- ARTIST: Louis York
- SONG: I Enjoy You
SO ALEX, WHY IS THIS YOUR SONG OF THE WEEK?
It’s been a little shy of two years since I last mentioned Louis York, the collective name for songwriting legends Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony – who between them have been behind hits for Whitney Houston, Olly Murs, Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson to name a few.
Their debut release, ‘Clair Huxtable’ was a beguiling cut of atmospheric, almost trip hop-esque R&B. It’s safe to say they’ve remained a best kept secret of mine since then, and since the release of their debut EP, ‘Masterpiece Theatre’. Now they’re back with easily the smoothest offering of jazz and blues we’ve heard this side of Gregory Porter’s last album.
‘I Enjoy You’ is the sort of song that builds promisingly, delivering a spine tingling finish and vocal turn from Claude. You immediately feel, on hearing it, like you should be in some smokey jazz bar in New Orleans, cocktail in hand whilst the world around you passes by in a haze, whilst you lushly sloth in your own world.
As touched on with Nerina Pallot a few weeks ago, it seems wrong that artists like Louis York aren’t already selling out Madison Square Garden and selling albums on every continent. Selfishly, on the other hand, when the music’s this good – and seemingly underappreciated by others – you feel like the Ferrero Rocher adverts off the 90s; that is to say, giving it away grudgingly.
‘I Enjoy You’ is available to stream and download now via Weirdo Workshop. Twitter: @LouisYorkMusic
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