Willy Mason – Restless Fugitive

It really seems like an eternity since Willy Mason was procliamed the ‘next big thing’. Despite a lack of releases since 2007 he managed to retain a certain level of interest, increased of late through a wonderful duet with Lianne La Havas.

Mason is set to return with his first album in over five years later in 2012. There’s no major surprises from ‘Restless Fugitive’, the first taster from the album. The track trots gently by, evoking images of dusty trails of the old frontiers, accentuated by the reverberating guitars, a steady percussive rumble and his distinctive chalky drawl.

You can stream ‘Restless Fugitive’ below or pick it up from his website gratis.

 Willy Mason – Restless Fugitive

Lianne La Havas & Willy Mason – ‘No Room For Doubt’

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Lianne La Havas caught the eye last week when this wonderful duet with Willy Mason was posted by Nialler9.

22 year-old Londoner has so far released two EPs, this song features on Lost & Found, featured in the BBC Sound of 2012 poll and by all accounts made quite an impression on Jools Holland last year, yet, this was my first encounter with her. The real pulling power of this one revolves around the juxtaposition of La Havas’ sweet and light vocals with Mason’s more gruff approach. Oh, how it works!

Sit back, relax and listen to something wonderful.