Philly native and R&B queen, Miss Jill Scott, just released a collaboration with Daley titled “Until The Pain Is Gone,” and it somehow already sounds like an instant classic. Taking cues from her throwback late 90’s – early 2000’s sultry R&B pop style, the addition of British electro-soul artist Daley’s beats spins a modern twist. Just wait until the chorus when the strings kick in and Jilly from Philly really starts groovin’– I promise you’ll be swaying along whether you are realize it or not. Continue reading →
Manchester-based new soul artist Daley performs tonight at Underground Arts. With a heady layering of smooth synthesizers and 80s / 90s R&B vocal stylings, Gareth Daley fits nicely along like-minded artists Autre Ne Veut, Rhye and How to Dress Well. Below, watch “Alone Together,” his 2012 collaboration with Marsha Ambrosius of Floetry, and get tickets and information on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
When I first heard Daley’s voice back in the fall of 2010, I was astounded beyond belief. Gorillaz, at the time one of my favorite bands, had just put out a single called “Doncamatic (All Played Out)” as an ode to the drum machine of the same name. What separated “Doncamatic” from Gorillaz’s other tracks was the lack of Damon Albarn as its principal vocalist, with Daley, a singer then unknown to me, in his place. The track launched Daley to Top 40 fame and earned him a place as an extremely talented and reputable vocalist. Fast forward to November 2012: I personally hadn’t heard anything major from Daley since “Doncamatic,” until a friend pointed me to the song “Alone Together,” a duet with Grammy-nominated Philly-via-UK singer Marsha Ambrosius. I immediately became hooked on the track, and the entire Alone Together EP soon afterward. Daley put out his debut album Days & Nights in February, and stopped by at Union Transfer to support the record.
When I walked into Union Transfer on Saturday night, I knew I was in for a night of incredibly slick vocals, intricate songwriting, and generally excellent musicianship. I walked out of the venue with a great deal more. Many vocalists have to adjust keys and tempo of their songs in order to perform them live; Daley did just the opposite, sticking with the original keys and belting up considerably higher than on studio versions, even hitting Marsha Ambrosius’ high B flat during Alone Together. Throughout the night, Daley artfully blended his oldest and newest material together with the occasional verse from another artist, the most impressive being slipping in the first verse of Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin’ Bout You” during an interlude entitled “Love Lost.”
What surprised me most about the evening was the huge, devoted following that Daley drew out to Union Transfer. As I made my way around the venue to take pictures, every person I stood next to knew every word to every song, no matter how old or under publicized. Daley very readily used the omnipresent crowd participation to his advantage, calling upon the crowd to harmonize with him again and again. Quite obviously, Daley possesses gargantuan quantities of talent and charisma. His voice has taken him on a journey across the musical spectrum, working with artists ranging from Gorillaz, to Nelly, to Marsha Ambrosius, to Jessie J, to Pharrell Williams, and back again. If there’s an R&B singer-songwriter more poised for mainstream success in the coming years, it’s Daley.
Opening for Daley at Union Transfer was local talent neo-soul singer Christopher Young, who performs as C-Young. He serenaded the audience with a range of tunes, from originals to a cover of Justin Bieber’s All That Matters.
Game Over/Sweet Thing
Love & Affection
Days & Nights
Those Who Wait
Songs That Remind Me Of You
Yesterday, we premiered their new single “Sweater” and tonight Philly’s OhBree brings their brand of oddball pop to the Kung Fu Necktie stage. There’s much to celebrate as the band’s new LP Death by Broomstick comes out in just a few weeks on April 15th via Lillian Records. Tickets are available at the door before showtime at 8:00pm.
British singer-songwriter Daley will play at World Cafe Live tonight. Daley released his latest single “Look Up” in September (which you can stream below). The R&B crooner is best known for his distinct vocal tone and stylish mohawk. Last year, he released “Alone Together”, an impressive duet with Philly resident / R&B singer Marsha Ambrosius. He has toured with the likes of Jessie J, Emeli Sande, and Miguel. Get tickets here.
With the threat of rain throughout the day, the usual aesthetic of Roots Picnic went from its usual summer funk flower child to practical dress to prepare for potentially soaking rains and muddy conditions. Luckily the rain held off…for a bit…but we’ll get to that. Continue reading →
On the heels of their seventh album, Southsiders, Atmosphere made a stop at the Electric Factory, warming up the show for Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. While the duo of rapper Sean Daley, AKA Slug, and producer / DJ Anthony Davis, AKA Ant, might not be household names in the same way Kanye is, if you have heard of them you will know how long they have been around. Since 1989, to be exact, and these Minneapolis heroes make hip hop sound like telling a bedtime story.
Slug comanded the fairly small audience, interacting with crowd members and turning regular stories into songs. His rhymes have always had well-defined lyrics; he focuses on real life situations like love and death and loneliness and last night he told the audience to “raise your hands if you’re happy to be alive.” I was definitely a happy camper when one of the final songs he performed was “Yesterday” from the 2008 record When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint that Shit Gold. He ended by thanking the audience for “puttin’ up with our shit.”
Check out a gallery of photos from the show below.
Cayucas will be playing tonight at Boot and Saddle. Named after Cayucos, California, the three-piece plays infectious, 60’s laced pop. Last year, Cayucas released its debut Bigfoot; “High School Lover” was featured on 2013’s excellent movie Drinking Buddies. They also did a session earlier this year with the World Cafe. Watch the video for “High School Lover” below. Get more information at the XPN Concert Calender.