Freeloader Friday: The James Hunter Six, The Frights & More

Hold On! - The James Hunter SixI take great pride in being the “cool kid” that knows first about the latest good music. I’m no genius — Freeloader Friday keeps me in the loop. As always, it has been a busy week and I have a lot of great new music to share with you. First stop: England.

To be named “the UK’s best soul singer” by Mojo Magazine might be too much to handle for some, but for James Hunter it’s just another well-deserved nod on a long list of accolades. The singer and his band, The James Hunter Six, just released a fourth album, Hold On! While undoubtedly reminiscent of classic R&B tunes, Hunter’s latest work manages to sound fresh and contemporary. Infused with influences that range from bossa-nova to jazz, it sways, it grooves, it punches just in the right way. Listen to the smooth vocal arrangement and tight instrumentation on “Something’s Calling” and let yourself be transported to another era.  

Even though the title might lead you to believe that their music will be insufferable, San Diego trio The Frights bring playful and melodic tunes to their album You Are Going to Hate This. Described by Brooklyn Vegan as “a super catchy blend of Weezer, SoCal pop punk, and Burger-y garage rock,” the band cleverly mixes genres and keeps things interesting with a track list that quickly shifts from soft and eerie (“Haunted”) to headbanger and reverb-packed (“You Or Me”). Buckle up and enjoy the ride.

On the East coast, Philadelphia veteran DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist RJD2 has done it again. With “The Sheboygan Left,” the second single from his anticipated new album Dame Fortune, the artist masterfully crafts an exciting track that layers snappy drums (that snare!), joyful synths and melodic keyboards, crisp guitar licks and another array of sounds that are too good to be true. While we wait for the March 25th release, we might as well bring down our excitement level with a live performance.

And this concludes this week’s Freeloader Friday. See you next week for another arrival of brand new music!

The Frights: You Are Going to Hate This album stream via AltPress
You Are Going to Hate This out February 12 on Dangerbird Records

The Donkeys: Midnight Palms album stream via Pandora Premieres
Midnight Palms out February 12 on Entertainment One Music

Rogue Wave: “What Is Left To Solve” track premiere via Stereogum
Delusions of Grand Fur out April 29 on Easy Sound Recording Company

RJD2: “The Sheboygan Left” track premiere via Pitchfork
Dame Fortune out March 25 on RJ’s Electrical Connections

Mr. Lif: “Whizdom ft Blacastan” track premiere via Stereogum
Don’t Look Down out April 15 on Mello Music Group

Journalism: “Faces I” track premiere via FADER
“Faces” out March 4 on Dead Stare

The James Hunter Six: “(Baby) Hold On” video premiere via Brooklyn Vegan
Hold On! out now on Daptone Records

Chris Abrahams: “Receiver” video premiere via Tiny Mixtapes
Fluid To The Influence out April 8 on Room40

Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes: “Get Mine” video premiere via Consequence of Sound
Bemidji EP out March 11 on Deer Head Music

Inglorious: “Unaware” video premiere via Guitar World
Inglorious out February 19th on Frontiers Music Srl

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