Brooklyn’s Alan Wilkis is a genre-chameleon. With a healthy diet of sugary-sweet synths, blissful acoustics, and a side of Prince, Alan produces soulful grooves that evoke Jamie Liddel, early Dirty Projectors (The Glad Fact’s up-beat tracks) mixed with your favorite stuff by Stevie Wonder and Hall & Oates. His debut solo-album, Babies Dream Big, was self-produced over the course of a year and is a testament to his obsession with dreamy-pop classics. His ability to blend sounds of the past into new forms is refreshing and unique. And that boy’s voice is slick.
His funk-driven sound neglects the sleaze-tastic tactics (think: pencil-‘stache) from other electro-soul bands a la Chromeo, and instead lays an emphasis on pop sensibility and ’70’s-’80’s electronics. A multi-instrumentalist, Wilkis constructed his melding of acoustic and electronic with a little help from pals Eric Biondo (TV on the Radio) and Jason Treuting (So Percussion).
Alan Wilkis – It’s Been Great [MP3]