New York singer and activist Danielle Ponder pairs up with Melbourne cinematic soul outfit Karate Boogaloo to deliver ‘Look Around’ and ‘Little Bit’ , on limited edition 7inch vinyl for the collections of classic soul fans and afficionados everywhere. The haunting A side “Look Around” has garnered glowing reviews since its release in July and substantial airplay on KCRW, KEXP, BBC and Worldwide FM among
others, and is now joined on the b side by the sweet and uplifting ‘Little Bit’.
Coming from different continents and different backgrounds was no obstacle to Danielle Ponder and Karate Boogaloo forming an immediate musical connection in the studio. The instant connection is obvious on both sides of the record, which were written and recorded in the same session. ‘Look Around’ is a brooding ballad reflecting on the times we live in, and the warm and soulful ‘Little Bit’ brightens the
mood significantly with Danielle’s vocals reassuring “a little bit of love will make it alright”.
In Danielle’s words on ‘Look Around’: “fires were raging through Australia and smoke covered the sky. It felt like all of our human sins had gotten the best of us and we were paying a price. I didn’t know that when I arrived back home in the U.S, the world would only get darker. I feel like my past self wrote this song for my future self knowing what was to come.” This song would help Danielle through what has been
one of the most painful years to be Black in America.
Praise for Look Around ‘essential, urgent, heartfelt, timeless soul’ , – Quinton Scott – Worldwide FM ‘Stellar soul cut’ – Alex Ruder – KEXP ‘The whole world needs to sit and listen to this’ – Neil Bopperson – Worldwide FM ‘Deep’ – Toshio Matsuura – WW TOKYO – Worldwide FM ‘after this, there’s nothing more to say’ – Jason Randall Smith (a.k.a.Macedonia) Radio BSOTS ‘‘A harrowing slice of classic soul that observes the present state of the world.’ – Jonathan Frahm – Pop Matters UK