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Soul - Released January 19, 2015 | Anti - Epitaph

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Soul - Released October 27, 2017 | Anti - Epitaph

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On Soul Power (a Qobuzissime record!), Curtis Harding confirmed that modern soul and groovy R&B suit him well. With his first album in January 2015, this flamboyant outsider came to join a family that already included Aloe Blacc, Mayer Hawthorne, Jamie Lidell, Myron & E, Nicole Willis, Lady and Nick Waterhouse, among others... A native of Atlanta, a former backing singer for Cee Lo Green and close to Cole Alexander from the Black Lips, Curtis Harding is striking, both for the eclecticism that he has to offer, and for the ease with which he moves from a love ballad to a funky up-tempo work that verges on Southern soul rock. With his Curtis Mayfield, Aloe Blacc and Shuggie Otis-like melodies, this second album is no less groovy, but a little smoother and with a little more by the way of guitar. Produced by Danger Mouse, Face Your Fear alternates between soul gorged on gospel, and more psychedelic ambiances. But despite this vintage atmosphere that brings a hefty whiff of the seventies, Harding has brought a touch of modernity to make this record an intoxicating cocktail of past and present. © MZ/Qobuz
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Soul - Released October 27, 2017 | Anti - Epitaph

On Soul Power (a Qobuzissime record!), Curtis Harding confirmed that modern soul and groovy R&B suit him well. With this first album from January 2015, this flamboyant outsider came to join a family that already included Aloe Blacc, Mayer Hawthorne, Jamie Lidell, Myron & E, Nicole Willis, Lady, Nick Waterhouse and a few others... A native of Atlanta, a former backing singer for Cee Lo Green and close to Cole Alexander from the Black Lips, Curtis Harding is striking, both for the eclecticism that he has to offer, and for the ease with which he moves from a love ballad to a funky up-tempo work like Southern soul rock. With his airs of Curtis Mayfield, Aloe Blacc and Shuggie Otis, this second album is no less groovy, but a little smoother and with a little more by the way of guitar. Produced by Danger Mouse, Face Your Fear alternates between soul gorged on gospel, and more psychedelic ambiances. But despite this vintage atmosphere with a hefty whiff of the seventies, Harding has brought a touch of modernity to make this record an intoxicating cocktail of past and present. © MZ/Qobuz
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Soul - Released October 3, 2017 | Anti - Epitaph

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R&B - Released September 19, 2017 | Anti - Epitaph

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R&B - Released August 29, 2017 | Anti - Epitaph

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R&B - Released August 29, 2017 | Anti - Epitaph

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Soul - Released June 27, 2017 | Anti - Epitaph

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Soul - Released November 17, 2014 | Anti - Epitaph

At a time when indie-leaning music fans have discovered retro-soul and make records that capture all the sounds and practically none of the feeling of vintage R&B, Curtis Harding is a breath of fresh air: an artist with a real gift for classic soul music stylings but little obvious interest in nostalgia. Harding's solo debut, Soul Power, shows the man is one of the best new R&B singers extant, but even though the sound of these tunes certainly harkens back to vintage soul (mostly of the southern variety), Harding doesn't suggest he's slavishly trying to replicate the past. Instead, this music fuses the sounds of the '60s and early '70s while injecting them with an edgy energy that's solidly contemporary. Harding's phrasing is warm, flexible, and expressive without sinking into the frantic melisma that passes for R&B vocalizing in the 21st century, and on these songs, he sings with the band, not over them; his interplay with the musicians is smart and full of fire, and whether the music suggests the Rolling Stones ("Surf") or the Spinners ("Keep on Shining"), he sounds well-focused and respectful of his accompanists, who perform with a lean, determined authority on these sessions. Soul may be Harding's strong suit, but he's not afraid to rock out on "The Drive" and "I Don't Wanna Go Home" (guitars do dominate these arrangements), and the engineering and production gives these tracks a natural, spacious sound that flatters Harding and the band equally. Having worked with OutKast and Cee Lo Green, Curtis Harding knows something about soul music in the present as well as the past tense, and Soul Power is music that honors the rich traditions of classic R&B while keeping its head and heart in the here and now; some folks say you can't have it both ways, but Curtis Harding is here to show that's a lie. ~ Mark Deming
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Soul - Released October 9, 2014 | Anti - Epitaph

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