Soulful Nerd’s Seen & Heard In Europe: Digging Into Dutch Soul, Pt. 1

Photo Credit: Jasper Bolderdijk

Photo Credit: Jasper Bolderdijk

Luna Mae
Hear this: Sky

Luna Mae began her career as a backing vocalist working with renowned Dutch artists Waylon & Glennis Grace. She has since spread her wings and embarked on a solo career. Luna was introduced to me by a colleague as “the Joss Stone of the Netherlands," and after that glowing comparison I was excited to listen to her EP, Sky.

This young talent has such a cool yet funky vibe. Having studied music at the conservatory, her training doesn’t seem to get in the way of her performances. I felt a heavy jazz, neo-soul and folk influence in her phrasing that I found really refreshing. That is to say, her approach and technique is very sophisticated, yet so easy on the ears. My favorite cut is “Let It Go,” inspired by the line from Erykah Badu’s “Bag Lady”; Her musicality really shines here. What I loved most is that she didn’t feel the need to sing runs in every measure like I hear so much in soul and gospel lately. Soul is much greater than a riff. It’s an emotion, a state of being. And she gets that. After hearing her debut offering, I’d say she's more like the God-daughter of Bilal, Joni Mitchell and Amel Larrieux.

Watch Luna Mae in action in her music video for the tune “Sugar” from Sky and don't miss a beat on her official websiteFacebook, Twitter, YouTube, SoundCloud and Instagram.

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