Modernest r&b auteur Son Little returns with a thrilling new track entitled “The River.” The song delivers a magnificently seductive and ominous reconstruction of American blues infused with elements of hip-hop and raw guitar rock. Little (as Aaron Livingston) previously collaborated with The Roots and RJD2. Complex.com is currently premiering three separate versions of the song and video simultaneously. Each corresponding music video matching a particular version of the song. Check it out here href="http://www.complex.com/music/2014/09/son-little-river-video-premiere">Complex.com>.
“The River” demonstrates more than ever before the range and vision of this ambitious artist. DJ Mag recently described Son Little a “hip-hop influenced soulman” who “typifies the brilliant, modern-day soul revival and dovetails perfectly into the legacies of old and new soul troubadours like Sam Cooke, Aloe Blacc, Otis Redding, Bill Withers and Lee Fields.” Vibe also wrote that Little’s “soulful vocals circle the drains of despair but offer the perfect self-medication for today's sorrows.”
The video accompaniment for “The River” brims with tension, Little crooning out the song in a gritty bar amidst subtle hints of heartbreak, jealousy and potential violence.
The original version of the song infectiously recalls “Lets Go Crazy” era Prince, gritty blues/ gospel and bedroom indie pop in what may be his finest track yet. With his “River Styx” remix, he channels “Band Of Gypsies” Hendrix with a nod to hip-hop minimalism, the immensely funky “Amazon River” remix delivering pure early ‘70s Blaxploitation bliss complete with Curtis Mayfield strings and irresistible groove.
Expect more from Son Little in the coming months.