10 Soulful Artists You Should Be Listening To

For the past 6 months or so I have limited my radio time to about once a week. I simply don’t like what’s out right now. As I have said before, my taste in music has change a lot, and one of my favorite past times is finding new and interesting artists. What I’ve found is that there is an uprising of soulful singers. Most of the artists I find are from Spotify, AfroPunk, and word of mouth. Here are some of my favorites:

Tangina Stone

At first I was drawn to this artist because her name is so close to mine, lol. Then, I listened to her EP “The Fall” became an instant fan. Her sound reminds me of Tamia mixed with Lauryn Hill. Below is my favorite song from the EP, “Reasons”.

 

Banks

Banks has been gaining a lot of popularity lately and with good reason, she has a really cool and recognizable sound. Her songs have been on movies “Divergent”, and on “Parenthood” and “Grey’s Anatomy”. I spend about one day a week listening to Banks’ album “Goddess”. My favorite song changes on a weekly basis. This week my song is “This Is What It Feels Like”, a track produced by one of my newly favorite DJ/producers Lil Silva.

 

Ibeyi

These 19 year old French/Cuban twins are the truth! They sing in both English and Yoruba. Please enjoy one of my favorite songs from them.

 

James Blake 

I’ve had a James Blake Song as my Song of the Week and Love Song of the Month. It’s safe to say he is one of my favorite artists at the moment. If you love soulful sounds mixed with looping, James Blake is for you. Here’s one of my favorite songs from James Blake. (Trust me, it was hard to pick one.)

 

Sye Elaine Spence

Due to my long time desire to play the acoustic guitar, I have always been partial to folk style music. Sye Elaine Spence accompanies her songs with a bango which puts a unique twists on her soul music. Her EP “Bloom” is worth downloading!

 

Mapei

I came across Mapei on Spotify’s and I listen to “Blame It On Me” everyday. Her sound is like funk, mixed with doo-wop, mixed with soul; basically an eargasm. The cool thing about Mapei is that she used to be a rapper so a lot of her music is uptempo. Below is a remix of her newest track “Don’t Wait”, it features Chance the Rapper and The Social Experiment.

 

Emily King

Emily King has been around for a minute, but I can’t find too many songs by her, but I love everything I have heard. I’m looking for to searching for more Emily King music because her voice is beautiful. Below is a track from 2011, enjoy!

 

Sampha

My first time hearing Sampha I literally stopped in my tracks. He has a haunting voice, kind of like a spooky Anthony Hamilton. This man can sing! Most of his music is collaborative (see Drake “Too Much“), but he is starting to put out more music with just him. Below is one of my favorite collabs Sampha did with Lil Silva.

 

FKA twigs

FKA twigs recently made her American television debut on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” a few days ago, so I’m sure more people will get hip to twigs very soon. Her music is about more than her voice. The production is insane. When you listen to FKA twigs it’s best to listen with headphones or in the car. Trust me.

 

Nick Hakim

Man, I am in love with Nick Hakim’s voice. It’s the perfect remedy to a long day. If you listen to his EPs “Where Will We Go P1” and “Where Will We Go P2” together you will be immediately relaxed. His sound reminds me of The Weeknd, but a lot soft and sweeter. I’m just waiting for him to make his way to Detroit…

Here is the entire EP “Where Will We Go P2”, please enjoy!

 

 

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