Thelma Houston is a living legend known to many as one of the great soul and dance artists of the 70s. Her seminal performance of the classic disco tune, "Don't Leave Me This Way," remains a favorite of that era. But Thelma has always been an artist to push boundaries - even now as she has reached the ripe young age of 70. Enter a 28 year old producer named Janitor who is deeply embedded in the Los Angeles indie rock scene and you have fortytwo - the EP concept and the actual age difference between Houston and Janitor and an innovative new side-project that challenges the limit of an unlikely collaboration that incorporates both contemporary and vintage sounds.
Infusing electronic and R&B and indie pop music, listeners can hear almost every genre in the five-song EP as Janitor cites his taste in everything from jazz, hip hop to powerpop. Each song is a journey that starts from dark to light – raw, uncensored, thought-provoking lyrics is what JANITOR describes as “Conscious Club” music. They are making music that has a specific idea around it. It’s also the next generation of Thelma’s sound.
“Enemy,” is the first single from the album and instantly draws you in with its minimal production and heavy lyrics. Houston’s stellar vocals and repetitive bass are prominent on this track with lyrics such as “Are you living with the enemy? Is the enemy in your head? Can you be good to yourself? Do you forgive yourself? Can you love yourself?”
We are proud to be presenting the World Premiere of the song "Enemy" as our newest SoulTracks First Listen. Check it out below and listen to this master vocalist do her thing.
Thelma Houston and Janitor