J*Davey and the ongoing cultural shift


Ok, so I was on the list for this show, but couldn’t quite get it together.  Thankfully, the Times has coverage of this past Sunday’s show that also featured Taylor McFerrin and the group Heavy.  Anyway, while I’m looking forward to hearing the J*Davey album, this nugget further reinforces my point of about an ongoing cultural shift:

When J*Davey first appeared three years ago, it presaged a revival of interest in the intersections between electro and soul. A widely disseminated demo led to a string of dates opening for Prince and a major-label deal with a division of Warner Brothers. No album arrived, but in the time since, the art-soul singer Santogold has received critical approbation, and Janelle Monáe, an eccentric OutKast affiliate, has been signed by Sean Combs to his Bad Boy Records. Suddenly the landscape for a new-wave-meets-R&B band doesn’t seem so bleak.

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