Marian Hill, composed of: production artist, Jeremy Lloyd, singer, Samantha Gongol, and, improvisational jazz artist Steve Davit, has made its way to the K-List. Originally off of first listen I though it was Kimbra because of the style of music and Samantha Gongol’s tone and phrasing, but as I kept listening I realized, this group has a bit more edge and sensual appeal than the New Zealand singer. So of course I did a bit of research and found that the duo, really trio, is out of Philadelphia. Seems to be a trend amongst artist I like. Anyway, I found it pretty interesting they record and prefer to record, in Jeremy’s bedroom. They stated that it is more intimate and comfortable and that they don’t feel restricted to time constraints. Samantha credits many old school singers as her influences such as; Whitney Houston, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, and Lauryn Hill. As you listen to her sing you can tell that there is a soulful element in her voice that can be tied to those older artists, “vocals layered for added density and sweetness, synthesizers with room to breathe, percussion that’s deliberate and potent. Ms. Gongol’s sultry singing is influenced by 1990s R&B and also cabaret”. (NY Times John Caramanica) Jeremy credits Kanye West, Drake, 40 (Drake’s Producer), and many electro musicians such as; Lido, Cashmere Cat, and duo Aluna George as some of his influences. The duo released their first EP “Play” in 2013 and recently released “Sway” in the beginning of 2015. My personal favorite tracks are “Got It” and “One Time” so give them a chance on Spotify !