Broadway by Myron & E on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

As wonderful and cool as the vintage soul revival is, one must tread carefully to not get caught up in attractive sharp suits and big budgets. The Bay Area’s Myron & E (Myron Glasper and Eric Cooke) have worked with Blackalicious and other artists. They feel very much like the real thing: a tall pour of silky-smooth, hip-swaying soul. With strings and funky horns courtesy of the retro Finnish group The Soul Investigators (check out their groove-heavy recordings available on iTunes), Myron & E’s full-length debut pulses with top-notch writing and arranging. A few tunes are sure to take listeners of a certain age back to another time with alarming acuity. Don’t be dissuaded by the tepid ballad “Turn Back,” which opens Broadway; go right to the buttery title track or the organ riff-driven funk gem “Cold Game.” The romantic, undulant “If I Gave You My Love” features Myron’s supple falsetto, an inarguable highlight of the duo's sound. Broadway's vibe is one of a neon-lit, simpler time, and there’s nothing wrong with a long night of dancing to celebrate a certain slice of Americana that so richly helped shape who we are today.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As wonderful and cool as the vintage soul revival is, one must tread carefully to not get caught up in attractive sharp suits and big budgets. The Bay Area’s Myron & E (Myron Glasper and Eric Cooke) have worked with Blackalicious and other artists. They feel very much like the real thing: a tall pour of silky-smooth, hip-swaying soul. With strings and funky horns courtesy of the retro Finnish group The Soul Investigators (check out their groove-heavy recordings available on iTunes), Myron & E’s full-length debut pulses with top-notch writing and arranging. A few tunes are sure to take listeners of a certain age back to another time with alarming acuity. Don’t be dissuaded by the tepid ballad “Turn Back,” which opens Broadway; go right to the buttery title track or the organ riff-driven funk gem “Cold Game.” The romantic, undulant “If I Gave You My Love” features Myron’s supple falsetto, an inarguable highlight of the duo's sound. Broadway's vibe is one of a neon-lit, simpler time, and there’s nothing wrong with a long night of dancing to celebrate a certain slice of Americana that so richly helped shape who we are today.

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About Myron & E

Retro-soul vocal duo Myron & E are Myron Glasper and Eric Cooke. South Central Los Angeles native Glasper has been active since the early '90s, when he danced in episodes of In Living Color and worked as a background vocalist during sessions for MC Lyte and CeCe Peniston. Cooke, from Newark, New Jersey, came up as a DJ and producer. The two crossed paths while touring with Blackalicious but didn't form their duo until Cooke asked Glasper to help him write and sing over instrumentals recorded by Finnish retro-soul band the Soul Investigators. As Myron & E, they debuted on the Soul Investigators' Timmion label in 2008 with the "Cold Game" single. Stones Throw subsidiary Now-Again licensed the 7" for release in the U.S. "It's a Shame," "On Broadway," and "Pot Club" -- the last of which was issued on Timmion offshoot Nite Club -- came out in 2010. Myron & E, still backed by the Soul Investigators, then recorded an album, Broadway, released in July 2013 on Stones Throw. ~ Andy Kellman

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