When you see a new group live, especially one as soulful as Adebisi, there is sometimes concern for how their sound will translate to record. Will it offer the same compelling qualities that it did in the live setting? Can the band create an energy in the studio that feels natural? And can the listener feel that emotion and chemistry through the recorded interpretation?
Adebisi’s debut single “Here It Comes” effectively captures the band’s captivating live atmosphere and then some!
Vocalist Bisi Okuneye has a voice that immediately invites you in and a soul that radiates warmth and compassion. The players who surround her complement her delivery with groovy pockets, hip-hop rhythms, tasteful horn placements, spacey guitar riffs, and keys that tie the neo-soul vibe together. Although it’s their debut single, “Here It Comes” also introduces an element of collaboration: The tune features promising emcee and producer Mal London, rapping on the track and giving the song a feel that is reminiscent of Anderson .Paak’s Malibu.
Adebisi may be new to the Portland scene, but if their first official release—with engineering and mixing by The Breaking’s Adam Sweeney at The Map Room and visuals by Derick Gilliam Jr.—and well-crafted live performances are any indication of what’s to come, it is fair to say that any buzz is warranted. They’re well on their way to becoming a must-see artist.