Wyles& Simpson. Not a detective duo. Not a lawyer practice. Not a gentleman’s outfitter. What it is right, is the name of a sultry sounding duo (Abigail Wyles and Holly Simpson) that will be releasing their self-titled album in March on MTA. As lead single, Stormy Skies could be forgiven for a having a moody title, with moody expectations, but what you get is like a clean breath of fresh air after a muggy storm.
The kick drum intro could be Daft Punk’s Robot Rock, or a bit of Meg White, but when those harmonised gospel vocals lead in, you might think, hmmm, Madonna – Like a Prayer. Okay, enough comparisons. From there on you’re pitched into ‘bright new talent’ territory. Warm keys, organ stabs, subtle claps and those voices move the tune along on a groove that is pure Deep House. Not the lazy label used for compilations, but that U.S West Coast sound that mixes a midtempo beat, jazz and soul to stirring effect.
Stormy Skies sounds like they have arrived with a fully developed musical identity, and all the right influences on their sleeve. Time to take shelter from mediocrity, let the shit music storm pass and let Wyles and Simpson bathe you in their invigorating, soul enriching style. Get tickets for their album launch show right here.
Catch them live…
19/02 – Soup Kitchen – Manchester
20/02 – 24 Kitchen Street – Liverpool
05/03 – St Pancras Old Church – London (Album Launch)