Monday, October 17, 2016

The 2015/1967 Countdown - 10/17/2016 Update

Today, we return to the 2015 edition of Nancy's Favorites, and listen to a fantastic song from an emerging retro-soul artist nurtured by White Denim's Justin Block and Austin Jenkins.

Smooth Sailin', a silky slice of mid-tempo soul, comes to us courtesy of Leon Bridges off of his decent 2015 debut Coming Home

The song, produced by Block and Jenkins, is a perfect introduction to Bridges' work, as it highlights the Fort Worth, Texas native's predilection for the more restrained, super-smooth stylings of early 60s crooners like Sam Cooke and young Marvin Gaye over the funkier, slightly rawer late 60s soul sound that most of today's other retro-soul artists - including the Dap King collective and label-mate Raphael Saddiq - gravitate toward today.

Another Bridges' track from Coming Home, The River, will make our countdown proper, but for now enjoy this ridiculously easy listen.

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