Neo soul and r&b in new album ‘All I Ever Wonder’ by Johnny Burgos

Jun 24th, 2024

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Neo soul and r&b in new album ‘All I Ever Wonder’ by Johnny Burgos

Brooklyn-born singer, songwriter, and producer Johnny Burgos teams up with veteran soul producer, Jeremy Page, (Kendra Morris / Czarface / MF Doom) to offer their first joint album together, All I Ever Wonder. The album is a vividly vulnerable and honest effort by Burgos, lyrically and vocally, supported effortlessly by Page’s masterful production. The pairing of the two seems meant to be, with a sound steeped in retro soul techniques, in equal parts novelty and nostalgia, equaling a timelessness that speaks to the humanity in all of us.

Though soul is the connective thread running throughout the album, its influences are nonetheless varied. From the finger-snapping R&B grooves of album opener Plays For Keeps, to the afro-tropical inspirations of “Puddin’s In The Proof”, passing through the disco-funk vibes of “Something’s Gotta Give”, rap in “Trust Issues”, or gorgeous retro soul ballads such as the titletrack, this duo makes a perfect vibe seem effortless.

On “Get Back”, Burgos harnesses the power of R&B to construct an anthem about moving on but keeping the memories alive. In this Dilla meets Smokey Robinson single, Burgos and Page explore the sonic landscape that comes with that kind of heartache. Chime-y electric piano chords swirl around an irresistible bass and drum groove. And over all these layers and textures, Burgos’ beautiful voice fits like a glove.

“This Vibe” is a funky, feel-good ode to living in the moment and self-acceptance, born from the electric energy of summer in NYC. Page’s production is heavily nostalgic of MJ & Quincy’s classic pop-funk style, while Burgos’ performance is equally novel as he weaves through multiple cadences, reinventing himself each time. Together the two seem to levitate for the infectiously fulfilling chorus, engulfing the listener in a wave of sentiment.

Album closer Old Man feat. Liza Colby is a cover of the Neil Young classic, and provides a vulnerable and retrospective look at a complex paternal relationship, the cycle of generational trauma within it, and the personal pursuit to end that cycle within yourself. The production aesthetic exudes a nostalgic ambiance, enhanced by the stunning vocal performance and pairing of Burgos and Colby which verberates with profound emotional resonance.

Johnny- Jeremy and I have been ships passing in the night for years now. However, our first official collaboration was a 2021 remix of my song “The Grey”, which featured his long-time co-collaborator Kendra Morris. From the get-go, the musical chemistry was strong, so we took a shot at writing some original tunes. Since then, we’ve locked in on a creative groove and churned out a bunch of material. As we learned how to complement each other’s musical strengths, the project took on more form and purpose, exploring heavier subject matter and expanding its range of genres. I’m pretty sure that’s what makes this project so fun for us, and possibly what the early gatekeepers and listeners resonated with most. Neither of us expected such a reception to the music, which only made us more excited to hone in with more intention towards a goal. This also allowed me to bring more raw ideas to the table and have the confidence in Jeremy to hear the potential, then work his magic to extrapolate on my foundation. The teamwork in this effort was inspiring as we listened and referred to each other in every step of the process, and had a crew of killer musicians on deck for when we needed the extra feels on some joints”

We worked really hard on this record and hope it reconnects our listeners to being human in a visceral way. It’s accessible, honest, and soulful because I wanted it to speak to anyone who still wants music to relate to. Music to help you through the valleys, to celebrate the peaks, and handle everything in between. It’s a journey of the soul that explores ego, insecurity, love, loss, survival, enlightenment and trusting the process. It’s truly All I Ever Wonder.”

All I Ever Wonder will have its digital release through LRK Records on all platforms on Friday, JUNE 7th, 2024.

‘All I Ever Wonder’ out on LP / CD / Digital on June 28th 2024 via LRK Records