Darryl Anders’ credits include gigs with Tower of Power, Narada Michael Walden, Zigaboo Modeliste, Booker T. Jones, Joyce Cooling, and two-time Grammy-nominee Ledisi, but millions of video game crazy kids have heard his bass, production, and vocal skills on Karaoke Revolution, Guitar Hero, and Rock Band.
The moment you put on the gospel-tinged “Don’t Say U Love Me,” featuring guest vocalist Zoe Ellis, you’ll be transported back to a time when musicians played real instruments, songs had enduring melodies, and lyrics actually said something.
AgapeSoul “Believe In Love”
Anders’ husky baritone and Lars’ soulful sax work make “Time Cannot Erase” take its place high up on the list of modern baby-making music.Jones’ sultry vocals on the funky yet laid-back “Tell Me Where It Hurts” is just what the doctor ordered.
The Latin flavored “Voice of Reason” reminds us that love is indeed everlasting. If you like real music, you’ll love AgapéSoul. Besides being highly skilled purveyors of soulful originals, the band represents a movement, a new voice of music from the old school. Their goal is to bring something positive to listeners.
“It is not about us, as people or as musicians. It’s about the songs,” says Anders. “I’ve been blessed with an opportunity to share my music with the world, and I hope AgapéSoul will inspire and encourage everyone who hears us.”
Agape Soul – Believe in Love
This is a really solid debut album from this San Fran outfit; the set is a mix of tempos, full of soul and emotion and thankfully for these ears real instruments on the production. There is something here for soul music lovers of all styles.
The title track sets the tone, a joyful uplifting groove “Don’t stop believing“ which really lifts the spirit although I would prefer the rap cutting out to be honest, just does not work for me.“Say you will “is a great mid tempo dancer that should find favour with Modern Soul dance floors.
There is a sax lead instrumental cover of Stevie’s Sir Duke which I imagine the band can really go to town on when they perform live.“Tell me where it hurts “is another mid tempo winner soulful and with a catchy hook that stays with you.Vocalist Indra Jones hits the spot
There is another quality cover of Quincy Jones “If I ever lose this heaven” and time cannot erase has that quiet storm feel about it that should hit the spot for lovers of a smoother soul sound.All in all a really solid debut set.
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“Tell Me Where It Hurts is utterly mind blowing, what a TUNE! Great work on the whole EP folks, big respect to you.”
Roger Williams, SoulSorts
“Tell Me Where It Hurts is just stunning Darryl…. What a magnificent piece of music. The whole EP is sublime and I hope there’s a full album on the way”
Paul Goldsmith, SelectSoul
“… a wonderful blend of real soul dashed with jazz, and easily one of the best releases out of the US.”
Barry Towler, The Vibe Scribe
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