Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

The ShortListen: Gregory Porter (no. 268)

Who? Gregory Porter

What’s the story? Californian jazz-soul singer Gregory Porter broke through into the mainstream with his Grammy-award winning third album, 2014's Liquid Spirit, which sold over a million copies worldwide. Now he's back with the follow-up album Take Me To The Alley and to whet our appetites, he's released two tracks from it. Don't Lose Your Steam (below) is a funky soulful uptempo blast of fun, but it's Holding On (above) which truly takes the breath away. Originally released in a collaboration with Disclosure last year, this version sees the tempo reduced, the beats disappear, and some glorious melancholic chords introduced to the mix. Porter's utterly stunning voice is allowed to unfold and showcase his control of dynamic and emotion. It's jaw-droppingly good - and just when you think it can't get any more beautiful, out comes a muted trumpet solo. Bring on the album.

For fans of: José James, Gretchen Parlato

In three words: Stunningly excellent comeback

Click here for more ShortListens

Listen to all of them as they become available, on this Spotify Playlist

Related

yonaka1.png

The ShortListen: Yonaka (no. 267)

kendricklamar1.jpg

The ShortListen: Kendrick Lamar (no. 266)

frightenedrabbit1.jpg

The ShortListen: Frightened Rabbit (no. 265)

m83dog.jpg

The ShortListen: M83 (no. 264)

jakebugg1.png

The ShortListen: Jake Bugg (no. 263)

kyko1.jpg

The ShortListen: Kyko (no. 262)

EKKOES-Press-Pic-FINAL.jpg

The ShortListen: EKKOES (no. 261)

chaseandstatus.jpg

The ShortListen: Chase & Status feat. Slaves (no. 260)

muna1.jpg

The ShortListen: MUNA (no. 259)

Comments

More

Some massive names have been added to this year's Lovebox lineup

Solange, Kaytranada and Jamie XX are all on the bill

21 Feb 2017

Why it's time to celebrate the second division Britpop bands

As Sleeper reform, this is why you need to look past Oasis, Blur & Pulp

by Dave Fawbert
15 Feb 2017

Circa Waves' Ultimate Playlist

The band's singer Kieran Shudall reveals his top tunes

by Joe Ellison
15 Feb 2017

The revenge of the Kaiser Chiefs

The indie-rock band that refuses to die

by Louise Donovan
15 Feb 2017

Star Wars' Cantina Band is Australia's favourite song to have sex to

The infectious song is the nookie tune of choice Down Under

15 Feb 2017

You can now stream Prince’s back catalogue, but would he be pleased?

Party like it's 1999

by Gary Ogden
13 Feb 2017

Adele performs stunning tribute to George Michael at Grammys

"Can we please start it again? I’m sorry, I can’t mess this up for him.”

13 Feb 2017

Watch Bruno Mars and The Time's rousing Prince tribute at the Grammys

Bruno and The Time pay their respects

by Gary Ogden
13 Feb 2017

James Corden put on a special Carpool Karaoke at Grammys last night

Brit host also rapped in front of Jay-Z and fell down the stairs in pratfall

by Dave Fawbert
13 Feb 2017

Relive the golden musical mid-2000s with this mashup generator

Too many DJs?

by Dave Fawbert
10 Feb 2017