Sam Huber does not sit still. From his home base in Helsinki, Finland, he’s perpetually immersed in an array of music projects, all bound together by the common threads he calls ‘Future Soul’ and ‘Future Funk.’ Case in point, his latest single, “Be With You.” “This is the first single from the funk album,” he enthuses. “The record’s called DOWN and it’s going to be released December 3rd, two weeks after the soul album, UP; then we’re gonna release them as a double vinyl record next year called UP & DOWN. UP is uplifting, posititive and more traditional (even though it has the Future Soul ethos), whereas DOWN is where you Get Down — on the dance floor, on the downbeat — and it has a darker undertone of Future Funk.” (This single, and the entire UP DOWN project will be released by NYC indie label True Groove Records.) “Be With You” bridges the gap between soul and funk in a subtle, yet deliberate fashion. It taps into the tradition of the funk power ballad, melding a groove that has echoes of the Brothers Johnson with proto-funk soul a la The Chi-Lites. “It’s the most soulful and romantic of the songs we created for the funk album, so it’s like a bridge between the two records.”
Written with longtime producer Tomás Doncker, he calls the track ‘a straight up love song.’ “It’s all about that first part of a relationship, dating and getting to know each other; when everything seems possible. It’s very much a feel-good, optimistic song. Huber fell under the spell of soul and funk as a teen and, although it might seem unlikely to think of Finland as a hot spring for soul and funk, his music is a perfect example of the global reach and influence the genres have. “When I was a teenager, Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key Of Life, and Aretha Franklin’s song “Baby I Love You” hit me really hard, that was when the die was cast. I already knew I wanted to make music, but Stevie and Aretha brought it all into focus.”
Huber’s ears are constantly wide open as he draws inspiration from styles of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s and stamps them with infusions of hip-hop rhythms, trap beats and loops to create his own distinct sound. Whether it’s soul, funk, or whatever’s on the horizon, he’s built a groove-laden career forging his own trail with an ear to the past and an eye to the future.
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