We come across new artists each and every day, but are all acts worth making a fuss over? With You Be The Judge, we’re leaving it up to YOU, our readers. Should we keep tabs on these rising artists, leave their tunes behind — or at least let them stew a bit longer before we give them another chance?
As the pop tides turn in 2013, the sweat-drenched sound of EDM is slowly but surely letting up and making way for a more soulful sound on the radio. Acts like Frank Ocean, Jessie Ware and Solange are taking us back toward a neo-soul revival, with heavy influence from early ’90′s R&B — even Rihanna chilled out after a wave of dance hits at the tail-end of 2012 with “Diamonds.”
And that’s perfect timing for Jarell Perry‘s “Getaway” to arrive.
The LA-based singer-songwriter has already made some waves in the industry, co-writing Fat Joe “Another Round (feat. Chris Brown)” and collaborating with acts like Thurz and Rusko. Now, Perry’s pushing out “Getaway,” an emotional ballad from his upcoming debut LP out on March 18, Simple Things.
Production wise, the track reminds us of the spook-hop sound of The Weeknd, as well as Dawn Richard‘s moody, genre-bending R&B-meets-dance LP GoldenHeart. But it’s Perry’s vocal skills alone that might be the most impressive part of this whole package: a melodic, full-bodied blend somewhere in between Miguel and Usher. Seriously — the man knows how to wail with conviction.
Listen to “Getaway” above, then vote in our poll below to let us know if you want Perry to remain a fixture on the site.