R&B is alive and well in Georgetown University’s Almeda. Formed in 2013, the band is made up of Danny O’Brien (piano and guitar), Dan Sheehan (drums), Nick Quirk (bass), and Adaeze (Dez) Eze (vocals). They’ve been tearing it up all over DC, playing venues like Bossa Bistro and Lounge in Adam’s Morgan.
Their SoundCloud features their self-titled EP, which they released this past November. The EP features an original, entitled “Upstate”, and two covers: Allen Stone’s “Unaware” and an incredibly smooth and original take on Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools (Drank)”.
I’d like to highlight their original, “Upstate”. The song features Dez’s velvet voice over what I’d call “jazz-pop” infused instrumentals. This song goes down like honey. “Upstate” radiates a bright and funky sound that feels good for the soul.
Almeda’s cover of “Unaware” slows it down, but with equal soul.
Their cover of Kendrick’s “Swimming Pools (Drank)” will catch you so far off guard. I had to restart the song when I realized it was Kendrick’s song. I can’t believe how transformed and beautiful this song could be and Almeda hits it out of the park.
They will be releasing a new EP soon, starting with the release of their newest single “Peace Of Mind” later this month. I’m excited for what’s next for Almeda and I’ll be anxiously waiting for the release of new material. They have a unique sound that isn’t like other music being made right now.
For more information about Almeda, visit tapsongz.com/almeda.
Find their EP Almeda on SoundCloud at soundcloud.com/almedadc.
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