Following the triumph of his previous releases ‘Sundance Kid’ and ‘Relax My Mind’ which gained positive attention from tastemakers including Earmilk and CLASH. Now, North London’s Charles is ready to debut his super smooth, super sexy, first-ever EP!
Hilariously named ‘On Trend, Hungry & Broke’ (OTH&B); Charles’ EP is a light-hearted musical analysis of life in your twenties, all from the budding musician’s point of view. Three tracks and two interludes long, the EP starts with a dream-like, introductory interlude comprised of gentle chimes and sultry horns before nicely segueing into the project’s lead single, ‘Easy’.
About ‘Easy’, by Charles:
“I wrote ‘Easy’ for my parents. I wanted to give them a song they could listen to and remind them to chill out. As I got older and experienced my own issues and the stresses of life, it gave me a better understanding of what my parents and most parents go through on a daily.
Raising 3 children, money issues, being an interracial couple when it wasn’t fashionable, and just frankly going through things that all adults go through. Life is hard and I wanted to give them a small bit of happiness when the world at times can feel like it has you cornered. Produced by Mathias Boman, ‘Easy’ will take you back to a time of old soul and have you looking forward to better days.”
With a catchy chorus that’ll leave you singing “doo-do-do-do-doo-do-doo” as you waltz out of the office, ‘Easy’ is a laid back, feel-good tune that’s the perfect remedy for that end-of-day Friday feeling. Filled with encouraging little quips like “you’ve got to take it easy” and “today is almost over” Charles delivers some uber-cool, muted-funk vibes on this track (that’s funk that’s not all the way funky) that will leave you feeling light and lifted after a long day.
The following track on OTH&B, ‘Charlie’ really ups the ante in the funk department, seeing Charles deliver a striking and soulful performance using his distinctive, deep vocals to glide over the keys, synths and commanding bassline throughout.
The EP rounds itself off with the pre-released single ‘Sundance Kid’ ft Sharky, a brass and synth-led number with a deep bassline groove and a bouncy melody to match. Sharky also offers out her smooth yet squeaky (but in a good way) vocals to compliment the track. She and Charles go back and forth singing the chorus as if it were a duet adding a nice layer on top of the cake that is ‘On Trend, Hungry & Broke’.