Every now and then, I'm in the mood for a melancholy song. And just this past week, one landed in my mailbox in form as a press release. The song is called "Dwntwn Kds" by Mike Taylor and it is quite good.
Now usually, I like vowels in my song titles, but I'll look the other way for this one. Who is Mike Taylor? I'd not heard of him before. But this is him ...
The press release says, "Singer, songwriter, producer, rapper and director Mike Taylor was born in Philadelphia to a jazz musician father who raised him immersed in music and culture. This led Mike to experiment with rock, jazz, hip-hop and R&B groups, a theater dance group, as well as DJ'ing which he still does today in both his hometown and Los Angeles. As a solo artist he’s combined elements of his previous endeavors creating a vibrant sound that falls somewhere in between The Roots, Peter Gabriel, Prince and Paul Simon."
The press release goes on to say about the video, "Philly-born, L.A.-based artist Mike Taylor returns with a new video for his song “Dwntwn Kds.” Conceived, directed and edited all by himself, the clip for this uptempo pop anthem goes for an 80s documentary feel and entices the viewer to peak into the vibrant and culturally rich world of Philadelphia, the place that serves as a source of inspiration for Mike. At the same time it aims to capture the spirit of opportunity and dreams that defines Los Angeles. The video features cameos by Mike’s friends and collaborators Justin Tranter & Cole Whittle of Semi Precious Weapons."
And that pretty much describes the video ... Here it is ... Too bad his doesn't pay his taxi driver. It doesn't make me like him very much. Tsk-tsk.
And, if you are fan of "Downton Abbey" ... someone has made a video of clips of the show to the song. It's very well done. See it here.
Mike Taylor's music is available on iTunes. Please support the artist.
If you'd like to hear more of Mike, head over to his Soundcloud page where he does a really nice cover of Ke$ha's "Your Love Is My Drug."