Each Wednesday, we bring you a trio of tracks from local artists in one of our favorite segments of the week, Featured Listens. This week's selections feature a throwback to 90s alternative, a "Popular" young hip-hopper and a multi-talented instrumentalist showing off his vocal chops.
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Adi Nelson "Tonight"
While out at the Island Bar Saturday, I ran into Scott Johnson from local band Epic Gents and we got to talking about the recent Original Song Contest at Garden City Beach Bar. He mentioned how impressed he was by a guy named Adi Nelson and ended up passing me his "Digging A Little Deeper EP."
I recalled having heard the Myrtle Beach native Nelson on "Brian Lea McKenzie's Music Factory Compilation.1" (free download here) when I started covering music for The Sun News, but hadn't heard his name come up for any shows or anything else in the past few months. From the looks of things, the singer-songwriter has been laying pretty low working with a new band, but after giving his music another listen, one can only hope that he'll be out playing more soon.
It's a great alternative mix of acoustic pop and rock that is a definite throwback to many a 90s hit. With a radio-ready sound, uplifting vibe and infectious hook "Tonight" touches on all the aspects which make Nelson's music supremely listenable.
JC Penny "Popular" (feat. Tye Dye & J. Kahlia)
This Myrtle Beach High School graduate and current CCU student was one of the many MCs which caught our eye while out at Science Factory's open jam a few weeks ago. Performing on stage with his partner in crime Jordan Forcier, Penny had a certain stage prescence and comedic swagger that made his rhymes stick in our heads well after that night was over.
In taking a closer look at the music this newcomer has put out, you'll find an air of not taking himself too seriously is an overarching theme. While many young MCs tend to go recklessly over the top with their lyrics, Pennys rhymes are always on the verge of being out of control yet they are presented with a charismatic delivery that helps mask the occasional cliche or absurd party reference.
"Popular" is fun tune about chasing girls and being cool that rolls over a catchy, sing-songy beat and features solid contributions from J. Kahlia and Tye Dye of The Technicolor Void.
Download the song free and hear Penny's other tracks at Reverbnation.
Dan Junk "24/7"
Multi-instrumentalist Dan Junk is one of the area's most versatile players in that he can cover a variety of styles from a jazz and blues to rock and country without missing a beat. Having moved to the area from Cocoa Beach Florida about 4 years ago, Junk has played in various area acts and will soon release his sixth solo project called "Junk Street."
The album will feature 14 tracks of mostly instrumental tunes that span many different styles, along with a few vocal efforts. One of these is "24/7," a great insomnia-inducing track which features some plenty of spacy guitar work and well-written lyrics.
Check out Dan's solo work online at Reverbnation or catch him live playing around town with the Wahoo Creek Band, which will perform at Myrtle Beach Rocks: Country at the House of Blues Feb. 4.