Nu-soul, R&B crooner Sam Houston and his latest collaboration, BLK ODYSSY, took over Mohawk Sunday night with the band’s official coming out party. Anxious fans crammed into the Red River venue eager to experience Houston’s bold new recipe. And BLK ODDYSSY certainly did not disappoint.
With the addition of guitarist Alejandro Rios, bassist Phil Abel, keyboardist John Davis, synth-magician Matt Ramos and drummer Josh Cardenas, the Jersey-born, Austin-based vocalist has transformed his distinct, bluesy soul and classic, lo-fi R&B sound into a psychy, rock/soul concoction that burns with fiery emotion and steamy sensuality. The band brings a fresh take on contemporary soul with influences from D’Angelo, Frank Ocean and Miguel all the way to Jimi Hendrix, Parliament Funkadelic and Aerosmith.
The evening also featured performances by Haulm, a collaboration between vocalist/composer JT Norton and electronic producer, Reed Kackley. Influenced by down-tempo techno, the duo meshes minimal electronic compositions with honest and intimate vocals. Blending modular sounds with analog synthesizers and Foley sound-effects, Norton and Kackley create music that fuses a sense of sincerity with compelling dance grooves.
“Non$top,” new hip-hop artist Zeu$B put in work as well Sunday night setting off Mohawk with blazing versus and banging beats. Keep an eye out for the New Jersey representer. The up-and-coming lyricist is most definitely worth following.
Photos by: Melodi Ramirez @melraephotos