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Issue 1099

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Daley: Soul special

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The multi-talented artist -- Britainâs latest soul-stirring export to the United States â would rather refrain from his musical offerings being genre specific. His sound â praised by many a scribe in the British music press -- has elements of smooth R&B, lush soul, hints of gospel, electro-pop and funk spread across cascading ambient and experimental melodies; under the circumstances, his melodic concoctions are ironically self-proclaimed âfuture throwback soul.â

As he discusses music sitting comfortably with his right foot tucked under his left thigh, Daley references his influences from American R&B and soul to Radiohead and Imogen Heap. Not bad considering immediately following his five-song, Wed., Aug. 22, 2012 acoustic performance at Atlantaâs Museum Bar, the hot tea-sippinâ vocalist â along with his guitarist, Patrick Reilly -- are bombarded by a sea of audience members who applaud his set and beg for camera phone pictures and copies of his 2011 10-track EP, 'Those Who Wait.' âIt comes out as something new, which people seem to find interesting over here,â Daley says. âMy songs come from the most honest starting point. When you listen to them, you want to feel like you can relate to them.â

Humbled and grateful for the positive feedback, Daleyâs night in Atlanta, he says, allows him to look forward to a prosperous future. âTo be in another country and for people to hear me sing and feel my music just makes the world feel bigger and smaller at the same time,â he says. The Manchester-born singer and songwriter â Gareth Daley on Sept. 29, 1989 â is in full motion, especially since the release of "Those Who Wait" has already calculated well at over 30,000 downloads (close to 18,000 Facebook fans) to date. Heâs quite the progressive artist in every sense of the words in such a short period of time. It seems as if one minute, Daley was making music in his bedroom; the next minute, the vocalist is invited to record a live session for BBC Introducing as part of Electric Proms 2009 at Maida Vale Studios per uploading his track, âRainy Day.â He earns features on the Gorillazâs 2010 single, âDoncamaticâ (co-writing the single with Damon Albarn) and Wretch 32âs âLong Way Home:â along the way earning a nomination on the BBCâs âSound of 2011â poll. BBC Radio DJ Ras Kwame, MistaJam, Ronnie Herel, Jo Wiley and Sam Walker have each broadcasted Daleyâs music. Singer Maxwell (Daley covers the Grammy Award-winning ballad, âPretty Wingsâ) validates Daleyâs talent via Twitter: âIf you love music, thereâs no chance youâll resist.â

Whether he belts out âBlame The World,â âLet It Go,â âSmoking Gun,â âSpentâ or a cover of Madonnaâs 1984 single, âLike a Virgin,â the passion and emotion in Daleyâs vocals are easily felt. However, the singer â with his curly blond coif similar to Simply Red lead vocalist Mick Hucknall poking out through his backwards truckers cap and sitting slightly above his thick black-framed glasses -- doesnât want to have any comparisons to other British, as well as American, acts. âI donât think any British artists â theyâre kinda soulful â but they didnât have a sound,â he says. âThey all sound their own way. After a while, they kinda do that and never typically make it their own. I want to make my music, and be creative. I want to expand and keep soul at the core of everything and keep making music.â

Daley's debut single "Remember Me" featuring Jessie J is out December 2nd through Polydor.

You can read more from Christopher Daniel's fascinating interview with UK soul artist Daley, including more of the artist's views on music and his distinctive style - all in on printed issue on November 16 - click to order below.
Words Christopher Daniel

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