Curtis Harding plays Mercury Lounge and Glasslands this week

Curtis Harding

Curtis Harding has got it. I don’t know what it is, no-one does, but we all know it when we hear it. For me, this ambiguous statement is even more true when it comes to one of my great loves, soul music, whose golden period of the 60s and 70s still sounds fresh but has obviously cast a shadow over everything that has come since. It’s hard to not to hear the ghosts of the past as a rotating cast of pretenders come and go in the blink of an eye while attempted reboots and rebranding rarely registered even a spark.

This is all the more reason you’ll be genuinely thrilled to hear that Curtis Harding’s debut album, Soul Power, shows a contemporary artist with the ability to tap into the energy of soul without sounding derivative. Lead single, Keep On Shining is a foot stomping, brass accompanied modern soul anthem, whilst the video shows another rare quality, which is to not take oneself too seriously. Listen below the jump.

Another album highlight is the opener, Next Time, the sort-of NSFW but tasteful video courtesy of Yves Saint Laurent.

Curtis plays Mercury Lounge on Tuesday and hits up Glasslands on Wednesday. Order Soul Power from Burger Records now.

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