OK soooo… White soul-crooners are making a serious comeback in 2011 (Jon B, Michael McDonald – where you at?). Seems like the blogs have been going absolutely bananas lately for artists like James Blake, Jamie Woon and Ben Westbeech. And although I like a song or two from each of these guys I still haven’t chosen a particular favorite so for now I’ll just keep my ear on all of them.
Another name to add to this ‘special crop’ is LA’s John West who is currently signed to the Mercury/Island Def Jam label. His debut album is set to drop this summer and he’s catching some serious heat due to the lead off single, “Lovely” which was produced by Christian Rich and features the ever-dope Pusha T. I liked this song from the jump. John’s vocals come off effortlessly smooth and the track overall has a sort of a hip hop/R&B throw back feel that gives me a light sense of nostalgia. Overall it’s a nice track and definitely worth a peep.