'Please have something special,' croons Sandra Lawson-Ndu over Bell Atlas' new Afro-Indie Soul mix, 'Video Star.' And special is exactly what this track is. First Yadi, and now Bells...we're being blessed with some great roots music.
Their first 'release' is filled with hints of African percussion and rhythms, sultry-smooth vocals and the slither of South Asian sounding strings and hums. It's a beautiful blend of styles that are truly captivating. The group consists of four very eclectic members, including Nigerian-American artist Sandra (lead vocals), Doug Stuart (soul-jazz bassist/vocalist), Derek Barber (guitarist) and Geneva Harrison (percussion/vibraphone, vocals). Based out of Oakland, CA, Bells are quickly refining their Hip-Hop, R&B, Jazz, Soul, Afro style music.
Regardless of the little amount out there, I think this group deserve a bit of attention as I'm hearing a ton of potential here. Case in point, watch the video below of a cover of Future Island's 'Little Dreamer.' What seams a bit slow and thin at first, slowly builds to a beautiful harmony of vocal layering, smooth bass and highlife guitars mixing perfectly. If more up and coming music is rooted in such great style, I'm all open arms and ears.