Bands x Brands: Kiesza & Eli “Paperboy” Reed

For our latest installment of Bands x Brands, the two artists we want to highlight are Kiesza and Eli “Paperboy” Reed. Both are very different but also interesting for brands to take a look at.

Kiesza is a great new artist originally from Canada, now residing in NY when not touring. She came onto the scene this year with the wonderfully creative video for “Hideaway” which combines great dance music with her passion for dance. Yesterday, she released the equally catchy “Giant In My Heart” proving she is a new artist to be reckoned with. Kiesza is already working on her own fashion line for the end of 2014.

Eli “Paperboy” Reed might not be as new as Kiesza, but surprisingly he is still pretty unknown in the US. Hailing from Boston, Eli has had huge success in Europe (especially France) touring with his band and releasing albums. In the US, he has been sadly overlooked, so far. With a retro style strongly influenced by late 60s/early 70s Chicago Soul, his sound is strangely familiar yet original too.

Toyota recently used the above track for their RAV4 campaign in the US:

- Maurice Bernstein

Eli “Paperboy” Reed Releases Come and Get It

On his Capitol Records debut, Come and Get It!, Eli “Paperboy” Reed proves to be the life of a soulful, sweaty party where everyone eventually gets dragged onto the dance floor. He incorporates the feel of classic R&B and soul into a largely self-penned album produced with Mike Elizondo. As a performer, Reed approaches each song with nothing less than utter conviction; he’s as authentically gritty as he is ingratiatingly sexy. Admirers have likened Reed to such luminaries as Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett, but Reed is channeling his influences and inspirations into making something all his own.

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Eli “Paperboy” Reed – “Explosion”

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Eli “Paperboy” Reed Video: “Time Will Tell”

Two days ago, Yahoo sat down with a Giant Step favorite, Eli “Paperboy” Reed. He performed three of his songs with a full band, one of which is above, “Time Will Tell,” and all of which resonate that classic early 70s soul/R&B sound.  Reed also reveals his beginnings as an artist, his opinions on soul music as a genre, and more in an exclusive interview. Reed’s album, Come and Get It,  is hitting shelves on August 10.

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Energetic Soul from Eli “Paperboy” Reed

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Eli “Paperboy” Reed is a musician with a mission statement: to take over the world with soul music. Also, to make a record that is just badass. Look out for his upcoming album on Blue Note, Come and Get It.

Basement Jaxx Album Scars Available Digitally

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Photo by Andrew Whitton

While the physical release doesn’t come around until October 6th, the highly anticipated Basement Jaxx album Scars is now available worldwide in digital format with bonus tracks. (Buy here from iTunes). Featured vocalists and collaborators include Kelis, Meleka, Chipmunk, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Santigold, Sam Sparro, Lightspeed Champion, Amp Fiddler, Yo Majesty, Yoko Ono, Paloma Faith, Lisa Kekaula, Jose Hendrix Ndelo, Jose James, Lil Louis, Serocee, Funkagenda and Paul Thomas.

“There’s a good reason why the new record is called Scars,” says Felix Buxton. “Making it has been a grueling process. When we finished recording, it felt like we’d come out of a boxing ring.” His bandmate Simon Ratcliffe nods in agreement.

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