Ahead of their forthcoming debut record ‘Black Light’ out August 27th 2021, New York City quartet Dakota Jones showcase the pulsating new track ‘Lord Please’ – a striking hymn for the misguided.
In an age where artistic merit is awarded to those who shout the loudest, Dakota Jones pride themselves on an unwavering ability to leave a lasting impression. Spearheaded by Tristan Carter-Jones fierce and unashamedly uncensored songwriting, the band’s fast-growing reputation as formidable live act has stamped Dakota Jones with the hel-hath-no-fury power of Chaka Khan, the wild spontaneity of Janis Joplin, and the honey-dripping sensuality of Marvin Gaye. Their debut album’s message of proud black heritage and triumphant queerness manifests itself in Carter-Jones’ ability to challenge norms of adulthood and femininity as she takes a deep dive into some of life’s most visceral emotions.
The new track ‘Lord Please’ opens with pleading from Carter-Jones as she recites the line “Help me help myself, please someone help me help myself,” over a naked soundscape with only the beat of a single drum in her presence. The track gradually builds into a display of united chants that expose the band in a gleaming light.
Stripped from their debut record ‘Black Light’ out 27th August 2021, ‘Lord Please’continues Dakota Jones’ streak of soulful blues blended with dark, sensuous vocals. Placed amongst the flirtatious title track ‘Blacklight’ and funk-laden ‘We Playin Bad Games’, the new single is a slight diversion in sound whilst still retaining the classic Dakota Jones touch.
Dakota Jones are a rising funk, soul and blues rock band from Brooklyn, New York City. Comprising of Tristan Carter-Jones(vocals), Scott Kramp (bass) Steve Ross (drums), and acclaimed musician Randy Jacobs (guitar) – former member of Was(Not Was) who has recorded for Seal, Bonnie Raitt, Tears for Fears, Elton John and many others. Though Carter-Jones and Ross first met in 1999 whilst at primary school, the band formed years later following a series of home jam sessions in 2016. The band’s collective alias originates from Carter-Jones’s middle name, ‘Dakota’. Dakota Jones have since released a string of acclaimed singles and EPs as well as received international attention for their track, ‘Have Mercy’ after it featured on Netflix’s 2019 film, Always Be My Maybe starring Ali Wong and Randall Park – and now after years of hard work and determination, the band are finally set to reveal their long-awaited debut album.