NEW ARTIST OF THE DAY: ROYCE WOOD JUNIOR
Soulful and dubby in wondrous quantities...
SUBBA-CULTCHA.COM SAYS: "A stunning clash of disparate sounds and styles evoke a striking image of a visionary new artist we should all stop and pay our full attention to. There's the dubby fug that prevades throughout the track, glitch/grime hi-hat noises bring a sense of urgency (rhythmically speaking) bringing to mind the roughly hewn charm of early-TV On The Radio or even J Dilla, whilst it's threadbare arrangements and the 'pieced together using cellotape' feel to the production brings to mind the wondrous Micachu. The focus falls squarely on that teasing, ever-so-soulful vocal style, bringing together all these different elements and turning them into a bold and classy composition, with a deliciously poppy edge. The untouched organ sound is stunted but ever so effective at keeping the core of the song together, with the slightly off kilter hi-hat noises feeling like they're about to fall apart at any moment, it's a clever trick that keeps you ever more engaged with the quality sonics on show."
After his tantalising debut 'Nuff' which has seen plays from Radio 1's finest including Zane Lowe, Annie Mac and MistaJam alongside a raft of blog love, London-based songwriter/producer Royce Wood Junior premieres a sobfest of a video for 'Hardly'. The track is taken from his forthcoming 4-track debut EP Tonight Matthew, set for release on April 21st 2014 via new label Parlez Parlez. 'Hardly' is 3 minutes of slinking soul perfection that comes across like a 2014 refix of golden era Prince, woozy melodies and Dilla esque beats melding with multi-layered vocals and Steve Wonder chords to dreamy effect. It's another impressive offering from one of the year's most intriguing new talents that leaves us once again reaching for the rewind. Listening to his effortless production and skilful lyricism it's no surprise that Royce has previously worked with some of UK electronic music's most exciting artists, having played in good friend and Disclosure collaborator Jamie Woon’s band, produced the upcoming Jono McCleery album for Ninja Tune and contributed tracks to Kwabs' forthcoming album. The Tonight Matthew EP - its tongue in cheek title and artwork a nod to classic TV imagery - sees Royce Wood Junior step out on his own with 4 tracks bound to thrust this mysterious newcomer into the spotlight. Stay tuned. Taken from the Tonight Matthew EP, released on April 21st via new London label Parlez Parlez Pre-order the EP via