Essentials: “Change for the World” – Charles Bradley

After decades of influence from the masterful Otis Redding and James Brown, the sound of funky soul music has taken a step back for subdued, modern R&B stars like Frank Ocean or Majid Jordan to take the current spotlight. Luckily, we can always count on Charles Bradley to bring back a healthy dose of socially conscious, horn-blaring, solo-screeching hits.

The Floridian vocalist emanates the spirit of Brown and Redding, both artists who inspired his own multi-decade career in music. Bradley’s single “Change for the World” carries the provocative torch of soul from the 1960s and 1970s, hitting everything from segregation to the apocalypse with a kick snare for emphasis. Bradley begs for change in the world with the help of some soulful female background singers and pugnacious horns.

With two critically acclaimed albums under his belt, Charles Bradley just released his latest full length project, Changes, through the independent Daptone Records. The doo-wop slow jam “Things We Do For Love” and locomotive drums on “Ain’t It A Sin” make this record mandatory for any fans of funk.

You can find Bradley’s album Changes on Bandcamp and iTunes, and keep up with him on Twitter.

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