With a sultry swagger that an entire generation of classic soul fans never tire of ‘Won’t You Be My Lady’ by Indiana based producer, songwriter and vocalist Ty Causey is going for adds April 17. Taken from Ty’s latest CD ‘Tyangles’ which sits comfortably in that warm space between R & B, soul, and smooth jazz, it is a track that will resonate with those lovers of the genre that have been disenfranchised by the gradual upswing of Hip Hop, Neo Soul and Rap yet who yearn for the return of a smoother, more pure sound of soul.
In fact, having exploded onto the music scene in the late 1990’s as vocalist with smooth jazz superstar Najee, Ty Causey’s credentials are impeccable. He co-wrote and performed on Najee’s 1998 project ‘Morning Tenderness’ and has shared the stage with contemporary jazz notables such as Joe Sample, Norman Brown and Pieces Of A Dream.
As a solo artist Causey made his recording debut in 2004 with ‘N-Tysing’ that featured both Najee and bass player Nelson Braxton of Braxton Brothers fame. It established him as a serious player on the soul music scenes of Japan, Germany and, most notably, the United Kingdom where his regular appearances on the soul charts top thirty earned him the nickname of ‘Mr. Consistent’.
Since that time Causey has been building a significant discography and in 2015, as recognition for his work on the album ‘Cause & Effect’, he was nominated by soultracks.com in the category of male vocalist of the year.
‘Tyangles’ is Causey’s eighth solo project and as well composing all ten tracks he also arranges and produces throughout. As such it is an immense showcase for his artistry and is quickly up and running with the understated yet compelling ‘Rock With Me’ which is just one of several songs to confirm that here is an artist who understands what smooth sultry soul is all about. Another is the sumptuous old school inclined ‘Ya Some Kind Of Wonderful’ while elsewhere the emotionally supercharged ‘Let Me In’ proves to be a standout on an album crammed full of them.
Indeed another number that soul aficionados are sure to go wild for is ‘Hot Tonight Medley’ that glides along on a wonderful steppers beat and is guaranteed to rejuvenate even the most tired of dancing feet.
The first cut to be selected for radio is the silky ‘Wont You Be My Lady’. It places Causey firmly into quiet storm territory but when he switches gears to find a cool mid tempo groove the result is ‘Its Not Over Till Its Over’ that shimmers with a rhythm which might well get in your head and not go away. Much the same can be said about ‘It’s Crazy’ that includes a nice contribution on guitar by George ‘Geo’ Connor and talking of guest artists the earthy ‘Be A Man About It’ is enhanced by picture perfect playing from Indiana based sax-man Matt Cashdollar.
Cashdollar returns to lend a hand with the decidedly rhythmic ‘Let Me Ride’ and as Causey closes out the set with the joyously soulful ‘My Pinstriped Suit’ it is impossible not to reflect on the saying that great soul music never gets old.
Certainly, with Causey’s smooth vocals, deep lyrics and on-point production, he is ensuring that this eternal flame of soul will burn brightly for some time to come.
‘Tyangles’ will be released April 15 on the Skytown Records label. ‘Wont You Be My Lady’ is going for adds on April 17.