Of all the “sneak” albums to drop out of the sky over the last several months, this is one of the more welcome surprises the DopeHouse has come across. Since coming across Gary Clark Jr. a few years ago, the ‘House has been a huge supporter of the Austin, Texas eclectic’s diverse style of blues, jazz, and soul (with splices of hip hop mixed in for good measure). However, Clark has remained largely low-key since his 2012 major label debut – and Grammy winner – Blak and Blu (as well as its 2013 re-mixtape), leaving many wonder when he will return to the music world.
Well, Clark has resurfaced with a brand-new full-length album in three years, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. Eschewing any outside influence and producing/composing all the the project’s 13 tracks, Sonny Boy Slim is drenched in 70s-style funk and soul that – while a departure from its 2012 predecessor – is a welcome return to action from one of the most promising musicians of the past few years. Enough said; stream The Story of Sonny Boy Slim below, and cop a copy on iTunes.