We’re featuring another NYC based artist this week: Tomás Doncker. Dubbed a “Global Soul” artist, Tomás has been featured in The Huffington Post twice for his recent release “Howlin Wolf EP” and will be performing all Summer at the 2013 SummerStage Festival in New York City for a whopping total of 11 times.
His new release “Power of the Trinity…A Slight Return”, is being released in support of The Studio Samuel Foundation’s 1Hundred Girls Impact Plan. This charity supports young women in Ethopia.
Gaining an impressive amount of accolades and press under his belt, I was eager to see what he would bring to the table.
The raw elements and jazzy sound stood out to me almost immediately. When I saw Tomás had been compared to Seal, I was expecting a sort of ballad, similar to “Kiss From a Rose.”
However, what I did hear was completely different. On the first song I listened to, “Spoonful” I heard almost a vintage feel to the music. It’s not the kind of sound you hear everyday anymore. It’s almost a shame. The soulful sound and almost bluesy elements really work together effortlessly.
Listen to “Spoonful” here:
I next listened to “Brooklyn2Ethiopia.” I’m really loving the music on this one but I think, lyrically I may be leaning more towards “Spoonful” if I had to pick a favorite. “Spoonful” stuck with me more after a few listens for being catchier. A catchy tune is a sign of a good song in my book.
I tried “Happy” next. A departure from the bluesy horns in the other songs that I was beginning to expect on each, “Happy” is a slower song focusing more on a simplistic sound and dark vocals. It’s easy listening with a beat.
We think you guys might enjoy checking this one out so be sure to give “Power of the Trinity...A Slight Return” (The Global Soul Mixtape Vol.1) a listen over at their bandcamp page. Make sure to let us know what you think!
Fresh on the heels of his June 2013 release “Howlin Wolf EP”, which
The Huffington Post said “definitely conveys the original emotion of
dark brooding — the raw elements and power of the bluesman”, The
Tomas Doncker Band are back with a new release entitled “Power of the
Trinity…A Slight Return” (The GLOBAL SOUL Mixtape Volume 1), to be
released through Doncker’s own True Groove Records.
“Power of the Trinity…A Slight Return”, Tomás’s latest release, is a
Global-Soul meditation on the legacy of Ethiopian emperor Haile
Selassie. It features contributions from legendary bassist/producer
Bill Laswell, Ethiopian singers Ejigayehu “Gigi” Shibabaw and Mahmoud
Ahmed, legendary Ethiopian guitar hero Selam Woldemariam (who also
served as production consultant for the project), saxophonist Peter
Apfelbaum, trumpet and horn arrangements by Steven Bernstein,
international Avant-Funk Super star Joseph Bowie, and a host of New
York’s finest jazz, funk and rock musicians.
1- Brooklyn2Ethiopia (Ft Gigi)
2- We Need Justice (Ft Bill Laswell, Joe Bowie, Kofo the Wonderman &
3- Peace (Hold On) (Ft Bill Laswell & Betty G)
4- Habesha Girl (Ft Betty G & Juggla)
5- Happy (Ft Charlie Funk
6 – Abet Gurage (Ft Mahmoud Ahmed, Selam Woldemariam & Nhatty Man)