Bounce-Worthy: Darien

The Summer of SoulBounce is rolling on as we continue to hit the streets in search of new, under-the-radar artists to put you on to. Well, get ready, because over the next five days, we'll be rolling out some goodness during what we're calling Bounce-Worthy Week. First up is a soulful artist we've had our eye on for a while. His name is Darien, and if you haven't heard the dreadlocked soulster, you definitely should. He describes his music as "old soul," saying that "you feel it in your gut." I agree. He sings as if he's having a conversation with you, effortlessly letting you in on his thoughts on life and love.

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of attending a listening party up in Harlem for his album If These Walls Could Talk. Thanks to the great team over at ONUTSS, who put the listening event together, and Darien's manager, Miles Anthony, who is doing a wonderful job promoting his artist, we got a spoonful of that old soul as the Mount Vernon native took to the stage and performed a few hits from the project. Some standouts from the shortened set include the track "Gone," which quite possibly could be the lead single, "Composure," "Love Revolution" and "Saturday." The entire album is so good, we were tempted to post it all here. Instead, just to whet your appetite, check out "Gone" and "Composure" below. Stay tuned to SB for more on Darien as his album release date nears. And if you know like we know, bounce with him now. Because If these walls could talk, they'd no doubt be saying that this old soul is going to be around for a long time.

Darien: "Gone"

Darien: "Composure"

Darien [MySpace]

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4 Responses

  1. Sounds very nice. Went to his MySpace Page....I love "Sail Thru", I hope this song will be on his upcoming album, as a bonus or the otherwise. It has a beautiful message. Overall, Darien definitely has something fresh to add to the staleness of todays music. I look forward to hearing more from this artist. Hopefully SB will feature the albums release date, I would love to grace my ears with Darien's musical massage.

  2. You already know that I love this dude but I wanted to make it known here. Darien is the truth. His tracks with Reel People are also worth mentioning. I can't wait for his album to drop.

  3. Soul Bounce thank you for your website that contains all things soul, news and bounce worthy! I enjoy coming over to find out the latest in soul news.
    Darien is promised to be one of the rising stars of the independent soul scene and as mentioned at his ONUTSS hosted listening party, “It’s been a long time coming for ONUTSS to present Darien to a New York audience”! We’ve known his music and talents for a couple of years and we are happy and proud that he has finally released his full length album, which might I agree with you is, “this old soul is going to be around for a long time”!
    Hopefully your readers, especially in the Tri-State area will keep their eyes open for the artists Soul Bounce supports in addition to ONUTSS (One Nation Under The Soul Shack) news as they host listening parties for up and coming, as well as seasoned soul artists around the globe.

  4. I been rockin with Darien for years. From when he was MCin wit a rap group called "The Colab" He has come a long way and I'm more than happy for his rise. He is sure to bless the music industry with some REAL MUSIC. Proud to say that not only am I a friend of his I'm a huge fan. KEEP DOIN YOU. The world is thirsty


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