‘A soul-singer from Finland? Surely not!’ we hear you cry. But we reply - surely yes. Bobby Oroza may hail from Helsinki, but his debut LP This Love proves that he can kick it with the best of them. This is a superb set of Northern Soul homages with just the right amount of rose-tinted retro fetishism to them. Oroza’s tender voice is delightful. We expect some of these tunes will become sleeper hits - indeed, This Love’s title track already has, finding its way into films and TV shows and even an Earl Sweatshirt mixtape.
CD £11.49 BCR069CD
CD on Big Crown.
Vinyl LP £19.49 BCR069LP
Black vinyl LP on Big Crown.
Limited Vinyl LP £18.99 BCR069LPC1
Limited edition, indies only opaque sandstone coloured vinyl LP on Big Crown.
- Coloured vinyl
- Indies only
- Limited edition
Bobby Oroza is a Finnish soul-singer who has released his debut record ‘This Love’ on Big Crown. ‘This Love’ is chock-a-block with smoky, woozy soul songs that bear some of the hallmarks of modern rap music, as shown by how ‘This Love’ (the song) was put onto an Earl Sweatshirt mixtape. The fact that most tracks start with a single drum loop suggests that Oroza is even asking for it to be sampled. There’s a pleasingly slapdash feel to some of this record. There are little guitar mistakes and drum mis-hits that lend a nice human element to the LP. ‘This Love’ sounds dusty and musty, and I’d go as far to say it doesn’t even sound like it was recorded in this century.
I love ‘Your Love Is Too Cold’ and the wistfulness of ‘Alone Again’. 'Down On My Knees' is also superb. This record isn’t just soul, however, it also takes in a jazz element on songs like ‘Bobbys Mood Intro’ and a little spoken-word piece on ‘Down On My Knees’. I’ve reviewed a fair bit of modern soul recently, and if Bobby Oroza, Kelly Finnegan, and Lee Fields’s recent releases are anything to go by, then the genre is certainly in rude health.
P.S: how great is that cover?! Top marks.
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