In the ’80s, there was an artist named Terence Trent D’Arby, who now goes by the name Sananda Francesco Maitreya, whose music appealed to a wide range of music fans with his combination of R&B, soul, and funk. His music was smooth and catchy and lacked the sappiness and cheesiness of the era. Last year, London-based band Childhood arrived on the scene with a similar sound, but adding additional layers to create a fuller sound. This year, Remi Miles is taking this great blend of genres and making it even more expansive.
Last month, the Brighton, UK-based Miles released his debut EP, Under Light Symphonies. The four-track album has an ’80s aesthetics, but adding Afro-beat textures and modern-day, indie-pop, notably synth, elements. The EP, as a whole, has a timeless quality to it, transporting one back to even the ’70s-era R&B.
The title track is a body swaying, coming-of-age song that would fit right in with any ’80s soundtrack. “Something” is a song that resonates the most of Terence Trent D’Arby with the cool R&B and soul vibes and the theme of love and affection. Guys in a new relationship should put this track on a mixtape for the one they love.
“I Want You”, which was the lead single released back in November, has an R&B-pop feel and the theme to match – the euphoria one feels when they’ve fallen in love. “Riveria Girl” is a terrific song. It differs from the previous three tracks as it is a more mellow track that uses lush melodies and multiple layers to create a relaxing atmosphere. The song creates the feeling that one is driving along the coast in a convertible, top down of course, and having the air blowing through one’s hair. Musically, it is recreating that feeling when we fall in love – where nothing can go wrong and everything is as warm and clear as a cloudless sky.
Remi Miles is reportedly at work on producing new material. Whether that will be another EP or possibly a debut full-length remains to be seen. If it builds on the successful Under Light Symphonies, then we could be in store for one of the best albums of 2015.
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