XamVolo – Old Soul
XamVolo might be telling the truth when he sings “I spend my days listening to Old Soul” but there certainly isn’t anything “old” sounding about his new single. Old Soul, out on the 7th of April, is another hybrid on this month’s list, combining elements of soul (that lead vocal is dripping with the stuff!), jazz (the acoustic guitar flourishes throughout are majestic) and hip-hop (whirring synthesisers, pitch shifting vocal melodies and a killer bass drum). Also for any scat fans out there (I can’t be the only one surely) there is a lovely bit of vocal gymnastics in the final third of the track. XamVolo will be playing the Live At Leeds festival on Saturday the 29th of April (alongside Black Honey and Strong Asian Mothers who you just read about only a few seconds ago!) so if you are in the area get down there, seriously, get out the house and see some live music it would be fun I promise!