Wrapping up the single release series from Carlton Jumel Smith’s album “1634 Lexington Ave.”, comes the deep beat ballad “Help Me (Save Me From Myself)”. Progressing from moody minor keys towards the bittersweet hopefulness of the chorus, the track sounds like fell from Menahan Street Band’s debut sessions with Charles Bradley and flew across the pond to soggy Helsinki, where Cold Diamond & Mink nurtured it to it’s current glory.
The track starts up in classic hip hop soul style, with open drums and cinematic Rocky horns. But after the intro, when the ghost-like piano notes hit, is when the song really gets going. Carlton delivers one of his best dark-end-of-the-street vocals, matching his Timmion debut “I Can’t Love You Any More”. Tuomo “Pratt” Prättälä’s haunting background vocals seal the deal, lifting the chorus to seventh group soul heaven.
Whether you’re completing your Carlton single series with this gem or just getting your first whiff of this contemporary soul master, we salute you.
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