Sunday 3 April 2011

Aloe Blacc - I Need A Dollar

This is sure to hit a chord with much of the world's population during the current ongoing economic crisis. 

More so, it's a great song.  Soul music has been experiencing a revival over the last few years and I Need A Dollar fits neatly in this mould.  It marks a return to traditional songwriting and motown sensibility, with a tight funk/soul band and smooth vocal.  This wouldn't sound out of place on a Stevie Wonder or Bill Withers album.  It's got a catchy hook, punchy piano and a message that everyone can get behind.

And yet, in this day and age, it sounds fresh and vibrant - a sure-fire summer hit.  Along with Janelle Monae, Aloe Blacc is another young, funky black artist leading the way in the retro soul revival. 

Give him a dollar, download this track (on 1st May) and play it all summer long.