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Silk Sonic's Retro Soul (with Tayla Parx)

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Anderson Paak and Bruno Mars have joined forces as the duo Silk Sonic, and their first release “Leave the Door Open” suggests that their collab is as natural as peanut butter and jelly. The song exudes throwback vibes through its lush harmonies and sensuous lyrics. But this isn’t any run-of-the-mill exercise in empty nostalgia. Silk Sonic have a very specific sound in mind that they’re reviving for 21st century audiences: Philly Soul, the sophisticated 70s sound that “put a bow tie on funk.”
Charlie and Nate aren’t the only ones trying to blow the dust out of the grooves of “Leave the Door Open.” Songwriter Tayla Parx, who’s worked with everyone from Ariana Grande to Panic! At the Disco to Anderson Paak himself, joins the hosts to help explain how Silk Sonic created such a catchy track, and why modern listeners might be ready for a blast from the past.
Songs Discussed
Silk Sonic - Leave the Door Open
Aretha Franklin - I Say a Little Prayer
The Temptations - My Girl
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell - Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Martha and the Vandellas - Dancing in the Street
Otis Redding - Try a Little Tenderness
Sam and Dave - Soul Man
Commodores - Who’s Making Love
MFSB - TSOP
O’Jays - Love Train
Billy Paul - Me and Mrs. Jones
The Stylistics - You Are Everything
Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes - If You Don’t Know Me By Now
The Delfonics - Didn’t I Blow Your Mind
Seals and Croft - Summer Breeze
Smokey Robinson - Quiet Storm
Teddy Pendergrass - Close the Door
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