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Philly soul singer and songwriter Son Little is about to release his self-titled full length debut album on October 16th. Little (Aaron Livingston) released his debut EP, Things I Forgot, last Fall. He’s been a favorite of ours since his days singing with RJD2 and The Roots, and over the last year he’s performed for several WXPN events including NonCOMM, Free at Noon, this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival, and The Key-curated Red Bull Sound Select.

About the album, NPR Music’s Jim Allen writes:

Son Little’s self-titled debut album is nu-soul, not neo-soul, and the distinction is drastic. Little doesn’t strive to reproduce his influences; he recombines them into something new. The record opens with “I’m Gone,” on which an overdubbed choir of multiple Son Littles delivers an existential message from what sounds like the bottom of a well, with backwards guitar lines snaking around the electronically processed voices. It’s a track that would sound more at home in Tom Waits’ twisted sonic landscape than it would in the retro-loving neo-soul realm, or under the mainstream musical umbrella emblazoned “contemporary R&B.”

Little is currently on tour and returns to Philly on Friday, November 13th to Johnny Brenda’s; tickets and more information on the show can be found here. Below, listen to Son Little’s self-titled debut via NPR Music.