As a listener with a tendency to digest music slowly, it often takes me weeks, if not months, to form definitive and coherent thoughts about a particular album. Music blogging can be a challenge in an era that’s unforgiving to those unable to keep up with the new. That’s where shows like DJ Hyphen & J. Moore’s Sunday Night Sound Session prove so helpful. A weekly mix of buzzing new singles, notable underground cuts, artist interviews and local music, the weekly radio set is perfect for those who, like me, find it impossible to lend an ear to every new mp3.
Listening through the show from a couple of weekends ago, I finally got a chance to hear the new singles from Nas and Big K.R.I.T., not to mention the head nod-inducing “It’s My Turn” from Dee-1. But the surprise gem of the mix was a new track from Florida-based R&B artist/producer Steven A. Clark. “Don’t Have You,” the first single from Clark’s uniquely-titled upcoming project Fornication Under Consent of the King, is a remorseful, painfully honest soul record set to modern-day production.
But of course, as today’s music cycle would have it, and because here I am discussing a radio mix from two weeks (read: months in internet time) ago, Steven A. has an even newer song out for your listening pleasure. Second single “Lonely Roller” is also written and produced by Clark, but is noticeably more upbeat, incorporating electronic elements into the mix. If the male falsetto makes you a little uncomfortable, and you prefer a bit more masculinity and maturity in your R&B/soul, Steven A. Clark might be right up your alley. If you’re looking for something to hold you over until his LP, which drops June 11th, his Stripes EP from last year is available for free download here.