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Tobe Nwigwe: Tiny Desk Concert

Tobe Nwigwe: Tiny Desk Concert

“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: Wild World

Scary Pockets: Wild World

With the powerful vocal stylings of Rett Madison leading things off, Scary Pockets succeeded at breathing new life into Cat Stevens’ early ’70s classic Wild World with an ample dose of soul and a dash of funk.

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Rick-Souled

Rick-Souled

The talented musicians of Scary Pockets teamed up with singer-songwriter Reeve Carney for a phenomenal cover of Never Gonna Give You Up, boiling down Rick Astley’s hit into a soul-stirring new version, thanks in large part to Carney’s smooth and powerful vocals.

Sweet Child O’ Funk

Sweet Child O’ Funk

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.

The Midnight Hour: Questions

The Midnight Hour: Questions

“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.

Zombie: Soul Cover

Zombie: Soul Cover

Headed up by the silky smooth vocals of entertainer Maiya Sykes, the guys from Postmodern Jukebox offer up a soul-stirring soul cover of The Cranberries’ haunting 1994 track Zombie. Man, that song always gives us the chills.

Benjamin Booker: Tiny Desk Concert

Benjamin Booker: Tiny Desk Concert

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.

Rag’N’Bone Man: Gimme Shelter

Rag’N’Bone Man: Gimme Shelter

During a recent appearance at BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, the talented Rory Charles Graham aka “Rag’N’Bone Man” and his band turned in an extraordinary, soulful cover of the 1969 Rolling Stones’ classic, Gimme Shelter. Damn, that man can sing.

James Brown Soul Train Megacut

James Brown Soul Train Megacut

Put on your hot pants, get up offa that thang, and crank up your speakers for the next 45 minutes to honor The Godfather of Soul in this great compilation of all of his performances from Soul Train back in the 1970s.

Aloe Blacc: Green Lights (Live)

Aloe Blacc: Green Lights (Live)

You may know him as that guy who sang the theme song to How to Make it in America, but Aloe Blacc’s much more than that. Here he is singing Green Lights for the excellent Take Away Show series.

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