Tanika Charles - The Gumption (LP)

Tanika Charles

The Gumption (LP)

Record Kicks
Release date: 10/05/19
genre: Soul
Format: LP
1. Tell Me Something
2. Going Home
3. Love Overdue
4. Remember To Remember
5. Cool Scorpio
6. Dans Les Nuages
7. Cadillac Moon
8. Upside Down
9. First & Last
10. Look At Us Now
11. Since You Been Gone
12. Always Restless
Tanika Charles - The Gumption (LP)


Record Kicks presents the new album by Juno Award and Polaris Music Prize-nominated Canadian soul star Tanika Charles. Produced by a stable of some of Canada’s finest musical minds including DJ Kemo (The Rascalz, Kardinal Offishall), Chin Injeti (DJ Khalil, Eminem, Drake) and Daniel Lee (Hooded Fang, Phedre), Record Kicks proudly presents “The Gumption” the awaited new album by Canadian soul star Tanika Charles that will hit the streets worldwide on May 10.

“What gave you the gumption?” Tanika Charles rhetorically asks during the introductory notes of her sophomore album appropriately titled The Gumption. While the apprehensive lover at the receiving end of that inquisition should feel slighted by the remark, it also alludes to the assuredness Tanika has gained since the release of her Juno Award and Polaris Music Prize-nominated debut Soul Run. The Gumption picks up where Soul Run left off, continuing her tradition of marrying classic soul with modern production styles. Across a dozen songs spanning 38 minutes, Tanika addresses moments of vulnerability, vindication, uncertain love, forbidden fruit and the state of the world today. “It’s a little more mature. It’s not feeling guilty about being up front, not being afraid to address situations that aren’t comfortable for me. I’m comfortable in my skin now in a way I never was before. The overall theme is growth. I feel the music reflects that, and my words reflects that. Even the album cover tries to convey the feeling too. I’m not putting up with unnecessary nonsense anymore”.

Predominately guitar-driven mid-tempo soul, with a handful of dance floor friendly tunes and some psychedelic leanings, The Gumption was indirectly influenced by the likes of Alabama Shakes, The Supremes, Khruangbin, D’Angelo, and Moses Sumney.

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