One of the more interesting musical stories of 2010 has been the emergence of American soul singer Aloe Blacc. Born to Panamanian parents, Blacc (born Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins) grew up in Southern California and earlier in the decade was a rapper of some note in his home state. But with the release of his second LP Good Things on 30 September (Stones Throw Records), Blacc joins the ever-growing neo-soul movement. And with impressive results. His exploration of social injustice and relationships are alluring to the listener.
The perfect example is "I Need A Dollar," a tune that definitely captures the recession-era U.S. The song broke on to the music scene as the theme to HBO's How To Make It In America. Blacc's style reminds one of the stark truth in the voice of 1970's era Bill Withers.
Our friends at La Blogotheque recently captured Aloe Blacc and his band in the Paris underground. Here's a two-fer for our listeners: "Hey Brother" and the aforementioned "I Need A Dollar." Dig it.