Friday, April 26, 2019

Carlton Jumel Smith cruises with 70s soul vibe on 1634 Lexington Avenue

Check out Carlton Jumel Smith's "This Is What Love Looks Like!" off his forthcoming album for Timmion out May 10th.

Here's the scoop...
After Carlton Jumel Smith hit hard in soul circles with his deep Timmion debut single "I Can't Love You No More" and following it up with the tight "This Is What Love Looks Like!", Carlton's back at it with an album full of solid gold contemporary soul.

The material mined here is none other than the vintage groove troves of classic 1970's R&B, something the dependable Cold Diamond & Mink crew brews up effortlessly in the studio. Carlton's songwriting and performances carry strong echoes of Curtus Mayfiled's classic 70s Curtom productions, Stax and Hi label Memphis soul and naturally Motown. We're talking about the musical traditions he's absorbed since witnessing James Brown at the Apollo as an 8-year old.

Setting the mood with the dancefloor ready "Woman You Made Me", Carlton follows it up with the devastating Chi-Town-styled group harmony groover "Remember Me."

Fans of the Menahan Street Band will be all over the moody "Help Me (Save Me From Myself)." The album's flipside sequences the otherworldly shuffler "You Gonna Need Me" with Carlton's welcome update of his widely slept on "I'd Better", swapping its programmed modern soul for a warmer, more organic approach.

On his album Carlton Jumel Smith explores different shades of the golden era of soul music, and it would be hard to find anyone doing it with such taste and style in 2019. Check out "This Is What Love Looks Like!" below. Carlton Jumel Smith's 1634 Lexington Ave is out on Timmion Records May 10th – get it right here.

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