Over the last decade, an impressive array of artists have hit the music scene, all united in their love of vintage soul, R&B and funk. It's the kind of revival that cuts across all levels of fame, from global pop icons Adele and the late Amy Winehouse to gritty indie acts such as Alabama Shakes and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears. Between their punchy ensemble interplay and singer Jirod Greene's soaring croon, Suite 709 fits snugly between these two poles.
Shortly after coming together in 2009, the quintet made a name for themselves in their hometown of Austin, Texas (a citizenry that certainly boasts some of the most discerning music aficionados in all of the United States). To date, the group have released an album and a pair of extended play titles; the most recent being the Live Hangout EP, a Google Play exclusive that captures the band's renowned prowess as live performers. Not only that, it displays their deep knowledge of the old school. Suite 709 might hail from the South, yet the electric piano-tinged tunes "Heartache" and "Tonight Is My Night" reflect their love of Motown's up-tempo joyousness, as well as the smooth Philly Soul cool of Hall & Oates. Then there's "I Like It," a party-time raver that'll have you stomping, snapping and swinging.
Watch their live performance in a Google Hangout, and grab a free track below. – Justin Farrar, Google Play
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