Whenever I’m asked to name an artist or a record from the last few years that has really wowed me, I always name Curtis Harding. Born in Saginaw, MI, but settled in Atlanta, Georgia, after knocking out a 7″ with Night Sun (which also features Danny Lee of Night Beats along with Cole and Joe from Black Lips), Curtis recorded Soul Power, which was my favourite album of 2014. It takes something special for a contemporary artist to make a classic soul album without simply sounding derivative, and Soul Power was just that.
It has been a couple of years since he last played a proper show in New York (where he played Mercury Lounge and Glasslands), but that changes on the 3rd of March at Brooklyn Bowl, tickets are available now.
Also on the bill is Nico Yaryan, who used to drum for Hanni El Khatib and is about to release his debut solo album, What a Tease, on Partisan Records. You can listen to the single, Just Tell Me, below.