You may remember back in January we featured a trailer of Charles Hammond Jr’s debut EP Hello, My Name Is… Despite it’s short length, enough was heard to whet our appetites and intrigue our ears. Thankfully with the project now released (and available for free download), we can report our expectations were met and in parts, exceeded.
Hammond’s 4-track extended player is a dramatic and dynamic offering; A showcase of powerful chops, melodic understanding and song writing. Kindred to the likes of The Foreign Exchange, Maxwell, Dwele and Rahsaan Patterson, Charles infuses his Soul with Jazz, Funk & Rock. Listening to his key changes (especially on the EP’s opening number) I wouldn’t be surprised if he cited Kim Burrell as a influence too.
Refreshingly, Hammond largely avoids the mundane stereotypical approaches to his brand Soul; A spectrum of music in much need of a rejuvenation (in my opinion) right now. ‘The Truth’ does flirt a little close to that ‘middle-of-the-road’ sound but thankfully his powerful performance overshadows most concerns. Not to mention, the strength of the other tracks featured more than makes up – especially ‘(Re) Introduction’ and ‘The Beautiful Struggle’.
Listen and download below.