For the past 10 years, British producer Hudson Mohawke has been creating romantic, slow jam mixtapes for Valentine’s Day. Today, he has dropped installment number 10 and it’s chock full of soulful grooves and testaments to the greatness of love.
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Heath Green has been burning the house down night after night for 15 years in little clubs around the country, preaching the soulful rock ‘n’ roll that lights up the crowds. With his band the Makeshifters in tow, Green has built a solid reputation as a superlative live performer. The band’s sound is heavily influenced by the Faces, the Rolling Stones, and Humble Pie and they are all greatly indebted to African-American musical forms.
Amazon Music Originals is set to release two exclusive playlists of original music to celebrate Valentine’s Day, one devoted to those in love and the other to the less fortunate try to ease their heartache. Love Me and Love Me Not will release 3 February for streaming exclusively on Amazon Music—both Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music— and feature an embarrassment of riches from the likes of Okkervil River, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Ingrid Michaelson, JD McPherson, Kadhja Bonet, Joyce Manor and so many more.
Indiana’s Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is huge on the tour circuit, playing more than 250 shows a year and possessing one of the most charismatic frontmen on the blues scene. Now Reverend Peyton is stepping out with an album of more stripped-down, casual performances called The Front Porch Sessions. “It started as a literal whim on my part, but it turned into something really special,” Reverend Peyton says. “I wanted it to feel like you’re on my front porch. You can almost hear the wood creaking.”These recordings have that handcrafted homey feeling down pat as they crackle with heart and authenticity.
Like many up-and-coming singer-songwriters, Leah Nobel plants her base of operations out of Nashville, though with the added incentive of being one of Big Yellow Dog Music’s consummate staff songwriters. Given the benefits of such a signing, one has got to assume that this isn’t just an indie artist who’s budding, but who’s in a full-blown bloom. If this much hasn’t been proven with the awards she has already received for her work from the Indie International and John Lennon songwriting competitions, let alone global synchs with the likes of Starbucks and Cinemax, perhaps her latest project will turn you towards her musical gifts.