I’ll tell you what seems to be impossible – creating a crossover nu-soul hit that keeps both the masses and the heads happy. Ever a greasy pole to climb, so far the only act demonstrating anything like the superhuman grip necessary has been Gnarls Barkley. At least since the seventies. Genuinely authentic sounding funk-soul revivalists like Sharon Jones and co. haven’t managed to attract a non-specialist audience (though it’s true that Mark Ronson has employed Jones’ band The Dap Kings – but the fact remains largely unknown) while Amy and the like never had any underground kudos in the first place. Impossible – one of the more convincing cuts from the recent Love & War LP, finds Merriweather doing his best with a melody influenced as much by The Mamas & The Papas as by Ike and Tina, and Ronson provides his usual breakbeat (yes, I did mean to use the singular) but he is no Cee-Lo and Ronson is no Dangermouse. One for the charts then and not the heads. Out 17 August on Allido/ Columbia
Oh yeah – here’s the vid…
(PRESS RELEASE) Impossible is released on 17 August 2009 by Allido/Columbia Records
(Love & War) has retro pastiches of grits-and-gravy ‘60s southern funk and the smoother ‘70s soul (UNCUT)
Indisputably soulful (Daniel Merriweather) comes across in the music as unstintingly honest and expressive (GUARDIAN)
(Love & War) is a consummate modern soul record (DAILY MAIL)
(Daniel Merriweather) is so naturally gifted just opening his mouth in the vocal booth can let loose some laryngeal magic (SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE)
For much of 2009 the airwaves and charts have been dominated by a string of upcoming female solo artists: La Roux, Little Boots, Lady Gaga, Pixie Lott et al, but one male solo artist has stood out: Daniel Merriweather.
Daniel Merriweather’s, critically acclaimed and highly anticipated album, ‘Love & War’, debuted at No. 2 in the Official UK album chart and has now shipped in excess of 180,000 copies, certifying it gold. Meanwhile, ‘Red’, the anthemic follow-up single to the airplay smash ‘Change’, was a top 3 airplay hit and entered the chart at No. 5 where it stayed for over 4 weeks, and has now sold over 200,000 copies.
Other highlights of Daniel Merriweather’s year to date include a recent sold-out gig at the Bloomsbury Ballroom on June 3rd 2009, an outstanding performance of ‘Cigarettes’, ‘Stop Me’ and ‘Change’ on Later With Jools, and a stellar appearance at Radio 1’s Big Weekend.
‘Impossible’ which is the 3rd single to be released from ‘Love & War’, is an up-tempo funk influenced record. With a lively bass, a catchy melody and heartfelt lyrics, its subject matter is sad while its shuffle is infectious. A key moment on ‘Love & War’, recorded during the albums latter stages, ‘Impossible’ shows Daniel’s uniquely soulful voice at its best. In addition to releasing ‘Impossible’, Daniel Merriweather will be playing at Wireless, Oxegen, T in the Park, T4’s on the Beach and V Festival.
2009 may have been dubbed the year for the girls, but for Daniel Merriweather it is the year he has emerged into a star in his own right, proving he is now a long, long way from where he began in Melbourne, busking on a street corner just to earn a buck.