Tanika Charles - The Gumption

Tanika Charles - The Gumption

Record Kicks presents the new album by Juno Award and Polaris Music Prize-nominated Canadian soul star Tanika Charles.

April 17, 2019

Produced by a stable of some of Canada’s finest musical minds including DJ Kemo (The Rascalz, Kardinal Offishall), Chin Injeti (DJ Khalil, Eminem, Drake) and Daniel Lee (Hooded Fang, Phedre), Record Kicks proudly presents "The Gumption" the awaited new album by Canadian soul star Tanika Charles that will hit the streets worldwide on May 10.

"What gave you the gumption?" Tanika Charles rhetorically asks during the introductory notes of her sophomore album appropriately titled The Gumption. While the apprehensive lover at the receiving end of that inquisition should feel slighted by the remark, it also alludes to the assuredness Tanika has gained since the release of her Juno Award and Polaris Music Prize-nominated debut Soul Run. The Gumption picks up where Soul Run left off, continuing her tradition of marrying classic soul with modern production styles. Across a dozen songs spanning 38 minutes, Tanika addresses moments of vulnerability, vindication, uncertain love, forbidden fruit and the state of the world today. "It’s a little more mature. It’s not feeling guilty about being up front, not being afraid to address situations that aren’t comfortable for me. I’m comfortable in my skin now in a way I never was before. The overall theme is growth. I feel the music reflects that, and my words reflects that. Even the album cover tries to convey the feeling too. I’m not putting up with unnecessary nonsense anymore."

Predominately guitar-driven mid-tempo soul, with a handful of dance floor friendly tunes and some psychedelic leanings, The Gumption was indirectly influenced by the likes of Alabama Shakes, The Supremes, Khruangbin, D’Angelo, and Moses Sumney. It is sonically moody at times, but with consistent silver-lining arcs. "I’ve grown up and learned to deal with situations significantly better. We have a tendency to hold back our innermost feelings for fear of hurting others. Even when we’re happy we worry about over-sharing, as if joy is a competition you don’t want to gloat about."

The success of Soul Run propelled Tanika in front of new audiences far and wide, with extensive touring in North America and Europe. "I’ve been touring, experiencing new places and meeting new people. And in that time also worked on completing this album." While criss-crossing Canada with festival appearances on both the east and west coasts, Tanika also embarked upon four overseas tours for a combined 45 European shows within a one year period. This included performances at the prestigious Trans Musicales Festival in France, the Lärz, Germany Fusion Festival, Mostly Funk & Soul and Jazz Festival in UK, the Holy Groove Festival in Switzerland, and the Canarias Jazz Festival in Spain.

"Definitely one to watch!" Mojo Magazine

"Tanika Charles modernizes Classic Soul" AfroPunk

"Post-Drake Toronto is developing a rep as a fertile scene for Soul and R&b, and Tanika Charles could be the city next breakout act" Uncut Magazine

"Impressive vocal qualities, winningly honest lyrics, and a contemporary twist on classic soul sounds all point to great things" Albumism

 

Pre-order "The Gumption" here:
https://tanikacharles.bandcamp.com/album/the-gumption

Follow Tanika Charles:
Website: https://tanikacharles.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TanikaCharlesMusic/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tanika_charles/
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2IzxHGu

Album
The Gumption

Artist
Tanika Charles

Label
Record Kicks

Release date
May 10, 2019

Formats
CD / LP / Digital

Tracklisting
01. Tell Me Something
02. Going Home
03. Love Overdue
04. Remember To Remember
05. Cool Scorpio
06. Dans Les Nuages
07. Cadillac Moon
08. Upside Down
09. First & Last
10. Look At Us Now
11. Since You Been Gone
12. Always Restless

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