First Listen: Kenny Thomas gets high on "Your Love"

(June 5, 2018) Back in the early 1990s, Londoner Kenny Thomas made an indelible impression on the British soul scene with gems like the assuaging midtempo groover “Thinking About Your Love” and the charmingly robust “Trippin’ on Your Love.” Thomas’s melodic vocal approach exemplified an ideal balance of warmth and depth, giving a distinctive edge to his radio-friendly material. In more recent years, he’s maintained the spirited essence of those formative years with collaborations such as “Without Your Love” (Cool Million) and “Keep the Faith” (Ryle).

(June 5, 2018) Back in the early 1990s, Londoner Kenny Thomas made an indelible impression on the British soul scene with gems like the assuaging midtempo groover “Thinking About Your Love” and the charmingly robust “Trippin’ on Your Love.” Thomas’s melodic vocal approach exemplified an ideal balance of warmth and depth, giving a distinctive edge to his radio-friendly material. In more recent years, he’s maintained the spirited essence of those formative years with collaborations such as “Without Your Love” (Cool Million) and “Keep the Faith” (Ryle).

Making a friendly reference to the aforementioned hits, Thomas has just unleased “Your Love” as a preview to his first solo album since 2011. The proudly Chic-inspired number builds upon a bass line straight out of the Sister Sledge catalog (read: “He’s the Greatest Dancer”) and coasts along with light yet kinetically engaging percussion programming by producer Nigel Lowis. Thomas is in solid vocal form, embodying the tune’s celebratory lyrics with assured phrasing and endurance. Melodically speaking, things stay on an even keel—a bit more spark in the arrangement might help to bolster the overall mood for singing and grooving along to.

Take a listen to Nigel Lowis’ new radio mix of “Your Love” below and let us know what you think!

by Justin Kantor

Kenny Thomas – “Your Love”
(Nigel Lowis Radio Mix)

 

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