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2012 debut album from this unlikely duo. Often, the best ideas come when you rip up the rulebook and follow what feels good. Just ask Graffiti6. The pairing of producer TommyD and singer/songwriter Jamie Scott began three years ago as an experiment neither thought would work and has grown in a pop project so refreshingly rule-free a sense of adventure seeps from every song. Try to categorize Graffiti6 and you're in trouble. You'll certainly spot vintage Soul influences, the pair's shared love of Hendrix, Folk and Funk. You'll hear House and Hip Hop beats destined to fill dancefloors. At the heart of the songs are Pop melodies you could sit down with a guitar and strum. But Graffiti6 don't make music to be analyzed.
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Yes, Tommy D produced Right Said Fred's 1992 smash hit single "I'm Too Sexy."
Although Jamie Scott may not have as impressive a resume as his partner, it won't be long before he and Graffiti6 are well known around the world.
Graffiti6's debut record, "Colours," has actually been available in the UK since late 2010, but with a U.S. tour supporting Augustana this year, the time has finally come for Graffiti6 to tag the U.S.
"Colours" opens up with "Stone In My Heart," an upbeat track driven by a ceaseless kick drum and meticulously harmonized verses which become the calling card of the band by the end of the album.
The best is yet to come, however. "Annie You Save Me" and "Stare Into the Sun" maintain the lead track's high energy while offering up even more memorable hooks.
The most impressive aspect of Graffiti6 is Scott's vocal work. With a distinctive distortion effect applied to his voice on nearly every track, Scott's voice seems to echo Vera Hall's "Troubles So Hard" which was famously sampled on Moby's "Natural Blues." The effect works brilliantly and gives songs like "Annie You Save Me," "Stare Into the Sun," and "Free" a throwback feel. Although "Colours" is a relatively straightforward rock album, Scott takes plenty of time to show off his vocal prowess.
On "Stop Mary," Scott's wails are reminiscent of Stevie Wonder while two tracks later, on "Over You," his whispered falsetto takes on a much more romantic modern R&B quality.
With a debut album as strong as "Colours," it's hard to imagine what the hold-up could have been that kept Graffiti6 away from American listeners for so long, but the wait was well worth it. With memorable hooks that beg to be played on repeat, don't be surprised to hear Graffiti6 all over TV and radio before long.
Track Suggestion: "Annie You Save Me"