Each week, the Monday Mix features three new songs from the opbmusic broadcast. This time we highlight tracks from the Julian Casablancas-led project, The Voidz, the solo debut from Shannon and The Clams frontwoman Shannon Shaw, and Atlanta-based soul singer Curtis Harding.
The Voidz - “Leave it in My Dreams”
The Voidz, featuring Julian Casablancas of the Strokes, bill themselves as “a punk band that can also play any style of music, and take pride in their versatility.” They’ve found freedom in experimentation and collaboration, and tracks like “Leave it in My Dreams” prove that it can work. The track was released earlier in the year ahead of an eclectic album entitled, “Virtue.” Catch them out at the Wonder Ballroom on July 27th.
Shannon Shaw - “Broke My Own”
To bring the album “Shannon in Nashville” to fruition, artist Shannon Shaw found herself between opposing forces — the intense belief in her new material stemming from The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who signed her to his label and produced the record, and Shaw’s own nagging self doubts. But perhaps it was Shaw’s struggle against expectations that elicited the album’s incredibly soulful performance. “Broke My Own” showcases Shaw’s gritty, sultry vocal with production that hearkens back to Amy Winehouse, while a deep lineup of veteran session players, who cut their teeth with artists like Elvis and Aretha Franklin, breathe fresh life into a throw back sound. The album dropped June 8th, and you can listen here.
Curtis Harding - “It’s Not Over”
As a backup singer and songwriter for CeeLo Green, Curtis Harding, learned the subtle art of when to lay it all out on the line and when to hold back, just enough. It’s a skill he now uses to full effect as a solo musician. With deep roots in the soul, gospel, and hip-hop, his music pulls from various influence to create a unique brand of futuristic funk. His latest single, “It’s Not Over,” has an undeniable groove that will pull you to the dance floor, all the while blending in progressive production choices that keep close listeners intrigued. He’ll be supporting Lenny Kravitz on a European tour for most of the summer, but you can catch him in the states at Lollapalooza on August 2.