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Parker Louis – “All Good Things” Soul Step Records REVIEW

Being raised with Motown constantly in my ears, saying I love R&B would be an understatement. When I got serious with guitar, blues was my first love. As a bassist, James Jamerson was my king and Carol Kaye my queen. So needless to say despite always talking about punk and indie, soul (for the lack of a better term) is a big part of my soul. Sadly there isn’t too much R&B to feed that desire in 2019. Most R&B leans a little heavy on the hip-hop side when it’s better suited for jazz. Thankfully, Parker Louis knows exactly what I’m talking about with All Good Things.

Channeling Raphael Saadiq one minute and D’Angelo the next, Parker Louis just might be what’s been missing in soul music as of late.

Originally released as two separate EPs, All Good Things kicks things off with the Grover Washington Jr-esque “No Love, Lately” showcasing just what Louis does best: smooth R&B with a strong emphasis on groove over melody. Rubbery bass and a skin-tight snare keep things streamlined while Louis jumps in and out of the pocket with his vocals.

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I’ve name dropped quite a few artists in this article but that doesn’t mean All Good Things evokes feelings of nostalgia. The fact of the matter is, there isn’t a single archaic note in this album from start to finish. Anything remotely familiar is due to the very nature of the genre itself and not what someone has already done. Parker Louis is simply an honest-to-God R&B artist who understands, respects, and honors the genre.

Bringing two EPs together to create one year-end-list worthy album is the kind of thing Soul Step Records is known for.

Just as they’ve done with every release, Soul Step offers All Good Things in a few different vinyl options including a Wax Mage variant, and extremely limited “Eyeball” variant reminiscent of the album cover designed by Vada Azeem. But also like every other Soul Step release, All Good Things sounds amazing regardless of what color the record is! Parker Louis stands in the center of everything I love about soul and R&B, and All Good Things celebrates the desire and passion of those who are missing it in today’s scene!

To purchase All Good Things on limited edition vinyl, visit Soul Step Records.

For more information on Parker Louis, visit him on Facebook.

 

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Aaron The Audiophile

Son, brother, uncle, musician. I enjoy music of all genres, shapes and sizes, preferably the good kind.

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