a few more... Her lyrics more powerful than ever...

Lee Fields & The Expressions / It Rains Love / Big Crown: The solid tenor and authentic Soul Singer and his Soulful band carve out a sound that encompasses the legendary Soul Sound with a new twist, new commentary and an all important Call to Love in a time when it is needed more than ever...

Maverick Sabre / When I Wake Up / FAMM: The English/Irishman (aka Michael Stafford) blends a Soulful/R&B/Reggae/Jazzy/HipHop sound with lyrics powered by profound commentary on faith, politics, women and abuse and with Chronixx and Jorja Smith on 2 tracks, the message is clear...

Andrew Bird / My Finest Work Yet / Loma Vista: Opening with "Sisyphus" and concluding with "Bellevue Bridge Club" it is clear that the Multi-Instrumentalist/Vocalist & Whistler is covering a broad spectrum of topics and in addition he comments: "How did we get to this point and how can we, through awareness of it, maybe pull ourselves out of this death spiral..." Hmmm...

Mighty Mike Schermer / Bad Tattoo / VizzTone: The power house guitarist, singer/songwriter has worked with Elvin Bishop, Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Musselwhite..., he is currently touring with Marcia Ball AND he can play, write and sing the Blues, Soul, Rock, Country...

Taylor Scott Band / All We Have / Taylor Scott Music: The Denver-Based Guitarist, Singer/Songwriter and his band  have toured the US, Canada &  Europe with their own transcendent brand of Rock/Funk/Soul/R&B & Blues... Sharing the stage with the likes of Otis Taylor, Warren Haynes & Los Lobos will give you an idea of the respect they command  and the sound they will rock you with...

The Dip / The Dip Delivers / AWAL: The 7 piece Soulful, Vintage, Modern, Danceable  band from Seattle features Tom Eddy (of Beat Connection) on lead vocals and he and the saxes, guitars, drums,  congas, violins, cellos, organ and trumpet manage to take you back to the Soul Sound of  decades past while reinventing that sound for today...

Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra / The Capitol Studios Sessions / Decca

Good old fun with great Jazz  musicians, a little Imelda May thrown in along with Sarah Silverman! Pretty live and lively...

Alborosie / Alborosie Meets The Wailers / GreenSleeves: The Sicilian born Reggae Singer, DJ, Producer, MultiInstrumentalist & Writer joins forces with a few of the Wailers backing band (plus Chronixx) and produced in his studio in Kingston, the result is a heap of OldSchool and Fresh Reggae Sounds...

The Revivalists / Take Good Care / Loma Vista: The 8 piece Funky Rockers of New Orleans recorded the 14 track winner in NOLA and in Nashville. Give it a listen and get up and dance...

Jungle / For Ever / XL Recording

The London based band  has beautifully and organically evolved into a 7 (or 8?) piece "collective energy" group with spectacular live shows and an individualized take on Soul, Jazz,  Electronica, Rock complete with handclapping, a tough bass line, falsetto vocals, primo percussion and an overall Great Vibe...

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