Every now and then we cross paths with artists that are a breath of fresh air. Take Tom Holden. A one-man, loop pedal armed funkateer from Manchester who came to us for help polishing off his tracks only a few weeks ago. As with every client who contacts us about the mastering service I was entirely in the dark about Tom's music during the initial phone conversation. "Funky, soulful folk" was the description he gave me when I asked what sort of stuff he wanted to send.
As with all great and unique musicians, nailing them down with a specific genre can be near impossible. So when I arrived at the studio to check the tracks out he had sent me its funky and steezy vibe made me a fan right away.
Tom's dreamy creations come from his mind and his alone as he plays all the basslines, percussion, keys and guitars himself, looping on his loop-pedal one part before moving onto the next. Now, this in itself is nothing new, but Tom's sound is something exciting whilst nodding to something nostalgic and old. Jazz, funk, soul, folk and blues influences seem to run deep within the DNA of 'Slompy Dockens'.
From the few tracks of the album I’ve worked on so far each carries a trend of swung percussion, groovy baselines and mystical lyrics delivered with style. It's easy listening and it’s great.
His first single, ’Slompy Dockens' is now out. I highly recommend checking it out and showing this guy some support as personally I can’t wait to hear more!
Check it out the single via the links below, and keep in the loop with Tom at his Facebook Page here - Tom Holden Music.
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