NPR: John Murph

John Murph writes about music and culture and works as a web producer for BETJazz.com. He also contributes regularly to The Washington Post Express, JazzTimes, Down Beat, and JazzWise magazines.

12:36pm

Thu May 19, 2011
Song Of The Day

Alan Hampton: A Versatile Plea For Attention

Alan Hampton's bittersweet "Change Your Mind" could be reconfigured into a hit in just about any genre.
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Songs with the longest possible shelf life are built around catchy melodies and universal themes; often, they're malleable enough to resonate in many genres. Alan Hampton furnishes one such song with the bittersweet "Change Your Mind."

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12:22pm

Fri April 22, 2011
Song Of The Day

King: A Spellbinding Lover Spawns Celestial Soul

With soul revivalism still in full swing, it can be hard to find songs that break free from classic soul's strict boilerplate. But not only does King's sterling "Supernatural" establish itself squarely amongst 21st-century soul electronica with its stargazing synth chords; the L.A.-based group also stands out from many other female R&B combos by writing, producing, singing and handling nearly all of its songs' instrumentation.

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