79.5 revive 60s summer loving with sugar-sweet ‘Boy Don’t Be Afraid’

Meet 79.5: the New Yorkers serving old-school soul and R&B the way it’s meant to be: piping hot and packed with moreish melodies.

Their latest single, ‘Boy Don’t Be Afraid’, is instant ear candy that sounds like it could have been torn from the catalogue of Holland-Dozier-Holland.

Its heavy piano notes and light-footed guitar rhythm have the bright air of ‘I’ll Be Around’ by The Spinners. Meanwhile, the group’s three lead vocalists – Kate Mattison, Nya Parker Brown and Piya Malik – parade through this lush melody with joyous energy.

If you’re familiar with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings or Lee Fields & the Expressions, you need to this in your life.

79.5’s debut album, Predictions, is due later this year on Big Crown Records.

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