Band of the Day

2012.09.03

Fly Moon Royalty

Ultra smooth electro-soul with a retro flair from this Seattle duo
A rollercoaster right to the deep end, but it knows that you can’t swim. Whenever life throws you lemons, it’s what you choose to do with them.
lyrics from Lemonade

Fresh off the northwest hip hop block, Fly Moon Royalty is an upcoming soulful duo—one part vocalist Adra Boo and the other, DJ Action Jackson. Seattle native songstress Miss Boo is no newbie to the scene, also half of Luxury A.K., another dynamic duo from the northwest. Jackson, on the other hand, comes from Grand Rapids, Michigan, to deliver smooth groove beats to make this duo a match made in heaven. The team, formerly known as Sugar Water Purple, flew under the radar from their start in 2010, but took Seattle by storm upon independently releasing their 2011 self-titled debut with the new moniker. Fly Moon Royalty re-released their album after signing with Sportn’ Life Records in 2011 and performed at the 2012 Sasquatch Music Festival in Washington.

Seattle duo Fly Moon Royalty describe themselves as electro-soul, and while there's definitely a healthy sprinkling of synths in their music, they've got their ears locked on vintage sounds as much as current ones, and they're all the better for it. Fly Moon Royalty expertly incorporate touches from 60s and 70s Motown and funk: smooth, spacious keyboards and bells, buttery grooves that sink in somewhere between Motown and hip hop. And they've got the most important piece of the puzzle covered in vocalist Adra Boo, who's pipes rival any of the 60s/70s greats that inspire the duo.

“Lemonade” is a slice of neo-soul that would fit in right alongside Cee-Lo Green and rising stars like Aloe Blacc. With its confident bass drum/clap drumbeat and hammering piano it's got an old school feel that makes you wonder why there's no crackle of old vinyl. Boo's vocals kicks up the energy, powering the track with her mix of rhythm and melody. The track is one of the band's simplest, but hits that perfect mix of memorable hooks and passion that magically catapult pop songs from good to great. “Into The Woods” captures that same retro soul energy, but takes things into the 21st century, sporting nothing but drums, a deep serpentine bass synth and Boo's forceful vocals. By the time she gets to the chorus, singing, “if this is a dream will someone wake me up/before this demon comes to take me?” it's gone from dance music to sorcery.

“The Birthday Song” is straight up retro, bringing in twinkling 60s girl group bells and delicately pounded piano. The vocals fall somewhere between the Ronettes and Lauryn Hill, flowing sweet and smooth and makes you grateful for all the vinyl crate digging that must have gone into finding those samples.

On “Roxy” Boo sings “I can move to hip hop/I can mosh to grunge rock/and when I hear electro pop I can't stop,” we feel the same about Fly Moon Royalty's electro-soul.