REVIEW: Radical Son

Radical Son have released three tracks ahead of a full album release later in the year. The first track Human Behaviour has already shot to number one on the AMRAP Great Southern Charts.

Frontman David Leha has been making music for ten years, but this is his first recording with a full band.

To say the three-track sampler showcases David’s vocal ability is an understatement, moving through reggae, dub, spoken word and RnB. In the opening track I also hear a little hint of Gotye’s catchy opening riff from Somebody that I used to know, but maybe that’s just me.

There’s horns, harmonious back up vocals and more than a hint of soul and gospel. But probably the most compelling element of these three tracks, which quite honestly have me very eager to hear the whole album, is David’s ability to tell us something about himself through song.

It’s no surprise that Human Behaviour opens the sampler. With a laid back groove, I can imagine David crooning these words in the setting of a dimly lit blues bar with a couple of old guys swaying in the horns section. One Dream by contrast is a slower song, nearly gospel like and Highest of Love opens with spoken word before building to a funky combination of horns and instrumentation to round out the track.

For someone who’s played to more than 100,000 people (Sydney Festival), he’s humble and that’s obvious in his music. David has a strong voice and has brought together an incredibly talented group of supporting musicians and vocalists to add depth to these three songs.

“Said I’d never do, that again … what is this weakness in me?” There are tales of maturity and growth, honesty about life and the challenges it throws in our path. But there’s also a hint of something more I can’t quite put my finger on. I think we’ll hear much more from this father of eight over coming years.

 

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