Proving you most definitely can’t judge a book by its cover, musicians Allen Stone and Teddy Swims do Daryl Hall and John Oates proud, belting out a fantastically soulful duet of Hall’s 1978 love letter to his girlfriend, the classic track Sara Smile. (Thanks Craig!)
Chili’s “I Want My Baby Back (Ribs)” is one of the most memorable jingles ever associated with a brand. Now go inside one of the tune’s recordings session courtesy of singer Alvin Chea of Take 6, along with Louis Price of The Temptations, and the late Willie McCoy aka “Wolf Johnson.” Does anyone want a half slab tonight?
“Now I slay beats… ‘member when I would slay freaks.” Houston rapper Tobe Nwigwe’s smooth sound and positive vibes are a breath of fresh air, complemented by soulful backing vocals and jazzy instrumentals as he performs Houston Tribute, Caged Birds, Against the Grain, Shine, and I’m Dope. at the NPR offices.
Scary Pockets teamed up with vocalist Mario Jose to perform a funky interpretation of of Guns N’ Roses’ hit Sweet Child O’ Mine, unlike any we’ve ever heard before. Between the Rhodes keyboard, horns, and Mario’s soulful voice, it’s a truly special listening experience.
“I’m eccentric, I’ll amaze. I am wonderful, just let me count the ways.” A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammed teamed up with fellow star producer Adrian Younge to form The Midnight Hour. Their debut single Questions is a slick soul track with CeeLo Green on the mic.
NPR Music introduces us to a talent we weren’t acquainted with before, but now that we’ve heard Benjamin Booker’s raspy, soulful voice, we want every single one of his songs. He’s joined by vocalist Saundra Williams, whose gospel sound is a perfect complement.