OKP Premiere: Philip Owusu – “Goodnight”

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Philip Owusu

UPDATE: “Goodnight” is now downloadable via Philip Owusu’s bandcamp page–stream via the embedded player at bottom and download for the cost of US $1!

You may remember Copenhagen soulcat Philip Owusu–if you’re a longtime okayplayer or Quadron fanatic–from his Owusu & Hannibal collaboration. But we would like to take this opportunity to re-introduce himself and, more to the point, a brilliant new solo album  he’s got in the works (to get the full story >>>Read The Okayplayer Interview with Philip Owosu here). Ironically, we can’t really think of a better way to say “hello again” than “Goodnight.” By that we mean the online premiere of the song by that name, a  beautiful slow-building, piano-and-drum driven ballad that sounds like the musiq-al soulchild of Daryl Hall and Donell Jones–but with a more sophisticated, jazz-inflected sneak attack than any of those names I just dropped. If this thing doesn’t convince you that you need to up the Owusu quotient in your life immediately, you may be beyond help. A lucky few listeners who caught the radio premiere via Gilles Peterson–and a very lucky, very few who attended an intimate listening session for the album  at the home of DJ Scribe here in NYC–already knew. To the rest of you, we are extremely amped to say: World Premiere!

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