Tommy Down takes soul on a crawl through the bars of London in his new single “Don’t Think I’m Leaving WIthout You”

Produced by Ross O’ Reilly, the hand behind ‘Judgement Day’ by Stealth (featured on Suits), ‘Don’t Think I’m Leaving Without You’ channels its laidback funk and soul stylings from artists like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Al Green, as well as more contemporary artists like Steve Lacy. Blending motown groove with hip hop inspired beats that wouldn’t sound out of place on an A Tribe Called Quest track (see ‘Electric Relaxation’), the song chronicles the aftermath of a breakup. Getting lost on nights out and meeting strangers momentarily fills the void inside: “I’ve been searching for another meaning / Even if it’s only for the day” goes its memorable refrain. Tommy’s vocal delivery is like the character portrayed in the song: jaded but libidinous, and riding a groove that could last all weekend. If soul music is a slick and artful expression of human vulnerability, then Tommy has it down pat.

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