Jesse Boykins III - The Beauty Created (2008)

I’m a little bit in awe of the 90s revival that seems to be taking place right now. No, I’m not talking 2 Unlimited and Real 2 Real – I mean the genres I lived and loved in high school, at university and edging into the early 2000s the first time around. I’ve already posted about Miguel Jontel (R&B) and Gyptian (Reggae/Dancehall)…and now it’s the turn of some neo-soul.

Admittedly this song is a few years old – part of the 2008 album “The Beauty Created” released on NomaDic MuSic, a label Jesse Boykins III co-owns with New York Giant Sinorice Moss  – but there’s more to come in the third studio album, “Love Apparatus”, due out later this year.

Jesse Boykins III – Amorous

I wouldn’t bat an eyelid if someone told me this was released around the time of early Maxwell or D’Angelo – his voice is beautiful and the understated, effortless smooth is similarly soulful.

He’s from Chicago but is currently based in New York and will be playing at SXSW this week.

There’s quite a lot of music up on his site, including some covers of Aaliyah, Kanye and Corinne Bailey Rae:

And, in a similar but different vein to James BlakeLimit To Your Love (Feist).