Though he’s not from here originally, Milton McCauley has a voice, sound and charisma that fits right into the heritage of Philadelphia soul. But even saying “Philly soul” is selling this very talented musician short. Continue reading →
Reading, PA resident Milton stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session. The Maryland native surrounded himself with a full band that brought his jazzy, soulful compositions to life. Check out “I Desire to Know” below and get the full session here.
Folkadelphia welcomed back its frequent subject Psalmships in April, recording a live session in celebration of Joshua Britton’s new LP I Sleep Alone. Stream and download the session below, featuring guest appearances by Brad Hinton and Chelsea Sue Allen.
With the XPoNential Music Festival quickly approaching, it’s a good time to get reacquainted with some of the bands that will be performing, like Commonwealth Choir. Originally from Doylestown but now based in Fishtown, the indie pop / rock group recorded a Key Studio Session earlier this year. Get a free copy of their song “Palace” below.
2014 Non-COMM performers The Afghan Whigs will be back in town on October 3rd, supporting one of this year’s best records Do To the Beast. You can get a free download of “Matamoros” below, courtesy of My Morning Download. Tickets and information for the upcoming show can be found here.
Though he’s not from here originally, Milton McCauley has a voice, sound and charisma that fits right into the heritage of Philadelphia soul. But even saying “Philly soul” is selling this very talented musician short. Originally from Maryland and currently based in Reading, Milton – an artist who prefers to go just by his first name – draws from an expanse of genres. Produced by Rob Devious (who also plays keyboards in his live band), the album pulls from jazz, pop, hiphop and electronic groove music. The live band that joined us in the WXPN studios this week for a Key Session adds an undeniable rock undercurrent to the mix as well. “Desire” is a pretty solid sonic mission statement, but the progressive swell of “Slippin Dippin” is also captivating, as is the guitar-vocal simplicity of “Emotion Picture.” Listen and download the set below, and see Milton take on the new Dockside Bar at Dave and Buster’s this Saturday the 12th of July; tickets and information on the show can be found here.
Milton may be new to the local music scene, but he’s already proving to have something interesting up his sleeve on his debut album Simple Pleasures. It begins with a pair of laid-back, groovy R&B tracks that welcome the listener to his sound and are reminiscent of Dwele and Raheem DeVaughn. But then things get a lot more interesting. Dubstep and electronic influences make their way to the surface unexpectedly and compliment Milton’s smooth vocals on “Questions”, the ode to his drug of choice on “Green Acres”, and his falsetto-driven “Slippin Dippin”.
The stand-alone electric guitar and Milton’s impassioned vocals on sensual ballad “Emotion Picture” takes us back to basics before the synthesized sounds return via “G.M.A.C.” He dreamily sings of wanting to fully immerse himself with thoughts of his lover on “Lost” which unearths the album’s ambient undertones that he digs deeper into with “Eros Attraction”. Conflict and tensions arise in the form of “U vs. Me” where Milton finds himself at odds with his partner and questioning “why does it gotta be you versus me?” led by piano. Milton ends the record with the forward-looking “Curtain Call” where he sings of moving on and letting go. Through interesting production choices, Milton takes traditional R&B to the next level on his impressive debut.
Hard Rock Philly welcomes Milton to its stage on March 30th for an album release show. Get tickets here and listen to “Questions” below.