Freeloader Friday: The James Hunter Six, Sarah Neufeld & More

James Hunter Six Album Cover Hold OnAttention Orchardites! Pause your ultimate Bieber playlist. Stop trying to sing like Adele. And for goodness’ sake, take a break from copping Drake’s crazy-uncle-at-your-annual-Thanksgiving-party dance moves. It’s Freeloader Friday and it’s time for me to show you what’s new at The Orchard. Check out this week’s highlights below.

First up, get a taste of The James Hunter Six. A recent addition to the famed Daptone Records family, James Hunter is a self-proclaimed “R&B troubadour” whose music bears the authentic Rhythm & Blues sound that you might first associate with the greats of decades past. With performances on Letterman, Leno and Conan’s shows, tours with the likes of Aretha Franklin and Etta James and multiple Grammy nominations, James Hunter has got nothing to prove — only a brand new, soulful track to share, “(Baby) Hold On.”

Sarah Neufeld, violinist of Canadian Indie-Rock band Arcade Fire, has a solo debut album coming up soon and thanks to Stereogum, we get a sneak peak. The title track, “The Ridge,” is an undefinable cross between Indie-Rock and Classical Chamber music that offers moments of both frantic darkness and blissful light. Stitched together by an incessant thread of violin and buttoned up by the beats of Arcade Fire bandmate and drummer, Jeremy Gara, Sarah‘s new track is a must listen.

For those more attracted to a danceable beat and Pop sonics, check out Lucas Nord‘s latest single, “Faking.” Building upon a relaxed four-on-the-floor beat, the Swedish songwriter layers on singable melodies and a variety of synthy textures which grow into an unforgettably bouncy chorus. Nord‘s track only strengthens Scandinavia’s reputation as a breeding grounds for great Pop music.

These three aren’t the only quality picks for this Freeloader Friday. Explore the list below and let me know what you like best. Thanks and see you next week!

The James Hunter Six: “(Baby) Hold On” track premiere via Soundcloud
Hold On! out February 5th on Daptone Records

Pete Astor: “My Right Hand” track premiere via Brooklyn Vegan
Spilt Milk out February 12 on Slumberland Records

Sarah Neufeld: “The Ridge” track premiere via Stereogum
The Ridge out February 26 on Paper Bag Records

Futurebirds: “Midnight” track premiere via Oxford American
“Midnight” single out now courtesy of Easy Sound Recording Co.

Lucas Nord: “Faking” track premiere via Clash
“Faking” single out November 20 on Cosmos

Big Freedia: “Crazy” music video premiere via Vibe
“Crazy” single out now on Queen Diva Music

Rachel Sermanni: “Banks Are Broken” music video premiere via The Line Of Best Fit
Tied To The Moon out now on Middle Of Nowhere

A Sunny Day In Glasgow: “Hey, You’re Mine” music video premiere via Stereogum
Planning Weed Like It’s Acid / Life Is Loss out now on Mis Ojos Discos

Inglorious: “Until I Die” music video premiere via Classic Rock
Inglorious out February 19 on Frontiers Records

VOWWS: “Councillor” music video premiere via Pop Matters
The Great Sun out now on Cleopatra Records

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