Welcome to the Monday Mix, where each week we highlight three songs debuting on the opbmusic broadcast.
Jamila Woods - “ZORA”
Jamila Woods is clearly staking her claim as the next big thing in neo-soul. On her new single, “ZORA,” Woods continues her unapologetic crusade to voice her truth with lyrics like, “None of us are free but some of us are brave, I dare you to shrink my wave.” Even if you aren’t in the mood for a message, there is plenty to enjoy in the funk-soul sounds that bounce here. Woods’ eclectic vocal style is certain to hypnotize you into involuntary rhythmic head movement. Her new album “LEGACY! LEGACY!” is out on May 10.
Courtney Barnett - “Everybody Here Hates You”
Grammy-nominated Australian sensation Courtney Barnett is at it again with her new single, “Everybody Here Hates You” (it was apparently inspired by the Jeff Buckley song “Everybody Here Wants You”). Her laid-back vocal style accentuates the feeling of defeat conveyed in the lyrics, which she describes as being about “some sort of social anxiety that then morphs into paranoia and a level of sadness and depression.” The song builds into an emotional hurricane of distorted guitar as Barnett sings about feelings of insecurity and isolation, while being told it’s all in her head (as if that’s supposed to make her feel better).
Devon Gilfillian - “Get Out And Get It”
Nashville-based singer Devon Gilfillian describes the musical style on his new single as “‘70s Nigerian psychedelic Afro-rock and funk” but his vocals are straight out of the lexicon of iconic American soul. “Get Out And Get It” isn’t a typical song of oppression but rather a song about making your own way and not waiting for someone else to carry you. The message fits perfectly in the tapestry of conscious music of today, but sets itself apart by giving a solution to a problem and not just highlighting one.