In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are today’s musicians who champion an artform that’s more widely distributed than any other throughout human history. And we, more often than not, overlook the music created by unfamiliar faces because it’s challenging. We’d rather have an easy listen, a known quantity to skim through while we think about something else.
Hearing is easy, but listening is difficult. Welcome to “Why We Like It”, where we rebuke the trends in favor of thoughtful analysis and underknown sounds.
“Adonis” – Lucy Lu
How We Found It:
We first came across London-based jazz muso and singer-songwriter Lucy Lu – real name Luke Bowers – in April, when his team submitted single “Crucial” to us through our portal at SubmitHub. Though we passed on that cut, his next submission, “Adonis,” hit like the right cross in a Charlie’s Angels-esque one-two.
Why We Like It:
“Adonis” builds delicately: a sparse bassline gives way to Luke’s subdued-yet-powerful croon, which in turn ushers in horns, drumkit and an inspired swing. It’s the kind of singer-songwriter fare that could only come from the mind of a man mired in London’s bustling jazz scene, schooled in a transgressive artform that helps him go against genre convention. “Adonis” is more than the sum of its parts, which means a lot, given the fun and engaging arrangement, the playful parry of horns, the mythical lyrics and compelling songwriting. In an age dominated by Nu-R&B palettes, Lucy Lu’s vintage, jazz-tinged vision is as refreshing as it is novel.
From the Artist:
Adonis is written from the perspective of someone just falling in Love. I loved greek mythology as a kid and I think those stories permeated. I guess I’d like the audience to feel something of the joy that inspired this song, it’s not a very deep song, it’s definitely made for dancing so I wanna make them bop along for sure.” – Lucy Lu